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Designed for young adults age 21-35, this co-ed retreat will feature talks that inform the spiritual lives of young professionals. Conferences will explore Ignatian principles for discerning relationships and career, cultivating silence in a hyper-connected culture, balancing work and leisure, and developing one’s personal and communal relationship with Christ. These will be led by Fr. Anthony Wieck, S.J. Join us for silent prayer, spiritual direction, confession, and a Saturday evening social.

The cost to attend is now only $75 per person thanks to a generous donor! 

Click here to register or by calling 314-416-6400 Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm.

Statement from the Most Reverend Archbishop Robert J. Carlson on the Separation of Immigrant Parents and Children

June 19, 2018
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 addressing the separation of immigration parents and children:

Today, I join my brother bishops in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in condemning the use of family separation at the U.S./Mexico border as an implementation of the administration's zero tolerance policy. Along with my brother bishops, I understand the need to have secure borders and to ensure that our country remains safe. But, to forcibly separate children from their parents is inhumane, morally unacceptable, and ineffective to the goal of deterrence and safety.

As bishop and pastor to our immigrant community and local Church, I know that parents will do what is best for their children and family, especially in difficult circumstances. Indeed, our Catholic faith and principles teach us to do everything we can to keep our families together, healthy, and safe. Our pastoral accompaniment with the immigrant community has taught us to recognize the root causes of migration, especially those associated with state-sanctioned violence, gang recruitment, poverty, and lack of educational opportunities. We know from our pastoral care and services with the immigrant community that unless governmental policies address these root causes of migration and work to repair our broken immigration system not much will be gained.

As faithful citizens and members of the Catholic community, we respect the rule of law and its commitment to fair treatment and due process; however, this current tactic being used against our immigrant families is contrary to our Christian principle of respect for the inherent dignity of people and the social responsibility to work for the common good. Furthermore, any policy or strategy that callously commodifies our children falls short of our American ideals and values. As a nation of immigrants, we have a long tradition of welcoming the stranger and the poor and the needy into our way of life. As a people of faith, we remain committed to our Gospel values that speak of compassion and solidarity (Matthew 25:31-46).

In our shared commitment to the common good, I ask the Catholics of this archdiocese and people of good will to write to the President, the Attorney General and members of Congress, to insist that this enforcement practice of separating families come to an end. In particular, I want to ask the Catholic community to pray for the families and their children affected by this enforcement policy, and to remain faithful to our Catholic commitment to welcome and serve our immigrant and refugee communities with the best of our resources.

Declaración del Reverendísimo Arzobispo Robert J. Carlson sobre la Separación de Padres e Hijos Inmigrantes

ST. LOUIS – El Reverendísimo Robert J. Carlson, Arzobispo de St. Louis, publicó la siguiente declaración que aborda la separación de padres e hijos de inmigrantes: 

Hoy, me uno a mis hermanos obispos en la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (USCCB) al condenar el uso de la separación familiar en la frontera de Estados Unidos y México como una implementación de la política de tolerancia cero de la administración. Junto con mis hermanos obispos, entiendo la necesidad de tener fronteras seguras y asegurar que nuestro país permanezca seguro. Pero separar a los niños de sus padres por la fuerza es inhumano, moralmente inaceptable e ineficaz para el objetivo de la disuasión y la seguridad.

Como obispo y pastor de nuestra comunidad inmigrante y de la Iglesia local, sé que los padres harán lo que sea mejor para sus hijos y su familia, especialmente en circunstancias difíciles. De hecho, nuestra fe y nuestros principios católicos nos enseñan a hacer todo lo que podamos para mantener a nuestras familias unidas, sanas y seguras. Nuestro acompañamiento pastoral con la comunidad inmigrante nos ha enseñado a reconocer las causas de la migración, especialmente aquellas asociadas con la violencia sancionada por el estado, el reclutamiento de pandillas, la pobreza y la falta de oportunidades educativas. Sabemos por nuestro cuidado pastoral y servicios con la comunidad de inmigrantes que, a menos que las políticas gubernamentales aborden estas causas fundamentales de la migración, y trabajemos para reparar nuestro sistema de inmigración roto, no se obtendrá mucho.

Como ciudadanos fieles y miembros de la comunidad católica, respetamos el estado de derecho y su compromiso con el trato justo y el debido proceso. Sin embargo, esta táctica actual que se usa contra nuestras familias inmigrantes es contraria a nuestros principios cristianos de respeto por la dignidad inherente de las personas y la responsabilidad social de trabajar por el bien común. Además, cualquier política o estrategia que mercantilice cruelmente a nuestros niños no cumple con nuestros ideales y valores estadounidenses. Como nación de inmigrantes, tenemos una larga tradición de acoger a los extranjeros, los pobres y los necesitados en nuestra forma de vida. Como pueblo de fe, seguimos comprometidos con nuestros valores evangélicos que hablan de compasión y solidaridad (Mateo 25: 31-46).

