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.

Bringing a Message of Peace: Chance encounters helped man to see doors that God opened for him

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Father Luis Mesa, superior of the Messengers of Peace, visited the planned site of Villa Guadalupe, a residence outside Sutamarchán, Colombia, for girls whose families are unable to care for them. When not in prayer, the Messengers of Peace focus on serving those most in need. The archbishop was instrumental in supporting Father Mesa in founding the Messengers of Peace and also secured private funding to build the girls’ residence.

Nearly retired and on the brink of embarking on a major life change, Luis Mesa prayed that the Lord would keep open the doors he was meant to go through, and close those in which he shouldn't.

Prior to that, the 62-year-old had everything the world could give him -- a successful career, a beach home in California, two grown daughters and five beautiful grandchildren.

But it was through a series of chance encounters that Mesa's life took a turn that he never would have expected.

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.

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