Msgr. Ross A. Shecterle was formally installed as president-rector at Sacred Heart School of Theology at an evening Mass on Aug. 29, with hundreds in the congregation, including seminarians, faculty, staff, family, clergy and a host of other well-wishers.
The principal presider for installation Mass was the Very Rev. Thomas Cassidy, SCJ, superior of the U.S. Province of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. The order owns and operates Sacred Heart. Fr. Cassidy noted in his homily that the appointment of a rector who is not a member of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, while unprecedented, provides an opportunity for a more intentional focus on the order’s spirituality. This includes a focus on the Church's imperative for social justice, as well as a love of the Eucharist.
Msgr. Shecterle, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, was named to the post in March. He previously served as rector of the American College of the Immaculate Conception in Louvain, Belgium, which closed in 2011. Msgr. Shecterle was an assistant professor at St. Francis de Sales Seminary from 1998 to 2002, dean of students from 2000 to 2002, and vice rector from 2002 to 2003.
A licensed psychotherapist, he has served on the formation faculty of the Pontifical North American College in Rome as director of counseling services, and as an invited professor in pastoral psychology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas-Angelicum, Rome.
Msgr. Shecterle earned his license in sacred theology (S.T.L.) graduating, magna cum laude, in 1994 at the Catholic University of Louvain. He earned his master’s in 1995 and his doctorate in pastoral counseling in 2000, both from Loyola College in Baltimore, Md.