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'faithful' detroit priest beatified by catholic church


detroit — a priest who wasn't allowed to preach instead turned his ears and heart to the needy. now, decades after his death, solanus casey is on a path to sainthood, celebrated as an incredibly humble man who brought people to god.father solanus, as he was known, was beatified saturday at a mass attended by more than 60,000 people at a stadium in detroit where he spent much of his ministry. pope francis said he met the requirements to earn the title of "blessed," especially after a woman from panama was instantly cured of a chronic skin disease while she prayed at his tomb in 2012.the woman, paula medina zarate, had a formal role at the mass, placing a cross in front of a portrait of father solanus after italian cardinal angelo amato read a decree by the pope, who described the priest as






arkansas church named for martyred oklahoma priest


decatur, ark. — a small arkansas church has been named in honor of a martyred priest from oklahoma.the oklahoman reports the catholic church in decatur has been dedicated as a mission and named the blessed stanley rother catholic church. the most rev. anthony taylor, bishop of the diocese of little rock, says the church is the first in the world named for rother.immigrants from guatemala, el salvador and mexico are members of the parish in the town about 165 miles (265 kilometers) northwest of little rock.the sept. 24 dedication was a day after rother was beatified during a ceremony in oklahoma city, moving him a step closer to sainthood.rother was a native of okarche in central oklahoma, serving as a missionary in guatemala when he was killed in 1981.






us priest martyred in guatemala beatified before thousands


okarche, okla. — few religious pilgrimages lead down a dusty, unpaved oklahoma road past grazing horses, metal barns and towering wind turbines in the distance.but the unusual destination of this 2,000-mile (3,218-kilometer) trek from central america to a farmhouse outside a one-stoplight town seems an appropriate honor for the rev. stanley rother, a martyred roman catholic priest celebrated for his unassuming nature and hard work.rother was beatified saturday at mass in oklahoma city, moving him one step closer to possible sainthood. thousands of people attended the ceremony at a downtown convention center to honor the church's first u.s.-born martyr and the first priest from the united states to be beatified. the beatification ceremony — which included hymns sung in english, spanish, vie






catholic church condemns priest's killing, the 3rd this year


mexico city — mexico's roman catholic church is condemning the killing of a parish priest in the state of mexico.the mexican council of bishops says it is praying for 73-year-old rev. luis lopez villa and for a halt to the country's violence.the nezahualcoyotl diocese declined to comment thursday. local press reports say lopez's body was found inside the san isidro labrador parish home in la paz township east of mexico city on wednesday night.the public safety office in la paz says the incident remains under investigation.lopez is the third priest killed this year in mexico. two priests in tijuana and mexico city were also wounded in stabbings this year.according to the church's catholic multimedia center, lopez is the 18th priest killed in mexico since the beginning of 2013.






pope adds 35 saints to church, nearly all martyrs


vatican city — pope francis, who often laments current persecutions of christians, has given the catholic church 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs, from past centuries.the latest saints were proclaimed sunday during a mass celebrated by francis in st. peter's square and attended by some 35,000 faithful, many of them pilgrims from the homelands of those being honored.thirty martyrs, including priests and lay persons, suffered anti-catholic persecution in 1645 at the hands of dutch calvinists in brazil, while three children, ages 12 and 13 who were indigenous persons in mexico, were martyred in the 1520s for refusing to renounce their catholic faith and return to their ancient traditions.the other two new saints are a 20th-century priest from spain and an italian priest who died in 1






omaha catholic school priest fired for confession questions


omaha, neb. (ap) — an associate pastor at an omaha catholic school has been fired after church officials say he asked middle school students whether they watched pornography or masturbated.a letter sent monday to parents of students at st. robert bellarmine catholic school said the priest last week had asked seventh- and eighth-graders those questions during confession.a roman catholic archdiocese of omaha spokesman told the omaha world-herald that the 26-year-old priest was ordained in june and is inexperienced. spokesman tim mcneil says the priest was overzealous and made a lapse in judgment in questioning the students.the priest was fired friday, a day after the inappropriate questions were asked.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.mcneil says no decision has been






