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Subject Area: Parishes

Civil Rights Pilgrimage Brings New Orleans Catholics Together

By Rachel Amiri On February 24, a group from Holy Name of Jesus and Immaculate Conception Jesuit parishes, St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, the Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP) and the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) embarked on a sobering and prayerful journey to Montgomery, Alabama, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement in the …

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Deacon Carmelo Rivera Martinez Finds Fulfillment in His Service to San Ignacio

By Fr. Ronald Gonzales, SJ Deacon Carmelo Rivera Martinez has been serving the Parroquia San Ignacio community in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for more than 60 years. Starting at age 24, Deacon Carmelo – as he is known throughout the island – worked for the Jesuit community at San Ignacio serving food. Realizing the fulfillment …

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Christine Dragonette Promotes Love in Action at St. Francis Xavier College Church

By Ignatius Plato Social justice is central to the Society of Jesus’ way of proceeding. Christine Dragonette, the director of social ministry at St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis, shares fully in this mission, basing all she does in love of her neighbors. Dragonette has served in social ministry at the parish for …

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In Gratitude for Sara Noreña

By Fr. James Caime Sara Noreña was born and raised in Kansas City but was baptized at San Francisco de Assisi parish near her mother’s family home, a town near Mexico City. Her mother, Lupe, and her Aunt Amalia made sure Sara knew her family in Mexico – including her grandmother, her cousin and her …

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In Gratitude for Eva Garcia

By Fr. Rafael García, SJ Eva Garcia was born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. After living in Juárez, Mexico, for some years, in 1998, she moved to El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two daughters. She settled in a modest apartment in historic Chihuahuita, close to Sacred Heart Parish, and immediately began serving the parish. …

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In Gratitude for Jim & Nancy Bell

Jim and Nancy Bell joined St. Francis Xavier Parish (SFX) in Kansas City, Mo., in 2008 after being invited by friends to visit. They were drawn to the welcoming and diverse community with its emphasis on social justice. Together, they volunteer in the food pantry and are members of the SFXcellent Walkers and Runners who raise money …

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