Archbishop Carlson Announces 2018 Excellence in Communication Award Recipient

May 10, 2018
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Author and journalist Colleen Carroll Campbell has been selected as the 2018 Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Excellence in Communication Award recipient. The award is a way for the Archdiocese of St. Louis to recognize the important role of the media and communications professionals as they work to inspire positive change in response to the significant issues facing our society today. This is the sixth annual presentation of the award.

Campbell’s journalism credits include contributions to the New York Times, Washington Post, Christianity Today, First Things, America magazine, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she has served as a reporter, editorialist and op-ed columnist. She has made appearances on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, ABC News, PBS, and NPR. She has served as executive producer and anchor of EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell, a television newscast airing worldwide on EWTN, the world’s largest religious media network, and as creator and host of EWTN’s Faith & Culture television and radio interview show. In 2013, Campbell anchored EWTN’s live television coverage of the historic election and installation of Pope Francis in Rome.

Campbell won a Novak Journalism Fellowship to write her first book, “The New Faithful,” in 2002. In 2012, she published “My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir,” which won two national awards, has sold more than 90,000 copies in English, and has been published in Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and as an audiobook. In addition to numerous other accomplishments throughout her career, she served as a speechwriter for President George W. Bush and became a member of the editorial board at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at age 24. Her journalism work has earned her two honorary doctorates and numerous other awards. Her third book, “Holy Perfectionists," will be published by Simon & Schuster in May 2019.

Campbell currently lives in St. Louis with her husband and four children, whom she homeschools. Her website is

Campbell joins an impressive list of award recipients, including KMOX reporter Fred Bodimer, former KSDK meteorologist Mike Roberts, the late media icon Martin Duggan, and St. Louis media personality Wendy Wiese. Campbell will be honored at ceremony with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson on Monday, May 14, immediately preceding the annual Communications Colloquium, hosted by the archdiocesan Office of Communications and Planning at the Cardinal Rigali Center.

For more information about the award and to see a complete list of previous winners, visit


Fr. Scheid Players Announce Performance Dates and Auditions for Summer Musical - Guys & Dolls!

The Fr. William Scheid Players are excited to announce that they will hold auditions for their summer musical, Guys and Dolls.  Performances will be July 20-22 at Incarnate Word Academy in North County.  This is the Fr. Scheid Players' 39th season of presenting Broadway plays, reviews, and musicals featuring Archdiocesan clergy and laity to raise funds for the youth programs of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

All auditions will be held at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119. 

Dates/times are:

  • Thursday, May 10th at 6:30pm
  • Saturday, May 12th at 12:00pm
  • Thursday, May 17th at 6:30pm
  • Saturday, May 19th at 12:00pm

The Fr. Scheid Players are looking for all types of people - kids, teens, young adults and other adults. All who audition are welcome to be part of the show!!

Please come prepared to sing a portion of a song for your audition. It can be any song of your choice, it does not have to be from this musical. If you would like Gary Stoff to accompany you on his keyboard, please bring the music. We will also be holding dance auditions and readings for those who want to audition for a speaking part. If you want to dance we would suggest that you dress comfortably, and wear shoes that you can dance in. If you want to read for a part, we will provide pages from the script for you to use.

Three other things to mention:

  1. If you cannot make any of the auditions, please email Dr. Karcher at to let him know you would still like to be part of the show.
  2. Please plan to be there on time for auditions, we have a lot to get through and it disrupts things if you wander in an hour late.
  3. Please share this with your family, friends, classmates, coworkers, etc. The more the merrier!!

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Karcher at or Debby Mooney at Stay up-to-date with the latest news and announcement from the Fr. Scheid Players on Facebook!

We look forward to seeing you at auditions!!

Archbishop Carlson Welcomes Archbishop of Omaha Back to St. Louis

May 1, 2018
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Native St. Louisan Archbishop George Lucas to Keynote Ninth Annual Legatus Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast

Who: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Most Reverend George Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha
What: Ninth Annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast, Hosted by Legatus
Where: The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis, 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63105
When: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.

