University of Rochester


January 29, 2014

Second Lecture in the Catholic Newman Community's Faith in America Series, Marking the 50th Anniversary of Catholic Chaplaincy at the University of Rochester

WHAT: Rev. Thomas M. Rosica will speak about the momentous transition in the papacy one year ago, and how Pope Benedict's decision to resign and Pope Francis' boldness and courageous leadership, have changed the Church in remarkable ways.

Following the announcement on February 11, 2013 that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI would resign from the papacy, Fr. Thomas 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, Conclave and election of the new pope. His front-row seat for this historical moment in the Church gives him a unique story to share about the papacy in the modern world.

TIME, DATE, PLACE: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, at the Interfaith Chapel on the University of Rochester's River Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public; visitors to the River Campus can park for free in most lots after 7 p.m.

ABOUT REV. THOMAS M. ROSICA: Ordained a priest in the Congregation of St. Basil in 1986 by Bishop Matthew Clark, Fr. Thomas Rosica, a native of Rochester, New York holds advanced degrees in Theology and Sacred Scripture from Toronto, Rome and Jerusalem. Following his leadership of World Youth Day 2002 in Canada, he became the founding CEO of Canada's Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television Network. Fr. Rosica served as Media Attaché at two Synods of Bishops at the Vatican in 2008 and 2012 and last February and March served as English language spokesperson for the Vatican during the Papal transition. He also is President of Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario. He continues to serve as English language Assistant to the Holy See Press Office.

ABOUT THE CATHOLIC NEWMAN COMMUNITY: The Catholic Newman Community, on the web at, is a Catholic campus ministry at the University of Rochester that promotes strong faith formation through sacramental celebrations, educational opportunities, service, and social programming. The Catholic Newman Community has been recognized nationally as a leader in Catholic Campus Ministry.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Anne Thomas at the Catholic Newman Community at 585.275.8521 or email