National Catholic Educational Association Convention 2017

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The Archdiocese of St. Louis is pleased to host the 2017 Convention & Expo of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) at The America’s Center from April 18-20, 2017. The Catholic Education Office will spend the next year planning to welcome 8,000+ Catholic educators and leaders to our beautiful city.

At the 2016 Convention, visitors from Catholic schools from as far away as Australia and Guam attended 272 presentations on a variety of topics related to curriculum, instruction, leadership, enrollment management, development and imagining the future of Catholic education in the 21st century and beyond! Vibrant liturgies every day provided attendees time to pray together and reflect on our unified mission to go out and make disciples of all those we teach. In addition, hundreds of educational suppliers were on hand to present their newest resources.

At the conclusion of the 2016 Convention, Dr. Nelson spoke to all in attendance following the closing liturgy to express our gratitude to our hosts in San Diego and the NCEA leadership, and to invite everyone to attend the 2017 NCEA Convention & Expo in St. Louis. To entice them even more, he introduced our “Welcome to St. Louis!” video of which we are most proud. You will be too!

This video focuses on our 200-year history of providing Catholic education in St. Louis, and on our Catholic identity as both a city and a school system of 140 elementary, secondary and special education schools. We hope you enjoy it and share it with your family and friends!

Statement of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson on the Appointment of Bishop-elect Mark S. Rivituso to Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

March 7, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS The following statement was released this morning by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson:

I am very pleased by the action taken by Pope Francis today. The Holy Father has appointed Monsignor Mark S. Rivituso as Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis. Bishop-elect Rivituso was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John L. May in 1988. For nearly 30 years, he has served our archdiocese as a pastor, teacher, and Vicar General. His episcopal ordination is scheduled for May 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

The native St. Louisan is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in south St. Louis, Cardinal Glennon College and Kenrick School of Theology. He has also earned a master’s degree and licentiate in canon law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him a Prelate of Honor with the title monsignor.

On behalf of all the clergy, religious, and lay faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, I want to offer our congratulations and thanks to Bishop-elect Rivituso for accepting the Holy Father’s call to continue his service to our local church in this new leadership role as auxiliary bishop.

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Statement of Bishop-elect Mark S. Rivituso on his Appointment to Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis 

ST. LOUIS - The following statement was released this morning by Bishop-elect Mark S. Rivituso:

 I am profoundly touched by the confidence the Holy Father has placed in me.  I have asked him to keep me in his prayers and I have assured him of my prayers, respect, and obedience. 

At the same time I am honored that I can in some way assist Archbishop Carlson in his pastoral service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis. 

I have a great love for the Church in St. Louis, and relying on the example of the previous auxiliary bishops of St. Louis, who served so faithfully, I, too, look forward to serving the Church in this new role.

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Statement from Archbishop Carlson Regarding Severe Weather in Perry County

March 1, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement regarding the severe weather in Perry County and the on-going response of the Archdiocese of St. Louis:

I have been praying for those suffering due to severe weather near Perryville last night. We mourn for those who lost their lives and the families now grieving a lost loved one. We know that many homes full of memories, photos, and heirlooms have been lost and destroyed. The livelihood of many people will be dramatically impacted for the foreseeable future.

The people of Perry County and the surrounding area need our help and support. Catholic Charities of St. Louis and our parishes in the area are currently assessing damage and coordinating a disaster relief assistance effort. We will 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 weather will be recovering for days, weeks, and months. It is my pledge that the Catholic Church will continue serving those in the impacted areas until the needs are met. This is our responsibility as Catholics.

Information for anyone seeking disaster relief assistance, or wishing to volunteer or donate, can be found at ccstl.org or by calling 314.367.5500.

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Principal Named for New South City Catholic Academy

March 1, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – South City Catholic Academy, the first partnership school under Archdiocese of St. Louis administration, has hired Mrs. Laura Hirschman as principal in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year. Though the position officially begins July 1, Mrs. Hirschman will assist archdiocesan leadership in the teacher hiring process already underway for the Academy’s first year of operation.

The opening of South City Catholic Academy was officially announced on January 29 at the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. South City Catholic Academy is the combination of Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Joan of Arc schools and will be located at what is currently the St. Joan of Arc School.

“I find Mrs. Hirschman to be an energetic, student-centered, and collaborative educator and I am confident that South City Catholic Academy will grow and succeed under her leadership,” wrote Maureen DePriest, Associate Superintendent for Elementary School Administration, in a letter to school parents and families.

Mrs. Hirschman was a founding team member of Premier Charter School (St. Louis Charter School) and has spent her 17 year career in various roles at the school. She began as a third grade teacher, then was principal of K-2, followed by principal of K-5. She has overseen student enrichment programs, including the school’s before and after care program, gifted education program, food and nutrition services, and federal programs. Her interests are in teaching methodology, curriculum work, and program development.

