Attention Young Adults: Join Pope Francis in Panama!

World Youth Day 2016 – Krakow, Poland

Young adults are invited to join millions of pilgrims from across the globe for the largest gathering of Catholics in the world! Pope Francis has called young people to beautiful Panama City for the fifteenth international celebration of World Youth Day in January of 2019.

The Office of Young Adult Ministry will be taking young adults ages 18-35 for 8 days and 8 nights to Panama for this incredible event featuring cultural festivities, daily catechesis, a day trip to the rainforest of Soberanía National Park, and a pilgrimage walk to an evening prayer vigil and morning Mass with Pope Francis.

The group will arrive in Panama on Sunday, January 20th and return to the US on Monday, January 28th. The estimated total cost of the trip is approximately $2340.00. This will cover the cost of airfare, public transportation, WYD registration and fees, tours, food, and lodging. Registration closes January 12th and space is limited!              

Find more information or to register, visit Pilgrims must be 18 by Jan. 20th departure date. Questions? Email

Catholic Parish to Celebrate 200th Anniversary of Arrival of First St. Louis Bishop

December 18, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Mass to celebrate 200th anniversary of arrival of Bishop William DuBourg in Ste. Genevieve
WHEN: January 1, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church, 49 DuBourg Place, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri - Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church will offer a special Mass on January 1, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the first Catholic bishop in what was then the Louisiana Territory.

On January 1, 1818, William Louis Valentine DuBourg, bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas, arrived in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, on the journey to St. Louis for his installation as bishop. During his visit in the small French settlement, Bishop DuBourg offered his first Pontifical High Mass in his new diocese in the Church of Ste. Genevieve. In order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Bishop DuBourg’s arrival in Ste. Genevieve and his first Mass within his diocese, a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will be celebrated. The Mass will be said entirely in Latin and will be essentially the same as the Mass Bishop DuBourg would have offered in 1818.

The celebrant will be Monsignor C. Eugene Morris. The homilist will be renowned Church historian Monsignor Michael Witt. Members of Juventutem St. Louis will provide the music and schola for the Mass.

Questions about the event can be directed to Rev. Edward Nemeth, pastor of Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church: (573) 883-2907;


Parish Registration for Totus Tuus Is Now Open!

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Parish registration for the Totus Tuus program is now open. Totus Tuus (Latin for Totally Yours) named after St. John Paul II's papal motto is a fun and energetic parish based summer catechetical program for grade school age children and middle and high school youth.

Totus Tuus gathers together college students and seminarians from across the United States onto teaching teams in order to train them and send them out on the road to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in various participating parishes throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The teachers’ youthfulness, energy, and ability to witness to the faith make them particularly effective with children and young adults.

The weeklong program is offered as a day program for first through sixth graders and as an evening program for seventh through twelfth graders. Catechists will travel from parish to parish and stay with host families while presenting the program.

Joe Dobrynski, Coordinator of Faith Programs for the Office of Youth Ministry, coordinates the Archdiocesan program. He says “Totus Tuus is more than a summer camp; it’s a way of life. Through dynamic college-aged teachers who are on fire for their faith, the young people of each parish are invited into a relationship with Christ through the Sacraments, catechesis, the Rosary and a whole lot of fun!”

If you are interested in bringing Totus Tuus to your parish, visit the Totus Tuus page of the OYM website for more details and to download the Parish Information Guide, or contact Joe Dobrynski at or call (314) 792-7613.

Hand-Illuminated Bible To Be On Permanent Display In St. Louis

December 14, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will be only cathedral in the nation with a Saint John’s Bible

ST. LOUIS – A Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible – the first hand-illuminated bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in 500 years – will be put on permanent display in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis following the Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 17, at 2:30 p.m.

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century in England. In this service, Scripture lessons are read which recount the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson’s messages and a brief prayer. Images from the St. John’s Bible will be projected on the walls of the Cathedral Basilica during the service. The service is free and open to the public.

Volumes of the Saint John’s Bible have been on display at several locations around the Archdiocese of St. Louis throughout 2017. The massive piece of art includes 1,165 pages and 160 illuminations. Newsweek Magazine has called it “America’s Book of Kells.” The original manuscript of seven volumes remains at St. John’s University, but 299 sets were created as a “Heritage Edition” for travel and display around the world. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will be the only cathedral in the county to permanently house a Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible.

