Franciscan University to Inaugurate New President Sheridan

The inauguration of the Rev. Sean O. Sheridan, T.O.R., as the sixth president of Franciscan University of Steubenville is scheduled for Oct. 10.

The occasion will be marked by three major events open to the general public, including a Mass at 10 a.m. in Finnegan Fieldhouse, the inauguration ceremony at 2:30 p.m., also in the fieldhouse, and an Oct. 10-11 inaugural symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization.

The Franciscan University of Steubenville Board of Trustees unanimously elected Sheridan as president on April 19, and he began his duties as president on June 1.

As the university’s sixth president, he continues an unbroken chain of leadership by Franciscan Third Order Regular priests of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, which operates Franciscan University of Steubenville.

“When I learned I had been selected as Franciscan University’s sixth president, I felt a tremendous sense of peace and a tremendous sense of responsibility to lead this great university. It is inspiring and truly humbling for me to be here at Franciscan University with the students who are pouring their hearts into their education and their prayer life, falling in love with God and the church, and striving to become saints,” said Sheridan.

A native of Cresson, Pa., Sheridan was ordained to the priesthood in December 2006. He holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a doctorate in canon law from the Catholic University of America. He was a member of Franciscan’s Board of Trustees from 2007-12 and began teaching theology there in 2012.

Sheridan will lead Franciscan students in a Holy Hour in Christ the King Chapel at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 9.

The main celebrant for the Oct. 10 inauguration Mass will be the Rev. Richard Davis, T.O.R., minister provincial of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The homilist will be the Rev. Nicholas Polichnowski, T.O.R., minister general of the worldwide Third Order Regular.

The public then is invited to the president’s reception in the J.C. Williams Center. Later that evening, the Inaugural Symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization will begin at 8 p.m. with an address by Monforton.

John Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America, will speak on the symposium’s main theme at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 11.

At 10:15 a.m., Sheridan will give “A Presidential Perspective on Franciscan University of Steubenville and the New Evangelization.” The afternoon session will consist of a faculty panel discussion and remarks by Daniel Kempton, vice president for academic affairs.