SHSST News and Events

Current and Upcoming News and Events

The following events scheduled for Spring Semester 2020 have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19:

1.March 18: Institution of Lector with Bishop James Schuerman

2.March 29: Lux Center Lecture with Rabbi Burton Visotzky, Ph.D. (see cancellation flyer below)

3.April 22: Dehon Lecture with Fr. José Cristo Rey García Paredes CMF on Theology of Mission (see cancellation flyer below)

4.April 26: The Catholic-Jewish Book Dialogue (see cancellation flyer below)

5.May 1: Commencement Ceremony with Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States delivering commencement address and receiving honorary doctorate.

6.May 18-June 05: Holy Land Expedition, led by Professor Patrick Russell.

July 05, 2020


Another congratulations to Dr. Brian Lee and Fr. Tom Knoebel on winning a 2020 Catholic Media Award presented by the Catholic Press Association. Their book, Discovering Pope Francis (Liturgical Press) was awarded Third Place in the B38: Pope Francis category. Please see:

Amazing work!

June 11, 2020


Discovering Pope Francis was recently recognized by the Duke Divinity School. One of the contributors, Peter J. Casarella, Ph.D., is a newly appointed professor of theology at Duke. You can read their announcement at Congratulations to the editors!

June 8, 2020


 Here are some links from our neighboring Catholic Church leaders and organizations with statements regarding the recent events that have been occurring in our country:


From the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (Bishops of Wisconsin):

From Archbishop Gomez, USCCB president:

From the seven bishops who are chairs of USCCB Committees:

From the Major Superiors of Men’s Religious Communities in the US:

From the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU):

From ATS Latino Presidents/Deans:

June 2, 2020

ATS Distance Learning Approval!

On June 2, 2020 the ATS Board of Commissioners met and accepted the report, confirming that our ART pathway conforms to the appropriate policies and procedures.

In a separate action on the same day, ATS has approved our petition to offer comprehensive distance education in a given program. With this approval, the mode of delivery we use for the ART pathway is also approved by ATS.

Further, the approval of this delivery method, can then be applied to any degree program. Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology may therefore also offer any other course content using a distance delivery method.


Dr. Brian Lee and Fr. Tom Knoebel have been notified that their book, Discovering Pope Francis has been awarded third place in the Theology category in the 2020 ACP Excellence in Publishing Award! See the Association of Catholic Publishers website for more details.

Congratulations Fr. Tom Knoebel and Dr. Brian Lee on an amazing achievement!

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Discovering Pope Francis, click here.

Interested in our Cor Unum MA program?

Join our virtual “Meet and Greet” to learn about the program and interact with a Cor Unum alumni! Contact Monica Misey at to schedule a time to virtually meet.

May 01, 2020


Congratulations to Sacred Heart’s Spring Graduates!

May the Holy Spirit fill your heart and grant you strength to do God’s will. Congratulations and God bless you on this wonderful achievement.

April 30, 2020


Multicultural Mass

Celebrated by current and former ECS students

April 29, 2020

Just One More Ministry

Thank you to the ECS students who helped make 1400 face masks for Just One More Ministry! Wow! Your help is invaluable to the community around us!

“Just One More Ministry seeks volunteers for 3.5 million mask campaign

Just One More Ministry has joined forces with Rebel Converting of Saukville in an effort to make and distribute 3.5 million face masks. The mask-making kits are given to volunteer families and organizations, and once the masks are completed, they are distributed to area healthcare facilities and nonprofits.

Just One More seeks to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ by caring for Milwaukee’s poor in spirit, providing regular nutritious meals for the hungry, and offering those who suffer with addictions a faith based recovery program for creating a fulfilling and God-centered life.”

For more information visit

Want real-time details? Visit for the full progress dashboard.


April 29, 2020

Virtual Coffee Breaks

The IT dept helped organize two virtual coffee breaks on Thursday, April 16, to help our staff stay in touch with each other and share our experiences of the pandemic. Thank you for putting this together!

April 27, 2020


From the Chancery Newsletter (Archdiocese of Milwaukee) April 27, 2020

“Archdiocese of Milwaukee welcomes three new transitional deacons

Auxiliary Bishop, Most Reverend Jeffrey Haines, ordained three new transitional deacons for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, on Saturday, April 25, 2020: Michael Lawinger, Michael Malucha, and Timothy Schumaker. The ordination Mass was celebrated in Christ King Chapel at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, with a very limited number of guests in attendance. Please keep each of these young men close in prayer as they begin their service to and with God’s people.”

Congratulations and thank you for your ministry!

April 25, 2020

Cor Unum Students Give Back!


