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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.

Fostering hope, prayer and community in Ferguson


With the one-year anniversary of that fateful August day just around the corner, the city of Ferguson put its best foot forward on the last full weekend of July.

The Ferguson Ministerial Alliance, an ecumenical group including Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, sponsored a "Day of Hope" at Forestwood Park, giving visitors not only free goods, food and services but also an opportunity to pray.

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.

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