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Praise and Adoration Benedictine Style

Praise and Adoration Benedictine Style

St. John of the Cross tells us: For the knowledge of God is received in divine silence. Take a moment from your busy day to visit by video this Benedictine seminary where God is adored and praised through Gregorian Chant. Benedict of Nursia

Delaney's Story - Watch the Video

Delaney’s Story – Watch the Video

As we mentioned in last week’s update, early intervention can, in some cases, lessen the impact of more serious disabilities. For example, studies have shown that early interventions can help children with mild to profound hearing loss improve their vocabulary skills and speech production (see the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center-NECTAC-for details). Intervention can […]

First Steps - Intervention Help for Infants and Toddlers

First Steps – Intervention Help for Infants and Toddlers

First Steps is the name the state of Missouri has given to the early intervention it provides to infants and toddlers pursuant to Part C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). To qualify, children must be diagnosed with a disability or learning delay or have been born with a serious medical condition, […]

NCADP Condemns Execution of Leon Taylor

NCADP Condemns Execution of Leon Taylor

Following the execution of Leon Taylor this week, the ninth in Missouri this year, the National Coalition Against the Death Penalty (NCADP) had strong words for state officials. The NCADP director Diann Rust-Tierney said: With the backdrop of Ferguson, it’s astonishing that Governor Nixon can fail to take seriously real and justified concerns with racial […]

Support Continues to Grow for Stopping Execution of Texas Death-Row Inmate

Support Continues to Grow for Stopping Execution of Texas Death-Row Inmate

National support continues to grow opposing the execution of Texas inmate Scott Panetti set for December 3. Among the groups raising alarm are National Alliance on Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association, the American Bar Association, disability groups, mental health experts, former prosecutors, legislators, Christian leaders, and murder victim family members.Panetti, a man who has suffered […]

He's coming...

He’s coming…

Pope Francis has confirmed he will be visiting the United States in September 2015 to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. This stop is the first on what is expected to be an extensive trip to North America. For more, read this Catholic News Service story.

Leon Taylor to be Executed on November 19

Leon Taylor to be Executed on November 19

The state of Missouri is continuing the pace of setting an execution a month with the execution of Leon Taylor scheduled for November 19.  Mr. Taylor, an African-American, was sentenced to death for the 1994 gas station robbery/murder of Robert Newton, who was white. In Taylor’s case, issues of racial disparity and legal misfortune are […]

Join Your Voice with Civic and Religious Leaders Asking for Clemency

Join Your Voice with Civic and Religious Leaders Asking for Clemency

This week civic and religious leaders, including the Catholic bishops of Missouri, sent a clemency letter to Governor Nixon asking that he show mercy to Leon Taylor and commute his sentence to life in prison without parole. Aside from issues of racial disparity in the case (see above article) the letter also mentions Taylor’s rehabilitation […]

Archbishop Carlson Calls for Peace in Ferguson

Archbishop Carlson Calls for Peace in Ferguson

In anticipation of the grand jury verdict that is expected any day, Archbishop Carlson has re-issued his call for peace in St. Louis regarding what occurred in Ferguson earlier this fall.  Archbishop Carlson’s statement calls for “integration of our hearts,” and challenges anyone who would resort to violence to reconsider. “Be an instrument of peace […]