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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 | We should rejoice in our priests

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson greeted parishioners May 2 at St. Agatha Parish, where he celebrated Mass. The parish was observing Polish Constitution Day, which is on May 3.

As Catholics, one of the primary reasons we have to rejoice is the gift of good and holy priests.

In his apostolic exhortation "Pastores Dabo Vobis (I Will Give You Shepherds)," the late Pope John Paul II reminds us that "priests by means of the sacrament of orders are tied with a personal and indissoluble bond to Christ. The sacrament of holy orders is conferred upon each one of them as individuals, but they are inserted into the communion of the presbyterate united with the bishop."

Archbishop's Calendar | Week of May 7, 2010

Here is the weekly schedule for Archbishop Robert J. Carlson:


Sunday, May 9

1 p.m. Ordination to the Priesthood and Diaconate for the Dominican Community, St. Francis Xavier Church, Midtown St. Louis

7:30 p.m. Celebrant and homilist for Sacrament of Confirmation, St. Mary Magdalen parish, Brentwood


Monday, May 10

9:30 a.m. Meeting with the Vicars General, Cardinal Rigali Center, Shrewsbury

Clergy Appointments | Mary 7, 2010

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has made the following appointments:

Deacon Kevin Carroll, assisting the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, St. Ann, is appointed to assist the pastor of Our Lady of the Presentation Parish, Overland, effective May 25, 2010.

Deacon John B. Wainscott, assisting the pastor of Annunziata Parish, Ladue, is appointed to assist the pastor of Saint Catherine Laboure Parish, south St. Louis County, effective May 18, 2010.

Msgr. Jerome D. Billing, JCL

Before the Cross | 10 reasons Christians are joyful

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation April 28 at Immacolata Catholic Church in Richmond Heights.

This is the season of Easter joy. It is the time of year when Christians pay special attention to the heartfelt joy that is an integral part of life in Christ.

Pastoral letter | The archdioce's 2010 Annual Catholic Appeal

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The 2010 Annual Catholic Appeal has a profound Eucharistic theme: Do This in Memory of Me.

Do you know how fortunate we are to have the Annual Catholic Appeal in our archdiocese? We are blessed in three ways. First, the Annual Catholic Appeal provides us with an opportunity to extend the ministry of Jesus beyond individual parish boundaries. It allows us to be the eyes, ears, hands and feet of Jesus in ways that truly make a difference in the lives of others.

Before the Cross | The cross of Christ has set us free

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson greets Grace Barnett of Incarnate Word Academy during the 2010 Archbishop May Service Awards ceremony April 20 at St. Louis University. Barnett was one of the recipients of the awards, which honor high school seniors for their work in Christian service and social justice. At left is George Henry, superintendent of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

In the darkest days of the old Soviet Union, when atheistic communism was especially strong, a Christian man was arrested and sent to a Gulag (concentration camp) because he refused to renounce his faith. For 25 years the man labored in prison with no comforts, no companionship and no hope of ever seeing his wife and family again. Then one day the Soviet Union was no more. Marxism had failed miserably, and the Soviet political and economic system was exposed as corrupt and inhumane.

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