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

June 5, 2018
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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 info@prolifewomen.com. 

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. 

Archdiocesan Seminary Selected to Participate in Science for Seminaries Project

May 29, 2018
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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 (sciencemag.org) 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 (aaas.org) 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!, eurekalert.org, the premier science-news web site, a service of AAAS. Information about the Science for Seminaries project can be found at scienceforseminaries.org.

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Archbishop Carlson to Ordain Two Men to Sacred Priesthood

May 24, 2018
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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 archstl.org/ordination.

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Archbishop Carlson Announces 2018 Excellence in Communication Award Recipient

May 10, 2018
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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 colleen-campbell.com.

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 archstl.org/excellence.

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Life Will Be Victorious! United Pro-Life, Faith Effort Helps Defeat St. Louis Board Bill 34

St. Louis City's "Buffer Zone" Bill failed on April 16 in a 9-15 vote. This defeat was helped by the united effort of the pro-life movement, Archdiocese of St. Louis, and other churches, organizations, and people of good will.

Ever since Board Bill 34CS was re-introduced by the city's aldermanic council in February, this united opposition made it a priority to educate the public on the bill's problematic nature. Multiple phone, letter, and email campaigns were also made to city officials.

A buffer zone around health clinics (which according to the ordinance also included Planned Parenthood), would certainly have impacted the peaceful and prayerful efforts of the respect life movement, especially life-saving sidewalk counseling. However, it also would have hindered more universal rights of free speech and peaceful assembly.

As RLA Executive Director Karen Nolkemper explained, "We are grateful to the Board of Alderman for defeating Board Bill 34CS, and choosing not to restrict the constitutionally-protected rights of assembly and free speech on public property. Our work of prayer and presence will continue because we know that women facing difficult or unplanned pregnancies need real options and support, not abortion."

For a comprehensive look at the bill's progression and defeat, access the St Louis Review's four articles online here.

Coverage of the bill's defeat was also picked up by other St. Louis media outlets and even a national pro-life news source

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 dkarcher@chaminade-stl.com 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 dkarcher@chaminade-stl.com or Debby Mooney at debbymo@aol.com. 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
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Gabe Jones
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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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Archdiocese Shows Strong Support for Catholic Education, Respect Life During 2018 Creative Writing Contest

1,058 Catholic Eighth Graders Write About Chastity, Respect Life, 146 Finalists Honored at April 18 Assembly

With approximately 500 people in attendance, the April 18 awards assembly culminated nearly five months of work that went into the 2018 Respect Life Creative Writing Contest. This partnership between the Catholic Education Office, Respect Life Apostolate, and schools and parishes throughout the archdiocese, helped 1,058 eighth graders reflect on the virtue of chastity and respecting each person's fundamental right to life.

These entries represented 61 schools, Parish School of Religion programs, and Catholic home schools. Of these students, 146 were rated as finalists by our judges and invited to the award assembly at the Cardinal Rigali Center.

At the assembly, Archbishop Robert Carlson, Fr. Brian Fallon, Bob Cochran (nephew of Bishop Edward O'Donnell), Zip Rzeppa, Missouri Knights of Columbus leaders and RLA Executive Director Karen Nolkemper helped present the awards and inspire the students. The presence of parents, teachers, principals, priests, and religious further inspired and supported the achievement of these eighth graders.

Each finalist received a certificate of achievement, respect life T-shirt, a teen book on chastity, and the opportunity to be individually recognized, presented, and photographed with Archbishop Carlson.

In addition, 14 of these 146 finalists were selected for either a scholarship or an honorable mention. This year, six one-time, partial scholarships and eight honorable mention prizes were awarded to help 14 students more easily pursue Catholic high school education in 2018-2019.

The recipients of the six $2,000 scholarships are:

  • Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell Scholarship: Emmeline Roseberry (St. Margaret of Scotland Grade School and Parish) will be attending Nerinx Hall
  • Mary Forrestal Hennessey Scholarship: Meghan Meehan (home school, St. Dominic Savio Parish) will be attending Bishop DuBourg High School
  • Mr. & Mrs George Kletzker Scholarships: Leah Anderson (St. Joseph of Imperial Grade School and Parish) will be attending Ursuline Academy, and Olivia Knobbe (St. Joseph-Josephville Grade School and Parish) will be attending St. Dominic High School
  • Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship: John Paul Vlahutin (Annunziata Grade School and Holy Trinity Parish) will be attending Chaminade College Preparatory School
  • St. Joseph Evangelization Network Scholarship: Carlotta Croak (Holy Infant Grade School and Parish) will be attending Villa Duchesne 

The recipients of the eight honorable mention awards are:

  • Alexander Rodriguez (Holy Trinity Grade School, Our Lady of the Presentation Parish), will be attending DeSmet Jesuit High School
  • Amy Lien Stukenholtz (Sacred Heart-Valley Park Grade School and Parish), will be attending Cor Jesu Academy
  • Eric Piening (St. Monica Grade School and Parish), will be attending St. Louis University High School
  • Matilda Killeen (St. Margaret of Scotland Grade School and Parish), will be attending Visitation Academy
  • Gabriel Chase Lancia (Holy Cross Academy, Our Lady of Providence Parish), will be attending St. Pius X High School
  • Hannah Lifka (St. Peter Grade School, St. Joseph-Imperial Parish), will be attending Lindbergh High School
  • Hannah King (St. John Paul II Preparatory School, Queen of All Saints Parish) will be continuing her high school education at St. John Paul II
  • Hope Dery (homeschool, St. Joseph-Cottleville Parish), will be attending St. John Paul II Preparatory School 

Click here to read the St. Louis Review article.

