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Newman Society Lauds Appointment of Msgr. Swetland as President of Donnelly College

The president of The Cardinal Newman Society praised the appointment of Monsignor Stuart Swetland, S.T.D., director of the Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education, as the next president of Donnelly College, a Catholic institution founded by Benedictine sisters and located in Kansas City.

“We are confident that Msgr. Swetland will be a blessing to Donnelly College,” said Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly. “He has been instrumental in helping Catholic colleges strengthen and preserve their Catholic identity—and I know he will be a faith-filled leader at Donnelly College.”

Msgr. Swetland is currently completing his tenure as vice president for Catholic identity and director of pre-theology at Newman Guide-recommended Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. He will begin his work with Donnelly College on July 1.

“I have prayed for the chance to lead a mission-focused college like Donnelly College,” Msgr. Swetland reportedly said of his new role. “This institution has a rich, storied history and has served as an anchor in the Kansas City community for 65 years. I’m honored to be a part of this continuing legacy and I look forward to working with faculty, staff and students to help elevate Donnelly to its fullest potential. We have exciting times ahead.”

Mount St. Mary’s reports:

Msgr. Swetland received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the United States Naval Academy, where he was first in his class academically. Elected a Rhodes Scholar in 1981, he entered the Catholic Church while studying at Oxford and was ordained a priest in 1991 for the Diocese of Peoria, IL.

He has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford; a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary; and earned his Sacred Theology Licentiate and Sacred Theology Doctorate from the Pontifical Lateran University. Msgr. Swetland was named a Prelate of Honor in 2000 by St. John Paul II.

Donnelly College was founded in 1949 to meet the needs of urban immigrants and the working class, with special focus on “those who might not otherwise be served.” Donnelly currently serves as the region's only federally designated Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution, according to the College’s website.

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