Mission of the Sacred Worship Office

The Office of Sacred Worship of the Diocese of La Crosse serves the diocesan bishop and, in his name, the entire diocesan church, both ordained and lay.  Although the primary collaborators of the diocesan bishop in the liturgical apostolate are his priests and deacons, the Office of Sacred Worship assists them by seeking to deepen the faithful’s understanding of the meaning of the rites being celebrated, their manner of celebration, and their implications for daily life.  It offers sacramental catechesis for all the members of the diocese, as well as promotes the liturgical formation of those who serve the liturgical assembly.  The Office of Sacred Worship does all of these things according to the Church’s Magisterium, especially as it is articulated by the Second Vatican Council and set forth in the Church’s liturgical books and Code of Canon Law.

 

Staff of the Sacred Worship Office

Christopher Carstens, Director

Christopher Carstens has worked as the Assistant Director of the Office of Sacred Worship in the Diocese of La Crosse since 1998 and as Director since August of 2002.  He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Toronto, Canada, and master’s degrees in philosophy and liturgical studies from the University of Dallas and the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois, respectively.  Christopher is a member of St. Philip Parish in Rolling Ground and lives with his wife and children near Soldiers Grove.

 

Shirley Von Ruden , Secretary

   

 

Contact Information

The mailing address for the Office of Sacred Worship is:
PO Box 4004
La Crosse, WI  54602-4004

Phone:  (608) 791-2674 for Christopher Carstens
Phone:  (608) 791-2667 for Shirley Von Ruden
Fax:  (608) 788-7055

Email:  worship@dioceseoflacrosse.com for Christopher Carstens
           svonruden@dioceseoflacrosse.com for
Shirley Von Ruden