Archbishop's column

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.

Lives of unwanted especially sacred­­

Have you ever felt unwanted? It's a horrible feeling that strikes at the heart of your soul. Rejection is always painful, but to be rejected for who you are is perhaps the most painful experience a human being can have.

Archbishop's appointments

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has made the following appointments:

Rev. Mark A. Dolan, pastor of Annunciation Parish in Webster Groves, is appointed pastor of Our Lady of the Presentation Parish in Overland, effective Jan. 25, 2010.

Rev. Robert T. Evans, pastor of Our Lady of the Presentation Parish in Overland, is appointed pastor of Annunciation Parish in Webster Groves, effective Jan. 25, 2010.

Integral human development is a vocation for everyone

This is the first of four columns by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson summarizing the content of Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical ‘Caritas in Veritate.’

Dear Friends in Christ,

Archbishop's schedule

Here is the schedule for Archbishop Robert J. Carlson for this week:

Wednesday, Jan. 13

9:30 a.m. Meeting with the Vicars General, Catholic Center, Central West End

Noon Serra Club of St. Louis Pastors Lunch and speaker, St. Louis Club, Clayton

2 p.m. Meeting with faculty of St. Louis University Theological Studies Department, Archbishop's Residence, Central West End

Thursday, Jan. 14

Peace is the work of justice


It's such a simple concept. Why is it so hard to achieve -- in our personal lives, our families, our neighborhoods and our world?

An open letter to God the Father on Christmas Day

Dear Heavenly Father,

Merry Christmas!

Do you celebrate Christmas in heaven? I hope so. This is a wonderful feast — filled with warmth and love, peace and joy. I know that every day is wonderful in heaven, but I'm sure that even heavenly bliss can be increased -- at least one day a year -- with the magnificent sounds of an angelic choir and the brilliant glow of yet another shining star!

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