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Posted on Feb 23, 2016 |

Fr. David Endres Named Seminary, Athenaeum Dean

Fr. David Endres Named Seminary, Athenaeum Dean

Fr. David Endres will be

Fr. David Endres will begin his appointment as dean Cincinnati’s seminary and Catholic graduate school on March 6th.


From The Athenaeum of Ohio:

“I am happy to announce that I am appointing Father David Endres as dean of The Athenaeum of Ohio and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary,” said Father Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh, president and rector. “He has served for the last five years at The Athenaeum and Mount St. Mary’s as professor of history, director of field education, and a member of the seminary formation team. We wish Fr. Endres well as he begins his new appointment.”

The announcement follows news that Father Earl Fernandes, who has served as dean for the past eight years, will be joining the staff of the Papal Nuncio in Washington, DC, effective March 6.

“My week began normally but ended with this surprising and exciting news,” Fr. Endres said. “Fr. Earl is such a talented person, which is evident from his appointment. I am grateful to continue to serve The Athenaeum, in particular the seminarians, and all our students.”

A native of Fairfield, OH, Fr. Endres grew up in an active Catholic family attending Sacred Heart Church  and Elementary School. He’s a graduate of Badin High School, Xavier University, and Mount St. Mary’s, and received his doctorate in theology from the Catholic University of America, specializing in Church history.

Following ordination to the priesthood in 2009, he was assigned to St. Albert the Great Church in Kettering, Ohio, and to the faculty of Bishop Fenwick High School, Middletown.

Among his accomplishments, Fr. Endres was honored with the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award on behalf of The Athenaeum at the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities Celebration of Teaching. He has published numerous articles in magazines and journals, and is awaiting the publication of his second book, Many Tongues, One Faith: Franciscan Parish Life in America. In addition he has served as editor of the scholarly quarterly U.S. Catholic Historian for the past three years (see our story here).

As dean, the 36-year-old priest will be the chief academic officer of The Athenaeum, responsible for maintaining and improving the quality of academic programs and coordinating the recommendations for course schedules and faculty assignments.

“I really enjoy working directly with the students, which is why I felt called to enter into the education field in the first place,” Endres says. “In addition to the new administrative role, I’ll continue teaching and look forward to continuing to help students grow in their faith and ministry roles.”

Photo courtesy The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West.

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