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.



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


Join us on Saturday, September 29th at 9:00 a.m. for the first session of the St. Mark's Initiative of the Center's Legal Ministry. Information will be presented on power of attorney, guardianship and conservatorships.  There is no charge for the sessions, but free will offerings are welcome.  Call the Center at (314) 367-7929 to confirm your attendance.

Lwanga Center Bible Study

The St. Charles Lwanga Center resumes its Bible Study on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. We will be focusing on the Book of Genesis. There is no charge for the sessions. However, free will offerings to the Center are always welcome. Call (314) 367-7929 for additional information.


We are proud to welcome Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church as a sponsoring parish of the St. Charles Lwanga Center. Located in Ferguson, the pastor is Father Robert Rosebrough. The parish’s representative to the Lwanga Board is Mr. Michael Cunningham. Their stated mission is: “We are a Catholic people joined together in the Eucharist. We are carriers of God’s love to one another and the greater community”.

The St. Charles Lwanga Center joins in the collaborative journey with them. Welcome aboard!

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