This month's edition of "The Catholic Mirror" is full of good news.
Check out the center section, where we profile the four new seminarians discerning priesthood and introduce you to seminarian Trevor Chicoine, who will be ordained a transitional deacon at the end of this month. That's the last major step to priesthood. God willing, he will become Father Trevor Chicoine next summer.
Also in this issue, we have some thoughts from Bishop Richard Pates on the upcoming election, and details on a Mercy Summit (an opportunity for all those who are doing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy to be affirmed and encouraged).
John Carr, who helped the U.S. bishops for more than 20 years on promoting and undersatnding Catholic social teaching will be in the area Oct. 2. And, we've got informaiton on seven Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVMs) who are celerbating major anniversaries.
Shelby County Nicaragua Partners shared their story of a growing relationship with a community in Nicaragua, and the St. Theresa Parish Togo Committee shared an update on its work with an African community.
Holy Family School in Des Moines has seen its academic scores skyrocket, and we've got stories on an upcoming banquet for Iowans for LIFE and the fifth anniversary of InnerVisions Healthcare.
Before you put your paper down, make sure you read through the story "Historic diocesan building renovations to start soon" on page 3. The Catholic Pastoral Center, at 601 Grand Ave. in Des Moines, is closing in mid-October for a major rehabilitation. Staff members are moving to office space across the street, at 666 Grand Ave, also known as 1 Ruan Center. Get the details in your edition of The Catholic Mirror.