Senior Fellows

Father Kris Stubna

Reverend Kris D. Stubna, S.T.D. was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1985. He studied at Duquesne University and at the North American College in Rome where he earned licentiate and doctorate degrees in fundamental theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.  He has served as a parochial vicar and the Director for Catechesis in the diocese.  Father Stubna has been Secretary for Education in the Diocese of Pittsburgh since 1994.

Father Stubna has written extensively on Catholic education, theology and pastoral issues and teaches theology at area colleges.  He also edited The Catholic Vision of Love, a chastity education program, co-authored What Catholics Believe: A Pocket Catechism, and A Pocket Catechism for Kids, and “Opening the Scriptures: A Guide to the Catechism for Us With the Sunday Readings” all published by Our Sunday Visitor.

Curriculum Vitae


13 February, 1959, Pittsburgh PA



29 June 1985: Holy Trinity Church, Moon Run, PA; Bishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua


3 May 1984: St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy; William Cardinal Baum


Theology Studies

1993: Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.), Thesis: The Revelatory Nature of Human Suffering, Summa Cum Laude

1986: Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.), specialization in Fundamental Theology, Magna Cum Laude

1984: Bachelors in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.), Magna Cum Laude

1981-1986; 1991-1993: Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

1991-1993: Casa Santa Maria, Rome, Italy

1981-1986: North American College, Rome, Italy

        1983 - 1985 - Student Coordinator

        1985 - 1986 - Student Body President


1977-1981: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

        Bachelor of Arts (Majors in Philosophy and Psychology)

        Summa Cum Laude

        President’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities

        Phi Kappa Phi

        Eta Sigma Phi

        Who’s Who in America’s College and Universities

        1980 - 1981 - Student Body President

High School

1973-1977: Montour, McKees Rocks, PA

        National Honor Society

        David E. Williams Scholarship Award

        Westinghouse Science Honors Award

Elementary School

1965-1973: Holy Trinity, Moon Run, PA

1994-Present: Secretary for Education, Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA; Residence: SS Simon and Jude, Pittsburgh, PA

1993-94: Assistant Secretary for Education, Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA; Residence: SS Simon and Jude, Pittsburgh, PA

1991-93: Graduate Studies - Rome, Italy

1989-91: Director for Catechesis and Consultant for Secondary School; Catechesis, Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA; Residence: SS Simon and Jude, Pittsburgh, PA

1986-89: Parochial Vicar - St. George Parish, (Allentown) Pittsburgh, PA

1985-86: Chaplain, U.S. Naval Base - Gaeta, Italy

Summer 1985: Parochial Vicar pro-tem - Most Blessed Sacrament Parish; Natrona Heights, PA

1984-85: Deacon, U.S. Naval Base - Gaeta, Italy

Summer 1984: Deacon, Sacred Heart Parish, East Liberty, PA

Summer 1983: Seminarian, St. Philomena Parish, Beaver Falls, PA

Additional Responsibilities

2004-present: Vietnam Veterans Leadership Programs Advisory Board

2004-present: Adjunct Faculty, St. Paul Seminary/Duquesne University

2004-present: Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Board of Trustees    

2004: Catholic Education Advisory Board

2001-03: General Manager, Pittsburgh Catholic

2001-Present: Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Catholic

1999-2003: United States Catholic Conference Subcommittee on Catechesis

1998-Present: Diocesan Communications Commission, (Chair, 1998-2003)

1998-2000: General Synodal Commission, Diocese of Pittsburgh

1998-Present: National Association of Catholic Home Educators (NACHE) Advisory Board

1997-Present: Diocesan Academic Council, Chair

1997-Present: Board of Directors, ENVOY Magazine

1997-2006: Board of Trustees, Carlow College

1996-2004: Adjunct Faculty, Religious Studies Department, La Roche College

1994-Present: Board of Directors, Extra Mile Education Foundation

1994-Present: Board of Directors, DePaul School for Hearing and Speech

1994-Present: Board of Directors, St. Anthony School Programs

1993-Present: Diocesan Theological Commission

1993-1998: Assistant Spiritual Director, St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA and St. Paul Seminary, Crafton, PA

1989-1991: Member of Diocesan Pastoral Council

1988-1990: Diocesan Representative to the Christian-Jewish-Muslim Trialogue, NCCJ

1987-1989: Deanery Director for Religious Education/CCD; South Pittsburgh Deanery

