Catholic School Graduates Earn High ACT Scores

September 7, 2017
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ST. LOUIS – The Class of 2017 at Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis continued to demonstrate high academic achievement with this year’s ACT test results. 

Data released today from ACT show the average composite score for 2017 Catholic school graduates in the archdiocese was 24.8. This is an increase from the 2016 average score of 24.7.   

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 AVERAGE MISSOURI STATE AVERAGE
Composite 24.8 20.4
       English 25.7 19.8
       Mathematics 23.3 19.9
       Reading 25.5 20.8
       Science 24.3 20.5

“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 2,759 seniors (98.6% of the Class of 2017) from all 27 Catholic high schools in the archdiocese. The archdiocese includes the oldest and largest system of schools in the state of Missouri, with over 38,000 students.

The results for the Class of 2017 continue a long history of academic success in Catholic high schools. In 2016, the Archdiocese of St. Louis composite score exceeded 99% of all Missouri school districts. The Catholic Education Office releases archdiocesan average scores, but not individual school scores. 

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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Responds to DACA Announcement

September 5, 2017
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ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, today released a statement in response to the Trump administration's plans to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Welcoming the stranger, the immigrant, and the refugee have been long-standing hallmarks of our American way of life and religious convictions. The responsibility to welcome and care for the migrant and refugee are not only public and social virtues, but also find common ground and resolve in faith: "Come you that are blessed by my Father...for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me" (Matthew 25: 34-35). This Gospel mandate to actively reach out and welcome the stranger has guided our Catholic social values and practices for centuries. Throughout our Catholic tradition, we have learned to be attentive to the needs of the poor, the marginalized, and the vulnerable. In faith, we have come to recognize and know the face of Christ in the migrant and refugee.

In this spirit of compassion and solidarity, today, I join my brother Catholic bishops, religious and civic leaders, the larger Catholic community, and people of good will in supporting the estimated 800,000 young people who have benefited from the DACA program. The Archdiocese of St. Louis will continue to be a place of welcome, service, and mutual hospitality, especially to the suffering and most vulnerable among us.

Let us hear the words of Pope Francis anew: "No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world! Everybody, according to his or her particular opportunities and responsibilities, should be able to make a personal contribution to putting an end to so many social injustices. The culture of selfishness and individualism that often prevails in our society is not, I repeat, not what builds up and leads to a more habitable world: rather, it is the culture of solidarity that does so; the culture of solidarity means seeing others not as rivals or statistics, but brothers and sisters. And we are all brothers and sisters!"

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Statement Regarding Rev. John R. Campbell

August 31, 2017
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ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has announced a recently reported allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against retired priest Reverend John Robert “Jack” Campbell, which occurred in the 1960s at Prep Seminary – South in Shrewsbury.

Father Campbell has been retired from ministry since 1989 and currently resides in a private residence. Reports of abuse by Father Campbell were first made in the 1990s, prior to the adoption of the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002. Father Campbell is on permanent administrative leave which prohibits him from engaging in priestly ministry.

In keeping with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, to ensure transparency in communicating with the public about allegations of sexual abuse of minors and as an outreach to potential victims, an announcement about this allegation will be made in the archdiocesan newspaper, The St. Louis Review, and in the parishes where Father Campbell served.

We continue to pray for the victims of the grave evil of sexual abuse.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis encourages all persons with reports of abuse of a minor involving a member of the clergy or other church personnel to contact Sandra Price, Executive Director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection at (314) 792-7271, the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 800.392.3738 and/or law enforcement officials.

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Statement Regarding Hurricane Harvey Assistance

August 29, 2017
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From Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – I know I speak for every person in the Archdiocese of St. Louis when I say how deeply saddened I am by the death and massive devastation our brothers and sisters in the South are experiencing in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. It is difficult to comprehend how something so terrible can happen on such a scale and it is at times like these we turn in faith and ask the Lord to carry those who are suffering and who have lost so much.

