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Stuart Swetland
Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland S.T.D.
Vice Rector for Pre-Theology Formation and Flynn Chair of Christian Ethics
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B.S. United States Naval Academy
B.A., M.A. New College, Oxford University
M.Div., M.A. (Theology) Mount St. Mary's Seminary (1991)
S.T.L., S.T.D. The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Family and Marriage/The Catholic University of America
Diocese of Peoria


Msgr. Swetland was named a Prelate of Honor in 2000 by Blessed John Paul II and is a Knight Commander for the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.


Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland received his undergraduate degree in physics from the United States Naval Academy. Elected a Rhodes Scholar in 1981, he entered the Catholic Church while studying at Oxford. He has a bachelor's degree and master's degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford; a M.Div. and M.A. from Mount St. Mary's Seminary; and his S.T.L. and S.T.D. from the Pontifical Lateran University. He was ordained a priest in 1991 for the Diocese of Peoria, IL. Msgr. Swetland was named a Prelate of Honor in 2000 by His Holiness John Paul II. He serves as director of homiletics and pre-theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary and regularly teaches moral philosophy at the University. Msgr. Swetland leads the President’s Council for Catholic Identity that promotes on-going discussions about implementing faith in everyday life across campus. He holds the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Endowed Chair for Christian Ethics. Msgr. Swetland is a well regarded commentator for EWTN’s coverage of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and hosts its series Catholicism on Campus.

Areas of Study

Social Teaching, Catholic Education at Non-Catholic Institutions, Ethics, Social Justice


The Envoy Series

A series of articles Msgr. Swetland wrote for Envoy Magazine exploring and explaining the Church's social teaching:

This Rock Article

An outline of the meaning of peace and how we can attain it:

The Catholic Post Series

Msgr. Swetland's contributions to the newspaper of the Diocese of Peoria

Catholic Education at Non-Catholic Institutions

Originally published in The Idea of A Catholic University
Edited by Kenneth D. Whitehead
University of Scranton Press, 2009

Learning To Love: Sexual Ethics and the Pastoral Preparation of Men and Women for the Vocation of Marriage

Originally published in Josephinum: Journal of Theology
Edited by William F. Murphy, Jr., STD
The Herald Printing Company, Spring/Fall 2007

Ecclesia de Eucharistia - The Liturgy and Social Justice

Originally published in Sancrosanctum Concilium and the Reform of the Liturgy
Edited by Kenneth D. Whitehead
University of Scrantom Press, 2009

Joint Statement on the Oocyte Assisted Reprogramming (OAR) Proposal: A Response to Criticisms

With William L. Saunders
Originally Published in 'Commundio: International Catholic Review'

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