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Pope Francis bestows title of "Monsignor" on two Diocese of Raleigh priests

It was announced this week that two priests of the Diocese of Raleigh have each been named by Pope Francis as a Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor. This distinction was granted to Monsignor Douglas P. Reed, Pastor of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in Cary, and Monsignor Steven V. Carlson, Pastor of Saint Patrick Parish in Fayetteville.

Bishop Burbidge responded to this announcement: “With their brother priests and all in the Diocese of Raleigh, I am so happy for the honor our Holy Father has bestowed upon Msgrs. Carlson and Reed. Their profoundly dedicated, joyful and faithful priestly service has been a tremendous gift to the Diocese of Raleigh and to me. Their devotion to Christ and His Church is a model that is inspiring to all who know them. Please join me in congratulating them on this milestone in their priestly life and on this joyful day in the life of our Diocese.”

“Monsignor” is the form of address for priests who receive from the pope certain ecclesiastical honorific titles. Monsignors have rendered valuable service to the Church and provide some special function in church governance.

The title “Monsignor” is associated with certain papal awards which Pope Paul VI reduced to three classes: Protonotary Apostolic, Prelate of Honor and Chaplain to His Holiness. Pope Francis stated that he would accept no further recommendations from Diocesan bishops for nominations to the first two of these classes, but only to that of Chaplain to His Holiness and that consideration would only be given to priests 65 years or older.

To learn more about Msgr. Reed and Msgr. Carlson, please read below:

Msgr. Douglas P. Reed

The Reverend Douglas P. Reed was born on May 22, 1944, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was ordained a priest on May 22, 1971, in Albany, New York, for the Immaculate Conception Province of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual. During his appointment in priestly ministry as a Friar in the Diocese of Raleigh, he applied to serve as a Diocesan Priest and was incardinated into the Diocese of Raleigh on September 15, 2000.

Monsignor Reed served as a pastor of five different parishes over the course of his priestly ministry with three of these parishes located in the Diocese of Raleigh. His priestly ministry has included support for the vocation of the Priesthood, having been a trusted advisor for six years on the Diocesan Committee for the Continuing Education of Priests. Additionally, he currently serves with distinction in support of married couples in his ministry as a Chaplain to the World Wide Marriage Encounter movement. 

Monsignor Reed is known for his joyful and reverent celebration of the Sacraments, his enthusiasm for the Word of God and his fidelity to the Magisterium. He is greatly respected among the faithful for his priestly zeal, his simplicity of life and for his attentiveness to the faithful entrusted to his care, most especially those most in need. Monsignor Reed was asked to leave the small rural parish of Saint Anne in Edenton, North Carolina, and to be appointed as pastor of the largest parish in the Diocese, Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in Cary, North Carolina, which now has about 6,000 families. Monsignor Reed readily and joyfully accepted this new assignment and has provided gentle priestly leadership for its spiritual and pastoral life.

Msgr. Steven V. Carlson

The Very Reverend Steven V. Carlson, V.F., was born on February 13, 1950, in Denver, Colorado. He was ordained a priest on June 22, 1996, in Wilmington, North Carolina, for the Diocese of Raleigh. Monsignor Carlson is a faithful, loyal and dedicated priest who has demonstrated outstanding pastoral abilities in his priestly ministry, having served as a pastor of four parishes and as Vicar Forane in two separate deaneries in the Diocese of Raleigh.  

In 2000, Monsignor Carlson was endorsed for priestly ministry as a Chaplain to the United States Army. Previously, Monsignor Carlson had a distinguished career of 20 years in the Army as a layman, after which he entered seminary formation for the Priesthood. In his six years in priestly ministry as Chaplain, Monsignor Carlson was highly effective, given his previous life experience in the military, especially in attending to the pastoral and spiritual needs of the soldiers entrusted to his care, during both peacetime and during combat operations. 

Currently serving as a pastor of a parish in a military community, Monsignor Carlson is greatly respected for his past service while on active duty. This reputation has enabled Monsignor Carlson to not only provide effective support to the many retired military in his parish, but also to be a powerful witness to the courage and dedication needed in the vocation of the Priesthood. 

Monsignor Carlson is known for his reverent celebration of the Sacraments, his enthusiasm for the Word of God, his attention to parish community life and is ever loyal to the Magisterium. He has a contagious and joyful priestly zeal, a notable simplicity of life, an affinity toward those most in need and a love for the liturgical prayer life of the Church.