pope adds 35 saints to church, nearly all martyrs


vatican city (ap) — pope francis, who often laments current persecutions of christians, has given the catholic church 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs, from past centuries.the latest saints were proclaimed sunday during a mass celebrated by francis in st. peter’s square and attended by some 35,000 faithful, many of them pilgrims from the homelands of those being honored.thirty martyrs, including priests and lay persons, suffered anti-catholic persecution in 1645 at the hands of dutch calvinists in brazil, while three children, ages 12 and 13 who were indigenous persons in mexico, were martyred in the 1520s for refusing to renounce their catholic faith and return to their ancient traditions.the other two new saints are a 20th-century priest from spain and an italian priest who died






poland's pm attends first mass celebrated by her son


warsaw, poland — poland's prime minister beata szydlo has attended the first roman catholic mass that her older son celebrated as priest.tymoteusz szydlo celebrated the mass on sunday at the church in przecieszyn (psheh-'tshe-shin) where he was baptized as a child. the 25-year-old was ordained as a priest the day before.the catholic prime minister said she and her husband, edward szydlo, were "very happy and proud." the couple has a second son, blazej.szydlo heads a government of the conservative law and justice party, which adheres to traditional catholic church teachings on marriage, same-sex relationships and abortion.






guatemalans travel to oklahoma to honor 1st us martyr


okarche, okla. (ap) — few religious pilgrimages lead down a dusty, unpaved oklahoma road past grazing horses, metal barns and towering wind turbines in the distance.but the unusual destination of this 2,000-mile (3,218-kilometer) trek from central america to a farmhouse outside a one-stoplight town seems an appropriate honor for the rev. stanley rother, a martyred priest celebrated for his unassuming nature and hard work.rother is set to be beatified saturday at roman catholic mass in oklahoma city, moving him one step closer to possible sainthood. the ceremony is expected to draw thousands to a downtown convention center to honor the church’s first u.s.-born martyr and the first priest from the united states to be beatified.the native of okarche was a 46-year-old missionary in guatemala w






guatemalans travel to oklahoma to honor 1st us martyr


okarche, okla. (ap) — few religious pilgrimages lead down a dusty, unpaved oklahoma road past grazing horses, metal barns and towering wind turbines in the distance.but the unusual destination of this 2,000-mile (3,218-kilometer) trek from central america to a farmhouse outside a one-stoplight town seems an appropriate honor for the rev. stanley rother, a martyred priest celebrated for his unassuming nature and hard work.rother is set to be beatified saturday at roman catholic mass in oklahoma city, moving him one step closer to possible sainthood. the ceremony is expected to draw thousands to a downtown convention center to honor the church’s first u.s.-born martyr and the first priest from the united states to be beatified.the native of okarche was a 46-year-old missionary in guatemala w






new york priest tells anti-trump protesters to commit suicide


a meme bearing the hashtag #jumpagainsttrump was posted by a catholic priest to his private facebook page recently and incited outrage among churchgoers. father philip pizzo, a roman catholic priest at the st. benedict joseph labre church in queens, new york, posted the image on his facebook page, inciting rage from followers and parishioners, the new…






should the catholic church allow married priests?


st. petersburg, fla. – when pope francis raised the possibility of married priests this month, it naturally raised a question for some men.what might have been? consider patrick j. clarke.he had been a well-liked priest at espiritu santo catholic church in safety harbor, fla., in 1996, when someone sent a copy of his marriage certificate to then-bishop robert lynch. clarke, it turned out, had been secretly married for 15 years. lynch gave him a choice: leave the marriage or leave the priesthood. clarke chose to stay with his wife.now 73, clarke sounds like a man with no regrets. “i am happily married and am grateful for my experience both as a priest and husband, father and grandfather,” he said. “i think the church would benefit from married clergy, but that is a decision for the vatican.






should the catholic church allow married priests?


st. petersburg, fla. – when pope francis raised the possibility of married priests this month, it naturally raised a question for some men.what might have been? consider patrick j. clarke.he had been a well-liked priest at espiritu santo catholic church in safety harbor, fla., in 1996, when someone sent a copy of his marriage certificate to then-bishop robert lynch. clarke, it turned out, had been secretly married for 15 years. lynch gave him a choice: leave the marriage or leave the priesthood. clarke chose to stay with his wife.now 73, clarke sounds like a man with no regrets. "i am happily married and am grateful for my experience both as a priest and husband, father and grandfather," he said. "i think the church would benefit from married clergy, but that is a decision for the vatican.






