Press Releases

Find joint statements and press releases from the bishops of Missouri on the Missouri Catholic Conference website.

October 2020

October 26, 2020 - Annual Catholic Appeal Raises More than $15 million for Fourth Consecutive Year

October 14, 2020 - Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski Statement on Pope Francis’ Appointment of Bishop-elect William Byrne to the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts

September 2020

September 24, 2020 - Office of Catholic Education and Formation Statement on High School Sports During the Pandemic

August 2020

August 26, 2020 - COVID-19 Exposure Warning: St. Mary of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Villa Ridge, Mo., and St. James Catholic Church in Catawissa, Mo. 

August 24, 2020 - Information Regarding the Installation of Archbishop-designate Mitchell T. Rozanski as the 10th Archbishop of St. Louis

August 5, 2020 - Statement of the Missouri Catholic Conference on Passage of Amendment 2 (Medicaid Expansion)

July 2020

July 31, 2020 - Catholic Schools Committed to Safely Educating Students for the 2020-2021 Year

July 20, 2020 - Archdiocese of St. Louis Schools Update Regarding 2020-2021 School Year

June 2020

June 28, 2020 - Archdiocese of St. Louis Statement on Statue of St. Louis, the King

June 24, 2020 - Archdiocese of St. Louis Adds Two Names to List of Clergy with Substantiated Allegations of Abuse

June 19, 2020 - Annual Catholic Appeal Kicks Off 2020 Campaign, Supports Organizations Assisting in Wake of COVID-19

June 18, 2020 - Statement from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson in Response to Supreme Court Decision to Halt Termination of DACA Program

June 16, 2020 - Rural Parish Mobile Medical Clinic to Reopen With Amended Service Offerings and Procedures Amid COVID-19

June 10, 2020 - Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson; Names Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski as Archbishop of St. Louis

June 3, 2020 - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Issues Statement Regarding Racism and the Pursuit of Justice and Peace in the Greater St. Louis Region

May 2020

May 19, 2020 - Archdiocese of St. Louis Outlines Policy for Investigating and Reporting Abuse of Minors by Bishops Following Implementation of National Third-party Hotline

May 18, 2020 - Statement from the Office of Respect Life, Family and Social Responsibility and the Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis Regarding Scheduled Execution of Walter Barton

May 15, 2020 - Archdiocese of St. Louis Announces School Closings of Most Holy Trinity; Christ, Light of the Nations; and St. Joseph (Manchester)

May 14, 2020 - Archdiocese of St. Louis Announces Death of Reverend James T. Edwards, Parish Priest and Resident of Regina Cleri

May 7, 2020 - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Grants General Permission to Resume Public Masses Beginning May 18

April 2020

April 28, 2020 - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Extends the Suspension of Public Mass Through May 8

April 24, 2020 - Archdiocese of St. Louis Announces Death of Reverend Robert Menner, Archdiocesan Priest and Resident of Regina Cleri

April 20, 2020 - Regina Cleri, Home for Retired Priests in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Reports Additional Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

April 18, 2020 - Regina Cleri, Home for Retired Priests in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Confirms First Case of COVID-19

April 13, 2020 - Archdiocese of St. Louis Names New Chief Financial Officer

April 9, 2020 - The Archdiocese of St. Louis Extends Distance Learning Through End of School Year for All Archdiocesan Elementary and High Schools

April 7, 2020 - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Extends the Suspension of All Public Masses Through April 30

March 2020

March 25, 2020 - Rural Parish Mobile Medical Clinic Temporarily Suspends Service

March 22, 2020 - The Archdiocese of St. Louis Extends the Closure of All Archdiocesan Elementary and High Schools

March 21, 2020 - The Archdiocese of St. Louis Announces the Suspension of All Public Liturgies for Holy Week

March 16, 2020 - Archdiocese of St. Louis Statement Regarding Suspension of Public Masses Amid COVID-19

March 15, 2020 - Archdiocese of St. Louis Update Regarding Archdiocesan Schools Amid COVID-19

