Reverend Robert J. Wister, Hist.Eccl.D.
After graduation from Seton Hall University in 1965, Monsignor Wister attended the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained a priest of the archdiocese of Newark on December 20, 1968 in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Currently Monsignor Wister is a professor of Church History in Immaculate Conception School of Theology and Faculty Fellow in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations of Seton Hall University. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of Seton Hall University. Over the years, he has served in several parishes and also as executive director of the Seminary Department of the National Catholic Educational Association in Washington, DC. History has always fascinated Monsignor Wister.
After ordination, he received a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where his field of concentration was American Christianity. Later he completed a doctorate in Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. There, he concentrated on American Catholicism and Vatican diplomacy.
For many years Monsignor Wister functioned as “Vatican expert” for CBS national news. On weekends he serves in St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral Parish in Newark, NJ.