kankakee churches will merge due to priest shortage


a bishop is asking three catholic churches northeastern illinois to merge in an effort to make up for a priest shortage.the request comes from the joliet diocese's bishop daniel conlon. it would consolidate the st. rose of lima, st. martin of tours and st. teresa parishes in kankakee. congregants received the news last week.church members tell the (kanakee) daily journal they were "disheartened" but not surprised by the announcement.two catholic churches in kankakee have closed in the last 40 years. a single pastor currently serves all three churches considered for the merger.questions remain about what the consolidated church would be called and where it would hold services. the parishes may need to submit a plan as early as july before the church's fiscal year ends.






5 years in prison for priest who stole thousands in owosso


owosso, mich. (ap) — a retired priest has been sentenced to at least five years in prison for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a michigan church.the rev. david fisher was pastor for 23 years at st. joseph catholic church in owosso, 90 miles northwest of detroit. he was sentenced friday and ordered to repay $127,000.fisher retired in 2015 and moved to grand forks, north dakota. he’ll be eligible for parole after five years in prison. his maximum sentence is 15 years in prison.other michigan priests have been under scrutiny. the rev. richard fritz was accused of stealing more than $100,000, but charges were dropped in st. joseph county in july.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.in the lansing-area, the rev. jonathan wehrle is charged with embezzling $100,000






philippine church says priest, churchgoers taken hostage


manila, philippines — a philippine roman catholic church leader says a priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage from a cathedral by gunmen in a southern city.archbishop socrates villegas, president of the catholic bishops conference of the philippines, and another church official said wednesday that gunmen forced their way into a cathedral in marawi city and seized the rev. chito suganob and more than a dozen churchgoers and staff as fighting raged between government troops and muslim militants.villegas says the gunmen have threatened to kill the hostages "if government forces unleashed against them are not recalled."villegas asked filipinos to pray for the captives and for the government to make their safety a primary concern.






maplewood priest cleared of sexual misconduct is dismissed from church


a catholic priest acquitted in 2014 of inappropriate sexual contact with an adult parishioner has been relieved of his work as a priest by pope francis.the archdiocese of st. paul and minneapolis announced mark a. huberty’s departure from the church in a may 18 statement on its website, but did not explain why, or note whether it was linked to his old criminal case in ramsey county.“mark huberty, who was a priest of this archdiocese from 1996 until a leave of absence in 2013, was notified that he has been dispensed from the obligations of the clerical state by pope francis,” the statement said. “mark huberty can no longer serve as a priest.”huberty was tried before jurors in 2014 on one count each of fourth and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly starting a sexual relationsh






maplewood priest cleared of sexual misconduct is dismissed from church


a catholic priest acquitted in 2014 of inappropriate sexual contact with an adult parishioner has been relieved of his work as a priest by pope francis.the archdiocese of st. paul and minneapolis announced mark a. huberty’s departure from the church in a may 18 statement on its website, but did not explain why, or note whether it was linked to his old criminal case in ramsey county.“mark huberty, who was a priest of this archdiocese from 1996 until a leave of absence in 2013, was notified that he has been dispensed from the obligations of the clerical state by pope francis,” the statement said. “mark huberty can no longer serve as a priest.”huberty was tried before jurors in 2014 on one count each of fourth and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly starting a sexual relationsh






maplewood priest cleared of sexual misconduct is dismissed from church


a catholic priest acquitted in 2014 of inappropriate sexual contact with an adult parishioner has been relieved of his work as a priest by pope francis.the archdiocese of st. paul and minneapolis announced mark a. huberty’s departure from the church in a may 18 statement on its website, but did not explain why, or note whether it was linked to his old criminal case in ramsey county.“mark huber- ty, who was a priest of this archdiocese from 1996 until a leave of absence in 2013, was notified that he has been dispensed from the obligations of the clerical state by pope francis,” the statement said. “mark huberty can no longer serve as a priest.”huberty was tried before jurors in 2014 on one count each of fourth and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly starting a sexual relation






