First Female Appointed Chancellor in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis

News Release

July 22, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

FIRST FEMALE APPOINTED CHANCELLOR IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SAINT LOUIS
Nancy J. Werner Begins Job August 17

ST. LOUIS — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced the appointment of Nancy J. Werner, the Chancellor of the Diocese of Saginaw, as Chancellor for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Werner will be the first female lay person to serve as Chancellor in the 174-year history of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. In this role, Werner will serve as a consultant to Archbishop Carlson and to the offices and agencies of the Archdiocese. Werner will take up her duties as Chancellor beginning August 17, 2009.

In a letter to priests and the Curia of the Archdiocese regarding the appointment, Archbishop Carlson wrote “Nancy Werner is a highly qualified individual and possesses an outstanding record as a collaborator in ministry and administration. Nancy brings to the Archdiocese over twenty-six years of parish, diocesan and national leadership experience. The occasion of this appointment gives me the opportunity to name a highly qualified woman to a senior position within the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.” Werner holds an undergraduate degree in Religion and Philosophy, as well as a Masters in Pastoral Administration from Regis University in Denver.

”I look forward to continuing my service in the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of St. Louis,” said Werner. “I have heard wonderful things about the faithful of the Archdiocese and look forward to working with them in the very near future.”

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