USCCB News Release
April 21, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pope Names Bishop Robert J. Carlson As Archbishop Of St. Louis; Bishop Robert J. Cunningham As Bishop Of Syracuse, New York
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Robert J. Carlson of Saginaw, Michigan, as Archbishop of St. Louis. Archbishop-designate Carlson, 64, succeeds Archbishop Raymond Burke, who was named last June 27, to head the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, the Vatican's highest court.
The same day the pope named 65-year-old Bishop Robert J. Cunningham of Ogdensburg, New York, as Bishop of Syracuse, New York, and accepted the resignation of Bishop James M. Moynihan, 76, from the pastoral governance of Syracuse.
Both appointments and the resignation were announced in Washington, April 21, by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Robert Carlson was born June 30, 1944, in Minneapolis. He pursued seminary studies at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a Master of Divinity degree in religious education. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1970. In 1979, he was awarded a Licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America.
Archbishop-designate Carlson was ordained auxiliary bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1983. In 1994, he was named Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and in 1995, Bishop of Sioux Falls. In 2004 he was named Bishop of Saginaw, Michigan.
He served a chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Vocations, 1992-1994, and chair of the Bishops' Subcommittee on Youth, 1993-1996.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis includes 5,968 square miles. It has a population of 2,205,007 people, with 476,477, or 22 per cent, of them Catholic.
Robert Cunningham was born June 18, 1943, in Buffalo. He studied for the priesthood at Buffalo's St. John Vianney Seminary, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a Master of Divinity degree in theology. After ordination he earned a Licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America.
Bishop Cunningham was ordained a priest for the Buffalo Diocese in 1969. In the diocese he held both pastoral and administrative positions including vice chancellor, chancellor, and vicar general. He was named Bishop of Ogdensburg in 2004. As a member of the USCCB he has been a member of the Administrative Committee, representing the bishops of New York State; the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People; and the Subcommittee on Native American Catholics.The Syracuse Diocese has 5,749 square miles. It has a total population of 1,174,887 persons, of which 284,257, or 24 percent, are Catholic.