President-Rector’s Office

Very Rev. Thomas P. Cassidy, SCJ


Greetings from the President-Rector of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology!

Our mission: Preparing evangelizing disciples through specialized formation to conform our world to the Heart of Christ
The world is changing, and our specialized formation programs continue to adapt to the changing needs of our sponsors and students. From our new propaedeutic program, new Master of Arts in Catholic Studies, expanded experiential learning opportunities, affinity groups to build community, English & Culture programs, and continuing formation programs such as Pastors’ Toolbox, we strive to provide outstanding human, spiritual, pastoral and intellectual formation to seminarians and lay ministers around the world. Please contact us if we can be of service.

Very Rev. Thomas P. Cassidy, SCJ


Meet our Interim President-Rector: Fr. Thomas (Tom) P. Cassidy, SCJ! Fr. Tom begins July 8th, 2024, but is not new to SHSST. Fr. Cassidy is an experienced leader with a long and successful ministry in Catholic education, including serving as Sacred Heart’s President-Rector from 2004-07. Fr. Cassidy served as General Councilor for the Priests of the Sacred Heart in Rome and as Provincial Superior of the US Province. He was President of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) in the United States. A Milwaukee native, Fr. Cassidy has ministered in many parts of the world as a Priest of the Sacred Heart. His leadership skills and experience will be a blessing to the seminarians, students, faculty, and staff of SHSST. 

Fr. Stephen Huffstetter, SCJ, has been named as the President-Rector Designate. He is currently completing his second term on the Dehonians’ General Council in Rome. When he returns to the United States, he will live on campus, which will allow him to familiarize himself with SHSST while on sabbatical. He will assume his new position at the start of the 2025 academic year. Before his election to congregational-level leadership, he was the Provincial Superior of the US Province. Fr. Huffstetter brings with him the robust pastoral experience of serving among the Native Americans in rural areas of South Dakota, and a vision of the global Church which has been enriched by his 10 years in Rome.


We believe Fr. Cassidy and Fr. Huffstetter will be a great team to shepherd formation at SHSST.