Catholic Charities Moving to New Location in St. Louis

February 16, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The offices of Catholic Charities – Archdiocese of St. Louis will soon move into the former chancery building of the Archdiocese of St. Louis next to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis at 4445 Lindell Blvd. The mid-century modern building, affectionately known as the “Round House,” will provide Catholic Charities with much needed space for staff, meeting and training rooms.

“Catholic Charities remains committed to serving the City of St. Louis and our entire region,” said Theresa Ruzicka, president of Catholic Charities. “This more functional and prominent location will better support the mission and operations of Catholic Charities of St. Louis and our eight federated agencies as we serve people in need, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.”

The “Round House” was designed by architect Charles P. Guariglia as the main chancery building for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Since its completion in 1961, the building has continually housed archdiocesan ministries and offices, most recently the Catholic Education Office. To make room for Catholic Charities, Catholic Education offices will be moved to the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

The “Round House” will be vacated by the Catholic Education Office this week. Catholic Charities will move in later this summer, but a final date has not been set.

The building Catholic Charities currently inhabits, the “Monsignor Butler Building,” located at 4532 Lindell Boulevard, after its use as a private residence, was purchased by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and was the first home of the St. Louis Register newspaper. In the 1980's, under Archbishop John L. May, Catholic Charities relocated from its then-offices in the archdiocesan office building at 4140 Lindell Boulevard to the Monsignor Butler Building which was given that name in recognition of Monsignor John J. Butler who was the founding-father of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The archdiocese intends to put the Butler Building on the market after Catholic Charities has moved.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 124,000 people annually in the 11 counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Catholic Charities seeks to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect, empower people to make positive, permanent changes and support them to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.

Annual Catholic Appeal Names Chair and New Council Members for 2016

February 9, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Brian Niebrugge, executive director of Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA), recently announced the chair of the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal and welcomed five new members to the ACA Council.

Mr. Christopher J. Schmidt, partner at Bryan Cave, LLP, was appointed by Archbishop Carlson as the chair for the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal. Mr. Schmidt joined the Council in 2012 and most recently served as vice-chair. He succeeds Mr. Con McGrath who was the 2015 chair.

The new council members appointed by Archbishop Carlson are as follows:

Rev. Gerald J. Blessing, pastor, St. Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul, MO

Mr. Samuel (Fitz) Gordon, senior regional director of development at Washington University

Mrs. Lisa Mooney, parishioner, Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Webster Groves

Mr. Jon Nienas, parishioner, Holy Infant Catholic Church in Ballwin

Mrs. Mary Noetzel, parishioner, Christ the King Catholic Church in University City

The theme of the 2016 ACA is “The Courage to Love” with a fundraising goal of $13.5 million. This spring, Catholics in nearly 200 parishes across the archdiocese will be asked to make pledges to support programs for people of all faith traditions. Spanning 10 counties and the City of St. Louis, these programs assist the homeless and hungry, fund scholarships for students in Catholic schools, and support teachers’ salaries. Resources for pro-life programs, assistance for women and their babies, and family counseling are also made available through the appeal. All of the money raised each year through the Annual Catholic Appeal is distributed to these various ministries, schools, and organizations.


Jubilee Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Site Events

Date Time Event Location Notes
July 1, 2016
7:00 - 8:00 pm 1st Friday Holy Hour Monastery of St. Clare
200 Marycrest Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63129
1st Friday Holy hour every month for vocations.  For this Year of Mercy, the Mercy Chaplet will be included.
July 3, 2016
3:00 pm Divine Mercy Chaplet The Carmel of St. Joseph
9150 Clayton Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63124
The Sisters will sing the Divine Mercy Chaplet on the first Sunday of every month during this Holy Year.  The public are invited to join for the chaplet at 3 pm.

