“Not to be served but to serve”


On the heels of Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso's episcopal ordination four days prior, four men were ordained as transitional deacons May 6 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson ordained Gerson Parra, Philiphraj Rathinam and Christopher Rubie for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Daniel Koko-Oleko for the Diocese of Tshumbe (Democratic Republic of Congo). Bishop Rivituso, Bishop-emeritus Robert J. Hermann and Bishop Felipe Sãnchez from the Diocese of Chiquinquira, Colombia concelebrated, along with archdiocesan priests.

DEAR FATHER | Exposing, reposing Blessed Sacrament should be reserved for priests, deacons

Whenever we speak about handling the Eucharist, we desire to treat the Lord with the greatest respect. Even with this most important desire, there will be unexpected situations that will arise. How do we handle these situations while keeping respect for the Blessed Sacrament at the fore?

Deacons meet Christ in the face of those suffering


The phone call came from out of the blue, a random query from a potential customer similar to other calls into Ken Potzman's construction company: Someone wanted him to bid on a job.

Simple as that, except this turned out to be more than your average, run-of-the-mill request for a job bid. It proved to be the ministry component of The Call, capital 'T' and capital 'C.'

Women deacons? Deaconesses? The context on a complex topic

In a meeting with the heads of religious communities, Pope Francis agreed he would set up a commission to study the role of New Testament deaconesses and the possibility of women serving as deacons.

But what did he mean, exactly? There is a greater context to be understood within the news, according to Deacon Jim Russell, family life coordinator with the archdiocesan Office of Laity and Family Life.

Clergy appointments for May 19, 2016

Deacon Delfin S. Leonardo, a permanent deacon, while continuing to assist the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Clayton, and the chaplain at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, is also appointed as the Archbishop's Representative to the Filipino community living in the archdiocese, effective June 13, 2016.

Deacon David I. Harping, a permanent deacon, assisting the pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Spanish Lake, is appointed to assist the pastor of Saint Ferdinand Parish in Florissant, effective July 1, 2016

Catalyst for change in East St. Louis makes things happen

Sister Carol Lehmkuhl, OP has been a religious for 50 years and ministers in East St. Louis as director of the East Side Heart and Home Family Center. Sister Carol has worked the last decade with the poor, transforming a blighted neighborhood by slowly building new houses. Teaching skills of homeownership is an important element and a key to the sucess of the mission. She talked with a neighborhood helper, Sarah Hyde.

When Sparkill Dominican Sister Carol Lehmkuhl came to the East St. Louis, Ill., neighborhood, its most prominent feature was a big house with drug-dealing and prostitution. Dilapidated, abandoned homes dotted the landscape.

It wasn't a place where you'd want to be.

Now, the area outside what once was the rectory of the former St. Adalbert Parish is a neighborhood of new homes for low-income families. The streets are clean, and the drug-dealing and prostitution are for the most part gone.

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