Click here to read the winning scholarship entries

Catholic Bishop To Address Role of Catholic Church In Eradicating Racism

April 23, 2018
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have been informed that Bishop Murry has had to ask Dr. Jonathan Reyes, Assistant General Secretary for Integral Human Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Interim Executive Director of the Committee Against Racism, to deliver his speech.

Information about Dr. Reyes can be found here: http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-233.cfm


Bishop George Murry, S.J., is chairman of newly-established USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

WHAT: Special presentation: “The Church as a Consistent Voice to Eradicate Racism”
WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: St Francis Xavier College Church (3628 Lindell Blvd, 63108)
WHO: Bishop George Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, Ohio, and chairman of the newly-established USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, Ohio, and chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, will deliver a special presentation on Wednesday, April 25, entitled: “The Church as a Consistent Voice to Eradicate Racism.” Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will welcome Bishop Murray to St. Louis for this important talk, beginning at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church. Admission is free and parking is available at the Laclede Parking garage on the campus of Saint Louis University.

Bishop Murry was born in Camden, New Jersey, and was ordained for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus on June 9, 1979. He earned a Masters of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley in 1979 and a doctorate in American Cultural History from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1994. In 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of Chicago. He served as bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands from 1998 until his installation as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown on March 28, 2007.

In August 2017, Bishop Murry was named the chairman of the newly-established Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). He is one of only six African-American bishops to currently serve as ordinaries, or heads of dioceses, in the United States.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been a leader in combating the sin of racism for generations. Notably, Joseph Cardinal Ritter desegregated St. Louis Catholic schools in 1947 – seven years before the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. In recent years, St. Louis Catholics have organized marches to bring greater awareness to racism in our community, and Archbishop Carlson instructed pastors preach on racism for the first Sunday of Lent this year.

This special event with Bishop Murry is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Aquinas Institute of Theology, Catholic Charities, Fontbonne University, Saint Louis University, and the Jesuits of U.S. Central and Southern Province. 

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* This event was originally scheduled for March 22. Bishop Murry postponed the event due to illness.


Statement Regarding Buffer Zone Bill in St. Louis City

April 16, 2018
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Gabe Jones
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ST. LOUIS – Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, released the following statement regarding Board Bill 34CS in the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, which would have established a buffer zone around health care facilities, including the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on Forest Park Avenue:

We are grateful to the Board of Aldermen for defeating Board Bill 34, and choosing not to restrict the constitutionally protected rights of assembly and free speech on public property. Our work of prayer and presence will continue because we know that women facing difficult or unplanned pregnancies need real options and support, not abortion.

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Archdiocese of St. Louis Announces 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal

April 16, 2018
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Phone: 314.792.7557

Catholics encouraged to “Tell Your Story” on the way to a goal of $14.2 million

ST. LOUIS – The 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will officially begin on Saturday, April 21, and continue through Sunday, May 6. The ambitious goal of $14.2 million in 2018 is nearly $500,000 more than the $13.75 million goal in 2017.

Each spring, the ACA asks Catholics in nearly 200 parishes across the archdiocese to make pledges to support programs, organizations, and ministries for people of all faith traditions. Spanning ten counties and the City of St. Louis, these programs assist the homeless and hungry, provide pro-life resources, and support women, children, and families. The appeals funds Catholic education, family counseling programs, and numerous other charitable services. All of the money raised each year through the Annual Catholic Appeal is distributed to the various programs, parishes, organizations, and ministries that carry out the important work of the Church.

The theme of the 2018 appeal, “Tell Your Story,” highlights the charitable works funded by the ACA and shows how ordinary people are greatly impacted by the generosity of Catholics in the archdiocese. Anyone who has been positively impacted by Catholic schools, ministries, and agencies in St. Louis is encouraged to share their story on digital media using #TellYourStory.

“The funds raised through the ACA impact thousands of people every year and those stories need to be shared,” said Brian Niebrugge, Executive Director of Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal. “Not everyone who benefits from the ACA is Catholic, but we don’t help people because of their faith; we help people because our faith in Jesus Christ compels us to share His love with everyone. We hope that others will want to share that love too.”

The 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) raised more than $15 million for the first time ever. The results show continued support among Catholics for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its ministries. The $15,033,045 raised in 2017 exceeded the $13.75 million overall goal, reflecting the generosity of so many donors even in the midst of the Beyond Sunday campaign to support Catholic education, which itself raised more than $100 million.

More information on the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal is available at archstl.org/aca.

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