The Cantores Sancti Ludovici is a newly IRS-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It exists to fund a schola cantorum (school of singers) to chant the Divine Office and Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, as well as to study and promote the liberal arts and Catholic culture in St. Louis and beyond, with a particular emphasis on medieval studies.
Schola comes from the Greek σχολή for "leisure" or "rest." In the Catholic sense, this word symbolizes a way of life centered around the leisure of contemplation found in the sacred liturgy. From holy leisure springs forth other works and apostolates, such as teaching Latin, Gregorian Chant, and other liberal arts.
Yes, the Schola Cantorum model has existed since the very beginnings of the Church, drawing its inspiration from the Levites of the Old Testament. Recently, the Church has called for an increase of these organizations: "Scholae Cantorum must be diligently promoted." Sacrosanctum Concilium, 114.
Currently, the bulk of our chanting is done at the Oratory of Saints Gregory and Augustine in Saint Louis. However, we are open to travel, and have done so regionally several times.
1) Pray for the success of this endeavor.
2) Donate. We are seeking donations both for our yearly budget as well as to form an endowment to sustain our efforts in the future. Please see the links on the side menu and footer to contribute to our yearly fundraising goal.
3) Tell your friends interested in restoring traditional liturgy and Catholic culture about us!