Seminarian, 30, Called Home to God; Dies in His Sleep

A 30-year-old seminarian at St. Paul Seminary-School of Divinity died unexpectedly in his sleep August 31 while visiting his mother's home in Anamosa, Iowa. John Wesley Lawrence had graduated from Iowa State University and worked an accountant in downtown Des Moines when he heard God's call to the priesthood. He entered the seminary in January 2013, and was expected to be ordained to the priesthood in June 2018. He was looking forward to traveling to Philadelphia with other seminarians from the … [Read more...]

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Drug-Crazed Intruder Kills Samuel Traut, Popular Bible Teacher at NDSU Newman Center

"A good young man unknowingly opened his back door to a monster.”At a news conference regarding back-to-back slayings in Fargo, North Dakota, Police Chief Dave Todd repeated the line he'd heard Wednesday, explaining why 24-year-old Samuel Traut had been killed. The young man, who taught bible studies and other courses at the Newman Center at North Dakota State University, was hammered to death after opening his door and offering a stranger a glass of water.Ashley K. Hunter, who is ac … [Read more...]

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HEARTSONGS: The Story of Matti Stepanek Will Knock Your Socks Off

Requiem in SeaOh, to call the conch my home . . . Stormy-smoothed tunnels of Kaleidoscope walls spiraling into Pearl-shimmered dyes, Ever-changing with the light Of the sun, of the moon, Of the tide, and the gloaming, And surging, and sighing,Of the sea . . . Of that space That calls to me Beyond the Polished Pier, Beyond the now, and here.Echo of ocean breath, Silhouette of Light, Indescribable description Passing, mortal fathoming. Passion, ebbing into solace, Upon … [Read more...]

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