Those in positions of leadership in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice

Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. RiceBishop
Archdiocese of St. Louis
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119
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The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice has served the Archdiocese of St. Louis as Auxiliary Bishop since 2011. Bishop Rice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a Master of Divinity Degree.

Bishop Rice currently resides at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.

Auxiliary Bishop’s Ministry Team:

An official photo of Bishop Rice, and other resources, are available in the Archdiocese of St. Louis Press Kit upon agreeing to the terms for proper usage.

Coat of Arms / Crest

Bishop Rice - Coat of ArmsGules, between three French crowns Or, a chevron Azure, fimbriated Argent, charged with two garbs of the second.


The episcopal heraldic achievement, or bishop’s coat of arms, is composed of a shield, which is the central and most important part of the design, a scroll with a motto and the external ornamentation.  The design is described (blazoned) as if the description was being given by the bearer (from behind) with the shield being worn on the left arm.  Thus, it must be remembered, where it applies, as the device is viewed from the front that the terms sinister and dexter are reversed.

As a bishop without canonical jurisdiction (an auxiliary bishop), Bishop Rice’s personal arms occupy the entire shield of the design.

Drawing upon heritage of his parents, John and Helen (Madden), the Rice “family arms” (a red field with a blue chevron) has been varied and differenced to reflect its use by the Bishop.  As solely a mark of difference the chevron is outlined (“fimbriated”) in silver (white).  Upon the chevron are two golden (yellow) garbs of wheat, taken from the arms of the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Metropolitan Archbishop of Saint Louis and Principal Consecrator for Bishop Rice’s elevation to the episcopacy of the Roman Catholic Church.  The garbs are also emblematic of “The Bread of Life,” The Eucharist, which is the core mystery of the Catholic Faith and the central activity of the priesthood.

Above and below the chevron are three golden “French crowns,” (elevations are in the form of fleur-de-lis).  One crown honors Saint Louis, King of France, and titular of the See City of Saint Louis, that His Excellency has served as a priest and now as a bishop.  Another crown gives honor to Saint Edward the Confessor, His Excellency’s baptismal patron.  A third crown honors the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially in her title of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the parish where His Excellency was baptized.

For his motto, His Excellency Bishop Rice has selected the Latin phrase “VENITE ET VIDEBITIS.”  The phrase is taken from the Gospel of John, Chapter 1:39, the call of the first disciples, Andrew and John.  When they ask Our Lord where He is staying Jesus responds, “Come and you will see”.  The verse was chosen to recognize His Excellency’s seminary and vocation work and to highlight the call of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI for a time of “new evangelization” in the Church.

The achievement is completed by the external ornamentation which are a gold (yellow) processional cross, that is placed in back of the shield and which extends above and below the shield, and the pontifical hat, called a “galero,” with its six tassels in three rows on either side of the shield, all in green.  These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bishop, by instruction of The Holy See, of March 31, 1969. (by Deacon Paul J. Sullivan)


  • Born: July 28, 1960, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Son of John L. and Helen (Madden) Rice, both deceased.
  • Family members: John, Mark, Mary Ann, James, Patrick, Vincent, Leo, Virginia, Helen
  • Baptized: August 14, 1960, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Parish of Origin: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Diaconate Ordination: May 3, 1986, Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, St. Louis, Mo. (Bishop Terry Steib, SVD, ordaining prelate)
  • Priesthood Ordination: Jan. 3, 1987, Cathedral Basilica, St. Louis, Mo. (Archbishop John L. May, ordaining prelate)
  • First Mass: Jan. 4, 1987, St. Cecilia parish, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Pope Benedict XVI appointed him a Chaplain to His Holiness with the title Monsignor: July 2, 2008


  • Master of Divinity degree, Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., 1987
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Cardinal Glennon College, St. Louis Mo., 1982
  • St. Mary’s High School, St. Louis, Mo.,1978
  • St. Cecilia Grade School, St. Louis, Mo., 1974

