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Before the Cross - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Column

'Before The Cross' by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. Archbishop Carlson is the ninth Archbishop of Saint Louis. Listed below are the most recent columns written by Archbishop Carlson; click on the title to read the column. The Archdiocesan website has more information about Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Contempletive sisters remind us that Jesus loves us

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

"The Year for Consecrated Life concerns not only consecrated persons, but the entire Church. Consequently, I ask the whole Christian people to be increasingly aware of the gift which is the presence of our many consecrated men and women, heirs of the great saints who have written the history of Christianity." (Pope Francis, "Apostolic Letter to All Consecrated People")

BEFORE THE CROSS | Passionist Nuns: Finding value in suffering

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated Mass and delivered the State of the Archdiocese address to the Curia May 20 at the Cardinal Rigali Center.

"Have much at heart the spread of devotion to the Passion of Jesus." - St. Paul of the Cross

BEFORE THE CROSS | Redemptoristine Nuns: Living memories of Jesus the Redeemer

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated Mass to dedicate the new altar of St. Joseph Chapel at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The archbishop consecrated the altar with oils, incense and cloths after relics of St. Vincent of Saragossa, St. Benignus, St. John Mary Vianney and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne were deposited and sealed inside it. The renovation of the chapel was the final phase of the seminary renovation funded by the Faith for the Future campaign.

"The charity of Christ urges us to be a living memorial of the paschal mystery of Redemption, a living witness of God's love in the Church and the world."

BEFORE THE CROSS | Discalced Carmelites: Making everywhere a place of encounter with God

Scott Scheiderer was ordained to the transitional diaconate May 2 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the celebrant.

In whatever place you live, draw away from the finite and enter into the infinite space which is God. Turn every place into a Mount Carmel.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Sisters of the Good Shepherd (Contemplative): An oasis of peace and reconciliation

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson delivered his homily April 24 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The Mass was celebrated before the Catholic University of America American Cardinals Dinner.

"I had no special gifts or talents. But I loved, and I loved with my whole heart." St. Mary Euphrasia, Foundress

BEFORE THE CROSS | Pink Sisters: Reaching out to cover the whole world in prayer

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presented the winners of the 2015 Archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate Essay Contest. From left, McKinleigh Nelson, a homeschooler from St. Gianna Parish; Grace Koeller from Holy Cross Academy and parishoner at Seven Holy Founders; Caroline Cross from St. Gerard Majella PSR; Kathryn Echele from Sacred Heart School in Valley Park; Archbishop Robert J. Carlson; Anthony Anger from St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School; Grace Hughes from Holy Infant School; Gianna Zuniga from St. John Paul II Prep; Moira Healy from St. Francis Assisi School; Andrew Chapman from St. Joseph School in Imperial; and Cooper Ruhl from Most Sacred Heart School in Eureka. For more information on the award visit

"Where heaven and earth meet in the heart of the Church and where prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament is an oasis of peace for all who seek God."

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