TO: Presbyterate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis; Staff of the Archdiocesan Curia; and Parish Catholic Education, Catholic Youth Council and Youth Ministry Staff and Volunteers
FROM: Archbishop Raymond L. Burke
SUBJECT: Restructuring of the Catholic Youth Council and Office of Youth Ministry
DATE: June 6, 2005 – Memorial of Saint Norbert, Bishop
For the past year, I have been studying the organization of the Curia of the Archdiocese, in order that the offices which assist me directly may serve, in the best manner possible, the mission of the Church. A particular concern has been the pastoral care of the youth who are, as our late and most beloved Pope John Paul II so frequently reminded us, the hope of the future of the Church and of society, in general. I have been helped very much in my study by the work of the Task Force on the Reorganization of the Archdiocesan Curia. On June 4 last, I published the Report of the Task Force and mandated the implementation of the Recommendations contained in the Report.
First of all, I am deeply grateful for all that the Catholic Youth Council (CYC) and the Office of Youth Ministry have done and are doing in service of our youth and their families. I thank, in particular, Michael P. Kalist, the Executive Director of the Catholic Youth Council, and Sister M. Consolata Crews, F.S.G.M., Interim Director of the Office of Youth Ministry, and their staffs.
In accord with the direction given by Pope John Paul II for the new evangelization, it is my desire to enhance further the service of the Archdiocese on behalf of youth by assuring that every aspect of our care of youth aims at their formation in the Catholic faith and in holiness of life. Every activity we undertake with youth is to assist their growth in the likeness of Christ, their ever greater maturity in the Christian life.
Having studied the matter carefully and after much consultation, I have decided, effective this coming July 5th, to unify the work of the Catholic Youth Council and the Office of Youth Ministry as the Catholic Youth Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. I have asked Father John J. Borcic, who has a long and fruitful experience with both the work of the CYC and the work of the Office of Youth Ministry, to devote himself full-time to the unification of our ministry on behalf of youth, and he has graciously and enthusiastically consented to do so. Father Borcic will have the title of Executive Director of Catholic Youth Ministry. His office will be at the Blessed John XXIII Center.
Mr. Michael P. Kalist will have the title of Director of the Catholic Youth Council and Sister M. Consolata Crews will have the title of Director of the Office of Youth Ministry. They will work with Father Borcic, and under his direction, to develop the full unification of the Archdiocese’s ministry on behalf of youth. The present services on behalf of youth will continue but with a particular view to the new evangelization, to the teaching and living of the Catholic faith with new enthusiasm and new energy on the part of our youth.
All of the above changes will take effect on this coming July 5th. I know that I can count upon you to assist Father Borcic, Mr. Kalist and Sister M. Consolata in advancing the unity of our pastoral care of youth. Be assured of my active involvement in the writing of a new and exciting chapter of youth ministry in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Thank you for your kind attention to all of the above. Also, I thank you, in advance, for your understanding and assistance during the time of transition.
God bless you, your homes and your service of the Church.