Graduate School professor Fr. Paul deLadurantaye has been appointed to the English section of the Vatican Secretariat of State. Fr. deLadurantaye, who is also the secretary for catechetics and sacred liturgy for the Diocese of Arlington, will begin his five-year term on September 1, serving in the Apostolic Office in the Vatican.
“This appointment is a recognition of Father deLadurantaye’s faithful priestly service and his many gifts and abilities,” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, in an interview for the Arlington Catholic Herald. “I ask you to join me in praying for Father deLadurantaye as he prepares for his new assignment in service to the Holy Father in the exercise of his ministry to the universal Church. May Our Lord Jesus bless Father deLadurantaye and all his endeavors and may Mary, Mother of Priests, watch over him always.”
At Christendom’s Graduate School, Fr. deLadurantaye is currently an assistant professor of theology. In addition to his service to the college, he is also a diocesan judge and censor, and is a noted author and speaker. The new opportunity to serve the Church was a surprise for Fr. deLadurantaye, but a welcome one.
“It’s going to be different, with many new opportunities to serve the Lord and his church, especially in the person of the Holy Father,” he said. “I’m grateful to be able to put whatever gifts and talents God has given me to aid the mission of the church. In that sense, it is exciting.”