Today and Tomorrow Business Leaders Reception Featured in Ladue News!

 Archbishop Robert J. Carlson hosted a cocktail reception at his residence on January 27, 2014 for local business leaders to present the mission of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation.  Today and Tomorrow board members were also in attendance.  

Click here to view a slide show of the event from Ladue News.

National Catholic Sisters Week - continued

School Sisters of Notre Dame

Sister Gail Guelker and students Amanda Juegst (left) and Mary Weber (right) attend the Notre Dame Foundation Day Mass at Notre Dame High School. 

Sr. Gail Guelker, S.S.N.D.

President, Notre Dame High School

"I chose to become a Sister because of the influence of School Sisters of Notre Dame who shared not only their educational expertise, but their real love of life and their faith. I was blessed to have teachers who built my confidence, challenged me to be my best self and always to share what I had been given with others." 



Carmelite Sisters of Trivandrum

Sr. Ruby Devassy (left), Sr. Lissy V. Ouseph and Sr. Priscilla Ferreira display some of their fresh-baked cookies, a favorite of Kenrick-Glennon seminarians!

Sr. Ruby Devassy, C.C.R.

Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

"The charism of our congregation is 'prayer and contemplation in action.'  At the seminary, we nourish both the body and spirit of the seminarians.  We cook but we also pray for God to bless each one of them and make them good priests.  The Carmelite Sisters of Trivandrum work in hospitals, schools, orphanages and many other ministries.  I was a teacher first, and I loved teaching.  Then I became a registered nurse at a hospital in India for very poor, poor people.  Often I would stay with patients through the night.  Whenever a patient would die in my arms, I would think, yes, Jesus has called me to do this.  I have enjoyed every bit of religious life."

Sr. Priscilla Ferreira, C.C.R.

 "When I was in fifth grade, I studied with the Carmelite sisters.  One of the sisters, my teacher, would come to my house to collect flowers for the chapel.  She was so kind to my family and knew all of us.  When I was in eighth grade, I expressed my desire to become a sister, and I considered several different congregations.  I decided to become a Carmelite sister in gratitude for all they had taught me.  Now, I serve the priests and seminarians where I feel much love and gratitude every day.  We pray for them and their vocations, and they pray for us and our families."

Franciscan Sisters of Mary

Sr. Katheen Buchheit on one of her medical mission trips to Guatemala and Belize. Her ministry has included serving as a registered nurse and nurse midwife.

 Sr. Kathleen Buchheit, F.S.M.

Director of Mission Integration

"From a very young age, I always knew I wanted to be a sister. My aunt, Sr. Flora, always inspired me. She always made me feel very special, and she had a wonderful sense of humor. Later in high school, I worked at St. Mary’s in the pharmacy. I saw sisters who were very human and happy. I considered that I wanted the same, to be happy and to serve in a healing ministry. Today, I continue to be inspired by my co-workers at SSM Health Care."





Sr. Sherri Coleman currently provides compassionate and healing care through her and Sr. André Evanicsko’s ministry of therapeutic massage, PRISM.

Sherri Coleman, F.S.M.


"As I look back to my teens and early 20s, it’s especially apparent how God guided me to where I was meant to be. It was a time of searching and considering where I fit in life. I felt an openness during this time and experienced new beginnings. After two years of college, I relocated from my hometown to a larger city for a job. God put wonderful people in my life, and I was able to discern with them about my vocation. God provided opportunities and gave me the grace to respond to varied experiences. I sensed that doors were opening that led me to religious life. With support from family and friends, I became more comfortable and peaceful in making the decision to enter a religious congregation."


Daughters of St. Paul

Sr. Cynthia Guza (left) arranges merchandise with Sr. Mary Joan Baldino at Pauline Books and Media, while postulants Putri Mamesah, Julie Turner and Danielle Lussier prepare books for a traveling display.

Sister Cynthia Guza, F.S.P.

Manager, Pauline Books and Media, St. Louis.