Forty-Second Annual Catholic Schools Week Begins Sunday

January 28, 2016
For more information contact: 
Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Catholic Education Office
Phone: 314.792.7304

ST. LOUIS – The annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week across the country and in the 140 schools of the Archdiocese of St. Louis begins Sunday, January 31. Each school around the archdiocese will hold its own unique celebration, with Masses, open houses, and other activities for the nearly 40,000 students, their families, parishioners, and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

Most Catholic elementary schools will host an Open House on Sunday, January 31, or during the week. For a complete list of open houses and additional information about Catholic Schools Week, visit

Dr. Kurt Nelson, Superintendent of Catholic Education, will visit at least a dozen schools during the week for special events and meetings. Dr. Nelson will be documenting his travels via twitter at @Dr_KurtNelson. Some notable special events for Catholic Schools Week include:

January 24-30 – More than 1,000 pieces of K-12 student artwork are on display at South County Mall, West County Mall, Chesterfield Mall, Plaza Frontenac, and the Galleria.

January 31-February 6 – K-12 student artwork (different from previous week) will be on display at South County and Chesterfield Malls.

Monday, February 1 – Eighth grade students from North County will celebrate Mass with Bishop Edward Rice at Christ, Light of the Nations Catholic School at 10:00 a.m.

Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Old Monroe will follow the footsteps of St. John Bosco (patron of students) and hold the school’s annual Religion Bee for grades 1-8. Mass at 7:45 a.m. followed by the Bee at 8:45.

Tuesday, February 2 – South City eighth grade students will celebrate Mass with Bishop Edward Rice at St. Cecilia Catholic School at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 3 – St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Gildehaus will honor service men and women (police, firefighters, etc.) from the community at Mass at 8:00 a.m. with a reception to follow.

Eighth graders in the West County area will celebrate Mass with Bishop Edward Rice at St. Joseph Catholic School in Manchester at 10:00 a.m.

South City Catholic Schools will host an ice skating party while collecting canned goods and monetary donations to support the St. Vincent De Paul food pantry. The party begins at 4 p.m. at Steinberg Rink in Forest Park.

Thursday, February 4 – South County eighth graders will celebrate Mass with Bishop Edward Rice at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic School at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, February 5 – Good Shepherd (Hillsboro) will hold annual student-organized Mission Carnival, 8:30-10:45 a.m.

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of this annual celebration which began in 1974. Nationwide, about 1.9 million students are currently educated in nearly 6,600 Catholic schools. More information about the national celebration of Catholic Schools Week can be found at, or on social media under the hashtag #CSW16.


Celebrate Catholic Education Night at SLU Men's Basketball

Join the CYC on Saturday, February 20th at the St. Louis University Billiken Men's Basketball game vs the Fordham Rams at 7pm at Chaifetz Arena.  It is "Celebrate Catholic Education Night" and SLU is offering discounts on tickets.  You will be able to purchase a ticket (as long as they last) for $5, $7 or $10.  To order you tickets, please call the Billiken ticket office at 314 977-4SLU and tell them you want the Catholic Education discount.  Or you can go online at WWW.SLUBILLIKENS.COM and use the promo code: CCEN16 .

Ecumenical Prayer Service Celebrates Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 22, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: Ecumenical Prayer Service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Where: St. Justin Martyr Catholic Parish (11910 Eddie Park Road, Sunset Hills, MO 63126)
When: Sunday, January 24, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Who: Archbishop Robert Carlson and leaders of several St. Louis-area Christian communities

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert Carlson and leaders of several St. Louis-area Christian communities, including Greek Orthodox, Romanian Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, and more, will come together for an Ecumenical Celebration of the Word of God on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at St. Justin Martyr Catholic Parish (11910 Eddie Park Road, Sunset Hills, MO 63126) beginning at 7pm. The service is part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ observance of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Rev. Fr. Michael Arbanas of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, will deliver the reflection. Rev. Rodrick Burton of New Northside Church and Pastor David Triggs formerly of New Life Missionary Baptist Church will also participate. Both pastors’ churches were burned in the arsons committed in October 2015.

The theme for the 2016 observance is “Called To Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord.” (cf. 1 Peter 2:9) The theme and text for each year’s observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are chosen and prepared by representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and representatives of the World Council of Churches. The international texts are developed, adapted, and published for use in the United States by the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.

Begun in 1908, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated each year in cities and towns across the country and around the world. Locally, the Week of Prayer is coordinated through the Archdiocesan Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and by the Archdiocesan Ecumenical Commission.


Generation Life In STL

We don’t have to go to DC to be witnesses.

