Race Relations

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Mass for Peace and Justice in Ferguson to be held Aug. 9

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate a Mass for Peace and Justice at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Aug. 9, the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Bishop Edward M. Rice will concelebrate the Mass, which starts at 10 a.m. The Peace And Justice Commission members will be officially commissioned by the archbishop at the Mass. Members of the Holy Sepulcher, Knights of Peter Claver and Knights of Columbus will be in attendance as well.

Seeking justice requires getting out of our comfort zone

A great character believes in his own agency to change the world, has a vision that is larger and more engaging than his own personal accomplishments and has absurd hope, said Stacy Cretors, who spoke to more than 220 young adults July 7 at the monthly Theology on Tap at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company. Cretors is the director of the Life Teen Mission at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Ferguson.

Stacy Cretors believes we should have a certain thirst -- specifically, something big that brings us out of our comfort zone. After all, we should be disturbed and uncomfortable with the needs of the world that surround us.

Father Rosy seeks to sow seeds of peace and justice in Ferguson and beyond

Marina Cahill, right, attended the Faith in Ferguson prayer service June 2 led by Father Robert “Rosy” Rosebrough, left, pastor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson. “This is where we’re going to go from here,” said Cahill, referring to her prayer group. “Ferguson is going to make a difference to the world.”

Since August 2014, Father Robert Rosebrough's message has remained consistent, that the racial issues and tension unleashed after the shooting death of Michael Brown lurk just below the surface throughout the St. Louis area.

Members answer call of Peace And Justice Commission

When the Catholic Church comes a-calling, asking for your participation and expertise, what would you say? Would you hem and haw? Would you ask for time to think about it?

Direk Hunt and Deacon John Heithaus did neither. Straight-up, right off the hop and without hesitation, they said, "Yes," when asked to serve on the Archdiocese of St. Louis' new Peace And Justice Commission.

Accepting Jesus' call to welcome the strangers among us

Marie Kenyon, center, talked with Daughters of Charity Sister Joan Kuester, left, and Sister Loretto Gettemeier before the Faith in Ferguson gathering May 5 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ferguson. Kenyon, director of the archdiocesan Peace and Justice Commission, gave the keynote address at the prayer service.

Before the violence in Ferguson last summer, the hot-button issue was immigration, though the word "immigration" inadequately describes the human tragedy.

Even declaring the immigration "undocumented" or "illegal" fails to describe the hardships at the United States-Mexico border, where droves of children arrive -- sans parents -- from Central America. Their families send them with strangers on a harrowing, nightmarish journey to escape gangs, violence and possibly death in countries such as Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Bp. Braxton: Recent incidents add to problems in addressing racial divide

Bishop Edward K. Braxton

In three-and-half months since his seminal pastoral letter addressing the racial divide in the United States, Bishop Edward K. Braxton unfortunately has more examples of violence run amok on which to draw.

Four unarmed men of color have died in confrontations with white police officers, and the four incidents further the racial divide, according to the Bishop of Belleville.

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