Three Catholic School Teachers Honored by Emerson for Excellence in Teaching

October 27, 2014
For more information contact: 
Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Enrollment Management for Catholic Education
Phone: 314.792.7304

ST. LOUIS – Three Catholic school teachers in the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be honored with the 2014 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

Mr. Stephen Babbitt, Social Studies teacher at St. Gerard Majella Catholic School in Kirkwood; Mr. Dominic D'Urso, English teacher at Duchesne High School in St. Charles; and Ms. Dana Aubuchon, third grade teacher at St. Ann Catholic School in Normandy will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton on Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 4-6 pm.

The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards program is sponsored by Emerson, and recognizes more than 100 educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area—from kindergarten teachers to college professors—who are examples of excellence in their field.

Recipients are selected by administrators of their school districts (most of the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese are considered as one district) or educational institutions.

Applicants must be full-time teachers, and have taught a minimum of three years in their buildings. One nominee is allowed for every 500 full-time teachers in a district.

This year's honorees representing Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis received the endorsement of their principal, and submitted an essay describing some of the ways they implement what is considered to be best practice instructional methodologies in their classrooms.

"Great teaching is at the heart of great schools and we are tremendously proud of the Catholic school teachers honored this year," said Superintendent of Catholic Education Dr. Kurt Nelson, "We are grateful for Emerson's commitment to recognizing excellent teachers."


Abortion Survivor to Keynote Respect Life Convention on Sunday

October 24, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: 38th Annual Respect Life Convention
Where: St. Charles Convention Center (1 Convention Center Plaza, St Charles, MO 63303)
When: Sunday, October 26, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Who: Keynote speaker, abortion survivor Melissa Ohden; 800 attendees expected

ST. LOUIS – Melissa Ohden, the survivor of a failed saline abortion in 1977 and founder of The Abortion Survivors Network (, will deliver the keynote address at the 38th Annual Respect Life Convention on Sunday, October 26, at the St. Charles Convention Center.

More than 800 attendees are expected to attend the convention and hear Melissa's address entitled "A Voice for Life." Her story is full of joy, hope, and love, with a message that goes beyond mere survival to the transformational power of forgiveness. The sold-out lunch and keynote begins at 11:30, but Mass at 9:30 a.m., booths and exhibits, and afternoon workshops beginning at 2:00 p.m. are all free and open to the public.

"Reflecting Pope Francis' message that we are all 'masterpieces of God's creation,' especially the most vulnerable in our society, our Convention's lineup of expert speakers will address topics like why we are pro-life in a whole life way, the beauty of adoption, and how to end abortion with love," said Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Workshops offered at the Convention include topics such as Ending Abortion with Compassion, The Descent of Ethics, and The Gift of Adoption. For a complete listing of workshops and for more information about the convention, visit

The Archdiocese of St. Louis was the first diocese in the nation to establish what was then the Pro-Life Committee, now called the Respect Life Apostolate (RLA), following the landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973. Every October, which is Respect Life month, the RLA hosts its annual convention. The purpose of the convention is to gather, listen, and discuss efforts to respect the dignity and sanctity of life and efforts to build the "Culture of Life" in our society.


Statement Regarding Rev. John J. Ghio

October 21, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Revered Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, announced this week the suspension of retired priest Reverend John J. Ghio due to a recently reported allegation of abuse which was alleged to have occurred in the early 1980’s.

In a letter to parishes of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Carlson said:

“Having consulted with the Promoter of Justice, the Vicar for Priests, and the Review Board of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and to ensure the integrity of the process, I have suspended Father Ghio’s priestly faculties until a canonical process is concluded.”

Father Ghio is currently retired from active ministry and resides in a monitored environment. In keeping with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, to ensure transparency in communicating with the public about the sexual abuse of a minor and as an outreach to potential victims, a bulletin announcement will be made available in parishes where Father Ghio served.

Anyone who wishes to make a report of the sexual abuse of a minor by any priest, deacon or employee of the Archdiocese of St. Louis may contact Deacon Phil Hengen, Director of Child and Youth Protection, Archdiocese of St. Louis at 314.792.7704 or Reports may also be made to the Missouri Division of Social Services Child Abuse Hotline for allegations involving a person who is currently under the age of 18, or to civil authorities for allegations involving a person who is now an adult, but was abused as a minor.


St. Mary's Preschool North is "Falling in Love with Jesus!" this fall

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

The teachers at St. Mary's Preschool-North (Archdiocesan Department of Special Education) try to keep their classrooms bright and cheerful, getting inspiration from internet sites such as Pinterest.

