Mission Office of the Archdiocese Wins National Award for Video

July 7, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

“The Forsaken” Produced by Salt River Productions Raises Awareness for Pan y Amor

ST. LOUIS – The Mission Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis was recently named a Bronze winner in the 36th Annual Telly Awards for Use of Music and Videography/Cinematography in “The Forsaken,” a documentary about abused and abandoned children in some of the most impoverished countries in the world, such as Uganda and Bolivia.

The documentary was produced by Salt River Production Group and its president, prominent St. Louis media figure Chuck Neff. It focuses on the international work of the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, in particular the Pan y Amor aid program that assists poor, needy, and hungry children throughout the world. In addition to being available online, “The Forsaken” has been broadcast on EWTN multiple times.

“This documentary will open your eyes to the lives of children who have been saved from living on the streets, barely surviving and often going to bed hungry,” said Monsignor Francis Blood, Director of the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. “We are thrilled to receive this national award in partnership with Emmy award-winner Chuck Neff and the Salt River Production. It is a tribute to their professionalism and commitment to the mission of Pan y Amor.”

Pan y Amor is a unique mission aid program that sponsors needy children around the world. Pan y Amor – "bread and love" in Spanish – provides both the physical and the spiritual needs in life to these children. "Pan" refers to the physical needs – food, medicine, clothing, and shelter. "Amor" refers to the spiritual needs – love, care, hope, and spiritual formation based on the principles of life taught by Jesus. Pan y Amor sponsors children primarily in Bolivia, but is also present in Colombia, Kenya and Uganda. More information about the Mission Office and Pan y Amor can be found at archstl.org/mission.

The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 and are the premier awards honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries were submitted, while approximately 25% of entries are chosen as winners of the Bronze Telly. The judges rate each entry on a 10-point scale.  Generally, entries with a score of 9.0 or higher are awarded a “Silver Telly” statuette. Entries with an average score of 7.0 to 8.9 are awarded a “Bronze Telly” statuette for outstanding achievement.  Entries do not compete against each other. Rather, they compete against a high standard of excellence.


Fr. Alkado Pesambili Celebrates the Corpus Christi Procession in Tanzania

Fr. Alkado Pesambili celebrated the Corpus Christi procession in Tanzania. "I thank God I celebrated well the Corpus Christi feast," Fr. Pesambili said. "It was so nice and joyful as you may see in the attachment. I hope you had a nice one too."

Fr. Alkado Pesambili celebrated the Corpus Christi procession in Tanzania.Fr. Alkado Pesambili celebrated the Corpus Christi procession in Tanzania.Fr. Alkado Pesambili celebrated the Corpus Christi procession in Tanzania.


Belize Blog: Seven in the Sun

Check out this great blog about volunteering in Belize: http://seveninthesun.blogspot.com/
We know Andy and Julie personally from their living in Belize and attending several Mission Congress experiences with us in St. Louis after their return.  Now they have a limited time back in Belize.  It is exciting to hear from them and we pray for them and their mission in Belize!

Seven in the Sun blog

Prayer for Ramadan 2015

 A Prayer for Unity During Ramadan

Plegaria de unidad durante Ramadán.

God, Most Gracious and Most Merciful, bless our Muslim brothers and sisters as they continue their fast in this month of Ramadan. We pray for peace in the world between our faiths, respect for differences and love of neighbor. Thank you for the blessing to encounter our Muslim neighbors as the creation of God imbued with human dignity.          






Dios, el más amable y misericordioso, bendice nuestros hermanos musulmanes mientras perseveran en su ayuno durante este mes de ramadán. Oramos por paz en el mundo entre nuestros credos, respeto de nuestras diferencias y amor para nuestro prójimo.  Gracias por la bendición de poder descubrir en nuestros hermanos musulmanes la dignidad humana infundida en tú creación.                






Archdiocese of St. Louis Selected as a Top Workplace by St. Louis Post-Dispatch

June 29, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - The Archdiocese of St. Louis is pleased and proud to announce that it was selected as one of the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s Top Workplaces!

Top Workplaces recognizes organizations that are creating work environments where employees love to work.

These outstanding workplaces are determined based on employee feedback through an independent and confidential survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics. This was the archdiocese’s first year participating in the survey.

The mission statement of the archdiocese states the following: “As Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, in communion with the Bishop of Rome, we are called by our Lord Jesus Christ to be His Church and live His Gospel. With joy, we strive to fulfill our Baptismal calling by prayer and worship, teaching and sharing our faith, serving others, and fostering unity in diversity. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to the responsible stewardship of all God's gifts.” Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said, “This honor is a reflection of our wonderful employees and their incredible dedication to this mission.  Their passion for the mission permeates everything they do, including how they work together.”

The diocese of St. Louis was established in 1826 and elevated to an archdiocese in 1847. Eleven counties comprise the archdiocese. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, there are nearly 600,000 registered Catholics, 184 parishes, 753 priests, 1,601 religious, 114 grade schools, 27 high schools, and we provide counseling, comfort, and faith to thousands of people, regardless of faith.


Statement on the Supreme Court Decision

June 26, 2015
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 response to the Supreme Court decision on marriage:

"The decision issued today by the Supreme Court to effectively change the legal definition of marriage in the United States does not alter the unassailable truth that marriage is, and always will be, the life-long, life-giving union of one man and one woman."


We are Salt and Light!

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USCCB's "We are Salt and Light" provides inspiration, resources, and community for Catholics across the U.S. 

