Statement of Bishop Robert Hermann on the Appointment of Bishop George Lucas as Archbishop of Omaha

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June 3, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

STATEMENT OF BISHOP ROBERT HERMANN ON THE APPOINTMENT OF BISHOP GEORGE LUCAS AS ARCHBISHOP OF OMAHA

“The Archdiocese of St. Louis is very proud that one of its native sons, Bishop George Lucas, presently Bishop of Springfield, IL, has been chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to be the Archbishop of Omaha. He has been an exemplary priest while serving as an instructor and spiritual director for St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, secretary to Archbishop John May, and rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. We proudly extend to him our heartiest congratulations, best wishes, and our promise of prayerful support as he takes on the mission of the Archdiocese of Omaha.”

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Archdiocesan Choir Rehearses for Mass of Installation

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June 1, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

ARCHDIOCESAN CHOIR REHEARSES FOR MASS OF INSTALLATION
Hundreds of local Catholics will sing for the Archbishop

WHAT: The Cathedral Choir and several other choirs and instrumentalists will rehearse for the Mass of Installation for Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson

WHEN: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 from 7:30 -9PM

WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Hundreds of local Catholics will rehearse the music to be performed at the Mass of Installation for Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson. The choirs include the Cathedral Choir, The Archdiocesan Adult Choir, the Archdiocesan Children’s Choir, the Archdiocesan Handbell Choir, and other instrumentalists. Those participating are from parishes all over the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which includes 11-counties.

The Mass of Installation will be Wednesday, June 10 at 2PM. Archbishop-elect Carlson will be the 10th Bishop and 9th Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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Statement Regarding the Temporary Removal of Rev. Kevin Hederman

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May 28, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

STATEMENT REGARDING THE TEMPORARY REMOVAL OF REV. KEVIN HEDERMAN
From Monsignor Richard Hanneke, Director of Priest Personnel

“The Archdiocese of St. Louis is aware of a recently filed lawsuit involving Rev. Kevin Hederman. At this time, the Archdiocese has not been able to investigate the allegation and we do not know if the claim is valid. Because we take all allegations of abuse very seriously, Bishop Robert Hermann has decided to temporarily remove Rev. Hederman from active ministry pending further review.

If anyone has ever experienced abuse involving a clergy member, please contact the Office of Child and Youth Protection at 314-792-7704 or your local authorities.”

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Four Priests to be Ordained for Archdiocese of St. Louis

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May 18, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

FOUR PRIESTS TO BE ORDAINED FOR ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS

WHAT: Ordination to the Priesthood (Mass and Conferral of Sacrament of Holy Orders)

WHEN: Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 10AM

WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell in the Central West End

WHO: Bishop Robert J. Hermann, Archdiocesan Administrator, celebrant and ordaining bishop

Ordinands: Rev. Mr. Mark Chrismer, Rev. Mr. John Mayo, Rev. Mr. Eric Olsen, Rev. Mr. David Skillman

ST. LOUIS — Four new priests from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary will be ordained for the service of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Bishop Robert J. Hermann will preside at the Mass and will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders, by which the four men will become priests.

Catholics believe that, through the grace of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, priests act in the person of Jesus Christ. As such, their ministry is devoted to instructing and pastoring the faithful, especially through the administration of the sacraments.

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Local Astronaut Who Flew to the International Space Station Talks to Catholic Children About Trip

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May 18, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

LOCAL ASTRONAUT WHO FLEW TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TALKS TO CATHOLIC CHILDREN ABOUT HER TRIP
Dr. Sandra Magnus is a Native of Belleville, IL

WHAT: Dr. Sandra Magnus will visit the children of St. Joseph Catholic School in Imperial to talk about her experience as a flight engineer and NASA science officer for the International Space Station

WHEN: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 from 10-11:30AM

WHERE: St. Joseph Catholic School, 6020 Old Antonia Road in Imperial

Imperial, MO – Belleville native Dr. Sandra Magnus will talk to first through eight grade students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Imperial about her most recent trip in space. Magnus worked and lived aboard the International Space Station for three months. She served as a flight engineer and a NASA science officer. Dr. Magnus will show a video about her work and talk to the students at an all-school assembly.

For more information about Dr. Magnus, log onto www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/magnus.html.

