Reverend J. Friedel, M.A., M.Div., director of the parish-based Catholic Campus Ministry at MSSU, will present “The Road to the Papacy” at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

The presentation is free and open to the public. j-friedel

With the recent election of the new Pope Francis, many watchers from around the globe followed with fascination as leaders of the Roman Catholic Church gathered to select a successor to the seat of St. Peter. How is a new pope selected? What is the business with the white smoke? How does this person become the leader of the world’s smallest nation? What can we expect of a new pope? Come and ask your questions about the process and the leader of the world’s largest religious body.

A native of Florissant, Missouri, the Rev. J. Friedel, M.A., M. Div., was ordained a priest for service in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau in December 1986. He served as associate pastor at two parishes in Springfield prior to becoming pastor of a large mission territory (three parishes, roughly three counties, 4,000 square miles) in the Piedmont/Van Buren/Williamsville region of the state. In 1993, he was appointed director of Catholic Campus Ministry at Southeast Missouri State University, where he served for 13 years.

In 1997, Fr. J. added classroom time to his duties at the university, teaching part-time in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Religion.

In the summer of 2006, Fr. J. was named director of vocations and seminarians for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau and was assigned as pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Joplin. He also continues to serve as the diocesan director of campus ministry for his diocese, since as part of his duties as a pastor Fr. J. has become the director of the parish-based Catholic Campus Ministry at MSSU.