Ferguson

Stories on how the Catholic Church is responding to events in Ferguson

#ThisIsMyFerguson

Nadia Sharif, a senior at Hazelwood West High School, sketched during an evening of “art storming” at Good Shepherd Arts Center in Ferguson. The “art storming” was a way to come up with artistic ideas for a show set for August at multiple venues in and around Ferguson.

In one of those "God-cidental" moments, the woman who started the #ThisIsMyFerguson hashtag in August 2014 just happened to be at Good Shepherd Arts Center while director Sister Glynis Mary McManamon, RGS, was formulating an exhibit about Ferguson.

The working title was "My Ferguson," until that day in August 2017 when Stefannie Wheat dropped in.

"She kind of already had the idea," said Wheat, a parishioner at nearby Our Lady of Guadalupe. "She said, 'We're going to have a show called 'My Ferguson.' I asked, 'Do you mean, 'This is my Ferguson?" ... It took off from there."

‘Relevant and vibrant’

Father Robert Rosebrough and students at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School created a Saints Hall of Fame at the school in 2014. The saints encourage the idea of the Catholic faith and the ambition to model and exemplify the call to sainthood.

Even before the first riot, arson and looting after the death of Michael Brown, the Catholic response already was underway via Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson.

Parishioners returning from the Catholic Women's Recognition Ceremony in Manchester felt the parish had to do something in response to Brown's death the previous day, Aug. 9, 2014. But what?

The answer: prayer. Led by pastor Father Robert Rosebrough, the parish prayed the Rosary the next night at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta's Our Lady of Lourdes grotto.

Rosary remains an outlet for love at Ferguson parish

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish prayed the rosary together for the two year anniversary of the death of  Michael Brown and the protests in Ferguson. Father Robert Rosebrough led the rosary in the outdoor grotto.

The Appel family has grown by one in the two years since the faith community at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish first gathered in prayer after the death of Michael Brown nearby in a police officer-involved shooting.

Just 11 days old, Thomas Joseph "T.J." Appel joined mom Betsy, dad Jeff, brothers Michael and Jimmy and sisters Clare and Abby for a Rosary Aug. 29 at the parish's Our Lady of Lourdes grotto, marking the two-year anniversary of the shooting. About 50 people attended the Rosary, led now as it was then by pastor Father Robert Rosebrough.

Speaker reflects on racial wealth disparities

After police officer-involved shootings and deaths, in Ferguson locally and elsewhere nationally, policing and the judicial system have been under heavy scrutiny.

Young black men, either armed or unarmed, have died in these high-profile cases, raising questions about potential racial profiling by police and about municipal courts using fines from traffic and other minor offenses to finance small-town or small-city governments.

Civil discourse needed on racial matter, Bp. Braxton says

Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Ill., talked about the Catholic Church and the Black Lives Matter movement, a revisit of the racial divide in the country, Aug. 8 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury. In part of his address, he examined the relationship of the Church and African-American Catholics.

Bridge the racial divide, Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville told nearly 300 people who attended his talk Aug. 8 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

Embrace, love people is advice to Hispanic leaders at 'Heart to Heart Talk' in Ferguson

The Heart to Heart Talk — una charla, Corazón a Corazón — grew out of curiosity mainly, arising from the juxtaposition of the national Hispanic ministry conference at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel to Ferguson, just five miles away, and violence there starting with the shooting death of African-American Michael Brown by a white police officer just about two years ago.

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