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Rev. Francis S. Tebbe, O.F.M., elected to Saint Meinrad Seminary Alumni Board of Directors

And will receive a Papal Title in the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

Chicago (Sept. 19, 2007) – Rev. Francis Tebbe, O.F.M., D.Min., executive assistant to the president and secretary to the corporation at Saint Xavier University, was elected to the Saint Meinrad Seminary Alumni Board of Directors for 2007 through 2010. 

Fr. Tebbe is a graduate of Saint Meinrad Seminary, located in St. Meinrad, Ind. Sponsored by the Benedictine monks who came to the Midwest in 1854 from the Swiss Abbey of Einsiedeln, the seminary is the sixth largest school of theology in the United States with 120 monks living in the Archabbey. Two priest-uncles of Father Tebbe were also alumni of the seminary. 

Its School of Theology offers graduate-level degrees in theology, and priesthood candidates work toward a Master of Divinity. Lay degree students can earn a Master of Arts or a Master of Theological Studies.

In a separate honor approved by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., the Grand Prior of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem of the North Central Lieutenancy, and forwarded to the Holy Father, Father Tebbe will also receive the Papal title and be invested as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem during the century old ceremony at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame on Oct. 7. The ceremony will be held during the annual meeting of the Order’s North Central Lieutenancy Oct. 5 to 8. 

The Equestrian Order is a Roman Catholic chivalric order of knighthood that traces its roots to Godfrey of Bouillon in 1099. It began as a mixed clerical and lay association of pilgrims which gradually grew around the most central of the Christian holy places in the Middle East, the Holy Sepulchre or the tomb of Jesus Christ.

Today, the Order seeks to help preserve an active Christian presence in the Holy Land, equality and justice for all, and peace in the Holy Land so that Christian, Jew and Muslim may live side by side in love of God and each other.

“I am very pleased to be elected to serve my alma mater, St. Meinrad, and I am honored to receive the Papal title nomination as a Knight in the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem,” Father Tebbe said. 

Since 1996, Father Tebbe has served as president and chair of the national Catholic Coalition on Preaching, a national association of 26 organizations, institutes, theological schools, lay and religious congregations.  He has been a member and served in a variety of other national leadership roles in the National Organization of Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy (NOCERCC) from 1992 and 2001. Between 1992 and 2001, he also served as a priest-consultant for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Priestly Life and Ministry. 

Prior to coming to Saint Xavier in 2004, he served as a special assistant for mission and planning in the Office of the Provost and associate professor of theology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Lewis University in Romeoville. He also previously served as vice president for enrollment management at Lewis University (1999-2002); vice president for planning and mission effectiveness at Madonna University in Livonia, Mich. (1993-1999); associate director of the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame (1990-1993); faculty member and first director of continuing education at Catholic Theological Union (1985-1990); and the first director of adult education for the Archdiocese of Boston (1980-1985).

Father Tebbe served parishes in Michigan, Illinois and New Mexico from 1975-1980.  He was a missionary in Leyte, Philippines, from 1974-1975.  

Father Tebbe earned a B.A. from Duns Scotus College in Southfield, Mich; an M.Div. from Saint Leonard School of Theology in Centerville, Ohio; an M.Ed. from Boston College and a Doctor of Ministry from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center (Boston), Mass. He did postgraduate study at Marygrove College in Detroit, Mich., and at Providence College. He has also received certifications in adult education and theological field education. Father Tebbe is an ordained Presbyter in the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans) of the Province of Saint John the Baptist.

Father Tebbe was the recipient of a 1998 “Finalist” Telly Award, executive producer and general editor of Priestly Relationships: Freedom through Boundaries, the 1997 NOCERCC print and video resource. He was editor of three books and has authored multiple reviews and articles.  In May 2007, the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Mo., awarded Father Tebbe the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

Contact Joe Moore
773-298-3937 or jmoore@sxu.edu


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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