Melrose-area community comes together in wake of St. Mary Church fire

The Visitor On the morning after St. Mary Church in Melrose suffered a devastating fire, small groups of people gathered around the building to survey the damage, take photos with their cell phones, and offer comfort to one another. Some, like parishioner Bob Leukam, had gathered there the night before, too, when fire departments from…

Peace event in Alexandria fosters education about refugees

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Over the next two weeks, Randy and Joan Meyer and their daughters, Rachel, 15, and Rebecca, 13, will light a candle in their home and pray the rosary for Hany, a 21-year-old refugee in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Until July 25 when the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation committee at…