Three Centuries of Catholicism
|As Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis,
in communion with the Bishop of Rome
we are called by our Lord Jesus Christ
to be His Church and live His Gospel
With joy, we strive to fulfill
our Baptismal calling by prayer and worship,
teaching and sharing our faith,
serving others, and fostering unity in diversity,
Guided by the Holy Spirit.
we commit ourselves to the responsible stewardshipof all God's gifts.
The year 2001 marked the 175th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of St. Louis in 1826. To highlight the occasion, the archdiocese prepared this historical sketch of some of the people and events that have made St. Louis a uniquely Catholic region. The inspired leaders, the milestone organizations and the historic moments are presented as stories that reveal the hidden power of God in the lives of those who were baptized "with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Mt 3:11).