Catholic Scouting in the St. Louis Review

The St. Louis Review released Friday, August 2, for the week of August 5-11, features many items connected with Catholic Scouting Ministry!  In particular, one headline story is that of Thomas Hogan at the St. George Trek, sponsored by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.  The St. George Trek is a biennial high adventure Catholic leadership program at Philmont Scout Ranch located in the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains in Cimarron, New Mexico.  Only selected Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members get to attend the national two-week faith-filled hiking adventure, as each diocese in the United States is allowed to send only two participants each.  This year, Thomas was the only participant from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and was sponsored in full by the generosity of a Catholic Committee on Scouting member.  For the next Trek in 2015, the NCCS has already granted the Archdiocese of St. Louis two full-ride scholarships for our selected participants!  If you know of anyone that would be interested in attending in 2015, have them contact the Office of Catholic Scouting.

 Here is Thomas Hogan's full story in the St. Louis Review>>> Witnessing the 'Grandeur of God'

Also in this week's Review is a spread about World Youth Day in Rio.  Mentioned in the spread is Catholic Scouting: "While the events of World Youth Day were going on, several hundred Scouts from across the world also marked the 100th anniversary of international scouting with a Mass July 23 in Rio.  Father Joseph Weber, pastor of St. Justin Martyr Parish in Sunset Hills, was the only priest representing the United States at the Mass.  He is in the second year of a three-year term as chaplain of the Inter-American Region with the International Catholic Conference of Scouting (ICCS).'We were at World Youth Day to promote this as a positive education opportunity, and to make the presence of ICCS known,' said Father Weber.  He also noted that the mission of the organization is to provide 'an opportunity for its members to meet together as friends, and for Catholic Scout leaders and officials to share their experiences as providers of an educational service from the viewpoint of the Catholic faith,' according to the ICCS website."

Lastly, there is a sidebar in the Review that talks about Scouting in the Catholic Church:"While Thomas Hogan was trekking in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico in July, several members of the Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting also were at Philmont Scout Ranch July 21-27 for a special training course on 'Scouting in the Catholic Church.'  The committee is under the auspices of the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Scouting.
Attending the course were Father William Dotson, who was named committee chaplain in April; Craig Ragland, committee chairman; and Kevin Hennessey, a committee member who also was recently named Region 9 chairman for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.The course is designed to explain how Scouting is considered an arm of youth ministry.  Content is based on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' 1997 document, 'Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry.'  The four components of leadership, holiness, conversion and worship are explored as part of the program.'
The conference brings together religious and lay members to help them understand how Scouting is youth ministry and use that info in their diocese when talking to priests and others,' said Ann Lederman, director of the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Scouting.  'Every time we have a new chaplain or chairman we try to send them.  Most leaders, parents and pastors understand the secular Scouting program but don't always see the big picture of Scouting as youth ministry in the parishes, so this helps pull it all together for them.'"