Select Speeches & Interviews
Monsignor Shea speaks at North Dakota’s first TED event about how the quest for finding meaning and purpose in life begins with humbly accepting our own weaknesses.
Water from the Rock: Living THIRST All Our Lives
Monsignor Shea wraps up the Bismarck Diocese’s 2013 THIRST Conference, delivering a keynote address on the thirst of humanity for God and God's thirst for humanity.
Thank you Bismarck-Mandan
Monsignor Shea, on behalf of the University of Mary, thanks the cities of Bismarck and Mandan for their steadfast support.
50th Anniversary of Vatican II
Monsignor Shea opens a diocesan conference on Vatican II at the University of Mary with reflections on the Council’s 50th anniversary.
EWTN Life on the Rock
Monsignor Shea and student Jonathon Hofer are invited to speak about the many exciting opportunities at Mary on EWTN’s Life on the Rock.
Sunday Night Live: Fr. Benedict Groeschel
Monsignor Shea speaks with the late Fr. Benedict Groeschel about the University of Mary.
Faith and Reason
Monsignor Shea offers insight into the relationship between faith and reason in this segment from the Bismarck Diocese’s “Catholics Come Home” campaign.
Introductory Press Conference
Remarks at the press conference announcing the selection of Father Shea by the Board of Trustees.
Inaugural Address of Father James Patrick Shea
Father Shea's inaugural address to the community of the University of Mary
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Inaugural Address and Speech to the President's Club
Informal remarks at the inaugural dinner to key supporters of the university
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“Teacher at Heart Leads School during North Dakota’s Changing Times”
Bismarck Tribune – a profile piece on education, leadership, and culture
Honorary Doctorate 2010
Reflections on the conferral of the honorary doctorate upon Sister Thomas Welder,
Drs. Riff & Margaret Morgan
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Mary on the Prairie
Dr. Timothy George of Beeson Divinity School writes in First Things about his visit
to Mary and his conversations with Monsignor Shea.
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Acceptance of the Gift Hill Cross
Remarks offered to the Benedictine Sisters of the Annunciation upon their re-gifting
of Gift Hill Cross to the university
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Discourse to the Handmaids of Charity (Italian)
Remarks offered to the community of Sisters who host the Rome campus of the University
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A video of the Sisters' visit to our Bismarck Campus:
Prairie Pulse Interview
John Harris, President and CEO of Prairie Public Broadcasting, spent some time with
Father Shea in April 2010.
Thoughts on Christmas
A 2009 reflection by Father Shea on the meaning of Christmas
"Venerating Our Youth: How Much Admiration is Too Much?"
Today's Giving Magazine - a special feature by Father Shea
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"New President at U Mary "going forward""
Bismarck Tribune - Tribune reporter Karen Herzog profiles the beginnings of a presidency
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"A Leader in the Service of Truth"
National Catholic Register - Kathryn Jean Lopez reflects on the inauguration
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"Young, Passionate... and President"
CUA Magazine - The Catholic University of America's alumni feature
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"North Dakota priest set to become the youngest U.S. college president"
"The Rev. Shea looks to be well qualified to take the helm of the school"
Fargo Forum - editorial feature
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"U Mary choice for president engages future"
Bismarck Tribune - editorial feature
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“Serving the People of Western North Dakota”
Bismarck Tribune – a snapshot of Father Shea’s parish work just before he was named president