Mission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

As Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, in communion with the Bishop of Rome, we are called by our Lord, Jesus Christ, to be His Church and live His Gospel. With joy, we strive to fulfill our Baptismal calling by prayer and worship, teaching and sharing our faith, serving others, and fostering unity in diversity. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to the responsible stewardship of all God's gifts.

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OURMINISTRIES


The Archdiocese By the Numbers

Below is the 2021 statistical data for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. 

 

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 Population

Total Population: 2,270,741

Number of Catholics: 490,871

Percent of Population that is Catholic: 22%

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Religious

Bishops: 4

Diocesan Priests: 301

Religious Priests: 260

Religious Sisters: 1,023

Religious Brothers: 85

Permanent Deacons: 290

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Catholic Education

Elementary Schools (K-8): 99

Elementary School Enrollment: 20,778

Pre-School Enrollment: 4,173

Elementary PSR Enrollment: 10,933 

Home School Elementary PSR Enrollment:  323

High Schools: 26

High School Enrollment: 10,271

Children in (K-8) Special Education Schools & Learning Centers: 39

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Parish

Parishes

Number of Parishes: 178

 

2021 PARISH STATISTICS

PARISH DIRECTORY

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Baptism

Baptisms

Baptisms (Age 0-6): 3,696

Received into the Church (including Baptisms Age 7+): 649

 NOTE:  Sacramental data is for 12 months ending June 30, 2021.  The impact of Covid-19 was to delay many sacraments until after June 30, 2020 and thus reported sacraments are higher than normal.

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FirstCommunion

First Holy Communion

First Communions: 6,159

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Confirmation

Confirmation

Confirmations: 5,274

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Marriage

Marriage

Catholic Marriages: 894

Interfaith Marriages: 336

Total: 1,230

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Funerals

End of Life

Funerals: 3,865

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Our Patron Saints

Saint Louis, King of France, Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, and Saint Vincent de Paul are the patron saints of our archdiocese.

STL

 St. Louis, King of France

"I think more of the place where I was baptized than of Rheims Cathedral where I was crowned. It is a greater thing to be a child of God than to be the ruler of a Kingdom. This last I shall lose at death but the other will be my passport to an everlasting glory." 

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SRPD

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

"I am where God wills me to be, and so I have found rest and security. His wisdom governs me, His power defends me, His grace sanctifies me, His mercy encompasses me, His joy sustains me and all will go well with me." 

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SVDP

St. Vincent de Paul

"We cannot better assure our eternal happiness than by living and dying in the service of the poor, in the arms of Providence, and with genuine renouncement of ourselves in order to follow Jesus Christ." 

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The Coat of Arms of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

 

The blazon and significance of the coat of arms of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, as written by William F. J. Ryan to Rev. Msgr. John P. Cody, on September 12, 1946:

 

Archdiocese of St. Louis Shield

Shield is ornamented with a large gold cross, as the central figure. The Latin cross fleury is displayed in honor of the French origin of the city of St. Louis. This cross is replete with significance; the French missionaires; the penance, fasting, and heroic sanctity of Louis IX of France, saint and King; a commemoration of the true Crown of Thorns and a portion of the Cross of Calvary in Jerusalem, and their reservation in St. Chapelle in Paris; the two crusades of St. Louis.

The crown fleury represents Louis IX as King, rather than as saint.

The tinctures, blue and gold, are those of the arms of Pope Leo XII who established the diocese. A crown, also, is contained in this coat-of-arms of Pope Leo XII.

The bar wavy, of course, is for the Mississippi river.

The silver crescent has a double significance. It is from the coat-of-arms in the Seal of Missouri, and also represents our Blessed Mother, Patroness of the United States under the title of the Immaculate Conception.

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The Rome of the west

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has historically been referred to as "The Rome of the West." 

This moniker was attached to our Archdiocese because, just as Rome had evangelized the continent, St. Louis sent innumerable missionaries to the American West, evangelizing as they traveled.

Additionally, because of its strong Catholic identity and having been the mother diocese of many dioceses in the midwest,
the Archdiocese was often referred to as "The Rome of the West" -- a nickname it wears with pride for its history of evangelization
as well as zeal for the missionary discipleship and evangelization it will spread now and for generations to come. 

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