Monsignor James P. Shea to Present Lecture

The Pontifical College Josephinum’s “Building Spiritual Bridges to the Community” lecture series continues!


“From Christendom to Apostolic Mission:

Preparing the Church for the Postmodern World"

Reverend Monsignor James P. Shea

President of the University of Mary (Bismarck, ND)

Catholic Identity Committee Chair, Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) Board

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 8:00 p.m. | Jessing Center


Free and open to the public; reservations not required. For more information, please call 614-985-2274.


The oldest of eight children, Monsignor Shea grew up on a farm near Hazelton, North Dakota. He began undergraduate work in English and history at Jamestown College, then entered seminary for the Diocese of Bismarck, earning a bachelor's degree and a licentiate in philosophy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Msgr. Shea studied classical Greek at the University of Texas at Austin and continued at the Vatican's North American College, studying theology at the Gregorian and Lateran universities in Rome. He has studied management at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business and is also an alumnus of the Institutes for Higher Education at the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University.

Monsignor Shea has worked with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity at the Gift of Peace AIDS Hospice while teaching religion at two inner-city elementary schools in Washington, D.C. In Rome, he served as chaplain for the Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital and also at the Rome campus of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of Saint Thomas.


Following his ordination to the priesthood in 2002, he returned to North Dakota and served as an associate pastor in Bismarck and Mandan. During that time, he was also the chaplain and an instructor at Saint Mary's Central High School in Bismarck. He then served as pastor to parishes in Killdeer and Halliday (North Dakota), while teaching at Trinity High School in Dickinson. Deeply committed to the education and formation of young people, he has been an inspirational teacher and mentor for many students. 

Monsignor Shea was inaugurated in 2009 as the sixth president of Saint Mary University and, at the age of 34, became the youngest college or university president in the United States.

Monsignor Shea is a Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He has served on the National Advisory Council to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Governor's Commission on Education Improvement for the State of North Dakota.