Archbishop Robert Carlson

Archbishop-elect Carlson mixes hard work, play into busy bishop’s schedule

Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson consecrated the Host last week during a Mass with eighth-graders at Holy Spirit Parish in Saginaw, Mich.

They discussed his schedule, other initiatives and upcoming events as well as the transition as he leaves for St. Louis. (Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Cistone was named the new bishop of Saginaw on May 20.)

“He has an idea a minute, which adds a lot of variety and motivates people because it’s new, fresh and it’s moving,” Werner told the Review in describing his charismatic leadership. “He is articulate, well read  and has a lot of experience.”

A brand new journey

Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson walks along a path

SAGINAW, Mich. — “A remarkable four years” is the refrain when Catholics of east central Michigan are asked about their bishop, who will leave next month for his new assignment as Archbishop of St. Louis.

Betty Shreve of St. Stephen Parish in Saginaw attended a luncheon in honor of Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson hosted by Catholic Federal Credit Union. The credit union has supported a number of initiatives of their bishop since his arrival in February 2005.

“To me, he’s been a breath of fresh air,” Shreve said. “I can’t say enough about his recruitment of priests, his commitment to Catholic education and his work in the community.”

Media coverage provides time for uplifting reflection

On April 21, The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson was presented to the St. Louis media as the 10th bishop, ninth archbishop, of St. Louis. On April 27th, the Most Reverend Timothy Michael Dolan was installed as the 10th Archbishop of New York. Both events were of dynamic interest to St. Louis Catholics — we have a new archbishop and one of our native sons is now the leader of the second-largest diocese in the United States.

These events received considerable media attention in both the archdiocese and the nation, and with good reason. St. Louis and New York have rich Catholic histories. The announcement of the appointment and the beauty of the installation were covered favorably by many media outlets. After more than nine months without an ordinary, it’s clear why the local media focused attention on Archbishop-elect Carlson. And given the stature of New York, it was to be expected that Archbishop Dolan’s installation would garner significant attention.

In both cities, a distinct sense of love and relief could be felt. Perhaps that is due to the extremely personable nature of both men. But what was surprising was the clearly positive nature of the coverage.

Mass of installation set for June 10 at cathedral

Prayer service to be held June 9; pallium trip also planned next month

The installation of Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson has been set for next month.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia and former St. Louis archbishop, will install the archbishop-elect as the 10th bishop and ninth archbishop of St. Louis at a Mass Wednesday, June 10, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End.
A procession of cardinals, bishops and clergy from around the United States will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Mass at 2.

In addition, an evening prayer service is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at the cathedral basilica.

Civic and religious leaders and representatives from the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be presented to Archbishop-elect Carlson during the service.

Installation Mass for Archbishop-elect Carlson announced

Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson

The installation of Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson has been set for next month.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will install the archbishop-elect as the 10th bishop and ninth archbishop of St. Louis at a Mass of Installation Wednesday, June 10, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End.

A procession of cardinals, bishops and clergy from around the United States will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Mass at 2.

Archdiocese to host pallium trip to Rome

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is offering a pilgrimage to Rome for the reception of the pallium by Archbishop-elect Robert L. Carlson.

The trip, which goes from June 25 to July 3, is to be led by Archbishop-elect Carlson and will include Mass with Pope Benedict XVI for the reception of the pallium at the Basilica of St. Peter, Mass for the closing of the Year of St. Paul at the Basilica of St. Paul and attendance of the general audience with the pope.
The trip also includes tours of Rome and Assisi.

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