Jan 252016

Mark your calendar for Credo St. Louis’s annual Lenten Day of Recollection, hosted at the Oratory of SS. Gregory and Augustine in Creve Coeur.

Our retreat master will be Fr. Paul Hoesing, Dean of Seminarians and Director of Human Formation for Kenrick Seminary, with Holy Mass and confessions offered by Fr. Brian Harrison, O.S. The full schedule for the Day of Recollection as well as topics can be found on the attached flyer.

The charge for this Day of Recollection is $25 per person or $15 per student, which includes a catered luncheon.

To register, send payment via PayPal to payments@credostlouis.org and registration details to credostlouis@gmail.com, or mail registration forms along with your payment. Registrations must be received by Wednesday, February 10th.

Questions? Contact us at credostlouis@gmail.com or call Tom Gates at (636) 532-3708.

Aug 122015

Cardinal Burke Sunday, September 13th

Credo St. Louis is honored to welcome His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, as the guest speaker for our September dinner forum.

As former Archbishop of St. Louis current Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, His Eminence has a career of distinguished, long-standing dedication to the Church.  His Eminence will be talking on The Truth of Christ in Marriage, a very important and timely topic for Catholics in the Western World.

The forum will be held on Sunday, September 13th at 6:00 pm at the Clayton (Crowne) Plaza Hotel in Clayton, Missouri.  Cost of registration, which includes a full dinner and parking, is $35.00 per person, with a discounted student rate of $15.00 per person.  Menu options are Beef Lasagne, Chicken Parmigiana, or Vegetable Medley, with a cash bar available.  Registrations must be received by September 9th.  You may register online by sending payment via PayPal to payments@credostlouis.org and registration details to credostlouis@gmail.com, or mail registration forms along with your payment to:

Credo of the Catholic Laity
c/o Tom Hoover
3835 Westminster Place
St. Louis, MO 63108


Feb 282015

Fr. Brian Harrison, O.S.6 PM Sunday March 22nd in Clayton

Communion for Divorced and Remarried Catholics? At this year’s forum in honor of St. Joseph, head of the Holy Family, Fr. Brian Harrison, O.S., S.T.D., will speak on this topic.  It’s the now-famous proposal (promoted with particular vigor by Cardinal Walter Kasper and other German-speaking bishops) to officially relax the Church’s discipline that debars divorced and civilly remarried Catholics from receiving the Eucharist. This is without any doubt the most burning and controversial question on the agenda for the upcoming Ordinary Synod of Bishops in October 2015, dedicated to marriage and family issues!

Paragraph 52 of the Final Relatio of last year’s Extraordinary Synod raised this question (although it received less than the 2/3 majority of votes required to make it an official recommendation of the Synod). It tentatively asks whether psychological or social factors might in some cases reduce the subjective guilt for such objectively adulterous unions from the level of mortal to only venial sin (or maybe even no sin at all), thereby opening the way for such couples to receive Holy Communion. Paragraph 52 calls for “deeper study” of this question as part of the preparation for this year’s Synod.

Don’t miss Fr. Harrison’s own answer to this call, in which he will argue the case for maintaining the Church’s discipline in this matter, as recently confirmed by Pope St. John Paul II in his Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio, no. 84. Continue reading »

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Feb 282015


A Conversation With
David Bentley Hart and Lawrence Feingold

Friday, March 20th, 2015 2 PM

Anheuser-Busch Auditorium, John Cook School of Business
Saint Louis University

Free and Open to the Public

Surnaturel bu Henri de Lubac Does every human being desire to see God? How ought we interpret the legacy of Henri de Lubac, S.J. and his assessment of St. Thomas Aquinas and his interpreters? What are the implications of these questions for the
ecclesial-cultural situation today?

David Bentley Hart, Ph.D., Danforth Visiting Professor of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University. Hart is the author of many books, including The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth and The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, and Bliss.

Lawrence Feingold, S.T.D., Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Feingold is the author of The Natural Desire to See God According to St. Thomas Aquinas and His Interpreters.

For questions or to confirm your attendance, please contact Dr. Randy Rosenberg at rrosenb3@slu.edu.

The Event is sponsored by the Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University

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Jan 222015

WRONGWAYThe Day of Recollection has been cancelled due to weather. It MAY be re-scheduled, stay tuned. Registration fees will be refunded.

The theme of this year’s Lenten Day of Recollection will focus on temptations in our lives. The morning conference will be given by Fr. Fadi Auro on “The Temptations of Christ and Their Meaning in the Christian Life”. Credo Spiritual Advisor Fr. Brian Harrison will give the afternoon conference, on “Keeping Our Balance in a Conflicted Church”, which elucidate temptations we all need to resist at a time of tension, confusion and division within the Church.
The day will begin at 10:30 AM and lunch will be served about 1 PM, after Holy Mass.
We return this year to the Chapel of St. Anselm at the Oratory of Ss. Gregory and Augustine in Creve Coeur, located on the grounds of The Abbey, at 530 Mason Rd. Coming from I-64, it is the second driveway, down the hill.

$25 per person. Lunch is included.