Administrative Experience

  • Director for the Office of Vocations, Archdiocese of St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo., 2008 – present
  • Director, Cardinal Glennon College Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., 1996-2000
  • Assistant Director, Cardinal Glennon College Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., 1995

Pastoral Experience

  • In Residence, Holy Redeemer Parish, Webster Groves, Mo., 2008-present
  • Pastor , St. John the Baptist Parish, St. Louis, Mo., 2000-2008
  • In Residence, St. Mary Magdalen Parish, St. Louis, Mo., 1991-1995
  • Associate Pastor, Our Lady of the Presentation Parish, Overland, Mo., 1987-1991
  • Transitional Deacon, Immacolata Parish, Richmond Heights, Mo., 1986

Teaching Experience

  • Religion department, St. Mary’s High School, St. Louis, Mo., 1991-1995


  • Archbishop’s Committee for Eucharistic Renewal
  • Spiritual Moderator, Legion of 1000 Adorers
  • Dean, South City Deanery
  • Retreat Director:  Marion Sisters of Waverly, NE, Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, Mishawaka, IN, Pink Sisters, Philadelphia, PA, Discernment Retreat, Little Sisters of the Poor,  Retreat for priests of the Diocese of Lafayette, IN.
  • Spiritual Director for Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
  • Committee for Catholic Education—USCCB
  • Board of Directors, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Nancy J. Werner


Archdiocese of St. Louis
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: 314.792.7836
Fax: 314.792.7842
Email Nancy J. Werner 

Nancy J. Werner has served the Archdiocese of St. Louis as Chancellor since 2009. Ms. Werner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education and a Master of Arts degree in pastoral administration.

Ms. Werner belongs to Our Lady of Providence Parish in Crestwood.

Chancellor’s Ministry Team:

The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson

Archbishop Carlson at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

If you would like to contact Archbishop Carlson, please
write to him at:
Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis
Cardinal Rigali Center
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: 314-792-7841
Fax: 314-792-7842

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The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson was installed as Archbishop of St. Louis on June 10, 2009 after being appointed to the Archdiocese of St. Louis by Pope Benedict XVI on April 21, 2009.

Prior to his appointment to the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Archbishop Carlson served as the fifth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw from 2005-2009. at the direction of Pope John Paul II.

A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Archbishop Carlson was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1970 for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He was later ordained as an auxiliary bishop for his home archdiocese on January 11, 1984 and went on to serve as Bishop of Sioux Falls, S.D., from 1994 to 2005.

An official photo of Archbishop Carlson, and other resources, are available in the Archdiocese of St. Louis Press Kit upon agreeing to the terms for proper usage.


Pastoral Letters

October 2015: Pastoral Statement on Immigration & Mercy (Declaración pastoral en español)

February 2015: Pastoral Letter on the Sacrament of Reconciliation

December 2013: Pastoral Letter on Spiritual Formation

November 2012: Pastoral Letter on Evangelization (Declaración pastoral en español)

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Crest / Coat of ArmsCoat of Arms / Crest

The great seal of the Archdiocese of St. Louis (viewer’s left side) is an azure, blue, field with a gold crusader’s cross, and a crown representing Saint Louis IX, King of France and patron of both the Archdiocese of St. Louis and City of St. Louis. On the extremes of the cross are found the fleur-de-lis flower that recalls the French foundation of the city. In the upper corner of the shield is a silver crescent moon symbolizing Mary, the Blessed Virgin, the state of Missouri, and the navigational direction of west. At the bottom of the shield a silver, or argent, wavy band symbolizes a body of water or in this case the Mississippi River. When all the symbols are read together they suggest the description: West of a body of water, the Mississippi River, there is a diocese/city named for the Crusader King of France.

