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Mission to Bolivia, land of peace

The St. Louis missionaries to the poorest country in South America bring the Catholic faith to people there, showing them God's mercy and love. Their parish work is seen daily - often from sunrise to much beyond sunset. But it also reflects in the people of the parish, from children to older adults, who are empowered and inspired to serve others or to take up the cross of Christ.

Five Catholic non-profits named as top workplaces in St. Louis

Sedrick Williams, a case manager at Marygrove, worked with Nicholas, who made his daily check in at the University of St. Louis web portal to check in on financial aid.  Having been moved around in 14 different foster homes, the high school senior found inner strength at Marygrove and is graduating with honors to go and study engineering at Mizzou starting this summer. Marygrove have often been through multiple, failed placements in other residential facilities or foster homes. Many come from abusive, violent and severely disruptive family situations; some come from failed adoptions; and, in a few instances, children are discharged from psychiatric hospitals directly to Marygrove. Most of the residents are diagnosed with behavioral and psychiatric disorders as a result of abuse and neglect.

Rewards come in small but special moments for Marygrove employees

Like, at a grocery story, when a former resident, all grown up now, warmly greets a staffer who positively influenced his life.

"That's very powerful," said Kathryn Feldt, Marygrove's chief development officer.

Or when they see Marygrove youngsters play for the first time on sports teams or learn to swim, ride bikes or to drive. Or when they see on Facebook that a former resident lists Florissant as his home town because, well, that's where Marygrove is.

Review captures 22 Catholic press awards for writing, photography and general excellence

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The St. Louis Review and Catholic St. Louis magazine earned 22 awards for writing, photography, design, multimedia and general excellence at the 2016 Catholic Press Association awards ceremony June 3 in St. Louis.

The Review won third place in general excellence in weekly newspapers with circulation of 25,001 or more. Judges wrote that the paper “presented a variety of articles and viewpoints on topics ranging from the relationship of fish and Lent to the homeless community, to safety in Catholic schools. Great writing.”

Going 360 - a 'bubble pilgrimage' during the Year of Mercy

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto

A sister knelt in adoration at Mount Grace convent, home of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters.
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are invited to make a pilgrimage as a sign of fostering our faith and deepening our understanding of Christ's mercy.

But what if that pilgrimage were inside a bubble? Review photographer Lisa Johnston and reporter Jennifer Brinker visited the nine pilgrimage sites designated in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and created virtual 360-degree spherical images — called bubbles — to show you the insides of these pilgrimage sites.

Bishop Rice gets thanks for personable style, faithfully serving God

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto 

Bishop Edward Rice will be heading south to become the Bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese.  A Mass of Thanksgiving was held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.  It was attended by friends and family of the Bishop.  "You are all pieces of the mosaic of my life," he said during his homily. Before entering Mass he joked with Father David Milsocia, Father Charles Sampson and Father Raymond Buehler.

Bishop Edward Rice's personable, relaxed style and his example of faithfully serving God and His people were on display at a Mass May 24 in which Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Catholics bid him farewell and thanked him for his years of service to the archdiocese. He's headed to southern Missouri to lead the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese.

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