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Deacon Tom's hospital ministry is a 'liturgy of the bedside'

“Liturgy of the bedside” is how Tom Franklin, deacon at St. Mary in Chelsea, refers to hospital ministry. For him, hospital ministry is a passionate symphony of the co-mingling of faith and life with sickness, and possibly death. “Hospital ministry is a relational ministry, a ministry of encounter. It is making present the love and care of Jesus, in whatever guise he would be recognized by the patient,” he says.

'Overwhelmed by the value' of her Catholic education

Trudy's convictions never waver

Stepping into Trudy Ritter’s Ann Arbor home is stepping into history.

Born in 1929 in Reading, Pa., Trudy has seen the white smoke of eight newly elected popes, and lived through World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, 9/11, the first African-American president and more.

Through it all, she has remained devoted to the Catholic Church, its faith and its education.

Dr. Mona, the hero of the Flint water crisis

"I was just doing my job"

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the hero of the Flint water crisis, has carved out 30 minutes from the onslaught of press events and public hearings. Stolen from her duties as Director of Hurley Medical Center’s Pediatric Residency Program and Associate Professor at Michigan State University’s Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, this interview time is precious.

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!’

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