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

"PRE-CANA" MARRIAGE PREPARATION WORKSHOP WEEKEND AT LWANGA CENTER THIS MONTH

The St. Charles Lwanga Center in North St. Louis City will offer its third Marriage Preparation Weekend of the year on Friday, August 30 through Saturday, August 31, 2013.  The cost of the two day workshop is $150.00 per couple and includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday.  Spaces are limited. Contact the Center at (314) 367-7929 for registration information.

LWANGA CENTER BIBLE STUDY COMING BACK FROM HIATUS

Bible Study at the St. Charles Lwanga Center in North St. Louis City will resume on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.  We will be exploring "The Book of Leviticus" through November. Please bring a Bible (New American Edition is preferred).  There is no charge for the sessions.  Free will offerings to the Center are always welcomed. Please feel free to call the Center at (314) 367-7929 if additional information is needed.

LWANGA CENTER PATRON SAINTS CELEBRATION AND BIBLE STUDY UPDATE

Come and join our celebration on the Memorial of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions on Monday, June 3, 2013. Mass is at 6:30 p.m. in St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Church at the corner of Shreve and Carter Avenues in St. Louis. Reception will follow at the St. Charles Lwanga Center on Carter Ave, adjacent to the church. Please R.S.V.P. to the Center at (314) 367-7929. Fr. Art Cavitt, the Center's exeutive director will be the principal celebrant. Concelebrants are welcome; please bring an alb and red stole.

Also, by popular request, the Center's Bible Study has resumed from a brief hiatus for three Thursday sessions: May 30, June 6, and June 13, 2013. We are exploring and praying with "Selected Psalms". The sessions are at the Center, 4746 Carter Ave. in St. Louis, beginning at 1:00 p.m. There  is no charge for the sessions. Free will offerings are always welcome. Call us at (314) 367-7929 if further information is needed.

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