Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Welcomes Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., President of Saint Louis University

March 21, 2014
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St. Louis, MO — Echoing the welcome of faculty, staff, and students of Saint Louis University, His Excellency, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson welcomes Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., and his wife, Frances Pestello, Ph.D., to St. Louis and offers his congratulations to Dr. Pestello on his new role as President of Saint Louis University.

“I am very happy to welcome Dr. Pestello to St. Louis as he steps into his new role as the President of this fine Catholic university.  Already familiar with the Jesuit tradition, I have no doubt Dr. Pestello will find our own Jesuit university to be as excellent in caliber as any others he has known.  I am confident Dr. Pestello will find impressive, the diversity of gifts and graces present in the priests, deacons, religious, and laypeople—especially the students of Saint Louis University. To borrow from St. Paul, ‘there are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit. There are different forms of service but the same Lord. There are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.’  As the first layman to hold this position, I pray that the graces Dr. Pestello will receive in his service to Saint Louis University will enable him to lead the university into this exciting new chapter of its already rich and important history."