Father James Mason Named New President-Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

January 20, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has announced that Reverend James Mason, JD, will replace Father John Horn, SJ, as the Rector and President of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary effective July 1, 2015.

Father Mason is a priest from the Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD on loan to the Archdiocese of St. Louis with the permission of his bishop, the Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, to serve at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.  Father currently serves as the Dean of Students and Director of Spiritual Formation at the seminary. He was ordained in 2001 and has served as a pastor, Director of Vocations, Vice-Chancellor, and Medical Moral Advisor for the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, as well as serving as Director of Broom Tree Retreat Center. Father Mason joined the staff of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in August 2014.

Father Mason attended the North American College and received his STB from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas – Angelicum, Rome. He received his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to entering the seminary, Father Mason was the Director of Catholic Charities, legal counsel, and lobbyist for the Diocese of Sioux Falls and worked as a prosecutor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Father Mason has traveled the world, giving many retreats for priests and for the Missionaries of Charity. He directs a 30 day Silent Ignatian Retreat at Broom Tree Retreat Center and has also taught a course on the Spirituality of the Diocesan Priesthood at the Institute of Priestly Formation (IPF) Summer Program.

Reverend Paul Hoesing, S.T.L. Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Omaha, will replace Father Mason as Dean of Seminarians and Director of Human Formation at the seminary. Father Hoesing has served as the Director of Vocations since 2008 and was elected President of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors in 2013. He also assists as a faculty member for the Institute of Priestly Formation. Father Hoesing is on loan from the Archdiocese of Omaha with the permission of his archbishop, the Most Reverend George Lucas, to serve at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

Founded in 1893, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary prepares men for the ministerial priesthood of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church. Kenrick-Glennon Seminary began the current academic year with 131 men and currently serves 15 dioceses in the United States, as well as three international dioceses from Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia.


Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice on Sunday

January 16, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Annual Celebration Takes on New Meaning in Light of Ferguson

What: Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2:30 p.m.
Who: Archbishop 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 18, the day before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Rev. Arthur Cavitt, Executive Director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center, a Catholic ministry for African-American youth, will deliver the homily.

“There is an urgent desire to address issues in society, especially after the events in Ferguson,” Father Cavitt said. “There is a need for recognition of the dignity of all human beings, which is incumbent upon all of us. Working towards common ground is the acknowledgement of both systemic and individual contributions to our problems. The lack of recognition contributes to the problems.”

A reception and awards presentation ceremony for the 2015 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. The Mass will also be streamed live at archstl.org/lwangacenter. For additional information about the event call the St. Charles Lwanga Center at 314-367-7929.


Record Number of St. Louis Youth to Attend March for Life in Washington

January 15, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

2,000 St. Louisans to Participate in Generation Life Because Unborn Lives Matter

ST. LOUIS - More than 2,000 teenagers, young adults, volunteers, and chaperones from the St. Louis area will make the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. for the 42nd annual March for Life on Thursday, January 22. The date commemorates the tragic anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which has led to more than 56 million abortions in the United States.

The Generation Life Pilgrimage

What: Generation Life Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.
Who: 2,000 St. Louis area teens, young adults, & volunteers
Where: St. Louis and Washington, D.C.
When: Wednesday, January 21-Sunday, January 25
Why: Because unborn lives matter

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. A record number of attendees will take part in the pilgrimage this year, representing more than 60 parishes, schools, and universities in the archdiocese. Thirty-nine busses will depart from seven different locations around the St. Louis area on Wednesday, January 21.

The March for Life in Washington, D.C.

What: 42nd Annual March for Life
Who: Approximately 500,000 marchers from around the country
Where: Washington, D.C.
When: Thursday, January 22

The 2,000 St. Louis pilgrims will arrive in Washington on Thursday, January 22 in time for the March for Life with more than 500,000 people from around the country. They will then spend two days touring the city and participating in spiritual and educational programming.