Statement Regarding Rev. Robert Osborne

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May 9, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

STATEMENT REGARDING REV. ROBERT OSBORNE
From Deacon Phil Hengen, Director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection

Upon obtaining information from the Marianist Province that was recently made available to the Archdiocese of St. Louis regarding a previous investigation involving Rev. Robert Osborne, a priest in The Society of Mary (Marianists), Archdiocesan Administrator Bishop Robert J. Hermann has removed Rev. Osborne’s priest faculties. As a result, Rev. Osborne may no longer live in residence within any Archdiocesan parish rectory and may not celebrate Mass publicly.

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Pilgrimage is Announced for Pallium Ceremony

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

PILGRIMAGE IS ANNOUNCED FOR PALLIUM CEREMONY
Archbishop-elect Carlson To Receive Special Insignia of His Office at Vatican Ceremony

ST. LOUIS, MO — On Monday, June 29, 2009, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Archbishop-elect
Robert J. Carlson will receive the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Symbolic of the office of an archbishop, the pallium is a vestment proper to the Pope, who confers it on archbishops as a sign of their union with and obedience to him. The pallium itself is a band of woolen cloth worn around the neck, with short pendants of the same material hanging down in the front and back, and decorated with six black crosses. It is woven of wool from two lambs that are presented to the pope each year at the Basilica of St. Agnes in Rome on the saint’s feast day (January 21).

To provide local Catholics the opportunity to share in this significant event in the life of the local
Church, the Archdiocese of St. Louis has made arrangements with Pentecost Tours for a pilgrimage to Rome, June 25 to July 3, 2009, which will include the June 29 papal Mass and pallium ceremony, as well as a reception and dinner with Archbishop-elect Carlson. Also included in the travel package is a day-long excursion to Assisi, extensive sightseeing in Rome, and ample free time for pilgrims to explore the Eternal City on their own. Complete information on the pilgrimage is available either from Pentecost Tours at 800-713-9800 or at www.archstl.org.

Mass of Installation Scheduled for New Archbishop

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May 5, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

MASS OF INSTALLATION SCHEDULED FOR NEW ARCHBISHOP
Evening Prayer for Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson Also Scheduled

WHAT: Evening Prayer and Mass of Installation for Archbishop-elect Bishop Robert J. Carlson

WHEN: Evening Prayer – Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 7:30PM
Mass of Installation – Wednesday, June 10, 2009

WHERE: Both at the Cathedral Basilica, 4431 Lindell in the Central West End
Public reception to follow after both at Rosati Kain High School

St. Louis, MO – Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson will be installed by Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia and former Archbishop of St. Louis, as the 10th Bishop and 9th Archbishop of St. Louis. At the time of the Installation, he will assume the responsibilities of the Archbishop of St. Louis.

Evening Prayer is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 7:30PM at the Cathedral Basilica. At this prayer service, civic leaders, leaders from other religions, and representatives of the various groups that make up the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be presented to Archbishop-elect Carlson. A reception will follow at Rosati-Kain High School where the faithful will have the opportunity to greet Archbishop-elect Carlson. Both are open to the public.

The Mass of Installation will be celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at 2:00 p.m at the Cathedral Basilica. The procession into the Cathedral will begin at 1:30 p.m. Cardinals, bishops, and clergy from around the country will join us for the installation of our new archbishop. A reception will follow the Mass of Installation at Rosati-Kain High School. Both are open to the public.

Saint Alphonsus Ligouri "Rock" Parish Celebrates Re-Dedication of Church after August 2007 Fire

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April 30, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Elizabeth Westhoff
Assistant Director of Communications
Phone: (314) 792-7635

SAINT ALPHONSUS LIGOURI "ROCK" PARISH CELEBRATES RE-DEDICATION OF CHURCH AFTER AUGUST 2007 FIRE


WHAT
: Redication of the church at St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Parish

WHEN: Sunday, May 3, 2009, at 10AM

WHERE: St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church, 1118 North Grand in North St. Louis

St. Louis, MO – This Sunday parishioners of St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church will celebrate along with Archdiocesan Administrator, Bishop Robert Hermann, the re-dedication of the church after the fire that damaged it in 2007. Lightening struck the building’s middle tower on August 16, 2007. The roof and ceiling of the church were badly damaged, and the inside of the church suffered major water damage. The stained-glass windows and marble altars were not damaged. During the reconstruction, Masses were held in the gymnasium.

