Monsignor Michael Schmitz

Monsignor Michael Schmitz

Msgr. R. Michael Schmitz was ordained to the holy priesthood in 1982 by then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. He received his Bachelor in Philosophy and his Licentiate and Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and holds a Licentiate in Canon Law from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.

Having taught as Assistant Professor at both the Gregorian University and Ludwig-Maximilian University, Monsignor Schmitz was Cultural Attaché at the Apostolic Nunciature in Kyrgyzstan and Professor of Theology at the Russian-Kirghiz University. Pope John Paul II elevated him to the rank of Chaplain of His Holiness in 1998 with the title Monsignor. In 2000 he was incardinated in the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest and appointed Vicar General and Provincial Superior for the Institute in the United States.  Monsignor Schmitz was appointed a member of the Academy of Theology in Rome in 1988 and a chaplain of the Sovereign Order of Malta in 1991.

Monsignor Schmitz has written extensively on theological, philosophical, and general religious themes, as well as on canon law. He is a frequent guest on Catholic television and radio worldwide, including EWTN and Relevant Radio, and has appeared on US national broadcasts.