Part of the programming includes a presentation by Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of the Radiance Foundation (theradiancefoundation.org) and the awareness campaign TooManyAborted.com. Bomberger, who is bi-racial, was conceived when his biological mother was raped. His mother courageously chose life for her son and Bomberger was adopted into a multi-racial family. His life testifies to the fact that unborn lives matter, regardless of how they were conceived.

Back in St. Louis

What: Keep up with #GenLifeSTL
Where: Online, social media, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
When: Wednesday, January 21-Sunday, January 25

Friends, family members, media, and anyone staying in St. Louis can be part of the action on social media by following @GenLifeSTL on twitter, using #GenLifeSTL on twitter and instagram, “liking” the GenLifeSTL facebook page, and on the GenLifeSTL blog (blog.stlouisreview.com/genlifestl).

In addition to local parish prayer services in the area, the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be hosting two main events to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Those events are as follows:

Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass
Saturday, January 17, 9:30 a.m., Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
Archbishop Carlson will be the celebrant and homilist. A rosary procession to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Forest Park Ave. will follow Mass.

Pro-Life Holy Hour of Prayer
Thursday, January 22, 7:00 p.m., Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
Organized by the Respect Life Apostolate and St. Louis Young Adult Ministry

Additional Information

Archbishop Carlson will celebrate Mass in Washington on Thursday, January 22 at 7 p.m. CST. Mass will be streamed live on the GenLifeSTL blog (blog.stlouisreview.com/genlifestl).

Ryan Bomberger’s presentation will also be streamed live on Friday, January 23 at 7:30 CST.

Ryan Bomberger, GenLife participants, or representatives of the archdiocese, can be made available for interviews upon request. Members of the archdiocesan Office of Communications staff will be in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the pilgrimage to facilitate media requests.


Day of Prayer and Recollection

Day of Prayer and Recollection

Saturday, February 7, 2015  |  9:00 am – 2:00 pm



The Discernment of Spirits

Father James Mason


St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church
1420 South Sappington Road St. Louis, MO 63126

 Donation $10.00 for the day

Register at: archstl.org/rsvp-Feb7
9:00 - 9:30 am          Registration and Continental breakfast
9:30 - 10:30 am        Conference-Rules for Discerning Spirits part I
10:30 - 11:00 am      Quiet Prayer and Reflection
11:00 – 11:30 am     Round Table Sharing
11:30 - 12:30 pm      Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 pm        Conference-Rules for Discerning Spirits part II
1:30 - 2:00 pm          Round Table Sharing 



All are welcome, consecrated religious, family and friends!

For more information: ConsecratedLife@archstl.org 

or call: 314-792-7251

 Rev. James Mason

Father James Mason is a Priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After being ordained in 2001, he served as Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Garretson from 2001-2004 and as the Director of Vocations, Vice-Chancellor, and Medical Moral Advisor for the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls from 2001-2009. In addition, Father Mason served as the Director of Broom Tree Retreat Center from 2004-2014 and as Pastor of St. Lambert Parish in Sioux Falls from 2008-2014. He is currently the Director of Spiritual Formation and Dean of Students at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. Father Mason attended the North American College and received his STB from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas – Angelicum, Rome. He received his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to entering the seminary, Father Mason was the Director of Catholic Charities, legal counsel, and lobbyist for the Diocese of Sioux Falls and worked as a prosecutor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

This Lenten Season, Let Us Say "No" to Indifference and "Yes" to Closing Missouri's Coverage Gap

Growing up, I believed that Lent was a dreary time of year when I had to give up stuff that I liked, refrain from singing "Alleluia" at Mass, and prepare myself for the sorrow of Good Friday. Thankfully, as an adult I've come to see Lent as a time for opportunity to grow closer to Christ by accompanying Him on His journey. The hallmarks of Lent--fasting, prayer, and action--are opportunities we have to re-set our hearts so that we are fully able to rejoice in the Resurrection on Easter Sunday and go forth and encounter the risen Christ at the heart of the world. 

In his 2015 Lenten Message,  Pope Francis begins, "Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer." For the Holy Father, renewing ourselves and our Church means confronting what he calls a "globalization of indifference" and re-setting our hearts to be firm and merciful.

What Causes this Indifference? 