ST. LOUIS – Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the St. Louis chapter of Legatus will welcome His Excellency, the Most Reverend George Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha, as he returns to his hometown of St. Louis on Thursday, May 3, as the keynote speaker for the Ninth Annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast.

Archbishop Lucas completed his studies at Cardinal Glennon College and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1975. He served as an associate pastor in several parishes and as a teacher and administrator for St. Louis Preparatory Seminary prior to serving as Chancellor of the archdiocese and private secretary to Archbishop John May from 1990-1994, after which he became rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in 1995.  He was appointed as Bishop of Springfield (IL) in 1999 and, ten years later, was named the fifth Archbishop of Omaha by Pope Benedict XVI.

Archbishop Lucas will address more than 650 attendees, including St. Louis-area Catholics and business men and women, with a hopeful message on the response to the call to discipleship that supports the proclamation of the gospel of life. Previous keynote speakers include Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, current president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Most Reverend Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of the Diocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

The morning will begin with the Regina Coeli and the Rosary at 6:00 a.m., followed by Mass, a full-service hot breakfast, and the keynote address.

Legatus is an international organization of practicing Catholic laymen and laywomen, comprised of CEOs, presidents, managing partners and business owners, with their spouses, from the business community and professional enterprises. The group’s mission is to study, live and spread the Catholic faith in the business, professional and personal lives of its members.


Archdiocese Shows Strong Support for Catholic Education, Respect Life During 2018 Creative Writing Contest

1,058 Catholic Eighth Graders Write About Chastity, Respect Life, 146 Finalists Honored at April 18 Assembly

With approximately 500 people in attendance, the April 18 awards assembly culminated nearly five months of work that went into the 2018 Respect Life Creative Writing Contest. This partnership between the Catholic Education Office, Respect Life Apostolate, and schools and parishes throughout the archdiocese, helped 1,058 eighth graders reflect on the virtue of chastity and respecting each person's fundamental right to life.

These entries represented 61 schools, Parish School of Religion programs, and Catholic home schools. Of these students, 146 were rated as finalists by our judges and invited to the award assembly at the Cardinal Rigali Center.

At the assembly, Archbishop Robert Carlson, Fr. Brian Fallon, Bob Cochran (nephew of Bishop Edward O'Donnell), Zip Rzeppa, Missouri Knights of Columbus leaders and RLA Executive Director Karen Nolkemper helped present the awards and inspire the students. The presence of parents, teachers, principals, priests, and religious further inspired and supported the achievement of these eighth graders.

Each finalist received a certificate of achievement, respect life T-shirt, a teen book on chastity, and the opportunity to be individually recognized, presented, and photographed with Archbishop Carlson.

In addition, 14 of these 146 finalists were selected for either a scholarship or an honorable mention. This year, six one-time, partial scholarships and eight honorable mention prizes were awarded to help 14 students more easily pursue Catholic high school education in 2018-2019.

The recipients of the six $2,000 scholarships are:

  • Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell Scholarship: Emmeline Roseberry (St. Margaret of Scotland Grade School and Parish) will be attending Nerinx Hall
  • Mary Forrestal Hennessey Scholarship: Meghan Meehan (home school, St. Dominic Savio Parish) will be attending Bishop DuBourg High School
  • Mr. & Mrs George Kletzker Scholarships: Leah Anderson (St. Joseph of Imperial Grade School and Parish) will be attending Ursuline Academy, and Olivia Knobbe (St. Joseph-Josephville Grade School and Parish) will be attending St. Dominic High School
  • Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship: John Paul Vlahutin (Annunziata Grade School and Holy Trinity Parish) will be attending Chaminade College Preparatory School
  • St. Joseph Evangelization Network Scholarship: Carlotta Croak (Holy Infant Grade School and Parish) will be attending Villa Duchesne 

