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Why Liliane feeds the hungry in Adrian

Liliane coordinates the food pantry at St. Mary Parish in Adrian. For 20 years, hungry clients have been able to visit the pantry and “shop” for enough food to feed their families for three meals. We asked Liliane to tell us why she spends so much of her time at the pantry.

“For me, it’s important to give back to the community. It is important to make the world a better place. We don’t want people to be hungry in the world. I’m putting my energy where it is needed.”

What guys want girls to know, what girls want guys to know

Ten years ago, we asked teens about the relationships between guys and girls. This year, we asked them the same questions. We thought there might be a difference in a decade, but a lot of things stayed the same. Whether 2003 or 2013, guys and girls are interested in trust, honesty and respect – pretty eternal values for relationships!

What mistakes do girls make with guys?


Everyday Superheroes

You don’t need to be a superhero in order to make the world a better place. You don’t need to be extraordinary or special; you just need to be you. I think that most people in today’s society, especially teenagers, would look at the question, “How do you make the world a better place?” and be stumped. In fact, they probably wouldn’t know how to respond to the question at all.

Finding a friend in God

Charlie Ludlow is a “relationship” kind of guy – he has a big group of friends, but one best friend; he had one girlfriend for almost all of high school; and he is close to his family. His relationships are important to him.

“Relationships are all about the ups and downs,” Charlie says. “No matter how great the relationship is, there always will be some downs. You just have to stick it out until it gets better again.”

God is the heart of Sopia and Nate's romance

Sophia Roth and Nate Winnie look like an average teenage couple. They smile and laugh, sharing inside jokes and memories. Nate offers a compliment, boasting how beautiful her choir voice is, while she talks about his accomplishments on the football field.

But Sophia and Nate, both headed into their senior year at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, talk differently than most teens. Rooted in their Catholic upbringing and scholarly endeavors, the two show uncommon respect for each other, and have vowed not to rush their relationship emotionally and physically.


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