Pope Francis' words of wisdom

There’s no doubt that on his visit to the United States last week, Pope Francis touched the hearts and inspired the lives of many catholics and non-catholics alike. What was the Holy Father’s message? 

Below you can find links to the different speeches and homilies that Pope Francis gave during his visit. With so much faith and wisdom shared, take some time when you can and reflect on the Pope’s words.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 – Washington, DC

·         White House Welcome Ceremony Read more »


Day of Recollection

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For Boy and Venture Scouts (parents and leaders welcome!)

A day of adventure, faith building, games, fun, food and ending the day with a closing Mass. Two separate programs are ran during the day for the grade school and high school scouts. Families are invited to join participants for the closing Mass at 4:00 pm.

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time: 11:00am-5:00pm

Place: Kenrick Glennon Seminary, 5200 Glennon Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119

To Register: Click here for the on-line registration or download the attached mail-in registration form.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Trousdale, Coordinator of Faith Programs at 314-792-7613.


Changes to the OYM

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Dear Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of St. Louis,

As the Office of Youth Ministry (OYM) concludes our summer of youth retreat camps and conferences, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some recent changes to our office that we believe will strengthen the understanding of youth ministry and offer new avenues for youth to encounter Christ’s love and truth.

On March 13, 2015, Archbishop Robert Carlson announced some changes to the Catholic Youth Apostolate (CYA). The first of those changes was that Fr. Brian Fischer was returning to parish ministry and Brian Miller was announced as his successor as the Executive Director of the CYA. The second was that the Office of Catholic Scouting was absorbed by the OYM. The CYA is now made up of four ministries within one apostolate: Office of Youth Ministry, St. Louis Young Adults, CYC Sports, and the REAP Team.  Read more »


Less Nones

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We’ve all heard the research about the “nones.” More people in the US than ever identify themselves with no religion whatsoever. There’s no doubt many of them are coming from the Catholic Church. Youth Ministry can definitely help stem the tide, but how can we be sure that we are doing the most effective ministry we can? Read more »

It's the shortest verse in Scripture. It might be the most powerful.

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Today I’m going to the funeral of a friend of mine. Her name is Alison. She was 31. 31! She was married with three kids under the age of 7. Her youngest just turned 1 on Easter. She died in the middle of the night. She was very healthy, and the doctors can’t explain what happened. As you can imagine, her husband and the rest of her family are devastated. As I think about what is in store for them – growing up without a mom, explaining to a 3 year old why mommy can’t read her a story, having Thanksgiving and Christmas without your daughter – I can’t help but ask why. We all ask why when faced with something tragic. Read more »