Archdiocese of St. Louis

At Pastoral Assembly, strategies urged to create more vibrant parishes

Dave Reddy of St. Ferdinand Parish was among the attendees of the 2014 Pastoral Assembly who offered feedback to Archbishop Robert J. Carlson in a listening session Sept. 27 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

Parishioners attending the 2014 Pastoral Assembly were told that the local parish "is the hope of the world."

"The mission of the universal Church is to make disciples of all nations," said Tom Corcoran, a speaker, author and youth minister, who addressed the gathering. "Your zip code is your mission field."

Archdiocesan news briefs

Donate Your Bicycle

Most Holy Trinity Parish in north St. Louis is collecting bicycles for the young people of Hyde Park. The bikes will be given away at a Christmas in July barbeque held in the parish garden Saturday, July 26. If you have a bicycle of any size in working condition that you would like to donate, contact the parish office at (314)241-9165. You can arrange to bring the bicycle to the parish, or have a member of the bicycle project committee pick it up at your house.

Old Cathedral called 'the heartbeat' of Arch grounds

A rendering shows that the Old Cathedral’s walls, ceiling and columns will be repainted to reflect decorative schemes that date back to the Victorian era. Interior restoration, extensive stone repair outside and work on the steeple are being done on the building known as St. Louis’ oldest treasure.

The Basilica of St. Louis King of France, better known as the Old Cathedral, is considered the heartbeat of the Arch grounds, and the church's restoration is an important part of a project to connect and reinvigorate those grounds.

Maggie Hales, executive director of CityArchRiver 2015, made that remark at a gathering June 3 at the Old Cathedral sponsored by the Campaign to Restore the Old Cathedral. Work on the restoration is progressing, with scaffolding showing evidence of the progress. Some $7 million has been raised, and $2 million more is being sought.

Softball in her blood

Sister Laura Bradford, SDSH, a former college softball shortstop, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong June 2, which was the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ Night at the Ballpark. The Cardinals played the Kansas City Royals.

As she rounded the corner and emerged onto the field at Busch Stadium, Sister Laura Bradford felt like a kid once again.

Six new priests ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Louis

New priests 2014

It probably goes without saying that sacramental ministry — celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, presiding at baptisms and weddings — is the highlight of any priest’s life. And for six young men who were ordained for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of St. Louis May 24, it was all they could talk about.

Archdiocese names Bouché as chief financial officer

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has named Robert A. Bouché as the next chief financial officer of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He will begin his duties June 2.

Bouché replaces Deacon C. Frank Chauvin, who is retiring after serving as the CFO for the archdiocese since 1998.

Archbishop Carlson said Bouché's extensive financial and accounting experience, combined with his passion for the Catholic faith, "will be a tremendous asset to the archdiocese."

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