St. Charles Lwanga Center

Homily from Fr. Art Cavitt, 2017 Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the St. Charles Lwanga Center is to promote Christian spiritual formation and leadership development within the African American Catholic Community and for all who collaborate with the Center, in accord with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in the tradition of the Catholic Church.



Founded in 1978, the center is located at 4746 Carter Ave. (near I-70 and Shreve Avenue exit) in North St. Louis within the St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist church complex.




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Monthly Eucharistic celebrations are held every 1st Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. in St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Catholic Church (adjacent to the Center).

Reverend Arthur J. Cavitt is the principal celebrant.



Looking for something? Contact Margaret Washington at 314.367.7929, ext. 11.



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You are invited to join us for the patronal celebration of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions on this Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Mass will be at 6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Church (adjacent to the Center). Concelebrants should bring an alb and red stole. Reception and open house follows at the Lwanga Center. Please R.S.V.P. to the Center at (314) 367-7929. Singers and instrumentalists are invited to participate in the collaborative liturgical music ministry for the evening. Rehearsal will occur in the church on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. prior to Mass. Please let Mr. Eugene Thomas, music director know of your intention to participate through emailing him at      Also, registrations are being accepted for the Kujenga XIV Youth Conference for high school teens being held at Fontbonne University July 17-19, 2015. Final payment due June 12. Contact the Lwanga Center for applications and information.



Please contribute to the Black and Indian Mission special collection this First Sunday of Lent, February 22. Special envelopes are in your standard parish envelope packet or available through your parish. Established by the American Bishops in 1884, the collection exists to help build the Church and preach the Gospel among the African American, Native American and Alaska Native people of God. Local programs in our archdiocese are assisted through this collection. Your generosity is appreciated.

The Lwanga Center Bible Study resumes on Wednesday, February 25th at 1:00 p.m.  Fr. Art Cavitt will facilitate with Lenten Lectionary Scripture and cultural themes on Wednesdays through Holy Week. On the Wednesday of the first week of Easter, we will study and pray with the Book of Joshua through early June. Please bring a Bible (New American Edition is preferred). There is no fee for the sessions. Free will offerings to the Lwanga Center are always welcomed. Call (314) 367-7929 if additional information is needed.



Join us at the Center as we celebrate National Black Catholic History Month on Sunday, November 16, 2014. At 2:00 p.m. Mrs. Sharon Cooney-Smith of St. Alphonsus "Rock" Parish will lead a discussion on the past and ongoing local history of the National Black Catholic Congress. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP at 314.367.7929.

We will be having our annual one-day retreat for busy people entitled, the Crossroads Retreat on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Center from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The  $25.00 fee includes materials and meals. RSVP at 314.367.7929.

We are recruiting youth ministry volunteers to assist with planning and implementing our youth programs. Please contact Mrs. Corliss Cox or Fr. Art Cavitt at 314.367.7929

Inquirers have wanted to know about our Executive Director, Rev. Arthur Cavitt and St. Nicholas Parish. On Sunday, November 9, 2014, Fr. Art will be installed as Pastor at the 10:30 a.m. Mass by the Vicar General of the Archdiocese, Msgr. Mark Rivituso. A reception with light refreshments follows after Mass.  All are invited.



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