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, http://archstl.org/education/page/devotion-saint-louis, 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!

St. Dominic High School nurtures future entrepreneurs

Pictured, left to right--Ben, Polina, Kevin and Maddy

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

Students from St. Dominic High School in St. Charles were among some 500 students representing over 20 area high schools in the recent Future Business Leaders of America District 8 Leadership Conference held at Chesterfield Mall.

Four St. Dominic students received significant recognition and have qualified to compete at the next level at the State Leadership Conference in Columbia in April.

Competition includes various activities including objective tests and technology skills events and presentations.

Congratulations to the St. Dominic High School FBLA members: Kevin, who placed first in Computer Applications; Polina, who placed first in Introduction to Business Communication AND fourth in Introduction to Information Technology; Maddy, who placed third in Introduction to Business Communication; and Ben, who placed fourth in Economics.

Congratulations and best wishes at State!



Introducing - Disciplus Young Adult Institute

Disciplus is the brand new faith formation program for young adults in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  St. Louis Young Adults is collaborating with the Paul VI Institute to bring you these short and information filled classes. Each class will meet weekly for about four weeks (depending on the class) and will offer a deeper look into topics that can help you understand and practice your faith in a more real way.

Disciplus is the Latin word for Disciple. Christ is calling each of us to follow him more fully in our own lives.  All too often we stop learning about our faith when we exit Catholic schools.  It's often been said that "you can't love what you don't know." Through these classes, we invite young adults to get to know their faith so that they can dive deeper into their relationship with Christ.

“All too often, when we finish our last Religious Ed Class in high school or college, we stop learning about our faith", says Brian Miller, Director of the Office of Young Adult Ministry. "Disciplus offers an opportunity to grow in our knowledge of God, which in turn hopefully helps us to love God even more. I’m really excited to see how this new program will benefit the young adult community.”

For more information on the Disciplus Institute and to register for April's class, "The Theology of Pope Francis", please visit the Office of Young Adult Ministry's website.

And the Winner is...

Tuesday, February 11th, on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Office of Natural Family Planning hosted its 8th Annual Mass for Couples Struggling with Infertility.  At the reception following, Bishop Rice pulled the winning ticket for the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund raffle.  Congratulations to Robin Cornett who won the grand prize - the use of Mercy Hospital’s Baseball Suite during one game of the 2014 Cardinal Baseball season.  This generous donation from Mercy Hospital St. Louis and our annual trivia night will alleviate the financial burden of one or more families who make the life affirming choice of adoption.    This year’s trivia night is scheduled for October 4, 2014.  For more information on this grant, contact the Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning at 314.997.7576


Archbishop Carlson names new Catholic Charities President

February 7, 2014
For more information contact: 
Katie Pesha
Executive Director of Communications and Planning
Phone: 314.792.7172

Theresa Ruzicka to take the reigns on March 10, 2014

Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, today announced that Mrs. Theresa Lynch Ruzicka, CPA, accepted the position of President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis. Mrs. Ruzicka will begin her new role on March 10, 2014.

 “I am delighted that Theresa Ruzicka has agreed to join the archdiocesan team,” said Archbishop Carlson. “She brings experience, enthusiasm for the faith, and a wonderful skill set to the Archdiocese of St. Louis. I wish her well in her new position as President of Catholic Charities.”

Mrs. Ruzicka has held the position of Partner at RubinBrown LLP, working in the Entrepreneurial Services Group since 2007. Previously, she was president of Medical Billing Review LLC, president of Project Professionals LLC, associate director in the Olin School of Business at Washington University and a senior manager with Ernst & Young.

In addition to previously serving Catholic Charities as a member of the Board of Directors for five years, Mrs. Ruzicka also serves as a member of the Economic Development Commission for the City of Creve Coeur, member of the Washington University Olin School of Business Alumni Board, former member of the Junior League, and Cabinet Member of the Women’s Leadership Society for the United Way of Greater St. Louis. She is also a member of the St. Louis Forum and FOCUS St. Louis, and is a past participant of Leadership St. Louis.

Mrs. Ruzicka and her husband, Ted, are members of Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, where she serves on the Finance Committee. She has an MBA from Washington University of St. Louis and BSBA in Management and Marketing from Southeast Missouri State University.

“I wish to also extend my gratitude to Mr. Jack Lally who has served as interim president since September, 2013.” Carlson said. “Mr. Lally is a man of deep faith and a strong leader, with an admirable commitment to serve our local Catholic Church. He has my highest regards and appreciation.”

Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities operates more than 100 programs which assist more than 156,000 people annually at 50 sites in 11 counties in the St. Louis metro area.

UPDATED Missouri Supreme Court denies writ filed by the Archdiocese of St. Louis

February 5, 2014
For more information contact: 

Today the Missouri Supreme Court has denied a writ of prohibition filed by the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The writ was in response to a court order granting a plaintiff’s attorney’s request for the release of the personal information of victims of clergy sexual abuse and of priests who have been accused of abuse over six decades. Although some allegations date back as far as the 1940s, all were reported within a 20 year window (1983-2003). Most of the allegations predate the Catholic Church’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which was passed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2002.

The archdiocese had litigated to protect the privacy rights of all involved, including victims who had no connection to current litigation and who had come forth confidentially regarding their reported allegation. The requested information includes not only names, but also addresses and phone numbers.

