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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.

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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson visited Lucero Amelco of Carbondale, Ill during a tour Feb. 10 of the Dana Brown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Baby Lucy was born on June 7, 2009, and weighed 1lb, 11 ozs. She is now 13 lbs., 4 oz., and thriving. She was held by NICU nurse Pam Dennis, RN.

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

Saturday, Feb. 13

Retreat for potential seminarians, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Shrewsbury

Sunday, Feb. 14

8 a.m. Retreat for potential seminarians, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Shrewsbury

4:30 p.m. Evening Prayer and Benediction, Closing of Forty Hours of Eucharistic Adoration, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Shrewsbury

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Before the Cross | We are an immigrant Church called to welcome strangers

We are an immigrant Church, a pilgrim people on a journey of faith, hope and love. We are fellow travelers on the way to our heavenly home. As members of Christ's body, we are an exceptionally diverse group of people who are called to unity in Christ (Jn 11:52).

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Students Lindsay Dames of Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill School (left), Nicolas De Asis of Gateway Academy and Jenna Dooling of Visitation Academy bring the gifts to Archbishop Robert J. Carlson during a Mass for Region 3 schools ay St. Joseph School in Manchester.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

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

11:30 a.m. Tour and lunch at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, St. Louis

3 p.m. Interview with EWTN's "Faith & Culture" program, Cardinal Rigali Center, Shrewsbury

7:30 p.m. Celebrant and homilist for Mass of Confirmation, Sacred Heart Parish, Valley Park

Thursday, Feb. 11

10:30 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for all-school Mass, Our Lady of Lourdes, Washington

Before the Cross | Pope John Paul II's witness inspires us to face challenges; his example shows there is meaning to suffering and aging

Do you remember the final days of Pope John Paul II's life?

In February 2005, the Holy Father was taken to Rome's Gemelli hospital with inflammation and spasm of the larynx, the result of influenza. He was treated and released, but he had to be readmitted a few days later because he had difficulty breathing. A tracheotomy was performed, and his breathing improved, but he was very frustrated because now he could barely speak. He returned to the Vatican and for the next month received special medical care as his condition worsened.


Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has made the following appointment:

Deacon J. Gerard Quinn, JCL., formerly assigned to assist the pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Louis, and to serve as a judge of the Court of First Instance on the Metropolitan Tribunal, is assigned to assist the pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish, St. Louis, while continuing to serve on the Metropolitan Tribunal, effective Feb. 1, 2010.

Consider a spirit of generous give and take

Dear Friends in Christ,

In this final column on the encyclical of Pope Benedict, "Charity in Love," we'll see why popes have been writing letters like this for the past century and more. It's not because the content of the Church's social doctrine changes but because the times we live in change. The pope writes with keen attention to the world today, to the challenges it poses for true, complete, or 'integral" human development and the opportunities to get hold of them -- this is our "vocation," he adds -- and turn them to our advantage.

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