Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D.

Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D.

Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D., is a leading expert on Catholic spirituality. In recognition of his ministry in the Church, Pope John Paul II gave him the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1999. He was awarded the Caritas Centennial Award in 2000 for his work in lay ministry and the Spirit of RENEW Award for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism.

His books include Everyday Mysticism (Crossroad, 1995), Beauty: A Path to God (Paulist Press, 2013), and Moral Formation in the Parish (Alba House, 1998). He is also the co-editor, with Dr. Michael W. Higgins, of Vatican II: A Universal Call to Holiness (Paulist, 2012). Fr. Ciorra has graduate degrees in psychology, spirituality, and pastoral theology, a Ph.D. in historical theology from Fordham University, and a certificate in spiritual direction.

He is Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity and Professor of Theology at Sacred Heart University. Previously, he was dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University, director of the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth, and director of the Center for Spiritual Development for the Archdiocese of New York. Fr. Ciorra’s experience has included parish life, teaching, administration, retreat work, preaching, and formation ministries. He gives workshops and retreats throughout the world and is active in creating programs for interreligious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. 

 

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