Rev. Msgr.

Gregory J. Fairbanks

Dean, School of Diaconal Formation

• Phone: (610) 785-6244

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  • Hist. E.D. - Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
  • Hist. E.L. - Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
  • M.A. - St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, PA
  • M.Div. - St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, PA
  • B.A. (English, Business & Communication Minors) - DeSales University (2002)
  • B.A. - Villanova University, Villanova, PA
  • Dissertation: · “The History of the Development of the United States Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on the Economy: Economic Justice for All”
  • Interfaith prayer marked by respect, not relativism, Catholic Philly, March 10, 2021
  • Reconciliation begins with listening, L’Osservatore Romano, Jan. 22, 2015
  • We learn from looking into the eyes of the other, L’Osservatore Romano, Jan. 24, 2014
  • A shared and ever growing path, L’Osservatore Romano, Jan. 22, 2013
  • Relations with the Protestant Christian communities, L’Osservatore Romano, Jan, 2012
  • Relations with Reformed, Baptists and Anabaptists, L’Osservatore Romano, Jan, 2011
  • Strengthening relations with Reformed, Baptists and Anabaptists, L’Osservatore Romano, Jan, 2010
  • Journey through the Holy Land, Catholic Standard and Times, February 2008
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office Center, May 17, 2006 Presentation on the Da Vinci Code
  • University of St. Thomas, Houston Texas: 2006 Social Justice Institute: “Economic Justice for All” June 2-3, 2006 Keynote Presentation: “The drafting process of Economic Justice for All: How the document was formed.”
  • Live@Issue – Channel 10, Philadelphia, PA: “Islam and Catholic Relations” October 1, 2006
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Muslim-Catholic Dialogue Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston, New York Delivered a paper on the “History of Catholic-Muslim Interaction in Light of Religious Education.” April 17-19, 2007
  • American Catholic Historical Society (Board member 2016-)
  • Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia (Board member 2017-)


  •   International Catholic-Baptist Conversations (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity – Baptist World Alliance) 2008-2013.
  •   International Catholic-Salvation Army Informal Conversations (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity – Salvation Army) 2008-2012.
  •   Faith and Order Commission, World Council of Churches (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity staff official), 2008-2014.
  •   Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches, 2008-2013.
  •   International Catholic-Evangelical Conversations (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity – World Evangelical Alliance) 2009-2015.
  •   International Catholic-Reformed Dialogue (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity – World Communion of Reformed Churches) 2011-2015.
  •   International Catholic-Lutheran-Mennonite Dialogue (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity-Lutheran World Federation-Mennonite World Conference) 2012-2015.
  •   Member (2005-2008):  Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers.
  •   2005-2008:  Mid-Atlantic Regional Muslim-Catholic Dialogue sponsored by the USCCB and the Islamic Circle of North America.

    Msgr. Gregory Fairbanks was raised in Plymouth Township, Montgomery County.  After attending Bishop Kenrick High School and Villanova University, he entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1990.  He served in Christ the King parish, Northeast Philadelphia and at the Temple University Newman Center before being sent for graduate studies in Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. Upon returning to Philadelphia, he taught Church History at the seminary and directed the Archdiocesan Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.  In 2008 he was called to serve at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome, with responsibility for the Reformed, Baptist and Anabaptist churches and with the Catholic representation with the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. During his time in Rome, he resided at the Pontifical North American College, the American seminary in Rome, and served as an adjunct spiritual director.  In 2015 he returned to St Charles Seminary, teaching Church History and since 2020 he has directed the Permanent Deacon formation program.

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