En nuestro compromiso compartido con el bien común, pido a los católicos de esta Arquidiócesis y personas de buena voluntad que escriban al Presidente, al Fiscal General y a miembros del Congreso, para insistir en que esta práctica de separar a las familias llegue a su fin. En particular, quiero pedirle a la comunidad católica que ore por las familias y sus hijos afectados por la práctica de separación familiar, y que se mantenga fiel a nuestro compromiso católico de dar la bienvenida y servir a nuestras comunidades de inmigrantes y refugiados con lo mejor de nuestros recursos.


The Fr. William Scheid Players Presents Musical Comedy - Guys and Dolls - to Benefit Catholic Youth Apostolate

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will continue their 39th season with Guys and Dolls!

Set in Damon Runyan’s mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy considered by many to be the perfect musical, soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who are legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,” out to reform the evil-doers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet to Cuba and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.

This year’s cast of 90 will feature several priests of the Archdiocese, including Monsignor John Borcic of St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Fr. John Brennell of Seven Holy Founders Parish in Affton, Monsignor Norb Ernst of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, Fr. Bill Wigand of Regina Cleri, and Fr. Terry Borgerding, along with dozens of talented grade school, teenage, and adult performers from 35 different parishes in the Archdiocese.

This year marks the group’s 39th 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, July 20 at 7:30 pm
                                                Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 pm
                                                Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 pm

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

All advanced tickets are $12 for reserved seating.  Tickets are available at the door for $15. The Incarnate Word Academy Theatre is handicapped accessible. To order tickets, please mail your check along with the  Ticket Order Form.  For additional ticket information, please contact Ann Madden at (314) 605-7521 or email

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. Download the Ad Form with further information. The deadline for placing an ad is July 11.  For more information about placing an ad, please contact Julie Feldner at (314) 792-7625 or email

Thank you for your continued support of the Catholic Youth Apostolate! We hope to see you at the show!!

Annual Health and Safety Education Summit for Catholic Schools

June 5, 2018
For more information contact: 
Elizabeth Westhoff
Director of Communications
Phone: 314.792.7635

WHAT: Archdiocese of St. Louis Health and Safety Education Summit
WHERE: Sacred Heart School, 12 Ann Ave., Valley Park, MO 63088l
WHEN: June 7, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Program begins at 8:15 a.m. with welcome and prayer)

ST. LOUIS – The Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will host the annual Health and Safety Summit on Thursday, June 7, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart School (12 Ann Ave., Valley Park, MO).Keynote speaker, Elizabeth Arn Makulec will speak on the topic “Lessons Learned in Lending Hope to Prevent Suicide” between 8:30-9:45 a.m. Break-out sessions begin at 9:55 a.m. Elizabeth Ann Makulec has been with Kids Under Twenty One for several years, speaking to many national, state, and local organizations on making people aware of suicide awareness and prevention.Lessons have been learned and the way we talk about suicide has changed. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed the current coping capacity of someone suffering from a mental health condition. The way we support people experiencing suicidal ideation is changing too. No longer whispered about in guarded tones, the task of preventing suicide is becoming “everybody’s business” in Missouri. Prevention advocates, intervention specialists, and crisis service providers, along with loss and attempt survivors are lending hope that is helping people find the strength and support that make their lives worth living, and lives are being saved.More than 30 break-out presentations are scheduled for morning and afternoon sessions. Topics include “Basic School Safety Issues,” “Head Injury and Concussion,” and “Dealing With Grief.” The second round of morning break-out sessions begin at 11:05 a.m. Afternoon sessions begin at 1:05 p.m.The numerous break-out sessions during the conference are intended for a wide-range of attendees including pastors, principals, teachers, Parish School of Religion (PSR) coordinators and catechists, school nurses, maintenance personnel and athletic directors. Nearly 300 school and parish personnel are registered for the summit, representing nearly all of the 107 Catholic elementary schools across the eleven counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.


