Catholic School Graduates Earn High ACT Scores

August 24, 2016
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Gabe Jones
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ST. LOUIS – The Class of 2016 at Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis continues to demonstrate high academic achievement with this year's ACT test results. Data released today from the ACT showed Catholic school test scores remained stable even while the Missouri state average decreased significantly.

The 2016 average composite score for Catholic school graduates in the archdiocese is 24.7, nearly equal to the 2015 score of 24.8. The statewide average declined from 21.7 in 2015 to 20.2 this year.

Individual subject area tests demonstrated strong academic performance across all disciplines. The Catholic high school average score for individual tests are:

 SUBJECT AREA TEST  ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS  MISSOURI STATE AVERAGE
 Composite   24.7   20.2
 English   25.7   19.7
 Mathematics   23.1   19.8
 Reading   25.5   20.6
 Science   24.2   20.4 

"We are incredibly proud of our graduates. We measure student success in many ways and the ACT test scores again confirm the outstanding work of our students and teachers," said Superintendent of Catholic Education Dr. Kurt Nelson. "Achieving this level of success at graduation is the result of hard work during the high school years, building on the strong foundation students receive in our Catholic elementary schools."

The Catholic high school scores include 2,917 seniors (98.2% of the Class of 2016) from all 27 Catholic high schools in the archdiocese. The archdiocese is the oldest and largest system of schools in the state of Missouri, with over 39,000 students.

The results for the Class of 2016 continue a long history of academic success in Catholic high schools. In 2015, the Archdiocese of St. Louis had the fourth highest score of any school system in Missouri. The Catholic Education Office releases archdiocesan average scores, but not individual school scores.

For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Oliveri, Associate Superintendent for Secondary School Administration at roliveri@archstl.org or 314.792.7390.

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SUBJECT AREA TEST

ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS

MISSOURI STATE AVERAGE

Composite

24.7

20.2

English

25.7

19.7

Mathematics

23.1

19.8

Reading

25.5

20.6

Science

24.2

20.4

Catholic Charities of St. Louis Welcomes New Chief Development Officer

August 8, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Mr. Brian Thouvenot started as the new Chief Development Officer for Catholic Charities of St. Louis on Monday, August 1.

“We are excited to have Brian joining the Catholic Charities team,” stated Theresa Ruzicka, President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis. “His extensive media experience and passion for the Catholic faith will be a tremendous asset to Catholic Charities, and will help us achieve our mission to serve those in need.”

Mr. Thouvenot comes to Catholic Charities after working as the News Director at KMOV (Channel 4). In that role, he helped launch #EndViolenceSTL (renamed Imagine a Better St. Louis) with other community partners. He also established and led the overall vision of the KMOV Watching Out for You and KMOV Cares brand.

Mr. Thouvenot received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois State University. He has received numerous industry awards for his news accomplishments. He and his family are members of St. Teresa Parish in Belleville, Illinois.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis (CCSTL) has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 148,000 people annually throughout 11 counties in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The Catholic Charities Central Office provides advocacy, financial, accreditation, human resources, training, communications, quality assurance and fund development assistance for the eight organizations that make up the Catholic Charities Federation. Our goal is clear: we seek to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect, to empower people to make positive, permanent changes in their lives, and support people to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.

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Agreement with Holy Apostles

Holy Apostles College & Seminary, a dynamic Catholic liberal arts college and seminary located in Cromwell, CT, and devoted to the formation of future priests and leaders in the Catholic community, now allows students at the Paul VI Institute to receive up to nine "prior experience" credits toward their MA in Theology or MA in Pastoral Studies degree programs.

At Holy Apostles lay people study alongside priests, deacons, seminarians and religious in an effort to support and learn from one another.  The online programs allow for study at a pace suited to one's own schedule in 15-week fall, spring and summer terms.

Visit Holy Apostles online at http://www.holyapostles.edu for admissions and degree program information.  To sign up for a listening session to talk about the programs visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/paul6listeningsession

Holy Apostles will be beginning spring registration by mid-November check us out online at http://www.holyapostles.edu to begin the admissions process. 

STATEMENT ON VIOLENCE FROM ARCHBISHOP ROBERT CARLSON

July 8, 2016
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Teak Phillips
Director of Publications
Phone: 314.792.7504

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement on the recent acts of violence in our nation.

Our nation is in considerable pain as we continue to witness the toll of violence and intolerance on the people of God. On too many mornings over the past several weeks, we have awakened to fresh tragedy and renewed horror. Our hearts broke to learn of the senseless slaughter at a popular LGBT nightclub in Orlando, FL, that left 49 innocent people dead last month. Just this week, within days of each other, we have literally watched via videos posted to social media the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, and St. Louis native Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, MN, both African American males in officer-involved shootings. This morning, we wake to the news of more senseless death and injury in Dallas, TX, leaving 5 police officers dead.

