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

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, a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was ordained to the priesthood in 1970 for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He went on to receive a master’s degree in divinity from St. Paul Seminary in 1976 and a licentiate in canon law from the Catholic University of America in 1979. Ordained as an auxiliary bishop for his home archdiocese in 1984, he went on to serve as Bishop of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, (1994-2005) and the Bishop of Saginaw, Michigan (2005-2009).

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was installed as Archbishop of St. Louis on June 10, 2009. Archbishop Carlson’s passion for education, vocations, youth ministry and priestly formation have contributed to the growth and vitality of all the Dioceses he has served. Archbishop Carlson serves on several committees. He previously served as chair of the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations and as co-chair of the Mission Advisory Committee for the Institute for Priestly Formation.

Archbishop Carlson received the Interfaith Partnership Award in September, 2011. He was also honored with receiving the Joseph Cardinal Ritter Award in February, 2012, the Sister Mary Ann Eckhoff Leadership Award in April, 2012, the Service to the Community Award from the Ecumenical Leadership Council in May, 2012, the Order of Saint Louis King Award in November, 2015 and the Luminary Award for Criminal Justice in June, 2017.

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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

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

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

Board Chair, Board of Directors, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, 2009

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

Episcopal Advisory Board, Catholic Leadership Institute

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

Member, USCCB Subcommittee for the Church in Latin America 2013

Member, Episcopal Board of Governors for the Pontifical North American College 2013

Member, USCCB Subcommittee for the Catholic Communication Campaign


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

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

Daughters of St. Paul Man of the Year Award, 2013

Cardinal Newman Award, Newman Apostolate, 2013

Order of Saint Louis the King Award, November, 2015

Luminary Award for Criminal Justice, June, 2017

Previous Positions:

Chair, USCCB Committee Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations 2010 - 2013

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

Former Member, Advisory Board, Los Cabos Children’s Foundation

Former Member, Board of Trustees, Catholic University of America 2010-2013

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

Former Cabinet Chair, Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis

Former Member, Board, Apostleship of Prayer 2010

Sampling of Recent Speeches/Presentations/Publications:

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

Pastoral Letter on Peace, December 12, 2008

Pastoral Letter on Evangelization, January 6, 2008

“El Obispo Como Protagonista de la Formacion” LA Revista Catolica, March 2008, pp. 6-14

Retreat for Bishops of Texas Region, January 2009

Retreat for Bishops of Region IX, January 2010

Retreat Priests of Diocese of Lincoln 2010

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

“Laws of Love: Reflections on the Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Precepts of the Church, and Spiritual Works of Mercy,” 2012

Rally for Religious Liberty Speech in Jefferson City, March 2012

Pastoral Letter on Evangelization, “Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord,” 2013

Pastoral Letter on Sacrament of Reconciliation “Jesus Christ, The Divine Physician,” 2014

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 northern half of the City of St. Louis )

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 southern half of the City of St. Louis )

Very Reverend Carl J. Scheble, V.F.

St. John the Baptist Parish

4200 Delor St

St. Louis, MO  63116


  • North County Deanery (Comprises parishes in St. Louis County, generally north of Page Avenue )

Very Reverend Monsignor Mark C. Ullrich, V.F.

Sacred Heart Parish

751 North Jefferson St.

Florissant, MO 63031


  • Mid County Deanery (Comprises parishes in St. Louis County, generally east of I-270, south of Page Avenue and north of Watson Road )

Very Reverend John M. Seper, V.F.

St. Richard Parish

11223 Schuetz Road

St. Louis, MO 63146


  • West County Deanery (Comprises parishes in St. Louis County, generally west of I-270, south of Page Avenue and north of I-44 )

Very Reverend Thomas M Molini, V.F.

Ascension Parish

230 Santa Maria Dr.

Chesterfield, MO 63005


  • South County Deanery (Comprises parishes in St. Louis county, generally south of Watson Road and I-44 )

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

St. Mark Parish

4230 Ripa Avenue

St. Louis, Missouri 63125


  • St. Charles Deanery (Comprises parishes located in most of St. Charles County and all of Lincoln County )

Very Reverend Brian Fischer, V.F.

St. Patrick Parish

405 S. Church St.

Wentzville, Missouri 63385


  • Washington Deanery (Comprises parishes located in most of Franklin County and southern 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 a small portion of
    Franklin and Washington Counties

Very Reverend Christopher Holtmann, V.F.

Good Shepherd Parish

703 Third Street

Hilsboro, MO 63050


  • Ste. Genevieve Deanery (Comprises parishes located in Perry, Ste. Genevieve, and St. Francois Counties and the southern portion of Washington County )

Very Reverend Rickey J. Valleroy, V.F.