Pictured below, "Miss Laura," a St. Mary’s teacher, and one of her students, Journee, are “Falling in Love with Jesus" this fall as the leaves turn both inside and out!

St. Mary’s Preschools North and South provide children from six weeks to six years of age with special needs, or who are typically developing, with high-quality daycare and preschool programs in a nurturing environment that is licensed by the Missouri Deptartment of Health.

To learn more about St. Mary's Preschools North and South, visit

To learn more about the schools and centers administered by the Archdiocesan Department of Special Education, visit


Student Ambassadors make master marketers!

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

Student Ambassadors serve at events held at their schools—both elementary and secondary—and occasionally, at special Archdiocesan events such as the Associates of the Archbishop Luncheon and Reception held earlier this month in appreciation of major donors to the Annual Catholic Appeal, (ACA) a major supporter of Catholic education.

Student Ambassadors are specially-trained spokespersons and representatives for their schools. They conduct school tours, serve as hosts at school events, and, when they are really expert, (like the Ambassadors of St. Francis Borgia High School, (pictured above) they are called upon to serve at events outside their school! Important work!

Student Ambassador training is provided by the Catholic Education center. To learn more, contact



St. Mary's High School betters the block

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

The young men of St. Mary’s High School Campus Ministry helped out with the Dutchtown Better Block Project on Saturday, September 20.

Two groups assisted by sorting and arranging books, decorating and lighting the interior of the Pop-Up Bookstore, and painting the exterior of a building at the intersection of Virginia and Itaska Streets.

In the 4700 block of Virginia, students prepared beds, planted native flowers, cut and raked grass from several open lots after clearing trash and debris. The Better Block Project works with small businesses in the community to enhance the beauty and safety of the neighborhood, and to promote growth--including growth of St. Mary's High School!


Come and join us as we celebrate National Black Catholic History Month on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Lwanga Center at (Shreve and Carter Aves. in North St. Louis City) adjacent to the St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist Church. Feel free to call us at (314) 367-7929 to let us know that you will be present.


Please join us at the 32nd Annual St. Charles Lwanga Center Testimonial Dinner and Auction being held on Sunday, April 19, 2015 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. 

Adults and youth from the sponsoring parishes will be honored along with the newly instituted Torch Bearer honorees.  For information concerning ticketing, ad space, and auction contributions please contact your Lwanga Center parish representative and/or parish office.  Inquirers from throughout the archdiocese are invited to call the Lwanga Center at 314-367-7929.

Tickets are $60 each and tables of 10 are $600.

Annual World Mission Sunday Mass Held

2014 World Mission SundayArchbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated our annual World Mission Sunday Mass on October 19th at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Special thanks to all who attended, and to our international representatives who made the Mass a wonderful celebration!

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STL250 Procession With Relic of City’s Namesake on Sunday

October 15, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: Procession with relic of King St. Louis IX
Who: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will lead the procession
Where: St. Francis de Sales Oratory (2653 Ohio Ave)
When: Sunday, October 19, 2014

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will lead a procession with a relic of King St. Louis IX, patron and namesake of the City of St. Louis, on Sunday, October 19. The solemn event will begin at St. Francis de Sales Oratory (2653 Ohio Ave.) at 5 p.m. Archbishop Carlson will give a homily about King St. Louis IX after the procession. A reception will follow in the church basement.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been an active participant in the STL250 celebrations commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Louis. Additionally, the year 2014 marks the 800th anniversary of King St. Louis IX's birth. The procession this Sunday follows a weekend of celebrations in August that were attended by Prince Louis de Bourbon, a direct descendant of St. Louis, as well as numerous bishops and archbishops from around the country. Collectively these events are affectionately referred to as "CatholicSTL250."


A Call for Peace in Our Community

October 10, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Renews the Call for Peace in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, today renewed his call for peace in the St. Louis community with the following statement:

By now we should all realize that there is no going back to the status quo following the tragic shooting of Michael Brown. Rightly so! The status quo was not good enough. This tragedy has left a community struggling to cope with anger and frustration that it had repressed for many years. Now is our moment of truth. We can let the anger and frustration spill over in violence, and then be repressed again. Or we can take the opportunity to break the cycle and address the underlying issues that cause the anger and frustration.

But we need to keep in mind the issues here are bigger than Ferguson. They are as deep as the hold of sin on the human heart and as broad as the solidarity of the entire human race. That means we will not be able to fix things quickly. But we have to move forward. And it is not just Ferguson or the greater St. Louis metropolitan community, but the entire country and the whole Church that needs to look at these issues.

Is it not a sad reality that we integrated professional baseball and schools a long time ago, but we have not integrated everyone's heart?

The sin of racism in our cities and our nation must be dealt with, but never with violence. There are small but vocal groups currently threatening violence. I urge anyone who feels the desire to violently lash out to first pause and consider the potential consequences of their actions: Will violence make the situation right? Will it right the wrongs? Or will it only make things worse? The unrelenting desire for revenge is a poison that seeps into our souls and can become contagious carrying with it a commitment to violence.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars...Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
What's the solution? For all of us to be quick to apologize for our own faults, and as quick to forgive the faults of others as we want them to be in forgiving ours.

We need to come together in prayer and dialogue to address the deeper underlying issues – family breakdown, racial profiling, quality education, abuses of authority, lack of gainful employment, fear of one another, mistrust of authority, black on black violence, and white flight.

In God we are all one family and we need to call upon Christ the Prince of Peace in prayer to give us the strength to sit down together as brothers and sisters.

So, let's ask: what blueprint does God have in mind for us? And let's remember that Christ gave us the blueprint: to love God with all our heart and mind and soul and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourself. What that means for us is that we must respect the dignity of each other. We show that respect by having a willingness to sit down together and dialogue, by having the humility to admit our mistakes and say we are sorry, and by praying for one another – yes, praying! Praying that God fills our hearts with love for one another, removes the hate we have allowed to fester there, and teaches us how to express our love in concrete ways.

It is no longer the time to ask "What would Jesus do?" It is time to ask "What is Jesus doing?" What Jesus is not doing is adding violence to violence. Remember what he said to his disciples in the Gospel of Luke when they asked if they should call down fire from Heaven to consume a town that didn't welcome him? (Lk 9:54). He rebuked them. Jesus is also not ignoring the problem and hoping it will go away! What Jesus is doing is pleading with us to listen to each other, respect each other, and help each other.

That's the same Jesus who said: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Christ calls us to promote peace, not provoke violence. Our Lord Himself suffered the most terrible of injustices, because although incapable of doing wrong, He was nevertheless condemned to suffer and die on the cross. And when one of his disciples responded by lashing out in violence he said "Put away your sword!"

Inspired by the example of Christ, I fervently renew my call to everyone in Ferguson and the greater St. Louis community: be an instrument of peace amid the chaos! Work for calm in the turmoil!

If we depart from God's blueprint, the fruit of our thoughts and actions will not be peace but its opposite – force and violence!

It's time to turn to a different kind of power – persuasion and service. It is the way of Gandhi and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. It is the way of the Lord who is filled with love and mercy. It is the way each of us should be. May the God who suffered on the Cross fill us with love, and guide our thoughts and actions.



ST. LOUIS -El Reverendísimo Robert J. Carlson, arzobispo de St. Louis, renovó hoy su llamado a la paz en la comunidad de Saint Louis con la siguiente declaración:

A estas alturas todos deberíamos darnos cuenta de que no hay marcha atrás en la situación actual tras el trágico tiroteo de Michael Brown. ¡Y con razón! El status quo no era aceptable.  Esta tragedia ha dejado  a una comunidad luchando por hacer frente a la ira y la frustración que ha reprimido durante muchos años. Este es nuestro momento de la verdad. Podemos dejar que el enojo y la frustración se desborden en la violencia, para luego ser reprimidos otra vez. O podemos aprovechar la oportunidad de romper el ciclo y hacer frente a los problemas subyacentes que causan la ira y la frustración. 

Pero debemos tener en cuenta que los problemas presentes son aún más grandes que Ferguson mismo. Ellos son tan profundos como el asecho del pecado en el corazón humano y tan amplios como la solidaridad de toda la raza humana. Esto significa que no vamos a ser capaces de arreglar las cosas rápidamente. Pero tenemos que seguir adelante. Y no es sólo Ferguson o la comunidad metropolitana de Saint Louis, sino todo el país y la Iglesia que en un todo, tienen que analizar estos problemas.

 ¿No es una triste realidad que hayamos integrado desde hace mucho tiempo el béisbol profesional y las escuelas, pero no hemos integrado aún el corazón de todos?

 El pecado del racismo en nuestras ciudades y en nuestra nación debe ser tratado, pero nunca con violencia. Hay grupos pequeños pero audibles que actualmente amenazan con violencia. Insto a cualquier persona que sienta el deseo de atacar violentamente a hacer primeramente una pausa y considerar las consecuencias potenciales de sus acciones: ¿Será la violencia la que corrija la situación? ¿Va a enmendar los errores? ¿O simplemente empeorarán las cosas? El deseo implacable de venganza es un veneno que se filtra en nuestras almas y puede llegar a ser contagioso llevando consigo un compromiso con la violencia.

 Como dijo el Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. : "Devolver la violencia con violencia multiplica la violencia, añadiendo una oscuridad más profunda a una noche ya desprovista de estrellas... El odio no puede expulsar al odio: solo el amor puede hacerlo."

 ¿Cuál es la solución? Que todos nosotros pidamos rápidamente perdón por nuestras propias faltas, y que con la misma rapidez perdonemos las faltas de los demás,  así  como queremos que los demás perdonen las nuestras.

 Tenemos que unirnos en la oración y el diálogo para abordar los problemas subyacentes más profundos -  desintegración familiar, perfilado racial, calidad de la educación, abusos de autoridad, falta de empleo justamente remunerado, miedo de unos a otros, desconfianza en la autoridad, violencia en la comunidad afroamericana,  y el éxodo de la población blanca.

 En Dios todos somos una familia y tenemos que pedir en oración a Cristo, el Príncipe de la Paz, que nos dé la fuerza para sentarnos juntos como hermanos y hermanas.

Preguntémonos entonces: ¿Qué plan tiene Dios en mente para nosotros? Y recordemos que Cristo nos dio el modelo: amar a Dios con todo nuestro corazón, mente, alma y fuerza, y amar a nuestro prójimo como a nosotros mismos. Lo que esto significa para nosotros es que tenemos que respetar la dignidad de cada uno. Se demuestra este respeto teniendo la voluntad de sentarnos juntos y dialogar, teniendo la humildad de admitir nuestros errores y decir que lo sentimos, y orando unos por otros - ¡sí, orando! Orando para que Dios llene nuestros corazones con amor hacia nuestro prójimo, para que elimine el odio que hemos permitido se arraigue en  nuestros corazones,  para que nos enseñe la manera de expresar nuestro amor en formas concretas.  

Ya no es momento de preguntar "¿Qué haría Jesús?" Es el momento de preguntar: "¿Qué está haciendo Jesús?" Lo que Jesús no está haciendo es agregar violencia a la violencia. Recuerden lo que dijo a sus discípulos en el Evangelio de Lucas, cuando le preguntaron si deberían hacer descender fuego del cielo para consumir un pueblo que no le dio la bienvenida? (Lc 09:54). Él los reprendió.  ¡Jesús tampoco está ignorando el problema y esperando que este desaparezca! Jesús nos está suplicando que nos escuchemos unos a otros, nos respetemos mutuamente, y nos ayudemos como hermanos.  

Ese es el mismo Jesús que dijo: "Bienaventurados los pacificadores, porque ellos serán llamados hijos de Dios." Cristo nos llama a promover la paz, no a provocar la violencia. Nuestro Señor mismo sufrió la más terrible de las injusticias; aunque  incapaz de hacer mal, Él fue, sin embargo, condenado a sufrir y morir en la cruz. Y cuando uno de sus discípulos respondió con la violencia, le dijo "¡Guarda tu espada!"

Inspirado por el ejemplo de Cristo, renuevo con fervor mi llamado a todas las personas en Ferguson y la gran comunidad de Saint Louis: ¡Sean  un instrumento de paz en medio del caos! ¡Trabajen por la calma en el caos!

Si nos apartamos del plan de Dios, el fruto de nuestros pensamientos y acciones no será la paz, sino lo opuesto - ¡la fuerza y la violencia!

Es hora de intentar un tipo diferente de poder - la persuasión y el servicio. Es la manera de Gandhi y la Beata Teresa de Calcuta. Es el camino del Señor que está lleno de amor y misericordia. Es la forma en que cada uno de nosotros debe ser. Que el Dios que sufrió en la Cruz nos llene de amor, y guíe nuestros pensamientos y acciones. 

October 2014 Marks 100th Anniversary of First Mass at Cathedral Basilica

October 8, 2014
For more information contact: 
Nicole Heerlein
Communications Specialist, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Phone: 314.373.8205

October 18, 2014, marks the 100th Anniversary of the first Mass held at what was then known as the St. Louis Cathedral. This Mass was held on the 6th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone and celebrated the completion of the superstructure of the Cathedral which was constructed from 1907-1914. The official celebration of the 100th Anniversary takes place at the Cathedral’s Masses over the weekend of October 11-12 where the readings of the Mass will focus on the solemn dedication of the Cathedral.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday which is also the White Mass (for those in the medical profession). The readings will remain the same as the other Masses of the weekend.

Cathedral Basilica Mass Schedule:
October 11: 5:00pm Vigil
October 12: 8:00am, 10:00am, Noon, 5:00 p.m.

Media are welcome and encouraged to attend the Masses.


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