Success of English-language program for immigrants 'a gift from God'

The English Tutoring Project, an initiative of the St. Louis Area Women Religious Collaborative Ministries, helps immigrant and refugee students in Catholic schools acquire English-language skills, in a suburb north of St. Louis, Missouri. Sr. Joyce Schramm, a Sister of Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon, tutors 18 students at Holy Trinity in kindergarten, first and third grades. In all, 106 students are served, representing 11 countries of origin.

Spiritual approach to aging marks Little Sisters of the Poor ministry

Katie Hoormann stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. She waved the bat around and got set.

The young man who was the pitcher let an underhanded toss soar. Katie swung and made contact, driving in a run for the Little Sisters of the Poor residents' team. Applause erupted in the open-space auditorium.

"She's 96 years old," exclaimed a gentleman sitting in a chair, with his walker at his side.