St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish

Statement Regarding St. Stanislaus Trial

January 26, 2011
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From Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis

“The Archdiocese of St. Louis and six former board members of St. Stanislaus Parish have asked the court to set aside parish bylaws that we believe were adopted improperly, and to restore the original bylaws approved in 1891 by Archbishop Peter Kenrick.

Our objective is to provide parishioners of St. Stanislaus with a way to return to full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. We pray that the court's decision will help us initiate a process of reconciliation and healing.”

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Open Letter to the Parishioners and Board of St. Stanislaus

Open letter to the parishioners and the board of directors of the St. Stanislaus Corporation from the parishioners of St. Agatha Polish Roman Catholic Parish in St. Louis:

Just recently, we received a good message from Archbishop Carlson concerning all Roman Catholics of Polish heritage in the St. Louis area.

The archbishop, as he wrote in the St. Louis Review, is working with the St. Stanislaus Board and has developed the proposal in which he agreed to restore St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish again as the Polish Roman Catholic parish in St. Louis (if the conditions of his proposal are accepted). The restored parish will have the exceptional, for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, ownership of the parish property by the St. Stanislaus Corporation in perpetuity. Even if the parish were ever (to be) closed in the future, the parish property would continue to be owned by the St. Stanislaus Corporation. St. Stanislaus Kostka Polish Roman Catholic Parish will always be the personal parish for all Roman Catholics of Polish ethnicity or language.

As the parishioners of St. Agatha Polish Roman Catholic Parish and previously St. Stanislaus Kostka Polish Roman Catholic Parish, denied by the board of directors our right to vote, we urge you to make a right decision and vote for the approval of Archbishop Carlson's proposal on your upcoming meeting. Please be aware that in your hands is the future of St. Stanislaus Kostka Polish Roman Catholic Parish, which was established by our ancestors for all Roman Catholics of Polish heritage in the St. Louis area.

God Bless You.

On behalf of the parishioners,
Pastor
Parish council
Financial council

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Statement Regarding St. Stanislaus Vote

August 8, 2010
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From Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis

Obviously I am disappointed with the outcome of the vote at St Stanislaus. Since coming to the Archdiocese of St. Louis, I have sought ways to bring about reconciliation. I remain committed to working toward a resolution.

Archbishop Carlson: An Offer to the Parishioners of St. Stanislaus

Archbishop Robert J. CarlsonDear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Peace, and my greetings to each of you. You are, I am aware, in a time of discernment and are faced with a decision regarding the return of St. Stanislaus to again be a Roman Catholic parish.

Over the past year, since arriving in St. Louis, I have met with the members of the board of directors of St. Stanislaus to find a way in which the parish could be re-established while, at the same time, addressing the fears expressed by many of you over the last seven years that the parish would be closed and its property sold with the proceeds being used for other purposes within the archdiocese.

One of the concerns expressed again and again was that, even if an archbishop made a commitment to keep the parish operating so long as Roman Catholics of Polish heritage wanted to have a parish and were willing to support it, he could not bind his successors.

Working with the members of the St. Stanislaus Board, we have developed the concept of the present corporation continuing to own the parish property and the cash and securities that it holds and leasing, without charge, the parish church and rectory to a new parish corporation, founded on the model of other parish corporations in the archdiocese, of which the pastor would be the president. The Polish Heritage Center would not be leased to the parish corporation, but it would be available, without charge, for all parish functions. The pastor and the board of directors of the St. Stanislaus Corporation would collaborate on fundraising and in other matters relating to the parish and the parish property.

It is my intention that this arrangement continue in perpetuity and that St. Stanislaus always be there as a personal parish for Roman Catholics of Polish ethnicity or language.

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An Offer to the Parishioners of St. Stanislaus

July 29, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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AN OFFER TO THE PARISHIONERS OF ST. STANISLAUS

From Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis as published on www.stlouisreview.com

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Peace, and my greetings to each of you. You are, I am aware, in a time of discernment and are faced with a decision regarding the return of St. Stanislaus to again be a Roman Catholic parish.

Over the past year, since arriving in St. Louis, I have met with the members of the board of directors of St. Stanislaus to find a way in which the parish could be re-established while, at the same time, addressing the fears expressed by many of you over the last seven years that the parish would be closed and its property sold with the proceeds being used for other purposes within the archdiocese.

One of the concerns expressed again and again was that, even if an archbishop made a commitment to keep the parish operating so long as Roman Catholics of Polish heritage wanted to have a parish and were willing to support it, he could not bind his successors.

Working with the members of the St. Stanislaus Board, we have developed the concept of the present corporation continuing to own the parish property and the cash and securities that it holds and leasing, without charge, the parish church and rectory to a new parish corporation, founded on the model of other parish corporations in the archdiocese, of which the pastor would be the president. The Polish Heritage Center would not be leased to the parish corporation, but it would be available, without charge, for all parish functions. The pastor and the board of directors of the St. Stanislaus Corporation would collaborate on fundraising and in other matters relating to the parish and the parish property.

It is my intention that this arrangement continue in perpetuity and that St. Stanislaus always be there as a personal parish for Roman Catholics of Polish ethnicity or language.

To the best of my ability, I will assure that there is always a priest available and will work to get a priest, either a diocesan priest or a priest from a religious order, who speaks both Polish and English. If the parish were ever closed in the future by an archbishop, the parish property would continue to be owned by the St. Stanislaus Corporation and used for Polish Roman Catholic religious and charitable purposes.

In order to help get the parish re-established, I have committed that the archdiocese would provide the pastor for the first year of the reestablished parish without cost to the parish and would contribute up to $10,000 to pay the cost of the consultant for a fund drive to secure the finances of the parish corporation and the St. Stanislaus Corporation for the future.

This proposal has my full support and I will do everything in my power to make St. Stanislaus succeed as a personal parish for Catholics of Polish heritage.

I ask that you please join me in praying that reconciliation can be brought about and, with the help of God, healing will take place.

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