New Service Model for St. Mary’s Special Services in South County

June 5, 2018
For more information contact: 
Elizabeth Westhoff
Director of Communications
Phone: 314.792.7635

ST. LOUIS – The Board of Directors for St. Mary’s Special Services for Exceptional Children, in consultation with the Office of Catholic Education and Formation for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, has made the strategic decision to expand, into our South County schools, the service provider model first implemented in six of our North County schools during the 2017-18 school year, which more than tripled the number of children served who have special needs.The Board of St. Mary’s Special Services approved a transition from a site-based operation in South County to a service-provider model in Catholic preschools and elementary schools throughout South County. As a result, the St. Mary’s Preschool South facility will close August 31, 2018.The plan for the 2018-19 school year is to provide personnel support for an inclusionary education site in several Catholic preschools and elementary schools in the South County area. This support could include direct services to students and/or consultative support to teachers, administration, and families. In addition, attention could be given to help children and parents transition into the early elementary grades. Considerations for identifying these sites include the ability to serve the most students in need, existing students with special needs in Catholic schools, and the availability of space within a school to accommodate services.St. Mary’s Special Services is a ministry of the Department of Special Education for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and is governed by a Board of Specified Jurisdiction. The agency was founded in the 1950s to provide residential and educational services to the mentally challenged and changed its focus to providing early childhood intervention in 1990.#CatholicSTL

Two National Pro-Life Events Coming to St. Louis/Kansas City in June!

We're so blessed to have both the Pro-Life Women's Conference and the National Right to Life Convention so close to St. Louis this year. These annual premier pro-life events are ideal for those passionate about building up a Culture of Life!

Pro-Life Women's Conference, June 22-24

"Pro-Life is Pro-Love" is the theme of the third annual women's event, June 22-24 at the St. Charles Convention Center. Abby Johnson's And Then There Were None ministry and the Alice Paul Group are sponsors. Speakers include Abby Johnson, Sr. Veronica Mary (Sisters of Life), Bethany Bomberger (The Radiance Foundation), Serrin Foster (Feminists for Life), and many more!

Click here to register online, a detailed schedule, pricing, lodging and additional information. Or, send an email to 

National Right to Life Convention, June 28-30

"Love Them All" is the theme of this annual national pro-life gathering, June 28-30 at the Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park, KS. Network with pro-life individuals and organizations from across the U.S. and learn the latest pro-life strategies, issues, and news from national leaders.

You'll also be inspired by life-changing speakers including Archbishop Joseph Naumann (incoming USCCB Pro-Life Committee Chair), Melissa Ohden (Abortion Survivors Network/Vitae Foundation), Dr. George Delgado (Culture of Life Services), and Wesley Smith, JD (Discovery Institute/Patient Rights Council).

Click here for registration and other details. 

CYC Sports Summit - Building Communities of Faith Through Sports

The CYC Sports Summit will be taking place on July 28th at the Cardinal Rigali Center. This is a half-day retreat style event with the theme of “Building Communities of Faith Through Sports.” Parents, coaches, parish volunteers, and priests are encouraged to come to learn more and brainstorm ways that you can build the athletics program in your community.

Key Speakers include:

  • Coach Bruce Scifres- Led Roncalli High School in Indianapolis to 6 State Championships as the Head Coach. Currently the Executive Director, Catholic Youth Organization, Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
  • Coach Julie Goessling Matheny- St. Joseph Academy Varsity Basketball Coach, recently elected to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, former CYC Coach.
  • Mark Probst- Executive Secretary of the St. Louis Suburban Public High School Conference, CYC coach and former CYC District Baseball/Softball Director, High School Basketball/Baseball official, former high school athletic director.
  • Bill Bommarito- President of Coaching Coaches, former CYC Coach and Athletic Association President.

Consider coming to the Summit and pass this invitation along to others. It is going to be a great event. Only $15/person, and if you can get your Priest to come with you, he will be free!

For more information, to see the schedule, and to register, visit:

Any questions, please contact Jon Givens at

Archdiocesan Seminary Selected to Participate in Science for Seminaries Project

May 29, 2018
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Kenrick-Glennon is one of seven new project seminaries in the country

ST. LOUIS – The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced that Kenrick-Glennon Seminary is one of only seven seminaries selected nationwide for the “Science for Seminaries” project. The announcement was made in the May 25th print issue of Science magazine. Kenrick-Glennon Seminary is the institution of the Archdiocese of St. Louis that prepares men for the ministerial priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

“Science for Seminaries” is a project of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program, in consultation with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The project helps a diverse group of seminaries from various Christian denominations integrate science into their core curricula. Participating seminaries will be awarded an 18-month grant to fund courses and programs exploring the connection between faith and science.

