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.

Memorial honors donors, families

A new Donor Memorial Monument on the grounds near Mid-America Transplant Services, 1110 Highlands Plaza Drive East in St. Louis, honors the selfless act of giving life to another through organ and tissue donation. The sculptor was Don Wiegand of St. Louis. It depicts 12 people raising their hands high while holding lit candles in the air.. Backed by large blocks of stone and marble, it is surrounded by a pool of water in the center of a tree-lined and grassy central garden.

A new Donor Memorial Monument in St. Louis provides a lasting tribute to organ and tissue donors as well as their families

Mid-America Transplant Services dedicated the Donor Memorial Monument last year in the central grounds near its office, 1110 Highlands Plaza Drive East in St. Louis.

The bronze bas-relief sculpture, crafted by world-renowned sculptor Don Wiegand at his studio in West County, depicts 12 people raising their hands high while holding lit candles.

Vocation Awareness Week competitions opened

Each year, the archdiocesan Office of Vocations sponsors a Vocation Awareness Contest, which includes competitions for five elementary school grades, to encourage children to support vocations and consider vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

Divine Word priest, a 'true crusader' builds up Downtown parish

Father Urey Patrick Mark, a Society of the Divine Word priest and administrator of St. Nicholas Parish in Downtown St. Louis, received high fives from children at the St. Nicholas Preschool.

"Gimme five," Father Urey Patrick Mark said to the children at St. Nicholas Preschool as he greeted them on a recent weekday.

"Who all went to church on Sunday?" he asked. "Praise God for that! I saw you, and I saw you and you. ... You went to your own church. That's OK."

Living the Spirit: National Vocation Awareness Week helps bring men, women to their calling

Kenrick-Glennon seminarian Dan Kenney listened to a teen during group discussion at a weekly youth gathering at St. Norbert Parish in Florissant, where he is assigned to serve. Kenrick-Glennon Seminary sends seminarians to local parishes as part of their preparation for the priesthood.

A vocation, whether to the priesthood or consecrated life, or even the single or married life, must be rooted in the love of Jesus Christ.

So says Msgr. Edward Rice, director of the archdiocesan Office of Vocations.

The St. Louis native priest has served as director of the office, which promotes religious vocations, since August 2008. Since he took the helm as director, the priest has placed the office under the protection of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The story of Christmas

The Gospel according to Luke 2:1-14


In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.

This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.

And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

St. John Vianney reminds us of the importance of confession

Benedictine Father Bede Price, rector of the Oratory of Sts. Gregory and Augustine in Creve Coeur, posed in the oratory's new confessional, which was installed earlier this year. The oratory, which celebrates the extraordinary form of the Mass, or traditional Latin Mass, began using the confessional in August.

He was known for spending more than half of his day in the confessional. The faithful came from afar to the small city of Ars, France, to pour out their hearts and ask for the Lord's forgiveness for their sins.

But such wasn't always the life of St. Jean-Marie (John) Vianney, a 19th-century French pastor and the world's patron saint of priests.

"What's amazing, is when you read about his life and the struggles he encountered in his own vocation and to see how various people intervened," said Msgr. William McCumber, pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Richmond Heights and director of the Office of Sacred Worship for the archdiocese.

"We hear about all of the great things he did as a priest. But the parish process for him was a struggle. I think more importantly is that we see God's divine providence here."

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