“As an eight year old child, I received a Catholic magazine which related the story of St. Theresa of the Little Flower. I felt attracted to her life with God and, when asked in class, I put up my hand (that I was interested). Because of the influence of good reading on me, I understood the power of the written word. In God's providence, I joined the Daughters of St. Paul who dedicate their lives to spreading the Gospel message together with their Sisters, and who seek a life of union with God. Knowing that He lives and acts through us and touches many people through our mission gives me a joy beyond measure. How wonderful it is to be part of something much bigger than myself!”

Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union

Sr. Peggy Moore helps student Jena Brophy with a theology lesson at Ursuline Academy of St. Louis.

Sr. Peggy Moore

Ursuline Academy of St. Louis

“Looking back, what helped me decide to become an Ursuline Sister is the same thing that has helped me continue . . . a sense of the rightness of the choice. I am someone who has always had a longing for more—what’s here is wonderful, but never enough. I think it is part of what drew me to Ursuline life. In this life there is the opportunity to seek and know God more deeply; there is always more of God’s love to experience, and there is the gift of being able to work directly to bring that love into concrete expression in the world. What I remember most clearly from the Ursuline Sisters I knew when I was in high school is the joy I saw in them and their delight in being together. That certainly drew me. As I’ve lived this life I’ve had opportunities to experience both the joy it can bring and the wonderful companionship of dedicated, gifted women. My parents raised me to be a woman of faith, as they were people of faith. That faith, along with their encouragement, was an important part of my decision to be an Ursuline. My family and friends agreed with me that Ursuline life was a good choice, and their support has helped sustain me.”

In addition to ministering in educaiton, Sr. Elisa Ryan (right) has served in leadership for the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union both regionally and internationally.  She currently serves as co-director of vocations with Sr. Jean Hopman (left).

Sr. Elisa Ryan, O.S.U.

Co-Director of Vocations, U.S. Provinces

 “Recently a sophomore at Ursuline Academy in Dallas asked, ‘What do you love most about being an Ursuline?’  I could answer immediately—having sisters all over the world. At the Mass for the Feast of St. Angela Merici, our foundress, at our school in St. Louis, candles were lit to represent all who share Angela’s spirit worldwide. We prayed with special concern for our six Ukrainian and 12 Polish Ursulines serving in the Ukraine, for peace for them and the people they serve. My thought was, how blessed we are to be linked to them through Angela. What I really love most, of course, is Jesus. But having been called to follow him in company with the Ursulines means that I have global connections with people I call sisters!” 


March 6, 2014
For more information contact: 
Katie Pesha
Executive Director of Communications and Planning
Phone: 314.792.7172

Deacon Frank Chauvin, CPA, retires after 16 years of service

St. Louis, MO — Deacon Frank Chauvin, CPA has announced that he will retire from his position as Chief Financial Officer for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, at the end of 2014.

Deacon Chauvin has served as the CFO since June 1998, following his retirement from a 36-year career as a partner at Ernst & Young, LLP. As CFO, Deacon Chauvin is responsible for all financial matters for the archdiocese, including public reporting of financial information. He oversees the internal audits of all agencies, ministries and parishes and has management oversight for information technology, human resources and buildings and real estate.

Ordained a permanent deacon in February 1986, Deacon Chauvin serves in a pastoral capacity at Ascension Parish in Chesterfield, MO.

“I am grateful to Deacon Chauvin for his many years of service to the archdiocese,” stated Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. “His years of experience and knowledge have been a substantial benefit to our local Church. It has been a great honor to work with Deacon Chauvin in this professional capacity, and I look forward to continuing our clerical ministry together.”

A search firm has already started its work to find a suitable replacement for Deacon Chauvin.

Homily from the Annual Infertility Support Mass

To read the homily given by Bishop Rice at the annual Infertility Support Mass on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes click here.


In concern for everyone’s safety, the Office of Catholic Scouting ministry has cancelled Presentation Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica for Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm.

Please contact the Catholic Scouting Ministry office with any additional questions at 314-792-7613.

