Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

A Decade of Service to Our Church

The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson was installed as Archbishop of St. Louis on June 10, 2009. During his time as shepherd of our archdiocese, Archbishop Carlson has made a tremendous impact on our Church. His passion for Catholic education, racial reconciliation and vocations along with his commitment to building a culture of life have fostered vibrancy in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to positively affect countless lives.

Under Archbishop Carlson’s leadership, the Alive in Christ! Mission Advancement Initiative was developed to strengthen Catholic schools. Beyond Sunday, a major component of that initiative, raised more than $110 million to offer scholarship assistance to middle-income Catholic school families and provide for parish needs. The Peace and Justice Commission was established to address societal issues facing our community through the lens of our Catholic faith. And finally, there has been significant growth at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary; enrollment is up from 115 seminarians in 2009 to 140 today.

In these ways and a multitude of others, Archbishop Carlson has guided our faith communities over the past ten years. We are ever grateful for his leadership.

Help Sustain Archbishop Carlson’s Designated Ministries

Archbishop Carlson’s legacy of compassion and service will live on for generations, thanks in part to three endowment funds that are dear to his heart. Each fund provides perpetual annual distributions to the benefiting organization(s).

You can demonstrate your appreciation of Archbishop Carlson’s service by contributing to these funds that will support some of his most cherished ministries for generations to come.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Endowment Fund

Supports Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and the Respect Life Apostolate.

Messengers of Peace Endowment Fund

Supports Messengers of Peace, the religious order in Colombia, South America that Archbishop Carlson co-founded in 2005.

Retired Archdiocesan Priests’ Endowment Fund

Supports the Priests’ Mutual Benefit Society, which provides for retired archdiocesan priests.

A Look Back

In the 10 years since Archbishop Carlson’s installation as Archbishop of St. Louis…

50,431 infant baptisms
10,210 adults received into the Church
56,713 first communions
58,303 confirmations
17,235 marriages
38,413 funerals

50 ordinations to the priesthood
80 ordinations to the permanent diaconate

Catholic Education
29,856 Catholic elementary school graduates
30,279 Catholic high school graduates
22,113 children completing elementary Parish School of Religion programs

Financial Support
$145 million pledged to the Annual Catholic Appeal
$110 million pledged to Beyond Sunday, a campaign led by the Roman Catholic Foundation

Make an Even Greater Impact With an Estate Gift

You can make a significant and lasting contribution to Archbishop Carlson’s favorite ministries at no cost to you during your lifetime. When making beneficiary designations or estate plans, simply name the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri (EIN 46-3309222), for the benefit of the above fund of your choice.

Upon your passing, your gift will be added to the endowment fund of your choice and will provide perpetual annual distributions to the benefiting organization(s). Contact our gift planning experts at 314.918.2890 to discuss your giving options.


The Roman Catholic Foundation builds endowed funds that will support Catholic parishes, schools and ministries throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis for generations to come.

Legal Name
Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri
Tax Identification Number: 46-3309222


Roman Catholic Foundation
425 North New Ballas Road
Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63141