This year’s commemoration offers an opportunity to reflect on events in Ferguson and to pray for constructive responses that will further both peace and justice. The Catholic Church in St. Louis has for many years been a voice for bridging racial differences. The St. Louis Catholic schools, for example, were desegregated by Archbishop Joseph Ritter in 1947, well before the U.S. Supreme Court took action in 1954. For more read Desegregation by Cardinal Ritter.
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday. The Missouri General Assembly will not be in session. Throughout Missouri and the nation commemorations will be taking place. On Sunday at 2:30 p.m. the St. Louis Archdiocese will hold its annual Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice in the Cathedral Basilica. Archbishop Robert Carlson will be the chief celebrant.