Rev. Robert A. Sirico received his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America, following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California and the University of London. During his studies and early ministry, he experienced a growing concern over the lack of training religious studies students receive in fundamental economic principles, leaving them poorly equipped to understand and address today's social problems. As a result of these concerns, Fr. Sirico co-founded the Acton Institute with Kris Alan Mauren in 1990.
In April of 1999, Fr. Sirico was awarded an honorary doctorate in Christian Ethics from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and in May of 2001, Universidad Francisco Marroquin awarded him an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pèlerin Society, the American Academy of Religion, and the Philadelphia Society, and is on the Board of Advisors of the Civic Institute in Prague. Father Sirico also served on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission from 1994 to 1998. He is also currently serving on the pastoral staff of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Fr. Sirico's pastoral ministry has included a chaplaincy to AIDS patients at the National Institutes of Health and the recent founding of a new community, St. Philip Neri House in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Books he has written:
* Catholicism's Developing Social Teaching (Acton Institute, 1993)
* Moral Basis for Liberty (Foundation for Economic Education, 1996)
* Il personalismo economico e la società libera (Italian language edition)
* Capitalism, Morality and Markets (Institute of Economic Affairs, 2001)
* The Entrepreneurial Vocation (Acton Institute, 2001)
* The Soul of Liberty (Acton Institute, 2002)
* Defending the Free Market (Regnery, 2012)
Books he has co-authored:
*Skepticism, Faith, and Freedom (Acton Institute, 2007)
*A Field Guide for the Hero's Journey (Acton Institute, 2012)
Books he has edited:
* The Social Agenda: A Collection of Magisterial Texts (Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 2000)
Find out more:
Official Blog: http://www.robertsirico.com
Acton Institute profile: http://www.acton.org/about/staff/rev-robert-sirico
PovertyCure voice: http://www.povertycure.org/voices/rev-robert-a-sirico/