Archdiocese of St. Louis

Archdiocese night at the Ballpark

Monday, June 2 the St. Louis Cardinals will host the Kansas City Royals during interleague play. They will also have a special welcome for Catholics for the Archdiocese of St. Louis Night at the Ballpark. 

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New superintendent of Catholic education to begin July 1

Kurt Nelson

Kurt Nelson, president of Aquinas Catholic Schools in LaCrosse, Wis., is the new superintendent of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson made the announcement March 12.

Nelson, who will begin his new duties July 1, has led a system of six schools, 150 employees and more than 1,100 students since 2006. The middle school and high school in the Aquinas system have been designated as National Blue Ribbon Schools during his tenure, among other honors for the system. Improvements were made in enrollment and school finances.

Altars go up in flames, although the memories remain

Ron Wiskirchen, a grounds maintenance employee of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, ignited a pile of reclaimed liturgical items on the grounds of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. According to canon law, blessed religious items must be disposed of properly and not used for something “secular or profane.”

When Deacon Joe Streckfuss took charge of the archdiocesan Reclamation Center two years ago, one of the first things he confronted was the bank of sacred items -- altars, tabernacles, kneelers -- no longer being used in churches. He realized the rich history attached to each item, and he said it moved him.

Catholic community enjoys city's 250th birthday party

As part of St. Louis' 250th anniversary celebration, 250 fiberglass cakes are being displayed throughout the metro area in the Cakeway to the West program. This cake, decorated by Ursuline Academy students, is on display at Sappington House.

A celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis is under way, and its Catholic beginnings and connections are being highlighted.

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 and a lecture series at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park began Feb. 19.

Archdiocese Night at Ballpark planned with St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals are sponsoring the Archdiocese of St. Louis Night at the Ballpark on Monday, June 2.

The team will take on the Kansas City Royals at 7:10 p.m. Included with the purchase of each ticket is a voucher for a special-edition themed Cardinals ballcap. The hats are available in adult or children's sizes and will be available for pickup in the Ford Plaza at Busch Stadium from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. on June 2.

30 years of 'engaging the culture'

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

When Archbishop Robert J. Carlson reflects on serving the Church as a bishop for 30 years, he first gives thanks to God, "as I know every good thing that happened was a gift from Him."

Through the years, he said, he has "been privileged to work with outstanding priests and deacons who have actually helped me to be a better person and a better bishop."

This month Archbishop Carlson celebrates three decades as a bishop. In that time, he said, he has tried to stay focused on the roots of his priesthood, parish ministry.

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