Lead. Learn. Proclaim.

Four educational leaders in Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be honored this year with a Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award for dedication and commitment to excellence. 

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) will present these awards at a special reception and dinner at the annual convention to be hosted here in St. Louis at America’s Center, April 18-20.

We are proud to recognize the following educators:

  • Kathleen Hertlein, Theology Teacher and Academic Dean at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School
  • The Saint Louis University High School Campus Ministry Team
  • Reverend Ralph A. Siefert, S.M ., President of Chaminade College Preparatory High School
  • Kathleen Stinehart, Teacher at Ursuline Academy

These men and women were chosen from more than 150,000 teachers and administrators, as well as diocesan leaders and organizations who have demonstrated a strong Catholic educational philosophy, as well as exceptional ability, dedication and results.

“It takes dedicated people in the schools, the dioceses, the parishes and the communities to carry out the mission of faith formation in Catholic schools. They are the living messengers of God’s purpose from generation to generation,” said Jim Pavlacka, NCEA Director of Leadership Development.

The staff of the Catholic Education Office has been planning for this event for almost two years, and we are happy to report that registration is strong! We are proud of our history, and excited to share it, along with our plans for the future.

Watch for more NCEA news as this historic event draws near! Read The e-Vangelizer at archstl.org!

Archbishop Carlson Announces Excellence in Communication Award Recipient

January 20, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis radio personality Fred Bodimer has been selected as the 2017 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 in our local community as they work to inspire positive change in response to the significant issues facing our society today. This is the fifth year of the award.

Bodimer is the Health and Religion editor for KMOX Radio and executive producer for The Mark Reardon Show, Total Information PM, Total Information AM Saturday, and all election night coverage. He joined KMOX in 1982 after graduating from the University of Missouri at Columbia, School of Journalism.

Over the past three decades at KMOX, Bodimer has interviewed many of the world's religious leaders including the Reverend Dr. Billy Graham, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Reverend Joel Osteen. He has also covered and interviewed all the St. Louis Catholic leaders from Archbishop May to Archbishop Carlson.

Bodimer covered Mother Teresa's visit to St. Louis in 1988 and coordinated the station’s award winning coverage of Pope John Paul II’s visit to St. Louis in 1999.

He has been married to Marie Dilg for 21 years. They have two sons: Shane and Noah. He also served as President and an Elder for 25 years at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in south St. Louis.

Bodimer joins an impressive list of award recipients, including former KSDK meteorologist Mike Roberts, the late media icon Martin Duggan, and St. Louis media personality Wendy Wiese. Bodimer will be honored at a luncheon with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson following the annual Mass for Media Professionals at the Cardinal Rigali Center on January 24, the Feast Day of St. Francis de Sales, patron of journalists. All media and communications professionals are invited to the Mass.

For more information about the award and to see a complete list of previous winners, visit archstl.org/excellence.

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Annual Memorial Mass Remembers Abortion Victims

January 19, 2017
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Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Mass at Cathedral Basilica on Saturday Commemorates Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WHAT: Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass, hosted by the Respect Life Apostolate
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
WHO: Archbishop Robert Carlson and more than 500 pro-life supporters

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass on Saturday, January 21, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, which legalized abortion in the United States. The Mass is hosted by the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be preceded by a procession of 44 individuals, one for every year since 1973, to represent the more than 57 million children lost due to abortion in the past 44 years. A solemn rosary procession to Planned Parenthood on Forest Park Boulevard will follow Mass. More than 500 people are expected to attend.

“We have a rich history of defending the unborn in the Archdiocese of St. Louis,” said Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the Respect Life Apostolate. “Despite enormous progress, the pro-life movement locally and nationally still faces stiff resistance. This annual Mass offers us an opportunity, through prayer and public witness, to re-commit to defending life and transforming our culture.”

Next week, hundreds of thousands of pro-life pilgrims will descend on Washington, D.C. for the 44th annual March for Life. More than 2,100 students, volunteers, and chaperones from Catholic schools and parishes will depart the St. Louis area on Wednesday, January 25. The annual pilgrimage from St. Louis, known as “Generation Life” or “GenLifeSTL” since 2013, is organized by the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis was the first in the nation to establish a Respect Life Apostolate (RLA) following the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The purpose of the RLA is to promote the Catholic Church’s teachings on respect for and legal protection of every human life from conception to natural death by coordinating educational, spiritual, pastoral, and public policy advocacy efforts with particular focus on those issues in the culture that threaten life - abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and unethical advances in scientific technology. In addition to the annual Memorial Mass in January, the RLA hosts its annual convention in October, which is Respect Life Month.