 Our own wordly comforts, materials, and possessions. Pope Francis writes, "Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure...our hearts grow cold." 

How Do We "Make Our Hearts Firm?" Advocate for Medicaid Expansion! 

First, we must begin in prayer, as we strive to live, "In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." We need to ask God to "Make our hearts like [His]" (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus), so that we can love our neighbors and serve them. This will lead us to take action. As Pope Francis writes, "...Every Christian community is called to go out of itself and to be engaged in the life of the greater soceity of which it is part, especially with the poor and those who are far away."  

This Lenten Season, one way to 'go out of yourself' is to spend a day 'under the dome' in Jefferson City and speak out against the suffering and injustice in our state. While there are many policies we can advocate for that will improve the lives of our sisters and brothers, there is one issue that is at the forefront of many people's hearts and minds: closing our state's health care coverage gap by expanding Medicaid for 300,000 Missourians.  

Why does Missouri have a Coverage Gap? 

Right now, there are approximately 300,000 adults in Missouri who are in the "coverage gap" because they earn too much money to receive Medicaid but do not earn enough to purchase health insurance. Under federal law, these people are supposed to have access to health care through the expansion of Medicaid, but so far Missouri has chosen not to do that. 

Who's in the Gap? 

Medicaid Gap Currently in Missouri, there are only three categories of adults that qualify for Medicaid. They are: 

  1. Parents earning less than 19% of the federal poverty level. That's only $3600 a year for a family of 3! 
  2. Fully disabled people earning less than 85% of the federal poverty level, or about $9200 a year. 
  3. Pregnant women earning up to 196% of the federal poverty level, or $30, 830 for a the mother and her unborn child. 

Otherwise, no other non-elderly adults qualify for full Medicaid. There are approximately 300,000 Missourians living between 18% and 100% who fall into the coverage gap. Many of those people are the working poor. 

JamieMeet Jamie, 1 of the 300,000 

A resident of Potosi, Jamie is 29 and became a single mother of 4 after she left her abusive husband. Jamie is a health home care worker and is finishing up her degree. She also suffers from a severe back injury from the abuse that will leave her crippled unless she sees a neurologist. Her doctor told her to file for disability, but she wants to work, raise her children, and live a productive life.  If the Missouri legislature were to expand Medicaid, Jamie and so many other low-wage workers, including Rene LaFerla, a parishioner at Immaculate Conception in Arnold, would gain access to health care.  

Take Action! 

Near the end of his Lenten message, Pope Francis writes, "In each of our neighbors, then, we must see a brother or sister for whom Christ died and rose again. What we ourselves have received, we have received for them as well." So many of us have received reliable health insurance, which is the way for us to access the medical care we need. Many of us have also received the gift to speak out against injustice, for ourselves and our sisters and brothers who are suffering in the margins. Let us go forth then this Lent to the Capitol and remind our legislators that we have the opportunity to provide access to health care for over 300,000 Missourians and prevent over 10 deaths a week by expanding Medicaid. 

There are two Medicaid Lobby Days that you can participate in during Lent! They are:

Wednesday, February 25th from 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10th from 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Carpools are available. All attendees will have a training at the Capitol and will be assigned to a group. RSVP to Meg Olson, molson@ccstl.org or 314-367-5500 x1128.

Prayers for Generation LIFE

Youth and young adults from the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be traveling to Washington, D.C. next week for the Annual March for Life.  In the 41 years since Roe v Wade, tens of thousands of young people from our archdiocese have traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the annual Pro-Life March to tell our government leaders and our nation that abortion must end. 

This year, the Catholic Youth Apostolate's Office of Youth Ministry and Office of Young Adult Ministry have about 2000 young people particpating in the March, and even more pilgrims from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are attending on their own. You can follow Generation LIFE online via the Generation LIFE blog.

Pope Francis said, “Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. And every elderly person…even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the ‘culture of waste’ suggests!” Please pray for all the unborn children and for their parents and for all the young people and adults participating in the March. They stand for those who cannot stand for themselves.

