His Grace Archbishop Robert J. Carlson today announced that Fr. Michael J. Witt, Ph.D., will replace Monsignor Ted Wojcicki as President-Rector of the Archdiocesan seminary on an interim basis. Readers may recognize Fr. Witt from his longstanding radio program on Church history on Covenant Network. The Archbishop plans to conduct a nationwide search for a permanent replacement.
I suggest this is a worthy intention to keep in our prayers, as this position is of vital importance to the proper formation of our future priests.
Below is the letter from His Grace announcing the move to priests in the Archdiocese:
April 22, 2010
Msgr. Ted L. Wojcicki has served as President-Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary since 2002. During the years of his leadership, there has been significant progress in many areas of our Seminary’s service to the Church. We continue to implement faithfully the Program of Priestly Formation developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in accordance with norms established by the Holy See; our enrollment is growing; a Master Plan for the renovation and expansion of Seminary facilities has been developed; and a highly successful capital campaign has been completed at a time when many wondered whether the time was right for such an ambitious undertaking.
Msgr. Wojcicki would be the first to say that these, and numerous other accomplishments, have involved the collaborative leadership and generous stewardship of many people. Still, it’s appropriate to offer special thanks to Msgr. Wojcicki, as the Seminary’s President-Rector, for his important role in guiding all of these initiatives during the past eight years.
With gratitude for all the ways that he has shared his gifts and talents with Kenrick-Glennon Seminary during the past eight years, I have asked Msgr. Wojcicki to return to parish ministry, and he has readily agreed. I believe this is the right time to make this transition in leadership because of the firm foundation that Msgr. Wojcicki—the 38th Rector of our major seminary—has helped to establish during his significant contribution to the 192 year history of priestly formation in Saint Louis.
During the coming year, I plan to lead a national search for a new President-Rector who will provide leadership for the mission of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and for the renovation and expansion of its facilities. In the meantime, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Father Michael J. Witt, Ph.D. as interim President-Rector beginning this summer and continuing until the national search is completed. Father Witt is currently the Director of the Permanent Diaconate, Professor of Church History at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and Director of St. Maximilian Kolbe House of Discernment. I have every confidence that Father Witt will provide strong leadership to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary during this time of transition.
Please join me in expressing sincere thanks to Msgr. Wojcicki for his years of service to our Seminary, and to Father Witt for his willingness to assume this important responsibility on an interim basis. May the intercession of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, guide us as we continue to build a faith-filled future for Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis