Pastoral Message on Immigration & Reconciliation / Mensaje Pastoral sobre Inmigración y Reconciliación

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has issued a pastoral statement on immigration and reconciliation during National Migration Week 2017 to “reaffirm” his “pastoral commitment to accompany our immigrant and refugee families.”

 “As I have done on previous occasions, I call upon the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the people of good will to join me in solidarity with our immigrant and refugee communities… May our commitment to walk with the immigrant and refugee be a light in the darkness for others to see and follow,” the statement reads.

The Office of Hispanic Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis invites people of all faiths to attend one of several prayer services on Friday, January 13, to join in solidarity with immigrants and refugees around the world.

Times and locations of the prayer services can be found below, or click here

Archbishop Carlson's entire message for National Migration Week 2017 is available for download:

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website says that “for nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.”

Statement of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Regarding Proposed City of St. Louis Ordinance Relating to Abortion

January 10, 2017
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, issued the following statement in regards to a proposed ordinance in the City of St. Louis:

The Board of Aldermen of the City of St. Louis is considering an ordinance (Board Bill 203) that attacks the most deeply held moral and religious convictions of the people of this great city. This proposed ordinance seeks to make St. Louis a sanctuary city for abortion, an act that kills innocent unborn children. This is not what our city should stand for; rather, St. Louis should be a sanctuary for life and compassion, especially compassion for mothers and their developing children.

Board Bill 203 is vague and ambiguous but could have terrible consequences for religious institutions. For example, a Catholic school or Catholic Charities agency could be fined by the City of St. Louis for not employing persons who publicly promote practices such as abortion. In addition, our Catholic institutions could be fined for not including coverage for abortion in their insurance plans.

Board Bill 203 could also allow the City of St. Louis to fine landlords and others who do not want to rent to or be associated with the abortion industry. This proposed ordinance, therefore, would force the people of St. Louis to be complicit in the profound evil of abortion. This would be a flagrant violation of religious liberty and individual rights of conscience.

I urge the citizens of St. Louis to oppose Board Bill 203. Protection and care for human life at all stages of development from conception until natural death is a fundamental moral value shared by Catholics as well as many other people of faith. City ordinances should respect all people, including women facing unplanned pregnancies, unborn children, and people who desire to live their lives in accordance with their religious convictions.

As the shepherd of the faithful Catholics of this region, let me be clear that the Archdiocese of St. Louis cannot and will not comply with any ordinance like Board Bill 203 that attempts to force the Church and others to become unwilling participants in the abortion business. There is no room for compromise on such a matter. This is a matter of fundamental religious and moral beliefs.

Rather than aiding and abetting the abortion industry, the archdiocese, through its various ministries and programs, will continue to extend both spiritual and material assistance to all those in need, especially the poor and those women facing crisis pregnancies who feel they have no one else to turn to for help—both during their pregnancies as well as after their child is born.

I urge the St. Louis Board of Aldermen to defeat Board Bill 203.  I appeal to the humanity and the love of all freedom-loving citizens of St. Louis to make their voices heard in defense of human life.


Day of prayer.

Prayers for Generation Life 2017!

Preparations are underway for Generation Life 2017!  Later this month, more than two thousand youth, young adults, and adult chaperones will participate in Generation Life, the OYM sponsored trip to Washington, D.C. for the Annual March for Life. The trip will take place from January 25th - 29th.

Many people do not know that Generation Life extends far beyond the actual pilgrimage. GenLifeSTL 365 is the website that was launched as a resource for support on the daily Pro-Life journey. Created as an extension of the Generation Life movement and aimed at a youthful audience, GenLifeSTL 365 serves as a hub for any individual who wishes to celebrate, protect and care for the dignity of all human life, from conception to natural death.

The online community provides resources for people involved in all stages of the movement, with helpful tabs for simple navigation—“Get Informed” for those who wish to learn more and stay in-the-know, “Get Active” for people who are ready to impact their communities, and “Get Help” which provides resources for persons in crisis situations.

Pope Francis said, “Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. And every elderly person…even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the ‘culture of waste’ suggests!”

Please pray for all the young people and adults who are taking part in Generation Life, as well as for the many other pilgrims from our Archdiocese who will march for Life this year. As one Generation Life participant said, "It’s nice to feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself, and to feel like as young people, we are making a difference and we are able to speak up and have a voice."

Registration Now Open for 2017 CYC High School Hoops!


Team Registration is open at

  • Don’t miss out on another fun season of basketball! 
  • Last year over 110 teams played in CYC high school leagues
  • Male and female leagues in two high school age groups
  • Season begins January 6th and ends on March 12th
  • Teams play 10 games, plus playoffs for qualifying teams
  • Leagues are comprised of teams with players of similar skill and age, not geography. This makes for better games and more fun for both teams.
  • Teams can be made up of grade school or high school friends!!
  • Teams need to be sponsored by a recognized religious-based church, grade school, or high school

**   Act quickly — Registration ends December 30, 2016  **

For more info, check out website above or contact Butch Rosier at (314) 792-7255 or!

