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Archbishop Rozanski's Message to the Faithful

Archbishop Rozanski Delivers a message to the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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Archbishop Rozanski Installation Mass 

August 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

To view the program for Archbishop Rozanski's Installation Mass, click here

Most Reverend Mitchell Thomas Rozanski

10th Archbishop of St. Louis

Curriculum Vitae

Born:             

August 6, 1958 to Alfred Rozanski and Jean Rozanski (both deceased) in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the oldest of three sons. His first brother, Kenneth, and his wife, Lisa, have 2 daughters and a son. His youngest brother, Albert, and his wife, Danielle, have one son. All of the family members reside in Maryland.

 

Education:    

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel High, Essex

Catholic University of America, Washington

Seminary training at the Theological Seminary, Catholic University of America, Washington

 

Personal:

Priestly Ordination, November 24, 1984 Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Baltimore, Maryland

Episcopal Nomination, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore by

Pope John Paul II July 3, 2004

Vicar General and Episcopal Vicar for Seton Vicariate of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, 

            Maryland, August 24, 2004

Episcopal Ordination, Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, August 24, 2004, Baltimore, Maryland

Appointed as Bishop of Springfield, June 19, 2014 by Pope Francis

Installment as Bishop of Springfield, August 12, 2014, in the presence of Most Reverend Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap.

Appointed as Archbishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis by His Holiness

Pope Francis 6/10/2020

Appointed Apostolic Administrator – Diocese of Springfield by His Holiness

Pope Francis 6/10/2020 – 8/25/2020

Installed as Archbishop of St. Louis, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis in the presence of

            Reverend Monsignor Dennis Kuruppassery, representative of the Apostolic Nuncio

            August 25, 2020

 

Previous Positions:

Parochial Vicar, 1984 Saint Michael, Overlea and Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Baltimore

Associate Pastor, Saint Anthony of Padua, 1985-1990, Baltimore, Maryland

Associate Pastor, Saint Isaac Jogues, 1990-March 1993, Baltimore, Maryland

Administrator, Holy Cross and St. Mary Star of the Sea, March 1993, Baltimore, Maryland

Pastor, Holy Cross and St. Mary Star of the Sea, 10/93-1/00, Baltimore, Maryland

Administrator, (Pro-tem) Immaculate Conception, Towson 1/00

Pastor, St. John, 11/28/00, Towson

National Committee for the Protection of Youth and Young People; 1/2007 – 6/2014

National Advisory Council, USCCB, March 1, 2012 – March 31, 2015

College of Consultors, Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland

National Committee for Protection of Youth and Young People, January 2007

Episcopal Moderator, National Association of Holy Name Societies 10/1/12 – 9/30/17

Chair, Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee of USCCB, November 2014-2017

Advisory Council, National Assoc. of Catholic Chaplains

Audit Subcommittee of USCCB

National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Advisory Council

 

 

Current Positions:

Co-Chair, Polish National Church – Roman Catholic Dialogue

Knight Commander with Star of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem,   

  Northern Lieutenancy.

Consultant, National Association of Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Polish National Catholic/Roman Catholic Dialogue, Co-Chair 2017-

National Association of Holy Name Societies, Episcopal Moderator, 10/1/2012

National Catholic Partnership on Disability

USCCB - Ecumenical & Inter-religious Affairs Committee

Chair, Board of Governors, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation 2020

Member, Knights of Malta, 2020

Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus

Board Chair, Board of Trustees, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, 2020

President and CEO, Board of Directors, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, 2020

USCCB Episcopal Liaison, Catholic Health Association, 2020

Board Member, Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri, 2020

Board of Directors, Cross Catholic Outreach, 2021

Coat of Arms

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Significance

When an archbishop is appointed to lead an archdiocese, the coat of arms is composed of several key elements. the episcopal heraldic achievement, or, as it is more commonly known, the archbishop’s coat of arms, is composed of a shield with its charges (symbols) and the external ornaments. The shield, which is the central and most important feature of any heraldic device, is described (blazoned) in 12th-century terms that are archaic to our modern language, and this description is done as if being given by the bearer with the shield being worn on the arm. From the viewpoint of the one behind the armor, the sides or impalements of the shield are labeled dexter (right) and sinister (left). the next element of the coat of arms is the archbishop’s motto, which is traditionally written.

The great seal of the archdiocese of st. Louis (viewer’s left side) is an azure, blue, field with a gold crusader’s cross, and a crown representing Saint Louis IX, king of France, and patron of both the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the city of st. Louis. On the extremes of the cross are found the fleur-de-lis flower that recalls the french foundation of the city.

For his personal arms, his excellency Archbishop Rozanski has selected a design that is based on two major themes; his Polish heritage and his service to the archdiocese of Baltimore. In the upper portion of the design, in red and silver (white), the colors of the Polish national flag, are a cross bottony (each arm terminates in a triple ball), which represented in red on silver, is a variant on the symbolism known as a “cross of st. Michael,” the archbishop’s baptismal patron. To the right of the cross (chief dexter) is a silver rose on a red field, drawing upon the significance that his excellency’s family name refers to “rose flower” in polish.

in base, on the alternating vertical bars of black and gold (yellow) with a red diagonal bar called a “bend,” is an open book of the most holy scriptures. these charges, drawn from the arms of the archdiocese of Baltimore, signify that his excellency’s ministry as a deacon, priest, and now as an archbishop is to spread god’s holy word to the faithful of the archdiocese. This symbolism joins well with the archbishop’s motto, which is taken from the 100th psalm, that in all that archbishop Rozanski is to do for the Lord, he is called to “Serve the Lord with gladness.”

The device is completed with the external ornaments which are a gold processional cross, which is placed in the back of the shield and which extends above and below the shield, and a pontifical hat, called a “Gallero,” with its six tassels, in three rows, on either side of the shield, all in green. these are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of archbishop by instruction of the holy see of march 31, 1969.

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