St. Charles Lwanga Center

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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.

 

History

The Center is named after Charles Lwanga, a leader among a group of 22 young men who were martyred between 1885 and 1886. Pope Paul VI canonized St. Charles Lwanga and Companions in 1964.

There was a desire for a house or Center of Spirituality within the African-American Community and between 1976-1979 the parishioners and staff of the former Most Blessed Sacrament Parish ventured to explore the possiblity of using the former convent as a house of spiritual formation and leadership development. The pastor was instrumental in bringing clergy/religious and laity together for formal establishment in 1978. It was important that as many parishes as possible were represented, which led the parishes to agree to sponsor the efforts of the Center. Currently, there are 10 sponsoring parishes and one non-parish organization. The membership of the Board of Directors consists of representatives from the parishes and organization, along with at-large members.

 

Programs/Services

Evangelization

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Spiritual Enrichment & Resources

 

Liturgy

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.

 

Resources

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

 

Links

National Black Catholic Congress

St. Louis Review

 

Staff

Meet the people who keep the Center running.

 

Sponsoring Parishes
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Latest News

NATIONAL BLACK CATHOLIC HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014

Come and join us as we celebrate National Black Catholic History Month on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Lwanga Center at (Shreve and Carter Aves. in North St. Louis City) adjacent to the St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist Church. Feel free to call us at (314) 367-7929 to let us know that you will be present.

2015 ANNUAL TESTIMONIAL DINNER AND AUCTION

Please join us at the 32nd Annual St. Charles Lwanga Center Testimonial Dinner and Auction being held on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Rennaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel.  Silent auction begins at 2:30 p.m. and the dinner program begins at 4:00 p.m. 

Adults and youth from the sponsoring parishes will be honored along with the newly instituted Torch Bearer honorees.  For information concerning ticketing, ad space, and auction contributions please contact your Lwanga Center parish representative and/or parish office.  Inquirers from throughout the archdiocese are invited to call the Lwanga Center at 314-367-7929.

Tickets are $60 each and tables of 10 are $600.

LWANGA CENTER RESUMES BIBLE STUDY

The St. Charles Lwanga Center resumes its Bible Study this week on August 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.  Join us then and on successive Thursdays as we study and pray with the Book of Deuteronomy. There is no charge for the sessions but free will offerings to the Center are always welcomed.

 

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