Are we upset we can’t make it to Washington DC this year to attend the March For Life? Absolutely! After all, it’s an extremely important event for our nation and our cause, and we’re glad to be a part of it when we can.

However, we want to make this point very clear: our inability to go to Washington DC will not stop us from being witnesses to the gospel of life!

We don’t always understand God’s will, but we are called to go wherever He leads us. This year, He’s leading us to our own back yard: St. Louis. Although our leaders in Washington DC can benefit from hearing the young and enthusiastic voices Generation Life, there are many people in our own city who can benefit as well.

Will you take a stand and be a leader in the pro-life movement here in St. Louis? Come join us for Generation Life in STL.

For more information and the complete blog, check out GenLifeSTL365

Archbishop Carlson and St. Louis Youth Will March for Life on Saturday in St. Louis

January 21, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

St. Louisans unable to travel to Washington will have local opportunities for public pro-life witness

ST. LOUIS - Archbishop Robert Carlson and the Office of Youth Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will hold a special pro-life event on Saturday, January 23, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell). The event is intended for the youth who were unable to make the trip to Washington, D.C. after the Generation Life pilgrimage was cancelled due to impending severe weather in our nation’s capital.

The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. with programming and music. Archbishop Robert Carlson will then lead a Rosary procession to Planned Parenthood. The event will conclude with a pro-life Mass celebrated by the archbishop at the Cathedral Basilica at 5 p.m. At approximately 4:30 p.m. the attendees will gather on the front steps of the Cathedral for a group photo.

“Even though we are disheartened that we could not march in D.C. this year, Archbishop Carlson and the Office of Youth Ministry invite our youth to pray and march with us this Saturday,” said Tom Lancia, director of the Office of Youth Ministry. “Archbishop Carlson was really looking forward to spending time with the youth this weekend and in light of the recent changes we wanted to make it a priority to have an event in St. Louis. We couldn’t March in D.C., but we will march in STL.”

Other local events that have been planned include Pro-Life Holy Hour of Prayer for young adults, tonight, Thursday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica and a special youth Mass tonight at 7 p.m. at Assumption Parish in Mattese (4725 Mattis Rd, 63128).

More information about Generation Life can be found at


2016 MLK Model of Justice Awards

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award is an annual award for a noble cause. This award is presented to high school students who have demonstrated, through their attitude and their work, a commitment to serving humanity in the broader community. These students have made justice a central part of their lives, and have committed themselves “to the noble struggle for equal rights.”

2016 School Honorees

Sarahn Bastian—Barat Academy

Aaron Tucker—Bishop DuBourg High School

Brent Anderson—Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School

Julian Mitchell—Chaminade College Preparatory School

Sangeeth John—Christian Brothers College Preparatory High School

Julie Gauthier—Cor Jesu Academy

Ray Stewart—De Smet Jesuit

Brittany Krafft—Duchesne High School (St. Charles)

Jay’la Scott—Incarnate Word Academy

Andrew Heying—John F. Kennedy Catholic High School

Claire Shroba—Nerinx Hall

TySheyanna Montgomery—Notre Dame High School

Abigail Kenyon—Rosati-Kain High School

Kelsey Purdy—St. Dominic High School

Erica Huber—St. Francis Borgia Regional High School

John Brennan—St. John Vianney High School

Niya Tandy—St. Joseph’s Academy

Timothy Thompson—St. Louis Priory High School

Brendan Underwood—St. Louis University High School

Joshua Newhouse— St. Mary’s High School

Levi Krauss—St. Vincent High School

Emily Mach—Trinity Catholic High School

Sarah Schlote—Ursuline Academy

Sally Heil—Valle Catholic High School

Le Le Bell—Villa Duchesne

Claire Krummenacher—Vistation Academy

Parish Honorees

 2016 Parish Honorees (cont’d.from page 1)

 Allison Rupp—All Saints (St. Peters)

Holly Radke—Assumption (O’Fallon)

Gaelen Joseph—Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Elise Nikolaisen—Incarnate Word

Danielle Farmer—Mary, Mother of the Church

Rachel Fleischut—Mary, Queen of Peace

Tamesha Wallace—Our Lady of the Holy Cross

Carolyn Vossenkemper—Sacred Heart (Troy)

Temani Combs—St. Alphonsus Ligouri “Rock”

Dwayne J. Simmons—St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist

Ally Dowling—St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Taylor Prince—St. Nicholas

William Rackers—St. Theodore (Flint Hill)


Congratulations to all awardees!