Already, dangerously irresponsible voices are calling for more hate and violent retribution, adding darkness upon darkness. We stand with the Church, all Christians, members of all faiths, and people of good will in calling for love, peace, justice and reconciliation. Following the example of Christ, we offer prayers to the all of the families and communities touched by this violence as well as for those responsible for visiting death upon them. Only in the total and unyielding love of God can true and lasting peace be found. God does not count the deaths and suffering of His children differently. He weeps for them all, and so do we.

I ask you to join me in prayer for our communities, around our country and here at home.

We pray especially for the Ballwin police officer shot while serving our community today, and for his family and colleagues. 

 

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Archdiocese of St. Louis Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Texas Law

June 27, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
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ST. LOUIS – Today the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a common sense Texas law that sought to protect women by requiring abortion facilities to meet the same health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical centers.

In response, Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, said:

“No abortion clinic will ever be safe for unborn children, but these common sense safety requirements struck down by the Supreme Court would have at least protected women from undue harm at the hands of abortion providers. We will continue to speak for those who have no voice and to seek legal protections for innocent lives.”

The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy agency for Missouri’s Catholic bishops, issued a statement saying, “The MCC will continue its efforts to ensure that women in crisis pregnancies have access to agencies that offer alternatives to abortion.”

Mike Hoey, Executive Director of the MCC, added:

“The decision is profoundly disappointing, but it will not stop the decades-long effort of pro-life citizens to protect women and their unborn babies from the abortion industry.”

The full Missouri Catholic Conference statement can be found at mocatholic.org.

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Archdiocese of St. Louis Hosts Counter Bullying Workshop

June 13, 2016
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Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Catholic Education Office
Phone: 314.792.7304

Catholic Approach to Discipline Inspires Schools Nationwide

What: 2016 Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) Summer Institute
Where: Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Dr., 63119
When: June 14-17, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

ST. LOUIS – The Catholic Education Office will host the 2016 Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) Summer Institute from Tuesday – Friday, June 14-17, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center (20 Archbishop May Dr., 63119).

Over 200 educators from 50 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and seven other states will attend this comprehensive training in VBRD, a Catholic response to bullying. School teams will be trained to prevent and reduce antisocial behaviors through virtue education and restorative practices, resulting in a consistent message that upholds the dignity of the human person.

“This is our fourth year for this unique training,” said Mrs. Lynne Lang, Director of School Climate at the Catholic Education Office. “Our returning schools are a testimony to the success of this work and reflective of the archdiocesan beONE initiative goals.”

Parents and school personnel will learn to maintain a positive environment in which adults and students are accountable and responsible for holy habits of human excellence, and discipline is viewed as formative, rather than punitive. Sessions will include: Foundations of VBRD, Restorative Practices, Guiding Principles, Engaging Parents, and Successful Class Meetings. Each day, students will showcase restorative leadership among their peers.

An intercultural prayer service, will be held on Wednesday, June 15, at 8:30 a.m., in the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, led by Gregory Heille, O.P., Academic Dean and Vice President of Aquinas Institute of Theology.

On Thursday, June 16, at 8:30 a.m., Keynote Speaker, Lee Rush, M.Ed., from International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) will present a talk entitled “Change the Conversation, Change the Culture” and 40 administrators will be trained in a program called “Authority with Grace: Restorative Leadership.”

The closing ceremony will recognize schools that have implemented VBRD with fidelity in the 2015-16 school year.

For more information, contact Lynne Lang: lynnelang@archstl.org, or 314.280.3723.

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Archbishop Robert Carlson Offers Prayers for Orlando

June 13, 2016
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Archbishop Robert Carlson released the following statement in response to the senseless violence in Orlando this past weekend:

“We pray for the victims of this evil act and the repose of their souls. We pray for their loved ones, that they may be comforted in their time of grief. We must also pray and work for a more peaceful world that respects the dignity of the human person.”

Annual Health and Safety Summit for Catholic Schools

June 7, 2016
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Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Catholic Education Office
Phone: 314.792.7304

What: Archdiocese of St. Louis Health and Safety Summit
Where: John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, 500 Woods Mill Rd., Manchester, MO
When: Thursday, June 9, 2016 – 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Program begins at 8:15 a.m. with welcome and prayer.)

ST. LOUIS - The Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will host the annual Health and Safety Summit on Thursday, June 9, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School (500 Woods Mill Rd., Manchester, MO).

Keynote speaker, Saundra Barker, MSW, LCSW, of Catholic Family Services, from 8:30-9:45 a.m. will present on the topic “Responding to Traumatic Events,” with the purpose of understanding the pressures of life on children, especially the extent of social media and its influences.

Ms. Barker will guide the school staff members in identifying and planning for the most appropriate response in times of any crisis, whether it be in the school, the community, home, or the nation.  The response is solution-focused, restores equilibrium, reduces the level of stress and trauma, and supports the overall well-being of students and staff. 

The numerous break-out sessions during the conference are intended for a wide-range of attendees including pastors, principals, teachers, Parish School of Religion (PSR) coordinators and catechists, school nurses, maintenance personnel and athletic directors. Morning break-out sessions begin at 9:55 a.m. Afternoon sessions begin at 1:05 p.m.

