Learn more about Catholic Charities

We're serving those
in need regardless of
faith, culture, or situation.


  • Happy Arthritis Awareness Month! | The Catholic Missourian
    By Diane Elam Did you know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States? It affects millions of people, but the good news is that there…
  • From Despair to Hope: Your Lenten Generosity Transforms Lives
    By Litz Main As the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the countless individuals and families who…
  • Exploring Mental Health Awareness
    Mental health awareness plays a vital role in fostering overall well-being. Yet, the stigma associated with mental health often prevents individuals from seeking help from a mental health counselor. This…
  • Family Tradition
    For many individuals, the journey from volunteering to becoming a staff member within an organization is a testament to dedication, passion, and a deep commitment to a cause. This transition…
  • Fair housing — Exploring the impact on families and communities
    April is Fair Housing Awareness Month, commemorating the passing of the Fair Housing Act in 1968. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, color, national origin,…
  • How preparing for disaster can keep your family safe, and serve your community
    At Catholic Charities, we understand that disaster preparation, response, and recovery isn’t just a safety issue — it’s also a poverty issue. Unfortunately, disaster doesn’t discriminate between the financially stable…
  • Parishes partner to provide mental health support
    Culturally comfortable care for Spanish-speaking families By Ashley Wiskirchen Ilsi Palacios is the Hispanic Services Coordinator at Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri. In her role, she provides case…
  • Resource Fair marks Catholic Charities Food Pantry second anniversary.
    By Jennifer Hudson To address the growing needs of mid-Missourians, community organizations and local collaborators are strengthening relationships to provide essential support and resources. The Catholic Charities Food Pantry serves…
  • The Multifaceted Impact of Affordable Housing on Families and Communities
    Access to stable and affordable housing impacts household income and enhances community well-being in multiple ways. It is not just a roof over one’s head but the catalyst for positive…
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
    “We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it.” Dorothy Day   “Love is shown more in deeds than in words.” St. Ignatius…
  • Youth & Education Assistant
    Columbia, MO • Catholic Charities Job Type: Part-time Description Overview Catholic Charities of Central & Northern Missouri is seeking a dedicated addition to join our agency’s case management team and play a…
  • Site Director (Columbia)
    Columbia, MO • Catholic Charities Job Type: Full-time Description Overview Catholic Charities of Central & Northern Missouri is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to join our team. The ideal candidate is…

Virgin Mary statue now adorns new Catholic Charities building

This story originally appeared in The Jefferson City News Tribune. Read the full story online: News Tribune Website

 Joe Gamm Aug. 26 2021 @ 11:05pmstory.lead_photo.captionAn old wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, which used to be at the old St. Mary’s Hospital and most recently in storage, has been placed high on the exterior east wall of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, where she can keep a prayerful eye over workers (seen in background installing framework for solar panels) and those who visit the facility for whatever reason. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

Something was missing.

The new home for Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, nearing completion at 1015 Edmonds St., needed something to identify it.

Administrators and board members of the nonprofit decided to search some of the artifacts in storage at St. Mary’s Hospital.

As soon as they laid eyes on the old wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, they knew it was what they needed, said Beverly Stafford, the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation director.

St. Mary provides assistance, guidance and healing.

The statue once stood in the chapel at the old hospital, which towered over the intersection of Missouri Boulevard and U.S. Highway 50/63 for decades.

That building closed when the hospital moved into its new building on Mission Drive about seven years ago.

The figure might have been dusty, and appeared a little faded, but with a little tender loving care, it would be ready to place under the gable on the end of Catholic Charities’ new home.

“It hadn’t been in use for a long time,” Stafford said.

But, the potential was there, and the team who found the statue had connections.

Members contacted a painter in the community, who glazed it with a new finish.

And the colors on the statue began to pop.

Crews attached it to the structure.

“It does make a statement,” Stafford said. “It’s beautiful.”