St. Charles Lwanga Center


“Gracious God, You have made the blood of the martyrs to be the seed of Christians.  May the witness by Saint Charles Lwanga and his companions of their loyalty to Christ in the face of torture, inspire women and men all over the world to live the Christian faith. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, pray for us.”




 We invite you to view an inspirational, contemporary profile entitled, 
“Remembering a Saint: Karoli Lwanga, Most Influential Martyr”

(314) 367-7929


Mission Statement:

The mission of the St. Charles Lwanga Center is to promote Catholic teaching, Catholic spiritual formation and leadership development, including advocacy for justice and racial equity concerns within the Black Catholic Community and for all who collaborate with them, in accord with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.



The Center is named after Charles (Karoli / Carl) 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 possibility 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 9 sponsoring parishes and one non-parish organization. In consultation with Archbishop Robert Carlson, the Board of Directors ratified a revised Constitution and Bylaws in April, 2017, affirming the expanded scope of the Center. As such, the St. Charles Lwanga Center, while retaining its proper name and symbol is also known as the Archdiocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministries. The Board of Directors continues the vision of the reconstituted St. Charles Lwanga Center. The Board consists of representatives from the sponsoring parishes and organization, along with at-large members. 




Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Spiritual Enrichment & Resources



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.



Among our holdings are books, magazines, back copies of the St. Louis Review, historical, cultural, catechetical and theological references. Looking for something? Contact Margaret Washington at 314.367.7929, ext. 11.



National Black Catholic Congress

St. Louis Review



Meet the people who keep the Center running.


Sponsoring Parishes and Organization

Latest News


On Thursday, April 14, our executive director, Fr. Arthur Cavitt was the guest chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives. He led the assembly in prayer before their opening session. Viewing of the prayer and subsequent tribute can be seen within the first five minutes on the link below:

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