The recipients of the eight honorable mention awards are:

  • Alexander Rodriguez (Holy Trinity Grade School, Our Lady of the Presentation Parish), will be attending DeSmet Jesuit High School
  • Amy Lien Stukenholtz (Sacred Heart-Valley Park Grade School and Parish), will be attending Cor Jesu Academy
  • Eric Piening (St. Monica Grade School and Parish), will be attending St. Louis University High School
  • Matilda Killeen (St. Margaret of Scotland Grade School and Parish), will be attending Visitation Academy
  • Gabriel Chase Lancia (Holy Cross Academy, Our Lady of Providence Parish), will be attending St. Pius X High School
  • Hannah Lifka (St. Peter Grade School, St. Joseph-Imperial Parish), will be attending Lindbergh High School
  • Hannah King (St. John Paul II Preparatory School, Queen of All Saints Parish) will be continuing her high school education at St. John Paul II
  • Hope Dery (homeschool, St. Joseph-Cottleville Parish), will be attending St. John Paul II Preparatory School 

Click here to read the St. Louis Review article.

Click here to read the winning scholarship entries

Catholic Bishop To Address Role of Catholic Church In Eradicating Racism

April 23, 2018
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have been informed that Bishop Murry has had to ask Dr. Jonathan Reyes, Assistant General Secretary for Integral Human Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Interim Executive Director of the Committee Against Racism, to deliver his speech.

Information about Dr. Reyes can be found here:

Bishop George Murry, S.J., is chairman of newly-established USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

WHAT: Special presentation: “The Church as a Consistent Voice to Eradicate Racism”
WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: St Francis Xavier College Church (3628 Lindell Blvd, 63108)
WHO: Bishop George Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, Ohio, and chairman of the newly-established USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, Ohio, and chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, will deliver a special presentation on Wednesday, April 25, entitled: “The Church as a Consistent Voice to Eradicate Racism.” Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will welcome Bishop Murray to St. Louis for this important talk, beginning at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church. Admission is free and parking is available at the Laclede Parking garage on the campus of Saint Louis University.

Bishop Murry was born in Camden, New Jersey, and was ordained for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus on June 9, 1979. He earned a Masters of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley in 1979 and a doctorate in American Cultural History from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1994. In 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of Chicago. He served as bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands from 1998 until his installation as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown on March 28, 2007.

In August 2017, Bishop Murry was named the chairman of the newly-established Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). He is one of only six African-American bishops to currently serve as ordinaries, or heads of dioceses, in the United States.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been a leader in combating the sin of racism for generations. Notably, Joseph Cardinal Ritter desegregated St. Louis Catholic schools in 1947 – seven years before the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. In recent years, St. Louis Catholics have organized marches to bring greater awareness to racism in our community, and Archbishop Carlson instructed pastors preach on racism for the first Sunday of Lent this year.

This special event with Bishop Murry is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Aquinas Institute of Theology, Catholic Charities, Fontbonne University, Saint Louis University, and the Jesuits of U.S. Central and Southern Province. 


* This event was originally scheduled for March 22. Bishop Murry postponed the event due to illness.

Statement Regarding Buffer Zone Bill in St. Louis City

April 16, 2018
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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, released the following statement regarding Board Bill 34CS in the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, which would have established a buffer zone around health care facilities, including the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on Forest Park Avenue:

We are grateful to the Board of Aldermen for defeating Board Bill 34, and choosing not to restrict the constitutionally protected rights of assembly and free speech on public property. Our work of prayer and presence will continue because we know that women facing difficult or unplanned pregnancies need real options and support, not abortion.


Archdiocese of St. Louis Announces 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal

April 16, 2018
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Catholics encouraged to “Tell Your Story” on the way to a goal of $14.2 million

ST. LOUIS – The 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will officially begin on Saturday, April 21, and continue through Sunday, May 6. The ambitious goal of $14.2 million in 2018 is nearly $500,000 more than the $13.75 million goal in 2017.

