Annual Catholic Appeal
The Annual Catholic Appeal unifies us as Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Each year we demonstrate we are one Church in our efforts to assist those who are suffering and abandoned. Catechetical programs introduce our young children to the love and peace of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Our newly ordained priests join their new parishes with enthusiasm and great hope.
Your support means thousands will find grace and mercy through the Annual Catholic Appeal, not because those we serve are Catholic, but because we are Catholic. Please consider a gift today
Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis
At 15, Sister Cecilia Pham boarded a crowded boat in her beloved homeland of Vietnam and set out with a few family members on a difficult journey to the United States. They were fleeing an oppressive Communist regime that among other atrocities had taken possession of their family business. It was their third attempt to escape. The family left relatives, friends and everything they owned.
But Sister Cecilia has found hope, community and purpose in St. Louis, serving God and her fellow country people through her work at the Vietnamese Health Clinic at St. Francis Community Service’s Southside Center, supported in part by the Annual Catholic Appeal.