The Jesuit Volunteer Corps was young — and so was I — when I arrived at a remote Alaskan village to teach school at a Jesuit boarding school for Native Alaskan students as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
Cell phones and the Internet did not exist. In the village of St. Mary's, and in other villages on the far-flung Alaskan tundra, there was no television reception. A phone existed for the village — just one — and it was in a man's home.
By Jennifer Brinker | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @jenniferbrinker
Every morning when she rises, Lucille Seper does her exercises. But it's not the push-up or jumping-jacks variety. Instead, Seper is going for spiritual exercises — armed with a rosary, her list of prayer intentions in hand.
"That's the first order of business is to say my Rosary," she said. "Before I ever have my breakfast."
St. Louis is losing an important ministry. On Aug. 24, the Little Sisters of the Poor announced they are leaving St. Louis after almost 150 years of serving the poor elderly. The reason? Too few sisters.
We've heard this before. Generations ago, many Catholic schools were run by a sister. Catholic health care ministries were run by religious, not corporations.
Jennifer Brinker | email@example.com | twitter: @jenniferbrinker
Kathy Flanigan was just stopping by for a visit to the Arnold Food Pantry, but she was quickly put to work.
A woman and her 11-year-old son came to the food pantry seeking help -- she was behind on rent and hadn't received child support in quite some time. Flanigan quickly zipped through the contacts on her cell phone and came up with a few people to call for rent assistance. In the meantime, she gave the woman a bag of groceries to take .
Focused on her task and moving at a brisk pace, Delphine Holleman pays close attention to the mail she is delivering and picking up at the various offices and departments at St. Anthony's Medical Center in south St. Louis County.