FOR THE JOURNEY | Volunteer corps offer experiences to build faith

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.

102-year-old sees importance of faith, connection to parish

Lucille Seper is 102 years old and volunteers at the reception desk at Garden Villas South once a week on Tuesday afternoons. Here, she recieved a visit from Marilyn Muegge, minister to senior parishioners at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in south St. Louis. Seper is a parishioner at St. Mary Magdalen and a resident at Garden Villas.

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."

Habitat for Humanity volunteer enjoys helping people

James Kennedy, left, is being honored as a 2016 Ageless Remarkable St. Louisan by the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System. He and fellow volunteer Kathy Brasser served a meal to homeless and needy people at St. Vincent de Paul Parish Oct. 1.

When James Kennedy retired in 1994, he envisioned an opportunity to complete projects around his house.

Kennedy, 77, retired at age 55 as chief information officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Editorial | Encourage, engage and pray our way to more women religious.

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.

A calling to serve the poor of Jefferson County

Kathy Flanigan, left, the recently retired executive director of the Arnold Food Pantry, reminisced about volunteers who contributed to the agency over the course of Flanigan’s 30 years working there. Volunteers Terry McCallister and Karen Deason talked with her at the food pantry, which is estimated to feed more than 300 families a week in the Arnold area.

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 .

'Well-loved and respected'

Delphine Holleman has been volunteering at St. Anthony's Medical Center for 45 years. Delphine travels the entire hospital at an incredibly fast pace delivering mail and bringing joy to all she meets.

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.

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