WASHINGTON (May 24, 2001) -- Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., has been named assistant secretary for higher education and campus ministry in the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) Department of Education.
He succeeds Msgr. John Strynkowski, who became head of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practice in April.
Since 1990 Galligan-Stierle has been director of campus ministry at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. At the university, he also was an adjunct professor of religious studies for graduate and undergraduate studies and led both traditional and online classes. From 1980 to 1990, he worked for the Archdiocese of Miami in offices concerned with campus, young adult, and lay ministries.
Galligan-Stierle holds a doctorate in Scripture and a master of arts degree in theology from St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute, Baltimore, and a master of arts in psychology, guidance and counseling from Loyola College, Baltimore.
He has been active in the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA) since 1972, the Catholic Biblical Association since 1980, and from 1983 to 1990 was a member of the National Association of Diocesan Directors of Campus Ministry. He was creator and director of the Campus Ministry Leadership Institute at the University of Notre Dame and has been a presenter and director of the Frank J. Lewis Institute for Campus Ministry Orientation.
He has written for several religion-oriented publications, including Crossroads, Together Sharing Christ, and the Journal of Psychology and Theology. He was general editor of Gospel on Campus: A Handbook of Campus Ministry Programs and Resources, published by the USCC, and co-editor of Prepare the Way of the Lord: Biblical Peoples as Models for Campus Ministry, published by CCMA.
In 1989, he was awarded the CCMA's Charles Forsyth Award for Outstanding Leadership in Campus Ministry, Empowerment of Campus Ministers and Service to the CCMA.
Galligan-Stierle is married and father of four children.