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.
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.
Daniel Conway, who was recently appointed consultant to the archbishop for mission advancement, has more than 30 years of stewardship experience that he will apply toward his primary focus -- raising funds for Catholic schools.
Conway, whose appointment was announced by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson last month, spearheaded chief stewardship and development at St. Meinrad Archabbey and Seminary, the Archdiocese of Louisville, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Archdiocese of Chicago, working on strategic planning, communications, stewardship education and development.
The Catholic Education Office sponsored a Catholic Schools Week 2010 Essay Contest, inviting students to write on the theme "Catholic Schools -- the Good News in Education." Each school could submit one entry in each of four categories: primary grades (a drawing with caption or 25-word essay), intermediate, middle school and high school.
The winning essays will be posted on the Catholic Education Office web pages of the archdiocesan website, archstl.org/education, on the elementary, secondary and special education web pages.