Fr. Robert Sirico

Distinguished Fellow

Father Robert Sirico is the co-founder and president emeritus of the Acton Institute and the pastor emeritus of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and Academy in Grand Rapids, Mich. He also serves as president of the newly founded St. John Henry Newman Institute.  

A frequent writer and commentator on religious, political, economic, and social issues, Fr. Sirico’s contributions have been carried by the New York Times, Wall Street JournalForbes, Washington Times, Atlantic, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, and the BBC, among others. Notable among his many writings are: Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, The Economics of the Parables, Catholicism's Developing Social Teaching, A Moral Basis for Liberty and The Social Agenda: A Collection of Magisterial Texts, which he edited in conjunction with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace under Cardinal F.X. Nguyen Van Thuan. 

Fr. Sirico received his Master of Divinity degree from Catholic University of America, following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California, and St. Mary’s College of the University of London.  He has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the Universidad Francisco Marroquín. 

He holds dual American and Italian citizenship.