Earlier today, the Holy Father nominated Dominican Father Joseph Augustine Di Noia, 66, as the archbishop secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Disciple of the Sacraments. He is given the archepiscopal dignity and is assigned the Titular See of Oregon City.
A native of Bronx, New York, a professed member of the Order of Friars Preachers, DiNoia possesses an earned doctorate from Yale and he is an esteemed professor. He is the past editor of the Thomist (a journal of Theological research and opinion). Until now Archbishop-elect DiNoia was the under-secretary for the CDF.
Archbishop-elect Joseph Augustine DiNoia, O.P. will be ordained to the episcopacy by His Eminence, William Cardinal Levada at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC on 11 July 2009.
Father Di Noia has built a reputation as one of America’s most active and respected theological minds. In April 2002, the late Pope John Paul II appointed Father Di Noia to work at the Vatican as undersecretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The congregation oversees and promotes the doctrine on the faith and morals in the Catholic world. In this appointment Father Di Noia served under Prefect Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who now holds office as Pope Benedict XVI.
Prior to his Vatican appointment, Father Di Noia served as the director of the Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Culture at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. He received an honorary degree in absentia from Providence College in May 2002.
A member of the Dominican Eastern Province of St. Joseph, Father Di Noia attended Providence College from 1961-63. He was ordained in 1970 and taught theology at Providence College from 1971 to 1974. He earned a doctorate from Yale University in 1980 and holds four theology degrees or certificates, including three from St. Stephen’s College in Dover, Mass. The master of sacred theology (S.T.M.) was conferred upon him by the Dominican Order in 1998.
Father Di Noia is a prolific writer and public speaker. He is the author of The Diversity of Religions: A Christian Perspective (Catholic University of America Press, 1992) and the co-author of The Love That Never Ends: A Key to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Our Sunday Visitor Press, 1996).
Father Di Noia has taught systematic theology at the Dominican House of Studies and was an adjunct professor at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies, both in Washington. He served as executive director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) from 1993 to 2001 and as auditor (expert) to the secretary general of the 10th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in 2001. He has served as editor-in-chief of The Thomist, a speculative quarterly review of theology and philosophy with a worldwide readership, and has been a frequent presenter at national conferences, workshops, symposia, and other educational meetings.
1943 July 10 – Born in New York City
-Baptized at Immaculate Conception Church (Gun Hill Road) in the Bronx
-Grew up in St. Anthony’s parish (Commonwealth Avenue)in the Bronx
1970 – Ordained a priest of the Order of Preachers
1971 – Obtained his Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Dominican House of the Studies in Washington, DC
1971-1975 – Taught at Providence College
1980 – Obtained his PhD in Philosophy at Yale University
1980-2000 – Taught Theology at the Dominican House of the Studies and was Editor of The Thomist.
1998 – The title of “Magister in Sacra Theologia” was given him by the Dominicans
-For 7 years – Secretary for the USCCB doctrinal commission.
1997 to 2002 – Member of the International Theological Commission
2001 to 2002 – Professor of Ecclesiology at the Archdiocese of New York’s St. Joseph’s Seminary (Yonkers, NY)
2002 to 2009 – Under-Secretary for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and member of the faculties of the Pontificia Accademia di Teologia and Pontificia Accademia di San Tommaso d’Aquino.
2009 June 16 – Appointed Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
– Apointed Titular Archbishop of Oregon City
2009 July 11- To be Ordained a Bishop at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Author of “The Diversity of Religions” and numerous artcles. Co-author of “The Love That Never Ends”.