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Msgr. James P. Shea
Faculty
President
University of Mary

Monsignor James P. Shea was inaugurated in 2009 as the sixth president of the University of Mary, succeeding Sister Thomas Welder, O.S.B., who had served as president for 31 years.

Msgr. Shea grew up on a dairy farm near Hazelton, North Dakota. He earned a bachelor's degree and a licentiate in philosophy as a Basselin Fellow in the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, later studying theology at the Gregorian and Lateran universities in Rome. Upon completion of his seminary formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Msgr. Shea was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Bismarck in 2002.

Published Pieces

Becket Fund Canterbury Medal

Who Are We? Where Are We Going?

In remarks offered upon receiving the 2022 Canterbury Medal from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Msgr. James Shea explores a poignant question asked of all Christians: Who are you? Where are you going?

Msgr. James P. Shea
May 26, 2022
Curtis and Michaelann Martin Thumbnail

Mission and Marriage with Curtis and Michaelann Martin

The life of grace is an adventure with friends. Curtis and Michaelann Martin reflect on their marriage, work with FOCUS, and pursuit of the Gospel.

Curtis Martin
Michaelann Martin
Msgr. James P. Shea
Apr 7, 2022
A laptop and phone in a clean workspace

Equipping Ministries

JM Boyd, president and lead consultant of Glass Canvas, discusses his experience in helping churches, non-profits, and Christian ministries unlock their ministry potential through marketing, branding, and communications.

JM Boyd
Msgr. James P. Shea
Mar 17, 2022
A tree, a lake, and a stary horizon

Explorations of a Catholic Mind

Fr. Robert Spitzer offers a Catholic perspective on culture, science, and apologetics and provides insights on what it takes to ensure that a Catholic university stays true to its religious mission.

Rev. Robert J. Spitzer
Msgr. James P. Shea
Feb 3, 2022
The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Assisi, Italy

The Mendicant Vocation of Archbishop Chaput

Archbishop Charles Chaput joins Msgr. James Shea to discuss his vocation as a Franciscan friar, bishop, and archbishop, and to offer his insights on the current state of the Church in the United States.

Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput
Msgr. James P. Shea
Jan 13, 2022
A bird flies over the beach

Living the Lord's Joy

Chris Stefanick joins Msgr. James Shea to discuss the spiritual disposition of joy and the clarion call offered to all Christians: "The joy of the Lord must be your strength."

Chris Stefanick
Msgr. James P. Shea
Dec 2, 2021
The Capitol Rotunda

Engaging Secular Modernity

Ryan T. Anderson and Msgr. James Shea discuss the interplay of religion, culture, and public policy, the modern antipathy towards questions of family, and preparing the next generation of informed Christians in the public square.

Dr. Ryan T. Anderson
Msgr. James P. Shea
Nov 18, 2021
A lone person walks on the beach as the sun rises on the horizon

God Wants His World Back

Fr. John Riccardo reflects on his life and priesthood and speaks about his ministry - ACTS XXIX - which exists for one simple reason: "God wants his world back."

Rev. John Riccardo
Msgr. James P. Shea
Nov 11, 2021
Sunrise over the Ocean

Friendship and the University (and the Ocean)

Dr. Peter Kreeft and Msgr. James P. Shea discussed Catholic higher education, the importance of friendship within that project, and Dr. Kreeft's life and work.

Dr. Peter Kreeft
Msgr. James P. Shea
Jul 21, 2021
Tim Busch, founder of the Napa Institute

The Napa Institute and the Next America

Through liturgy, academic formation, and fraternity, the Napa Institute seeks to prepare Catholics for life and the adventure of evangelization in our current apostolic age.

Timothy R. Busch
Msgr. James P. Shea
Jul 15, 2021