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Pope Appoints Dr. Martin to Pontifical Council

In the winter 2011 issue of Mosaic, readers learned about three members of the Sacred Heart faculty who are serving or who have recently served on councils or commissions of the Holy See—Dr. Janet Smith, Dr. Edward Peters and Fr. John McDermott, SJ.



Now a fourth faculty member has been selected for such an honor. On December 7, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Dr. Ralph Martin as a consultor on the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.



A consultor is a specialist in his or her field who gives assistance to the Holy Father and the Roman Curia on particular issues. As an expert in the field of Catholic evangelization, Dr. Martin will advise the Vatican during his five-year term on ways to rekindle the faith in the developed western countries of Europe and North America, countries most influenced by secularization.



Dr. Martin is one of only two lay American consultors on the pontifical council, which Pope Benedict just established in October 2010. Besides his responsibilities at the seminary as Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization, he is also president of Renewal Ministries, which he founded in 1980. Its aim is to foster spiritual renewal among Catholics through print and electronic media as well as through missionary work in more than thirty countries. Dr. Martin’s EWTN television program, The Choices We Face, is the longest continuously running Catholic television program, airing weekly for twenty seven years. He is the author of many articles, pamphlets and books, the most recent of which is The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints.



"There may not be another Catholic seminary, or Catholic university for that matter, with four faculty members called to such service by the Holy See," says Rector Msgr. Jeffrey Monforton when he learned of Dr. Martin’s appointment. "We are honored by their contributions to the universal Church, and proud of the accomplishments of our entire faculty."



Dr. Martin has been a Sacred Heart faculty member since 2002. He recently completed his doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome.