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.
This is the life story of the first bishop of Saint Louis, inspired to leave Italy by his friend Father De Andreis. Rosati served his Vincentian community at Saint Mary’s in the Barrens until called upon to become coadjutor bishop with Bishop William Du Bourg. When Du Bourg abandoned his American diocese, Rosati picked up the pieces and continued the tradition of inviting Religious communities to the diocese, including the Daughters of Charity who established the first hospital west of the Mississippi and the Sisters of Saint Joseph who founded the first school for the deaf in Missouri. Rosati also recruited Father Joseph Melcher from an Italian court. Father Melcher’s three recruiting trips to Europe netted the Archdiocese over 40 German-speaking priests and seminarians as well as the Ursuline Sisters. Bishop Rosati gave Saint Louis the finest building in the mid-west at the time, the Old Cathedral. He died while on a papal diplomatic mission but left a diocese full of potential for his successor, Peter Richard Kenrick.
Monsignor Witt is Associate Professor of Church History at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, and is a very popular lecturer around town. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis in 1990. Before that he served the Church for twenty-two years as a Christian Brother teaching in Oklahoma, Missouri and Tennessee. He holds a Ph.D. in Modern European History from Saint Louis University and a Masters in Divinity from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. He has served the archdiocese as associate pastor, pastor and Director of Continuing Formation for Priests. Besides publishing two books on Catholic topics and contributing journal articles, there is his 169-part series of audio recordings on Catholic Church history, which may be downloaded here.
Besides his teaching duties at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, he is the Director for Permanent Deaconate of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis and Director of the Kolbe House, a residence for Catholic men discerning their vocation., and serves on Credo’s Advisory Board.
Chicken Supreme or Pork Loin, garlic mashed potato, summer vegetable medley, garden salad, bread, iced tea, coffee, dessert. Cash bar available.
Non-Members: $35; eight or more $30 but call or e-mail. Members $30. Click Here to register on-line. Forum registrations must be received before Wednesday,August 6th in order to get a count to the caterer. 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. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. If you need help, don’t hesitate to call 314-435-8494 or click here to contact us by e-mail.
The Forum is at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 7750 Carondelet Ave in Clayton, Missouri. Dinner served at 6:00 with talk to follow. Parking is free. Take a ticket as you enter the parking garage off of Carondelet or at 7777 Bonhomme. Take the orange level bridge to the hotel. The gate will be open when you leave, no charge.