View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Archbishop Carlson: Vocations and Life Booster

Bishop Robert Carlson of Saginaw, Michigan, has been named the next Archbishop of St. Louis.

American Papist notes this of the archbishop designate -

I have some measure of personal experience with Bishop Carlson and here's what you should know:

Bp. Carlson is already a legend among Catholics in Michigan, for the following reasons.

He is a vocations magnet and cultivator par excellance, creating a culture of vocations in his diocese and supporting his candidates through their formation and education. Before he came to the diocese it had not had a vocation for four years. In the past two years Bp. Carlson has ordained eight men and there are more than 20 currently in formation.

He is a passionate defender of life, personally hopping on the bus with the young people of his diocese to attend the March for Life in DC whenever he is able. He will not shy away from speaking out in defense of life - that's a promise.

Wow, sounds great. Vocations and life. We need more bishops like that.

Meanwhile, our neighbor to the east has a new Bishop.
Bishop James Moynihan, formerly a priest of the Rochester diocese, had reached retirement age a while back, and Pope Benedict has now appointed Bishop Robert Cunningham, currently Bishop of Ogdensburg, to be the next Bishop of Syracuse. I don't know much about the new Bishop. I hope he's outspokenly pro-life.


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