Statement Regarding Generation Life Pilgrimage and March for Life

January 20, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - The Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis has been closely monitoring the severe weather anticipated later this week in Washington, D.C.  The “Generation Life” pilgrimage of more than 2,200 St. Louis area high school teens, adult chaperones, volunteers, and staff was scheduled to attend the 43rd annual March for Life on Friday, January 22.

As the potentially hazardous weather situation in our nation’s capital develops, our main priority is the safety and well-being of the youth in our care. After prayerful consideration of numerous factors and consultation with archdiocesan leadership, the Catholic Youth Apostolate has decided to cancel the Generation Life pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.

As Catholics, we place a high value on the dignity of human life. We will continue to be tireless advocates for the unborn and as pro-life Catholics we must make the safety of our youth, adult chaperones, volunteers, and staff our first priority.

Although our committed youth and adult pilgrims will not be headed to Washington, D.C., several local events are already being discussed to provide the St. Louis area with opportunities to pray for and visibly defend the inviolable right of all human beings which is the right to life.

For information on the various pro-life events taking place in the Archdiocese of St. Louis this week, continue to watch social media as well as


For more information about Generation Life, visit

Thousands of St. Louis Youth to Attend March for Life in Washington

January 19, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Approximately 3,000 St. Louisans Making the Trek to Nation’s Capital

UPDATE (January 20, 2016): The Generation Life Pilgrimage has been cancelled. For more information, click here.

ST. LOUIS — Despite the anticipated inclement weather, an estimated 3,000 teenagers, young adults, adult chaperones, volunteers, and other pro-life supporters from the St. Louis area will make the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. for the 43nd annual March for Life on Friday, January 22. The date commemorates the tragic anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which has led to more than 57 million abortions in the United States.

The largest contingent of pilgrims, called “Generation Life,” is organized by the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The group totals more than 2,200 high school students, adult chaperones, young adults, seminarians, and staff. The pilgrims will depart on 41 busses from seven different locations around the St. Louis area in the evening of Wednesday, January 20. Media is invited to attend the launch. Please contact the Archdiocese of St. Louis Communications Office for more details.

Separate St. Louis groups totaling approximately 500 youth will attend the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Several hundred other St. Louisans are expected to attend by other means.

In total, the roughly 3,000 St. Louisans expected to travel to Washington represent more than 65 parishes and schools in the archdiocese.

Friends, family members, media, and anyone staying in St. Louis can be part of the action on social media by following @GenLifeSTL and using #GenLifeSTL on twitter and Instagram, “liking” the GenLifeSTL facebook page, and on the GenLifeSTL blog,

In addition, several local Catholic parishes will hold prayer services in the area, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis will host a Pro-Life Holy Hour of Prayer for young adults, Thursday, January 21, 7:00 p.m., Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell).

GenLife participants, or representatives of the archdiocese, can be made available for interviews upon request while in D.C. Members of the archdiocesan Office of Communications staff will be in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the pilgrimage to facilitate media inquiries.


Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice on Sunday

January 15, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Sunday, January 17, 2016, 2:30 p.m.
Who: Archbishop Carlson, celebrant; Rev. Arthur Cavitt, homilist

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the annual Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 17, the day before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Rev. Arthur Cavitt, Executive Director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center, a Catholic ministry rooted in the African-American community, will deliver the homily. This year marks the archdiocese’s 40th annual commemoration of the birth and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We have serious issues in society today that must be addressed,” Father Cavitt said. “Those issues include the recognition of the dignity of all human beings, which is incumbent upon all of us. Acknowledging how we contribute to these issues is a first step towards finding common ground and solving them.”

A reception and awards presentation ceremony for the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Honorees will take place in Boland Hall after Mass. A complete list of honorees can be found on the website of the St. Louis Review.

Members of the media are invited to attend. For additional information about the event call the St. Charles Lwanga Center at 314-367-7929.


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