1986-1989: Board of Directors, Allentown Senior Citizen’s Center

Professional Affiliations

National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)

Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (CACE)

National Conference of Catechetical Leadership (NCCL)

Pennsylvania Conference of Catechetical Leadership (PCCL)

Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Fellowship of Scholars

Catholic Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania


Other Distinctions of Note

2004   St. Anne Award for Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Spiritual Development of Catholic Youth in the Girl Scouts USA and Camp Fire USA

2004   St. George Emblem Award for Spiritual Development of the Catholic Youth in the Boy Scounts of America

2003   Award of Distinction, Catholic Education Foundation (Rochester, NY)

2000   Lexington “Who’s Who”

1998   NCEA Distinguished Alumnus

1975   Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (Ad Altare Dei and Order of the Arrow)



Talking to Youth About Sexuality: A Parents’ Guide, Our Sunday Visitor, 1994, co-editor

The Catholic Vision of Love: Guidelines for Christian Education in Sexuality

and the Family, Our Sunday Visitor, 1996, editor

What Catholics Believe: A Pocket Catechism, Our Sunday Visitor, Fall 1998

A Pocket Catechism for Kids, Our Sunday Visitor, Fall 2001

Opening the Scriptures: A Guide to the Catechism for Use with the Sunday Readings, Our Sunday Visitor, 2003

Articles and other Publications

Moral Considerations in Reviewing Public School Curricula, Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, 1995, general editor

“Sex Education,” Viewpoints in Catholic News Service, January 29, 1996

Faith Education in the Home: Catholic Homeschooling, Diocese of Pittsburgh, 1997

“What Does it Mean to be in Christ,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review, October 1997

“Sense and Sanctity,” New Covenant, March 1998

“Educating our Young People to Chastity,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review, July 1998

“What Would the World be Without Him?”, Our Sunday Visitor, October 18, 1998

  (20th Anniversary of Election of John Paul II)

“A Christian Family for the New Millennium”, Catholic Parent, January/February 2000

“It’s the Real Thing”, New Covenant, February 2000

“Journey to Oberammergau”, New Covenant, July 2000

“Freedom of Religion Does Not Mean Exclusion of Religion” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

September 20, 2000

“Give Choice a Chance” Pittsburgh Courier,  August 2002

“How to Make a Good Confession” Our Sunday Visitor, February 2003 (Pamphlet and article)

“The Call to Holiness,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review, December 2003

“The Challenge for Catechesis in the New Evangelization,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review,
April 2004

Articles Published in the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocesan Newspaper

“Supporting the Culture of Life” October 20, 2004

“At the Beach with Harry Potter” August 15, 2003

“Let the Bells Ring” April 4, 2003

“The Awesome Gift of the Eucharist” March 28, 2003

“ Our Unsung Heroes” May 31, 2002

“Happy Birthday Pope John Paul II” May 24, 2002

“Stripping Away the Rhetoric” August 10, 2001

“Morality on Campus” March 1, 2001

“Jubilee for Catechesis” December 21, 2000

“New Secularism is Bleaching God Out” October 13, 2000

“Freedom of Religion Does Not Mean Exclusion of Religion” September 20, 2000

“The Journey to Oberammergau” July 21, 2000

“Media Often Silent When Our Faith Defiled” October 22, 1999

“The Taboo of Christianity”  June 11, 1999

“Columbine Tragedy Shows Evil Exists” May 7, 1999

“Teaching the Faith and Becoming Rich” September 18, 1998

“Catholic Schools are Harbingers of Hope” August 28, 1998

“Back to School” August 6, 1998

“The Real and Lasting Value of Catholic Schools” August 15, 1997

“Love Your Bishop as You Love Christ” August 14, 1998

“A Call to Reconciliation” June 27, 1997

“What is the Process for Closing a Catholic School?” June 13, 1997

“Catholic Schools - A Real Success” January 24, 1997

“Fishers and Fishing” May 10, 1996

“The Battle for Our Kids Lives and Souls” February 23, 1996

“Can the Pope be Wrong?” February 2, 1996

“No Vacation from Religious Education” August 1995

“The Walls of Injustice are Crumbling” July 7, 1995

“Where School Prayer is on the Curriculum” December 30, 1994

“The Journey of Faith” January 4, 1991

“Let the Children Come to Me” October 5, 1990

“Grandpap, Do You Love Jesus?” July 20, 1990