Rev. Robert A. Sirico received his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic
University of America, following undergraduate study at the University
of Southern California and the University
of London. During his studies and early ministry, he experienced a growing
concern over the lack of training religious studies students receive in fundamental
economic principles, leaving them poorly equipped to understand and address
today's social problems. As a result of these concerns, Fr. Sirico co-founded
the Acton Institute with Kris Alan Mauren
As president of the Acton Institute, Fr. Sirico lectures at colleges, universities,
and business organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious,
political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals,
including: the New York Times,
the Wall Street Journal,
Forbes, the London Financial
Times, the Washington Times,
the Detroit News, and National
Review. Fr. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast
media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious
concern, and has provided commentary for CNN,
ABC, the BBC,
NPR, and CBS'
60 Minutes, among others.
In April of 1999, Fr. Sirico was awarded an honorary doctorate in Christian
Ethics from the Franciscan University of
Steubenville, and in May of 2001, Universidad Francisco Marroquin awarded him an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences. He is a member of the prestigious Mont
Pèlerin Society, the American
Academy of Religion, and the Philadelphia
Society, and is on the Board of Advisors of the Civic Institute in Prague.
Father Sirico also served on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission from 1994
to 1998. He is also currently serving on the pastoral staff of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Fr. Sirico's pastoral ministry has included a chaplaincy to AIDS patients
at the National Institute of Health and the
recent founding of a new community, St. Philip Neri House in Grand Rapids, Michigan.