ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Like a beacon shining in some St. Louis neighborhoods that are not so bright—and some that are, for that matter—22 billboards around the city carry a message from the St. Louis Catholic Sisters.
That message reads: "We have faith in you, St. Louis."
Sister Regina Siegfried, who teaches at Aquinas Institute and St. Vincent's Parish, is a member of the order of nuns known as the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.
"St. Louis has had such a bad reputation as a violent city," said Sister Regina. "And I think they wanted to put a positive thrust on this that the sisters in the city have faith in the people of the city."
The billboards are a symbolic gesture, much like the message St. Louisans got from officials with the Cardinals and the Blues during a ceremonial puck drop after the city learned the Rams were leaving town. Sister Regina said the sisters’ gesture conveys the same message.
"That we're here to stay," she said. "That we have faith in the people of St. Louis and we will not abandon the people of the city."
So whether it's Gravois and Utah in the city, or Lindbergh and Big Bend in St. Louis County, if you're from the St. Louis area and you're looking for a sign, the Catholic nuns are testifying on your behalf.
"We've been here for over 200 years," said Sister Regina. "The Sisters of St. Joseph came in the 1830s. So sisters have been present in the city for a long time and we're not going to abandon it."
The St. Louis Catholic Sisters include: Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, Franciscan Sisters of Mary, Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sisters of Divine Providence, Sisters of Loretto, Sisters of Mercy of The Americas, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, Society of the Sacred Heart, and Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province.
For more information: National Catholic Sisters Week