Annual Catholic Appeal St. Louis Essay

A Message from Archbishop Carlson

Stories reveal who we are. They bind us together and preserve our memories. Stories teach important lessons about life and faith. Every story - including yours - contributes to who we are as Church and reveals Christ Himself to the world.

The Annual Catholic Appeal is one important way for us to share our story and to reach out to those who are suffering and in need, the weak and the abandoned, in every neighborhood and community in our archdiocese. Your generous response will help make possible many remarkable stories of hope and joy!

All of these stories tell one story...the story of Christ among us. Your support helps make the story of our Catholic Church in St. Louis complete. Please know that your and your loved ones are in my prayers.

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis 


Approximately 91 cents of every dollar raised goes back into the community in the form of direct services.


The Annual Catholic Appeal supports the following programs and ministries. If you need assistance or help in any way, please call today.

All gifts are designated in advance for the services listed.

Archdiocesan Seminary $760,000 314.792.6100
Stewardship and Development Support for Parishes, Schools and Agencies 520,000 314.792.7680
Laity and Family Life 450,000 314.792.7180
Vocation Programs 400,000 314.792.6460
Paul VI Institute/Adult Catechesis 290,000 314.792.7450
Natural Family Planning 200,000 314.997.7576
ACA Urgent Needs Fund 112,000 314.792.7680
Parish Emergency Assistance Fund 85,000 314.792.7680
Elementary Teachers Educational Fund 75,000 314.792.7300
High School Stewardship Essay Program 55,000 314.792.7680
Support for Religious Orders 25,000 314.792.7251
Catholic Youth Apostolate 20,000 314.792.7600
Care for Active and Retired Priests $725,000 314.792.7034
St. Charles Lwanga Center 145,000 314.367.7929
Catholic St. Louis Magazine 80,000 314.792.7500
Rural Parish Workers 55,000 636.586.5171
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis 50,000 314.373.8200
Latin America Apostolate 50,000 314.792.7655
Catholic Renewal Center 25,000 314.801.8688
Messengers of Peace Mission Work 25,000 314.792.7655
Catholic Charities $1,300,000 314.367.5500
Respect Life Apostolate 325,000 314.792.7555
Regina Cleri Priests Retirement Home 315,000 314.968.2240
Hispanic Ministry 195,000 314.792.7890
Rural Parish Clinic 100,000 314.256.5963
Our Lady of Guadalupe Convent 100,000 314.449.6812
Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service 90,000 636.441.1302
Criminal Justice Ministry 65,000 314.652.8062
Archbishop's Charity Fund 50,000 314.792.7680
Immigrant and Refugee Support 40,000 314.772.1525
Parish Food Pantries 35,000 314.792.7680
Doorways HIV Ministry 25,000 314.535.1919
Peter and Paul Community Services, Shelter at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish 10,000 314.231.9923
Elementary School Assistance $2,000,000 314.792.7300
Archdiocesan High Schools 1,170,000 314.792.7300
Continuing Formation of Priests 615,000 314.792.7550
Special Education 300,000 314.792.7300
Parochial High Schools 260,000 314.792.7300
Newman Centers on College Campuses 255,000 314.935.9191
Today and Tomorrow Educational Fund 100,000 314.792.7621
Permanent Diaconate 90,000 314.792.7430
Annual Catholic Appeal Expenses $1,335,000 314.792.7680
Reserve for Unpaid Pledges 852,000 314.792.7680
Archdiocesan Services 426,000 314.792.7680
2018 Appeal Goal:  $14,200,000                                     

Catholic students honored for their reflections on stewardship

St. Louis, MO — The Archdiocese of St. Louis recently awarded scholarships to 62 high school juniors from area Catholic high schools for their participation in an essay contest sponsored by the Office of Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal. 

Each student was asked to reflect on the following questions: Why  is it important for Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal? What  does “Stewardship” mean to me and how do I practice it in my life? How are people in my own community and/or throughout the archdiocese impacted by the ACA?

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson increased the amount of the scholarships this year to $1,000.00 for a first place award, $750.00 for a second place award, and $500.00 for a third place award. The money will help defray the cost of Catholic tuition for each student’s senior year of high school.

A complete list of 2013 recipients is below. Each school is listed, followed by the first, second and third place finish for that school.

Bishop DuBourg High School:  Hannah Rettig, Charlene Haparimwi, Vicente Blanco; Cardinal Ritter College Prep:  Taylor Jones, Jacqueline Cox, Tiara Carter;  Christian Brother College Prep: Mitchel Maglione, Brandon Eisenbath, Joshua Busch; Cor Jesu Academy:  Melanie Meiners, Caroline Gallaher, Monica Pfeffer; De Smet Jesuit High School: Alexander Conway, Stephen Aubuchon, Kenny Meyer; Duchesne High School:  Alexis Sallwasser, Sarah Geno, Connor Barry; John F. Kennedy Catholic High School:  Julia Mazzuca, Samantha Heppermann, Ashley Gregory; Nerinx Hall:  Olivia Ellis, Jaclyn Mazzio, No Third Place Winner; Notre Dame High School:  Danielle Rinck, Natalie Pistone, Grace Magee; Rosati-Kain High School:  Kathryn Eisele, Gabby Hantak, Meagan Burwell; St. Dominic High School:  Colin Dolan, Daniel Sprehe, Samantha Vomund; St. Francis Borgia Regional High School:  Baylee Godat, Nathaniel Snodgrass, Elizabeth King; St. John Vianney High School:  Kyle Williams, Andrew Hoffmann, Ben Dombrowski; St. Joseph’s Academy:  Julie Deibel, Claire Henson, Colleen Dillon; St. Louis University High School:  Jacob Hilmes, Paul Joseph Fister, Brendan Keuss; St. Mary’s High School:  Matt Causino, Stephen Hannibal, Gregory Albers; St. Pius X High School:  Gabrielle Vest, Allison Romano, Jacqueline Jacezko; St. Vincent High School:  Rachel Mudd, Kristen Yamnitz, Amanda Breig; Trinity Catholic High School:  Justin Krafft, Brendan McGrellis, Kristen Ferkel; Valle Catholic High School:  Amber Roth, Morgan Mueller, Courtney Friedman; and Visitation Academy:  Megan Wingbermuehle, Angela Alarcon, and Madeline Menzenwerth.



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