Statement on the Death of Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly

September 7, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Carlson and the Archdiocese of St. Louis extend prayerful condolences to the family of Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly, a woman who, throughout her life, displayed an ardent commitment to the teachings and defense of the Catholic faith and for which the Church is grateful.

We pray for repose of the soul of Mrs. Schlafly and for peace and consolation for her family during this difficult time.


Local Mass in Thanksgiving for Mother Teresa’s Canonization

September 1, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Mass in Thanksgiving for Mother Teresa’s Canonization
WHEN: Monday, September 5, 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Sts. Teresa and Bridget Church (3636 N. Market St., 63113)
WHO: Local Missionaries of Charity and Catholic faithful; Fr. Tim Cook, celebrant

ST. LOUIS – The local Missionaries of Charity will celebrate the canonization of their founder, Mother Teresa of Kolkata, with a Mass on Monday, September 5, 2016 at 4 p.m. Fr. Tim Cook, pastor of Sts. Teresa and Bridget Church, will celebrate Mass.

Mother Teresa will be canonized by Pope Francis in a Mass and solemn ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday, September 4 beginning at 3:30 a.m. CT. A group from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church in Ferguson will be in Rome for the canonization.

In the Catholic Church, canonization is a declaration from the pope that an individual lived a life of “heroic virtue” and is worthy of veneration. The Holy Father declares that the canonized individual – referred to as a saint – having died is now with God and is an example of following Christ. Canonization is only declared after extensive research into an individual’s life and the confirmation of at least two miracles having occurred through their intercession.




 For coverage in the St. Louis Review, click here and here.

Click below to listen to an episode of the Catholic Gateway Podcast featuring interviews with the Missionaries of Charity and Fr. Rosebrough, pastor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson

Little Sisters of the Poor to Withdraw From St. Louis Residence

August 24, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

After 147 Years of Caring for the Elderly Poor, Little Sisters Will Leave St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – After 147 years of uninterrupted ministry in St. Louis, the Little Sisters of the Poor will leave their residence located in historic Old North Saint Louis at 3225 N. Florissant Avenue, St Louis, MO 63107, just two miles north of the St. Louis Arch.

According to local Superior, Mother Gonzague Castro, "It is very sad for the Community to leave our St. Louis residence—it is a painful decision to have to make—especially during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. We just don't have sufficient vocations to staff the residence in order to meet the spirit of our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan. We are eternally grateful for the support and love we received during our many years in St. Louis. We love the city nearly as much as we love the people we work with and care for. We're praying that the Residence can continue and even thrive under new ownership, with a larger staff who can both care for the residents as well as serve as administrators."

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson offered his support and prayers for the Sisters, "The Little Sisters of the Poor here in St. Louis have, for nearly 150 years, lived their order's mission, offering the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to Himself. They will be missed in our archdiocese as well as in our community and we pray for their mission as well as for vocations to the order."

Kevin Short, Managing Partner and CEO of Clayton Capital Partners, a St. Louis-based investment banking firm specializing in merger and acquisition advisement, is working with the Little Sisters of the Poor in order to assure that the Sisters can continue their mission as usual during this period of transition while they seek out new owners and management of the property they currently maintain.

The Little Sisters of the Poor are deeply grateful to the people of the St. Louis region, which has supported the residence since their arrival in 1869. There have been innumerable people over the last century and a half who have dedicated themselves to the mission of the Sisters. For those people, the current employees, residents, and family of residents, the Sisters are and will always be very grateful.

The date of the Little Sisters' departure is contingent on the best possible outcome they can find for the home, its employees, and its residence. There will be a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated for the Little Sisters of the Poor and the many years of care they provided to St. Louisans.


Catholic School Graduates Earn High ACT Scores

August 24, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The Class of 2016 at Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis continues to demonstrate high academic achievement with this year's ACT test results. Data released today from the ACT showed Catholic school test scores remained stable even while the Missouri state average decreased significantly.

The 2016 average composite score for Catholic school graduates in the archdiocese is 24.7, nearly equal to the 2015 score of 24.8. The statewide average declined from 21.7 in 2015 to 20.2 this year.

Individual subject area tests demonstrated strong academic performance across all disciplines. The Catholic high school average score for individual tests are:

 Composite   24.7   20.2
 English   25.7   19.7
 Mathematics   23.1   19.8
 Reading   25.5   20.6
 Science   24.2   20.4 

"We are incredibly proud of our graduates. We measure student success in many ways and the ACT test scores again confirm the outstanding work of our students and teachers," said Superintendent of Catholic Education Dr. Kurt Nelson. "Achieving this level of success at graduation is the result of hard work during the high school years, building on the strong foundation students receive in our Catholic elementary schools."

The Catholic high school scores include 2,917 seniors (98.2% of the Class of 2016) from all 27 Catholic high schools in the archdiocese. The archdiocese is the oldest and largest system of schools in the state of Missouri, with over 39,000 students.

The results for the Class of 2016 continue a long history of academic success in Catholic high schools. In 2015, the Archdiocese of St. Louis had the fourth highest score of any school system in Missouri. The Catholic Education Office releases archdiocesan average scores, but not individual school scores.

For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Oliveri, Associate Superintendent for Secondary School Administration at or 314.792.7390.




















Catholic Charities of St. Louis Welcomes New Chief Development Officer

August 8, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Mr. Brian Thouvenot started as the new Chief Development Officer for Catholic Charities of St. Louis on Monday, August 1.

“We are excited to have Brian joining the Catholic Charities team,” stated Theresa Ruzicka, President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis. “His extensive media experience and passion for the Catholic faith will be a tremendous asset to Catholic Charities, and will help us achieve our mission to serve those in need.”