“We are proud of the commitment to safety in our Catholic schools,” said Dr. David Shelton, Director of Administrative Services at the Catholic Education Office. “Interest in this summit grows every year due to the timeliness and value of the program’s topics. We are excited for another successful event this year.”

More than 350 participants are registered for the summit, representing Catholic school and parish personnel across the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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Annual Corpus Christi Procession at Cathedral Basilica On Sunday

May 27, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
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Feast of Corpus Christi Commemorates the Body of Christ in the Eucharist

ST. LOUIS – The premier Corpus Christi procession in St. Louis will immediately follow the 5 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Sunday, May 29. The procession will travel throughout the neighborhood surrounding the Cathedral.

The term “Corpus Christi” is Latin for “the Body of Christ” and the celebration of this great feast dates back to the 13th century. The solemn celebration commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist, which is the Body and Blood of Christ under the appearance of bread and wine.

The main feature of the celebration of Corpus Christi is the solemn procession with a monstrance containing the Holy Eucharist in the form of a consecrated host. The annual procession is one of the Catholic Church’s most dramatic public displays of the faith. In addition to the Cathedral, parishes across the Archdiocese of St. Louis will hold their own celebration of Corpus Christi.

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Archbishop Carlson to Ordain Two Men to Sacred Priesthood

May 26, 2016
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Mass of Priestly Ordination will take place on Saturday, May 28, 2016

WHAT: Priestly Ordinations for the Archdiocese of St. Louis
WHO: Two men will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders
WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Reverend Mr. Kent Pollman and Reverend Mr. Scott Scheiderer at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Saturday, May 28.

The 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 graduated from Kenrick School of Theology with a Master of Arts degree in Theology and a Master of Divinity degree.

The candidates each followed the calling to sacred ministry in different ways. Before entering the seminary, Reverend Mr. Pollman worked professionally for a few years after graduating from Central Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree. Reverend Mr. Scheiderer graduated from the University of Colorado and later Saint Louis University with a master’s degree in social work.

“The Kenrick-Glennon Seminary community is excited to have these two men offer their lives in service of Jesus Christ and His Church,” said President-Rector Rev. James Mason. “We continue to pray that more men from St. Louis will consider this call of priestly service.”

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the total number of potential ordinands for the class of 2016, 548, is slightly down from 595 in 2015 and up from 477 in 2014.

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 of Holy Orders whereby they are able to act in persona Christi (in the person of Christ) when they 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.

Additional background information about the Rite of Ordination and a live-stream of the Mass and ceremony can be found at archstl.org/ordination.

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Statement Regarding Rev. Tom Matt

May 25, 2016
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis has reason to believe that an individual named Tom Matt is representing himself as a priest of our archdiocese. Rev. Matt was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Omaha (Nebraska), but he has never had faculties as a priest here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and to our knowledge, does not currently have faculties in any other diocese, including his home diocese of Omaha.

We have received several complaints about Rev. Matt and a house in South St. Louis City where it is believed he may have been operating some sort of substance abuse outreach. We understand that the house has since been condemned by authorities.

The faithful and the general public are advised that Tom Matt does not have any authority to represent himself as a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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Mass of Thanksgiving for Bishop Edward M. Rice to be Offered Next Tuesday

May 19, 2016
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Bishop Rice to be installed bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Wednesday, June 1

What: Mass of Thanksgiving for Bishop Edward M. Rice
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 5:00 p.m.; Bishop Rice will be available to media prior to Mass at 4:15 p.m.
Who: Archbishop Robert Carlson, Bishop Edward Rice, St. Louis-area Catholics

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson and Catholics from around the St. Louis region will bid farewell to Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis and Bishop-designate of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, and thank him for his years of service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis at a Mass of Thanksgiving on Tuesday, May 24 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis beginning at 5:00 p.m. Bishop Rice will be available to the media prior to Mass at 4:15 p.m.

Pope Francis announced on April 26 that Bishop Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, had been named Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield - Cape Girardeau. The position was vacated by Most Reverend James V. Johnston who was installed as Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph on November 4, 2015.

Bishop-designate Rice has served as a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis since his ordination in January 1987. He has served as associate pastor at Our Lady of the Presentation Parish, religion teacher at St. Mary’s High School while residing at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Director at Cardinal Glennon College Seminary, pastor at St. John the Baptist and Director of Vocations. He was appointed the title Monsignor in July 2008 and Auxiliary Bishop in December 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

During his episcopacy for the past five years, Bishop-designate Rice has served as vicar over five of the diocesan deaneries and overseen many of the ministries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, including Vocations, Consecrated Life, Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs, Priest Personnel, Youth Protection and the St. Charles Lwanga Center.

Bishop-designate Rice will be installed as the seventh Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Springfield, Missouri. The event will be broadcast live on EWTN and also live-streamed through the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Facebook page.

An additional Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

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