Vatican Spokesman to Deliver Gannon University’s 2013 Loftus Lecture

Fr. Rosica and Pope FrancisPosted: October 22, 2013

The election of Pope Francis focused all eyes on the Vatican for one of the most prominent news stories of 2013. For that part of the world that speaks English, the Holy See Press Office was a vital source of information, and the Rev. Thomas M. Rosica, C.S.B., deputy spokesperson in the Office, was a vital part of the process.

Fr. Rosica's front-row perspective on that world-changing event and on the ministry and message of Pope Francis were the subject of the Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus Lecture on Catholic Thought and Action on Oct. 22, in the Yehl Room of the Waldron Campus Center.

Fr. Rosica, a native of Rochester, N.Y., was ordained a priest in the Congregation of St. Basil. In October 2008, Fr. Rosica was appointed by the Vatican as the English-speaking Media Attaché of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican that focused on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church." In February 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Fr. Rosica a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. The Vatican appointed him once again to be the English-speaking Media Attaché of the Synod of Bishops on "The New Evangelization" that took place during October 2012 at the Vatican.

In 2011, he became President of Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario, a position that he now holds in addition to his leadership of Canada's Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation, a national organization committed to providing Catholics with the opportunity to connect with their Catholic beliefs and celebrate their faith.

In June 1999, he was appointed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops as the Chief Executive Officer and National Director of the World Youth Day and the Papal Visit of Pope John Paul II, that took place in Toronto during July, 2002.

Following the announcement on February 11, 2013 that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI would resign from the papacy, Fr. Rosica was invited by the Vatican to join the staff of the Holy See Press Office and serve as one of the official spokespersons for the transition in the papacy that included the resignation, Sede Vacante, Conclave and election of the new Pope. Appearing at daily news briefings and giving over 160 interviews in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German to news networks and media outlets from around the world, Fr. Rosica assisted the Vatican during a critical period in Church history. He completed his service upon the election and inauguration of Petrine Ministry of Pope Francis.

The Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus Lecture on Catholic Thought and Action serves the Mission of Gannon University by providing new opportunities to promote the University's commitment to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition as well as contribute to the learning experience of our students