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Saint Andrew is a moderately small parish of approximately 500 families. It is located in south St. Louis County just outside the city limits near River des Peres. It is in an economically deprived part of the county with the largest employer being the River City casino. The housing is mostly frame two-bedroom single family homes, what are often termed “starter homes." Therefore, there are more parishioners who are elderly [65+] than young families with children. There is much ethnic diversity in the neighborhood, mainly Hispanic and Bosnian immigrants in addition to the blue collar Caucasian.
Saint Andrew practices the spirituality of the Focolare movement. The focus is to do everything in love and unity. Therefore, there are many “transplants” in the parish faith community. These are people who may travel as far as an hour away from their geographical parish in order to be part of the welcoming and caring atmosphere they find at Saint Andrew. In many ways Saint Andrew would qualify as an “intentional parish."
Since Saint Andrew began its new leadership structure, it has come to see itself as a parish family and strives to operate with each parishioner feeling a sense of belonging and ownership in the activities and life of the parish. It sees Deacon Allen as the head of this family, leading by his service to his family members. St. Andrew does not focus on the number of people in attendance to determine its success; rather we rely on this evaluative question, "Did this activity lead us to love and unity within the parish family?"
Anyone who comes to minister in the parish would be considered to be part of the pastoral team’s staff. The person would be welcome to be involved in any of the existing parish programs such as Liturgy of the Word for Children, Parish School of Religion, various Bible Study groups, seasonal adult education parish nights, parish faith community gatherings, etc. In addition, the person would be welcome to bring new ideas for programming and ministry which could be incorporated into the life of the parish community. All major decisions are made by consensus among the pastoral team and the staff within a prayerful atmosphere of knowing the presence of Jesus in our midst.
We are open to all ages, genders, ethnic groups, and races. We are also open to all denominations and all faiths - the Focolare movement encourages interreligious dialogue at all levels and we would be pleased to be part of this.
The Archdiocesan Deaf Ministry is part of Saint Andrew Parish. Many of us are able to use sign language to communicate; however, none of the staff is proficient in it. We would welcome someone who is hearing impared.
*Each intern is required to have the Missouri criminal background screening completed with the results received prior to the start of the semester.
*Students who are residents of Illinois must also have the Illinois criminal background screening completed with the results received prior to the start of the semester.
*The student must attend the Archdiocesan workshop Protecting God's Children prior to working in the parish.
*The person must be able to climb stairs - we are not very handicapped accessible in this way.
The student's work hours and days would be very flexible. Some member of the pastoral team is usually in the rectory working throughout the weekdays and weekends. Often Mary Boedeker is there during the day and Deacon Allen Boedeker is there during the evening. Both are present throughout the weekend.
Number of Positions Available: 1
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Supervisor's Bio/Additional Comments:
Deacon Allen Boedeker is a full time Theology teacher at St. Louis University High School. He is also assigned as canonical parochial administrator of Saint Andrew Parish in Lemay, MO. This is the first active parish in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to use a permanent deacon in this role. He is assisted by the pastoral team consisting of his wife Mary (pastoral associate) and Karen Wood (business manager). The parish entered into a ministerial agreement with Fr. Aaron Arce, OP, who takes care of the sacramental needs of the parish.
Deacon Allen graduated from Saint Meinrad School of Theology with a master’s degree in Pastoral Theology. He has been in active parish ministry for over thirty years. He has been married to his wife for thirty-one years and they have five children and four grandchildren. They have also cared for over a dozen foster teenage girls throughout their years together. Deacon Allen is active in the Knights of Columbus council in his parish and is a member of the Archdiocesan Council for Scouting. During the school year he teaches in the permanent diaconate program for the Archdiocese.
Mary Boedeker is the pastoral associate for Saint Andrew parish. She also serves as the Director of Religious Education and Liturgist for the parish. While Deacon Allen is teaching during the day, she takes care of the ministerial needs of the parish. She oversees the religious educational programs for the parish which try to meet the concerns of our parishioners – womb to tomb. She oversees all the liturgical programs and needs of the parish. She is also available for any spiritual direction the parishioners may request.
Mary graduated from Saint Meinrad School of Theology with a master’s degree in Religious Education with emphasis on liturgy and the sacraments. She has been active in parish ministry for forty years. Mary taught for the Pontifical Institute of Paul VI for over ten years in the area of religious education. Mary and Allen served in southern Indiana for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. During this time Mary first served as the pastoral associate of two parishes in Madison, IN and later became a parish life coordinator for a mission parish in Vevay, IN. From 1995 to 1999 Mary was employed by the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows as the director of family life ministry there. She served on the USCCB committee for the Millennium.
A collaborative supervisory approach will be used with interns.