Carleen Reck, a School Sister of Notre Dame, has been an educator most of her life — teacher, administrator, superintendent and a director of the National Catholic Educational Association — and has served in her community’s leadership. From 1999 to 2016, she directed the Criminal Justice Ministry, formerly a program of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul in St. Louis, which, in 2013, she helped become a separate nonprofit agency, affiliated with the St. Louis Archdiocese.

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The way it’s supposed to be

I grew up in a home where Dad was an organizer, so we grew up expecting everything to be in order. Dad's workbench had a chalked outline for each tool, arranged from the smallest hammer or screwdriver to the largest. Before we could read, we would line up our Tinker Toy rods by size, shortest to longest. Our building blocks likewise were automatically sorted into small, medium and large.