maplewood priest cleared of sexual misconduct is dismissed from church


a catholic priest acquitted in 2014 of inappropriate sexual contact with an adult parishioner has been relieved of his work as a priest by pope francis.the archdiocese of st. paul and minneapolis announced mark a. huberty's departure from the church in a may 18 statement on its website, but did not explain why, or note whether it was linked to his old criminal case in ramsey county."mark huber- ty, who was a priest of this archdiocese from 1996 until a leave of absence in 2013, was notified that he has been dispensed from the obligations of the clerical state by pope francis," the statement said. "mark huberty can no longer serve as a priest."huberty was tried before jurors in 2014 on one count each of fourth and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly starting a sexual relation






philippine church says priest, churchgoers taken hostage


manila, philippines (ap) — a philippine roman catholic church leader says a priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage from a cathedral by gunmen in a southern city.archbishop socrates villegas, president of the catholic bishops conference of the philippines, and another church official said wednesday that gunmen forced their way into a cathedral in marawi city and seized the rev. chito suganob and more than a dozen churchgoers and staff as fighting raged between government troops and muslim militants.villegas says the gunmen have threatened to kill the hostages “if government forces unleashed against them are not recalled.”villegas asked filipinos to pray for the captives and for the government to make their safety a primary concern.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $






plea in murder case from unlikely spot: the victim, a priest


st. augustine, fla. — a catholic priest found fatally s in the georgia woods asked prosecutors in a letter before his death not to seek capital punishment should his killer be convicted.church officials are citing a legal "declaration of life" document that the rev. rene robert signed before his slaying as they lobby against capital punishment for steven murray, a repeat offender the priest had befriended.prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty as they prepare to try murray for the slaying of the priest who picked him up for a ride in jacksonville, florida.murray said the priest would have forgiven him, so the state should as well.






pope adds 35 saints to church, nearly all martyrs


vatican city — pope francis, who often laments current persecutions of christians, has given the catholic church 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs, from past centuries.the latest saints were proclaimed sunday during a mass celebrated by francis in st. peter's square.thirty martyrs, including priests and lay persons, suffered anti-catholic persecution in 1645 at the hands of dutch calvinists in brazil, while three children, indigenous persons in 16th-century mexico, were martyred for embracing the catholic faith and refusing to return to their ancient conditions.the other two new saints are a 20th-century priest from spain and an italian priest who died in 1739.since becoming pontiff in 2013, francis has repeatedly paid tribute to christians suffering or even dying for their faith i






father prefontaine got little help building our lady of good help


the beloved pioneer and priest served as architect, painter and decorator for seattle’s first catholic church, dedicated in 1870.judging by the scrapbook of collected stories told about him, roman catholic priest father francis x. prefontaine was one of seattle’s more beloved pioneers. c.t. conover, himself a pioneer as well as longtime and often-quoted seattle times correspondent, described prefontaine as, “large, ruddy, genial and jovial with a liking for his fellow man.” his relaxed candor included a taste for expensive cigars, whiskey and real estate. his reputation as a fine cook mixed well with his conviviality.there were about 10 roman catholics living in seattle in 1868, when the 30-year-old priest relocated from port townsend to make a try at building seattle’s first catholic chur






married catholic priests? there are perhaps 120 in the u.s. already. here's how


pope francis made headlines across the globe when he suggested he was open to the idea of ordaining married men as a way to alleviate priest shortages in remote areas.some raised their eyebrows and took note, whereas other catholics shrugged, pointing out that paths, although they are narrow, already exist for married men to enter priesthood in the roman catholic church.experts say as many as 120 catholic priests in the u.s. are married.that’s largely because of a policy change made by pope john paul ii in 1980, which offered a path for married episcopal priests to continue their ministry after converting to catholicism.under the pastoral provision, father paul sullins, a former episcopal priest, was ordained in the catholic church in 2002 after converting four years earlier.each diocese i






married catholic priests? there are perhaps 120 in the u.s. already. here's how


pope francis made headlines across the globe when he suggested he was open to the idea of ordaining married men as a way to alleviate priest shortages in remote areas.some raised their eyebrows and took note, whereas other catholics shrugged, pointing out that paths, although they are narrow, already exist for married men to enter priesthood in the roman catholic church.experts say as many as 120 catholic priests in the u.s. are married.that’s largely because of a policy change made by pope john paul ii in 1980, which offered a path for married episcopal priests to continue their ministry after converting to catholicism.under the pastoral provision, father paul sullins, a former episcopal priest, was ordained in the catholic church in 2002 after converting four years earlier.each diocese i