Each spring, the ACA asks Catholics in nearly 200 parishes across the archdiocese to make pledges to support programs, organizations, and ministries for people of all faith traditions. Spanning ten counties and the City of St. Louis, these programs assist the homeless and hungry, provide pro-life resources, and support women, children, and families. The appeals funds Catholic education, family counseling programs, and numerous other charitable services. All of the money raised each year through the Annual Catholic Appeal is distributed to the various programs, parishes, organizations, and ministries that carry out the important work of the Church.

The theme of the 2018 appeal, “Tell Your Story,” highlights the charitable works funded by the ACA and shows how ordinary people are greatly impacted by the generosity of Catholics in the archdiocese. Anyone who has been positively impacted by Catholic schools, ministries, and agencies in St. Louis is encouraged to share their story on digital media using #TellYourStory.

“The funds raised through the ACA impact thousands of people every year and those stories need to be shared,” said Brian Niebrugge, Executive Director of Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal. “Not everyone who benefits from the ACA is Catholic, but we don’t help people because of their faith; we help people because our faith in Jesus Christ compels us to share His love with everyone. We hope that others will want to share that love too.”

The 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) raised more than $15 million for the first time ever. The results show continued support among Catholics for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its ministries. The $15,033,045 raised in 2017 exceeded the $13.75 million overall goal, reflecting the generosity of so many donors even in the midst of the Beyond Sunday campaign to support Catholic education, which itself raised more than $100 million.

More information on the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal is available at



April 9, 2018
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Missouri Faith Leaders oppose proposed change to state law allowing concealed weapons in houses of worship

WHAT: Press conference to address state legislation related to gun violence
WHERE: Catholic Charities of St. Louis (4445 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108)
WHEN: 11:15 AM, Wednesday, April 11, 2018
WHO: Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis; Rev. Bob Farr, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Missouri; Rev. Charles Norris, Vice-President St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition; Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg, St. Louis Rabbinical Association; Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri; Leaders representing other communities of faith.

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will join other faith leaders at a press conference on Wednesday, April 11, to address gun violence and related legislation in the Missouri Capitol.

The faith leaders will echo a joint statement released last week by the Catholic bishops of Missouri, including Archbishop Carlson. The press conference will address the following points:

As religious leaders in Missouri:

1) We are troubled by the epidemic of gun violence affecting our community. We mourn with those who are affected by recent heavily publicized shootings, and we witness that gun violence disproportionately affects many of our most vulnerable communities, including communities of color.

2) We wish to acknowledge that many faithful people of good will are gun owners, including several of the bishops and faith leaders standing together to make this statement. There is a role for responsible gun ownership in our society.

3) We oppose the current proposal before the Missouri House to amend our conceal carry law. Our pastors, rabbis, and leaders should not have to place signage in our sacred spaces to prevent weapons from entering. We stand together and object to this proposal. Such a change would be a violation of our First Amendment rights. Additionally the proposal could threaten the public safety of our religious school campuses and day care centers as "conceal carry zones" are extended into these places. We urge the leadership of the Missouri Legislature not to enact this proposal.

4) We urge the Missouri House to consider new legislative priorities such as banning “bump stocks,” limiting high capacity magazines, better access and resources for mental health care, and strengthening background checks.

5) We hope and pray that the political leaders of our State will overcome partisan divisions for the sake of safety. As leaders of differing faith traditions, we are united in the belief that life is a gift from God. We lament the polarization of the “gun issue.” In our public work to end violence, we must work together.