“Just as learning happens in unique ways, so does faith formation,” wrote Mrs. Hirschman in a letter to the new school community. “I look forward to helping each child celebrate the uniqueness they possess and how they can contribute to their world around them in meaningful ways.”

Mrs. Hirschman grew up in Queen of All Saints Parish and graduated from Oakville Senior High. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a master’s in teaching from Truman State University in Kirksville. She also has a master’s degree in elementary administration. She resides in Imperial with her husband, Chad, and their daughter. They are active members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Imperial where Mrs. Hirschman is also a member of the parish school board.

South City Catholic Academy is the first partnership-model school directly overseen by the archdiocese. The new model allows parish schools to combine resources and enables greater collaboration with the archdiocesan Catholic Education Office which will provide the necessary leadership, support, and direction to maintain quality Catholic education well into the future.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis oversees the largest school system in the state of Missouri with nearly 40,000 elementary and high school students enrolled in more than 130 schools across the 11 counties of the archdiocese. The Archdiocese of St. Louis ranks ninth among all Catholic dioceses nationwide in number of students enrolled in Catholic schools.

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Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

February 27, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell) will have four Masses and the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the penitential season of Lent in preparation for the joyous celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday (April 16, 2017).

Ash Wednesday Masses at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will be offered at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Media is invited to attend. Contact Cathedral Communications Specialist Nicole Heerlein (nheerlein@cathedralstl.org; 314.373.8205) for on-site logistics.

In addition, Archbishop Robert Carlson will lead the Annual Lenten Day of Recollection at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information can be found at cathedralstl.org. The Archdiocese of St. Louis has Lenten resources, including a fish fry locator map, available at stlouisreview.com/eatmorefish.

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Tickets Now Available for Fr. Scheid Players' Production - You Can't Take It With You

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will open their 38th season with the madcap, idealistic comedy, You Can’t Take It With You. 

The play's cast features six priests of the Archdiocese, including Monsignor John Borcic of St. Mary Magdalen, Fr. Terry Borgerding of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Marthasville, Fr. John Brennell of Seven Holy Founders Parish in Affton, Monsignor Norb Ernst of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, Fr. Ryan Weber of Immaculate Conception Dardenne, and Fr. Bill Wigand of Regina Cleri, along with talented adult performers from the Archdiocese.

This year marks the group’s 38th anniversary of presenting Broadway plays, reviews, and musicals featuring Archdiocesan clergy and laity to raise funds for the youth programs of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

Performance dates are:

  • Friday, March 24 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 pm

All performances will be at Incarnate Word Academy, 2788 Normandy Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63121.

Advanced tickets are $12 for reserved seating.  Tickets are available at the door for $15. The theatre provides ample seating and is handicapped accessible. To order tickets, please mail your check along with the Ticket Order Form.  For additional ticket information, please contact Mary Tichy at (314) 608-9851 or email meadt1984@gmail.com.

To further help support the Catholic Youth Apostolate you may wish to consider placing an ad in our program book. This is a great opportunity to send a congratulatory message to one of the performers or to bring awareness of your business or ministry. See the Ad Order Form for more information. The deadline for placing an ad is March 17.  For more information about placing an ad, please contact Debby Mooney at (314) 853-7651 or email debbymo@aol.com.

Thank you for your continued support of the Catholic Youth Apostolate!

Archbishop Carlson Responds to Passage of Board Bill 203

February 10, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement in response to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen passing Board Bill 203:

The passage of Board Bill 203 by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen is a terrible moment for a city with such a proud history. A history that includes the Dred Scott case which determined the legality of personal freedom. As a city resident and the leader of the oldest organized religion in the region, I am outraged that the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen has now enshrined into law an ordinance which creates a “sanctuary” for the despicable practice of abortion. In other words, the laws of the City of St. Louis now actively protect and promote the killing of unborn children, children who, like those who denied Dred Scott his humanity, will be denied their humanity and very existence.

By approving Board Bill 203, the City of St. Louis has chosen to continue down a path of promoting death, repression, resentment, division, and selfishness instead of promoting life, unity, charity, freedom, and goodness. This horrible piece of legislation will now force city residents to be unwilling participants in the abortion business by requiring business owners and individuals to tacitly approve any “reproductive health” decisions made by their employees or tenants.

As Catholics, we know that all life is a gift from God and our parents, and must be protected at any cost. Sadly, legal protection for those members of the human family waiting to be born in this country was removed by the Supreme Court in 1973. Now, some of our St. Louis politicians have made a protected class out of “reproductive health,” which is merely a politically correct euphemism for abortion. If these politicians are concerned about women and children, I challenge them to state so directly and stop hiding behind cheap rhetoric.

Let me be perfectly clear: the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its affiliated agencies and ministries will not comply with Board Bill 203. We will take legal action to defend our religious liberty, and the constitutionally-protected right of religious liberty of businesses, individuals, and other non-faith-based organizations who will be hampered as this oppressive law is imposed upon them.

