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I felt at home at Mass

Paul's conversion led him to become an RCIA sponsor.

Paul Parker had spent weeks imagining how the Easter Vigil would unfold. With family and friends in attendance at St. Mary Church in Ann Arbor, Parker was overcome with emotion as he prepared to receive confirmation, becoming a full-fledged member of the Catholic Church.

But the night didn’t go as planned for the 23-year-old out of Dexter. Parker found himself battling the stomach flu. He laughs now about his indoctrination to the Catholic family, feeling the ceremony’s powerful impact months after the April 4 evening.

Faith talks to Christopher West, noted expert on Theology of the Body

After searching for answers to questions about the meaning of life, love and the purpose of sex, renowned speaker and author Christopher West found the answers he was looking for in the words of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB).

West, who is also the founder and president of the Cor Project – a global outreach that encourages people to learn, live and share the Theology of the Body – first learned of the Theology of the Body in 1993, and he has since spent his time studying and sharing St. John Paul II’s teachings across the globe.

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.


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