To ease racial divide, bishop urges people to listen, learn, pray, act

In St. Louis Monday, Belleville, Ill., Bishop Edward Braxton discussed the Black Lives Matter movement and his two pastoral letters on racial matters.

Spiritual approach to aging marks Little Sisters of the Poor ministry

The Little Sisters of the Poor St. Louis Residence, founded in 1869, is a special place where sisters are available to respond to residents' needs at any time, adding to the spiritually-minded care provided by lay staff members for the elderly.

Deacon, Hall of Famer 'Easy Ed' Macauley dies

ST. LOUIS -- Basketball Hall of Famer, former sportscaster and pro-life advocate Deacon Ed Macauley, known as "Easy Ed," died Nov. 8 in St. Louis at age 83. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Deacon Macauley was best known as an All-American with St. Louis University and a pro player with the St. Louis Bombers, Boston Celtics and St. Louis Hawks. The St. Louis University High School grad also coached the Hawks for two seasons. He was ordained a permanent deacon of the St. Louis Archdiocese in 1989.

He told the St. Louis Review, archdiocesan newspaper, in 1996 that he was grateful for the blessings he enjoyed and wanted to do something for others. He wanted especially to let people know how it makes sense and "how much fun it is" to follow the Christian life. An important element in the diaconate was the support of this wife, Jackie, he said.

St. Louis Polish parish rejects archdiocese's proposal

ST. LOUIS -- While efforts continue to re-establish St. Stanislaus as a Catholic parish, the Polish Catholics in the archdiocese who gather at St. Agatha Church in South St. Louis keep a watchful eye.

"The group is faithful. They follow the church, the archbishop, the pope and most of all Jesus," said Fr. Czeslaw Litak, a Polish native who is pastor of St. Agatha.