Archdiocese of St. Louis

Abp. Carlson appoints first woman chancellor to St. Louis

Nancy Werner, newly appointed chancellor for the Archdiocese of St. Louis

He cited her more than 26 years of parish, diocesan and national leadership experience and called the appointment “an opportunity to name a highly qualified woman to a senior position within the Archdiocese of St. Louis.”

Werner told the Review she is proud of “the way that I have represented the Church in important discussions and initiatives that have positively impacted the lives of people. Whether through programs for young people, parish representatives or women, I know it has made a difference. I take that responsibility very seriously.”

New chancellor praised as collaborator

The newly named chancellor of the archdiocese is praised for her administrative talents, pastoral approach and respect for the Church.

On July 21 Archbishop Robert Carlson appointed Nancy Werner, chancellor of the Diocese of Saginaw, Mich., as chancellor of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

“Nancy has an unusual capacity for organization and for motivating people as well as a great sense of the pastoral,” said Father Robert DeLand, judicial vicar of the Marriage Tribunal in Saginaw.

Werner, the first woman and first layperson to serve as chancellor in the archdiocese’s 174-year history, will consult with Archbishop Carlson and the offices of the archdiocese.

Archbishop Carlson noted in a letter to priests and archdiocesan staff that Werner “possesses an outstanding record as a collaborator in ministry and administration.”

He cited her more than 26 years of parish, diocesan and national leadership experience and called the appointment “an opportunity to name a highly qualified woman to a senior position within the Archdiocese of St. Louis.”

Many longtime Catholic educators are retiring

Many longtime educators in schools around the archdiocese retired at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. They include the following individuals.

Joyce Antainer

A historical look at the prelates of the St. Louis Archdiocese

Bishop Louis V. DuBourg

The first bishop to use St. Louis as his see city was Bishop DuBourg, a native of the island of Santo Domingo who had moved to France at age 2. As Bishop of Louisiana and the Floridas he made St. Louis his episcopal headquarters from 1817 to 1820.  On New Year’s Day 1818 he offered the first pontifical Mass in the vast area at Ste. Genevieve  on his way up river to St. Louis. It was Bishop DuBourg who brought the Vincentians, the Jesuits and the Religious of the Sacred Heart to St. Louis. When the Louisiana Territory was split into two dioceses — St. Louis and New Orleans Bishop DuBourg resigned and returned to France. He died in 1833. 

Serving all children

The Archdiocese of St. Louis continues its long tradition of educating children with special learning needs.

“Jesus said, ‘Go teach all,’” said Karen Tichy of the archdiocesan Catholic Education Office. “And that includes children with special needs.”

Tichy, archdiocesan associate superintendent for instruction, is the administrator of the Department of Special Education.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is a leader in serving children with special needs, Tichy said. “We were the first diocese in the country to establish a Department of Special Education, in 1950 — thanks to Msgr. (Elmer) Behrmann.

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