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Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Wins Pope John Paul II Seminary Leadership Award

April 16, 2013

The National Catholic Educational Association has announced that Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, author of several books, including Why Priests are Happy and The Joy of Priesthood, was awarded the 2013 Pope John Paul II Seminary Leadership Award at the 2013 National Catholic Education Association Conference in Houston, Texas. The award is given for outstanding service on behalf of priestly formation in the United States and Canada.

In announcing the honor, the Rev. Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, executive director of the NCEA Seminary Department, said, "Msgr. Rossetti has provided invaluable service to the Roman Catholic Church and to the U.S. priesthood in helping us better understand the highs and lows of priests through his work at St. Luke’s Institute and by research into healthy, happy priests. This information is aiding seminaries in developing screening tools to identify men not suited for priesthood and to improve ministerial formation programs to form happy, healthy and holy priests. The NCEA Seminary Department is delighted to confer this honor upon him."

Read the complete press release from NCEA.

About Stephen J. Rossetti

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, is an expert on priestly spirituality and wellness issues. He is a Catholic speaker, educator, psychologist, and retreat leader. He served for many years at Saint Luke Institute in Maryland, rising to president and CEO. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Rossetti earned a doctorate in psychology from Boston College and a doctor of ministry from the Catholic University of America. Rossetti is the author or editor of ten books, including Born of the Eucharist, Letters to My Brothers, and The Joy of Priesthood—the recipient of a Catholic Press Association book award. He serves as research associate professor of pastoral studies at the Catholic University and a visiting professor at Gregorian University in Rome.

Rossetti received a Proclaim Award from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as a Lifetime Service Award from the Theological College of the Catholic University of America. In 2010, he received the Touchstone Award from the National Federation of Priests’ Councils for a lifetime of work with priests. In 2013, Rossetti received the Pope John Paul II Seminary Leadership Award from National Catholic Educational Association for distinguished service in priestly formation and was awarded a doctor of divinity degree, honoris causa, from St. Mary’s Seminary and University.

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