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

'Encountering and walking with' people has positive effect in Ferguson

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | @aeternusphoto On the third night after the first year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown, and after a state of emergency was declared in Ferguson, protesters again gathered along W. Florissant Ave. to voice their displeasure with local police.  A young man looked and watched for police as protesters attempted to shut down W. Florissant Avenue to traffic.

The ministers attending ecumenical prayer services in Ferguson and Florissant on top of a year of prayer gave Sister Cathy Doherty, SSND, reason for optimism Aug. 9.

"Because of all the praying and everything, people are coming together," she said. "All the ministers coming together and praying with our congregations and listening. ... People have been praying together and being together all year.

"That's what people are talking about."

Editorial | Ferguson? Who cares?

The words peace and justice have been spoken many times this month at commemorations for the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown in a confrontation with a Ferguson police officer.

We might have become frustrated when we saw media coverage of confrontations in the streets and gunshots ringing out late at night in Ferguson. But, please, let's get back on track.

AN EDITOR'S LIFE | Focus on change, not chaos

Teak Phillips

Over the past year, St. Louisans have worked together toward common goals of peace and justice. The journey hasn't been perfect, but one would be hard pressed to declare it moot.

But for a short time Aug. 9 and 10, it was easy to wonder. Nights were eerily similar to those a year ago, when protests devolved into riots.

By most accounts -- certainly by those who know Ferguson and the movement that has grown out of it -- the protests again were essentially hijacked by a small group intent on fighting. Semi-professional trouble-makers, perhaps.

Taking steps toward forgiveness in Ferguson on anniversary of Michael Brown's death



Such a simple word, a mere 11 letters but at the heart of our Catholic faith. The words love, peace and justice also form our lives in service to our fellow man.

"Jesus tells us that if we receive Him as the Bread of Life, we will have His life within us," Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said in his homily at the Mass for Peace and Justice Aug. 9 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. "He shows what this life means on the Cross, when He forgives those who killed Him."

A year later, faith shines in Ferguson

Father John O'Brien, left, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church; and Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, right, led a candle procession from the church to a grotto at the Faith in Ferguson prayer service Aug. 5 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ferguson.

Appropriately, the final Faith in Ferguson prayer service ended with a procession from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to its grotto in honor of the parish namesake, Our Lady of Guadalupe — otherwise known as Mary, mother of Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.

Carrying a candle flickering in the wind, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led the procession of about 300 souls, also carrying candles, shortly after closing his reflection with a request of the Blessed Virgin.

Editorial | After a year of healing we pray for peace, future

The days leading to Aug. 9 and the one-year anniversary of "Ferguson" are marked by uncertainty.

Simply, will there be violence, or not?

The hope is for peaceful commemorations of Michael Brown's life and death. The reality is that we just don't know; the racial violence of last summer and fall might be duplicated.

If so, hopefully, not as bad as Ferguson experienced last year, in the two-week siege after Brown's death and then after a St. Louis County grand jury opted not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.

Or maybe not at all.

Syndicate content