Archbishop Robert J. Carlson is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Northern Lieutenancy. Father Brian Fallon, assistant director of the Office of Vocations, is traveling with the archbishop and is filing these reports.
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Michael Sawyer wheeled off Laclede Station Road onto Archbishop May Drive, then marveled at the beautiful edifice coming up on his right -- the Cardinal Rigali Center, formerly home of Kenrick Seminary and, as of June 29, his place of employment.
"This is probably the most beautiful building I've ever worked in, bar none; it's fantastic," said Sawyer, who worked in "some beautiful palaces" in a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan as part of a four-year hitch with the United States Army. "This is definitely the prettiest, by far."
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On a chilly afternoon, under a few brief bursts of warmth from the sun, students at Cor Jesu Academy scurried about as they prepared to leave for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The annual event commemmorates the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that essentially legalized abortion on demand.
If you start a conversation with Fr. Mike Boehm, ask him about the firefighting plaques that hang in his office. The intensity and joy in his answer will tell you a great deal about the man and his priesthood. While assigned as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Washington, he also volunteered for more than five years as a firefighter for the Washington Fire Department.