Catholic Renewal Center


"To stir into flame the grace of Pentecost within and beyond the Church, calling forth the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit used to build up the Kingdom. This mission seeks to broaden and deepen the understanding that baptism in the Holy Spirit is the Christian inheritance of all."

The Catholic Renewal Center facilitates the awakening of the Holy Spirit in our lives through prayer, conferences, spiritual direction, life in the spirit seminars, teaching, retreats; witnessing to the spiritual gifts that come from surrendering to the Holy Spirit. These spiritual gifts are for the building up of the church bringing forth wholeness for the body of Christ.

The Center in Crestwood has a variety of uses including private rooms for spiritual direction, prayer rooms, small meeting facilities, an extensive library of books, audio tapes and other resources for promoting the Holy Spirit and the Catholic faith.

The Catholic Renewal Office is located at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, 63119, Room 1314, phone number 314-792-7734.


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The 2022 Pentecost Novena can be be prayed individually or as a group. Find it on our website HERE   or follow it each day on our Facebook page HERE starting May 26th.



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ACTS Bible Study - EXTENDED DATES - You can still join inThe Catholic Renewal Center along with the Archdiocese's Mission Office is offering a bible study Mondays 1pm to 3pm,  April 25th  - October 3rd (no meeting May 30, July 4, Aug 15, or Sept 5).  Meetings are held at the Renewal Center. See the  FLYER for more information and RSVP to Kim Specht at [email protected] or 314-792-7664.


Area-wide Prayer Meeting - May 25 at the Catholic Renewal Center 7:30 pm.  Kim Specht will be our speaker sharing about "New Life."

Pentecost Vigil Mass - Saturday June 4 at 7:00pm at St. Elizabeth of Hungary.  Our celebrant will be Msgr. Mikesch.  A reception will follow in the cafeteria along with the Hispanic community who will be having a two hour adoration time in the gym from 8pm to 10pm.

Speaker Workshop - June 6, 7pm - 9pm by ZOOM for those teaching or speaking on behalf of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.  Contact Gary Whitlock, [email protected] or 636-215-0973. All are invited to give an [ optional ] 5-minute talk on any faith topic at any workshop, but in 2022 we will have a particular need of short testimonies on the personal impact of the Eucharist empowering us.  For each talk we can discern, discuss, and provide feedback to benefit from each other’s gifts in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 The Power of the Daily Mass Book Study -   at the Catholic Renewal Center.  The 5 session study begins the week of June 6th  2022  Mondays 7pm-8:30pm  June 6, 13th 20th 27th (no class July 4th) & July 11th      OR  Thursday afternoon 1-2:30pm   June 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th & July 7th
Please RSVP for your attendance and which time frame that you will attend to [email protected]   Note that if you have to miss the session that you usually attend, you may make it up in the other class time. The book is availed at the Catholic Renewal Center while supplies last $10. Let us know when you RSVP if you need the book. (It is also available on Amazon.) 

Generational Healing Service, June 8, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (does not include Mass) at the Cardinal Rigali Center, St. Vincent de Paul Chapel. Service focuses on healing and deliverance prayer related to issues both past and present in one’s family line.  Information is available for prayerful preparation by calling Anne Hruz, 314.731.6100 or [email protected]


Our Prayer ministers are here for you!

During this time of pandemic many can be experiencing stress and filled with worry. We turn to our faith in God in these moments and sometimes talking and praying with a brother or sister in faith is just what we need to ease our mind when we are struggling. The sharing of our faith and the accompaniment of one another on the journey is a core value of the Archdiocese. If you would like to talk, pray or otherwise faith share with a representative of our Local Church, please respond to the email address below and leave your contact information with a preference of time to be called. One of our prayer team members will reach out to you. May God bless you and ease your suffering.  We are here for you and look forward to connecting.

Please contact us at: [email protected]           



Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert Hermann
Liaison, [email protected]

Msgr. Ed Griesedieck
Chaplain, [email protected]

Jane Guenther, M. DIV.
Director, [email protected]



Staff at the Cardinal Rigali Center

Jane Guenther, Director
Present at the Cardinal Rigali Center Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Mary Jo Barczewski
Executive Assistant to Bishop Robert Hermann and Jane Guenther
[email protected], 314-792-7414

Nancy Werner
Chancellor (Renewal Ministry Team Advisor)


Staff at the Renewal Center

Jane Guenther
Present at the Renewal Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Anne Hruz
Coordinator Healing and Deliverance
[email protected]
Present at the Renewal Center on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays


Volunteer Staff at the Renewal Center

Bob Gleason
Financial Volunteer
[email protected]
Present at the Renewal Center Monday-Friday in the mornings

Cheryl Nelson
Volunteer Coordinator
[email protected]
Present at the Renewal Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Tina Ferder
[email protected]
Present at the Renewal Center on Tuesdays

Elaine O'Sullivan
[email protected]
Present at the Renewal Center on Tuesdays

Gary Whitlock
[email protected]
Present at the Renewal Center on Wednesdays

Joan Forrester
[email protected]
Present at the Renewal Center on Thursdays

Julie Steurer
[email protected]
Present at the Renewal Center on Fridays


Service Committee

Msgr. Ed Griesedieck, Jeff Barczewski, Mary Jo Barczewski, Jane Guenther, Carol Nowak, Gary Whitlock,  Modesta Perales, Lizett Mata, Cheryl Nelson, Rita Baughman, Paula Klump, Lynn Verbrugge, Kim Becvar, Cholita Aguayo, Tammie Stevens