Recent data from the National Study of Youth and Religion show that 72% of 18-29 year-old Catholics think science and religion are in conflict, and 78% of lapsed Catholics in the same age bracket cite the alleged conflict of science and religion as a reason for their departure. In order to address this issue of growing concern, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary has been on the forefront of seminaries creating a deeper integration of science within the curricula with the goal of exposing future priests to science in such a way that is relevant to their future parish ministry.

In 2015, Dr. Ed Hogan won a grant in the first round of the “Re-Engaging Science in Seminary Formation” project, sponsored by John Carroll University and funded by the John Templeton Foundation, for his course on Theology and Science. In 2016, Dr. John Finley won a grant in the second round of the Re-Engaging project for his course on the Science and Philosophy of Gender. In 2017, Fr. Robert Spitzer gave the Fifth Annual Glennon Lecture, focused on contemporary faith and science. The Spring 2018 edition of the seminary’s magazine, The Herald, is entirely devoted to faith and science.

Kenrick-Glennon Seminary is tentatively planning to conclude the Science for Seminaries project in November 2019 with a day-long conference on how science enhances faith, including the first ever “Gold Mass” in the archdiocese on or near the feast of St. Albert the Great, patron saint of science and scientists. A “Gold Mass” is one of the many “color” Masses that celebrate various professions, such as Blue Mass for emergency responders or a Red Mass for legal professionals. The Gold Mass celebrates the role of science and scientists in the Catholic Church.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science ( family of journals. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The nonprofit AAAS ( is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!,, the premier science-news web site, a service of AAAS. Information about the Science for Seminaries project can be found at


Archbishop Carlson to Ordain Two Men to Sacred Priesthood

May 24, 2018
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Archdiocese of St. Louis ranks in top five nationally in number of ordinations per 100,000 Catholics

WHAT: Priestly Ordinations for the Archdiocese of St. Louis
WHO: Archbishop Robert Carlson and two men receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders
WHEN: Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell Boulevard)

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Reverend Mr. Gerson Parra and Reverend Mr. Christopher Rubie on Saturday, May 26. The candidates for ordination, or “ordinands,” will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders in culmination of several years of rigorous study and spiritual development at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The candidates graduated from Kenrick School of Theology with a Master of Arts in Theology and a Master of Divinity.

“This year the archdiocese will be ordaining two excellent new priests,” said Fr. James Mason, president-rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.  “In addition to serving as President-Rector of the seminary this year, I was also privileged to be the Formation Advisor to our two ordinandi.  They both are men who have a heart for evangelization and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ and His Church to the world.  I look forward to them joining our priestly fraternity and am confident they will serve God’s people in love and fidelity.”

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has the most active diocesan priests per Catholic of any major diocese in the country at 1 per 2,380 based on 2016 data. For the decade between 2006 and 2016, the archdiocese ranked in the top five in number of ordinations per 100,000 Catholics alongside the Archdiocese of Newark (New Jersey), the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Diocese of Paterson (New Jersey), and the Diocese of Arlington (Virginia).

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the total number of potential ordinands across the country for the class of 2018 is 430. About 590 men were expected to be ordained to the priesthood in 2017, and 548 in 2016.

Part of the rite of ordination includes the laying on of hands by the bishop, a tradition that began with the original Twelve Apostles and has continued in an unbroken line throughout the entire 2,000 year history of the Catholic Church. The new priests receive supernatural graces through the Sacrament of Holy Orders whereby they are able to act in persona Christi (in the person of Christ) when they hear confessions and offer the sacrifice of the Mass, which is a bloodless re-enactment of Christ’s sacrifice on Good Friday.

The Mass of Priestly Ordination begins at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, 4431 Lindell Boulevard, in the Central West End.

A recording of the Mass and ceremony, as well as additional background information about the ordinands and the Rite of Ordination will be posted at


Archbishop Carlson Announces 2018 Excellence in Communication Award Recipient

May 10, 2018
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Author and journalist Colleen Carroll Campbell has been selected as the 2018 Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Excellence in Communication Award recipient. The award is a way for the Archdiocese of St. Louis to recognize the important role of the media and communications professionals as they work to inspire positive change in response to the significant issues facing our society today. This is the sixth annual presentation of the award.

Campbell’s journalism credits include contributions to the New York Times, Washington Post, Christianity Today, First Things, America magazine, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she has served as a reporter, editorialist and op-ed columnist. She has made appearances on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, ABC News, PBS, and NPR. She has served as executive producer and anchor of EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell, a television newscast airing worldwide on EWTN, the world’s largest religious media network, and as creator and host of EWTN’s Faith & Culture television and radio interview show. In 2013, Campbell anchored EWTN’s live television coverage of the historic election and installation of Pope Francis in Rome.