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Fr. Scheid Players Announce Audition Dates for Spring Production of You Can't Take It With You

The Catholic Youth Apostolate and the Fr. William Scheid Players are pleased to announce audition dates for their spring production of You Can’t Take It With You, a madcap, idealistic comedy that reinforces the idea that you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy.

Audition dates are:

  • Sunday January 22 at 2 pm -  Cardinal Rigali Center
  • Monday January 23 at 7 pm -  Cardinal Rigali Center
  • Sunday January 29 at 7pm - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School

Parts are available for nine men, seven women, and three extras, and auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The show will take place on March 24, 25, and 26, 2017 at Incarnate Word Academy. If you are interested in auditioning but are unable to attend, please contact the director, Dan Karcher at dkarcher@sbcglobal.net.

For nearly four decades, the Fr. Scheid Players have been presenting Broadway plays, reviews, and musicals featuring Archdiocesan clergy and laity to raise funds to benefit the youth programs of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Synopsis of the play:
Grandpa Vanderhof and his wacky family, the Sycamores, have been happily living their zany lives in his house by Columbia University in New York for many years. This family and their friends are a madcap group of eccentrics, marching to the beat of their own drum, with pride and joy. Their hobbies include collecting snakes, building fireworks in the basement, writing a myriad of plays that never get published, and taking ballet lessons. Things like stress, jobs, and paying taxes to the government are for other people, not for them!

But when practical young Alice Sycamore becomes engaged to her company’s Vice President Tony Kirby, the Vanderhof/Sycamore clan must straighten up to meet the new in-laws. Disaster ensues when the Kirbys arrive at the wrong time and, despite the best laid plans, see Alice’s family in all of its crazy glory. The evening ends with everyone in the house getting arrested, and Alice ending the engagement. It isn’t until Grandpa’s wise speech to Mr. Kirby about the importance of living life to the fullest that the two families find a way to accept each other, and love conquers all!

“Doc, you look a little young…”

Ste. Genevieve du Bois Catholic School seventh graders put their marketing skills into “practice,” literally, in collaboration with Junior Achievement (JA) and Purina to create a mini-storefront Pet Adoption Center simulation booth at the recent JA BizTown.

Students ran their simulated business for a day discovering “real world” economics, business finance, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

Visitors to the booth chose a pet profile on a simulated Petfinder website, which was matched to a microchipped stuffed dog or cat.

Student “veterinary technicians” walked visitors through the benefits of pet adoption, performed a “medical exam” on the “pet” and made food recommendations (Purina, of course!) based on the pet’s age and dietary needs.

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Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice on Sunday

January 12, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Sunday, January 15, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Who: Archbishop Robert Carlson, celebrant; Rev. Arthur Cavitt, homilist

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the annual Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, the day before the observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Rev. Arthur Cavitt, Executive Director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center, a Catholic ministry rooted in the African-American community, will deliver the homily. This marks the archdiocese’s 41st annual commemoration of the birth and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We keep hearing the Lord say, ‘Come and you will see’ that with the Lord by our side, we continue to change the face of the earth for the better,” said Fr. Cavitt in his spirited homily for the 2015 Mass. “Yes Lord, there are servants who are listening, and will be part of renewing the face of the earth.”

A reception and awards presentation ceremony for the 10th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Honorees will take place in Boland Hall after Mass. A complete list of honorees can be found on the website of the St. Louis Review.

Members of the media are invited to attend. For additional information about the event call the St. Charles Lwanga Center at 314-367-7929.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Sun Jan 22

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

When: Sun. Jan. 22, 2017 7:00pm
What: Join Christians of many traditions as we share an ecumenical prayer service for unity in the Christian faith.
RSVP (appreciated but not required)
Where: St. Justin Martyr, 11910 Eddie & Park Rd., St. Louis, MO 63126

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Archbishop Carlson Releases Pastoral Message During National Migration Week

January 11, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

National Migration Week Prayer Services to be held on Friday, January 13

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has issued a pastoral statement on immigration and reconciliation during National Migration Week to “reaffirm” his “pastoral commitment to accompany our immigrant and refugee families.”