The personal arms of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson (viewer’s right side) was adopted in 1984 when he became Auxiliary of St. Paul – Minneapolis, and is now joined to the coat of arms of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The garb of wheat on his personal arms represents his native Minneapolis (the "miller of the Midwest") and the green field alludes to the plains as well as recalling the liturgical color symbolizing hope. The crescent represents his devotion to Mary and the Latin cross is a symbol of faith. The upper portion of the shield is taken from the arms associated with the bishop's family and the waves in base allude to the Sioux River and recall his service as bishop of Sioux Falls.

The episcopal coat of arms is completed by the gold processional metropolitan cross behind the shield, the green ecclesiastical hat or “gallero” with its ten tassels on each side, indicates Archbishop Carlson’s episcopal rank, and the motto which appears on an ornamental scroll, are the distinctive heraldic emblems of an archbishop in the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church. The episcopal motto of Archbishop Carlson is, “Ante Crucem Nihil Defensionis,” that is, Before the Cross There is No Defense.


Current Position: 

Installed as Archbishop of St. Louis, June 10, 2009 

Appointed Archbishop of St. Louis, April 21, 2009 

Installed as Bishop of Saginaw, Michigan, February 24, 2005 

Named Ordinary of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, March 21, 1995 

Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, January 13, 1994 

Ordained Bishop, January 11, 1984, and served as Auxiliary Bishop of the 

Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis 

Ordained a Priest for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, May 23, 1970 

Currently Serves as: 

Member, Canon Law Society of America 

Co-Chair, Mission Advisory Committee, Institute for Priestly Formation, Omaha NE 

Member, Advisory Board, Los Cabos Children’s Foundation, 2004-Present 

Member, NCDVD Advisory Board (National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors) 

Co-Founder, The Messengers of Peace Religious Community, Colombia, South America, 2004 

Member, Episcopal Advisory Board of the Institute on Religious Life, October 2009 

Episcopal Board of Advisors, Cause of Beatification of Archbishop Sheen, October 2009 

Episcopal Advisor, Renewal Ministries 

Chair, USCCB Committee Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations 2010 

Chair, Board of Governors, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation 2010 

Episcopal Board, Good Leaders, Good Shepherds through Catholic Leadership Institute 

Episcopal Advisory Board, Catholic Leadership Institute 

Member, Board, Apostleship of Prayer 2010 

Member, Board of Trustees, Catholic University of America 2010 

Member, Episcopal Advisory Board for Augustine Institute 2011 

Member, Board of Directors of Cross Catholic Outreach 2012 

Member, Catholics Come Home Theological Advisory Board 2012 


Saint Paul Seminary, B.A. in Philosophy, 1966 

Saint Paul Seminary, M.Div./Master of Divinity, Saint Paul Seminary, 1976 

Catholic University of America, Licentiate in Canon Law, 1979 


Born to Robert and Jeanne Carlson on June 30, 1944, in Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Humanitarian of the Year Award, South Dakota Right to Life, October 3, 1998 

Cosmopolitan Club of Sioux Falls Distinguished Service Award, 2002 

The Institute for Priestly Formation, Our Lady of Guadalupe Award, 2003 

Knight Commander, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem 

Appointed an Honorary Canon by the Patriarch of Jerusalem for the Church of the Holy 

Sepulchre of Jerusalem, 2004 

Bishop Murphy Award for Leaders of Outstanding Faith, Diocese of Saginaw, April 24, 2009 

Service Award from Interfaith Partnership Faith Beyond Walls, September 22, 2011 

The Joseph Cardinal Ritter Award from Cardinal Ritter High School, February 10, 2012 

2012 Sister Mary Ann Eckhoff, SSND Leadership Award from the Today and Tomorrow 

Educational Foundation, April 26, 2012 

Service to the Community Award from the Ecumenical Leadership Council, May 29, 2012 

Previous Positions: 

Past President, National Foundation for Catholic Youth Ministry 

Past Chair, USCCB Committee on Vocations 

Past Chair, USCCB Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry 

Past Chair, USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Youth 

Past Chair, USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, 2005-2008 

Former Member of USCCB Committee on Laity 

Former Member of USCCB Committee on Pastoral Practice 

Former Episcopal Moderator, USCCB Committee on Scouting, 1993-1997 

Former Episcopal Moderator, Serra International – USA/Canada Council, 1997-2001 

Past President, National Evangelization Teams (NET), 1989-2001 

Former Board Member St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, 

Former Board Member Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, Michigan 