Statement from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson regarding the death of Bishop Raymond Boland

February 28, 2014
For more information contact: 
Katie Pesha
Executive Director of Communications and Planning
Phone: 314.792.7172

Last evening I learned of the death of Bishop Raymond James Boland, Bishop Emeritus of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Bishop Boland served the Universal Church as a priest and then bishop for more than half a century. Among other things, he will be remembered for his strong support of Catholic education and vocations to the priesthood and religious life. My brother bishop, Raymond, had a joyful heart and missionary spirit. The Roman Catholic Church is stronger thanks to the ministry of Bishop Boland. I offer my prayers and condolences to his family and to the people in the dioceses he served: Washington, D.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo.

Eternal rest grant upon your servant, Raymond, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

St. Louis Mission Congress: Saturday, April 12th

Please join the Pontifical Mission Societies at the 5th Annual St. Louis Mission Congress!

Saturday, April 12, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Kenrick Glennon Seminary
5200 Glennon Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119

This year's theme is "Living in a Missionary Key", reflecting on Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will be our Keynote Speaker.

You will be assigned a chapter to read when you register for the Mission Congress. There are 5 chapters to Evangelii Gaudium. Reading the chapter prior to the Mission Congress will allow you to share any insights, and any applications to the pastoral life of the Archdiocese and its role in evangelization. Each small group will present key insights from their discussion and any recommendations to be passed along to the Archbishop and the Ministry Team.

You may download a copy of Evangelii Gaudium from the Vatican website.

Cost of the Mission Congress is $10 per person, payable in advance to: Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119. Please write on the check memo: Mission Congress. Registration is due by March 26, 2014. Please feel free to share this information and invite others from your parish or community. For further information, contact Sue Spavale at the Mission Office at 314-792-7662 or email Thank you!


February 27, 2014
For more information contact: 
Katie Pesha
Executive Director of Communications and Planning
Phone: 314.792.7172

Archdiocese of St. Louis invites survivors of all types of abuse

St. Louis, MO — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will preside at a healing prayer service for victims of abuse on Thursday, March 6th at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1014 Madison Avenue in Washington, MO. The service begins at 7 p.m.

All who are victims/survivors of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse by anyone –clergy, family, friends, co-workers or strangers– are invited to attend the healing prayer service. In addition, family members and friends of survivors are encouraged to participate, as well as those who are involved in helping abused people, who work to prevent abuse, and who want to pray for healing and reconciliation, and the prevention of abuse.

“On behalf of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, I apologize to anyone who has been abused by a priest, deacon, religious, employee or volunteer associated with our parishes, schools or other ministries,” said Archbishop Carlson. “Any kind of abuse is contrary to the mission of the Church and we strive to provide spiritual healing and support for victims as we make every effort to protect the safety and dignity of all.”

The archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection in collaboration with the Safe Environment Program and the Office of Sacred Worship are organizing and sponsoring the healing prayer service. This will be the third healing prayer service held in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in the last several years. The first was held in December 2012 at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Richmond Heights and the second was held in January 2013 at Queen of All Saints Church in Oakville.  

The Archdiocese of St. Louis encourages all persons with reports of misconduct with a minor involving a member of the clergy or other church personnel to contact Deacon Phil Hengen, Director of Child and Youth Protection, at 314.792.7704, the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 800.392.3738 or law enforcement officials.


February 25, 2014
For more information contact: 
Katie Pesha
Executive Director of Communications and Planning
Phone: 314.792.7172

Local LIFE Runners will participate in A-Cross America Relay

As the Catholic Church responds to the New Evangelization around the world, the LIFE Runners will be running and walking across the United States during Lent to coincide with the 40 Days for Life prayer vigils.  We invite individuals and groups from all dioceses and parishes along the route to be part of this journey of faith and commitment to life.

The A-Cross America Relay starts from both the Brooklyn Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge on Ash Wednesday, March 5th, travels toward the Midwest (passing through St. Louis on March 30th) and finishes on Palm Sunday, April 13th in Sioux Falls, SD.  

