Catholic Charities

Archbishop Carlson names new Catholic Charities President

February 7, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
shelton

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.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF ST. LOUIS WILL HELP VICTIMS OF SUPERSTORM SANDY

October 31, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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shelton

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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ARCHBISHOP CARLSON PROVIDES AID TO FAMILIES IN NEED

August 6, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
shelton

Donates $20,000 to fund utility assistance

St. Louis, MO - In the midst of the extreme, record-breaking heat, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has given Catholic Charities of St. Louis $20,000 to help with utility bills for the poor.

"Catholic Charities intends to reserve their funds for individuals on fixed income (i.e. aged, disabled) within the city and throughout the Archdiocese as a whole who have incurred bills as a result of this extreme weather," stated Brian O’Malley, President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis.

Considering how closely Catholic Charities collaborates with St. Vincent DePaul of St. Louis to offer emergency assistance and identify resources that assist the most, Catholic Charities in turn has given the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul of Saint Louis half of these funds. O’Malley arranged this agreement "to demonstrate our mutual support and care for the poor and marginalized."

John Foppe, Executive Director of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Saint Louis expresses his gratitude saying, "We are very thankful to be involved in this matter. In 2011 alone, Vincentians provided utility assistance to over 4,400 families and individuals throughout the Greater Saint Louis metropolitan area and Eastern Missouri. With this additional funding, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul plans to provide support to families and individuals who have had their electric, gas, or wa-ter utilities disconnected, or who are in danger of an immediate disconnection, for any number or long-term or temporary crises"

For additional information about obtaining aid, call:  Catholic Charities at 314.269.5065 (a photo ID, copy of the utility bill and proof of income must be provided); or, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Saint Louis at 314.531.7837.

Anyone inspired by the generosity of the Archbishop that is interested in pledging their own assis-tance to this cause can direct donations to:  Catholic Charities Community Services (memo line: "Utility Assistance"), PO Box 952393, St. Louis, MO 63195-2393; or, Call Robert C. Vogel, Director of Development and Partnership Programs at Society of Saint Vin-cent DePaul of Saint Louis, at 314.881.6035.

Local Families and Businesses Help Immigrants and Refugees for Christmas

December 14, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
steffens

Catholic Charities Southside Coordinates Help for 160 Families 

WHAT: Hundreds of families and community members will drop off gifts for 160 families in need

WHEN: Tuesday, December 14, 2011. Media will be allowed from 4-6:30 pm

WHERE: Catholic Charities – Southside, 5880 Christy in South St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – This year, Courtney Berg, Director of Catholic Charities Southside, wasn’t sure it was going to happen.  For the past five years, families and local business would “adopt a family” through Catholic Charities Southside, providing immigrant and refugee families from across St. Louis with gifts for Christmas. The families in need were low-income, working families who were struggling with making ends meet, many new arrivals to St. Louis and to the country. This year, with the recession and the economy affecting everyone within the community, Berg was worried that those families who normally gave would no longer be able to participate. 

Berg’s worries are no longer. Monday and Tuesday, families, schools and local businesses, many of whom are struggling themselves, are dropping off hundreds of gifts, showing the sacrifice this community is known for making for one another. The gifts fill up several rooms at Catholic Charities Southside. Families will then pick up the gifts, which are already wrapped, and take them home.

Catholic Charities Community Services Southside Center supports and strengthens St. Louis Metropolitan Area children, families, and communities by providing social services, mental health counseling, and youth programming in a bilingual, culturally sensitive environment. While those we serve continue to diversify, we will strive to meet their needs by providing comprehensive, culturally competent services to the immigrant and refugee populations of the community.

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