Former Board Member The International Dominican Foundation 

Sampling of Recent Speeches/Presentations/Publications: 

“The Bishop as the Primary Formator,” The Institute for Priestly Formation, March, 2005 

Retreat Priests of the Diocese of Fargo, ND October 2009 

Retreat for Bishops of Region XII, Seattle, WA January 2008 

Retreat for Bishops of Texas Region, January 2009 

Retreat for Bishops of Region IX, January 2010 

Retreat Priests of Diocese of Lincoln 2010 

Pastoral Letter on Peace, December 12, 2008 

Pastoral Letter on Evangelization, January 6, 2008 

Pastoral Letter on Sacrament of Penance, January 25, 2008 

“El Obispo Como Protagonista de la Formacion” LA Revista Catolica, March 2008, 

pp. 6-14 

Challenges for Bishops in Fostering Unity Among Priests,” USCCB Spring Meeting June 2010 

Vicars Forane (Deans)

Vicars Forane, or Deans, are priests who assist the Archbishop in the administration of the Archdiocese. Each Dean is responsible for a given Deanery, or Vicariate Forane, which is a geographical subdivision of the Archdiocese, and which comprises the parishes located within that area. The initials "V.F." following the name of the Dean indicate his status as a Vicar Forane.

  • North City Deanery (Comprises parishes in the City of St. Louis located north of Market Street)

Very Reverend Richard Potts, C.Ss.R, V.F.

St. Alphonsus—St. Louis

1118 N. Grand

St. Louis, MO 63106


  • South City Deanery (Comprises parishes in the City of St. Louis located south of Market Street)

Very Reverend Carl J. Scheble, V.F.

St. John the Baptist Parish

4200 Delor St

St. Louis, MO  63116


  • Northeast County Deanery (Comprises parishes in St. Louis County located north of Highway I-70)

Very Reverend James M. Mitulski, V.F.

Saint Norbert Parish

16455 New Halls Ferry Road

Florissant, MO 63031-5497


  • Northwest County Deanery (Comprises parishes in St. Louis County located between Highway I-70 on the north and the following line on the south: from the St. Louis City limits west on Maryland Avenue to Ladue Road; west on Ladue Road to Woods Mill Road; south on Woods Mill Road to Highway 40/I-64; west on Highway 40/I-64 to the Missouri River)

Very Reverend John M. Seper, V.F.

St. Richard Parish


Schuetz Road

St. Louis, MO 63146


  • Southeast County Deanery (Comprises parishes in St. Louis County located south of Watson Road)

Very Reverend Msgr. Patrick K. Hambrough, V.F.

St. Mark Parish

4230 Ripa Avenue

St. Louis, Missouri 63125

  • Southwest County Deanery (Comprises parishes in St. Louis County located between Watson Road on the south and the following line on the north: from the St. Louis City limits west on Maryland Avenue to Ladue Road; west on Ladue Road to Woods Mill Road; south on Woods Mill Road to Highway 40/I-64; west on Highway 40/I-64 to the Missouri River)

Very Reverend Kenneth A. Brown, V.F. 

Holy Redeemer Parish

17 Joy Ave

St. Louis, Missouri 63119


  • St. Charles Deanery (Comprises parishes located in Lincoln and St. Charles Counties, with the exception of the town of Augusta)

Very Reverend Brian Fischer, V.F.

St. Patrick Parish

405 S. Church St.

Wentzville, Missouri 63385


  • Washington Deanery (Comprises parishes located in Franklin and Warren Counties, as well as the town of Augusta, St. Charles County)

Very Reverend Eugene G. Robertson, V.F.