“The Archdiocese of St. Louis has appreciated sharing several volumes of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible with our community over the past year,” said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

“Due to the generosity of a Cathedral Basilica parishioner, the archdiocese has secured its own Heritage Edition. The seven-volume set of The Saint John’s Bible now becomes part of the rich history of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. It is my hope that this monumental work of faith and art will enrich the faith lives of our community for generations to come.”

Photos of the Saint John’s Bible and imagery of the illuminations are available upon request. More information about The Saint John’s Bible can be found at


New Archbishop Carlson Fund Benefits Respect Life Apostolate, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Anonymous Donor's Generosity Benefits Archdiocesan Pro-Life, Priest Formation Efforts

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson visited the offices of the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri Dec. 4 to ring the Celebration Bell to mark the establishment of the Archbishop J. Carlson Endowment Fund. The Roman Catholic Foundation rings the bell each time a new fund is established.

The Archbishop Carlson fund was established with a gift from an anonymous donor and will provide operating support to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate. Kenrick-Glennon President-Rector Fr. James Mason and Respect Life Apostolate Executive Director Karen Nolkemper joined the archbishop for the ceremony.

Donate to the fund at or by mail to the Roman Catholic Foundation/Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Endowment Fund; 12 Archbishop May Drive; St. Louis, MO 63119.

Article and photo are courtesy of the St. Louis Review

Happy Hanukkah 2017

Mary Statue gets new home

By Dave Luecking | | twitter: @legacyCatholic

On that day in August, St. Mary's High School principal Kevin Hacker was on a scouting mission at the former John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Manchester. 

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis Hosting Christmas Events in December

November 30, 2017
For more information contact: 
Nicole Heerlein
Communications Specialist, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Phone: 314.373.8205

Mother church of Archdiocese of St. Louis to host several must-attend events during Advent and Christmas Seasons

ST. LOUIS – The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will once again be full of Christmas joy this December as it plays host to a wide variety of events including Masses, prayer services, and concerts. Christmas follows four weeks of Advent, the season when Catholics prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Christmas Season traditionally concludes after twelve days on January 6, the feast of the Epiphany, although in the United States the feast is currently celebrated on the Sunday between January 2nd and 8th.

December 2: Advent Day of Recollection with Archbishop Carlson, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All are invited to join Archbishop Robert Carlson in this special day of reflection and recollection. Begins at 10:00 a.m. and concludes with Mass at 5:00 p.m. Lunch is provided with RSVP.

December 8: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics)
The Immaculate Conception is the doctrine of the Catholic Church that Mary, as the Mother of Jesus Christ, was preserved from all stain of original sin. Masses for the feast will be celebrated at 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.

December 9 & 10: Christmas at the Cathedral
13th Annual “Christmas at the Cathedral” concerts with the Archdiocesan Adult Choirs, Orchestra, Children’s Choir, and Handbell Choir. Celebrate the sounds of the season at the Cathedral Basilica! Saturday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m. Ticket information: 314-533-7662 or

December 17: Festival of Lessons & Carols, 2:30 p.m.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis is pleased to announce acquisition of a Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible, the first hand-illuminated Bible to be created since the invention of the printing press. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will preside over an afternoon of readings and music with the Archdiocesan Choirs, along with permanent placement of the Saint John’s Bible. The seven volumes can be viewed following the service. Event is free and open to the public.

This event will be recorded by HEC-TV and will air on Christmas Day on KTVI from 3pm-5pm. It will also be available on demand on that same evening.

December 24 & 25: Christmas Day (Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics)
Dec. 24: 5:00 p.m. (Vigil)
     11:15 p.m. Music leads into Midnight Mass (Mass to be livestreamed on 102.5 KEZK-FM)

Dec. 25: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon

Additional event & tour information can be found at


SNAP Apologizes to Archdiocese and Falsely Accused Priest

November 27, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The following is an apology to Reverend Joseph Jiang, Archbishop Robert Carlson, the late Monsignor Joseph Pins, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis as part of a settlement with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) in a defamation lawsuit filed by Father Jiang in 2015:

The SNAP defendants never want to see anyone falsely accused of a crime. Admittedly, false reports of clergy sexual abuse do occur. The SNAP defendants have no personal knowledge as to the complaints against Fr. Joseph Jiang and acknowledge that all matters and claims against Fr. Jiang have either been dismissed or adjudicated in favor of Fr. Jiang. SNAP acknowledges that false claims of clergy sexual abuse injure those clerics falsely accused and the Roman Catholic Church. SNAP apologizes for any false or inaccurate statements related to the complaints against Fr. Joseph Jiang that it or its representatives made which in any way disparaged Fr. Joseph Jiang, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Monsignor Joseph D. Pins and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.


