These St. Louis Women Describe Why They Are a Part of the March for Life

Three Different Perspectives Weave a Rich Pro-Life Witness

Anna Jones

After attending the Generation Life pilgrimage for the first time as a freshman, Anna Jones marched back to St. Louis, determined to start a pro-life club at Kirkwood High School.

At the end of their pilgrimage, Generation Life teens were invited to make a personal commitment to life issues -- thus how Pioneers for Life was born.

Finish reading Anna's story here.

Pam Coughlin

When Pam Coughlin called to reserve a spot for the Missouri Life Caravan, she didn't know a single person on the trip to Washington, D.C. But as it turns out, Coughlin was well-known by members of Missouri Right to Life, which organizes the annual bus trip.

Missouri Right to Life had come to Coughlin's defense, when in the mid-1990s she was fired from her teaching job as an associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis. With a doctorate in social work and master's in nursing, Coughlin taught a class called "Child Development Through the Life Cycle." During that class, she showed students "The Silent Scream," a 1984 documentary that used ultrasound images to show the horrors of abortion in graphic detail.

"I gave them the opportunity to stay or leave," recalls the now 82-year-old member of St. Justin Martyr Parish in Sunset Hills. "Four of the girls left the room, went to the administration and tried to get it stopped."

Read the rest of Pam's story here.

Alexis Carrasquillo & Zita Myers-Carrasquillo

Alexis Carrasquillo believes that "everyone deserves a life." That's why she was inspired to attend the March for Life with Rosati-Kain High School.

It was the first march for Alexa and her mother, Zita Myers-Carrasquillo, who came along as a chaperone. Alexis called the experience "awesome," although she said "there were some things I didn't want to see," referring to some of the graphic images of aborted babies along the march route.

For Alexis and her mother, taking a stand for life of the unborn has been the newest link in their efforts to support life at all stages.

Read the rest of their story here.

(All three stories were written by St. Louis Review's Jennifer Brinker; photo collage by Lisa Johnston)

Local Archdiocesan Marches Show Strong Pro-Life Witness

Catholic St. Louis Bore Witness to Life Both in Washington D.C. and Locally

For about a half-hour on either side of noon on Jan. 20, students and parishioners from St. Alban Roe Parish and School bore powerful witness to the pro-life movement.

About 200 people -- 30 students in the middle-school youth ministry joined by roughly 170 parishioners of all ages, from babies to seniors --marched on the bike path along Highways 109 and 100, chanting, singing, and carrying signs.  

The lead sign, carried by three students, asked drivers to "Honk for Life," and honking horns accompanies the group throughout the two-mile hike from the parish church to Wildwood City Hall. There Mayor Jim Bowlin greeted them.

"Thank you for voicing your support for this very important cause," he said in brief remarks to the group. "It really is great that we live in a country where we can do that... Thank you for what you do."

After music and song by the school's Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, along with a little dancing by the students, the event closed with prayer, just as it had begun an hour previous.

Continue reading the St. Louis Review article here (by Dave Luecking and photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.)

Generation Life Pilgrims Lead the Charge in Proclaiming that "Love Saves Lives" at Annual March for Life

Archdiocesan Teen Pilgrimage Brings 2,200 to Washington D.C. on January 19

Kurt Hufker huddled with his friends on the National Mall as they eagerly awaited for the March for Life to begin.

This was the first march for Kurt, who was with his youth group from Assumption Parish in Mattese. Researching life issues on his own, Kurt knew that abortion was wrong, and he wanted to come to stand up for life.

"Life is the most important thing we have," said the junior at St. Mary's High School. "If you can't protect life, what is there to protect?"

Kurt was one of more than 2,200 teens attending the Jan. 19 march as part of the Generation Life pilgrimage, hosted by the archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry. The annual pilgrimage feeds into the March for Life every January. Including the Missouri Life Caravan and other parish and school groups, there were an estimated 3,000 people from St. Louis attending the march.

Finish reading the St. Louis Review article here. (by Jennifer Brinker; photo by Lisa Johnston)

Renaissance of Catholic Education Expands to North County

January 26, 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, Thursday informed Catholic school families in North St. Louis County of the creation of a new partnership-model school between St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, St. Ferdinand, and St. Norbert schools. The new school will be known as All Saints Academy and will continue operations at each of the three locations with the parish designation added to the name. Archbishop Carlson approved the new name and model after an inclusive process of consultation with the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the families of the respective parishes and schools.

“I enthusiastically support the creation of this partnership school in Florissant,” wrote Archbishop Carlson in a letter to school families. “In addition, the archdiocese is steadfast in its commitment to partner with St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert, and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parishes in providing leadership and funding for this new model. Just as in our past, Florissant is again leading the way in ensuring that the Catholic Church in St. Louis continues to provide quality faith formation and academic programs for future generations.”

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year at All Saints Academy will begin during Catholic Schools Week, which runs January 28-February 3, 2018. Current teachers at all three locations will not be impacted by the change, with no requirement that they re-apply for the upcoming school year. Under the partnership model, the archdiocese will provide additional resources, personnel, and funding to ensure the long-term success of the school.

Partnership schools stress academic excellence and strong Catholic formation for children, as well as affordability for families and parishes in accessible locations. A priority of the partnership model schools is the efficient and effective use of resources, with educational and religious educational programs of similar quality in all of the schools.