Cor Unum students helped cohort-member Shanedra with making meals (while practicing social distancing!) at the Cathedral’s Open Door Café. Thank you to everyone who donated their time giving back to the community!

Past News and Events

April 23, 2020

Pre-Diaconate Oaths and Promises


On April 23, 2020, the following took their pre-diaconate oaths and promises before Very Reverend Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D., President-Rector, who was delegated by their Ordinaries to receive these, namely: Profession of Faith, Oath of Fidelity.

Wilbert Colas, Diocese of El Paso

José Carlos Miguel López, Glenmary Home Missioners

Oscar Alexander Sutachan Benavides, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

To view more photos, click here.

February 5, 12, 19, 2020

2020 Jewish Studies Seminar for Christians

The Jewish People and the Church

This seminar series provided information on the Jewish roots of Christianity.

*Wednesday, February 5
6:30-8:15 p.m.
What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Jewishness of Jesus
–Rabbi Evan Moffic

*Wednesday, February 12
6:30-8:15 p.m.
What Every Christian Needs to Know about Judaism and Israel Today
–Dr. Richard Lux and Bonnie Shafrin

*Wednesday, February 19
6:30-8:15 p.m.
Same Text Different Beliefs—Christians and Jews Reading the Bible Together
–Dr. Sherry Blumberg and Dr. Brian Lee

January 6-7, 2020:

2020 Preaching Conference

Monday evening, Jan. 6 – Wednesday evening, Jan. 7, 2020

Sacred Heart hosted the Third Annual SHSST Preaching Conference, “Hearing the Hebrew Scriptures with a Heart for Homiletics” on January 6-7. The event had seven presenters: Cantor David Barash, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun (Milwaukee), Dr. Benjamin Stone, Director of Music and Organist at Sacred Heart, Dr. Sherry H. Blumberg, Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart, Rabbi Steven H. Adams, Director of Pastoral Care for Ovation Communities in Milwaukee and President of the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, Dcn. Steve Kramer, Director of Homiletics and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies at Sacred Heart, Dr. Richard C. Lux, Professor Emeritus of Scripture Studies at Sacred Heart, and Rabbi David Cohen, Congregation Sinai, Milwaukee, WI.

December 8, 2019:

Advent Concert of Sacred Music

On Sunday, December 08, Sacred Heart hosted the 2019 Advent Concert of Sacred Music in Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Berghaus Pipe Organ. The concert featured Benjamin A. Stone, Organist, Charles Christian Rich, Organist, and The Bach Chamber Choir. The event had over 200 attendees.

November 17, 2019

“Reflections on the Holocaust: Franklin Roosevelt, Immigration, and the Jews”

Lecturer Dr. Tim Crain, the former director of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education and assistant professor of history at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, visited Sacred Heart to speak on the type of relationship President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s had with the Jews and his response to their situation during the Holocaust.  He expanded on the contentious debate that still lingers (nearly seventy-five years after World War II) over whether FDR turned his back on the Jews of Hitler’s Europe or saved millions of potential victims by defeating Nazi Germany.

November 13, 2019:

Fall 2019 Dehon Lecture with Austen Ivereigh

Austen Ivereigh is a journalist, fellow in contemporary church history at Campion Hall, Oxford, and author of “The Great Reformer”, a biography of Pope Francis. He was the keynote speaker of Sacred Heart’s Fall 2019 Dehon Lecture. The topic of his lecture was “Wounded Shepherd: the Sacred Heart and the Reform of Pope Francis”.

For more photos of this event, click here

November 3, 2019:

Catholic-Jewish Book Dialogue: An Antidote to Misunderstanding and Bias

Catholic-Jewish Book Dialogue: An Antidote to Misunderstanding and Bias took place at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Sunday, November 3rd.

October 10 & 11, 2019

English and Culture Studies Mass and Culture Fair

On Wednesday, October 9 the ECS students led the Eucharist at Sacred Heart. With the beautiful music and prayers, the students did an amazing job integrating their cultures at Mass!

Along with Mass, on Thursday, October 10, the ECS students held a Culture Fair. Everyone truly appreciated the time and effort put into their displays!

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October 2, 2019

Institution of Acolytes

On October 2, 2019 Bob England; Jerry Land; and Simon Muema, SDS were instituted as Acolytes. Congratulations and may God bless you on your pastoral journey.

September 27, 2019:

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine Lecture

On Friday, September 27, The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies invited Dr. Amy-Jill Levine to speak on the topic “Understanding Jesus Means Understanding Judaism”. A key focus of her presentation will be on how to avoid preaching and teaching anti-Judaism.  This topic has taken on even more urgency with the recent rise in anti-Semitism, which most tragically manifested itself in the mass shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh last October.

