Thursday, June 4, 2009
Installation Of New St. Louis Archbishop To Be Broadcast On CatholicTV
On Wednesday, June 10th, CatholicTV will broadcast the installation Mass of Archbishop-elect Robert Carlson from the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. The Mass will air live at 3PM (EST) and will be rebroadcast at 8PM. The installation Mass will also be on at CatholicTV.com.
Archbishop-elect Carlson will be installed by Justin Cardinal Rigali, the Archbishop of Philadelphia and former Archbishop of St. Louis himself. Many American cardinals and bishops will be present for the Mass.
On November 19, 1983, just thirteen years after his ordination to the priesthood, Carlson was named Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, choosing for his episcopal motto: ANTE CRUCEM NIHIL DEFENSIONIS, (“Before the Cross There is No Defense”)
Interestingly, Archbishop-elect Carlson also served at the University of St. Thomas, where he was a chaplain to the hockey team. As Archbishop, Carlson will be the spiritual leader of 500,000 Catholics in eastern Missouri.
Carlson survived stage-four bladder cancer in the 1990s, having once been told by his doctor to arrange his will in order to prepare for an imminent death. He has undergone a total of seven cancer-related procedures, and partly credited a trip to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal for his recovery.