The St. Charles Lwanga Center resumes its Bible Study this week on August 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.  Join us then and on successive Thursdays as we study and pray with the Book of Deuteronomy. There is no charge for the sessions but free will offerings to the Center are always welcomed.


Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders Pray for Peace

We join our religious leaders in prayer and hope as we seek to find peaceful solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  May God inspire our world leaders and each one of us with wisdom and compassion to be agents of peace.

~ Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

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Pan y Amor Archdiocesan Family Day

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Cardinal Rigali Center
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119

The Mission Office invites you to discover the cultures of Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya and Uganda in a mission carnival setting. An afternoon of fun for the entire family! Activities will begin at 2:30 and will conclude with the showing of our new 30 minute Pan y Amor video introducing you to our very own Archdiocesan mission program (led by Msgr. Francis X. Blood) which helps needy children in Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya and Uganda. All in attendance will be treated to Ted Drewes custard and attendance prizes will be awarded.

Cost is $10.00 per family. Reservations are required. Call 314-792-7655 or email conniehenrion@archstl.org to make your reservation. 

Former Archbishop of St. Louis to Ordain Four Men to International Priestly Institute in St. Louis

August 4, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557



Cardinal Burke will Confer Sacrament of Holy Orders on Four Americans of the Institute of Christ the King

ST. LOUIS – His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, with the permission of His Excellency, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, will ordain four men to the sacred priesthood for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP) at St. Francis de Sales Oratory (2653 Ohio Avenue) beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

The Institute of Christ the King is a special international priestly family, known as a “Society of Apostolic life of Pontifical Right,” with their most notable charism being the use of the traditional Latin Mass, known as the “Extraordinary Form.”

The Institute has apostolates around the world – twelve of which are in the United States – including St. Francis de Sales which has been under their care since 2005 when then-Archbishop Burke invited the Institute and erected its apostolate as an Oratory.

The four men being ordained to the priesthood on Tuesday are all Americans – the largest single group of Americans to be ordained for the Institute since its founding in 1990. This ordination will be the second ordination for the Institute to take place in St. Louis, with the first being held in 2007 when two Americans were ordained at the Cathedral Basilica by then-Archbishop Burke. Most ordinations of the Institute have taken place in Italy where its international seminary is located.

The men – Abbé Francis Altiere, Abbé Benjamin Coggeshall, Abbé Joel Estrada, and Abbé Andrew Todd – completed their seminary studies at the Institute’s international seminary in Gricigliano, Italy. They arrived there from four very different states: California, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.

“We are deeply grateful to Archbishop Carlson for allowing these ordinations to take place in St. Louis, the ‘Rome of the West,’” said Canon Michael Wiener, Rector of St. Francis de Sales Oratory. “The Institute of Christ the King is also indebted to His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke for the support he has provided our community. These ordinations are evidence of the great desire amongst the faithful to cultivate the rich tradition of the Catholic Church’s liturgical heritage. We are confident that the Institute will continue to experience vibrant growth and to support the Church in the years to come.”


August 2-3: Annual Collection for Latin America Apostolate in Bolivia

LAA CollectionThis weekend - August 2 and 3 - is the annual collection for our Latin America Apostolate. The collection will be held in all parishes in the Archdiocese. Please prayerfully consider giving a gift to assist our missionaries in Bolivia - Fr. Pat Hayden, Fr. Jim Michler, Fr. Tim Noelker, and Bishop Morgan Casey. Please keep them and our brothers and sisters in Bolivia in your prayers. ¡Gracias! 

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Latin America Apostolate
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119

CYC Players, Coaches, and Umpires Display Random Acts of Sportsmanship During Archdiocesan CYC Baseball and Softball Playoffs


This year’s CYC Baseball and Softball Playoffs proved that good sportsmanship is most definitely alive and well here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. There were numerous Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS) reported during the playoffs, and a myriad more that went unnoticed. RAS are acts that we want to encourage all our participants to display every time they take the field or court.  In addition to recognizing winners of games, we feel it is imperative for the CYC to search for and recognize Acts of Sportsmanship at our athletic events.  As a Catholic organization we must train our children to display Christian values in all parts of their lives, especially during athletic competition.  Below are just a few RAS that we witnessed during the playoffs:

St. Mark's 5th grade baseball team had a spirited player on the bench who encouraged his teammates, congratulated them when they made nice plays and consoled them if they struck out.  His name is Ben Sanders.  What was even more impressive about his sportsmanship and team spirit is he did this while not being able to play, because his arm was in a cast!  But he was right there on the bench, as MVT, Most Valuable Teammate.

We also awarded Tim Klump, a St. Mark's parent and fan a Random Act of Sportsmanship.  Why?  Well in the 98 degree heat and high humidity, he was kind enough to see if the umpires needed some water.  He offered to quench their thirst and then made the uphill trek to the concession stand for them.  Tim, what a great example you are to all of us to look outside ourselves and see if we can help others.

Delvon Yates was throwing hard and throwing strikes for St. Ferdinand in their 5th grade championship game.  After he finished his four dominate innings his coach and dad, Charles Yates, congratulated him and told him what great pitching that was.  But Charles not only praised his own son and own players, you could often hear him from his 3rd base coaching box telling the opponents, St. Cletus players, what a nice play they had made.  Once when the ball slithered past the St. Cletus 3rd basemen, he winced and said, "that was a tough one to catch".  Then turned to some fans on the 3rd base side and said, "Even though that helps our team, I hate to see a player miss a chance to make a play."  Love that Sportsmanship Charles!

