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Restoring dignity is hallmark of volunteer’s work

For years, Maureen Curran watched as her father and two other gentlemen from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at Sacred Heart ministered to people in need.

In those days, the pastor would usually get a call — sometimes a knock at the door — from someone at the parish seeking help. Maybe it was a family in need of food or clothing. Or someone down on his luck who couldn't keep up with the bills.

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.

Fontbonne’s new chaplain focuses on Mass as a celebration

Father Speratus Kamanzi, AJ is the new chaplain at Fontbonne University.  The school is hoping that having a full time priest on campus will allow a new presence of Catholicism to be visible. He talked with Danny Hannan, a senior in the religious studies course.  He is a St. Louis native and parishioner at Assumption in South County.

Father Speratus Kamanzi, AJ, Fontbonne's freshly minted chaplain, celebrated Mass on Aug. 14 to welcome students for the fall semester.

About 100 congregants filled the chapel in Ryan Hall; they represented students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, who founded Fontbonne in 1923 and still sponsor it circa 2016.

Director puts Billiken Teacher Corps in ‘Teach Me’ mode

Father Ronny O’Dwyer, SJ, director of the Billiken Teacher Corp at St. Louis University, was welcomed to the university at a reception Aug. 11 at SLU’s Pere Marquette Gallery in St. Louis.

New and returning members of the Billiken Teacher Corps were in for a ride after the program of St. Louis University's School of Education named its first director.

New street outreach helps homeless men find housing

Homeless and living in a well-worn minivan on a shopping center parking lot where he works, Kevin Wolden was dealing with mental health issues stemming from some rough patches in his life.

Reluctant to accept charity, Wolden swallowed his pride and called Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service in St. Charles for help in getting housing. Andre Wise, a social worker with the agency's new homeless outreach program, set up a time to meet Wolden on the parking lot to assess his situation.

MetroMarket an oasis for St. Louis food deserts

Customer Stafford Dilworth explores the offerings of St. Louis MetroMarket, a mobile farmer's market, during a stop at Most Holy Trinity Church in St. Louis Saturday. The mobile market is part of an effort to restore access to healthy, affordable food in food desserts across the St. Louis region, according to co-founder Colin Dowling.

On a quiet Saturday afternoon, Melisa Mershon walked her dog a few blocks from her home to the St. Louis MetroMarket to buy some collard greens for Sunday dinner.

She filled her basket with leafy greens as bright as the bus she just boarded. The mobile market, a donated MetroBus nicknamed Turnip, has been providing healthy eating options once a month to residents near Most Holy Trinity Church in the Hyde Park neighborhood of north St. Louis.

Mershon, a stage-four cancer survivor, credits good nutrition as a source of her healing. The convenience of the MetroMarket is a huge plus.

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