Catholic Parish in Ferguson to Bring Community Groups Together for Dialogue

December 9, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

“EncounterPoint” event will aim to unite various groups, individuals in solidarity

WHAT: “EncounterPoint” gathering civic, community leaders
WHO: Hosted by Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Ferguson
WHERE: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (1115 S. Florissant Rd., St. Louis, MO 63121)
WHEN: Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:30 a.m.

ST. LOUIS – Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Ferguson is hosting a gathering of various organizations and individuals from around the region whose efforts to support social justice have impacted Ferguson and the St. Louis region. The event, being called “EncounterPoint,” will take place on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The parish hopes the event “will be an opportunity to encounter one another at a rendezvous point to appreciate the fruits of social justice and solidarity.” In addition, EncounterPoint is intended to help build relationships and achieve greater unity among civic, religious, and business leaders.

Several civic and community figures who have offered extraordinary support and encouragement to the region have been named as honorary chairs for the event, including Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Dr. Fred P. Pestello (Saint Louis University), Dr. Thomas F. George, (University of Missouri – St. Louis), Karlos Ramirez (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), Patrick J. Sly (Emerson), and Susan Stith (Express Scripts).

The gathering will include a light breakfast, keynote address, and witness talks from those impacted by the involvement of these various organizations.

In May 2017 the Archdiocese of St. Louis will host a “Pilgrimage of Trust” also intended to encourage dialogue and heal divisions. More information can be found at


Archbishop Carlson to Ordain New Priest on Thursday

December 6, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Priestly Ordination for the Archdiocese of St. Louis
WHO: Reverend Mr. Michael Rennier will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders
WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 2016, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Basilica of St. Louis, King of France - “The Old Cathedral” (209 Walnut)

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Reverend Mister Michael Rennier at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, on Thursday, December 8, the Feast of Immaculate Conception.

Rev. Mr. Rennier is a former Anglican minister who holds a bachelor’s degree in New Testament Literature from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. He is being ordained under the Pastoral Provision established by Pope St. John Paul II in 1980 for the reception of Anglicans & Episcopalians into full communion with the Catholic Church. Since 1980, more than 100 former Episcopal or Anglican clergymen have been ordained in the Catholic Church.

Candidates for ordination, or ordinands, receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders. 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. 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 memorial of Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross.

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

The Mass of Priestly Ordination begins at 2 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France – the “Old Cathedral” – near the Gateway Arch.

Additional background information about the Rite of Ordination can be found at


Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis Hosting Christmas Events in December

December 5, 2016
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

What: December Masses & Events at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell Blvd.)
When: Various dates

ST. LOUIS – The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will be full of Christmas joy this December as it plays host to a wide variety of events including Masses, prayer services, and concerts.

December 8: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Holy day of Obligation)
Masses: 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

December 10 & 11: Christmas at the Cathedral
12th Annual “Christmas at the Cathedral” concerts with the Archdiocesan Adult Choirs, Orchestra,Children’s Choir, and Handbell Choir. Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket information: 314-533-7662 or

December 18: Festival of Lessons & Carols
An afternoon of readings and music with the Archdiocesan Choirs; Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, presiding
Event is free and open to the public. Begins at 2:30 p.m.

December 24 & 25: Christmas Masses (Holy day of Obligation)
Dec. 24: 5:00 p.m. (Vigil)
11:15 p.m. Musical program leads into Midnight Mass
Dec. 25: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon

Additional event information can be found at


Statement Regarding Lawsuit Challenging Abortion Regulations

November 30, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood challenging common-sense health & safety regulations on abortion facilities in the state of Missouri:

No abortion clinic will ever be safe for unborn children, but the common-sense safety requirements Planned Parenthood is challenging are designed to protect women from undue harm at the hands of abortion providers.

Women considering abortion need to know they do have options that do not involve the destruction of human life. Thankfully, due to the tireless work of pro-life advocates, abortions in Missouri fell by 36% between 2005 and 2014. We stand with the more than 30 St. Louis-area pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes, and other organizations ready to assist women by offering free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, health care, as well as material, financial and spiritual support before and after their child is born. We will continue to speak for and offer help to those who have no voice, and to seek legal protections for innocent lives.


Statement on the Passing of Justice Richard Teitelman

November 29, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement regarding the death of Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman:

We join our fellow Missourians in mourning the passing of Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman. We are especially grateful for his years of dedicated attendance at our annual Red Mass at which members of the judiciary and the legal community gather at the beginning of each judicial term to pray for the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

I ask the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and all people of good will, to join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Justice Richard Teitelman. The family and friends of Judge Teitelman are in our thoughts and prayers.


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