Catholic Charities

Statement From Archbishop Carlson Regarding Flood Relief Assistance

January 7, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement regarding the recent flooding in our region and the on-going response of the Archdiocese of St. Louis:

I have been fervently praying for those suffering due to the recent flooding in our city and state. As our region watched the flood waters rise to record heights, so too did we see the damage, loss, and suffering increase. We mourn for those who lost their lives. We know that many homes full of memories have been destroyed. Photos, heirlooms, and other keepsakes are lost. Businesses were devastated and will need extensive repairs. Yet, we are also thankful for the many homes, businesses, and lives saved through the bravery and dedication of emergency responders and volunteers.

Although the floodwaters have mostly receded, the needs are still very great. But our generosity must be greater. That is why I am directing all parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to hold a special collection the weekend of January 16-17 to assist in recovery efforts through Catholic Charities. Financial assistance, rather than clothing or food, is the most needed resource at this time.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis is a coordinating organization in the disaster relief assistance effort. The role of Catholic Charities is to assist now with the relocation and other services for those affected by the flood, as well as sustained long-term disaster recovery. We will continue to work closely with all agencies and authorities in the coming days, weeks, and months to help restore lives and livelihoods.

Those most impacted by the flooding will be recovering long after the water has disappeared. It is my pledge that the Catholic Church will continue serving those in the impacted areas until these needs are met. This is our responsibility as Catholics, especially during this Year of Mercy.

Those seeking flood relief assistance should visit a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in the coming days where representatives from numerous agencies, including Catholic Charities, will be present. Additional information, including information for those looking to volunteer or donate, can be found at


Catholic Charities of St. Louis Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

May 15, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Mr. Mark Vogt started as the new Chief Financial Officer for Catholic Charities of St. Louis on Monday, May 11.

“We are excited to have Mark joining the Catholic Charities team,” stated Theresa Ruzicka, President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis. “His extensive financial experience and passion for the Catholic faith will be a tremendous asset to Catholic Charities, and will help us achieve our mission to serve those in need.”

Mr. Vogt comes to Catholic Charities after thirty years of experience with the noted auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Since 1996, Mr. Vogt has served as an assurance partner in the firm’s Sao Paulo, Brazil office. While there, he was active for ten years with the United Way of Brazil, including four years as president of the Board of Directors.

His areas of expertise include internal controls, budgeting, accounting, taxes, financial planning, project management and business operations. He is fluent in Portuguese and conversational in Spanish. He also brings experience with leading education and training sessions.

Mr. Vogt is originally from St. Charles, Missouri and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Saint Louis University. He also earned a Master of Accounting Science degree from the University of Illinois.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis (CCSTL) has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 147,000 people annually through more than 100 programs at 50 sites. CCSTL serves 11 counties in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The Catholic Charities Central Office provides advocacy, financial, accreditation, human resources, training, communications, quality assurance and fund development assistance for the eight organizations that make up the Catholic Charities Federation. Our goal is clear: we seek to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect, to empower people to make permanent changes in their lives, and support people to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.


Archbishop Carlson names new Catholic Charities President

February 7, 2014
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Katie Pesha
Executive Director of Communications and Planning
Phone: 314.792.7172

Theresa Ruzicka to take the reigns on March 10, 2014

Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, today announced that Mrs. Theresa Lynch Ruzicka, CPA, accepted the position of President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis. Mrs. Ruzicka will begin her new role on March 10, 2014.

 “I am delighted that Theresa Ruzicka has agreed to join the archdiocesan team,” said Archbishop Carlson. “She brings experience, enthusiasm for the faith, and a wonderful skill set to the Archdiocese of St. Louis. I wish her well in her new position as President of Catholic Charities.”

Mrs. Ruzicka has held the position of Partner at RubinBrown LLP, working in the Entrepreneurial Services Group since 2007. Previously, she was president of Medical Billing Review LLC, president of Project Professionals LLC, associate director in the Olin School of Business at Washington University and a senior manager with Ernst & Young.

In addition to previously serving Catholic Charities as a member of the Board of Directors for five years, Mrs. Ruzicka also serves as a member of the Economic Development Commission for the City of Creve Coeur, member of the Washington University Olin School of Business Alumni Board, former member of the Junior League, and Cabinet Member of the Women’s Leadership Society for the United Way of Greater St. Louis. She is also a member of the St. Louis Forum and FOCUS St. Louis, and is a past participant of Leadership St. Louis.

Mrs. Ruzicka and her husband, Ted, are members of Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, where she serves on the Finance Committee. She has an MBA from Washington University of St. Louis and BSBA in Management and Marketing from Southeast Missouri State University.

“I wish to also extend my gratitude to Mr. Jack Lally who has served as interim president since September, 2013.” Carlson said. “Mr. Lally is a man of deep faith and a strong leader, with an admirable commitment to serve our local Catholic Church. He has my highest regards and appreciation.”

Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities operates more than 100 programs which assist more than 156,000 people annually at 50 sites in 11 counties in the St. Louis metro area.

Archdiocese, Catholic Charities, Dierbergs, and Fresh 102.5 FM team up to make it a special Christmas

November 25, 2013
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If you haven't already tuned into Christmas programming on Fresh 102.5 FM, now is the time! For the second year in a row, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis is a sponsor of St. Louis's official Christmas station, Fresh 102.5 FM. Click here to hear all of your favorite Christmas carols, as well as a message from Archbishop Carlson inviting you to be an instrument of peace this Christmas.

Elizabeth Westhoff, marketing and mission awareness director of the archdiocese, said the partnership began last year, and "the notion of keeping Christ in Christmas was what we wanted to achieve. It reminds people of the importance of Advent and the Christmas season."

Dierbergs and Catholic Charities are teaming up to help those in need with the "Add one more person to your Christmas list" appeal. All next week, St. Louisans are invited to stop by any Dierbergs to make a gift card donation to Catholic Charities St. Louis.

On Friday, December 6, from 5-9 a.m., Fresh 102.5 FM will broadcast the Vic and Trish morning show live from the Dierbergs West Oak location in Creve Coeur. Listeners will again be invited to participate in the "Add one more person to your Christmas list" appeal, while listening to the peaceful and comforting sounds that prepare us for the birth of Christ. St. Louisans have the opportunity to give thanks for our many blessings and to make it possible for someone in need to have a very special Christmas this year.

Your donation will benefit the agencies under the Catholic Charities federation, including: Catholic Family Services, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, Good Shepherd Children and Family Services, Marygrove, Queen of Peace Center, St. Martha's Hall, St. Patrick Center, and Catholic Charities Community Services. These agencies serve thousands of people young and old, women and men in our region every year by providing food, shelter, protection, addiction recovery, securing employment, and even finding loving families for children who wish to be adopted.  

Please support the "Add one more to your Christmas list" appeal at your area Dierbergs grocery store all next week.


October 31, 2012
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St. Louis, MO — Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Louis is responding to the devastation left in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis, Mr. Brian J. O’Malley, has said that contributions will be directed to the local Catholic Charities that serves the coastal areas of southern New Jersey in the Diocese of Camden.

“This area has been hit hard,” said O’Malley. “It is primarily seasonal work areas and many working poor will not only be without food and power but also without work. “

O’Malley said those who wish to assist in this effort may forward a check to:

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of St. Louis
PO Box 952393
St. Louis, Missouri 63195-2393

“Any donations will go to those most in need. Thanks for your assistance and please keep those impacted by the storm in your prayers.,” O’Malley added.

For more information on Catholic Charities response to Superstorm Sandy, visit the archdiocesan newspaper, the St. Louis Review, which has an update posted online today.



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