March 13, 2020 - Update from the Archdiocese of St. Louis Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 10, 2020 - Update from the Archdiocese of St. Louis Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 2, 2020 - Archdiocese of St. Louis Statement Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

January 2020

January 31, 2020 - Statement from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Regarding Medicaid Expansion Initiative

December 2019

December 24, 2019 - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Christmas Message Offers Prayers of Comfort, Compassion, Forgiveness and Hope

November 2019

November 15, 2019 - Statement from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Following the 2019 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Fall General Assembly

November 12, 2019 - "The Word Was Made Flesh and Dwelt Among Us": Archdiocese of St. Louis Offers Advent Faith-Formation Oportunity

October 2019

October 29, 2019 - Media Alert: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson to Offer Blessing for Border Mass Pilgrims

September 2019

September 13, 2019 - Statement from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the Archdiocese of St. Louis Regarding Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s Report on Clergy Abuse in the State of Missouri

September 10, 2019 - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Urges Parishes to Participate in Weekend Mass Collections for Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

august 2019

august 5, 2019 - archbishop robert j. carlson offers prayers, support for victims of terror in el paso, texas and dayton, ohio

july 2019

july 26, 2019 - archdiocese of st. louis releases list of clergy with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor

june 2019

june 29, 2019 - archbishop robert j. carlson has submitted letter of retirement to pope francis 

may 2019

may 24, 2019 - archbishop robert j. carlson commends governor mike parson for signing the “missouri stands for the unborn act”

may 23, 2019 - archbishop robert j. carlson offers prayers, support for storm victims

may 17, 2019 - archbishop robert carlson's response to the passage of house bill 126: missouri stands for the unborn 

may 9, 2019 - archbishop robert j. carlson statement on pope francis' new mandate on reporting abuse

may 6, 2019 - archdiocese of st. louis hires new high school superintendent, dr. todd sweda

april 2019

april 15, 2019 - archbishop robert j. carlson statement on notre dame cathedral fire, update on basilica of st. louis, king of france (old cathedral)

 

 

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Press Releases > ARCHBISHOP ROBERT J. CARLSON STATEMENT ON IMMIGRATION AND THOSE SEEKING PROTECTION
ARCHBISHOP ROBERT J. CARLSON STATEMENT ON IMMIGRATION AND THOSE SEEKING PROTECTION

ARCHBISHOP ROBERT J. CARLSON STATEMENT ON IMMIGRATION AND THOSE SEEKING PROTECTION


November 7, 2018

As bishop and pastor to our immigrant community and local Church, I have been attentive to the news of our brothers and sisters who are currently moving closer to our U.S. border seeking protection and a humane response. Sadly, we are seeing, once again, a rise of anti-immigrant attitudes and rhetoric that actively seeks to foster fear mongering and hate towards people who are vulnerable and in need of compassion.

As I have stated before in my pastoral statements on immigration, our pastoral accompaniment with the immigrant community has taught us to recognize the root causes of migration, especially those associated with state-sanctioned violence, gang recruitment, poverty, and lack of educational opportunities. Rooted in our Christian vocation to be agents of justice and peace, we must denounce any attitudes, words or actions that denigrate the dignity of the human person and demonize people.As a Catholic faith community, we recognize the rights of governments to protect their borders and citizens, but we know that such noble pursuits cannot be done at the expense of doing violence to the inherent dignity of the human person. As this current situation continues to unfold, we look to the U.S. bishops’ affirmation “that seeking asylum is not a crime. We urge all governments to abide by international law and existing domestic laws that protect those seeking safe haven and ensure that all those who are returned to their home country are protected and repatriated safely” (Statement of the Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration and Presidents of Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, Oct 29, 2018).

As Catholic citizens of this country, we remain committed to the pursuit of the common good and to our American values of hospitality, care for the vulnerable, and the rule of law. Indeed, our own history as a nation of immigrants has taught us that when we appeal to the best in us, our society becomes a beacon of hope and prosperity. In this steadfast spirit of compassionate advocacy and faithful solidarity (MT 25: 31-46), let us do our best to welcome and serve the stranger.

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