Living Our Faith

The Living Our Faith section highlights Catholics and Catholic organizations who are living the Catholic faith in their daily lives through their prayer, works, and generous service to the community.

How archdiocesan support assists Messengers of Peace in missionary efforts in Colombia

Father Luis Mesa, Msgr. Francis X. Blood and Father Brian Fischer, the archbishop’s secretary, visited with members of St. Joseph home for the elderly in Villa de Leyva, Colombia. The Messengers of Peace minister to various communities, including the elderly, children and the poor in that country.

Before Msgr. Francis X. Blood left for a whirlwind tour of Colombia last month, he knew what he was going to see there would reflect the efforts of a "missionary heart."

Archbishop Carlson: Prayer led to new community's focus on peace and service to the most vulnerable

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson renewed Father Luis Mesa’s vows as a member of the Messengers of Peace during Mass Dec. 11 in Colombia.

When Archbishop Robert J. Carlson set out to found a mission in Colombia several years ago, he never thought it would have developed into what it is today.

The Messengers of Peace, he said, came from prayer. It was through that prayer that the Lord placed several things in his heart.

"First, the mission should be called Pacem in Terris, and it should center around prayer for peace," said the archbishop, "as people desire peace, but not enough are willing to pray for it."

Messengers of Peace share their "Prayer for Peace"

Prayer for Peace

The Messengers of Peace follow a prayer for peace taken from the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, the 13th-century Italian saint who dedicated himself to a life of poverty and promoter of peace in the world.


Lord Jesus Christ, make us an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is offense, pardon; where there is conflict, that we may build peace.

HEC-TV documentary focuses on Catholic education in archdiocese

This scene, part of the mosaics of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, depicts the integration of Catholic schools in the St. Louis Archdiocese nearly 10 years before public schools desegregated. It is the cover of the January issue of HEC-TV Magazine, promoting the upcoming  Higher Education Channel documentary on Catholic education,”Mission To Educate — A Faithful Past, A Faith-Filled Future.”

Catholic education in the St. Louis Archdiocese will be 200 years old in 2018. In anticipation of that anniversary, the Catholic Education Office is celebrating the creation of a new documentary, "Mission To Educate -- A Faithful Past, A Faith-Filled Future," that will air on HEC-TV (Higher Education Channel) beginning Sunday, Jan. 31.

Members of the Board of Catholic Education

Board of Catholic Education

Sister Cathy Doherty, SSND, Our Lady of Guadalupe

Fred Entrikin III, Mary Queen of Peace

Father Robert Evans, Our Lady of the Presentation

Peggy Henderson, St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist

Lynne Lang, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Msgr. Gregory Mikesch, St. Alban Roe

Father Carl Scheble, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

John Schwob, Sacred Heart (Valley Park)

Kathy Sedlacek, St. Ann (Normandy)

Father John Seper, Assumption (Mattese)

Kevin Short, St. Roch

Showtimes of "Mission To Educate" HEC-TV documentary about Catholic education in the archdiocese

The one-hour documentary, "Mission To Educate -- A Faithful Past, A Faith-Filled Future," will air on HEC-TV.

Programs will be aired:

1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31

1 p.m. Sundays in February

7 p.m. Mondays in February

HEC-TV is on Channel 26 for Charter Cable customers and on Channel 99, with HEC-TV option, for AT & T U-Verse customers.

When "Mission To Educate" is being aired on HEC-TV, it will be simultaneously shown online at

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