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Stained-glass window at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.

Vatican halts some parish closures in St. Louis following appeals

May 15, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

As part of the archdiocese’s major pastoral planning initiative, the archbishop announced that the number of parishes would be reduced... Read more

The Augustine Institute's new facilities in Florissant, Missouri.

‘An unprecedented opportunity’: Augustine Institute announces move to St. Louis 

Apr 23, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The organization announced on Tuesday that it had purchased the former Boeing Leadership Center in Florissant, Missouri, just outside of... Read more

A Rural Parish Clinic mobile unit makes the rounds, featured on “EWTN News in Depth” March 1, 2024.

Catholic-run mobile medical and dental clinic fills needs in rural Missouri

Mar 5, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Catholic volunteers staffing mobile medical and dental units have helped to fill the gaps for hundreds of patients. Read more

Colleen Beckemeyer, Cathy Hencken, Ann Kelly, and Nick Matrisotto, all parishioners of Annunciation/Our Lady of Providence parishes, at the SEEK24 conference in St. Louis.

Adult SEEK attendees inspired to bring evangelization tools back to their parishes

Jan 17, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Several adult Catholics from St. Louis told CNA that the experience reinvigorated their desire to share the faith in their... Read more

Approximately 24,000 people participate in Eucharistic adoration at the SEEK24 conference Jan. 3, 2024, in St. Louis.

SEEK24 speakers see ‘radical openness’ to Jesus among young conference attendees

Jan 4, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Young Catholics attending the SEEK24 conference are expressing an openness to letting Jesus deeper into their lives, several speakers told... Read more

The interior of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, in Missouri.

No closures recommended for St. Louis Catholic elementary schools, archdiocese says

Dec 13, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Pastors at each of the 25 Catholic elementary schools eyed for closure earlier this year have recommended that their schools... Read more

Stained-glass window at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.

Vatican agrees to review closures of two St. Louis parishes amid archdiocesan restructuring

Oct 31, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Both parishes had been subsumed into others in recent months, creating new parish groupings. Read more

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One-third of St. Louis Catholic schools face possible closure 

Sep 28, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The schools being considered for closure were chosen based on enrollment numbers, demographic trends, financial strength, and other factors. Read more

St. Matthew the Apostle church in St. Louis, is one of the parishes slated for merger that is appealing to the Vatican.

St. Louis parishes dodge closure by appealing to the Vatican

Aug 1, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Seven parishes plan to send appeals to the Vatican, putting the mergers planned for the parishes on hold until the... Read more

Parishioners at Sacred Heart parish in Valley Park, Missouri, part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, listen to a presentation about parish mergers at an October 2022 listening session.

St. Louis Archdiocese reorganization will cut parishes from 178 to 134

May 30, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The plan, called “All Things New,” closes 35 churches, merges their parishes into neighboring parishes, and merges 15 others into... Read more

A bridge over the Mississippi River near St. Louis

St. Louis Catholics petition archbishop to halt diocese-wide parish merger plan

Apr 9, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A group of over 3,000 Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis hopes to stave off the merger of numerous... Read more

St. Louis metropolitan police and school officials stand outside the south entrance to the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School after a shooting that left three people dead including the shooter in St Louis, Missouri on Oct. 24, 2022.

Bishops, local parishes pray after St. Louis high school shooting kills 2

Oct 25, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

After a gunman at a magnet high school in St. Louis killed two people in an Oct. 24 rampage, the... Read more

Father Mike Schmitz addresses the crowd at "SEEK First," a preview event put on by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students in St. Louis on Oct. 1, 2022.

St. Louis hopes FOCUS conference will spark Catholic renewal in the ‘Rome of the West’

Oct 6, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Nearly 1,000 Catholic students and adults gathered in St. Louis Oct. 1 for a preview of the upcoming FOCUS national... Read more

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USDA exempts religious schools from LGBT rule change threatening free lunch funds

Aug 31, 2022

By Edie Heipel

The department published a memo that includes an exception for schools to “be exempt on religious grounds if there is... Read more

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St. Louis priest to have arrest record expunged after sexual abuse cases dropped

Aug 30, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A circuit judge ruled Aug. 25 that Father Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang had met the legal burden to have his... Read more

Ann Wittman with Farid Wardak, an Afghan immigrant, in front of the house that the Wittmans purchased for the Wardak family in the St. Louis suburb of Affton.

In St. Louis, this Catholic rallies her community to treat Afghan immigrants ‘like Jesus’

Aug 22, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

By the time the Taliban captured Kabul at the end of August 2021 and began ruling with oppression, hundreds of... Read more

Sister Sue Anne Hall (left) and Sister Delores Voigt provide prayer and hospitality for pro-life volunteers at Our Lady of Guadalupe Convent, located across the street from the last remaining Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in St. Louis, Missouri.

Meet the Franciscan sisters who live (and pray) across the street from an abortion clinic

Feb 27, 2022

By Leonardo Colon

The mission of Our Lady of Guadalupe Convent is “to provide a place of prayer and hospitality for pilgrims to... Read more

Sister Sue Ann Hall (left) and Sister Delores Vogt of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity welcome visitors to Our Lady of Guadalupe convent in St. Louis.

This pro-life ministry in St Louis is helping bring an end to abortion 

Jan 28, 2022

By Kate Olivera

Tucked away near the Forest Park neighborhood of St. Louis is a brick, three-story convent dedicated to Our Lady of... Read more

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke during the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, June 29, 2019. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Cardinal Burke tweets that his condition is improving

Aug 28, 2021

By Shannon Mullen

In a tweet posted Aug. 28, the 73-year-old Cardinal Burke thanked the health care professionals who have cared for him... Read more

St. Louis archdiocese says masks optional at its schools this fall

Jul 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Archdiocese of St. Louis announced Monday that face masks will be optional at its Catholic schools this fall.  Read more