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‘WHERE IT ALL BEGAN’ | Mass at the Old Cathedral highlights contributions of religious orders in St. Louis

A Mass celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis was held for religious of the archdiocese at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, Aug. 24. In attendance was Cardinal Justsin Rigali , papal legate and Archbishop-Emeritus of Philadelphia, Archbishop of St. Louis Robert J. Carlson and Bishop Edward Rice of St. Louis. Special guests in attendance at the Mass were Prince Louis de Bourbon and his wife Princess Marie-Marguerite.After Mass the religious of the archdiocese gathered for a photograph in the newly renovated cathedral with Archbishop Robert Carlson and Bishop Edward Rice.

Down by the riverfront, the faithful gathered for a Mass at the site of the Old Cathedral, in an area to become known as the Gateway to the West.

They worshipped in a one-room log cabin, then they left on foot, on horseback or in horse-drawn buggies.

The year was 1764; the Mass was the first in newly formed Laclede Village, founded by Pierre Laclede and August Chouteau and later renamed St. Louis — for King Louis IX of France.

Coming to St. Louis

You've heard there's a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. You've seen the fiberglass cakes around town. Maybe you've even heard of or attended a program or two related to the anniversary.

A civic organization, STL250, serves as the master of ceremonies for the 2014 celebration. The Archdiocese of St. Louis has established CatholicSTL250, with efforts to commemorate the contributions of the Church and Catholics in St. Louis over the past 250 years. A Mass on New Year's Eve kicked off the events.

Editorial | Let's make the king proud

This year's celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of our city is a fitting time to commit ourselves to the Christian values and dedication to the poor of the man whose name is St. Louis.

Louis IX served as king of France in the mid-13th century and was known as a living embodiment of the Christianity of the time. He had a special place in his heart for religious orders -- as does our city, known as the home of many communities of men and women religious and the many ministries they established here.

Mass to celebrate 800th anniversary of St. Louis' birth

Auxiliary Bishop Edward J. Rice will celebrate a Mass in recognition of the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Louis at noon Friday, April 25, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. St. Louis IX, King of France and the patron saint of St. Louis, was born on April 25, 1214.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Ignatian spirituality sees the grandeur of God in everyday life

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson distributed communion during Mass at the Catholic Women for Christ Conference. More than 800 women attended the conference Jan. 25 at the St. Charles Convention Center.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been blessed with the ministry of Jesuits for so long that we risk taking them for granted. Before this territory was settled, Jesuit missionaries traveled down the Mississippi River evangelizing and teaching Native Americans and the settlers who were this region's early pioneers. All of us owe a debt of gratitude to these courageous Jesuit missionaries. Not only did they help establish the Church here, they brought with them a distinctive spirituality that has strongly influenced the way our faith has been understood and lived here for more than 200 years.

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