Monsignor Edward M. Lohse, J.C.D., Episcopal Vicar for Canonical Services of the Diocese of Erie, will be honored as an Alumnus of Distinction at Saint Vincent Seminary’s annual Alumni Day Mass at 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 13 in the Archabbey Basilica. Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of Greensburg, will be the principal celebrant.
Born and raised in the Erie area, Monsignor Lohse was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Erie in 1989. He graduated from Our Lady of Peace Grade School in 1976, and from Cathedral Prep in 1980. Monsignor Lohse attended Gannon University from 1980 to 1984, earning a bachelor of arts degree in history. He earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, with highest honors, in 1988.
Following his ordination, he served as a parochial vicar, high school faculty member and campus minister before returning to Gannon to serve as university chaplain from 1997 to 1999, while also serving as diocesan vocation director. In 2000, he departed for Rome to study for a license in canon law, which he completed, summa cum laude, from The Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, in 2002. He returned to the diocese to serve in administration, as vice chancellor and then chancellor, as well as the diocesan promoter of justice. In addition, he resumed his position as diocesan vocation director.
In 2010, Monsignor Lohse was called to Rome to assist at the Holy See as an official of the Congregation for the Clergy. While in Rome, he also served as an adjunct faculty member of the Pontifical North American College and continued his studies, recently earning a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Monsignor Lohse concluded his service to the Holy See in December of 2015, and is now working once again in diocesan administration in the Diocese of Erie, currently serving as episcopal vicar for canonical services. He was named a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Francis in December 2015. He has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America since 2002, and served as a member of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents from 2003 to 2010. Monsignor Lohse received an honorary degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2010