The first partnership school in the archdiocese, South City Catholic Academy, was announced January 2017 and began classes in August 2017. South City Catholic Academy is a partnership between Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Joan of Arc Schools and is located in the previous St. Joan of Arc school location.

Catholic education in St. Louis marks its 200th anniversary in 2018, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis continues to work toward ushering in a new era – a renaissance – in Catholic education to shape the next 200 years.

“I have been very pleased to see parents and parishioners collaborating and building strong partnerships to create a new school that will ensure long-term, high-quality Catholic education for their children,” stated Archbishop Carlson in announcing South City Catholic Academy in 2017. “Introducing this new school model will provide the necessary leadership, support and direction at the school level to maintain quality Catholic schools for our children and for the next 200 years of Catholic education in St. Louis.”

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


EDITORIAL: Our Commitment to a Culture of Life is Rooted in Love

Love Saves Lives.

That's the theme of this year's March for Life, which commemorates the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion. Forty-five years later, more than 59 million babies have been killed through abortion, according to the statistics from National Right to Life.

But the commitment to stopping this travesty isn't just about attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C., every year. It's a commitment -- rooted in love -- that requires our efforts every day of the year.

The pro-life community understands that choosing life isn't always easy. Facing poverty, abusive relationships, and lack of education or employment are among the reasons women seek abortion.

We're called to love and support both the unborn child and the mother. We must remain committed to building a culture of life from the womb through all stages of life. It isn't only the loving thing to do, but also empowering when a woman chooses life for her child.

Finish reading the St. Louis Review editorial here.

Annual Memorial Mass Remembers Abortion Victims

January 25, 2018
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media 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 Blvd.)
WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
WHO: Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso and hundreds of pro-life supporters

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Mark S. Rivituso, auxiliary bishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass on Saturday, January 27, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis to commemorate the 45th 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 10:00 a.m. and will be preceded by a procession of 45 individuals, one for every year since 1973, to represent the estimated 60 million children lost due to abortion in the past 45 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. “Missouri is one of the most pro-life states in the country and this annual Mass offers us an opportunity, through prayer and public witness, to re-commit to defending life and transforming our culture.”

Last week, hundreds of thousands of pro-life pilgrims descended on Washington, D.C. for the 45th annual March for Life, including nearly 2,200 students, volunteers, and chaperones from Catholic schools and parishes in the St. Louis area. The annual pilgrimage from St. Louis, known as “Generation Life” or “GenLifeSTL,” is organized by the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis was the first diocese 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.


Fr. Scheid Players Announce Dates/Auditions for Spring Play

The Fr. Scheid Players are happy to announce audition dates and times for their spring play, The Man Who Came To Dinner.  All auditions will be at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119.

Auditions will take place on:

Sunday, January 28th at 2:00pm
Monday, January 29th at 6:30pm
Wednesday, January 31st at 6:30pm

You will be asked to read a scene from the play for your audition. We need lots of men and women for this show, so please consider auditioning, and invite your family and friends!  The performances will be March 16th - 18th at Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves.

There is a scene in the play that calls for a children/teen chorus to sing Christmas carols. It would involve attending 1-2 rehearsals the week before the show and then being there for every performance. We do not need kids/teens to attend the auditions, but if you/they have an interest in being in this scene, email Dr. Karcher at or Debby Mooney at to let us know you are interested.

All proceeds from performances benefit the ministries of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

Forty-Third Annual Catholic Schools Week Begins Sunday, January 28

ST. LOUIS – The annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week across the country and in the 133 schools of the Archdiocese of St. Louis begins Sunday, January 28. Each school around the archdiocese will hold its own unique celebration, with Masses, open houses, and other activities for the nearly 37,000 students, their families, parishioners, and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. serve. Lead. Succeed.”

Most Catholic elementary schools will host an Open House on Sunday, January 28, or during the week. For a complete list of open houses and additional information about Catholic Schools Week, visit

Some notable special events for Catholic Schools Week include:

January 28-February 3 – More than 1,000 pieces of K-12 student artwork are on display at South County Center, West County Center, Plaza Frontenac, and the Galleria.

January 28-March 3– K-12 student artwork (different from previous week) will be on display at Taubman Prestige Outlets.

This year marks the 43nd anniversary of this annual celebration which began in 1974. Nationwide, about 1.9 million students are currently educated in nearly 6,600 Catholic schools. More information about the national celebration of Catholic Schools Week can be found at, or on social media under the hashtag #CSW18.


As Abortions Decrease, Pro-Lifers Remain Committeed

Generation Life Pilgrimage Will Send Almost 2,200 Teens to Washington, DC; Other Activitis Planned for St. Louis

By Jennifer Brinker

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. Thousands from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are expected to attend the annual March for Life on Friday, Jan. 19, in Washington, D.C.

While the number of abortions in the United States is staggering -- more than 59 million since 1973 -- Missouri is experiencing a downward trend in abortions.

Abortions obtained by Missouri women are down by 39 percent in the past 10 years, according to 2016 statistics from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Additionally, 4,562 abortions were performed at facilities here in Missouri in 2016, which is less than half of those performed in 1975 (the first year data was recorded). Pro-life leaders here have credited extensive pro-life laws in Missouri, as well as state-supported efforts to provide alternatives to abortions, including support for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes.

Many activities have been planned for January and beyond to commeorate the Roe v. Wade anniversary, including:

Click here to read the complete St. Louis Review article and for details on the events above.

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