Fr. Peter Stravinskas Biography
THE REVEREND PETER M. J. STRAVINSKAS was born in Newark, New Jersey, on December 25, 1950; he attended parochial elementary and secondary schools and then entered the seminary in 1968.
He was ordained a priest on May 27, 1977. Father Stravinskas holds a bachelor of arts degree in Classical Languages and French from Seton Hall University, a master of arts in School Administration from Seton Hall University, a master of arts in Biblical Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary (Darlington), a doctor of philosophy in School Administration from Fordham University, and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in Systematic Theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D. C. He also has earned a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Marian Institute at the University of Dayton and the Marianum in Rome.
He has taught in and administered Catholic educational institutions at the elementary, secondary and university levels.
Father Stravinskas founded The Catholic Answer in 1987, editing that periodical for seventeen years. In 2004, he founded The Catholic Response; he is also the author of thirty-four books and more than 500 articles. He has served as adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey; adjunct professor of education and classics at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut; and adjunct professor of Roman Catholic Studies in the Casperson Graduate School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He has conducted retreats and lectured in seventy-three dioceses of the United States and over a dozen abroad.
He is likewise the founder and superior of the Priestly Society of the Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman, a clerical association of the faithful, committed to Catholic education, liturgical renewal and the new evangelization. Father Stravinskas is also the executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation, an organization providing financial assistance to Catholic high school students.