To help the suffering who survived this disaster, I am asking our nearly 200 parishes in 11 counties to have a second collection at all Masses this weekend as well as next weekend. Funds raised will go directly to Catholic relief efforts via Catholic Charities of St. Louis.

If you would like to assist in the efforts, donations should be made to Catholic Charities of St. Louis and mailed to:
P.O. Box 952393, St. Louis, MO 63195-2393 (be sure to note Hurricane Harvey 2017).

Donations can also be made through the Catholic Charities website: ccstl.org/get-involved/donate (be sure to select the Hurricane Harvey 2017 Fund).

I will offer a Mass for those who died in this tragedy, as well as their families and friends who mourn their loss. I ask you to please join your prayer to mine for our neighbors who must now rebuild their lives. 

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Peace & Justice Commission Statement Regarding the Events in Charlottesville, VA

August 16, 2017
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The Peace & Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St Louis expresses horror and sadness at the events which took place this weekend at the shameful and hate-filled "Unite the Right Rally" in Charlottesville, Virginia. The violence instigated by the neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates, white nationalists and white-supremacists in their confrontations with counter protestors resulted in three deaths and many injuries. We pray for the victims and their families.

As Catholics, we embrace the seven principles of Catholic social teaching as a central and essential element of our faith. Many of these principles were violated this past weekend. The first of the principles focuses on "Life and Human Dignity". Life and human dignity were clearly attacked this weekend leaving three people dead and many more injured. The principle of "Call to Family, Community and Participation" was violently assaulted by those who would divide our community based on race and creed. The principal of solidarity was also fiercely assailed. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) states "At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul taught that if you want peace, work for justice. The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for our brothers and sisters demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict."

We support the USCCB in its call for peace. We agree with Jesuit Father James Martin who reminds us that racism is a sin, and states that "All Christians, all people of faith, should not only reject it, not only oppose it, but fight against it." We ask you to join us in rejecting all forms of hatred and racism and work with us to actively support the true justice that leads to peace. 

Archdiocese of St. Louis Statement Regarding The Events In Charlottesville, VA

August 14, 2017
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The sad events over the weekend again remind us of the evils of intolerance and injustice.

Racism, or any ideology which seeks to undermine the dignity and worth of human beings simply because of the color of their skin, must be condemned. Our country has a detestable history with regard to the treatment of its citizens, including discrimination and hatred that undermine the God-given dignity of every human person. Unfortunately, some of our fellow citizens cling to these detestable ideas which are fueled by hate and ignorance. We must boldly march forward to a time when “love and truth will meet; justice and peace will kiss.” (Ps. 85:11)

Just as light scatters the darkness, love and truth scatter evil. As Christians, we know that love and truth are found in the redemptive light of Jesus Christ. The foundation of our faith rests on the mandate Christ left us: to love one another as He loved us. If we choose this path, and follow Christ, He promises that we “may all be one.” But the oft-quoted commandment of Christ to love one’s neighbor is preceded by the oft-neglected commandment to “love God before all else.”

This forgotten admonition, to “love God before all else,” has placed our country, culture, and humanity in the hands of destructive nihilism and evil itself.

In 2014, in the midst of the protests in Ferguson, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said our nation must deal with the sin of racism. That remains true. Racism is a sin because it is contrary to human dignity. What we have seen in Charlottesville, Baltimore, Ferguson, and elsewhere, is the result of a society that has put racism, fascism, nationalism, socialism, individualism, and other ideologies in place of God. These ideologies tear down human dignity because they determine human worth based not as we are, as beloved children of God, but based on race, class, or what one can do with one’s body. This is precisely why we must be adamantly outspoken against the legality of the grave evil of abortion. If we cannot see the connection in our society between the ability to kill a vulnerable, innocent child in the womb and the ability to hate a person based simply on the color of their skin, we are, truly, a nation without hope. Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said: “If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other?” How can those of us who live in a society where a woman can kill the child in her very womb be shocked when those who dwell on the fringe of society hate their neighbor because of the color of their skin?

