Appointment of New Archbishop Presents Unique Opportunity

On April 21st the Vatican announced that the Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Bishop of Saginaw, Michigan, would become the next Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  Early signs indicate that Archbishop-elect Carlson’s leadership style is far more open and inclusive than that of his controversial predecessor, former Archbishop Raymond Burke. What does this mean for the fate of the San Luis? Plans to demolish the building for a parking lot, part of an overall vision for an archdiocesan “campus” along Lindell Boulevard, seemingly germinated during Burke’s tenure and, as such, were put on hold after his appointment to the Vatican’s supreme court in June 2008. Carlson’s Mass of Installation will be celebrated next month on June 10th; as he settles into his role as the leader of our archdiocese, the Friends of the San Luis look forward to engaging him in a positive, meaningful discussion about the future of Lindell Boulevard. We all want what is best for the Central West End, and the presence of the Cathedral and the archdiocesan headquarters are a major part of the neighborhood’s diversity and vitality. The Friends of the San Luis hope to work with Carlson to craft a vision for the San Luis that will fulfill the needs of both the archdiocese and the Central West End as a whole.

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