Priests and Seminarians to Compete for Coveted “Souls and Goals” Soccer Cup

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

What: “Souls and Goals” Soccer Match to raise interest in vocations
Where: St. Dominic High School (31 St. Dominic Dr, O'Fallon, MO 63366)
When: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7 p.m.
Who: Seminarians, clergy, and Catholics of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Seminarians, priests, and Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will take to the “pitch” on Thursday evening to compete for the 3rd Annual “Souls and Goals” Cup in a match at St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon.

Seminarians of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury ( will compete against a team made up of priests and lay people. The seminarians have won both previous matches by scores of 2-0 and 6-1. However, the priests and lay people are expected to make a strong showing this year.

The purpose of the match is to raise interest in vocations especially to the Catholic priesthood, but also to religious life in general.

Of the 62 largest dioceses in the United State, the Archdiocese of St. Louis has the highest number of priests per Catholic (1per 1,533), and is 3rd in the average number of ordinations per capita over the last five years. The archdiocese is also home to more than 80 distinct communities, or orders, of consecrated religious men and women (priests, brothers, and sisters). In 2013, Pope Francis declared a “Year of Consecrated Life” which ends in February 2016.

Programming begins at 6:30 p.m. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Admission is free and concessions will be available. More than 1,000 people have packed the stands each of the past two years and another large crowd is expected.

All the information can be found at


Statement Regarding Purported “Live” Exorcism in St. Louis

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

ST. LOUIS - The cable network “Destination America” reportedly plans to air a purported exorcism live on national television on Friday, October 30, from a home in St. Louis which was associated with the well-known exorcism of “Roland Doe” in 1949.

Given the public nature of this event, the Archdiocese of St. Louis – which is not involved in this dangerous endeavor – deems it necessary to educate and warn the public about the dangers of participating in such activities. 

“No exorcism can take place without the authority of the local Roman Catholic ordinary,” said auxiliary bishop emeritus Robert Hermann.

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has not granted the necessary permissions – known as “faculties” – to any priests or bishops for the purpose of this televised event. Anyone involved in this production who claims to be a member of the Catholic clergy is not affiliated with the Archdiocese of St. Louis nor are they operating under the authority of the Vatican.

Any purported exorcism by spiritualists, paranormal investigators, mediums, or non-Catholic clerics for the purposes of entertainment trivializes this ancient rite of the Roman Catholic Church and the very real danger of evil.

“Any attempt to use the solemn Rite of Exorcism as entertainment exposes all participators to the danger of future hidden satanic attack,” said Bishop Hermann. “We cannot play games with Satan and expect to win.”


Catholic Educators To Be Honored By Emerson For Excellence In Teaching

October 26, 2015
For more information contact: 
Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Enrollment Management for Catholic Education
Phone: 314.792.7304

ST. LOUIS – The Catholic Education Center has announced that four out of more than 2,000 full-time Catholic school educators will be honored this year with the prestigious 2015 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. They join 96 other St. Louis metropolitan area educators “from kindergarten to college professors—who are examples of excellence in their field,” according to the Emerson website.

Recipients are selected by the chief administrators of their school districts. The employing educational institution must be located in the St. Louis metropolitan area, which is defined to include: (in Missouri) Franklin County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County; and (in Illinois) Jersey County, Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County.

In a memo sent to all principals last week, Dr. Kurt Nelson, Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis wrote, “I am pleased to announce the 2015 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awardees representing Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. These educators represent the standard of excellence held by Catholic school administrators and teaching colleagues across the Archdiocese.”

“The Catholic Education Center is most grateful to Emerson for its sponsorship of this recognition program, and celebrates with this year’s honorees, their school and parish communities, their families and friends.”

“Each honoree has been invited to attend a special award ceremony on November 22, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton. All Emerson teachers have received a personal letter from Emerson informing them of their award along with an invitation to the award ceremony and reception for them and one guest.”

This year’s Emerson Teachers of Excellence:

  • Ms. Jennifer Jung--Holy Cross Academy – Our Lady of Providence Campus, Grade 3 (Self-Contained Classroom)
  • Mr. Kevin O’Brien--Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School, Mathematics
  • Ms. Julie Thompson--St. Ann Catholic School, Math and Social Studies, Grades 6-8
  • Ms. Sarah Weber--Ste. Genevieve du Bois School, Grade 5 (4-6 English)

Emerson, which has its world headquarters in St. Louis, has sponsored this program since 1989 as part of its commitment to promote quality education throughout the St. Louis area.


Legislative Expert to Address Respect Life Convention on Sunday

October 23, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: 39th Annual Respect Life Convention
Where: St. Charles Convention Center (1 Convention Center Plaza, St Charles, MO 63303)
When: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lunch and keynote at 11:30 a.m.
Who: Keynote speaker, Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., President and CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL)

ST. LOUIS – The 39th Annual Respect Life Convention, hosted by the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, will take place on Sunday, October 25, at the St. Charles Convention Center. Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., President and CEO of Americans United For Life (AUL), will deliver the keynote address. Nearly 800 attendees are expected to attend the convention.

Americans United for Life ( is heralded as one of the chief legal architects of the pro-life movement. Dr. Yoest’s keynote presentation will offer insight into the success of pro-life laws enacted since 2011 through a state-based legislative strategy.

Mass, exhibits, and afternoon workshops are all free and open to the public. The lunch and keynote begin at 11:30 a.m.

Workshops offered at the convention will address topics such as physician-assisted suicide, youth in the pro-life movement, and moving beyond debate to dialogue. 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.