Saint Joseph Parish

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

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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.
  • "La procedura amministrativa per la dichiarazione di nullità del matrimonio." In I procedimenti speciali nel diritto canonico. Città del Vaticano: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1992, pp. 93-105.
  • "Grave difetto di discrezione di giudizio: fonte di nullità del consenso matrimoniale." Ius Canonicum, 31 (1991), 139-154. Also in: Incapacidad consensual para las obligaciones matrimoniales, ed. Jose A. Fuentes. Pamplona: Ediciones Universidad de Navarra, S.A., 1991, pp. 135-154.
  • "The Psychology of the Christian Vocation: Interpretative Key of Canon 1095." In Iustus Iudex: Festgabe für Paul Wesemann zum 75 Geburtstag von Seinen Freunden und Schülern, eds. Klaus Lüdicke, Heinrich Mussinghoff and Hugo Schwendenwein. Essen: Ludgerus-Verlag, 1990, pp. 199-213.
  • "Vatican Council II and Matrimonial Law: The Perspective of Canon 1095." In Vatican II: Assessment and Perspectives Twenty-Five Years After (1962-1987), Vol. 2. New York: Paulist Press, 1989, pp. 217-230.
  • "Canon 1095: Canonical Doctrine and Jurisprudence, Part I, Canon 1095, 1° and 2°." In Proceedings of the Forty-Eighth Annual Convention, 13-16 Oct. 1986, Washington, D.C.: Canon Law Society of America, 1987, pp. 94-107.
  • "Canon 1095, 1° and 2°." In Incapacity for Marriage: Jurisprudence and Interpretation, Acts of the Third Gregorian Colloquium. Rome: Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana, Gregorian Colloquium, 1987, pp. 79-155.
  • "Lack of Discretion of Judgment: Canonical Doctrine and Legislation." The Jurist, 45 (1985), 171-209.
  • "Defectus discretionis iudicii propter schizophreniam: doctrina et recens iurisprudentia rotalis." Periodica de re morali, canonica, liturgica, 73 (1984), 555-570.
  • Lack of Discretion of Judgment Because of Schizophrenia, Analecta Gregoriana, No. 238. Roma: Editrice Pontificia University, Gregoriana, 1986.

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

The Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann

Bishop Robert J. HermannAuxiliary Bishop-emeritus
Archdiocese of St. Louis
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: 314-792-7414
Fax: 314-792-7415
Email Bishop Hermann 

The Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann has served the Archdiocese of St. Louis as Auxiliary Bishop-emeritus since 2010, having served as Auxiliary Bishop since 2002.

Bishop Hermann is in residence at the Saint Louis Cathedral Basilica rectory.

Auxiliary Bishop-emeritus’s Ministry Team:

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  • Born: Aug. 1934, Weingarten, Mo.
  • Parish of Origin: Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Weingarten, Mo.
  • Priesthood Ordination: March 30, 1963, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Episcopal Appointment: Oct. 16, 2002 by Pope John Paul II
  • Episcopal Ordination: Dec. 12, 2002, St. Louis, Mo., by Archbishop Justin Rigali


  • Master of Arts degree in English, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., 1966
  • Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., 1963
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Cardinal Glennon College, St. Louis, Mo., 1959
  • St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., 1955

Administrative Experience

  • Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of St. Louis, 12/2010 - Present
  • Archdiocesan Administrator, Archdiocese of St. Louis, 7/2008 – 6/2009
  • Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General, Archdiocese of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO,
  • Chair, Agency Review Task Force, Archdiocese of St. Louis, St. Louis, M0, 2000-2002
  • Dean, Northwest Deanery, Archdiocese of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1996-2002
  • Supervisor, Acolyte Internship Program for Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis, MO, 1982-2001
  • Director, Catholic Charismatic Renewal, St. Louis, MO, 1979-1982

Pastoral Experience

  • Columnist for St. Louis Review
  • Retreat Director
  • Pastor, Incarnate Word Parish, Chesterfield, Mo., June 1988-August 2002
  • Pastor, St. Andrew Parish, Lemay, Mo., April 1982-June 1988
  • Associate Pastor, St. Pius X Parish, Glasgow Village, Mo., May 1979-April 1982
  • Associate Pastor (part-time), Most Holy Trinity Parish, St. Louis, Mo., June 1976-May 1979
  • Associate Pastor (part-time), Holy Cross Parish, Baden, Mo., October 1972-June 1976 (full-time teacher at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary North)
  • Associate Pastor (part-time), Holy Ghost Parish, Berkeley, Mo., May 1968-October 1972 (full-time teacher at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary North
  • Assistant Pastor (part-time), St. Cronan Parish, St. Louis, Mo., September 1964-May 1968 (full-time student at Saint Louis University 1964-1966)
  • Assistant Pastor (part-time), St. Catherine of Siena, Pagedale, Mo., August, 1963-September 1964 (part-time teacher at Mercy High School)
  • Assistant Pastor (temporary), Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Weingarten, Mo., May 1963-August 1963

Teaching Experience

  • Teacher, St. Louis Preparatory Seminary North, August 1967-1979
  • Teacher, DeAndreas High School, St. Louis, Mo., 1966-1967
  • Part-time teacher, Mercy High School, St. Louis, Mo., 1963-1964
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