St. Charles Lwanga Center

Lwanga event

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.



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.




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

Latest News


Back from a few weeks of hiatus, the St. Charles Lwanga Center Bible Study resumes for 18 consecutive Wednesdays, starting on September 14, 2016. We will be exploring and praying with the 1st and 2nd Books of Kings through early January, 2017. Please bring a Bible. The New American Edition is preferred.There is no fee for the sessions. Free will offerings to the Center are always welcome. Call us at (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.




The St. Charles Lwanga Center invites you to its annual celebration of National Black Catholic History Month on this Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. This year's location will be Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish Center located at 1050 Smith Ave., 63135 (off of Hudson Rd.) in Ferguson. We will be highlighting the National Black Catholic Congress and the Pastoral Plan drafted in July at Indianapolis. We want to explore its implications for our archdiocese. The event is free and open to the entire archdiocese. Call the Center at (314) 367-7929 today or Saturday to let us know that you will attend.


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