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

Mass of Priestly Ordination will take place on Saturday, May 24, 2014

What: Priestly Ordinations for the Archdiocese of St. Louis
WHO: Six men will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders
WHEN: 10 a.m., Saturday, May 24, 2014
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Lindell and Newstead in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – This Saturday, six Kenrick-Glennon Seminary students will be ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood by Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis.

Archbishop Carlson will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Reverend Mr. Andrew Vincent Burkemper, Reverend Mr. Paul James Hamilton, Reverend Mr. David Jason Hogan, Reverend Mr. Conor Michael Sullivan, Reverend Mr. Thomas Andrew Vordtriede, Reverend Mr. Ryan Matthew Weber.

The six candidates for ordination, or ordinands, will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders in culmination of several years of rigorous study and spiritual development at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The candidates all felt the calling to sacred ministry in different ways, some having entered the seminary after a career change, while others have dealt with tragedy.

“These men have faithfully followed God’s calling to this sacred ministry,” President-Rector Rev. John Horn, S.J. said. “As priests they will have the profound opportunity to share in the priesthood of Christ, and lead people to a deeper and more loving relationship with God.”

Part of the rite of ordination includes the laying on of hands by the bishop, a tradition that began with the original Twelve Apostles and has continued in an unbroken line throughout the entire 2,000 year history of the Catholic Church. The new priests receive supernatural graces through the Sacrament, and are able to hear confessions and offer the sacrifice of the Mass, which is a bloodless re-enactment of Christ’s sacrifice on Good Friday.

The Mass of Priestly Ordination begins at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, 4431 Lindell Boulevard, in the Central West End.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis can provide biographical information on the candidates or additional background information about the rite of ordination upon request. The Mass and ceremony will be streamed live at


May 20, 2014
For more information contact: 
Elizabeth Westhoff
Director of Marketing & Mission Awareness
Phone: 314.792.7635

St. Louis, MO — The Archdiocese of St. Louis has announced the appointment of Mr. Eric Bryan Fair as the new Director of Archdiocesan Records and Archives. Mr. Fair began his new role on May 5, 2014.

Mr. Fair brings to the archdiocese 15 years of experience in archives and library sciences, most recently serving as the Manager at the Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center in the Local and State History Department in Fayetteville, North Carolina since 2013.

Previously, Mr. Fair was an archives librarian for the Champaign County Historical Archives, during which time he also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He began his archivist and library science career with the Archdiocese of Chicago, serving as a records analyst and processing archivist in the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center from 2001-2003.

Mr. Fair holds a Master of Science in Library Science from The Catholic University of America and a Master of Arts in History from Illinois State University.

“I am thrilled that Eric Fair has decided to join the archdiocese and work to preserve the incredible history that is Catholic St. Louis,” said Most Revered Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis. “With him, Mr. Fair brings a great deal of professional knowledge of archiving and a solid background of Catholic history.”

Mr. Fair fills the position most recently held by Rebecca Alterman, who resigned In January 2014.

Mr. Fair is a member of the Society of American Archivists.


Encounter 2014 Young Adult Conference... Coming in Two Weeks!

Commuter passes are still available for Encounter 2014, the first of its kind Catholic Young Adult conference – a collaboration between the Franciscan University of Steubenville Christian Outreach Office and the Archdiocese of St. Louis Office of Young Adult Ministry. Encounter 2014 will take place the weekend of May 30 - June 1 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri.

At the Encounter Conference 2014, young adults from across the nation will join to raise our eyes above all earthly distractions to encounter God and one another – face to face. Whether you have or have not attended a Franciscan youth conference in the past, have no fear, Encounter will be an experience unique unto itself- designed specifically to help awaken the millennial generation to not only their own spiritual needs, but also the physical and spiritual needs of their neighbors.

Encounter will feature a team of dynamic keynote speakers, interactive breakouts (Impact Sessions), concerts & late night entertainment, and of course, opportunities to come together as a community of prayer.

Christ longs for us – for you. The personal encounter with Christ will lead us to encounter Him in others. To encounter others with dignity, respect and love, we must first encounter God in prayer, sacraments and community. Join us as we aim to encounter the one true God – the God of love, hope and mercy.

Hotel registration has closed, but commuter passes are still available for $125.  To register, please call Kasia at (314) 792-7008, or for more details, visit the Encounter 2014 website.

Archbishop Carlson Names Robert Bouché Chief Financial Officer of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

May 13, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert Carlson has named Mr. Robert (Rob) A. Bouché, CPA, CPM, as the next Chief Financial Officer of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, beginning June 2, 2014.

“I am pleased to announce that Robert has accepted my offer to become the next Chief Financial Officer for the Archdiocese,” Archbishop Carlson said. “His extensive financial and accounting experience, combined with his passion for the Catholic faith, will be a tremendous asset to the Archdiocese.”

Mr. Bouché currently is the Chief Financial Officer for the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), a position he has held since 2010. He previously worked for Sigma-Aldrich Corporation for 16 years. His areas of expertise include customer relations, personnel management, financial analysis/reporting, strategic planning, process improvement and project management.

