Catholic Charities

At St. Patrick Center, faith hits street level

Ann Rotermund, former senior director of mental health programs at St. Patrick Center, retired after 28 years at the center. She recently published a book about her experiences running the day treatment program at the agency.

Ann Rotermund tells of a young homeless woman named Donna who came to St. Patrick Center, a Catholic Charities social service agency in Downtown St. Louis. Donna later had a baby, worked to get her life together and moved into an apartment, thanks to help from St. Patrick Center.
Rotermund said that Donna told her something she'd never forget. "Donna said, 'I am a rich woman. I have this beautiful baby, and I have carpeting.'"

Marie Kenyon named director of new Peace and Justice Commission

Marie Kenyon, director of the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, has been named director of the new Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Marie Kenyon has been named director of the newly formed Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson made the announcement Jan. 6.

Kenyon, who for almost three decades has directed the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, will join the staff of the Office of General Counsel for the archdiocese. She begins her new role Feb. 16.

St. Patrick Center names Laurie Phillips as CEO

The St. Patrick Center Board of Directors has announced it has hired Laurie Phillips as its new chief executive officer. A native St. Louisan, Phillips will begin her role Jan. 20. She is the first female to serve as CEO since St. Patrick Center’s founder in 1983, Edith Cunnane.

The St. Patrick Center Board of Directors has announced it has hired Laurie Phillips as its new chief executive officer. A native St. Louisan, Phillips will begin her role Jan. 20. She is the first female to serve as CEO since St. Patrick Center's founder in 1983, Edith Cunnane.

"We found a unique combination of talents and skills in Laurie Phillips," said Joe Ambrose, president of the St. Patrick Center Board of Directors. "She has the right blend of for-profit and nonprofit experiences, plus the personal story of making a life-changing decision to evolve her career into serving others."

BEFORE THE CROSS | Serving people regardless of their faith

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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson gave his annual Advent Day of Recollection at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Dec. 6. Parishioners throughout the archdiocese spent time in eucharistic adoration, took part in the sacrament of reconciliation and attended Mass.

Archbishop Carlson continues his series of columns to introduce readers to members of his advisory team with an article on Theresa Ruzicka, president of Catholic Charities of St. Louis.

Quietly ministering: Catholic agencies provide practical services and financial aid in Ferguson

In the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting death, faith and religion took center stage in Ferguson.

NonCatholic ministers arrived from out of town and held services, conducted press conferences and marched with protesters, seemingly leading the charge for peace and justice.

On the secular side, foundations formed with the mandate of healing St. Louis and its environs.

Worthy enterprises, all.

Catholic Charities to use grant to help Ferguson-area residents

The board of the Missouri Foundation for Health has approved a grant of up to $25,000 for Catholic Charities. The funding will provide case management at the drop-in center in Dellwood for people affected by the street blockings, damages and other disruptions caused by the protests and subsequent violence in Ferguson following the shooting of an unarmed man by a police officer.

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