Mr. Thouvenot comes to Catholic Charities after working as the News Director at KMOV (Channel 4). In that role, he helped launch #EndViolenceSTL (renamed Imagine a Better St. Louis) with other community partners. He also established and led the overall vision of the KMOV Watching Out for You and KMOV Cares brand.

Mr. Thouvenot received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois State University. He has received numerous industry awards for his news accomplishments. He and his family are members of St. Teresa Parish in Belleville, Illinois.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis (CCSTL) has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 148,000 people annually throughout 11 counties in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The Catholic Charities Central Office provides advocacy, financial, accreditation, human resources, training, communications, quality assurance and fund development assistance for the eight organizations that make up the Catholic Charities Federation. Our goal is clear: we seek to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect, to empower people to make positive, permanent changes in their lives, and support people to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.


For those who are praying for a child...

Praying for a Child…
Inspiration and support for families who are praying for a child, and those that love them. Unite in prayer for those who desire a family but have experienced infertility. Sponsored by Enkindle Infertility Support Ministry, a program of the Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning, providing free spiritual and emotional counseling for couples struggling with infertility.
Christian Prayer Service (all faiths are welcome)
September 8, 2016
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
2 Seton Court, St. Charles, MO  63303
Reservation not required, for more information, please call 314-997-7576.

Agreement with Holy Apostles

Holy Apostles College & Seminary, a dynamic Catholic liberal arts college and seminary located in Cromwell, CT, and devoted to the formation of future priests and leaders in the Catholic community, now allows students at the Paul VI Institute to receive up to nine "prior experience" credits toward their MA in Theology or MA in Pastoral Studies degree programs.

At Holy Apostles lay people study alongside priests, deacons, seminarians and religious in an effort to support and learn from one another.  The online programs allow for study at a pace suited to one's own schedule in 15-week fall, spring and summer terms.

Visit Holy Apostles online at for admissions and degree program information.  To sign up for a listening session to talk about the programs visit

Classes for Fall of 2016 are forming now, and will begin on August 29.

"Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" - A Vibrant & Entertaining Performance!

Thank you to the Fr. Scheid Players for their time, tremendous talent, and hard work in their production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!!  Their colorful and entertaining performances put a smile on the faces of all who attended.  Thank you to the priests and the dozens of talented grade school, teenage, and adult performers from 25 different parishes in the Archdiocese whose hard work benefits the ministries of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

National NFP Awareness Week July 24th - July 30th, 2016

The last week of July is National Natural Family Planning Awareness Week.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared this document to describe how NFP promotes Love, Mercy, and Life. 

Don't forget that a great way to celebrate this week is to attend the Annual Humanae Vitae Mass and Dinner July 23rd at the Cathedral Basilica. For more information, call 314.991.0327


July 8, 2016
For more information contact: 
Teak Phillips
Phone: 314.792.7504

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement on the recent acts of violence in our nation.

Our nation is in considerable pain as we continue to witness the toll of violence and intolerance on the people of God. On too many mornings over the past several weeks, we have awakened to fresh tragedy and renewed horror. Our hearts broke to learn of the senseless slaughter at a popular LGBT nightclub in Orlando, FL, that left 49 innocent people dead last month. Just this week, within days of each other, we have literally watched via videos posted to social media the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, and St. Louis native Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, MN, both African American males in officer-involved shootings. This morning, we wake to the news of more senseless death and injury in Dallas, TX, leaving 5 police officers dead.

Already, dangerously irresponsible voices are calling for more hate and violent retribution, adding darkness upon darkness. We stand with the Church, all Christians, members of all faiths, and people of good will in calling for love, peace, justice and reconciliation. Following the example of Christ, we offer prayers to the all of the families and communities touched by this violence as well as for those responsible for visiting death upon them. Only in the total and unyielding love of God can true and lasting peace be found. God does not count the deaths and suffering of His children differently. He weeps for them all, and so do we.

I ask you to join me in prayer for our communities, around our country and here at home.

We pray especially for the Ballwin police officer shot while serving our community today, and for his family and colleagues. 



Tickets Still Available for Fr. Scheid Players' Peformance of "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Tickets are still available for the Fr. Scheid Players' Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."  The cast of 90 will feature several priests of the Archdiocese, including 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, and Fr. Bill Wigand of Regina Cleri, along with dozens of talented grade school, teenage, and adult performers from 25 different parishes in the Archdiocese.

This year marks the Fr. William Scheid Players' 37th 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 22 at 7:30 pm
                                           Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 pm
                                           Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 pm

All performances will be at Chaminade College Preparatory School, in the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts, 425 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, Missouri 63131.

All advanced tickets are $12 for reserved seating.  Tickets are available at the door for $15. The Skip Viragh Center for the Arts provides ample seating and is handicapped accessible. To order tickets, please mail your check along with this Ticket Order Form.  For additional ticket information, please contact Ann Madden at (314) 846-1060 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 an Ad Book Order Form with further information. The deadline for placing an ad is July 13.  For more information about placing an ad, please contact Debby Mooney at (314) 853-7651 or email

Be sure to bring the whole family! It will be an amazingly colorful and fun musical!!

SteubySTL Mid-America 2016

Steubenville STL Mid-America is a high-energy youth conference where thousands of teens are invited to encounter Jesus Christ through dynamic speakers, engaging music, the Sacraments, small group discussions, and fellowship with other teens. The conference is an outreach of Franciscan University in partnership with the St. Louis Archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry. Two conferences are held every year in July and take place on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.

Since the First Steubenville Conference in 1999

  • 17 Years of Steubenville STL Mid-America
  • 27 Weekend Conferences Completed
  • 2021 Groups Have Attended
  • 66057 Hearts Touched
To find out more about Steubenville and to follow along on the journey... visit!
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