Known as the world’s leading Jewish scholar of the New Testament, Dr. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science.  She is highly respected in Catholic circles, as evident by the fact that she was recently invited to address the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

September 26, 2019:

Sr. Rose Thering Award Dinner

On Thursday, September 26, the Lux Center hosted their 2nd Sr. Rose Thering Award Dinner at the Boerner Botanical Gardens. The dinner honored Most Rev. Richard J. Sklba for his many years dedicated to furthering interreligious relations.

Recipient Bishop Emeritus Richard J. Sklba has served the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for the past 60 years. As a pastor and an auxiliary bishop, he is known for his compassion and his scholarly knowledge of both Hebrew and New Testament Scriptures. Bishop Sklba’s career has demonstrated unique dedication to the church’s ecumenical and interreligious relationships on a national and local level. He co-chaired the national Lutheran/Catholic Dialogue and served as chair of the USCCB’s Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

The Most Reverend Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Richard J. Sklba has participated in projects with the country’s mainline Protestant Churches and has attended countless meetings with Jewish scholars in United States in an effort to promote interreligious understanding and cooperation. He has been a long-time member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and the Society for Biblical Literature. He has published many articles, papers and books.

Born in Racine, Wisconsin, Bishop Sklba attended St. Francis Minor Seminary in Milwaukee. He then studied at the Gregorian University in Rome where he was ordained to the priesthood for the Milwaukee Archdiocese in 1959. He served at St. Mary’s Parish in Elm Grove before returning to Rome to study at the Pontifical Biblical Institute where he earned an advanced master’s degree in Sacred Scripture. He also completed the equivalent of a doctoral degree in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Bishop Sklba taught Scripture at St. Francis de Sales Seminary for 11 years and was appointed Rector of the seminary in 1976. In December of 1979, he was ordained as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Archbishop Rembert Weakland, OSB, and continued to serve under Archbishops Dolan and Listecki.

Bishop Sklba served for three years as the co-chair of the Advisory Board of the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies. The Lux Center recognizes his leadership as a promoter of love and peace among human beings and a builder of bridges between people of faith.

For more photos, click here.

September 26, 2019:

“Our Lady of Compassion”

After 18 months of devoted work by Fr. Charles Brown, SCJ, “Our Lady of Compassion” was generously given in service to Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology by the Priest of the Sacred Heart. The icon of the blessed virgin Mary with the infant Christ reminds us of the close ties of Mary to Christ and his Church. Foremost, she was Christ’s mother, but is also the image and model of the Church, its exemplar. Fr. Charlie noted that he wants people to take away an individual meaning from the painting, but it is also public proclamation to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you to the SCJs for this beautiful gift. The artwork was blessed by the Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United State of America, during a Votive Mass of Our Lady, Mother of the Church on September 25, 2019. The image hangs in the Sacred Heart Chapel on a beautiful wooden stand made by Fr. Byron Halaand, SCJ.

September 13, 2019:

Science and the American Priesthood

We invite you to join us for an afternoon discussion on “Science and the American Priesthood: The Legacy of Fr. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., for Catholic Ministry Today,” Friday, September 13, 2019, at 2pm at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. This discussion will be the last major event of our Science for Seminaries Grant, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The grant has provided ample opportunity for faculty and seminarians to explore scientific discoveries and questions in preparation for future ministry. For this final event, we have organized two sessions on the Church’s assessment of biological evolution in the past and the present, with a focus on its meaning for priestly formation and ministry in America. To this end, we have invited three speakers to lead our conversation. Dr. John Slattery of AAAS will discuss his recent book on one of the first American priests to engage the question of evolution, Fr. John Augustine Zahm, C.S.C. (1851–1921). Fr. Steven Avella will respond to this presentation with a closer examination of Zahm’s place within U.S. Catholic history and the Americanist controversy (especially here in Milwaukee). Dr. Slattery will further outline the theological development of Catholic thought on evolution, and, as a response, Fr. James Kurzynski of the Diocese of La Crosse, has graciously agreed to return to Sacred Heart to share his own pastoral experience in addressing the topic of evolution. As some may recall, Fr. Kurzynski kicked off our science grant this past November with a “Gold Vespers” and lecture on astronomy.

August 28, 2019:

President-Rector Installation

On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, Very Reverend Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D. was installed as the tenth President-Rector of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. The evening began with a 4:15p.m. prelude to the 4:30p.m. Eucharist in the Sacred Heart Chapel followed by a reception and dinner. The Sacred Heart community – Priests of the Sacred Heart, Board of Directors, administration, faculty, staff, students, family and friends, joined together to worship and give witness to Sacred Heart’s commitment to building a welcoming community.