As I have followed the debate about Board Bill 203 in the Board of Aldermen, one critical point has been overlooked: the lives of the babies in their mother’s wombs that are in peril. The passage of this vile bill has been mistakenly heralded as a success for women by misguided organizations like NARAL and Planned Parenthood. The passage of this bill is not a milestone of our city’s success. It is, rather, a marker of our city’s embrace of the culture of death.

It is my hope and prayer that the City of St. Louis will someday soon rediscover the greatness that awaits if we would simply act in the interest of supporting life, in all its forms, from conception until natural death; to this vision I am committed. I welcome anyone, from any faith background, color, creed, or nationality, to join me in supporting, promoting, and protecting children, women, families, and life itself. In this invitation, I echo the words of Pope St. John Paul II: “Life will be victorious!”

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The St. Louis Review is providing on-going coverage of BB203 and related legislation in the Missouri General Assembly:

Missouri legislation seeks to pre-empt city's 'abortion sanctuary' ordinance 

Mayor signs reproductive decisions bill opposed by archdiocese 

A Renaissance in Catholic Education During Annual Catholic Schools Week

February 8, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

New Choices. More Scholarships. Stronger Schools.

ST. LOUIS - As the Archdiocese of St. Louis celebrated Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 29-Feb. 4), it ushered in a new era—a renaissance in Catholic education—for its schools in the City of St. Louis and, eventually, throughout the archdiocese.

The name of this first partnership school, South City Catholic Academy, was announced January 29, the start of Catholic Schools Week, to a very large and excited group who had been eagerly awaiting the announcement. South City Catholic Academy is the combination of Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Joan of Arc Schools and is located in the previous St. Joan of Arc school location.

“I have been very pleased to see parents and parishioners collaborating and building strong partnerships to create a new school that will ensure long-term, high-quality Catholic education for their children,” stated Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

These partnership schools will stress academic excellence and strong Catholic formation for children; affordability for families and parishes; in locations accessible to and meeting needs of families in neighborhoods; and the efficient and effective use of resources, with educational and religious educational programs of similar quality in all of the schools.

“Over the past year, new energy has been put into preparing a plan for schools in the City of St. Louis. Combined with new financial resources from gifts to the Beyond Sunday campaign, existing resources from the Today and Tomorrow Foundation and the Annual Catholic Appeal and new leadership for Catholic Schools from the Catholic Education Office, there is new life in our schools,” said Maureen DePriest, Associate Superintendent for Elementary School Administration and Director of City Catholic Elementary Schools.

St. James the Greater grade school, originally included in the partnership school plan, will remain open as a parish-based elementary school at its site for the 2017-18 school year.  After a significant anonymous donation was made to keep the school open, a memorandum of understanding was entered into by St. James the Greater Parish and the Archdiocese of St. Louis allowing the school to operate as a parish-based school for the next school year. The Archdiocese of St. Louis will not be providing any operating grants to the school after the 2016-17 school year and the school will have to have significant ongoing development efforts in order to balance its budget every year.

As the Archdiocese of St. Louis approaches its 200th anniversary in 2018 of providing Catholic education in St. Louis, it continues to work toward ushering in a new era—a renaissance in Catholic education.

“The vision of having various school models, other than just parish parochial schools, is one way the Archdiocese of St. Louis can provide resources, personnel and funding necessary to ensure that all educational and religious education programs in all of the schools throughout the city are of similar quality,” stated Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. “Introducing this new school model will provide the necessary leadership, support and direction at the school level to maintain quality Catholic schools for our children and for the next 200 years of Catholic education in St. Louis.”

For more information about the renaissance in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, visit archstl.org/renaissance.

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"Heart Speaks to Heart" at Annual Youth Minister Retreat

The Office of Youth Ministry is hosting its annual Adult Youth Leader Retreat this weekend, Feb. 10-12, 2017. The event will take place at the beautiful King’s House Retreat and Renewal Center in Belleville, Il. The approximate 30 retreatants and leaders will be reflecting on the theme for the weekend, which is Cor ad cor loquitur - "Heart Speaks to Heart"

The host for the weekend is Fr. Paul Hoesing, the Dean of Seminarians and Director of Human Formation at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Read what Seminarian, Scott Schilmoeller, had to say about Fr. Hoesing in Kenrick-Glennon Herald Magazine (page 10.)

Please keep all of the participants in prayer this weekend. Since youth leaders spend a great deal of time ministering to others, this is a great opportunity for them to take time for themselves and to be spiritually nourished and refreshed.

Retiro Sacerdotal.

 

Si en lo más profundo de tu corazón sientes curiosidad por aprender más sobre cómo responder a una vocación al sacerdocio, te invitamos al retiro que se llevará a cabo en el seminario arquidiocesano los días 17, 18 y 19 de febrero. El retiro será en inglés, para varones entre 18 y 36 años de edad. Para mayor información envía un mensaje al correo electrónico en el volante, o comunícate con el director de la oficina de vocaciones en el seminario, el Padre Brian Fallon. 


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