statement of purpose:
We seek to be a Catholic voice encouraging our faith communities to challenge and own the history of racism in our Church and community, to engage in the difficult conversation around race, and to participate in action for racial justice in the wider community. Our collaborative recognizes that it is our spiritual duty to combat the sin of personal and institutional racism.
We are a multiracial group of religious and lay Catholic leaders from parishes and organizations across the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The collaborative formed in September 2017, just before St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted of the charge of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. In anticipation of that controversial verdict and the racial tensions surrounding it, members of the collaborative drafted a statement calling upon Catholics to wrestle with the difficult realities of racism in our faith community and the broader society. Since its founding, the Catholic Racial Justice Collaborative has identified key initiatives to raise awareness of racial inequity and work toward just solutions; it meets monthly to further those efforts.
from our members
Growing up in the ‘60s my faith was formed by witnessing religious people of many faiths standing up for and demanding justice. I never understood how a Christian, in good conscience, could do anything less. I want there to be no doubt that the St. Louis community knows that when it comes to racial justice and racial equity there will be a strong Catholic voice to be heard. Together, as a Collaborative, we can be that voice.
— Gerry Rauch
To organize ourselves and our Catholic communities to take action to combat racism as it exists in our Church, in ourselves, and in our society
To provide tools and resources for Catholics to learn about personal and institutional racism
To elevate and amplify the voices of Catholics of color, particularly Black Catholics, in the Archdiocese of St. Louis
with members from parishes across the archdiocese of St. Louis
St. Cletus (St. Charles)
St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist
St. Francis Xavier “College” Church
St. Louis University
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (Mehlville)
St. Margaret of Scotland
St. Matthew the Apostle
St. Pius V
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (Florissant)
Sts. Teresa & Bridget
The Catholic Racial Justice Collaborative includes 26 parishes and schools in St. Louis City and St. Louis and St. Charles counties, including:
Ascension Catholic Church (Chesterfield)
Chaminade High School
Immaculate Conception Maplewood
Marianist Retreat Center
Mary, Mother of the Church (Mattese)
Our Lady of Lourdes (University City)
Pax Christi USA
Sisters of St. Joseph, Carondelet
St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Church
St. Charles Lwanga Center
St. Clare of Assisi (Ellisville)
For more information on the collaborative and how to join, call Kathy McGinnis at (314) 369-3821.