Love causing light to rise: remembering Fr. Solanus Casey, being beatified

"He had a love for people who were poor and suffered too much," says Capuchin Fr. Ron Rieder of fellow Capuchin Fr. Solanus Casey, whose assignment as monastery doorkeeper, as well as his capacity to listen, made him accessible to people who needed healing. He will be beatified Nov. 18 in Detroit before an estimated audience of 60,000 people.

Silver Lake's work college program carves niche for Franciscan school

Silver Lake College adopted the "earning while learning" method last year, making it the only Catholic work college in the United States. The Wisconsin school, founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in 1885, is in its second year of requiring students to work 10 hours a week as part of the curriculum. The bulk of the students' earnings go toward their tuition.

In Colombian slums, sisters' kitchen feeds at-risk children, keeps them off streets

In the slums of Arjona, an hour's drive from Cartagena, Colombia, the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate run a dining hall feeds about 130 impoverished children a day. The sisters feed children from 6 months to 15 years old at Centro Social Pastoral Madre Francisca, a kitchen in the barrio of Limonar. Many children there are at risk of joining gangs or falling into prostitution.