First recipients of academic chairs named at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary


Two St. Louis priests have been named the first recipients of two academic chairs at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

Msgr. James Ramacciotti has been named the Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke Chair of Canon Law, and Vincentian Father James Swift has been named the Justin Cardinal Rigali Chair of Sacred Liturgy. Both received the honors during the seminary's Mass Sept. 6 to mark the beginning of the academic year

The chairs provide professorships in canon law and sacred liturgy and financial support to provide educators and resources for the study of those subjects. Each is supported by separate endowment funds.

The Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan Chair of Church History, announced in May, is being funded by a newer, separate endowment. The first recipient of that chair will be named at a later date.

Msgr. Ramacciotti, professor of canon law at the seminary, earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College, a master of divinity degree from Kenrick Seminary, and a licentiate of canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained in 1985.

In the archdiocese, Msgr Ramacciotti has served as assessor, auditor, judge and defender of the bond of the Court of First Instance. In 2007, he was appointed to be the Archdiocesan Penitentiary. He currently is a member of the Interdiocesan Tribunal of Second Instance for the Province of St. Louis, is the defender of the bond in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and is judge ad causam for the Diocese of Peoria, Ill. Msgr. Ramacciotti has been serving at the seminary since 1995. He has taught homiletics and Latin and is an adjunct faculty member of the School of Law at St. Louis University.

Father Swift, director of worship and professor of systematic theology at the seminary, earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and humanities from St. Thomas College Seminary in Denver, a master of divinity and master of arts in sacramental theology from DeAndreis Institute of Theology in Lemont, Ill., a master of arts in liturgical research from the University of Notre Dame and a licentiate in sacred theology and doctorate in sacred theology from Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

Father Swift entered the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1973, and professed final vows in Lemont in 1976. He was ordained to the priesthood in Lemont in 1978.

Father Swift has been serving in numerous roles at Kenrick-Glennon since 1978, including spiritual direction and formation for the seminary community. He also served eight years as provincial superior for the Vincentians, which involved working in the African mission.

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