A memo released by Archbishop Robert Carlson and Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice from St. Louis and Bishop Thomas John Paprocki from Springfield, IL (Chaplain for Life Runners) stated, “The LIFE Runners’ Relay is simply a journey of body, mind and Spirit as a prayer from one individual to touch the heart of another. The journey is the message as heart speaks to heart. We are to be love for the unloved--to the aborted and the mother and the father that they can and will receive peace through mercy and forgiveness. The conversion of our culture’s values, attitudes and beliefs toward life begins with heart-felt sorrow and faith in the redeeming power of Christ. This is an opportunity to unite in His sacrifice for us. As St. Paul would say, ‘It is no longer I who run, but Christ who runs through me.’”

LIFE Runners is the only pro-life running team in the nation with 1,800 runners or walkers, ages 2 to 80, from 46 states and 11 countries. More than 1,200 LIFE Runners participated in the inaugural 2013 A-Cross America Relay. In October 2013, six-year-old LIFE Runner Keelan Glass made national news when she set the world record for youngest person to complete a half-marathon.

Visit the LIFE Runners website ( to learn more, see the route, and register. 


Please join us at the 31st Annual St. Charles Lwanga Center Testimonial Dinner and Auction being held on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Rennaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel.  Silent auction begins at 2:30 p.m. and the dinner program begins at 4:00 p.m.  Tickets are $60 each and tables of 10 are $600. Adults and youth from the sponsoring parishes will be honored along with the newly instituted Torch Bearer honorees: Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School, Mr. Michael McMillan and M. Denise Thomas. First stop for sponsoring parishes about information concerning ticketing, ad space, and auction contributions should be your Lwanga Center parish representative and/or parish office. Inquirers from throughout the archdiocese are invited to call the Center at 314-367-7929.



Please support the Black and Indian Mission National Collection on the weekend of Sunday, March 9, 2014. Your support helps evangelization efforts nationally, and specifically in our archdiocese through parish and school initiatives along with local spiritual centers. The collection was conceived through the American Bishops dating back to 1884 and has been providing important assistance since 1887. The designated envelopes are typically part of parishioners' annual envelope packets or are available through your parish. Thank you for your contribution to these vital ministries. 


Visitation Academy shows devotion to Saint Louis and fascination with Flat Louie

Viz's version of Flat LouieBy Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

Visitation Academy has embraced the spirit of devotion to Saint Louis IX, patron of our Archdiocese, as well as our city, while having fun chasing “Flat Louie” around the Lower School.

Every morning, students and teachers begin their day with the prayer to Saint Louis (below) found on the prayer cards they, and all Catholic schools and PSR’s across the Archdiocese received last month. Staff also use the prayer to open and close their meetings.

Viz faculty report that resources provided on the Catholic Education Center’s web page,, have provided good talking points for teaching about Saint Louis.

Viz Lower School Principal Mrs. Margaret Karl said, “We especially have like using the Did you know? and Saint Louis Quotes pages.”

Viz sixth graders (the oldest students in the Lower School) demonstrated their technology skills by sponsoring a scavenger hunt and contest and producing a video about their work. 

All Catholic schools and Parish Schools of Religion have been invited to join in this program, demonstrating their Catholic identity and creativity as they join in the celebration of STL250 (the 250th Anniversary of the City of St. Louis).

 However, their devotion to Saint Louis will continue and grow. "He is a most appropirate role model for our students," said Mr. George Henry, Superintendent of Catholic Education. "It is my sincere hope that all schools will make his life of service and care for the poor an example for their own lives."

Children's Prayer to Saint Louis

Saint Louis, patron of our city, and of our Archdiocese,
please bless us, the children who look to you for guidance.
Help us be kind to each other and to the poor as you were.
Give us courage to choose well, and strength to do great things, as you did--
a young boy who became a great king!
Help us to become saints like you, so that we can be with you and Jesus in heaven someday.
Saint Louis, pray for us!

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