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July 30, 2014

Five members of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Phat Diem, Vietnam, made their perpetual religious professions last month at a Mass at Resurrection Church in south St. Louis where the sisters have established a convent. The parish primarily serves the Catholic Vietnamese community.

Ten members of the community came to St. Louis from Vietnam in 2012 at the invitation of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. It was the first time that the community, founded by Bishop Pierre Lambert de la Motte...

July 24, 2014

When Sparkill Dominican Sister Carol Lehmkuhl came to the East St. Louis, Ill., neighborhood, its most prominent feature was a big house with drug-dealing and prostitution. Dilapidated, abandoned homes dotted the landscape.

It wasn't a place where you'd want to be.

Now, the area outside what once was the rectory of the former St. Adalbert Parish is a neighborhood of new homes for low-income families. The streets are clean, and the drug-dealing and prostitution are for the most...

May 28, 2014

Don't call it an online chat. The Daughters of Charity prefer the more appropriate name "Holy Hangout."

For a little more than a year, Daughters of Charity across the United States have been hosting every couple of months a Holy Hangout, an online discussion among the Daughters that shed light on their lives as women religious -- including the vows they take, a glimpse into their daily lives and mission work.

Discussions are held via Google Hangout and live streamed (and later...

April 09, 2014

At 15 years old, she lived in a loving household, homeschooled by her family. Young and curious, she decided to study abroad. With her parents, she did some research and found a program. When she arrived at her destination, she quickly discovered she had been lured into a sex trafficking ring. Her father eventually flew overseas to rescue her.

Sex trafficking remains a scary reality, overseas and domestically. In the United States, sex trafficking is big business, generating an...

February 27, 2014

The Little Sisters of the Poor stay grounded in the knowledge that they are carrying on the work of their foundress.

In 1839 St. Jeanne Jugan, a poor 47-year old working woman in post-revolutionary France, shared a small apartment with a friend. They took in an infirm, blind, elderly neighbor who had been left alone when her sister was dying in the hospital. Soon they began caring for other elderly, and girls from the neighborhood joined in providing care.

With no money, St....

February 26, 2014

Katie Hoormann stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. She waved the bat around and got set.

The young man who was the pitcher let an underhanded toss soar. Katie swung and made contact, driving in a run for the Little Sisters of the Poor residents' team. Applause erupted in the open-space auditorium.

"She's 96 years old," exclaimed a gentleman sitting in a chair, with his walker at his side.

The Little Sisters of the Poor St. Louis Residence is a special place,...

Lisa Johnston |

The Little Sisters of the Poor operate their St. Louis Residence on the northside of the city. The Supreme Court last month issued an order affirming a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of a contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act against them. The sisters have expressed concern about the impact on their ministry but continue their ministry, seeing Christ in the elderly they serve. Sister Jean Dwyan laughed with Martha Spurgeon in the hallway of the St. Louis Residence, which serves about 110 people.
February 26, 2014

Every January, Sister Sarah Heger meets with a group of friends at a retreat center in Arizona for a fun weekend of relaxation and prayer -- and a few games of kickball.

But this is no ordinary group, explained the Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. These women are part of Giving Voice, a community of women religious primarily in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The group provides a setting in which younger women religious -- many of whom might be among the few younger vocations in their own...

November 06, 2013

Her favorite Cardinal is Yadier Molina. Sorry Timothy Dolan, but the all-star catcher tops even her favorite Church cardinal. She never taught Cardinal Dolan, but did teach both St. Louis Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice and Bishop Robert J. Hermann when they were youngsters.

Sister Madelene Reiners, a proud member of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon for almost 70 years, has been a St. Louis Cardinals fan since 1926 when she, her parents and nine siblings would sit...

October 23, 2013

Sister Paula Patrice Michaud soon will be age 88 and will celebrate 70 years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

She doesn't rest on her laurels though, and now volunteers to work part time at the front desk of the sisters' motherhouse in south St. Louis, "greeting the dear neighbor" as she calls her efforts to assist callers and visitors.

The retired educator, who taught from 1946-53 at St. Matthew the Apostle School in north St. Louis, at first laughs off her...

October 09, 2013

Rising before the sun can break through the darkness of night, the Discalced Carmelite nuns wake to the sound of a loud wooden clapper and a voice calling them to communal prayer with the words, "Praise be Jesus...

Lisa Johnston |

A photographic portrait of St. Therese of Lisieux was taken by her blood sister, Celine Martin, who was also a Carmelite Nun at the Carmel of Lisieux in France. The photograph was in a side chapel at the Carmel of St. Joseph where the small wooden writing desk belonging to St. Therese of Lisieux has was made available to the public to view.
September 09, 2013

The Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver often find themselves compared to the hidden roots of a tree. Their work largely goes unnoticed, but what they do bears much fruit, especially for missionary efforts around the world.

Here in St. Louis, three missionary sisters carry on the work as first laid out in 1894 by their foundress, Blessed Mary Theresa Ledóchowska. The Austrian-born Polish countess, who dedicated her life to the African missions, named the community after St. Peter...

June 12, 2013

Residents and others concerned for years about the cleanup of radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton have gained a new ally in the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.

The community of women religious, which moved its administrative offices to Bridgeton in December 2011, recently said it is advocating for the safe excavation of the radioactive waste via the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). Last week, a group of sisters...

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