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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 a licensed psychologist with a doctorate in psychology from Boston College and a doctor of ministry from the Catholic University of America. He is the author of scores of articles and several books including Why Priests are Happy, Born of the Eucharist, and The Joy of Priesthood—recipient of a Catholic Press Association book award. Rossetti has been featured on NPR and Meet the Press, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other major newspapers.

Rossetti has received a Proclaim Award from the USCCB as well as a Lifetime Service Award from the Theological College of the Catholic University of America. In 2013, he was awarded the Pope John Paul II Seminary Leadership award from the National Catholic Educational Association. In 2010, he received the Touchstone Award from the National Federation of Priests’ Councils for a lifetime of work with priests. He lectures to priests and religious internationally on priestly spirituality and wellness issues and serves as president of Saint Luke Institute and clinical associate professor of pastoral studies at the Catholic University of America.

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