St. Vincent de Paul


13497 S. State Highway 94

Marthasville, MO 63357


  • Festus Deanery (Comprises parishes located in Jefferson and Washington Counties)

Very Reverend Christopher Holtmann, V.F.

Good Shepherd—Hillsboro

703 Third Street

Hilsboro, MO 63050


  • Ste. Genevieve Deanery (Comprises parishes located in Perry, St. Francois, and Ste. Genevieve Counties)

Very Reverend Rickey J. Valleroy, V.F.

 Saint Joseph—Farmington

10 No. Long St.

Farmington, MO 63640

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Raymond Leo Cardinal BurkePrefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
Rome, Italy

Information from 2010 Consistory of Cardinals

One of the world’s foremost authorities on Roman Catholic canon law, Raymond Cardinal Burke leads with an unwavering passion for the integrity of Catholic doctrine embodied in the words of Jesus Christ.

Born in June 1948 in Richland Center, Wis., Cardinal Burke’s path to the priesthood took him to Rome, where he was ordained by Pope Paul VI on June 29, 1975. One of his first assignments was teaching religion at Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Wis. His call to serve God has been expressed through a scholarly devotion to faith. He studied canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and later became the first American to hold the position of Defender of the Bond of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the church’s highest court. He now serves as a member of the College of Judges of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, of the Congregation for the Clergy, and of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. He was appointed Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, on June 27, 2008.

“My greatest joy is to teach the faith and celebrate the Sacraments for the flock which God has entrusted to my pastoral care. Having been called by Christ to the priesthood, I am ever more humbled by the reality of the priestly life and ministry. At the same time, I am filled with confidence, because the ministry belongs to Christ Whom I, through no merit of mine, have the privilege to serve.”

—Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

An official photo of Cardinal Burke and other resources are available for download in the Archdiocese of St. Louis Press Kit upon agreeing to the terms for proper usage

Coat of Arms / Crest

Cardinal Burke's Coat of Arms

The shield of the coat of arms is that of Cardinal Burke’s ancestors, the De Burgo or De Burgh family, Normans who settled in Ireland in the twelfth century. In Ireland the family name eventually became Bourke or Burke.

According to legend, King Richard the Lionhearted gave the arms to a De Burgo ancestor in recognition of his bravery while fighting the Saracens during the Crusades. The red cross, in fact, was the characteristic emblem of the Crusaders as they went forth to defend the Holy Land.

In the language of heraldry the coat of arms is described: “Or, a gross gules, in the dexter canton a lion rampant sable.” Or or gold is the color of the field of the arms and signifies generosity. The gross gules or red cross is a sign of

fortitude and refers to the cross of Christ from which alone comes salvation. The rampant lion in the dexter canton or right quarter of the shield symbolizes courage, while its sable or black color denotes constancy.

The crest of the arms, the Roman hat (galero) with fifteen tassels on each side, red in color (symbolic of shedding one’s blood for the faith), and the Latin processional cross, are the distinctive heraldic emblem of a cardinal in the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church.

The motto is proper to Cardinal Burke and is taken from a favorite invocation which is found in a small volume containing the Gospels and Psalms, together with an appendix of prayers, given by Pope Paul VI to the 359 deacons whom he ordained to the priesthood on June 29 of the Holy Year 1975, among whom was Cardinal Burke. The invocation is: “O bone Jesu, fac ut sim sacerdos secundum Cor Tuum.” (“O good Jesus, make me a priest after Your own Heart.”) Contained in the Raccolta, the invocation refers to a text from the Prophet Jeremiah in which the Lord, through the Prophet, promises: “I will appoint over you shepherds after my own heart, who will shepherd you wisely and prudently.” (Jer. 3:15)


  • Born: June 30, 1948, Richland Center, WI.
  • Parish of Origin: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Richland Center, WI (1948-1958), Saint Joseph Church, Stratford, WI (1958-).
  • Priesthood Ordination: June 29, 1975, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, by Pope Paul VI.
  • Episcopal Ordination: January 6, 1995, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, by the Venerable Pope John
    Paul II.
  • Installed as eighth bishop of La Crosse at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman in La Crosse, WI, by Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, February 22, 1995.
  • Installed as eighth archbishop of St. Louis at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, St. Louis, by the Rev. Msgr. Leopoldo Girelli, consigliere of the Apostolic Nunciature in the United States, January 26, 2004.
  • Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Burke Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome, June 27, 2008.