Celebrating Life and Love Twice Given

St. Louis Archdiocese Fills Cathedral for Annual Adoption Mass

Each November in honor of National Adoption Month, the Archdiocese of St. Louis hosts an Annual Adoption Mass and reception at the Cathedral Basilica.

Birth parents and adopted children, parents, and families are honored in a special way. They're invited to bring up the gifts at Offertory, receive a special blessing by the bishop, the homily reflects the theme of adoption, and a reception is held in their honor after Mass. 

Matt and Lauren Bohnert hold their young daughter who they adopted with the assistance of the Archbishop Carlson Adoption Fund. The Bohnert Family spoke at the 41st Annual Respect Life Convention and brought up the gifts at this year's Adoption Mass on Nov. 19.

This year was no different. To a filled Cathedral, Bishop Mark Rivituso celebrated adoption as the gift of love twice given by speaking to the heroism of both birth and adoptive parents and how the children enrich their lives. 

Bishop Rivituso then related the gift of adoption to the universal spiritual adoption we all have as children of God. He asked all present to relect on how they can "be the adopted child God has called me to be?" and challenged them to always "affirm one another, enrich your families, and live out the radiance of Jesus."

This annual event is hosted jointly by the Respect Life Apostolate, Good Shepherd Children & Family Services and the Office of Natural Family Planning.

  • Click here to learn more about adoption resources and services in the St. Louis Archdiocese. (scroll halfway down) 
  • Click here to learn more about the Annual Adoption Mass.
  • Click here to read the St. Louis Review adoption series articles.

At the reception following Mass, Bishop Rivituso poses with the Lauver Family who adopted four sons. Beth Lauver is a former executive director of the Respect Life Apostolate.

Another beautiful family of the St. Louis Archiocese blessed by the gift of adoption.

CYC Soccer and Volleyball Spirit Games Celebrate the Spirit of Saint Louis

Every year during Thanksgiving weekend, parishes participating in the CYC program are invited to send at least one 8th grade boy and girl to the Soccer & Volleyball Spirit of Saint Louis Games. These players join with other players from their CYC District to take part in friendly competition with teams from other Districts.

The young people chosen to be part of the Spirit Games are living examples of the spirit and principles the CYC has endeavored to teach the youth of the Archdiocese for over 75 years.  They have shown the dedication to their faith, strength of character and leadership that marked the life of our city's patron saint. Spirit Games participants receive a special certificate and a t-shirt and, most importantly, the knowledge that they are living their lives in the spirit of Saint Louis.

This year, the Soccer Spirit Games will be held on Saturday, November 25th at the Lou Fusz Soccer Complex in Creve Coeur, and the Volleyball Spirit Games will take place on Sunday, November 26th at Center St. Louis.

For more information about the CYC Soccer and Volleyball Spirit Games, visit the CYC Spirit Games page!

Father Shawn McKnight Named Bishop of Jefferson City

November 21, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Bishop-designate McKnight will be the fourth bishop of this neighboring diocese

ST. LOUIS – Pope Francis has announced that Father Shawn McKnight of the Wichita, Kansas diocese has been named the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri. This position has been held by the Most Reverend Bishop John Gaydos since June 25, 1997, when Pope John Paul II appointed him as the Bishop of Jefferson City.

Bishop-designate McKnight taught graduate studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, from 2003 to 2008, where he also served as director of liturgy, dean of students, director of formation in the school of theology, and vice-president for development and alumni relations. He currently serves on the faculty of the St. Meinrad Permanent Deacon Formation Program.

He served as chaplain at Newman University in Wichita from 2000 to 2001, where at the same time he was an adjunct professor of theology and visiting scholar at the university’s Bishop Gerber Institute of Catholic Studies.

Bishop-designate McKnight holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Dallas, Master of Arts and master of theology degrees from the Pontifical College Josephinum, and licentiate and doctoral degrees in theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm, in Rome.

“I am extremely grateful to Bishop Gaydos for his many years of priestly service to the people of Missouri, both in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Diocese of Jefferson City. The people of Jefferson City are blessed to have had a man such as Bishop Gaydos as their shepherd,” said Archbishop Robert Carlson. “They are equally blessed to now receive a man of Bishop-designate McKnight’s quality and dedication. I congratulate him on his new appointment and I ask God to grant both Bishop-elect McKnight and Bishop Gaydos many years of continued, fruitful service leading the souls to the joy of the Gospel.”


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