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Quincy's Fr. Peter Harman explains his role as Rector of the seminary school in Rome and what he...

Peter C. Harman (born 1973) is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, who is currently serving as the twenty-third rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome. His term became effective on February 1, 2016, and he was formally installed in office on February 28, 2016.



Peter Harman was born in Quincy, Illinois, where he attended Quincy Notre Dame High School. He completed philosophical studies in preparation for the priesthood at Saint Meinrad College Seminary, and in 1995 began theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Daniel L. Ryan on July 17, 1999, after which he returned to Rome to complete his licentiate in moral theology at the Alphonsianum.

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Upon returning from studies in Rome, Father Harman's first assignment was at Springfield's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He would eventually serve as rector of the cathedral parish for five years, notably overseeing a complete restoration of the structure from 2008 to 2009. Other assignments in the Diocese of Springfield included a teaching position at Ursuline Academy and two years at St. Agnes Parish in Springfield.

Harman later continued his studies, earning a Doctor of Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of America in 2010. The topic of his dissertation was Towards a Theology of Suffering: The Contribution of Karol Wojtyła / Pope John Paul II. In 2013, he returned to Rome to serve on the faculty of his alma mater, the North American College. There, he also served as director of media relations for the College and adjunct instructor in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Rector of the North American College

On November 23, 2015, the Holy See's Congregation for the Clergy announced that Harman had been selected to succeed Monsignor James F. Checchio as the College's rector. The Congregation had confirmed his recommendation by the College's fifteen-member board of directors, and the appointment took effect on February 1, 2016. He was formally installed in office on February 28, 2016, during a Mass presided over by the Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, New Jersey, Chair of the Board of Governors of the College.


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