Shrine ‘touched by holiness’

Shrine ‘touched by holiness’

Archbishop Allen Vigneron and Fr. Alex Kratz They spent three years overcoming the odds: finding funds; enlisting volunteers; restoring what once resembled a haunted house. But according to Fr. Alex Kratz and Patti Giangrande, it all came down to prayers. “God...
Shanghai Summer

Shanghai Summer

This summer, John Boissy could have given his brain a rest. Instead, he took on the academic Olympics: He went to China and studied Mandarin Chinese. Inspired by his Asian heritage and the desire to learn the language for ministry, Br. John took a class last year at...
Wheelchair Basketball at Friars Club

Wheelchair Basketball at Friars Club

More than a game, it’s a lesson in living with disabilities The words “disability” and “defeat” do not belong in the same sentence, according to Jake Counts. Physically challenged people can do a lot of things, he says – and that includes playing sports. To prove his...
Saving a Shrine

Saving a Shrine

BY TONI CASHNELLI The statues are peeling. The parking lot is a crazy quilt of patch work. And the chain link fence has taken a few hits. But Friar Alex Kratz looks beyond the neglect and disrepair, and what he sees is holy ground. That, and a world of possibilities....
Parents as Pupils

Parents as Pupils

Twice a month when Sunday Mass ends, about 60 people follow Br. Al Mascia across the street from Our Lady of La Salette Church in Berkley, Mich., for even more worship. It’s a remarkable sight.