Mr. Bouché holds a B.S. in Accounting from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Procurement Manager. 

A husband and father of seven children, Mr. Bouché is an active member of St. Alban Roe Parish, where he serves as a Lector and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and also teaches Natural Family Planning. Mr. Bouché is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Resource Center for Religious Institutes.

Mr. Bouché replaces Deacon Frank Chauvin, who has been the CFO for the Archdiocese since 1998. 

“During this transition of leadership, I wish to thank Deacon C. Frank Chauvin for his leadership and service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis,” Archbishop Carlson said. “I am extremely grateful for his dedicated ministry to our local Church, and I wish Deacon Chauvin every blessing as he moves into retirement.”

STLYA Winery Trip!

Join St. Louis Young Adults for a winery tour on Saturday May 24th! We'll meet at St. Monica's parking lot (on Olive Blvd) to carpool at 11:30 AM. 


If you're interested in carpooling, please email the following info:  Name, phone number and if you're willing to be a driver (help driving is appreciated).


12pm Chandler Hill Winery

2pm  Montelle Winery

4pm Sugar Creek Winery


** Please note that STLYA expects the moderate use of alcohol by anyone choosing to consume alcoholic beverages at events. Thank you for your understanding.



The REAP Team's Chastity Educator, Rachel Allen, Writes Her First Book

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is excited to announce that we've got some summer reading for you – the REAP Team’s Chastity Educator, Rachel Allen, has written her first book!

The Next Step: A Catholic Teen's Guide to Surviving High School, has been published by our friends at Life Teen and is available for purchase now in their online bookstore. It would make a great graduation/Confirmation gift for all of the 8th graders you know, as well as any high school freshmen. In the usual REAP Team-style, Rachel uses personal testimony to help teens navigate the transition from middle school to high school while keeping Christ at the center of it all.

Rachel is ecstatic about the book’s publication. She says, “This book project has been in the works since August, and LifeTeen asked me to write it based on my work with both middle school and high school students. They figured that since I spend so much time with both groups on retreats, I'd have some insight for them as they make that crazy transition from middle school to high school. Writing books has been a dream of mine since I was in middle school, and I am so honored and humbled and amazed that this dream is now a reality.”

Rachel graduated from Saint Louis University with degrees in Creative Writing and Theology, and she serves as the full time Chastity Educator for The REAP Team, a retreat ministry of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. She spends most of her days talking about faith and chastity with teenagers.

A preview of the book (Table of Contents, Introduction, and first chapter) is also available online if you'd like a sneak peek!

U.S. Roman Catholics count on Hispanics, even as more leave the church

Maria Lara, 49, who is from Mexico but now helps prepare lunches for schoolchildren in the city, says attending a church where the priest speaks her language is crucial, though she has learned English after more than two decades in the states.
“We can understand it, but it doesn’t feel the same,” Lara said of the other Masses in the region.

For complete story HERE

2014 Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Excellence in Teaching Awards

Front row, left to right--Mary Okenfuss, Linda Morris, Jennifer Young, Archbishop Carlson, Teresa Killian, Kate Black; back row, left to right--Connie Holbrook, Melissa Liszewski, Kathy Reid, Nicole Wibbenmeyer, Beth Lappe

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presented eleven educators with the Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Excellence in Teaching Award at a special ceremony in their honor on May 6 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

Each educator was requried to demonstrate, in writing, as well as with artifact evidence that their implementation of "best practice" instruction, as desribed in the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Seconcary Schools, is consistent and pervasive in their classrooms every day.

One benchmark (7.3) describes "curriculum and instruction for 21st century learning that prepares students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to become creative, reflective, literate, critical and moral evaluators, problem solvers, decision makers, and socially responsible global citizens. Another (7.4) addresses practical use of current technology. Another relates to the engagement and motivation of all students, "addressing the diverse needs and capabilities of each student, while accommodating students with special needs as fully as possible." (7.6)

Benchmark 7.5 provides for instruction that is designed to intentioanlly address affective dimensiions of learning, and 8.3 requires that a variety of assessments, including formative, summative, authentic performance, and student self-assessment be implemented.

Superintendent Mr. George Henry observed that these eleven educators represent some of the "best of the best" of the thousands of outstanding teachers in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Each teacher received a framed certificate and a $500 stipend to be used at her discretion.

