Cover Story - The journey home

By Jean Parietti

The doors to St. Rose de Viterbo Church swung open and Karla Garcia stepped with her family into the sanctuary. The 12-year-old’s eyes were immediately drawn to the large crucifix hanging above the altar.

Finding the face of Christ in the poor


The door swings open and a young girl stands inside. Blood is pouring down her face. Her mother, cupping a hand under the girl’s nose, looks up at the pair of visitors who knocked.

“We’re from St. Vincent de Paul,” says Ned Delmore, standing with his wife, Janet.

Rediscovering a pearl of great price

By Jean Parietti

The surprising sacrament of matrimony

As a teenager, “Mary” was an energetic and faithful member of her parish, attending Sunday Mass, joining the youth group and being confirmed. So when Mary’s pastor, Father Tom Vandenberg, ran into her about a year after her high school graduation, he was shocked to learn she had gotten married outside the church.

Cover Story - Faith on the ferry


The ferry pushes off from the Friday Harbor dock and rumbles up to cruising speed. Soon it is gliding swiftly across the rippling waters as, all around, the lush green San Juan Islands rise dramatically out of the expanse. Overhead, a few cotton-puff clouds hang low in a bright blue sky.

People of Faith - Karen Moyer

Interview by Dan Lee

Karen Moyer — businesswoman, mother, wife and philanthropist — is the daughter of Digger Phelps, former Notre Dame men’s basketball coach and current ESPN analyst, and Teresa Godwin Phelps, an author and activist for women’s rights.