Msgr. Arthur B. Calkins

March 23, 2023

Monsignor Arthur B. Calkins is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and was ordained a priest in May 1970 for the Archdiocese of New Orleans where he served in various parishes as parochial vicar and was involved in other pastoral activities.  He has a master’s degree in theology from the Catholic University of America, a licentiate in sacred theology with specialization in Mariology from the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton and a doctorate which he earned summa cum laude in the same field from the Pontifical Theological Faculty of St. Bonaventure (the Seraphicum) in Rome.

A list of his publications along with some of his articles may be found at Monsignor Calkins was named a corresponding member of the Pontifical International Marian Academy in 1985 and a corresponding member of the Pontifical Roman Theological Academy in 1995. He served as an official of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” from 1991 to 2010. He was named a Monsignor at the level of Chaplain of His Holiness in 1997 and was promoted to be a Prelate of Honor in 2010.

In recent years he has been involved in the publication of some English translations of the works of the Blessed Concepción (Conchita) Cabrera de Armida (1862-1937). He retired from active priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of New Orleans as of the first of July 2017 when he took up residence at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Parish in Sulphur, LA. He contributed to the recently published Oxford Handbook of Mary and has given several papers at the annual meeting of the Mariological Society of America as well as preaching a number of missions and retreats.

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