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Archdiocese Chancellor Cusack to head SHSST Board of Directors

Dr. Barbara Anne Cusack, chancellor for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, has been elected chair of the Board of Directors of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology.

Cusack replaces Dr. Mary Meehan, outgoing president of Alverno College, who is retiring after 11 years of service on the SHSST Board, the last eight as its chair.

The board’s new vice chair is Dr. Marna Boyle, who has been a Board member since 2005.

Cusack, who had been vice chair, has served on the Board since 1997. She holds a doctorate in canon law from the Catholic University of America, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at SHSST for many years, teaching canon law. 

Boyle is the former academic dean and is currently an associate professor at Cardinal Stritch University. She holds an Ed.D. degree from Nova Southeastern University.

“Our entire seminary community and all of our sponsoring dioceses and religious orders owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dr. Meehan. As a woman of strong Catholic faith, her vision, tireless enthusiasm, and steady encouragement are gifts that will sustain and inspire us for many years to come. She will be greatly missed,” said President-Rector Msgr. Ross Shecterle, S.T.L, Ph.D.

“At the same time, Dr. Cusack’s expertise, insight and steadfast devotion to our mission have been obvious through her years of service on our Board. With her elevation to Board chair, her contributions to SHSST’s bright future will be even more significant. She is a woman of faith tirelessly committed to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, in the service of priestly and lay ecclesial ministry,” he said.

Joining the Board will be Fr. Robert Cook, OFM Conv., who most recently served as vice president for human formation at the seminary. He is secretary of the Franciscans’ St. Bonaventure Province, and currently serves in parish ministry in the Chicago area. Fr. Cook practiced civil law for five years before becoming a Franciscan brother in 1995. He received his J.D. degree from Boston University, and also holds an M.A. degree from SHSST. 

Located in a suburb of Milwaukee, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology ( is a Roman Catholic seminary specializing in priestly formation for men of all ages with a specific emphasis on seminarians over 30 years of age.


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