Glimpse of life
For the Holy Cross students, God's choice might not be evident for another five to 10 years Still, the idea is present even now. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse during a field trip Feb. The girls were happy to meet a sister since none of the group had ever been around nuns before. Lisa Johnston The "amazing community" put the possibility at the forefront on Feb. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse in south St. Louis, learning about the sisters and their mission of "Serving our neighbors without distinction. In addition to vocation stories, the Holy Cross students learned about the prayer lives at each venue, ministries and the rich history of each in the Archdiocese of St.
The seminary traces its beginning to , after the Vincentians' arrival in Perryville. The Sisters of St. Joseph came from France about 20 years later. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in , St. Joseph Academy in and Fontbonne College now University in Schaefer called the visit "really interesting.
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I'm really glad I had chance to come here today and experience this. Sixth-grade language arts teacher Katie Bourne helped organized the excursion. Joseph's Academy graduate, she described the sisters as "really special to me.
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Years ago, Catholic school students encountered religious sisters and priests as teachers and administrators on a daily basis. A few schools in the archdiocese have religious sisters or priests in key roles today, but most have primarily lay faculty, administrators and staff, making the encounters between students and religious rare.
By happenstance, Crow once met a religious sister at a secular bookstore.
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They got to talking, and the sister described religious life as "cool," Crow said. Though some people mistakenly equate vocations strictly with consecrated life or priestly life, vocations also include married and single lives. Sister Clare Bass of the CSJ Vocations Team stressed to the Holy Cross girls that vocations encompassed all of these things, telling them that vocations are about "being our best selves: You just have to trust in God, and He'll find the path that's best.
Louis Review 20 Archbishop May Dr. Years have passed, but many of the adventures I fantasized about as a child -- traveling and weaving my way between worlds other than my own — have become realities through my work as a documentary photographer.
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But no other experience has felt as true to my childhood dreams as living amongst and documenting the lives of fellow wanderers across the United States. This is the nomadic dream, a different kind of American dream lived by young hobos, travelers, hitchhikers, vagrants and tramps. In most of our minds, the vagabond is a creature from the past. The word "hobo" conjures up an old black and white image of a weathered old man covered in coal, legs dangling out of a boxcar, but these photographs are in color, and they portray a community swirling across the country, fiercely alive and creatively free, seeing sides of America that no one else gets to see.
Like their predecessors, today's nomads travel the steel and asphalt arteries of the United States.
By day, they hop freight trains, stick out their thumbs, and ride the highways with anyone from truckers to soccer moms. By night, they sleep beneath the stars, huddled together with their packs of dogs, cats and pet rats between their bodies.
Some travelers take to the road by choice, renouncing materialism, traditional jobs and university degrees in exchange for a glimmer of adventure. Others come from the underbelly of society, never given a chance to mobilize upwards: Where others see stories of privation and economic failure, travelers view their own existence through the prism of liberation and freedom.
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They'd rather live off of the excess of what they view as a wasteful consumer society than slave away at an unrealistic chance at the traditional American dream. They take advantage of the fact that in the United States, up to 40 percent of all food ends up in the garbage by scavenging for perfectly good produce in dumpsters and trash cans. They sacrifice material comforts in exchange for the space and the time to explore a creative interior, to dream, to read, to work on music, art and writing.