Catholic Sisters: The Spirit of St. Louis

On display through April 28
Central Library (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

The exhibit, which celebrates 200 years of Catholic Sisters' presence in St. Louis, runs March 3 through April 28, at Central Library,1301 Olive Street. The exhibit, located on the Library's Third Floor, is free and open to the public.

The exhibit features the work of the Sisters through photos, display of habits, a German prayer book, a bell used to keep people at a distance when a patient suffered from smallpox, the original Rule of the School and Plan of Studies developed by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, a trunk used while traveling on missions and much more.

"This exhibit offers a wonderful opportunity for the people of metropolitan St. Louis to celebrate with the Catholic Sisters, as well as to recall memories and the influence Sisters have had on their lives," said Sr. Judy Bell of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. "For those not familiar with Catholic Sisters, the exhibit provides an educational forum that shows the impact women religious have had in the greater St. Louis area, meeting the needs of many people throughout these 200 years."

Catholic Sisters first arrived in the St. Louis in 1818. Over the past two centuries, Sisters have devoted their lives to God through a host of ministries.

More information is available here.



Our Sacred Earth, Our Common Home: Reflection & Action on Laudato Si'

Saturday, April 21
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Our Lady of the Snows Visitors Center

Keynote Speaker: Mary Evelyn Tucker, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar: School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale Divinity School

Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for students
For those who are able, we suggest a payment of $40 to cover the fee of a student who cannot afford to pay.
Registration: Call 618-394-6270

This event is the second in a series devoted to the study and implementation of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si’. Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, who collaborated for many years with eco-theologian and Earth scholar Fr. Thomas Berry, will deliver the keynote address. The participants will then take part in a series of “hands-on” break-out sessions. The morning will conclude with a feedback and takeaway session. This event is intended for individuals and parish groups looking for practical ways to care for our common home, our sacred Earth.

More information is available here.



JUST Listening: Listening as the Ultimate Act of Justice

Saturday, May 12
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mercy Conference and Retreat Center
2039 N. Geyer Rd.

As our communities and planet continue suffering from injustice, hate, and dis-ease, we are now experiencing intense political divisiveness and strained public discourse. Whether in our local community of St. Louis or on the national and global political stage, civil discourse is necessary for peacemaking and community building. For effective discourse, listening ‒ deep listening ‒ is required. In times of fear and anxiety, listening can again become an effective tool. That is why we are pleased to offer this workshop on listening as the ultimate act of justice.

Workshop Presenter: Sharon Browning. Sharon provides JUST Listening consultation and training to a wide range of organizations. She is an attorney, former Executive Director of Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, and also taught for fifteen years in the Sociology Department at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia. She is a trained mediator, as well as a retreat facilitator, spiritual guide and teacher, focusing on the needs of marginalized individuals and groups.  To learn more about this program:

Come learn new skills for the type of deep listening  which is required for effective discourse. This workshop is free of charge thanks to sponsorship from the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, South Central Community Justice Office. Seating is limited and registration is required. Register on

Embracing the Seasons of our Lives: A Quiet Spring Retreat

Monday, May 21-Saturday, May 26
Mercy Conference and Retreat Center
2039 N. Geyer Rd.

Registration: Monday at 10:00 a.m. Retreat concludes mid-morning on Saturday
$300 for commuters  /  $460 for overnight, private room
Please submit registration and payment of total amount by May 13.
Registration is available online at

The first $25 of payment is a non-refundable registration fee. Refund policies may be found on our website.

Mercy Sister Carol Mucha, RSM will lead retreatants through this sacred and grace-filled opportunity to look back on their lives as a progression through the seasons of life. Focus questions for pondering during the course of each day will be provided and prepared prayers appropriate to each season will begin each morning session.  Journals will be available for those who would like to capture their own prayerful thoughts and retain them for future reflection. There will be conversation each evening at supper to allow for sharing about the retreat content.

Sr. Carol is currently working as a Campus Minister and Spiritual Director, primarily at St. Xavier University in Chicago. Her former ministries include teacher, principal, education consultant, vocation minister, parish and youth minister, and presenter in lay ministry program.