  • Doctorate in Canon Law (JCD) with specialization in jurisprudence, Pontifical Gregorian University,
    Rome, Italy, 1984.
  • Diploma in Latin Letters, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1983.
  • Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL), Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1982
  • Master of Arts in Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1975.
  • Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB), Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1974.
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1971.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1970.
  • High School Diploma, Holy Cross Seminary, La Crosse, WI, 1966.

Administrative Experience

  • Member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, July 2010-present
  • Member of the Advisory Council of Magdalen College, May 2010-present
  • Ecclesiastical Advisor for Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education, a division of The
    Cardinal Newman Society in Support of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, February 2010-present
  • Member of the Congregation for Bishops, October 2009-present
  • Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, 2008-present
  • Ecclesiastical Advisor for Wee Believers, Inc., May, 2009-present
  • Member of the Congregation for the Clergy and Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, 2008-present
  • Apostolic visitor for Seminaries in the United States, 2005-2006.
  • Archbishop of Saint Louis, 2003-2008.
  • Spiritual director of the Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association Association, 2002-2008.
  • Spiritual advisor of Eternal Life, Bardstown, KY, 2002-present.
  • International director of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, 2000-present.
  • Episcopal moderator of the United States Association of Consecrated Virgins, 1998-2008.
  • Member of the Commission on Religious Life and Mission, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2001-2003.
  • President of the Board of Directors, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 1996-2001
  • Member of the Subcommittee for the Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae in the United States, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1998-1999.
  • Member of the Canonical Affairs Committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1997-1999.
  • Bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1995-2003.
  • Board of Directors, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 1995-2001.
  • Prelate of Honor of His Holiness Pope John Paul II, 1993.
  • Defender of the Bond of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura (Roman Curia) by the Venerable Pope John Paul II, 1989; nomination published 1989.
  • Adjunct Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of La Crosse, 1985.
  • Moderator of the Curia and Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese of La Crosse, 1984.
  • Consultant to the Congregation of the Clergy, 2003-2008.
  • Member of the Board of Trustees for Catholic University of America, 2006-2008.
  • Member of the USCCB Pro-Life Committee, 2006-2008.
  • Judge of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, 2006-present.
  • President, Board of Directors, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, WI, 2001-present.

Pastoral Experience

  • Associate Rector, Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman, La Crosse, WI, 1975-1980.

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor of Religion, Aquinas High School, La Crosse, WI, 1977-1980.
  • Visiting Professor of Canonical Jurisprudence, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1985-1994.

Professional Associations

  • Canon Law Society of America, 1984-present.
  • Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland, 1984-present.
  • Canadian Canon Law Society, 1984-present.
  • Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand, 1984-present.
  • Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, 1984-present.


  • Knight Commander with Star of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, March 12, 1997.
  • Role of Law Award of the Canon Law Society of America, October 4, 2000.
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa, Ave Maria University, May 7, 2005.
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa, Christendom College, September 2007.

