St. Louis

The Music of Church Bells

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

My parish church of St. Vincent de Paul, established in 1844 and the second-oldest church in St. Louis, recently rang its bells for the first time in several years.

Since the supports for the heavy bells were in dire need of repair, we were advised not to ring the bells until they and the church tower could be fixed.

So the bells were silent for too many days.

When we celebrated the feast of St. Vincent on Sept. 25, the parish members gathered on the church steps to hear the bells’ music again.

Divine Presence

By Sister Regina Siegfreid, ASC

My parish, St. Vincent De Paul in St. Louis, recently began offering Eucharistic adoration on Friday afternoons.

A city parish, St. Vincent sponsors a number of social ministries for our homeless and poor neighbors.
On a recent Friday afternoon, as I made my way from the parish hall and offices to the church, one of our homeless guests asked me for some clothing that he desperately needed for a new job he would begin on Monday. I asked him to stay for our evening meals program and I’d have his clothing.

Pokemon Go Players Miss the Real Hot Spots

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

The day after a ferocious storm slammed into St. Louis, I walked to nearby Tower Grove Park to see for myself the heartbreaking damage to trees.

Downed trees and branches, although common after severe storms, are always disturbing. Earth, trees, park workers, and walkers seemed to feel the pain over the loss of these old, stately giants.

Off in the distance, Pokemon Go players who had gathered around a hotspot at the park’s music stand seemed oblivious to a huge branch that had fallen close to them.

A Precious Encounter with Jesus and Miss Nadine

By Sister Maria Hughes, ASC

Where have I adored the Blood of Christ today?

As an Adorer, I try to ponder this question each day. Yesterday, I met the precious blood of Jesus in a woman named Miss Nadine.

Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC, and I joined many others in greeting the Nuns on the Bus at Southside Housing Coalition Midtown Center in St. Louis. As we gathered, we met brothers and sisters from all parts of society. Painted on the side of the bus were the words, “reweaving the fabric of society.”

Seeds of Our Lives Collected and Sown

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

Perhaps it’s my Shaw neighborhood’s proximity to the Missouri Botanical Garden, or maybe it’s Tower Grove Park’s historic greenness, or the neighborhood streets lined with tall, stately trees. Whatever the reason, Shaw teems with gardeners.

cosmos-flower-1336714A few weeks ago, a small pocket garden right around the corner from our house hosted an annual plant swap. I had a rich harvest of orange cosmos seeds from last year, so I packaged them and walked them over to the garden full of Shaw residents, swapping, exchanging, and trading plants. 

Enjoying Spring While Waiting for Therapy

By Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC

I am Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC and I have pancreatic cancer. In fact, I have lived with cancer since 2012. I hope to share in my blog my journey and my reflections on the presence of God in my life. It is my hope that those who read my entries will find strength for their own journeys. 

Time often passes swiftly as we go about our daily lives, but when one is waiting, time can seem like it never moves. Of course that is nothing new. We have all experienced the drag of time especially when we are waiting for something like a vacation or a holiday.

I Have Faith in My Neighbors

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

I have faith in St. Louis, and especially in the people of our city’s many neighborhoods.

In my urban, south-side neighborhood, residents of my block have worked long and hard to create a peaceful, safe and friendly environment.

Most of us know and trust each other enough to have keys to one another’s homes, and can count on each other for help. That reliance and faith in each other were forged in relationships built on discussions held over back-yard fences, in block parties and during alley cleanups.

Is St. Louis safe?

 

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

St. Louis, home of the iconic Gateway Arch and world-famous St. Louis Cardinals, often ranks as one of the most dangerous U.S. cities on ubiquitous lists that try to make sense of violent crime per capita. The lists have their critics, who argue that the process is flawed and would reach a more accurate – and safe – conclusion if list-makers surveyed the entire metropolitan area.

I live in St. Louis and do care about safety, but I am not afraid and don’t feel surrounded by violence.

Grateful for a Parachute

By Sr. Janis Yaekel, ASC

I am Sister Janis Yaekel, ASC and I have pancreatic cancer. In fact, I have lived with cancer since 2012. I hope to share in my blog my journey and my reflections on the presence of God in my life. It is my hope that those who read my entries will find strength for their own journeys. 


It’s now been a month since my last chemotherapy treatment and I am beginning to feel like my old self. This morning, I went for a walk and I could tell that I had energy for it.

Lights During Daytime

By Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

from freeimages.comA couple of years ago, I started to document “Life in Ordinary Time” through photos that capture the everyday images – throughout the seasons — of my yard, garden and surrounding Shaw neighborhood, as well as nearby Tower Grove Park.

I sat on my front steps one sunny, dusty Fall afternoon waiting for my neighbor, Paul, to deliver free, energy-efficient porch light bulbs that were donated by our electric company.

While I waited, I watched Danny and Bryan, two good neighbors, blow leaves from the sidewalks into the street.