In 1993, the USCCB released a beautiful guide to help parishes discern their social ministry and guide them in their work, Communities of Salt and Light, which many parishes across the U.S. are using today to guide their work in charity, justice, and peacemaking. However, a lot of things have changed in the past 20 years, and so the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development at the USCCB has brought hundreds of resources together under one website, We Are Salt and Light. The website is arranged into four major categories: 

One of the most exciting features of the website is that it contains hundreds of success stories about small groups of Catholics across the country who worked together to transform their parish, their community, and their hearts. From a group of teens in Austin, Texas who gather together and pray the Rosary for Mercy whenever there's an execution to a parish in California that hosts foreclosure workshops for struggling families, the stories are very inspiring! And better yet, you have the ability to connect with each group to learn how they did it. 

I know that there is a lot of amazing work being done across our Archdiocese in the way of charity, justice, and peace making. If you are interested in having your parish's work highlighted on We are Salt and Light, please let me know at molson@ccstl.org or 314-367-5500 x1128, and I will pass it along to the JPHD. 

Statement on Dismissal of Criminal Charges Against Fr. Joseph Jiang

June 17, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis has learned that criminal charges against Fr. Joseph Jiang in the City of St. Louis Circuit Court have been dismissed.

The allegation was reported through the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline by a family who had pursued a claim against the archdiocese related to their child being bullied by other students.

During the investigation into the veracity of the abuse allegation, Fr. Joseph Jiang agreed to undergo an independent polygraph examination. According to the report released, the examiners concluded that Fr. Jiang responded truthfully in his steadfast denials of sexual abuse of a minor at any point in his life, both during his interview and polygraph examination.

Criminal charges against Fr. Jiang involving a separate allegation of inappropriate contact with a high school aged minor were dismissed in November 2013. In the dismissal order the Court noted the evidence established that Fr. Jiang had never been alone with the child. The archdiocese cooperated fully with law enforcement during the investigation of all matters related to Fr. Joseph Jiang.

Details of Fr. Jiang’s canonical status will be reviewed in light of this development.


Catholic Adventure Week - Faith, Fun and High Adventure!

Catholic Adventure Week will be held on July 12-18, 2015 at Swift Explorer of the S-F Scout Ranch, which is near Farmington, Missouri. The weeklong high adventure retreat is sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Area Council of the BSA, the Office of Youth Ministry, and the Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA. The theme for 2015 CAW is “Gifts that Keep On Giving”, and the focus of the week will be on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Catholic Venturers and Boy Scouts from around the region are invited to participate in an inspirational week of high adventure/Kodiak training, faith, and fun.  Our goal in providing this week for our Catholic Scouts is to give them the experience of living their faith, growing in their faith, and loving their faith within the Scouting movement and especially out in the wonders of God’s creation. While at CAW, Scouts will be exposed to the entire High Adventure program offered at Swift.  Intertwined with the outstanding program offered by the Swift staff and merit badge program time, there will be opportunities for prayer, religious instruction, and reflection. 

Jennifer Trousdale, Coordinator of Faith Programs for the Office of Youth Ministry, has been helping with Catholic Adventure Week for several years. She says “I think one of the reasons it is successful each year is because we tie in the faith with the fun. Bishop Rice will again be coming down to camp again this year to do Mass. The participation of the seminarians, priests and deacons at this camp always makes for a unique camping experience. The young people will not find anywhere it else!”

For more details, visit the Catholic Adventure Week page, or contact Tom Kroenung at tkroenung@stlbsa.org.

CHANGE OF VENUE: Fr. Scheid Players Present "The Wizard of Oz" at Chaminade

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will continue their 36th season with The Wizard of Oz. Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. Put a smile on everyone’s face and come see THE WIZARD OF OZ!

This year’s cast of 90 will feature several priests of the Archdiocese, including Fr. Terry Borgerding of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Marthasville, Monsignor John Borcic of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in St. Louis, 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 29 different parishes in the Archdiocese.

This year marks the group’s 36th 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 24 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 26 at 2:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: There has been a change of venue for the show.  All performances will be at Chaminade College Preparatory School, 425 South Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63131.

All advanced tickets are $12 for reserved seating.  Tickets are available at the door for $14. The theater at Chaminade provides ample seating for our summer show and is handicapped accessible. To order tickets, please mail your check along with the Ticket Order Form.  For additional ticket information, please contact Ann Madden at (314) 846-1060 or email annmaddenstl1@gmail.com.

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. See the Ad Book Order Form for more information. The deadline for placing an ad is July 15.  For more information about placing an ad, please contact Debby Mooney at (314) 853-7651 or email debbymo@aol.com.

Thank you for your continued support of the Catholic Youth Apostolate!

U.S. Bishops to Celebrate Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

June 9, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: USCCB Spring General Assembly Opening Mass
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Wednesday, June 10, 5 p.m.
Who: Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, principal celebrant; approximately 250 bishops from around the United States.

ST. LOUIS – Approximately 250 bishops from across the United States will gather at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Wednesday, June 10 to celebrate the official opening Mass for the Spring General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville and president of the USCCB, will be the principal celebrant and homilist. Mass will begin at 5 p.m.

Additional information about the USCCB Spring General Assembly can be found at usccb.org/news/15-084.cfm


Theology on Tap Summer 6 Pack Series Kicks Off!

Join us for our summer 6 pack series on Evangelization and responding to the Call to Missionary Discipleship!
The series kicks off on Tuesday June 9th with "Responding to Pope Francis' Call to Missioanry Discipleship".  The speaker will be Brian Miller, Director of Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Though the word evangelization might be thrown around a lot in our churches recently, many of us haven't taken the time to internalize what sharing our faith looks like in our daily lives. Join us as we dive deeper into what you can do in daily life to live as (as Pope Francis calls us...) as "Missionary Disciples"
Each talk will be at 7pm at:
Kirkwood Station Brewing.
105 E. Jefferson
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Theology on Tap is open to young adults of all ages, but you must be 21 to purchase alcohol. 
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