Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP - Portrait - Square

Michael Sweeney, OP

Curriculum Team,Executive Director,Instructor

Fr. Michael’s chief interest is the mission of the Church to the “world” (secular society). This requires, he notes, an understanding of the relationships within the Church between the clergy, the laity and parish community in light of that mission, as well as formation of the laity for their task as apostles.

In 1997, along with with Sherry Weddell, he co-founded the Catherine of Siena Institute, whose purpose is to assist parishes to provide a formation for lay men and women. The Institute has addressed over 100,000 Catholics throughout the world.

Father Michael has developed and offered workshops in priestly formation, the theology of the laity, the theology of vocation, the theology of pastoral governance and Catholic social teaching. While he was the President of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, he offered classes at on the role of the laity in the Church, particularly in light of the documents of Vatican II and Saint John Paul II. Fr. Michael also serves as a consultant to the California Catholic Conference.