About Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline™ (VBRD™)

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has supported efforts to pioneer an initiative to address bullying behavior by cultivating the interior qualities of virtue. With Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline™ (VBRD™), adults model kindness and justice toward students, which in turn, supports a culture of trust and respect. Relationships are the highest priority within the school community.

 Most bullying-prevention programs address the negative behavior. Rather than having rules to stop bullying, what if we had guiding principles for integrating habits for human excellence, the virtues, into everyday life? These principles could be beneficial, particularly in addressing conflict and harm caused by bullying behavior. For more information, contact Lynne Lang, director of school climate: lynnelang@archstl.org.

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St. Louis Catholics Prepare to Celebrate Easter

April 12, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
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 April 9.

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.

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 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 archstl.org/easter.

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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.


Visit archstl.org/easter for more information

Archdiocese of St. Louis Plays Host to National Catholic Educational Association Convention & Expo

April 12, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

More than 8,000 educators from around the country expected to attend

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis will host the 2017 National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Convention & Expo next week, April 18-20, at America’s Center. The NCEA Convention is the largest private-education association gathering in the nation.

“The Archdiocese of St. Louis is proud to welcome the NCEA Convention and the thousands of educators from across the country to our city,” said Dr. Kurt Nelson, Superintendent of Catholic Education. “We have a strong legacy of Catholic education in our region and this convention will provide an opportunity to showcase that heritage as we prepare to embark on our third century of service.”

Four iconic St. Louis educational institutions trace their origins back to 1818, the year Catholic education formally began in the area: the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis University High School, and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Today, nearly 40,000 students are enrolled in more than 130 Catholic elementary, secondary, and special education schools in the archdiocese.

The NCEA convention schedule includes professional development sessions, special events, and award ceremonies such as the annual NCEA Learn. Lead. Proclaim. Awards. Of the 41 honorees this year, four represent St. Louis Catholic schools: Kathleen Hertlein, Dean, social studies and theology teacher at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School; Kathleen Stinehart, theology teacher, Ursuline Academy; Rev. Ralph Siefert, S.M., President, Chaminade College Prep School; and the St. Louis University High School campus ministry team.

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the convention’s opening Mass on Tuesday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m. Media is invited to attend a panel discussion on “The State of Catholic Education,” Tuesday, April 18, at 11:00 a.m. Press credentials will be issued to accredited media on-site. Media must contact Margaret Kaplow (mkaplow@ncea.org) in advance and register at the convention where they will receive a press kit.

This year’s annual NCEA Convention has drawn more than 8,000 members and participants from Catholic school communities, including elementary and secondary school teachers and principals, clergy, superintendents, diocesan administrators, and school board members. The convention is a forum to exchange ideas, hear about current research and data related to Catholic education and learn about new technology and resources.

For more information, visit ncea.org/convention, or follow along on twitter at #NCEA17.

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Archdiocese of St. Louis to Host March for Solidarity with Immigrants

April 7, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The Peace & Justice Commission and the Office of Hispanic Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, in conjunction Catholic Charities, Saint Louis University, and many other Catholic agencies and parishes will host a special walk and Mass on Saturday, April 8, to stand in solidarity with immigrants and refugees.

The walk will begin with a prayer service at the clock tower on the campus of Saint Louis University at noon, followed by a peaceful, prayerful procession down Lindell Blvd. to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. A multi-lingual Mass will be offered at 1:30 p.m. for the intentions of immigrants and refugees around the world.

“This walk is not a political statement about specific policies,” said Marie Kenyon, director of the Peace & Justice Commission. “But we do have to acknowledge the reality that our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters are living in fear and uncertainty with very real cases of bullying and threats of violence against them. This walk came about because of Archbishop Carlson’s pastoral message on immigration in which he implored us to commit ‘to walk with the immigrant and refugee’ and to ‘be a light in the darkness for others to see and follow.’”

Free parking will be available in the Laclede Garage on Saint Louis University’s campus. Vans will shuttle people throughout the event along the route from SLU to the Cathedral Basilica. School, agency, congregation, and parish banners are welcome.

For more information visit archstl.org/immigration, or contact Marie Kenyon (314-792-7062; mariekenyon@archstl.org).

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Statement Regarding Exoneration of Reverend Joseph Jiang and the Archdiocese of St. Louis

April 6, 2017
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Today a jury in a civil trial in Lincoln County, Missouri, returned a verdict in favor of both the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Reverend Joseph Jiang. The lawsuit alleged that Father Jiang had inappropriate contact with a then-high-school-aged girl in 2012.

The archdiocese and Father Jiang have steadfastly denied these allegations since they were first raised and are pleased with the jury’s decision today.

Father Jiang will now enter a process for the return to active ministry.

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Taizé St. Louis - Pilgrimage of Trust


What if there was a way to bring various people from different backgrounds together? What if, for a brief moment, our city wasn’t divided by socio-economic, racial, or faith-based differences?

Have you heard about the Pilgrimage of Trust? Are you aware of the Taizé brothers’ unique charism of ecumenism and reconciliation that promotes an authentic encounter of others, especially those who are different? You can be an advocate of peace by helping us spread the word about this event, and the events leading up to it, on Memorial Day weekend (May 26-29, 2017).

The Pilgrimage of Trust is an event that is meant to bring together people of various backgrounds, whether that be socio-economic, racial, faith, or more. It was launched over 35 years ago by Taizé’s founder, Brother Roger, in order to foster trust between people through living and praying together, discussing and discovering common ground. Over the years, it has brought together hundreds of thousands of young adults worldwide.

The Pilgrimage of Trust is for everyone!

People of all ages are invited to join us throughout the weekend. There is no need to register to attend only the Common Prayer times, however if you wish to attend workshops and meals, registration is required.

Watch Br. Emile, a monk from the Taizé community in France, as he shares a history of his community and explains the upcoming Pilgrimage of Trust on KMOV‘s “Great Day St. Louis.”

For more details about the Pilgrimage of Trust, visit https://pilgrimageoftruststl.com.

Palm Sunday Masses at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

April 6, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Nicole Heerlein
Communications Specialist, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Phone: 314.373.8205

ST. LOUIS – Catholics around the world will gather this weekend to celebrate Palm Sunday, the day Christians recall Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem when His followers scattered palms in His path.

Palm Sunday begins the solemn celebration of Holy Week, the final week of Lent, which includes 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.

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.

A full listing can be found on the archdiocesan website, archstl.org.

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell Boulevard) will have Palm Sunday Masses at 5:00 p.m. (Saturday vigil), 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.

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Statement of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson on the Appointment of Bishop-elect Mark S. Rivituso to Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

March 7, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS The following statement was released this morning by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson:

I am very pleased by the action taken by Pope Francis today. The Holy Father has appointed Monsignor Mark S. Rivituso as Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis. Bishop-elect Rivituso was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John L. May in 1988. For nearly 30 years, he has served our archdiocese as a pastor, teacher, and Vicar General. His episcopal ordination is scheduled for May 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

The native St. Louisan is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in south St. Louis, Cardinal Glennon College and Kenrick School of Theology. He has also earned a master’s degree and licentiate in canon law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him a Prelate of Honor with the title monsignor.

On behalf of all the clergy, religious, and lay faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, I want to offer our congratulations and thanks to Bishop-elect Rivituso for accepting the Holy Father’s call to continue his service to our local church in this new leadership role as auxiliary bishop.

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Statement of Bishop-elect Mark S. Rivituso on his Appointment to Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis 

ST. LOUIS - The following statement was released this morning by Bishop-elect Mark S. Rivituso:

 I am profoundly touched by the confidence the Holy Father has placed in me.  I have asked him to keep me in his prayers and I have assured him of my prayers, respect, and obedience. 

At the same time I am honored that I can in some way assist Archbishop Carlson in his pastoral service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis. 

I have a great love for the Church in St. Louis, and relying on the example of the previous auxiliary bishops of St. Louis, who served so faithfully, I, too, look forward to serving the Church in this new role.

