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The Catholic Education Office is called to be a faith community committed to the educational mission of the church in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. We offer leadership and service in the ministry of total Catholic education. In collaboration with others engaged in this mission, we articulate a shared vision of Catholic education and teach the message of Jesus Christ as we follow his call to "Go make  disciples of all nations."

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Service and Leadership Rewarded

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

Mr. George J. Henry, Superintendent of Catholic Education, has been honored recenGeorge Henry addresses 2014 NCEA Conventiontly with two prestigious awards in recognition of his decades of service to Catholic education as teacher and administrator.

On the national level, Mr. Henry received the John F. Meyers Award at the annual National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) convention in Pittsburgh. The award is presented to a person who has received both local and national recognition for his contribution to Catholic education in areas of development, public relations, scholarship programs, financial management and government relations.

Locally, Mr. Henry was recognized with the Sister Mary Ann Eckhoff Leadership Award at the fifth annual Archbishop’s Gala (pictured with his wife, Rosalie) sponsored by the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, (TTEF). The foundation provides monetary scholarships to families who desire a Catholic (or other faith-based) education for their children, but need financial assistance.

Mr. Henry and TGeorge Henry, with his wife, Rosalie, and the 2014 Mary Ann Eckhoff Leadership AwardTEF have raised more than $35 million so far, and the need will continue to grow exponentially because TTEF commits to nine years of support if a child enters in kindergarten and stays through eighth grade. To donate, visit

Mr. George J. Henry will retire at the conclusion of this school year and will be honored at a special event on June 10, 2014.

In appreciation of Mr. Henry's service and commitment to Catholic education, a prayer service will be held at 2:00 PM at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, followed by a reception until 5:00 PM.

All are welcome!

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Visitation Academy shows devotion to Saint Louis and fascination with Flat Louie

Viz's version of Flat LouieBy Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

Visitation Academy has embraced the spirit of devotion to Saint Louis IX, patron of our Archdiocese, as well as our city, while having fun chasing “Flat Louie” around the Lower School.

Every morning, students and teachers begin their day with the prayer to Saint Louis (below) found on the prayer cards they, and all Catholic schools and PSR’s across the Archdiocese received last month. Staff also use the prayer to open and close their meetings.

Viz faculty report that resources provided on the Catholic Education Center’s web page,, have provided good talking points for teaching about Saint Louis.

Viz Lower School Principal Mrs. Margaret Karl said, “We especially have like using the Did you know? and Saint Louis Quotes pages.”

Viz sixth graders (the oldest students in the Lower School) demonstrated their technology skills by sponsoring a scavenger hunt and contest and producing a video about their work. 

All Catholic schools and Parish Schools of Religion have been invited to join in this program, demonstrating their Catholic identity and creativity as they join in the celebration of STL250 (the 250th Anniversary of the City of St. Louis).

 However, their devotion to Saint Louis will continue and grow. "He is a most appropirate role model for our students," said Mr. George Henry, Superintendent of Catholic Education. "It is my sincere hope that all schools will make his life of service and care for the poor an example for their own lives."

Children's Prayer to Saint Louis

Saint Louis, patron of our city, and of our Archdiocese,
please bless us, the children who look to you for guidance.
Help us be kind to each other and to the poor as you were.
Give us courage to choose well, and strength to do great things, as you did--
a young boy who became a great king!
Help us to become saints like you, so that we can be with you and Jesus in heaven someday.
Saint Louis, pray for us!

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