Archbishop Carlson and the other faith leaders encourage all people of faith to contact Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson to voice their opposition to this proposed change in law, and to encourage a more sensible conversation around gun safety. The Speaker can be reached at (573) 751-4039 or


Women's Interfaith Conference - April 19 @ 10:30am



Women's Interfaith Conference

When: Thurs April 19 @ 10:30am 
What: Join us for the annual Women's Interfaith Conference as we explore "Holy Days-What, Why and How."
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Where: Congregation B'nai Amoona, 324 S Mason Rd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141


Catholic Charities of St. Louis Achieves National Accreditation

March 27, 2018
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Gabe Jones
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Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Catholic Charities of St. Louis today announced that the organization has once again achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Catholic Charities of St. Louis is a federation of eight agencies: Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, St. Francis Community Services, Catholic Family Services, Good Shepherd Children & Family Services, Marygrove, Queen of Peace Center, St. Martha’s Hall, and St. Patrick Center. This is the seventh accreditation for Catholic Charities of St. Louis.

“We are proud to have earned this important validation of our performance in serving those in need,” said Theresa Ruzicka, President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis. “It took 18 months to achieve this accreditation and we are grateful for the tremendous amount of work put into this project by team members at Catholic Charities and the eight agencies.”

“Catholic Charities continues to practice and reinforce the quality standards throughout the four-year accreditation cycle,” said Gayle Shank, Chief Quality Officer of Catholic Charities of St. Louis. “We are subject to 10 administrative and management standards and 25 program standard categories - one of the most complex reviews in the nation. Our reaccreditation signifies that we are a quality driven organization, and that our policies, procedures, and processes are efficient and effective. This achievement renews our accreditation through December of 2021.”

COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable process that includes demonstrated compliance with internationally-recognized best practice standards through written evidence, onsite interviews with board members, staff and clients, and stakeholder surveys. COA evaluated all aspects of Catholic Charities of St. Louis’ programs, services, management, and administration. Catholic Charities of St. Louis last went through the process of achieving accreditation in 2013.

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. In Missouri, 48 organizations are accredited by COA, with 19 in the St. Louis metropolitan area. For more info, visit

Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 136,436 people annually through 69 programs at 61 sites. Catholic Charities serves 11 counties in the St. Louis region.


St. Louis Catholics Prepare to Celebrate Easter

March 26, 2018
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis community is invited to join Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and around the world in the solemn celebration of Holy Week, which began with Palm Sunday on March 25.

The week is highlighted by the commemoration of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, Christ’s Passion and death on Good Friday, and culminates in the joy of His resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 1.

A diverse selection of Holy Week celebrations can be found in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, with liturgies and services in several different languages, including English, Spanish, and Latin. The principal liturgies of Holy Week in the archdiocese take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and are celebrated by Archbishop Robert Carlson.

For more information about Holy Week and Easter, a listing of liturgies at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, and a livestream of the liturgies, visit



FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES: Holy Week is the week preceding Easter and the final week of Lent, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. Holy Week includes:

Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Holy Wednesday or Spy Wednesday, in reference to Judas Iscariot's intent to betray Jesus.

Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, are known as the Triduum – the period which commemorates the Passion and death of Christ.

Holy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper and initiates the Easter Triduum. This Mass is normally celebrated in the evening, which, according to Jewish tradition, is when Friday begins, as the Last Supper was held on the feast of Passover.

Good Friday commemorates Christ’s passion, crucifixion, and death in reparation for the sins of all mankind.

Holy Saturday, or the Easter Vigil, is the final day of Lent, of Holy Week, and of the Easter Triduum, and is the day we commemorate Christ lying in the tomb. The Easter Vigil Mass, takes place after sundown on Holy Saturday, actually belongs to Easter Sunday, since liturgically each day begins at sundown on the previous day. The ceremonies of the Easter Vigil include the blessing of new fire and the lighting of the Easter Candle, also known as the Paschal Candle.

Easter Sunday is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year, commemorating the resurrection of Christ. Easter is also the oldest feast of the Christian Church, as old as Christianity, the connecting link between the Old and New Testaments. We celebrate Christ’s resurrection as the moment where salvation was given to all who believe.

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