Archdiocese of St. Louis

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land


Archbishop Robert J. Carlson is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Northern Lieutenancy. Father Brian Fallon, assistant director of the Office of Vocations, is traveling with the archbishop and is filing these reports.

Magnificent cathedral basilica is reason to love St. Louis

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis was named among the “66 Reasons to Love St. Louis,” picked in no particular order in a campaign sponsored by Phillips 66.

Virginia and Bill Barella of Pittsburgh were in awe of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and they weren't surprised about its most recent accolade.

"There are no words to describe this," Virginia Barella said as she and Bill looked around the cathedral basilica. She teaches a class in mosaic art at a craft store in Pittsburgh.

Archdiocese named among top 100 workplaces

The Archdiocese of St. Louis was recognized recently by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a top workplace in St. Louis. Human resources assistant Nancy Svoboda gave newly hired network engineer Michael Sawyer a tour of the Cardinal Rigali Center on his first day of work. The Cardinal Rigali Center complex is a converted seminary building that houses curia staff and archdiocesan offices.

Michael Sawyer wheeled off Laclede Station Road onto Archbishop May Drive, then marveled at the beautiful edifice coming up on his right -- the Cardinal Rigali Center, formerly home of Kenrick Seminary and, as of June 29, his place of employment.

"This is probably the most beautiful building I've ever worked in, bar none; it's fantastic," said Sawyer, who worked in "some beautiful palaces" in a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan as part of a four-year hitch with the United States Army. "This is definitely the prettiest, by far."

Billboards spread message of peace

Six billboards from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are being placed around the metro area with a simple message: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace."

Generation Life hits the road

Lisa Johnston |  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Caitlyn Gund hugged her mom Stacy before she borded a bus to Washington, D.C.  It will be the first time the sophomore at Cor Jesu Academy has participated in the March for Life.  Thirty nine busses filled with teens, young adults and chaperones left St. Louis to begin the Generation Life STL Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. Two hundred students from Cor Jesu Academy departed from school and will drive all night in order to arrive in time for the March for Life.  They will join an estimated crowd of over 500,000 people from across the country who gather each year on the anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision to legalize abortion.

On a chilly afternoon, under a few brief bursts of warmth from the sun, students at Cor Jesu Academy scurried about as they prepared to leave for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The annual event commemmorates the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that essentially legalized abortion on demand. 

BEFORE THE CROSS | To protect and serve God's people

Father Mike Boehm

If you start a conversation with Fr. Mike Boehm, ask him about the firefighting plaques that hang in his office. The intensity and joy in his answer will tell you a great deal about the man and his priesthood. While assigned as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Washington, he also volunteered for more than five years as a firefighter for the Washington Fire Department.

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