Campbell won a Novak Journalism Fellowship to write her first book, “The New Faithful,” in 2002. In 2012, she published “My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir,” which won two national awards, has sold more than 90,000 copies in English, and has been published in Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and as an audiobook. In addition to numerous other accomplishments throughout her career, she served as a speechwriter for President George W. Bush and became a member of the editorial board at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at age 24. Her journalism work has earned her two honorary doctorates and numerous other awards. Her third book, “Holy Perfectionists," will be published by Simon & Schuster in May 2019.

Campbell currently lives in St. Louis with her husband and four children, whom she homeschools. Her website is

Campbell joins an impressive list of award recipients, including KMOX reporter Fred Bodimer, former KSDK meteorologist Mike Roberts, the late media icon Martin Duggan, and St. Louis media personality Wendy Wiese. Campbell will be honored at ceremony with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson on Monday, May 14, immediately preceding the annual Communications Colloquium, hosted by the archdiocesan Office of Communications and Planning at the Cardinal Rigali Center.

For more information about the award and to see a complete list of previous winners, visit


Fr. Scheid Players Announce Performance Dates and Auditions for Summer Musical - Guys & Dolls!

The Fr. William Scheid Players are excited to announce that they will hold auditions for their summer musical, Guys and Dolls.  Performances will be July 20-22 at Incarnate Word Academy in North County.  This is the Fr. Scheid Players' 39th season of presenting Broadway plays, reviews, and musicals featuring Archdiocesan clergy and laity to raise funds for the youth programs of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

All auditions will be held at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119. 

Dates/times are:

  • Thursday, May 10th at 6:30pm
  • Saturday, May 12th at 12:00pm
  • Thursday, May 17th at 6:30pm
  • Saturday, May 19th at 12:00pm

The Fr. Scheid Players are looking for all types of people - kids, teens, young adults and other adults. All who audition are welcome to be part of the show!!

Please come prepared to sing a portion of a song for your audition. It can be any song of your choice, it does not have to be from this musical. If you would like Gary Stoff to accompany you on his keyboard, please bring the music. We will also be holding dance auditions and readings for those who want to audition for a speaking part. If you want to dance we would suggest that you dress comfortably, and wear shoes that you can dance in. If you want to read for a part, we will provide pages from the script for you to use.

Three other things to mention:

  1. If you cannot make any of the auditions, please email Dr. Karcher at to let him know you would still like to be part of the show.
  2. Please plan to be there on time for auditions, we have a lot to get through and it disrupts things if you wander in an hour late.
  3. Please share this with your family, friends, classmates, coworkers, etc. The more the merrier!!

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Karcher at or Debby Mooney at Stay up-to-date with the latest news and announcement from the Fr. Scheid Players on Facebook!

We look forward to seeing you at auditions!!

Archbishop Carlson Welcomes Archbishop of Omaha Back to St. Louis

May 1, 2018
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Native St. Louisan Archbishop George Lucas to Keynote Ninth Annual Legatus Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast

Who: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Most Reverend George Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha
What: Ninth Annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast, Hosted by Legatus
Where: The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis, 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63105
When: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the St. Louis chapter of Legatus will welcome His Excellency, the Most Reverend George Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha, as he returns to his hometown of St. Louis on Thursday, May 3, as the keynote speaker for the Ninth Annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast.

Archbishop Lucas completed his studies at Cardinal Glennon College and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1975. He served as an associate pastor in several parishes and as a teacher and administrator for St. Louis Preparatory Seminary prior to serving as Chancellor of the archdiocese and private secretary to Archbishop John May from 1990-1994, after which he became rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in 1995.  He was appointed as Bishop of Springfield (IL) in 1999 and, ten years later, was named the fifth Archbishop of Omaha by Pope Benedict XVI.

Archbishop Lucas will address more than 650 attendees, including St. Louis-area Catholics and business men and women, with a hopeful message on the response to the call to discipleship that supports the proclamation of the gospel of life. Previous keynote speakers include Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, current president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Most Reverend Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of the Diocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

The morning will begin with the Regina Coeli and the Rosary at 6:00 a.m., followed by Mass, a full-service hot breakfast, and the keynote address.

Legatus is an international organization of practicing Catholic laymen and laywomen, comprised of CEOs, presidents, managing partners and business owners, with their spouses, from the business community and professional enterprises. The group’s mission is to study, live and spread the Catholic faith in the business, professional and personal lives of its members.


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