Rev. Msgr. Todd J. Lajiness

Rector/President, Assistant Professor of Theology
B.A., Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 1990;
S.T.B., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1993;
S.T.L., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1995;
Ph.L., University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, 2000;
Ph.D., University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, 2002.
Bio / Information: 

Rev. Msgr. Todd Lajiness earned an AB in Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in 1990. He completed an STB at the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1993, followed by an STL in Fundamental Theology also from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1995. 

Following his ordination to the priesthood in 1995, he 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.  In 2003 he was appointed by His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida to serve as the Dean of Studies.

Msgr. Lajiness has served as weekend assistant at St. Mary’s Queen of Creation in New Baltimore and at Holy Family Parish in Novi. He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Youth Organization; the Board of Trustees of Madonna University; the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council for two terms; Archdiocesan and State Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus, and chaplain to the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. His professional activities include being a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Association of Theological Schools and also working in close collaboration with ATS on accreditation visits to seminaries throughout the country. Additionally, he serves as the President of the National Association of Catholic Theological Schools.  Msgr. Lajiness has published articles in several journals and has given a variety of talks and retreats to seminarians, parochial groups and diocesan events.

Msgr. Lajiness assumed responsibilities as the thirteenth Rector and President of Sacred Heart on May 5th, 2012.