January Theology on Tap: The Gift of Life

Join us for our January Theology on Tap:


The Gift of Life: A surprising account of poverty in America and a unique response.


Mary Frances Moen, who recently completed her M.A. in Theological Studies from Saint Louis University, will be our January speaker for Theology on Tap. Mary Frances will be presenting on "The Gift of Life: A Surprising Account of Poverty in American & A Unique Response." Please join us on Tuesday, January 13th at 7 PM at Kirkwood Brewing Station to hear a moving talk on the connection between poverty & pro-life issues - as well as a relational response that will challenge all of us! 

We will be collecting ranch/hot sauce for the Sts. Peter and Paul Shelter in Soulard this month. Please be generous!

Catholic Women for Christ 6th Annual Conference


March 21, 2015

St. Charles Convention Center

Information and Registration


 - Catholic Women for Christ Flyer 2015.pdf  



Archbishop Carlson Names Director of Newly-Established Peace and Justice Commission

January 6, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Marie Kenyon to Lead Commission Tasked with Addressing Issues of Human Rights

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has named St. Louis attorney Marie Kenyon as director of the newly-established Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Since 1987, Kenyon has been managing attorney of Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry (CLAM), a ministry serving the legal needs of low-income clients.

At a Mass for Peace and Justice on August 20, 2014, Archbishop Carlson announced that he was re-establishing a human rights commission in the Archdiocese of St. Louis with the goal to address societal issues such as poverty, racial tension, and lack of education.

“Peace and justice are the hallmarks of a society that knows, loves and serves God above all else,” said Archbishop Carlson in a memo announcing Kenyon as director. “I urge this new Commission to assist the citizens and public officials throughout all eleven counties of our Archdiocese in the effort to achieve peace and justice for all.”

“It is an honor to be entrusted with the leadership of such an important ministry,” Kenyon said. “CLAM has been my life’s work for 28 years. On a daily basis we were confronted with issues of race, poverty, lack of education, and immigration. For Archbishop Carlson to ask me to lead this new Commission proves just how serious he is in addressing the systemic problems within these issues.”

Kenyon earned her B.A. in international relations from Bradley University in 1981. She then volunteered with the Peace Corps in West Africa until 1983 and graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 1986. She is a member of the Missouri Bar and a past member of the Bar’s Board of Governors. Kenyon is a former president of the St. Louis Bar Foundation and Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. She has served on numerous boards, committees, and task forces in St. Louis and Missouri, including the Bar’s Gender and Justice Task Force, the Southside Women’s Center board of directors, and the Economic Justice Task Force of the Missouri Catholic Conference. Kenyon is a Catholic Charities Award of Merit recipient, and in 2005 was named a Missouri Lawyer of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Kenyon will be tasked with oversight of the selection process for appointment of members to the Commission, as well as coordinating its activities in the community.


“Faith in Ferguson” Prayer Vigil to be held Tuesday

January 5, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: "Faith in Ferguson" prayer vigil for peace, justice, and charity
Where: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (1115 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63121)
When: Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 4:30 p.m.

ST. LOUIS – A prayer vigil will be held Tuesday, January 6, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Ferguson beginning at 4:30 p.m. Msgr. Jack Schuler will give a reflection, and the vigil will include prayer and song. The vigil is called “Faith in Ferguson,” just like a previous series of vigils that were held October through December at January-Wabash Park.

In a statement released after the announcement of the grand jury decision in the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson implored: “Pray unceasingly for peace. Pray for our leaders and pray for your neighbors. If you feel called to act, do so only after prayer.”

Members of the media are invited to attend and participate in the prayer vigil. The event is open to the public.


Seeing the Holy Family in the Faces of Migrants

Each year, around the Feast of the Epiphany, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's Migration and Refugee Services and Justice for Immigrants Campaign, as well as Catholics across the U.S., observe National Migration Week through prayer and action. The first week of the New Year may seem like an odd time pray for migrants, refugees, and victims of human trafficking--until we look at the full story of the Magi's visit to the lowly manger.