In making the rounds to the different fields, we often heard from the district people manning the scoring tables how professional and how consistent the umpires were.  Two umpires that were recognized for their great work on the first Saturday at St. Gerard were Chris and Tim Althage.  They did a great job of handling the pre-game instructions and ground rules. They were always hustling and in position to make calls.  Plus they took time to explain calls to the players when they were confused.  They were instructing the players on the rules of baseball.  Great job, great sportsmanship!

We are sure there were many more RAS that took place during the baseball and softball playoffs.  Often times those acts go unnoticed, or if noticed, unmentioned.  Those should not be unmentionables!  They should be spotted and shouted about.  As a CYC we want to recognize these acts.  Praise the people involved and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.  So when you see a Random Act of Sportsmanship make a mental note and then drop an email about it to buzzswanston@archstl.org so we can shout about it and bring it to everyone's attention.  As the CYC, we want to help everyone realize that good sportsmanship makes great sports!!

"The Forsaken": Documentary featuring Pan y Amor

"The Forsaken" is a 30-minute documentary highlighting the works of Pan y Amor, our mission-aid program that sponsors needy children in Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya and Uganda. Meet the children and learn more in this documentary produced by Emmy award winner Chuck Neff and the Salt River Production Group. 

Helpers of God's Precious Infants Welcomes Crossroads Walkers!


Crossroads walkers pose for a photo with the Cathedral birthday cake

The Respect Life Apostolate and the Archdiocese of St. Louis was thrilled to welcome a team of Crossroads walkers for the Helpers of God's Precious Infants on July 19.  These young adults, from around the country, joined numerous others from around the Archdiocese in Mass at the Cathedral Basilica, followed by a peaceful rosary procession to Planned Praenthood, and ending with Benediction at the Cathedral. 

Crossroads walkers are college students, or recent college graduates, who volunteer their summer to build the Culture of Life by walking across the country and speaking to groups wherever they go.  This team started their walk in San Francisco on May 24 and will arrive in Washington, D.C. on August 16 to join in a pro-life rally at the Capitol Building.   Please pray for the safety and for the ministry of these young adults and all Crossroads walkers as they continue on to Indianpolis!

Founded in 1995, Crossroads was founded as a response to St. John Paul II's call to the youth of the world to actively establish a Culture of Life.  Every summer, young adults, aged 18-30, walk across the country to Washington, D.C., hoping to convert the hearts and minds of others through their witness.  The walkers offer up prayes and their hardships for an end to the culture of death.  In addition, the walkers speak to parish groups to encourage pro-life activism in their communities.  This summer there are four walks.  To learn more about Crossroads, click here.

Students are "Connecting Principles to the Real World" through the Monsanto STEM Summer Camp



 Click here to read the recent St. Louis Review article about the 2014 Monsanto STEM Summer Camp.


Building Interreligious Bridges of Peace, Respect and Dialogue

peace plate
Building Interreligious Bridges of Peace, Respect and Dialogue
F. Javier Orozco, Executive Director of Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs, will join a national cohort of leaders and scholars at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. As the archdiocesan representative, he will be part of the American Jewish Committee’ (AJC) Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI) Fellows. Together the CLI Fellows will study Jewish history, culture and religion, as well as dialogue about greater Jewish-Christian relations. We join in prayer for the success of this interfaith initiative. We ask God to bless their travels, conversations and efforts. In a special way, we pray for peace in the region and in our hearts.

Construyendo Puentes Interreligiosos de Paz, Respeto y Dialogo
F. Javier Orozco, Director Ejecutivo de Asuntos Interculturales e Interreligiosos, será parte de un grupo nacional de académicos y líderes en el Shalom Hartman Institute en Jerusalén. Como el representante diocesano, él formará parte del grupo de Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI) auspiciado por el American Jewish Committee (AJC). Juntos estudiarán sobre la historia, cultura y pensamiento religioso judío, y cultivarán puentes de diálogos entre el mundo judío y cristiano. Le pedimos a Dios que bendiga esta jornada de fe, conversación y labor. De manera especial, oramos por la paz en la región y en nuestros corazones.

Celebrate the REAP Team's 25th Anniversary!

Tickets are still available for The REAP Team's 25th Anniversary Banquet on Friday night, August 1. All are welcome to join in on this celebration! Details can be found at www.reapteam.org/25

A little background... The REAP (Retreat Evangelization And Prayer) Team is a retreat ministry of the Catholic Youth Apostolate. The REAP Team consists of adults and teenagers who have been specially chosen and trained to convey the Gospel to all people, especially teenagers. Using humor, drama, skits, faith sharing, games, and music, the Team's focus is to touch young people's hearts, open their minds, and stir their souls with the love of Jesus Christ. In their 25 years of ministry, The REAP Team has presented well over 3000 ministry events, which have reached over 200,000 people with the Gospel of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

To learn more about the REAP Team, visit their website: www.reapteam.org

Local Student Gives Soccer Ball for Children in the Congo, Africa

Special thanks to Paul and his family for visiting this week - and bringing a special gift for the children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo --- a new soccer ball! The soccer ball was presented to Fr. Emmanuel Luhumbu, a seminary professor and pastor of St. Clair of Assisi Parish in the Diocese of Kole, Congo. A quick game of soccer was even enjoyed outside! Read more in the St. Louis Review - "Ball connects 11-year-old to children in Africa"!



Paul and Fr. Emmanuel





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