Parish Schools of Religion

Superintendent Kurt Nelson answers the "Why Catholic high school?" question on KTRS

Dr. Nelson (on right) with Martin Kilcoyne at KTRSSuperintendent of Catholic Education, Kurt Nelson, Ph.D., shared as many reasons as ten minutes would allow with Martin Kilcoyne (KTRS) about why students and families should choose a Catholic high school.

Just a few...

  • Catholic secondary schools offer choice with 26 schools from which to choose--single-sex, coed, Archdiocesan, private, in 11 counties of Missouri--there IS a Catholic school to suit every student's needs and interests!
  • ACT scores in Catholic secondary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are in the 99th percentile among all school systems in Missouri.
  • Scholarships are more available than ever--this year, $9 million has been awarded.
  • Catholic identity, Christian service and faith formation across the curriculum cannot be provided in public schools.
  • Listen to Dr. Nelson for more reasons why a Catholic education is an investment in your child's future!


2016 MLK Model of Justice Awards

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award is an annual award for a noble cause. This award is presented to high school students who have demonstrated, through their attitude and their work, a commitment to serving humanity in the broader community. These students have made justice a central part of their lives, and have committed themselves “to the noble struggle for equal rights.”

2016 School Honorees

Sarahn Bastian—Barat Academy

Aaron Tucker—Bishop DuBourg High School

Brent Anderson—Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School

Julian Mitchell—Chaminade College Preparatory School

Sangeeth John—Christian Brothers College Preparatory High School

Julie Gauthier—Cor Jesu Academy

Ray Stewart—De Smet Jesuit

Brittany Krafft—Duchesne High School (St. Charles)

Jay’la Scott—Incarnate Word Academy

Andrew Heying—John F. Kennedy Catholic High School

Claire Shroba—Nerinx Hall

TySheyanna Montgomery—Notre Dame High School

Abigail Kenyon—Rosati-Kain High School

Kelsey Purdy—St. Dominic High School

Erica Huber—St. Francis Borgia Regional High School

John Brennan—St. John Vianney High School

Niya Tandy—St. Joseph’s Academy

Timothy Thompson—St. Louis Priory High School

Brendan Underwood—St. Louis University High School

Joshua Newhouse— St. Mary’s High School

Levi Krauss—St. Vincent High School

Emily Mach—Trinity Catholic High School

Sarah Schlote—Ursuline Academy

Sally Heil—Valle Catholic High School

Le Le Bell—Villa Duchesne

Claire Krummenacher—Vistation Academy

Parish Honorees

 2016 Parish Honorees (cont’d.from page 1)

 Allison Rupp—All Saints (St. Peters)

Holly Radke—Assumption (O’Fallon)

Gaelen Joseph—Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Elise Nikolaisen—Incarnate Word

Danielle Farmer—Mary, Mother of the Church

Rachel Fleischut—Mary, Queen of Peace

Tamesha Wallace—Our Lady of the Holy Cross

Carolyn Vossenkemper—Sacred Heart (Troy)

Temani Combs—St. Alphonsus Ligouri “Rock”

Dwayne J. Simmons—St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist

Ally Dowling—St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Taylor Prince—St. Nicholas

William Rackers—St. Theodore (Flint Hill)


Congratulations to all awardees!


CSW Open House Dates and Times

A Catholic school can open doors to your child's future, and Catholic Schools Week officially begins Sunday, January 31, 2016, and the doors of Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be open to welcome you!

Alive in Christ, our 113 Catholic elementary schools offer academic excellence, faith formation, financial assistance, and a Department of Special Education with ten schools and centers.

Most open houses will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2016. A few schools have selected alternate dates.

Please refer to the link below for dates and times for each school.

By next year, YOUR child could be a part of the faith community within a Catholic school!

Visit us anytime in person, especially during Catholic Schools Week, and online at!

Please click on the title of this article to access the list of Open Houses.

Catholic Schools Week 2015 -- January 25-31

National Catholic Schools Week opens Sunday, January 25, 2015. Many of the elementary schools of the Archdiocese of St. Louis began planning February 1, 2014!

Every year, during the last week of January, all of the Catholic schools across the nation celebrate the people and characteristics that make Catholic schools The Good News in Education!

In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we are proud to be the eighth largest system of Catholic schools in the USA!

We offer:

  • Catholic Identity and Faith Formation
  • Excellence in Academics and Student Success
  • Special Education PK-12
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Joyful Faith Communities

- Catholic Schools Week 2015 Open House Schedule.pdf

Our doors will be wide open to welcome you! Open House dates and times for each school can be found by clicking the link above.
Questions? Call Sue Brown at 314.792.7304 or write

Welcome to the Church, Blake and Madison!

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

Holy Spirit Catholic School celebrated an All Saints' Day with an all-school Mass with second graders dressed as saints.Blake and Fr. Rich immersed in the Baptismal font

And then...second grader, Blake J., and first grader, Madison F., were baptized right after Holy Spirit Pastor, Fr. Richard Bockskopf’s homily!

Madison chose to have Fr. Rich pour water over her head, but Blake chose to be fully immersed, with Fr. Rich right along with him!

Madison receives the Sacrament of Baptism




With the entire Holy Spirit student body, faculty, and the students’ families as witnesses, these two children entered the Catholic Church.

Of course, there was celebration afterwards in the Parish Hall!

Welcome, Blake and Madison, to the Church!


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