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The Kitchen Table

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At mid-morning on a recent Thursday, the kitchen was a flurry of activity as the chef and her assistants prepared the luncheon fare for that day.

Ham and cheese sliders, with potato wedges and fried pickles, for the main course, and homemade pudding for dessert.

Yum! And these sliders weren't just ham and cheese slapped on any old bun; they were the loving creation of Bertha Wherry, the lead chef for the day. She put her twist on a standard recipe to make it special.

Discalced Carmelites discuss papal document on contemplative women religious

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Sister Celine of the Carmel of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in Loretto, PA, talked in group discussion about the implications of Pope Francis' 2016 Apostolic Constitution "Vultum Dei quaerere" on cloistered life. The document focuses on women's contemplative life and has raised many questions about the Order's constitutions.  The nuns in the USA have asked their Superior General in Rome for help in clarifications and he has decided to come and meet with the nuns here. It is an historic gathering of Carmelites with 160 nuns from different cloisters are coming to St. Louis (many of whom have never left their cloisters) for three days of meetings.

An historic meeting among Discalced Carmelites in St. Louis in April helped the order to get a better pulse on its understanding of a papal document outlining new guidelines for contemplative religious communities.

TWENTY SOMETHING | ‘Greater horizons’: Tending to each other and our common home

"One should leave a field better than you found it," an old farmer's saying went.

Sometimes that called for heavy lifting. Other times it just meant picking up a rock as you crossed and placing it at the field's edge.

That counsel stuck with Sister Amy Hereford, CSJ, who grew up on a 10-acre farm in Missouri where sheep roamed and blackberries grew wild. She planted whatever vegetable seemed to be lacking.

Singing sisters serve the poor, create music for the soul

Sister Teresa of the pop band Siervas played the bass guitar during an undated concert. Sister Teresa and 11 other women, who are members of the Servants of the Plan of God, have taken their inspirational music to other countries but also do social service work in Peru.

LIMA, Peru — When people wave at members of the pop band Siervas as they drive through the city, the nuns in the musical group know they've arrived on the world stage.

The 12 women religious in the group — The Servants in English — have taken their inspirational music to other countries and created hits that their fans sing and carry in their hearts.

Nuns are cool

The tweet asks: Got nuns?

The answer in this town is a resounding, "Yes."

Where would we be without them? There's no denying their important role in building the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Strong-hearted, pioneering religious sisters came from Europe in the 19th century to lay the foundation for Catholic education, health care, social services and more. Then, smart and savvy religious sisters built on that foundation in the 20th century, bringing education to the masses and delivering quality health care while still ministering to the poor and downtrodden on society's fringes.

CCVI congregational leader reflects on diversity, charism

Sister Teresa Maya, congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, visited Incarnate Word Academy during Mission Week. Her first stop at the school was to mingle through the Mission Carnival, an event which will raise money for the Down Syndrome Association of St Louis. Sister Tere gave her best attempt at the ball toss booth while students gathered around her.

Sister Teresa Maya of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word remembers watching the news in Ferguson unfold from the sisters' motherhouse in San Antonio, Texas, and wondered — worried, actually — how her community could make a difference.

One of the sisters' ministries, Incarnate Word Academy, is in the tiny village of Bel-Nor, about 10 minutes from Ferguson. The all-girls Catholic high school has been present there since 1932.

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