We at The Catholic Sun love bringing you local stories. We have an active diocese, especially during the academic year. Feedback indicates that you read a lot of our articles. We’ve had several reports of “cover to cover” readers.
But if we are your only/main source for Catholic news, you’re missing some other worthwhile reads. Here are some headlines of interest from other diocesan papers:
- Fr. Ryan honors pioneers of integration
The Tennessee Register reported how a local Catholic high school (named after a priest) became the first predominantly white high school in the state to integrate its sports team 50 years ago this fall. Classes had been integrated since shortly after the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision nine years earlier, but not athletics until Willie Brown and Jesse Porter joined the basketball team. Read more about the team’s successes in the years that followed in the full article.
- How a silent retreat can improve your life
The Catholic Herald in the Diocese of Superior offers great insight for those afraid it will be too challenging to stay silent and disconnected from technology for so long.
To discern going on a silent retreat in the Diocese of Phoenix, inquire with the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale. A silent contemplative retreat is being held Nov. 14-17. You might also try discussing private retreat rooms with Mount Claret or the Benedictine Sisters at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery.
- Minnesota native brings pro-life message to Champions for Life
The Catholic Spirit in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis introduces you to — or catches you up with — Danielle Rose, a music missionary whose latest album, “Culture of Life,” was released on the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Catholics in the Diocese of Phoenix may know her name or her voice. She has performed in concert here in recent years including the farewell celebration for Mary Peterson’s tenure with Maggie’s Place.
- Bishop blessed shelter: Center for homeless migrant workers celebrates completion (with a bonus photo gallery)
(Technically, this wasn’t printed in a diocesan paper, but a secular daily. It was well-written and given a bit of space considering the Catholic perspective) The local section of the San Diego Union-Tribune covered the blessing of a 100-bed mission-style shelter, named La Posada de Guadalupe, that is split to equally serve homeless men and migrant workers. Local philanthropists supported the effort. The motive for one of them drew on his experience as a as a high schooler when students got out of class early to pick agriculture in the post-WWII era because there weren’t enough field workers around.
Criminal Justice Ministry: Rooted in Gospel message
The “Living Our Faith” section of the St. Louis Review profiles the St. Vincent de Paul ministry turned independent nonprofit. It helps inmates getting out of prison adjust to civilian life with everything from how to be in a crowd to grocery shopping — some had never written a check, others were overwhelmed by the variety of chips now on the market — to a Release to Rent program.
Related article: Criminal Justice Ministry recharged
- Rediscover the saints
This special section within The Catholic Spirit explores a different topic each issue to help readers rediscover the richness of the faith. One recent issue focused on the saints.
Two articles caught my attention. The first dealt with saint-inspired baby names. The second explored the saints through the eyes of a local artist who creates drawings for a seminary and a global youth outreach ministry.
More on saints.
- The Founding of ‘El Pueblo’
The Tidings based in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles reports how the city of Angels came into being, starting with its first 11 families — 44 people total
- Century of Compassion: St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home marks centennial of caring for children
Indiana’s NWI Catholic manages to trace 100 years of history into one article. Learn about the Carmelite Home from its orphanage days to currently offering three levels of care: residential treatment, emergency shelter and teen mothers.