for devotees of saint padre pio, a chance to connect as relics come to chicago


during his lifetime, the beloved roman catholic priest and friar known as padre pio was believed to levitate, heal the sick, read minds and bilocate — the power to be in two places at once.since his death in 1968 and his canonization in 2002, believers say at least two of those gifts endure. through prayer, the faithful still believe padre pio will heal their afflictions. and through relics, they believe he can be in multiple locations at the same time.it is with those beliefs in mind that legions of his devoted followers are expected to descend on chicago this week to see a prized exhibit of the italian saint's relics.a half dozen of those relics, from a lock of hair to a brown wool habit, will be on display for public veneration monday at st. francis borgia catholic church in the dunning






ask amy: atheist should consider becoming 'goshfather'


dear amy: i am a happily married man with two wonderful children.recently, a close friend and his wife (who are catholic) asked me to be the godfather to their child.i instantly reminded them that i am an atheist. my children weren’t baptized and my understanding is that a godparent is a religious mentor. although i am not catholic, religious or spiritual, i would be delighted to be a mentor, close confidant, friend, uncle, etc., to the child.if anything happened to my friend and his wife, assuming it was consistent with their wishes, my wife and i would happily provide for and love the child and raise it as our own. nonetheless, i still wonder if it’s appropriate for me to be a godfather.amy says: first there is this: catholic church canon says a godparent will “ ... help the baptized to






the latest: thousands pack beatification mass for us martyr


okarche, okla. — the latest on a beatification mass starts for 1st us martyr (all times local):10:10 a.m.the catholic mass is underway to beatify an oklahoma-born priest killed during guatemala's civil war.the rev. stanley rother (row-thur) was born in okarche, oklahoma, and died in 1981. he was one of several roman catholic priests who were killed in the war.choirs sang hymns in english and spanish as thousands crowded into an oklahoma convention center saturday for the ceremony. the church asked parishioners not to save seats as lines wrapped around the outside of the building. some people were turned away.pope francis declared rother a martyr in december. beatification is a step toward potential sainthood.this is only the second beatification held in the united states.12:11 a.m.an ameri






irish church aims to end stigma for the children of priests


vatican city (ap) — bishops in ireland have created detailed guidelines to address an issue the roman catholic church has tried to keep under wraps for centuries: the plight of children born to catholic priests and the women who bear them.the policy, approved in may and made public recently, states that the wellbeing of the child is paramount. it says the mother must be respected and involved in decision-making, and that the priest “should face up to his responsibilities — personal, legal, moral and financial.”the guidelines are believed to represent the first comprehensive public policy by a national bishops’ conference on the issue, which has long been shrouded in secrecy given the perceived scandal of priests having sex. while eastern rite catholic priests can be married before ordinati






barbara blaine, founder of priest-abuse victims group snap, dies at 61


barbara blaine — the founder of snap, a prominent activist group in the roman catholic church's clergy-abuse crisis — has died in utah at 61.the cause of her death sunday was a condition resulting from a sudden tear in a blood vessel in her heart, her family said in a statement monday."her relentless advocacy enabled millions to eventually accept a long unbelievable reality: that tens of thousands of priests raped and fondled hundreds of thousands of kids while bishops hid these heinous crimes," said barbara dorris, the managing director of the survivors network of those abused by priests, the group blaine helped start."her contributions to a safer society would be hard to overstate," she added.for the last 15 years, blaine made a name for herself, standing on sidewalks outside parishes an






head of chicago greek archdiocese remembered for common touch


as the longtime head of the midwest greek orthodox church, metropolitan iakovos was remembered by church leaders this week as a faithful steward and stable force who was attentive to the needs of church members. iakovos, 89, born michael garmatis in athens, greece, died friday. his funeral is friday in chicago.as a bishop in the chicago archdiocese since 1979, he provided stability and a consistency for priests and parishioners, church officials said. "it's an amazing legacy, because people today do not last in positions like that for so long," said the rev. christopher t. metropulos, president of the hellenic college in boston. "very few can (be in) the continuous position of integrity that brings stability not only to the church but to the lives of the people," metropulos said. "he was a






pope on celibacy, populism and his "moments of emptiness"