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is committed to being an instrument of justice and peace. We engage daily in works of healing and reconciliation. We are committed to Christ's mission to bring forth his kingdom by prayer and laboring for justice and peace in our nation and world. We pray that all men and women will love one another as Christ loved us.

In addition to our daily, unceasing prayer that everyone be treated as God’s beloved children, we invite you to please join us in our efforts:

  • August 21, 2017: Disciples of Peace & Justice, Rosary commemorating the three-year journey of discipleship after the death of Michael Brown, 6:30 p.m., Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish's Our Lady of Lourdes grotto, 150 N Elizabeth Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

For information on these events and more, visit archstl.org.


Note: This statement was published as an editorial by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson in the August 21-27, 2017 St. Louis Review and can be found at stlouisreview.com.

Statement on the Passing of Bishop Robert J. Shaheen

August 10, 2017
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ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement upon the death of Bishop Robert J. Shaheen:

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Bishop Robert J. Shaheen, a good friend and a beloved shepherd of the Maronite Catholic community.

I ask that the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Bishop Shaheen. Bishop Elias Zaidan and the faithful of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

 May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.

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Click here for an obituary in the St. Louis Review

EMPOWER St. Louis Training: A Training Day for All Adults Serving in Youth Ministry

Every year around September the Office of Youth Ministry has Training and ongoing Formation for all Youth Ministers, Adult Youth Leaders, Core Members, and Volunteers to better prepare them for the mission field of Youth Ministry. 

Our next Training Day will be Saturday, September 9, 2017. The Office of Youth Ministry is excited to be working with Life Teen this September! This is a day for all adults who serve in youth ministry. Registrations will be made through the Life Teen website, but you do not have to be a Life Teen member to attend. This Empower Training Day is designed to help all types of youth programs and their leaders!

Event: EMPOWER St. Louis Training

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017

What: This will be a full day of training for all adults working in youth ministry.

Where: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Time:  Check-in and breakfast are from 8:20 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Training will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more details, and to register, visit http://stlyouth.org/training.

Statement of Archbishop Carlson on Passing of Senate Bill 5 in Special Session of Missouri Legislature

July 25, 2017
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ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement at the conclusion of the special session of the Missouri Legislature today:

The passage of Senate Bill 5 by the Missouri Legislature is a welcome resolution to a protracted special session. This important pro-life legislation will save the lives of unborn children, safeguard the health and safety of women, and protect the freedom of pregnancy resource centers to hire whom they choose.

Senate Bill 5, though laudable, does not completely overturn the “abortion sanctuary” ordinance in the City of St. Louis; thus, the lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and others against the City of St. Louis and ordinance 70459 will continue.

Ultimately, the worth of this special session will not be determined by the money spent, but by the number of lives saved, of which we may never have an exact accounting.

In closing, I urge any woman struggling with her pregnancy, or anyone wounded by abortion, to seek hope and healing through the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis by calling 314.792.7555. The Church stands ready to offer assistance to anyone who truly seeks God’s mercy.

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Sunday's Performance of Fr. Scheid Players' Production - Fiddler on the Roof - is Sold Out! Tickets Available at Door for Friday & Saturday Performances!

The Catholic Youth Apostolate is pleased to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will continue their 38th season with Fiddler on the Roof. Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.

This year’s cast of over 100 will feature six priests of the Archdiocese, including:

  • Monsignor John Borcic of St. Mary Magdalen Parish
  • Fr. Terry Borgerding of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Marthasville
  • Fr. John Brennell of Seven Holy Founders Parish in Affton
  • Monsignor Norb Ernst of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish
  • Fr. Henry Purcell of Immaculate Conception-Dardenne Parish
  • Fr. Bill Wigand of Regina Cleri

Also performing will be dozens of talented grade school, teenage, and adult performers from 40 different parishes in the Archdiocese!

This year marks the group’s 38th anniversary of presenting Broadway plays, reviews, and musicals featuring Archdiocesan clergy and laity to raise funds for the youth programs of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

Performance dates are:

  • Friday, July 21 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 23 at 2:00 pm (SOLD OUT!)

