Cover Story - The Road to Recovery

Steve Rhoades passed through addiction, whorehouses and near-death experiences on his way to the Catholic Church

By Kevin Birnbaum

Steve Rhoades cuts a striking figure striding through downtown Seattle. The 6-foot, 180-pound former Marine wears a long graying ponytail and a chunky metal cross around his neck, and he's pushing a stroller. Inside are wool hats, candy bars and two folding chairs. His easy smile belies the often distressing nature of his work.

People of Faith - Steve Olson

Steve Olson sings for Christ
Interview by Dan Lee

Steve Olson has spent more than 30 years in public service and safety with the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department. As an arson investigator, he uncovers and reports the causes of fires and assists displaced families.

The power of the rosary

October is the month of the rosary, the string of beads and prayers that popes have called a “compendium of the entire Gospel.” For centuries, the rosary has been one of the most prevalent forms of popular piety in the Catholic Church. By meditating on its mysteries and reciting its Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glory Bes, countless Catholics have used the rosary to draw closer to Jesus Christ and his mother Mary. Meet four local people whose lives have been touched by the rosary.

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.