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Catholic Coalition on Preaching re-elects Rev. Francis S. Tebbe, O.F.M.

Elected first president in 1996

Chicago (May 3, 2007)- The Governing Board of the Catholic Coalition on Preaching, at its recent meeting in St. Louis,  re-elected Rev. Francis S. Tebbe, O.F.M., D.Min, to serve as president (2007-2010). Since 1996, Father Tebbe has served as president and chair of the Coalition’s Governing Board and as a member of its steering committee since 1990.	

The Coalition is a partnership of 22 member organizations that recognizes the primary importance of preaching in the Catholic Church and seeks to promote and energize quality preaching in the United States. It originated in the 1989-1990 Think Tank meetings hosted by Rev. John Burke, O.P., in Washington, D.C., where 10 national organizations met to discuss ways to improve the quality of Catholic preaching. 

“It is a great honor to be chosen again to serve as president,” Fr. Tebbe said. “I am passionately dedicated to making a contribution to excellent preaching,  to preaching education, and the mission of the Coalition. 

Fr. Tebbe serves as executive assistant to the president and secretary to the corporation at Saint Xavier University. He will also be honored in May with an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Humane Letters,  from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Mo. 

He has been a member and served in a variety of national leadership roles in the National Organization of Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy (NOCERCC) from 1992 to 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 was associate pastor and parish administrator for St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Grants, N.M. (1979-1980), associate pastor for Holy Family Parish in Albuquerque, N.M. (1979); a faculty member in the English department of Good Counsel High School, Chicago (1979); and associate pastor and director of parish religious educational programs at St. Michael Parish, Southfield, Mich. (1975-1978). 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. 

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.