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Sisters committed lives to serving poor, vulnerable people in Mississippi

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Sr. Paula Merrill, a member of the congregation since 1979, was found murdered Aug. 25 along with Sr. Margaret Held, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, in the home they shared in Durant, Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety announced late Aug. 26 that Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, had been charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the deaths.

Health smart

See for Yourself - A rainy, soggy Saturday morning couldn't dampen the spirits of energetic booth workers at an outdoor health fair. Several colorful tents dotted the plaza, providing some shelter over the workers and their mountains of informational brochures and give-away items piled on tables inside the small canopies.

Q & A with Sr. Amy Hereford, reaching out to those called to religious life

Last year, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in St. Louis decided to revamp the way it does vocation and formation, moving from a single vocations director to a team made up of the last four women to join the congregation. That team includes Sr. Amy Hereford, the woman who wrote the book on the future of religious life — or at least one of them.

Are you school shaped?

GSR Today - In the 1750s when Nano Nagle founded the first of her seven schools in Ireland, the shape of a school was a thatched cottage. It was a school that opened its doors in secret as running a school was a risky business for Catholics. The law forbade it and to be detected was to put oneself in danger of arrest or deportation.