 We are all familar with the Adoration of the Magi: the star in Bethlehem, the exotic and mysterious "three kings" who "travel so far," and the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. However, in Matthew, we learn that the magi stopped in Jerusalem at the court of King Herod. Upon learning that the magi are paying homage to the "newborn king of the Jews," (2:2), Herod said to them, "Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage" (2:8). The Magi, though, were warned in a dream not to tell Herod the whereabouts of the child, and they returned home another way. Herod's desire to learn the whereabouts of Jesus was malintended; he felt threatened by this newborn king's power and had plans to kill him. An Angel warnedJoseph as well about Herod, and "Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt" (2:14). Later, when Herod realized that the Magi were not returning to him, "he ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under" (2:16). 

The Holy Family's Flight into Egypt

The violence surrounding the story of the Magi is terrifying. We can imagine how scared Joseph was when he awoke from his dream, knowing that his newborn child was in grave danger and that he had to move his family across a border into a foreign land. The distance from Bethlehem to Egypt was 200 miles, and most of the terrain was desert. It was more than a formidable journey into the unknown, but the only alternative was death and sorrow. 

The "choice" that many people in countries across the world face today echo that of Joseph's. Extreme violence, war, and famine threaten their lives and the lives of their children. Some are fortunate enough to receive asylum or refugee status from the United States and other wealthier, more stable countries. But for those who aren't, can we blame them for leaving their homes when their children are at risk for being forced into gangs for kidnapped by mafia? Can we see Joseph in the faces of desperate fathers? Can we believe that God is calling them, just as He called Joseph, to leave their homeland and save their children's lives? 

Memorial to those who died crossing the Sonoran Desert.

Mary and Jesus were fortunate to be able to travel under Joseph's protection and care. This past year, we saw thousands of unaccompanied children making the journey from countries like Honduras and El Salvador all the way to the Texas so that they could join their parents and other family members. We also saw many young mothers with babies arrive at our borders. Would we be able to welcome Mary and Jesus, without any legal status, into our nation and into our communities? 

This week, let us pray for all migrants who, like the Holy Family so long ago, are fleeing violence. Let us also pray that we can transform our hearts to welcome the stranger and see the faces of the Holy Family in those who migrate to our country--with or without papers : 

LOVING FATHER, remembering that the Holy Family fled violence and lived for a time as refugees,we ask that you protect all refugee families fleeingpersecution,and provide them a place of safety and comfort.

For children who are making perilous journeys,often alone and without the protection of loved ones,we ask that you reunite them with their familiesand protect them from violence on the journey.

For all migrants,that they not feel compelled to migratebut have opportunities in their homelandwhere they can thrive and live fully human lives.

Open our hearts so that we may provide hospitalityfor those who come in search of refuge.through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns with you in the unity of theHoly Spirit,one God, forever and ever. Amen.

--Prayer for 2015 National Migration Week, USCCB


January 2, 2015
For more information contact: 
Elizabeth Westhoff
Director of Marketing & Mission Awareness
Phone: 314.792.7635

Catholic Church to Kick Off National Migration Week With Prayer


St. Louis — This coming Epiphany Sunday, January 4, at 10:00am, St. Pius V Parish will celebrate their Annual Migration Mass. The Migration Mass is a yearly celebration of the unity and diversity of the parish family and the larger Catholic family.National Migration Week 2015 takes place January 4 – 10 with the theme, "We are One Family Under God," bringing to mind the importance of family in our daily lives. This reminder is particularly important when dealing with the migration phenomenon, as family members are too often separated from one another. 

At this special Mass, St. Pius V will welcome worshippers from all over the world. The readings and prayers will be offered in various languages, an African choir and a Burmese choir will be featured, and many participants will wear their traditional dress from their homeland. An international buffet featuring foods from different countries follows the Migration Mass in Singler Hall, the parish gathering space. The Migration Mass is the premier annual event at St. Pius V Parish, the most diverse in the Archdiocese, and is always standing room only.

The Immigrant & Refugee Ministry at St. Pius V Parish is supported by a grant from the Annual Catholic Appeal. St. Pius V Catholic Church is located at 3310 S. Grand Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63118-1002

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