Rev. Msgr. Todd J. Lajiness
Following his ordination to the priesthood in 1995, Msgr. Lajiness served as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Victory in Northville Michigan and as Instructor of Theology in the College of Liberal Arts at Sacred Heart Major Seminary from 1996-1997. He was appointed Secretary to His Eminence Edmund Cardinal Szoka, President of the Pontifical Commission of Vatican City State in 1997. While serving as Secretary to Cardinal Szoka (1997-2002), Msgr. Lajiness completed a Licentiate in Philosophy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, (Angelicum) in 2000. He earned a Doctorate in Philosophy also from the Angelicum in 2002.
In 2002, Msgr. Lajiness returned to the Archdiocese of Detroit and was appointed Director of Undergraduate Formation at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and began teaching courses in Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts. He has served as weekend assistant at St. Mary's Queen of Creation in New Baltimore and at Holy Family Parish in Novi. Msgr. Lajiness was appointed by His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida to serve as the Dean of Studies in 2003.
Msgr. Lajiness has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Youth Organization; The Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council for two terms; Archdiocesan and State Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus. His professional activities include close collaboration with ATS on accreditation visits to seminaries throughout the country, and serving as the President of the Mid-West Association of Theological Schools. Msgr. Lajiness has published articles in several journals and has given a variety of talks and retreats to seminarian and parochial groups.
Msgr. Lajiness assumed responsibilities as the thirteenth Rector and President of Sacred Heart Major Seminary on May 5th, 2012.