October 22, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

 Arsonist Setting Fires at Local Churches is Non-Sectarian

ST. LOUIS – The recent rash of church fires in St. Louis are saddening acts of violence in a community already devastated by violence and division. The fire Thursday morning at the Shrine of St. Joseph marks the second Catholic Church in St. Louis to have been targeted, after St. Augustine was hit last week. 

It is unimaginable why these acts of violence have taken place at churches which are vitally important parts of our community. The doors of St. Augustine and the Shrine of St. Joseph can be replaced. We are thankful that no one was injured in these incidents. We will pray for and forgive those who have committed these acts.


Internationally Renowned Catholic Author to Speak at Two St. Louis Churches

October 21, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Matthew Kelly, the internationally renowned Catholic evangelist and author of Rediscover Jesus and The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, will speak to sold-out crowds at two St. Louis-area Catholic churches on Friday, October 23, and Saturday, October 24.

On Friday, Mr. Kelly will present “Living Everyday with Passion and Purpose” at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Kirkwood (243 W. Argonne Dr.) beginning at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, Mr. Kelly will give the same presentation to approximately 1,000 people at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish (4900 Ringer Road) beginning at 9:00 a.m. Both events are sold out.

Mr. Kelly’s “Passion and Purpose” events will invite attendees to identify God's voice in their lives and the specific purpose for which we have all been created. He inspires attendees to apply the genius of Catholicism to every aspect of life, including prayer & spirituality, work, dating & marriage, personal finances, health & well being, parenting, and community involvement.

Born in Sydney, Australia, Matthew Kelly has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations become the-best-version-of-themselves. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker, bestselling author, and business consultant. His books have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, and have sold in excess of three million copies. Mr. Kelly founded The Dynamic Catholic Institute to research why Catholics engage or disengage and explore what it will take to establish vibrant Catholic communities in the 21st Century.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has partnered with the Dynamic Catholic Institute to launch a four-year program called “Dynamic Catholic, Alive!” which will focus on four key areas of Catholic life: prayer, study, generosity, and evangelization. More information can be found at


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World Mission Sunday Mass held at Cathedral Basilica

Our annual World Mission Sunday Mass was held October 18, 2015 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. We had a beautiful day full of support for the missions! Mass began with an entrance procession with members of the consecrated life, as well as representatives from different nations who now make the Archdiocese of Saint Louis their home. The second reading, along with the general intercessions, were read in different languages, making it a truly international celebration. Bishop Edward Rice celebrated our Mass and shared how the missions have impacted his own life - and how each of us, even if we have not traveled to the missions, can pray and offer our support here at home.

Following Mass, guests had an opportunity to talk with Bishop Rice and one another at a donut reception in Boland Hall.

Thank you to Bishop Rice and everyone who attended and made our Mass a wonderful celebration! To learn more about World Mission Sunday, visit our World Mission Sunday page.

A Chance To Get Cardinals Suite Tickets Plus Help Families With Adoption. That's a Winner!

Support the loving gift of adoption by purchasing a ticket for the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund Cardinals Suite Raffle. The winner will get one half of the Mercy Suite (10 tickets plus $150 of food/drink credit and one parking pass) for a mutually-agreed-upon date during the 2016 Cardinal Baseball season. Tickets for the raffle are $20 each or six for $100. All proceeds go directly to families to assist with the cost of adoption. Help us lift up these deserving families...we need all the help we can get! Applications for grants are increasing every year. Please prayerfully consider selling and buying these tickets. Purchases can be made on line: or by calling the Office of Natural Family Planning at 314-997-7576.

CYC Volunteers to be Honored at 59th Annual CYC Sports Awards Banquet

The 59th Annual CYC Sports Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 5th at the Crowne Plaza in Clayton.  This banquet honors the many volunteers that have donated their time and talents to the Catholic Youth Council program over the years.  Bill Bommarito, President of Coaching Coaches, LLC will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for this year's event.

Along with the Gold and Silver Boot awards for contributions to soccer in the St. Louis area, the CYC also honors each of the five "District Persons of the Year" and presents a "Sports Service" award for significant contributions to each of the following CYC sports: baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, track and golf.

The CYC Sports Banquet first began in the 1950's as a pre-match dinner for the International Soccer matches, generally between a team from Europe and a team of CYC All-Stars.  These games and the "Kick-off Dinners" were held usually the night before the game to introduce the players.  From the dinners spawned the Soccer Banquet, which was the forerunner to the CYC Sports Banquets.

You are invited to attend this year's banquet and show your support for our volunteers and the CYC program in general.  For details on how to order tickets or place an ad in the program, and for more information about the volunteers to be honored, visit the Sports Banquet page of the CYC website or call the CYC offices at (314) 792-7256.

EWTN Live features the Missions! October 14 at 7 PM CDT

EWTN Live features the Church's Missions in this week before World Mission Sunday! Tune in Wednesday, October 14, 8 PM EDT (7 PM CDT) - or view online here. Guest will be Father Andrew Small, OMI, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. ‪

To learn more about World Mission Sunday (October 18) and how you can help, visit our World Mission Sunday page. Thanks for your prayerful support!

Annual World Mission Sunday Mass – October 18th at 10:00 am

World Mission Sunday 2015Join us at our Annual World Mission Sunday Mass on October 18th at 10:00 am at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, located on Lindell Boulevard. We are happy to welcome Bishop Rice as our celebrant this year. Coffee and donuts will be served in Boland Hall following Mass. To learn more about World Mission Sunday, and how your prayers and support will help 1,150 mission territories around the world, visit our World Mission Sunday page. Please prayerfully consider supporting the World Mission Sunday collection by donating online here. And, don't forget to follow along on social media this month: #worldmissionsundaystl

Thank you for your prayerful support!


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