All performances will be at Incarnate Word Academy, 2788 Normandy Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63121.

Tickets are available at the door for $15. The Incarnate Word Academy Theatre is handicapped accessible. For additional ticket information, please contact Ann Madden at (314) 846-1060 or email annmaddenstl1@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued support of the Catholic Youth Apostolate!

Vatican-Approved Pilgrimage Site at Old Cathedral Announced

July 18, 2017
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ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has designated the Basilica of Saint Louis, King (the “Old Cathedral” at 209 Walnut) and its historic statue of Our Lady of Fatima as a destination for pilgrims in the Archdiocese of St. Louis during the centennial anniversary of the Marian apparitions in Fatima, Portugal, which took place May-October 1917.

Pope Francis granted the opportunity for Catholics to obtain a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, during the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima by making a pilgrimage to Portugal, or by visiting with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima that is “solemnly exposed for public veneration” such as the statue in the Basilica.

An official announcement from the World Apostolate of Fatima reads:

“To the faithful who visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory or proper place during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October 2017, and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary.  In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima.”

Remaining dates on which Catholics may obtain a plenary indulgence by visiting the Fatima statue in the Basilica are August 13, September 13, and October 13.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, an indulgence is “the remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven.” Indulgences can be partial if they remove part of the temporal punishment due to sin, or plenary if it removes all punishment. With the help of the Church, which is the “minister of redemption,” a properly disposed Christian can obtain an indulgence only under certain prescribed conditions; these include some form of devotion or charitable work, prayers for the pope, participation in Mass, and recourse to the sacraments.

The significance of the Fatima statue in the Basilica dates back to 1970 when John Cardinal Carberry, then-Archbishop of St. Louis, led a delegation of pilgrims to Fatima, 53 years after the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three young shepherd children there. The children saw and spoke to Mary, who urged the entire world to pray fervently. Thousands witnessed miraculous events during the apparitions, including the sun “dancing” in the sky. Upon his return, Cardinal Carberry – the first English-speaking prelate to celebrate Mass at the Fatima shrine – directed that a replica of the Fatima statue be placed in the Basilica. The three-foot statue was a gift from then-Bishop John Venancio of Leiria, Portugal.

The Basilica is open Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. For Mass times and more information, visit oldcathedralstl.org.

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Peace & Justice Commission Statement Regarding the Better Care Reconciliation Act

June 27, 2017
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ST. LOUIS - The Peace & Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis released the following statement regarding the Better Care Reconciliation Act:

Christ reminds us that we serve Him directly when we care for the sick and the needy: ..." For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me...." [Matthew 25:35-36].

The Senate is considering legislation which will profoundly affect health care delivery to all Americans. A positive element of the Better Care Reconciliation Act is that it recognizes that abortion is not health care by attempting to prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortion or plans that cover it. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) this would correct a flaw in the current Affordable Care Act by fully applying the longstanding and widely-supported Hyde Amendment protections.

However, it is also anticipated that this Act will decrease support to Medicaid, which provides medical coverage for low-income persons, many of whom are children or the elderly. Those with pre-existing medical conditions could lose the protections that formerly enabled them to obtain affordable healthcare. In the coming years, it is estimated that 22 million people will lose their health insurance under this Act according to the Congressional Budget Office.

As Catholics, we are called to advocate for the poor and the powerless in our midst. In their response to the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the USCCB notes "...It is precisely the detrimental impact on the poor and vulnerable that makes the Senate draft unacceptable as written. An acceptable health care system provides access to all, regardless of their means, and at all stages of life...." Furthermore, the Act fails to put into place conscience protections for all those involved in the health care system.

The Peace and Justice Commission stands with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and people of good will across this country in who are working to address this critical issue. We invite everyone to join with us in prayer that our legislators reflect on the harmful effects that the Act would impose on those our faith requires us to protect and we ask them to responsibly make the changes necessary to protect the poor and the powerless.

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