"The Catholic cathedral, basilica or church, then, is neither mere meeting house nor temple. It is a sacramental building. This means that God is indeed intensely present in the sacramental place of worship, but this presence is of a character that meditates, reveals, and celebrates the holiness and action of God in creation, history and culture."
--M. Francis Mannion, Masterworks of God: Essays in Liturgical Theory and Practice
The Reclamation Center of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis collects, cares for, and repurposes religious and liturgical items no longer in use. It seeks to give these items new life in the Church, specifically in chapels, agencies, schools, retreat centers, and with the clergy.
Hours of Operation
The Reclamation Center stores items from parishes that were closed several years ago along with items from churches, convents, and other religious facilities in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Priests, deacons, religious who may be seeking items needed for church renovations, convents, chapels, schools, etc. can contact Deacons Thomas Mulvihill or Deacon John Stoverink, Directors of the Reclamation Center to make any inquiries as to what is available or what you might have to donate. They handle all appointments and those interested in visiting the Reclamation Center.
Monday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
The building is located behind the Cardinal Rigali Center in the old Powerhouse, located behind the West Wing. Please contact the Reclamation Center with any questions: 314-792-6461 or by email at [email protected]. At this time a mask is required for entry.
Church Renovations and Building Resources
Here are several resources that will be helpful in renovating or building a Church. We hope these resources are useful in your planning: