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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.

Post-abortion healing retreat to be offered in Spanish

Project Rachel, the archdiocese's ministry to women who have experienced an abortion, will offer a retreat entirely in Spanish.

The retreat, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, is the culmination of several years of work between the archdiocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry and Respect Life Apostolate.

Project Rachel has received more than a dozen calls in the past several years from Hispanic women who were seeking a retreat in their native language, spiritual activities coordinator Marisol Pfaff said.

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.

Jane Guenther named representative to international Renewal body

When the prestigious international appointment arrived a few weeks ago, Jane Guenther of the Catholic Renewal Center initially had to turn it down. The International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) had sent a letter congratulating her for being chosen as the representative for Central, South and East Asia.

"I wrote back, 'I'm deeply honored, but if it's true that I'm representing that part of the world ... I couldn't do that,'" she said, with a laugh. "About 20 seconds later, they emailed back, 'Oh, my, goodness, we sent you the wrong letter!'"

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