berlin — pope francis says the church must study whether it's possible to ordain married men to minister in remote communities facing priest shortages.in an interview published thursday with germany's die zeit, francis stressed that removing the celibacy rule is not the answer to the catholic church's priest shortage. but he expressed an openness to studying whether so-called "viri probati" — or married men of proven faith — could be ordained."we must consider if viri probati is a possibility. then we must determine what tasks they can perform, for example, in remote communities," he was quoted as saying.the "viri probati" proposal has been around for decades, but it has drawn fresh attention under history's first latin american pope thanks in part to his appreciation of the challenges fac






pope francis open to studying ordination of married men as priests


berlin — pope francis says the church must study whether it’s possible to ordain married men to minister in remote communities facing priest shortages.in an interview published thursday with germany’s die zeit, francis stressed that removing the celibacy rule is not the answer to the catholic church’s priest shortage. but he expressed an openness to studying whether so-called “viri probati” — or married men of proven faith — could be ordained.“we must consider if viri probati is a possibility. then we must determine what tasks they can perform, for example, in remote communities,” he was quoted as saying.the “viri probati” proposal has been around for decades, but it has drawn fresh attention under history’s first latin american pope thanks in part to his appreciation of the challenges fac






priest robbed at gunpoint while walking dog in south chicago neighborhood


a priest from our lady of guadalupe catholic church was robbed at gunpoint tuesday morning while walking his dog in the south chicago neighborhood, according to police.the rev. john molyneux, 61, said he was out with his dog mcduff in the 9100 block of s. baltimore avenue around 6:45 a.m. when a young man approached."he was playing with my dog," molyneux told wgn-tv.  "he said to me, do you have a dollar?"the priest said he handed over a dollar, and the man pulled out a gun and asked, "how much more you got?"molyneux said he handed over his wallet and the man ran off.the priest said he's not angry but "feels sad about the kid who felt the need to do this ... i really think the opposite of love is not hate, the opposite of love is fear, and we cannot live in fear."police said no one was in






ex-catholic school student files lawsuit alleging abuse by guam priest


father raymond cepeda is shown in this june 5, 2004 file photo.(photo: pdn file photo) 46 connectlinkedinemailmorehagatna, guam — a former catholic school student alleged on wednesday that a former priest sexually abused him around 1988, marking the 29th clergy sex abuse lawsuit on guam.in his lawsuit filed in the u.s. district court of guam wednesday, timothy ryan shiroma said he was a student at cathedral grade school, a catholic school established by the sisters of mercy, located in a building adjacent to the cathedral. raymond cepeda was a priest at the cathedral at the time, the lawsuit says.shiroma, now living in maite, said in the lawsuit he was about 9 years old when cepeda sexually abused him in an office at the dulce nombre de maria cathedral-basilica in hagåtña.at 37 years old,






ex-catholic school student files lawsuit alleging abuse by guam priest


father raymond cepeda is shown in this june 5, 2004 file photo.(photo: pdn file photo) 35 connectlinkedinemailmorehagatna, guam — a former catholic school student alleged on wednesday that a former priest sexually abused him around 1988, marking the 29th clergy sex abuse lawsuit on guam.in his lawsuit filed in the u.s. district court of guam wednesday, timothy ryan shiroma said he was a student at cathedral grade school, a catholic school established by the sisters of mercy, located in a building adjacent to the cathedral. raymond cepeda was a priest at the cathedral at the time, the lawsuit says.shiroma, now living in maite, said in the lawsuit he was about 9 years old when cepeda sexually abused him in an office at the dulce nombre de maria cathedral-basilica in hagåtña.at 37 years old,






female officers in high demand at st. paul police department


allison rogers knew she wanted to be a police officer, but others had their concerns: did she consider teaching instead? had she seen the most recent news articles about officers who were killed in the line of duty?so rogers pursued a degree in corrections instead.“i had a lot of people telling me i wouldn’t want to be in the profession,” said rogers. “more out of fear than that it wasn’t a noble profession. i’m a pretty small … i’m 5-foot-1. with my boots, i’m 5-3.”in her second year at minnesota state university, mankato, she gained the confidence to switch tracks to law enforcement after speaking with an officer from her hometown of waseca, minn., where she served as a police reserve. on a recent urday morning, rogers, 23, was among 88 people who packed an informational meeting at the n