Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete
(born January 7, 1941), a Roman Catholic
priest, is an American theologian, scientist and author. A New York Times Magazine
contributor, Albacete is one of the leaders in the United States for the international Catholic movement Communion and Liberation
. He is the Chairman of the Board of Advisors of Crossroads Cultural Center
Albacete was born in Puerto Rico
and is a physicist by training. He holds a degree in Space Science and Applied Physics as well as a Master's degree in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of America
in Washington, D.C.
He holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome. He has taught at the John Paul II
Institute in Washington, D.C
., and the St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers
, N.Y., and from 1996 to 1997 served as President of Catholic University of Puerto Rico
. He has been advisor on Hispanic Affairs to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
In 1968 he read then Joseph Ratzinger’s "Introduction to Christianity" and found himself moved from atheism to faith.
He is a columnist for the Italian weekly Tempi
, has written for The New Yorker
, and has appeared or has been interviewed on CNN
, The Charlie Rose Show
, The New Republic
, and Godspy
, where he is the theological advisor.
In 2010, Monsignor Albacete’s commentary was featured in the award-winning documentary film, The Human Experience
Monsignor Albacete lives in Yonkers