Research and Published Writings


  • "The Discipline Regarding the Denial of Holy Communion to Those Obstinately Persevering in Manifest Grave Sin," Periodica, Vol. 96 (2007), 3-58.
  • "The Natural Moral Law: Foundation of Legal Realism," Die fragile Demokratic – The Fragility of Democracy, Berlin: Dunker and Hamboldt, 2007, 29-45.
  • "Prophecy for Justice," America Magazine June 21, 2004; Vol. 190, No. 20.
  • Commentary on the General Directory for Catechesis. Bardstown: Eternal Life, 2002.
  • Rechristianize America: Become a Marian Catechist. Bardstown: Eternal Life, 2002.
  • "Response: Role of Law Award," Proceedings of the Sixty-second Annual Convention, Canon Law Society of America, October 2-5, 2000, pp. 495-500.
  • "The Bishop as Shepherd," Lay Witness, 20 (1999), No. 8, 54-55. (Reprinted as "Tending God's Flock: The Bishop as Shepherd," in Servants of the Gospel: Essays by American Bishops on Their Role as Shepherds of the Church, ed. Leon J. Surprenant, Jr. Steubenville: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2000, pp. 65-71.)
  • "‘Thou Hast Given Him Dominion:' God's Plan for Man Within Creation," Be (July-August, 2001), 8-10.
  • "The Church and the Current Crisis in Rural America: A Time to Act," Catholic Rural Life, 41 (1999), No. 2, 4-7.
  • "A Crisis in Rural America," America, 181 (1999), No. 13, 8-11.
  • "Agricultural Ethic from the Perspective of the Christian Faith," Earth Ethics, 9 (1998), Nos. 3 & 4, 10-13.
  • "The Farm Crisis: What Does the Church Propose?" Origins, 27 (1997), 309-311.
  • "La confessio iudicialis e le dichiarazioni giudiziali delle parti." In I mezzi di prova nelle cause matrimoniali secondo la giurisprudenza rotale. Città del Vaticano: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1995, pp. 15-30.
  • "Abogados, uniones matrimoniales irregulares y causas de nulidad matrimonial: Texto y comentario de una respuesta del Tribunal Supremo de la Signatura Apostolica." Revista Española de Derecho Canonico, 51 (1994), 639-645.
  • "The application of Canon 1095 and sacramental-pastoral activity concerning marriage." In Ius in vita et missione Ecclesiae: Acta Symposii Internationalis Iuris Canonici occurrente X Anniversario promulgationis Codicis Iuris Canonici diebus 19-24 aprilis 1993 in Civitate Vaticana celebrata. Città del Vaticano: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1994, pp. 1095-1102.
  • "Doubt Concerning the Admission of Advocates Living in an Irregular Union to Patronise Marriage Cases in Diocesan Tribunals: Commentary." Forum 5 (1994), 49-55.
  • "The Distinction of Personnel in Hierarchically-Related Tribunals." Studia canonica 28 (1994), 85-98.
  • "Acta Tribunalium S. Sedis: Commentarium de responso in casu particulari de inidoneitate advocatorum qui in unione irregulari vivunt ad patrocinium in causis nullitatis matrimonii exercendum." Periodica de re canonica 82 (1993), 699-708.
  • "I divorziati risposati in un recente documento della Chiesa in Francia." Quaderni di diritto ecclesiale, 6 (1993), 261-279.
  • "Presentation." In The Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches: A Study and Interpretation (Essays in Honour of Joseph Cardinal Parecattil), eds. Jose Chiramel and Kuriakose Bharanikulangara. Alwaye, India: St. Thomas Academy for Research, 1992, pp. 1-10.
  • "Il processo di dispensa dal matrimonio rato e non consumato: la grazia pontificia e la sua natura." In I procedimenti speciali nel diritto canonico. Città del Vaticano: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1992, pp. 135-144.
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Principal Pastoral Letters:

  • On the Memorial of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, June 21, 2005
  • On the Reorganization of the Archdiocesan Curia, June 4, 2005
  • On the Pastoral Reorganization of the South City Deanery, Feb. 25, 2005
  • On the Pastoral Reorganization of the Northeast County Deanery, Feb. 11, 2005
  • On Our Civic Responsibility for the Common Good, Oct. 1, 2004
  • On the Dignity of Human Life and Civic Responsibility, Nov. 23, 2003
  • On the Christian Burial of the Dead, Nov. 2, 2000
  • On the Celebration of Mass for Special Occasions or Special Gatherings or Associations of the Faithful, Especially on Saturdays and Sundays, June 7, 1997
  • On the Preparation of the Jubilee Year 2000, Dec. 1, 1996
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