Fr. Anthony Ciorra was ordained a priest in 1973. His experience has included parish life, teaching, administration, retreat work, preaching and formation ministries. He has graduate degrees in psychology, history and pastoral theology and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction.
He has a Ph.D. in theology from Fordham University. His areas of research and publication include spirituality in the workplace and living Christian moral values in the world. In recognition of his ministry in the Church, he was given the pontifical honor Pro Eccelsia et Pontifice by Pope John Paul in 1999. He was awarded the Caritas Centennial Award in 2000 for his work in lay ministry and the Spirit of Renew Award for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism.
Prior to coming to Sacred Heart, where he serves as Assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity, Fr. Ciorra was dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University and professor of Theology and director of the Center of Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth. He gives workshops and retreats throughout the United States, the Middle East and Europe. He is actively involved in creating programs for inter-religious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.