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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


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


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


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

Ransomware attack cripples St. Louis archdiocesan websites

Nov 25, 2020

A ransomware attack crippled the websites of the Archdiocese of St. Louis last week, but data has not been compromised... Read more

Then-Bishop Mitchell Rozanski in St. Peter's Basilica during an ad limina visit, Nov. 7, 2019.

New St Louis archbishop encourages face-to-face evangelization

Aug 26, 2020

Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski was installed this week as the tenth Archbishop of St. Louis, on the feast day of the... Read more

Archbishop Carlson: Christ 'welcomes and challenges' those wrestling with gender identity

Aug 7, 2020

Christ draws close with love and compassion, as well as a challenge, for people who experience discord between their gender... Read more

The moon over the Apotheosis of St. Louis statue of King Louis IX of France, namesake of St. Louis, Missouri in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri.

‘A life modeled after Christ’: St. Louis archdiocese defends namesake’s statue

Jun 29, 2020

The Archdiocese of St. Louis on Sunday released a statement defending the city’s namesake, amid calls from activists to tear... Read more

Apotheosis of St. Louis, designed by Charles Henry Niehaus.

Catholic priest among defenders of St Louis statue

Jun 27, 2020

Fr. Stephen Schumacher, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was among the defenders of a prominent statue of... Read more

Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski at the tomb of St. Peter during an ad limina visit Nov. 7, 2019.

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Mitchell Rozanski to lead St. Louis archdiocese

Jun 10, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis appointed Wednesday Bishop Mitchell Rozanski to lead the Metropolitan Archdiocese of St. Louis.  Read more