Thomas Rosica

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Thomas Rosica
Chief Executive Officer of Canada's Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation
Fr. Thomas Rosica is a priest of the Congregation of St. Basil (Basilian Fathers)
Ordination 19 April 1986
Personal details
Born (1959-03-03) 3 March 1959 (age 55)
Rochester, New York, U.S.A.
Denomination Roman Catholic
Occupation Witness TV Series, Words Made Flesh-Year B, Where Jesus Walked - A Reflection on the Images of the New Roman Missal, Biblical Reflections and News Articles
Alma mater St. John Fisher College, Regis College, Pontifical Biblical Institute, École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem

Rev. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B. is a Canadian Catholic priest and Basilian Father. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Canada's Catholic Salt + Light Television network, and frequent national newspaper columnist.[1]

Early life[edit]

Thomas Rosica was born in Rochester, New York, he received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Italian and French Language and Literature from St. John Fisher College in May 1980.[citation needed]


Ordained in 1986, Father Rosica is a Scripture scholar who holds advanced degrees in theology and Sacred Scripture from Regis College at the University of Toronto, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem.[citation needed]

From 1994 – 2000, he served as Executive Director and Pastor of the Newman Centre Catholic Mission at the University of Toronto and lectured in Scripture at universities in Toronto, London and Windsor, Ontario.[citation needed]

In 1999, Rosica was appointed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops as the CEO and National Director of World Youth Day 2002 and the coinciding Papal visit of Pope John Paul II to Toronto.[citation needed]

In July 2003, he became the founding chief executive officer of Canada’s first national Catholic television network Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, based out of Toronto.[citation needed]

From 2006 - 2010, he served on the General Council of the Congregation of Priests of St. Basil (Basilian Fathers) as Second Councilor. The Vatican appointed Rosica the English language media attaché for the 2008 World Synod of Bishops on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church." In February 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Rosica to a five-year term as consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. For the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, the Vatican named Rosica as the English language media attaché.[citation needed]

On December 1, 2011, Rosica was appointed president of Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario while still holding his position at Salt + Light in Toronto. Rosica is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, the Board of Trustees of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee and the Board of Trustees of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. He is also a member of the National Standing Committee for Communications of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. He serves as a consultor to the John Cardinal Foley Chair at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.[citation needed]

At the end of 2011, Rosica completed the three-year cycle of weekly biblical reflections on the Sunday readings for Zenit News Agency. The first volume of the reflections "Word Made Flesh: Biblical Reflections for Year B" was published in English and French in December 2011 by the Publications Service of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Two other volumes, Years A and C will be published in 2012 in English and French.[citation needed]

Rosica has received significant awards from the Government of Italy for his promotion of Italian culture and heritage; from the State of Israel, for his promotion of interfaith relations and Catholic pilgrimage; and the Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth for his work with young people. In 2003, he received the Papal Award "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" from Pope John Paul II for his leadership of World Youth Day 2002. In June 2012 he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.[2]

Following the announcement on February 11, 2013 that Pope Benedict XVI would resign from the papacy, Rosica was invited by the Vatican to join the staff of the Holy See Press Office and serve as one of the official spokespersons for the transition in the papacy that included the resignation, Sede Vacante, Conclave and election of the new Pope. Appearing at daily news briefings and giving over 160 interviews in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German to news networks and media outlets from around the world, Rosica assisted the Vatican during a critical period in Church history. He completed his service in Rome upon the election and inauguration of Petrine Ministry of Pope Francis, but continues to assist the Holy See Press Office in strengthening and maintaining relations with English language journalists in North America and elsewhere.[citation needed]

Rosica is a published author, as well as having regularly contributed to numerous Canadian newspapers, the Toronto Sun, Zenit International News Service, and L'Osservatore Romano newspaper at the Vatican.


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