Donnelly President named Chief Religion Correspondent

Donnelly President named Chief Religion Correspondent

Donnelly College President Monsignor Stuart W. Swetland

Donnelly College is honored that President Monsignor Stuart Swetland was recently named Chief Religion Correspondent for Relevant Radio®, a national radio network of 127 stations in 39 states. In this role he will serve as commentator and guest host on many of the networks’ programs, sharing views on the Catholic faith and analysis of daily news events from a Catholic perspective.

In addition to this new role and his presidential duties at Donnelly, Monsignor Swetland remains available to local media outlets and churches to share a similar perspective. As President of Donnelly College, Monsignor Swetland is well versed on issues of access to higher education, diversity in higher education and the impact of public policy, such as DACA, on students. Additional areas of expertise are in Catholic social teachings related to economics, politics and social doctrine. As a formal naval officer he has also published on the issues of just war theory and the ethical use of the military.

Since 2011, Monsignor Swetland has served as host of the Relevant Radio® daily radio show “Go Ask Your Father™” broadcasting from his office on the campus of Donnelly College. Since 2004 he also has hosted the television program “Catholicism on Campus” on EWTN.

About Monsignor Swetland

Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland, S.T.D., was ordained a priest in 1991 for the Diocese of Peoria, IL. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the United States Naval Academy. Elected a Rhodes Scholar in 1981, he entered the Catholic Church while studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford. He has a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford; a M.Div. and M.A. from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary; and his S.T.L. and S.T.D. from the Pontifical Lateran University having studied at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC. He has an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS.

He currently serves as the seventh President of Donnelly College in Kansas City, KS, where he is also Professor of Leadership and Christian Ethics. Previously, he served as Vice President for Catholic Identity and Mission and held the Archbishop Flynn Chair of Christian Ethics at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education, the Executive Secretary for the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and Theological Advisor to the Illinois Catholic Conference. Msgr. Swetland was named a Prelate of Honor in 2000 by Saint John Paul II and is a Knight Commander for the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchure and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.