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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Speaker Workshop - By Zoom only at 7pm Wednesday October 5.  Please direct any questions or Zoom meeting invitation requests to [email protected] (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.  For 10/5/22 we will review the third of three guiding lights established in our first workshop in 2016: (3) Tools and techniques for teachers.

Prophecy Workshop - Wed, Oct 12h 7pm.  Learn to listen to and discern words from the Lord. Free and open to all who would like to grow in these gifts. This will be a hybrid meetings: in-person at Renewal Center and via video conference. Please email Mary Jo at [email protected] if you want the virtual link emailed to you.

Zechariah Men's Prayer Breakfast - Oct 22.  Zechariah is about sharing the story of an encounter with Christ one man at a time.  It involves good fellowship, fine food, and grateful prayer.  Come to breakfast Saturday Oct 22  in the Fleur de Lis Room, Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, Shrewsbury MO 63119, 9 am - 11:30 am.  Our speaker is Dr. Michael Meehan  Breakfast reservations ($15 at the door) should be made by Oct 18 by email to [email protected], by phone to 636-296-2903, or online at StlRenewal.Org/ZPB More info HERE Also find it on Facebook at  and  YouTube at  Live at 10am.   

Jonah Prayer Ministry Training,
Saturdays Oct 22 and Oct 29,  9:00 am  -  3:00 pm, at the Catholic Renewal Center.  Both days are required.  Applicants will need the signature of their pastor on the application form.  For information about Jonah Prayer Ministry, contact Tina Ferder at the Catholic Renewal Center, 314-731-6100

Area Wide Prayer Meeting Wednesday October 26 - at 7:30pm at the Catholic Renewal Center.   Anne Hruz will be speaking on "Known, Loved and Healed by God." 


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