The wonderful, long-anticipated news is breaking this morning. And I am particularly happy about Archbishop-elect Carlson’s elevation to the See of St. Louis because he has been a long-time member of the episcopal advisory board of Envoy Magazine, the Catholic journal I publish.
His Excellency until recently had not been mentioned on the usual lists of rumored candidates for the vacant See. Archbishop Carlson’s name began to be discussed in earnest after the appointment of Bishop Stika to the See at Knoxville, TN.
Archbishop Carlson, who will turn 65 in June, has been Bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw, MI since 2005. Before that he served as Bishop of Sioux Falls, SD for about ten years, and prior to that was Auxiliary Bishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
His Excellency’s episcopal motto is “Ante crucem nihil defensionis,” or “Before the cross there is no defense.”