22 July 2009

Archbishop Carlson Appoints New Chancellor


To: The Curia of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

From: Archbishop Robert Carlson

Date: July 22, 2009

Re: Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis

I am very pleased to announce to you today that I have appointed Nancy J. Werner, currently the Chancellor of the Diocese of Saginaw, as the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. Nancy Werner is a highly qualified individual and possesses an outstanding record as a collaborator in ministry and administration. She holds an undergraduate degree in Religion and Philosophy, as well as a Masters in Pastoral Administration from Regis University in Denver. Nancy brings to the Archdiocese over twenty-six years of parish, diocesan and national leadership experience. The occasion of this appointment gives me the opportunity to name a highly qualified woman to a senior position within the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. Nancy will begin her work in mid-August, after completing her transfer from Saginaw, and will have her office located at the Catholic Center.

At the same time, I am pleased to appoint Reverend Monsignor Jerome Billing to the office of Chancellor for Canonical Affairs of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. In this capacity, Monsignor Billing will be responsible for marriage dispensations as well as the oversight of the Archdiocesan Archives. In addition, Monsignor Billing is appointed Promoter of Justice and Defender of the Bond for the Metropolitan Tribunal, where his physical office will be located.

In the near future, I will announce the creation of a revised governing structure, with a new organizational chart, for the administrative and ministerial operations of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.

I look forward to working closely with Nancy Werner and Monsignor Billing in their new responsibilities.
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Interesting. "I will announce the creation of a revised governing structure, with a new organizational chart..."
I wonder what other surprises are in store. And I won't hazard any guesses...

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmmmmm - as long-time Church/Diocese employees, something we always wonder about is whether the new Pastor/Bishop will bring in his own staff - it actually rarely happens........ Anyone else with any experience with this?

Anonymous said...

I believe Werner followed Carlson from his South Dakota post to his Saginaw post (and now to St. Louis). At least the bishop believes in putting women in leadership positions (as his own comments indicate).

Anonymous said...

She was in Sioux Falls with him, then Saginaw now St Louis. Hmmm I am not sure it is appropriate.

TLH said...

Oh just great...I suppose that makes the Archdiocese an Equal Opportunity Employer now...good grief!

Anonymous said...

I sense a bit of concern by the Timman here! Our new Archbishop has appointed (gasp!) A WOMAN as Chancellor???!!!

Don't worry. You won't see Ms. Werner wearing vestments assisting the Archbishop at the altar. However, she may assume a few canonical duties that have historically been only performed by men in this Archdiocese. And that is a good thing!

-Patrick

thetimman said...

Patrick,

I can only wonder how you interpret a complete lack of commentary by me on the gender of the new Chancellor to be "a bit of concern". But, I can always count on progressive Catholics to be so loving and solicituous in giving everyone the benefit of the doubt in every matter. Not judgmental at all. Have a great day.

Third Anon from the top,

While I get your point, it is certainly not appropriate to assume any improper relationship or to spread gossip in this matter; everyone would deserve such courtesy, but especially our Archbishop.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes we just need to look at who the person is instead of who we think they are.

http://www.stlbeacon.org/region/nanct_werner_is_archdiocesan_chancellor

Anonymous said...

Hi - the first anonymous here, only that first one. This discussion took a wrong turn; I was just wondering about staff being brought in ... I'm not sure what I would do if asked to move.

Anonymous said...

The Archdiocese got rid of jobs due to lack of funds less than a year ago, now were going to hire someone who will likely be getting a fat check.

Why not have a priest fill that position? You would'nt have to pay extra for that.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with anon #3. As a teacher, I not only need to avoid any impropriety but also any appearance of impropriety. I wonder if other (arch)bishops have done likewise. Did Archbishop Burke bring his chancellor from LaCrosse? Did Cardinal Rigali take his to PhiladelphiaM ?

Anonymous said...

Actually, freeing up a priest from this office can be a good way to provide one more priest for parish work in the archdiocese.

Regarding the description provided of a Chancellor's duties, and borrowing language from the business world, I always thought the Chancellor functioned like a "COO" of the Chancery office (under the archbishop who is the "CEO"); is that incorrect?

Snupnjake said...

I can't believe he couldn't find someone from here...