Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D., is a leading expert on Christian spirituality. In recognition of his ministry in the Church, Pope John Paul II awarded him the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1999. In 2000, he was awarded the Caritas Centennial Award for his work in lay ministry and the Spirit of RENEW Award for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism. His publications include Everyday Mysticism (Crossroad, 1995), Beauty: A Path to God (Paulist Press, 2013), and Moral Formation in the Parish (Alba House, 1998).Fr. Ciorra holds graduate degrees in psychology, spirituality, and pastoral theology. He earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fordham University. Currently, he is Assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Prior to assuming this post, Fr. Ciorra occupied a number of leadership positions in higher education and beyond, including: dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University; director of the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth; and director of the Center for Spiritual Development for the Archdiocese of New York.Fr. Ciorra’s professional experience ranges from parish life and preaching to teaching and administration to retreat work and formation ministries. He gives workshops and retreats throughout the world and is active in creating programs for interreligious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Praise for Anthony Ciorra
“I highly recommend any course by Fr. Anthony Ciorra. His delivery is great, his reflections [are] thoughtful, and [his] questions are challenging. I would have enjoyed having him as a professor. His illustrations are practical.”– Michael Harrison,San Antonio, TX
“Anthony Ciorra—a born teacher—clear and inspiring.”– Sr. Michael,Seaham, County Durham, UK
“Very personable!”– Margaret Gardner,Verona, NJ
Anthony LoGalbo, OFM –
Pope Francis’ thinking
A good introduction to Pope Francis’ thinking.
Sr Michael Lee, Seaham, Co. Durham, UK. –
In a group of 30 we watched this programme, stopping for discussion at natural breaks. it was hugely popular. I have used 3 or 4 other programmes successfully too
Rev Gordon J Y., UT –
2015 Spring Survey
It is timely and provides discussion guide for reflection.
I watched some of the presentations more than once.
I used it for a private six day retreat and I had adequate material for the whole retreat. Having the Study Guide enabled me to concentrate on the video knowing I would be able to review it with the Guide. I watched some of the presentations more than once.
The Retreat with Pope Francis provided the vehicle for deeper conversations.
The Retreat with Pope Francis appealed to a broad cross-section of our parish community and provided the vehicle for deeper conversations.
I hope to present this on the parish level during Lent.
Offering this retreat just after the Pope’s visit to the U.S. and in conjunction with the Synod on Family had special appeal and added to group discussion. I hope to present this on the parish level during Lent.
Very impressed with the quality and uniqueness of your programs.
Very impressed with the quality and uniqueness of your programs. Glad I discovered your website.
Sr. Gloria –
Many moving and powerful insights!
It’s depth and clarity as well as the many moving and powerful insights shared that call us to be our best selves.
Dc. Paul –
Fr. Ciorra does an excellent job in this retreat!
Fr. Ciorra does an excellent job in this retreat in developing an understanding of who Pope Francis is and how he has come to be the man he is through his past experiences. This retreat also challenges the listener to look at their own lives and actions and see if we are acting as Christ would want us to act.
Sr. Michael –
topical and interesting for all types of people
Retreat with Pope Francis- topical and interesting for all types of people. Anthony Ciorra–a born teacher–clear and inspiring.
Winter Survey: January 2017
It was good to reflect on what Pope Francis was saying and I hope there will be an updated retreat.
Elizabeth H., NJ –
Spring Survey: April 2017
Fr. Anthony Ciorra is so down-to-earth & presents our Pope as an understanding, compassionate, and loving leader of the Church.
Roy M., WV –
2018 Spring Survey
The DVD focused on a retreat with Pope Francis and was well presented. The speaker did a good job.