Congratulations Fr. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz!


May 13-16, 2019:

Institute for Pastoral Leadership in Multiple Parishes Presenter: Mark Moglika

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology has announced the establishment of the Institute for Pastoral Leadership in Multiple Parishes, addressing the trend of multiple parish ministry of priests in the United States, Canada, and worldwide. The Institute will start with a conference May 13-16 on the campus of Sacred Heart, with international multiple parish expert Mark Mogilka. Focusing on Pastoring Multiple Parishes (Loyola, 2009) by Dr. Kate Wiskus and Mogilka, the conference will provide training, resources, research, and best practices. Today, Bishops worldwide are increasingly assigning priests as pastors to faith communities at more than one site. These pastoral assignments include: pastors of multiple parishes; pastors of parishes and missions; and pastors of merged parishes at multiple sites. Priests serving as pastors in these complex pastoral ministry situations find that there is a lack of resources available for this growing phenomenon. Only 5% of dioceses in the United States, for instance, provide any training for pastors being asked to undertake this ministry.

April 10, 2019:

Spring 2019 Dehon Lecture Series with Sister Norma Pimentel, M.J.

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, in collaboration with the Priests of the Sacred Heart, is proud to welcome Sr. Norma Pimentel, M.J., as the keynote of our Spring 2019 Dehon Lecture Series. The Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, Sr. Norma is also known as the “Mother Teresa of North America” and “Pope Francis’ favorite nun.” She will discuss Ministry with the Migrants during her morning lecture on Wednesday, April 10. Panelists will join her in the afternoon, telling personal stories of challenges and ultimate successes as migrants, refugees, and immigrants.

March 21, 2019:

2019 Spring Lecture: The Pope and the Rabbi: A Faithful Friendship  with Keynote Speaker Rabbi Abraham Skorka

Guided by their own religious convictions, Rabbi Skorka and Pope Francis spent years conversing about their understanding of God and of each other. Today they are friends. Rabbi Skorka is a biophysicist, rabbi, seminary rector, and author.

Photos from Rabbi Skorka’s visit

Rabbi Skorka chats with WTMJ Radio’s Mark Siegrist:

January 7-8, 2019:

Preaching Conference – Teaching Profound Possibilities in the Lukan Parables

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology hosted the second annual preaching conference on January 7-8 which focused on
preaching in the Lukan Parables from a socioeconomic standpoint; to the military and their families; to the Latino community; and for everyday life. Father John Rausch, a Catholic priest with the Glenmary Home Missioners serving small towns in Appalachia and the South living in Stanton, Kentucky, coordinates a Ministry of Appalachian Justice Education. He was named the recipient of the 2007 “Teacher of Priest” award presented by Pax Christi U.S.A.

November 15, 2018:

Gold Vespers

In the summer of 2018, SHSST received a $75,000 “Science for Seminaries” Grant through the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Blackwood, Dr. Stroud, and Dr. Monson wrote and secured this grant through our proposal, “Seeking the Heart of Science: From God to Galileo to Grandma, and Beyond.”  The grant serves as an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to engage new developments in astronomy, astrophysics, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and psychology. We are convinced that a robust dialogue between the Church and science, faith and reason, is essential to the formation of our future priests in today’s secularized and skeptical world.

To celebrate this grant, we held “Gold Vespers” on Thursday, November 15, the Memorial of St. Albert the Great, teacher of Aquinas and patron of scientists. This event adopted a new trend among dioceses and seminaries to offer a “Gold Mass” for Catholic scientists (much as a “Blue Mass” is for Catholic law enforcement). We had the distinct honor of hosting Fr. James Kurzynski as our celebrant and guest lecturer. Fr. Kurzynski is a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse, the pastor of St. Olaf Parish in Eau Claire, the author of the new book, God’s Canvas: An Exploration of Faith and Science, and a member of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. He has recently highlighted SHSST and SFdSS on the Foundation’s  blog.

October 8-11, 2018:

A Landmark International Symposium: Discovering Pope Francis – Theological, Philosophical, Cultural, and Spiritual Perspectives

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology held a landmark international symposium Discovering Pope Francis: Theological, Philosophical, Cultural, and Spiritual Perspectives. This symposium featured groundbreaking presentations and panel discussions by world-class scholars who examined the pastoral theology of Pope Francis from his European and Latin-American roots to his Papacy today.

Among the featured speakers were Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the Catholic Church and the Government in the United States; Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries; and Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago.