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The Multiplying Effect

By Dave Baranowski | Director of Stewardship Education, Archdiocese of St. Louis Back in the spring, my wife and I took a two week vacation to London, Paris and Bayeux, France. As we completed a week in London, visiting all the sites and learning about the city's struggles and courage during WWII and having just completing a day-long tour of the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, I was awe-struck with the gratitude and hospitality that we have received. As we visited the Churchill War Room in London and all the WWII memorials that fill the Normandy countryside, we Read More

Too Many Vocations?

By Fr. Brian Fallon | Assistant Director of Vocations Priest shortage? Not in 1800's Bohemia! Hi, I’m Fr. Brian Fallon from the Vocation Office, and my jaw dropped onto my Roman Collar when I learned St. John Neumann was denied ordination because his home diocese had too many priests! January 5 is the feast day of St. John Neumann (b. 1811), not to be confused with Blessed John Henry Newman (I do that a lot). Flustered at being denied, John Neumann headed to the United States, and was ordained a priest of New York in 1836. As a parish priest Read More

Catholic Schools: Models of Christianity

By Sue Brown | Director of Marketing and Community Relations - Catholic Education Office Archbishop Carlson has called us to continue to beOne in our efforts to secure the future of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. To whom can we pray and ask for guidance? Two saints, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. John Neumann, whose feast days are today and tomorrow, are excellent choices. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was the first native-born American to be canonized by the Church. She experienced both wealth and poverty in her short 46 years, and converted to Catholicism because of the Read More

Why God Became Man

By Mr. Carl Sommer | Lecturer in Church History & Patristics, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary The Church’s Liturgical Calendar is packed with a great deal of hidden beauty. Nowhere is this more evident than on January 2, the Eighth Day of Christmas by traditional reckoning. This day is also the feast of Saints Basil and Gregory Nazianzen, two of the three great Saints who are known as the “Cappadocian Fathers.” The coincidence of celebrating their feast day within the Christmas season is startling. The Cappadocian Fathers spent a good part of their lives trying to understand the mystery of the Incarnation and Read More

Opening Holy Doors of Charity

By Monsignor Jack Schuler | Director of Mission Integration, Catholic Charities of St. Louis On December 8th Pope Francis officially inaugurated the Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy. Normally, Jubilee Years are held every 25 years but the Holy Father has proclaimed an "Extraordinary Jubilee" or Holy Year of Mercy. The year officially began when he opened the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica. Over three million people are expected to walk through the Holy Door this Jubilee Year. Walking through the Holy Door symbolizes a new beginning, a deeper step into mercy. I stumbled upon a very powerful definition of mercy, one that Read More

Christmas Is All About Me

By Giovanni Madriz | Program Coordinator, Office of Hispanic MInistry This year my Christmas wishes for those I love are all about me. I am pretty sure it’s the same for most of us:  during Christmas the most noble of feelings surface in our hearts and we can be overcome by a strong urge to share those feelings with those around us. Since the beginning of Advent I have often find myself in my daily interactions wishing blessings upon those I greet when I wake up, when I arrive to my work, or when I casually encounter them throughout the day. Read More