We appreciate the concern given this case throughout the appellate process, and although we share the disappointment of the many innocent individuals who will be affected by it, the Archdiocese of St. Louis will comply with the court order entered by the Missouri Supreme Court.

The safety and dignity of every person—in every claim—is paramount. Our Safe Environment Office leads the effort to keep children safe through a process of background checks, training, and education for all clergy, archdiocesan employees, and lay volunteers who work with minors. In a little more than 10 years, approximately 150,000 people have been trained in this program.

It is our fervent hope that today’s ruling will not deter victims from coming forward to report abuse. Sexual abuse is a sin and a crime. It remains the firm commitment of the Archdiocese of St. Louis to root out this evil whenever and wherever it presents itself within our ranks. As always, the Archdiocese of St. Louis encourages all persons with reports of misconduct with a minor involving a member of the clergy or other 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.

Flat Louie joins Catholic Schools Week 2014 celebrations

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School STUCO officers, Matt M. and Anna M. (below, with an image of "Flat Louie" and a statue of their patron, St. Francis) represented their school at the annual Catholic Schools Week Eighth Grade Region Mass hosted by St. Francis of Assisi Parish on Friday, January 31.

The Mass was attended by nearly 400 eighth grade students from the Catholic elementary schools of Region 5—Assumption—Mattese, Holy Cross Academy, Queen of All Saints,
St. Catherine Laboure,
St. Dominic Savio, St. Justin Martyr, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Mark and St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Schools.

The Catholic Schools Week Mass was celebrated with Bishop Edward Rice.

("Flat Louie," represents Saint Louis the King to students in Catholic schools during this 250th Anniversary Year of the City of St. Louis.)

 At St. Joseph Catholic School in Imperial, the students said, “Let's Tackle Hunger!” during Catholic Schools Week, and so the student council sponsored a canned food drive that raised 1,100 cans of food for the parish food pantry!

As students brought in their donations, they placed them under the sign of the Super Bowl Team they thought would win. 

St. Joseph School chose Denver!

Food Pantry Wins!!!

5th Annual Archbishop's Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast, May 22

Men and women religious are invited to attend the fifth annual Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast at the Chase Park Plaza Khorassan Ballroom on Thursday, May 22.  The event, which is sponsored by the St. Louis Chapter of Legatus, will feature Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, as the keynote speaker.  Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 a.m., and a hot breakfast will be served at 7:00 a.m.  Complimentary self-parking is available. Tables of ten ($350) may be reserved no later than May 10 at archevents@archstl.org.  For more information, please click on - Prayer Breakfast Flyer - 2014.pdf or call 314-792-7414.  Last year’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast was attended by more than 600 people. 

World Youth Day 2016

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is beginning to gather interest for a pilgrimage to WYD 2016 in Krakow, Poland.  Brian Miller, Director of the Office of Young Adult Ministry, led a Catholic Youth Apostolate sponsored trip to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day 2013.  He said of his experience:  World Youth Day in Rio with Pope Francis was a powerful moment in the Church and in my life.  Since WYD Rio, the Church has continued to be even more captivated by Pope Francis and I’m excited to see the response to Krakow 2016.

Krakow is known as the “City of Blessed John Paul II, Friend of the Youth.”  It was where Karol Wojtyła, Pope John Paul II, came from. It was the starting point for his journey to Rome, to the conclave. He wrote: Here, in this land, I was born Here, in Krakow, I spent the greater part of my life ... Here, I received the grace of my priestly vocation.

Blessed John Paul II was the initiator of World Youth Day, and he often said that young people "are my hope, because you are the promise of tomorrow. You are the hope of the Church and society.

For those who are interested in finding out more about an Archdiocesan trip to WYD 2016, please visit the Office of Young Adult Ministry’s WYD page to fill out a brief survey and to get updates when information is available.  If you have any questions, contact Brian Miller at (314) 792-7083 or brianmiller@archstl.org.

Musician Adam Bitter visits St. Simon School and meets Flat Louie

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

Catholic Schools Week is a time of celebration for all Catholic schools, both locally and nationally!

Here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we celebrate around a unifying theme--Alive in Christ--that embodies our Catholic identity, our academic excellence and our commitment to Christian service to the community, both local and global.

This week, each Catholic school celebrated in its own way, with its own traditions or new, exciting events.

For example, St. Simon Catholic School kicked off Catholic Schools Week on Monday morning, January 27, with a very special concert for the students. 

The guest of honor was St. Louis' own praise and worship musician, Adam Bitter, who took the time to give Flat Louie a “high five.” 

Flat Louie is becoming a bit of a "rock star" himself these days. To get to know him better and how he is helping us join in the celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the City of St. Louis, AND of our patron, St. Louis the King, visit http://archstl.org/education/page/devotion-saint-louis

To read more about Catholic schools and Catholic Schools Week, read The e-Vangelizer at http://archstl.org/education/page/e-vangelizer. To subscribe, write suebrown@archstl.org.

Coming May 10: Consecrated Life - Time of Reflection and Prayer

The Office of Consecrated Life of theArchdiocese of St. Louis will be offering a morning Time of Reflection and Prayer for men and women religious and those serving in other forms of consecrated life.  The event will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO  63119.  Details and RSVP procedures will be forthcoming! 

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