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Social Ministry

Guided by the teachings of the Church on social justice, we serve others by promoting justice for the disenfranchised through advocacy, direct service, and formation, thereby creating partnerships with those who promote human dignity.


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Social Ministry News


WHAT DOES “FERGUSON” CALL US TO DO:  The third in our parish's series of three gatherings concerning Race and racism is coming on April 12:

"White Privilege" Reality or Myth - workshop
- facilitated by Teka Childress and Dorothy Day Catholic Workers of St. Louis
Sunday, April 12th after the 10:30 Mass in the ballroom

[A light lunch will be served; rsvp appreciated.]

"Rooted in the Catholic Worker principles of solidarity, personalism and justice, the newly-formed Catholic Worker Anti-Racism Collective has come together to promote conversation and action to end racism. We have been encouraged to talk with white folks about ‘white privilege' and ‘structural racism.'"

Our anti-racism workshop will focus on becoming aware of white privilege and the history of racist housing policies in St Louis, as well as, examining some of the information recently released in the Dept of Justice Report on Ferguson.

We will participate in large/small group exercises, provide a few informational sections and break into small groups to discuss what is presented.

Please be sure to join us for this very important workshop.


For more information about our parish's response to racism and building better race-relations, and to sign up to receive emails about this parish ministry, please contact: Tony McDonald at or Sandy Spencer at

What is THE DANIEL COMMITTEE? No, it's not Fr. Dan's latest creation for the parish! And it's not named after him. The Advocacy Committee which for a number of years has kept the parish informed on Peace and Justice issues has changed its name. Daniel is a familiar figure from the Hebrew Scriptures for most of us. Remember the lion's den and the writing on the wall? If you read the book of Daniel, you will find much more about him that reveals the prophetic person he was, even in captivity. Above all, Daniel was a person of JUSTICE and thus an example for us as People of God. Take note, especially, of Daniel's revelation in Chapter 12; v. 3. God's promise: ...those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.” We invite you to join us. We meet on the second Sunday between the two Masses usually in the Ball Room - with Coffee 'n' Donuts. ALL ARE WELCOME to join us as we gather next Sunday at 9am in the Ballroom!

WELCOME TO OUR NEW COMMISSION MEMBERS:  The Social Ministry Commission welcomes four new members to its ranks: Carolyn Langston, Steve Long, Mary Ann Moore and Madeleine Ortman. They join the efforts of Steve Frank – Chair, Bob Bolland, Anne Chilson, Alice Edler, Tim Grosch, Nancy Linhares, Mary McDevitt, Tony McDonald, and Sandy Spencer in helping coordinate our parish's efforts in charity, justice (education, advocacy) and peacemaking.

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Social Ministry Staff


Director of Social Ministry

Christine Dragonette, MSW

Telephone: 314-977-7309




Outreach Services Coordinator

Emily Anderson

Program Information: 314-977-7308

Direct Line: 314-977-7311



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