This year's Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Teachers of Excellence include:


Ms. Kate Black--St. Ambrose Catholic School, City of St. Louis

Mrs. Teresa Killian--St. Justin Martyr Catholic School, Sunset Hills

 Ms. Melissa Liszewski--Sacred Heart Catholic School, Troy

 Ms. Linda Morris--St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic School, City of Saint Louis

 Mrs. Kathy Reid--St. Ann Catholic School, Normandy

Ms. Susan Rueter--Sacred Heart Catholic School, Valley Park

Ms. Nicole Wibbenmeyer--St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Perryville

 Ms. Jennifer Young--St. Gerard Majella Catholic School, Kirkwood


Mrs. Connie Holbrook--Annunziata Catholic School, Ladue


Ms. Beth Lappe--Trinity Catholic High School, St. Louis

 Ms. Mary Okenfuss--Valle Catholic High School, Ste. Genevieve 



Service and Leadership Rewarded

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

Mr. George J. Henry, Superintendent of Catholic Education, has been honored recenGeorge Henry addresses 2014 NCEA Conventiontly with two prestigious awards in recognition of his decades of service to Catholic education as teacher and administrator.

On the national level, Mr. Henry received the John F. Meyers Award at the annual National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) convention in Pittsburgh. The award is presented to a person who has received both local and national recognition for his contribution to Catholic education in areas of development, public relations, scholarship programs, financial management and government relations.

Locally, Mr. Henry was recognized with the Sister Mary Ann Eckhoff Leadership Award at the fifth annual Archbishop’s Gala (pictured with his wife, Rosalie) sponsored by the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, (TTEF). The foundation provides monetary scholarships to families who desire a Catholic (or other faith-based) education for their children, but need financial assistance.

Mr. Henry and TGeorge Henry, with his wife, Rosalie, and the 2014 Mary Ann Eckhoff Leadership AwardTEF have raised more than $35 million so far, and the need will continue to grow exponentially because TTEF commits to nine years of support if a child enters in kindergarten and stays through eighth grade. To donate, visit

Mr. George J. Henry will retire at the conclusion of this school year and will be honored at a special event on June 10, 2014.

In appreciation of Mr. Henry's service and commitment to Catholic education, a prayer service will be held at 2:00 PM at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, followed by a reception until 5:00 PM.

All are welcome!

Please make reservations at




2014 Creative Writing Contest Awards Assembly

On Tuesday, April 29th, more than 100 finalists and their parents packed into the Fleur de Lis Room at the Cardinal Rigali Center for the Respect Life Apostolate's 2014 8th grade Creative Writing Contest. The finalists were chosen from a total of 1,122 students who submitted essays for consideration.

This year, thanks to the generosity of the Knights of Columbus, the Respect Life Apostolate was able to award an additional scholarship to the existing four scholarships, bringing the total number of scholarships to five. Five honorable mention candidates also received prizes. The scholarships will go towards part of the student's first-year high school tuition at a Catholic High School within the Archdiocese. The names of the winners are below. Click on a student's name to read their essay.

Bishop Edward O'Donnell Scholarship

Daniel Reardon, St. Clement of Rome (DeSmet Jesuit High School)
Principal – Mrs. Sue Cunningham
Pastor – Msgr. James Pieper

Mary Forrestal Hennessey Scholarship

Dakota Nelsen, St. Gianna Home School Co-op (John Paul II Preparatory School)
Director - Katie Giandinoto
Pastor – Fr. Timothy Elliott

Mr. and Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarship

Larissa O'Shea, St. Monica (St. Joseph's Academy)
Principal – Mrs. Kathy Hunt
Pastor – Msgr. John Brenell

Keith Beckmann, St. Cletus (St. Dominic High School)
Principal – Ms. Rosann Doherty
Pastor – Fr. James Benz

Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship

Hector Rivera, Christ Light of the Nations [Parish: Our Lady of the Rosary] (Chaminade)
Principal – Sr. Mary Lawrence
Pastor – Fr. Thomas Haley

Honorable Mention Students

Elise Olwig, St. Gabriel the Archangel School (Nerinx Hall)
Daniel Newman, St. Charles Borromeo School (St. Charles West or CBC)
Sydney England, St. Paul Fenton School (Cor Jesu Academy)
Addison Estes, John Paul II Prep [Parish: St. Alban Roe] (John Paul II Prep)
Isabelle Honigfort, John Paul II Prep [Parish: St. Stephen, Richwood, MO] (John Paul II Prep)

Project Life 2014 - Feet Washers Unite!!

Project Life, a week-long service retreat sponsored by the Office of Youth Ministry, is heading back to Perryville this summer. After two years of dedicating a week of their summer to service in the St. Louis/St. Charles areas, the teens of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will once again serve the community of Perryville, MO, where we've served many years before.

From Sunday June 8 through Saturday June 14, 2014 teens from St. Louis will spend the week improving the lives of those who need it most in and around Perryville.  Throughout the course of the week, teens (aka "Feet Washers") come to know and recognize Jesus Christ in themselves and in the people they serve.Through spiritual programming, great music, hard work, and good times Project Life has become an awesome event that allows Christ to speak and work through them in ways they would never have imagined!   

 For more details check out the OYM Event Page, or if you have any questions, please call Kathleen Govero at (314) 792-7628.

Missouri Bishops Issue Statement on the Death Penalty

The Bishops in Missouri released a statement through the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) outlining the Church's opposition to the death penalty, and the recent escalation in the number of executions.

Click here to read the full statement.

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