Archbishop Robert Carlson

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.

Archbishop-elect’s sister provides glimpse of family life

When Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson’s sister learned that he was being appointed as St. Louis’ next archbishop, several things immediately flashed through her mind.

While she’s never visited St. Louis, Cathy Percival of Bloomington, Minn., in a recent interview with the Review, seemed very much in tune with what’s going on in the Gateway City.

“I’m kind of the sports nut in the family, so I thought, ‘Oh yeah, St. Louis Cardinals,’” said the 60-year-old social worker. “There’s the Arch, and wasn’t the women’s (NCAA) Final Four just there?”

Of course, she also couldn’t forget some recent big news about one of St. Louis’ own: Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who was just installed as head of the Archdiocese of New York.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson speaks about his role as a spiritual leader

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson speaks to Review reporter Jennifer Brinker.

After a nearly 10-month wait, Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Robert James Carlson of the Diocese of Saginaw, Mich., to lead the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Archbishop-elect Carlson, 64, will become St. Louis’ 10th bishop and ninth archbishop. The Holy See’s press office made the announcement today, April 21, at 5 a.m. St. Louis time.

He succeeds Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, who was named prefect of the Apostolic Signatura in June 2008.

Photos of Bishop Carlson During His First Day in St. Louis

Welcome to the photo gallery for Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

Pictures were posted to the gallery throughout the day. You can also follow up-to-the-minute postings of events as they occur on the Archdiocese of Saint Louis' Twitter feed.

Archbishop-elect Carlson began the day visiting the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Rosati-Kain high school, and the Cardinal Rigali Center. For lunch, he dined with seminarians from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. He then proceeded to visit St. Francis Cabrini Academy, Fr. Dempsey's Charities, and the Saint Patrick's Center in downtown Saint Louis.

All photos by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

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Archbishop-elect Carlson tours his new archdiocese

On his first official day in St. Louis, Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson embarked on a whirlwind tour of the archdiocese.

The day began shortly after 8 a.m. when he arrived at the archdiocesan Catholic Center in the Central West End, accompanied by an entourage of archdiocesan officials. He  immediately was escorted inside, where he met with chancery staff.

After an interview with the Review, he headed toward the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, where 134 students from the Cathedral School lined the walkway, waiting to greet him. The bells of the cathedral basilica pealed against the bright, crisp morning sun, marking the archbishop-elect’s arrival.

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