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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 | St. Stephen, first martyr, gives faithful witness to Christ

Transitional deacons John Nickolai, Brother Pio Enudu, Christopher Seiler, Charles Samson, Ray Buehler and Michael Benz gathered around Archbishop Robert J. Carlson after their ordination May 5. All were ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, except Brother Pio Enudu, who was ordained for the Society of Our Mother of Peace. Rev. Mr. Samson and Rev. Mr. Seiler are students at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. The other men attend Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury.

During these weeks between Easter and Pentecost, I am writing about those women and men who were witnesses to the Lord's resurrection. Our faith is not based on abstract concepts. It is grounded in the eyewitness testimony of those who actually encountered the risen Jesus and then shared their experience with us.

Seeing is not the only form of believing

More than 300 supporters attended the Archbishop’s Gala for the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, held April 26 at the Missouri Athletic Club in Downtown St. Louis. Archbishop Carlson, who received the Sr. Mary Ann Eckhoff Leadership Award at the event, has made Catholic education his first priority and has been a strong supporter of Today and Tomorrow’s annual gala, which benefits its scholarship programs.

This year’s gala raised approximately $350,000 to provide tuition help for economically disadvantaged families with children in Catholic and other faith-based and private schools in the St. Louis region.

“The main objective of Alive in Christ is to grow Catholic education in every region of our archdiocese by strengthening Catholic identity, increasing enrollments and developing new financial resources,” Archbishop Carlson has said. “One of the best ways to achieve this ambitious objective is to make scholarships and tuition assistance available to Catholic families and others who otherwise could not afford a Catholic school education for their children.”

For more information on the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation or to donate, go online to the website at or call (314) 792-7621. Today and Tomorrow is supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal.

Those of us who have had a profound personal encounter with Jesus are compelled to share that experience with others. We have "seen the Lord," and so our faith is deepened and enriched. We share this experience with others, and as a result others have their faith strengthened and renewed.

Seeing Jesus in the breaking of the bread

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson visited the newly renovated St. Dominic Priory in Midtown St. Louis on April 20. The archbishop prayed Evening Prayer with the Dominicans in their chapel before blessing the new grounds. The order has experienced an increase in vocations

"Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into His glory? Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them what referred to Him in all the Scriptures." Luke 24:25-27 

Before the Cross | Peter's example can show us how to love Jesus unconditionally

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke at a kick-off dinner for the 2012 Annual Catholic Appeal. The theme of this year’s campaign is “A call to generosity.” To learn more about how the archdiocese serves St. Louis through the campaign, including a three-minute video entitled “A Day in the Life of the Archdiocese,” visit

Although the Lord made Peter the head of the Apostles, He knew Peter had faults -- he was impulsive, outspoken and sometimes fearful, even cowardly, in the face of danger. Jesus didn't choose Peter because he was perfect. He chose Peter because He loved him.

Before the Cross | Witnesses to the Lord's resurrection share with us their faith

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson greeted the congregation after he celebrated Easter Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

St. Paul believed that it was of "first importance" to remind the Church of Corinth, and all of us, that there were real eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Our faith is not a matter of speculation or vague ideas. The Lord is actually risen, and we have the testimony of many eyewitnesses to assure us that this mysterious, life-changing event really happened.

Before the Cross | The Lord's death, resurrection set us free

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led the Palm Sunday procession into the Cathedral Basilica for Mass April 1. Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week.

"Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even death on a cross.

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