peace and justice

God is Calling

Thomasina Clarke, left, conducted an audition with Patrice Mari for the play “Growing up Catholic: What’s Race Got To Do With It?” The audition was held at St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Church and the play will be performed Oct. 14 and 15 at St. Louis University.

After the death of Michael Brown in 2014, shot in a confrontation with a police officer, Josh Meister had an awakening.

"The situation opened my eyes to the fact that there's still a lot of racial tension and I didn't really realize it," Meister said.

Fast forward three years to the not guilty verdict of former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley — a white officer charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death in 2011 of Anthony Lamar Smith, a known drug dealer who was black. Meister realized it was time to put his faith into action.

Sacred conversations on race

"Sacred Conversations on Race (+ Action)" is the topic of a program from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Sts. Teresa and Bridget Parish, 2401 N. Grand Ave. in north St. Louis. In keeping with the archdiocesan commitment to confront systemic racism in the work for peace and justice, the conversations support congregations and faith organizations as they broach difficult conversations centered on racial tension. To register, call (314) 367-3484 and leave a voice mail, or email 

'What must we do as people of faith?' | We must reject violence and pray for peace, Archbishop Carlson says

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated a votive Mass for Peace and Justice Nov. 25 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

At a votive Mass for Peace and Justice Nov. 25 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson noted the importance of this time in the Church calendar: the end of liturgical year this week, and the beginning of Advent this Sunday.

Advent leads to Christmas, the annual celebration of Jesus Christ's birth in a manger in Bethlehem.

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