Archbishop Robert J. Carlson to give opening remarks
(St. Louis) — The Archdiocese of St. Louis welcomes the sisters of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) who begin their annual assembly today in St. Louis. In his role as the local ordinary and as the chairman of the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will give some opening remarks at the assembly.
Recently, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has brought to light some very difficult and sensitive issues involving some of the programming and content that is featured at the LCWR assemblies. Archbishop Carlson is aware of this controversy and played no role in the planning of this assembly, the selection of speakers, or its honorees.
"My presence only indicates my love for the Church, the doctrinal concern for the Holy See -- which I support -- my memory of the wonderful religious who helped me in my earliest days as a child, my gratitude for the extraordinary work of Sisters today, especially in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and my hope for resolution to the challenges that exist at this time within the community of faith," said Archbishop Carlson.
Archbishop Peter J. Sartain of Seattle was appointed by the Vatican to address concerns raised by the CDF’s doctrinal assessment of LCWR.
Currently, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is running a series of articles on communities of women religious in St. Louis and how they live out their charism, locally and around the world. These articles are featured in bi-weekly installments in the archdiocesan newspaper, the St. Louis Review. You can join the conversation of what St. Louis sisters mean to you on Twitter, by following the hash tag #stlsisters. The St. Louis Review will have continuing coverage of the LCWR assembly this week.