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Twins in life - twins in faith

When Kate and Nicole Baumer sit next to each other, you might not guess that they are sisters. That is, until they start talking. They finish each other’s sentences, help each other find just the right word and gently tease each other.

In fact, the Baumer girls are more than sisters. They’re twins. But they couldn’t be more different.

“The only things we have in common are our parents, our faith and our voice,” says Kate.

Teen Essay Winner - Walking and Talking our Catholic faith

The 2011 Father Charles Irvin Essay Contest Winner

Every year, FAITH awards a $1,000 scholarship to a high-school senior in our diocese, based on an essay on a topic related to life in the Church. Our goal is to promote insightful thought and excellent writing, and to encourage careers in Catholic journalism. There are many ways to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, and good writing is one of them. We hope you enjoy this year’s essay by Krysten Perkins of Powers Catholic High School.

James' and Adriana's mission trip at home, Catholic Urban Project Missionaries

During the summer of 2011, James Pope became a Catholic missionary, entering a land where poverty has changed a once-thriving landscape to a scene of desolation. This summer, Adriana Perry walked the same heat-blistered terrain, carrying on the work James started last year. At the end of the eight-week missionary program, each returned home tired, wiser and in awe of the power of God.

2,200 Passengers, a brave priest, and a ship named Titanic

"May the all-powerful Lord grant us a restful night and a peaceful death.” This is the prayer that Catholic priests recite at the end of each day during Night Prayer –  part of the prayers every priest promises to pray throughout each day. It was this same brief prayer, albeit in Latin at the time, that was uttered by Father Thomas Byles as he strolled along the moonlit deck of a magnificent ocean liner en route to New York the evening of April 14, 1912. The name of that luxurious ship was RMS Titanic.

Life after being the bishop of Lansing

As we begin the celebration of the anniversary of the Diocese of Lansing, we talked with Most Rev. Carl Mengeling, who was the fourth bishop of Lansing, from Jan. 25, 1996, until April 28, 2008. He talks about those 12 years and about what he is doing in retirement.

The Call

It began the last Monday of October 1995. After Bible class, my associate told me a man with a heavy accent would phone at 9 p.m.

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