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From health crisis to classroom

Kathy brings her faith to teaching

Kathy Ferguson’s face glows as she recounts 3-year-old Eleanor’s story about adoration of the Eucharist. “She told her mom she visited Jesus in the chapel. She couldn’t see him, but she explained, ‘He’s behind the door, but he’s not hiding. He’s there, silly Jesus!’

52 years and counting

For Ed and Beth, marriage is 'a promise, a sacrament, a commitment'

Home from the Korean War, Ed Farrell returned to his native Upper Peninsula to attend college at Northern Michigan University. His service as an Army artillery instructor cost him his hearing, and a hearing test he took at Northern cost him his heart.

“I tested his hearing,” Beth Farrell recalls, “so I knew what I was getting into. I saved that audiogram, and it’s a good thing, too. It qualified him for VA benefits!”

A girl scout forever

For Marie, a Lifetime Girl Scout, faith and scouting go hand-in-hand. “I was able to better my faith in an activity that was fun at the same time,” she says.

Marie Kone, who attended St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School, Lansing Catholic High School and Michigan State University, found time in her busy life to earn the four Roman Catholic Religious Awards: Family of God, I Live My Faith, Spirit Alive and the Marian. Marie also earned the Pillars of Faith award, given to scouts who have received all four Catholic awards.

On trip with N.E.W. Life Center to see Pope, Jay felt like "bursting for joy"

Jarius (Jay) Montgomery started life in Flint, one of 15 children in a household where no one went hungry, but money was tight.

“I remember my father struggling to get a mortgage after we could no longer afford the rent on our house. He and my mom got us ready and took us to a lender. They lined my brothers, sisters and I up in the waiting room chairs and we sat there quietly until someone agreed to see us. My parents walked out of that office with the loan for the house they still live in today.


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