CARBONDALE —-Rev. Charles P. Connor, a priest of the Scranton Diocese, and professor of systematic theology and church history at Mount St. Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland, will mark his Silver Jubilee of Ordination.
A Mass of Thanksgiving in his home parish of St. Rose, Carbondale will be held on on Sunday, June 14, at 4 p.m.
Ordained in Saint Peter's Cathedral, Scranton on June 30,1990, by Bishop James C. Timlin, Father Connor's Diocesan assignments have included assistant pastor at St. Patrick’s, Scranton, and pastor of St. John the Evangelist, Susquehanna, and St. Rose, Carbondale, and rector of St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton.
He serves as both historian and Censor Librorum for the Scranton Diocese.
Son of the late Alice C. and Joseph N. Connor, Father Connor attended Saint Rose School, Carbondale, and received both his B.A. and M.A. in United States History from the University of Scranton. His earned his Ph.D. in United States History from Fordham University, New York City, and served for several years in the department of history at the University of Scranton.
Upon entering priestly studies for the Diocese of Scranton, he received a Ph.B. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, the S.T.B. in Theology from the Gregorian University, Rome, and an M.A. in Theology from the Angelicum University, Rome.
He completed his priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. In 2010 he received the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
For 19 years, his association with the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) has involved him in writing and co- producing several series on Church history and Catholic spirituality.
He has also authored six books: Classic Catholic Converts, and Defenders of the Faith in Word and Deed, both published by Ignatius Press, and also The Saint for the Third Millenium: St. Therese of Lisieux, Meditation on the Catholic Priesthood, The Spiritual Legacy of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, and John Cardinal O’Connor and the Culture of Life, all by Alba House, New York.
Father Connor has preached numerous retreats for priests and laity throughout the United States, and has made many presentations on Catholic television and radio.
His articles have been published in several scholarly journals, and he has served on Mount St. Mary's faculty for the past five years.