 “As I have done on previous occasions, I call upon the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the people of good will to join me in solidarity with our immigrant and refugee communities… May our commitment to walk with the immigrant and refugee be a light in the darkness for others to see and follow,” the statement reads.

The Office of Hispanic Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis invites people of all faiths to attend one of several prayer services on Friday, January 13, to join in solidarity with immigrants and refugees around the world. Times and locations of the prayer services, as well as Archbishop Carlson’s entire message (English and Spanish) for National Migration Week 2017 can be found at archstl.org/hispanicministry.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website says that “for nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.” More information can be found at usccb.org.

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Pastoral Message on Immigration & Reconciliation / Mensaje Pastoral sobre Inmigración y Reconciliación

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has issued a pastoral statement on immigration and reconciliation during National Migration Week 2017 to “reaffirm” his “pastoral commitment to accompany our immigrant and refugee families.”

 “As I have done on previous occasions, I call upon the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the people of good will to join me in solidarity with our immigrant and refugee communities… May our commitment to walk with the immigrant and refugee be a light in the darkness for others to see and follow,” the statement reads.

The Office of Hispanic Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis invites people of all faiths to attend one of several prayer services on Friday, January 13, to join in solidarity with immigrants and refugees around the world.

Times and locations of the prayer services can be found below, or click here

Archbishop Carlson's entire message for National Migration Week 2017 is available for download:

 Click here for English  |   Aquí para español

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website says that “for nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.”

Statement of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Regarding Proposed City of St. Louis Ordinance Relating to Abortion

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

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, issued the following statement in regards to a proposed ordinance in the City of St. Louis:

The Board of Aldermen of the City of St. Louis is considering an ordinance (Board Bill 203) that attacks the most deeply held moral and religious convictions of the people of this great city. This proposed ordinance seeks to make St. Louis a sanctuary city for abortion, an act that kills innocent unborn children. This is not what our city should stand for; rather, St. Louis should be a sanctuary for life and compassion, especially compassion for mothers and their developing children.

Board Bill 203 is vague and ambiguous but could have terrible consequences for religious institutions. For example, a Catholic school or Catholic Charities agency could be fined by the City of St. Louis for not employing persons who publicly promote practices such as abortion. In addition, our Catholic institutions could be fined for not including coverage for abortion in their insurance plans.

Board Bill 203 could also allow the City of St. Louis to fine landlords and others who do not want to rent to or be associated with the abortion industry. This proposed ordinance, therefore, would force the people of St. Louis to be complicit in the profound evil of abortion. This would be a flagrant violation of religious liberty and individual rights of conscience.

I urge the citizens of St. Louis to oppose Board Bill 203. Protection and care for human life at all stages of development from conception until natural death is a fundamental moral value shared by Catholics as well as many other people of faith. City ordinances should respect all people, including women facing unplanned pregnancies, unborn children, and people who desire to live their lives in accordance with their religious convictions.

As the shepherd of the faithful Catholics of this region, let me be clear that the Archdiocese of St. Louis cannot and will not comply with any ordinance like Board Bill 203 that attempts to force the Church and others to become unwilling participants in the abortion business. There is no room for compromise on such a matter. This is a matter of fundamental religious and moral beliefs.

Rather than aiding and abetting the abortion industry, the archdiocese, through its various ministries and programs, will continue to extend both spiritual and material assistance to all those in need, especially the poor and those women facing crisis pregnancies who feel they have no one else to turn to for help—both during their pregnancies as well as after their child is born.

I urge the St. Louis Board of Aldermen to defeat Board Bill 203.  I appeal to the humanity and the love of all freedom-loving citizens of St. Louis to make their voices heard in defense of human life.

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Touched by Infertility: Mass of Community

Infertility has touched many in one way or another and It is an intensely personal, intimate and often frustrating struggle. You don’t have to suffer alone. Join us for an occasion to come together to pray for hope and healing. There will also be an opportunity to share in fellowship and receive valuable resources on ways the Church and Archdiocesan Office of NFP can help. Sponsored by the St. Louis Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning. February 16, 2017 7:00 PM Mass followed by reception Rigali Center Chapel 20 Archbishop May Dr, St. Louis, MO 63119

Day of prayer.

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