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Students at St. Roch Catholic School Celebrate Earth Day

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

STUDENTS AT ST. ROCH CATHOLIC SCHOOL CELEBRATE EARTH DAY
Students work with Parents to Create Recycled Art


WHAT
: Students ages 3-13 at St. Roch Catholic School compete in a school wide Recycled Art Contest

WHEN: Media availability on Wednesday, April 22 from 2PM – 3PM

WHERE: St. Roch Catholic School, 6040 Waterman in St. Louis

St. Louis – Two teachers at St. Roch Catholic School decided to create a unique assignment to honor Earth Day: students had to go home and look for trash that could be recycled and turned into art.
The project also brought the students and their parents together at home as they discussed the environment and ways to save it.

The Recycled Art Contest winners will have their art displayed at Kayak’s Coffee House and St. Louis Public Library on Skinker Blvd. from April 22nd to April 29th.

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Statement of Bishop Robert J. Carlson on His Appointment as the New Archbishop of St. Louis

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April 21, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

STATEMENT OF BISHOP ROBERT J. CARLSON ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS THE NEW ARCHBISHOP OF ST. LOUIS


“Today, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has appointed me the ninth Archbishop of Saint Louis. I am blessed by this appointment and excited to come to know this local Church with all of its priests, religious, deacons, and faith filled people.

On January 11th of this year, I celebrated my 25th Anniversary as a bishop. For ten years, I was an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. I’ve served eleven years first as Coadjutor and then ordinate of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and since February of 2004, I have served as Bishop of Saginaw, Michigan.

When I first learned that I would be the new archbishop, I went to the web site and was impressed by your clear and straightforward mission statement: “..called by our Lord Jesus Christ to be His Church and to live His Gospel with joy”. In these challenging times, it is a powerful expression of faith.

With a rich history as a diocese and the Archdiocese dating back to 1826, I am blessed by all that have gone before me and most appreciative of the ministry of the late Archbishop John May and the dynamic leadership of Cardinal Justin Rigali and most recently Archbishop Burke. I know that there will be much to learn from all of you and I look forward to being an active listener as I join you in prayer and worship and service.

I have had the opportunity to visit the Archdiocese of Saint Louis on several occasions: First, in 1979 when I became a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher at your beautiful Cathedral; in 1999, when I brought two busloads of young people for the visit of Pope John Paul II; and two or three times when I had seminarians from the Diocese of Sioux Falls at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and for a short time when I served on the Board of Directors.

In the coming months, I plan to visit many of the parishes in the Archdiocese so that I can learn how to best serve you and to build bridges to those who no longer worship with us. I look forward to seeing what I can do to support Catholic education, serve my brother priests, foster vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, serve those in need and work closely with the ecumenical and civic community.

I would like to thank Bishop Robert Hermann, who served so effectively as the Administrator of the Archdiocese since the transfer of Archbishop Burke by the Holy Father to head up the Apostolic Signatura in Rome. Bishop Hermann and I served together on the USCCB Ad-hoc Committee for the Charismatic Renewal and I am well aware of his many gifts and talents. Thank you, Bishop Hermann, for all that you have done and the caring way you handled this extra burden.

In closing, I would like you to know that we will be working on the date for the Installation and hope to announce it in the very near future.”

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Statement of Bishop Robert Hermann on the Appointment of the Archbishop-Elect Rev. Robert J. Carlson

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April 21, 2009 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anne Steffens
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (314) 792-7631

STATEMENT OF BISHOP ROBERT HERMANN ON THE APPOINTMENT OF THE MOST REVEREND ROBERT J. CARLSON AS ARCHBISHOP OF ST. LOUIS


“On behalf of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, I warmly welcome Archbishop-elect Robert J. Carlson, presently Bishop of Saginaw, as our new Archbishop. We are most grateful to Pope Benedict XVI for this appointment. Archbishop-elect Carlson is 64 years of age and has celebrated his 25th anniversary of his Episcopal ordination. I have known Archbishop-elect Carlson for a number of years. He is a very energetic, articulate, warm and gifted pastor and administrator. In the past five years in Saginaw, he has raised the number of seminarians from two to eighteen! He has published six pastoral letters, and has created the Saginaw Area Catholic Schools system. He is very dedicated to Life issues. He thinks and works with the Church he loves, and will continue to build upon the legacy of his predecessors here in St. Louis. I am most deeply impressed with his energy and zeal for evangelization. I eagerly look forward to working with and for him.”

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