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Former Oakland A's player studying to become Norbertine priest

Baseball player leaves behind success on diamond to follow God’s call

September 19, 2014 OAKLAND, Calif. (CNS) — Bishop Michael C. Barber was able to do what general manager Billy Beane could not: Call Grant Desme to Oakland. Four years ago, the Oakland Athletics and the baseball community were stunned when Desme responded to an invitation to spring training by retiring from baseball at age 23…

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CCHD grants foster hope, help people help themselves

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor In the fall of 2012, a professor, a machinist union steward, an advocate for immigrants and a couple of employees approached the owners of a restaurant in St. Cloud. The owners had not given the employees the wages they had been promised, so the group banded together to request that…

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