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Statement from Archbishop Carlson Regarding Severe Weather in Perry County

March 1, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 severe weather in Perry County and the on-going response of the Archdiocese of St. Louis:

I have been praying for those suffering due to severe weather near Perryville last night. We mourn for those who lost their lives and the families now grieving a lost loved one. We know that many homes full of memories, photos, and heirlooms have been lost and destroyed. The livelihood of many people will be dramatically impacted for the foreseeable future.

The people of Perry County and the surrounding area need our help and support. Catholic Charities of St. Louis and our parishes in the area are currently assessing damage and coordinating a disaster relief assistance effort. We will work closely with all agencies and authorities in the coming days, weeks, and months to help restore lives and livelihoods.

Those most impacted by the weather will be recovering for days, weeks, and months. It is my pledge that the Catholic Church will continue serving those in the impacted areas until the needs are met. This is our responsibility as Catholics.

Information for anyone seeking disaster relief assistance, or wishing to volunteer or donate, can be found at ccstl.org or by calling 314.367.5500.

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Principal Named for New South City Catholic Academy

March 1, 2017
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Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – South City Catholic Academy, the first partnership school under Archdiocese of St. Louis administration, has hired Mrs. Laura Hirschman as principal in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year. Though the position officially begins July 1, Mrs. Hirschman will assist archdiocesan leadership in the teacher hiring process already underway for the Academy’s first year of operation.

The opening of South City Catholic Academy was officially announced on January 29 at the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. South City Catholic Academy is the combination of Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Joan of Arc schools and will be located at what is currently the St. Joan of Arc School.

“I find Mrs. Hirschman to be an energetic, student-centered, and collaborative educator and I am confident that South City Catholic Academy will grow and succeed under her leadership,” wrote Maureen DePriest, Associate Superintendent for Elementary School Administration, in a letter to school parents and families.

Mrs. Hirschman was a founding team member of Premier Charter School (St. Louis Charter School) and has spent her 17 year career in various roles at the school. She began as a third grade teacher, then was principal of K-2, followed by principal of K-5. She has overseen student enrichment programs, including the school’s before and after care program, gifted education program, food and nutrition services, and federal programs. Her interests are in teaching methodology, curriculum work, and program development.

“Just as learning happens in unique ways, so does faith formation,” wrote Mrs. Hirschman in a letter to the new school community. “I look forward to helping each child celebrate the uniqueness they possess and how they can contribute to their world around them in meaningful ways.”

Mrs. Hirschman grew up in Queen of All Saints Parish and graduated from Oakville Senior High. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a master’s in teaching from Truman State University in Kirksville. She also has a master’s degree in elementary administration. She resides in Imperial with her husband, Chad, and their daughter. They are active members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Imperial where Mrs. Hirschman is also a member of the parish school board.

South City Catholic Academy is the first partnership-model school directly overseen by the archdiocese. The new model allows parish schools to combine resources and enables greater collaboration with the archdiocesan Catholic Education Office which will provide the necessary leadership, support, and direction to maintain quality Catholic education well into the future.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis oversees the largest school system in the state of Missouri with nearly 40,000 elementary and high school students enrolled in more than 130 schools across the 11 counties of the archdiocese. The Archdiocese of St. Louis ranks ninth among all Catholic dioceses nationwide in number of students enrolled in Catholic schools.

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Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

February 27, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell) will have four Masses and the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the penitential season of Lent in preparation for the joyous celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday (April 16, 2017).

Ash Wednesday Masses at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will be offered at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Media is invited to attend. Contact Cathedral Communications Specialist Nicole Heerlein (nheerlein@cathedralstl.org; 314.373.8205) for on-site logistics.

In addition, Archbishop Robert Carlson will lead the Annual Lenten Day of Recollection at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information can be found at cathedralstl.org. The Archdiocese of St. Louis has Lenten resources, including a fish fry locator map, available at stlouisreview.com/eatmorefish.

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