Written by Michael Fones
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 10:20
It was announced this morning that Bishop Robert Carlson of Saginaw, MI, will be the new archbishop of St. Louis. As I looked at his C.V., I was really excited to see that he is a Board Member of The International Dominican Foundation. I suppose he has a soft spot in his heart for the OPs, which may bode well for my brothers in St. Louis. Also, and this really excited me, he is a Board Member of Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, where Sherry has given several presentations and where she and Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, will be teaching a graduate course on the theology of the laity this summer. Sherry's blogged on the amazing program in the New Evangelization that they have there.
Finally, Archbishop-elect Carlson is the Co-Chair of the Mission Advisory Committee, Institute for Priestly Formation, Omaha, NE, which is doing some great work with seminarians and priests, and is interested in some of the work that we are doing at the Institute. We have already had some interest in the Institute's work from folks in the archdiocese. Perhaps that may even increase under the new archbishop. He certainly has an interest in clerical vocations. Joe Waters, one of our teachers currently finishing an M.Div. in Washington, DC, told me this morning that when bishop Carlson first went to Saginaw, they had not had a new seminarian in four years, so bishop Carlson became his own vocation director. They now have twenty young men in the seminary.
Just looking at his activity as part of the USCCB for the last quarter century, you can see a pattern of interest in youth and young adults, evangelization, the laity, and vocations:
Past Chair, National Foundation for Catholic Youth Ministry
Past Chair, USCCB Committee on Vocations
Past Chair, USCCB Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry
Past Chair, USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Youth
Past Chair, USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal
Former Member, USCCB Committee on Laity
Former Member, USCCB Committee on Pastoral Practice
Former Episcopal Moderator, USCCB Committee on Scouting
Former Episcopal Moderator, Serra International - USA/Canada Council
Past President, National Evangelization Team (NET)
May God bless him, his ministry, and the people of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.