Registration must be received by postal mail Tuesday, February 17th in order to give the caterer an accurate count.

Click here to download a registration form. Print it out right away and register.
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Oct 092014

Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J. Headshot 2014


Due to the expected traffic snarls and the possibility of worse in Clayton, we have decided to POSTPONE the Christ the King Form with Fr. Meconi until Sunday, 7-December-2014.

Tonight’s talk examines the meaning of “Kingdom” as evidenced throughout the Magisterium’s Compendium of The Social Doctrine of the Church and how Christ the King is the ultimate goal of what St. John Paul II meant by the term “New Evangelization.”  Here the Kingdom is presented not as a place but as a living task entrusted to those in union with Christ.  As such, the “Kingdom of God” must be fostered in terms of relationship, as Christians seek a three-fold peace: with the divine Trinity, with their own brothers and sisters, and with the creation entrusted to their care.

Click here to register on-line, before Wednesday, November 19th December 3rd. If you need help, don’t hesitate to call 314-435-8494 or click here to contact us by e-mail. If you prefer to register by postal mail, click here for a registration form. If you’re registering by mail, realistically that means the deadline is Friday, November 14 28th.   Continue reading »

Jul 162014
Charcoal Portrait of Bishop Rosati

Bishop Rosati

Joseph Rosati: the Story of an Italian Vincentian, recruited by a French Sulpician, who enlisted the services of an Austrian priest serving at an Italian court to build the German Catholic community for an Irish Archbishop, helping to make Saint Louis “The Rome of the West.”

Who said Church History is boring? This being the 250th anniversary of the founding of our city, we thought it would be great to celebrate the history of our Archdiocese. Join us Sunday, August 10th at 6 PM for a romp through this history with Monsignor John Witt.

Click Here to register on-line, before Wednesday, August 6th. If you need help, don’t hesitate to call 314-435-8494 or click here to contact us by e-mail. If you prefer to register by postal mail, click here for a registration form. If you’re registering by mail, realistically that means the deadline is Friday, August 1st.

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Mar 242014

Dr. Scott Hahn Headshot Dr. Scott Hahn will give three talks at a day-long conference at Chaifetz Arena (St. Louis University) on April 26th. Doors open at 8 and first talk is at 9 a.m. The talks are: The Lambs Supper, Hail Holy Queen and Evangelizing Catholics. Professor Hahn has written books by each of these titles.

Breaks will be at least 30 minutes, and a good hour for lunch. Concession stands will be open. The St. Louis University Mass Choir will provide music during breaks. The day will wrap up by about 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased 3 ways, Ticketmaster, Chaifetz box office, or send a self addressed stamped envelope to St. Elizabeth Holy Name Society, 2300 Pontoon Rd, Granite City, IL 62040. Include a check made out to same and number of ticket wanted. St. Elizabeth Holy Name Society is sponsoring the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. 1 South Compton Ave, St. Louis, Missouri 63103.

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Feb 202014

Our annual Day of Recollection for the Lenten Season 2014 will be 10:30 AM — 4:30 PM Saturday April 12th at St. Mary of Victories. The day will include two conferences by Fr. James Richardson, Holy Mass, Confessions, and more.

$25 includes lunch. Do not let the registration fee be an obstacle for your attendance. Just call and we’ll take care of everything.

Register by clicking here before Tuesday April 8th. If you have questions, call (314)481-2512.

Fr. Richardson is a member of the St. Louis Oratory of St. Phillip Neri. Their Facebook page is here and the beginnings of a website is here. If you have a subscription to the St. Louis Review, an article about Fr. Richardson and his new community is here.

As we get more details, this post will be updated.

If you are not signed-up for Credo’s free monthly e-newsletter, click here & fill in the form to get event reminders and links to the latest articles on the website.

Schedule & Directions follow… Continue reading »

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Feb 142014

Replica guillotine from the French Revolution. By Guillotinemodels.jpg: Model builder and photographer: Michael (last name withheld at person's request). Photos edited and resized by uploader (Wikipedia user Kauko) derivative work: NuclearWarfare (Guillotinemodels.jpg) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

Frodo: I am frightened; and I do not feel any pity for Gollum. … he is as bad as an Orc, and just an enemy. He deserves death.

Gandalf: Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. I have not much hope that Gollum can be cured before he dies, but there is a chance of it.
— J.R.R. Tolkein. The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship of the Ring. Book One. II. The Shadow of the Past

The Great State of Missouri executed three men since November and that prompted me to get down to work on this essay again. It had been cooking in my mind since this past summer. I don’t recall the circumstances, but a conversation had turned to the topic of capital punishment. I’d cited the Catechism on the point, and asserted that in Missouri in 2013 capital punishment isn’t licit. I heard something like this in reply:

The Church is not against the death penalty – she leaves it as a matter prudential judgment by Catholics, and that means the plain, everyday Catholics. The Church does not tell them they have to take college courses in theology, or do advanced research before making prudential judgments; she trusts them to make these prudential decisions for themselves. My prudential judgment is for capital punishment. Continue reading »