The Inauguration of Father David Pivonka, TOR, President | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • The Inauguration of Father Dave Pivonka, TOR '89

    7th President, Franciscan University of Steubenville


    Friday, October 4, 2019

    The Solemnity of Our Holy Father St. Francis of Assisi


    Please Let Us Know You're Coming

    Attendance at the inauguration ceremony is first-come, first-served, but if you plan to come PLEASE let us know here so we know how many to anticipate.

    Thank you!



    • 2:30 p.m.
      Inauguration Ceremony and Inaugural Address*
      Finnegan Fieldhouse
    • 3:45
      Holy Sacrifice of the Mass*
      Finnegan Fieldhouse
    • 5:00 p.m.
      Public Reception
      Finnegan Fieldhouse Plaza

    *These events will be streamed live on this page.


    A Short Bio of Father Dave

    Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, was elected president of Franciscan University of Steubenville on May 21, 2019. The first Franciscan University alumnus to assume the school’s top pastoral leadership role, he earned a BA in theology from Franciscan, then went on to earn an MDiv and MA in theology, a doctorate in education, and an executive juris doctorate.

    A solemnly professed member of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Province of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance, Father Dave was ordained to the priesthood in 1996 on the campus of Franciscan University and then spent the next twelve years at  Franciscan University. He held a number of pastoral, leadership, and administrative positions and also 
served as an adjunct professor of theology and as vice president for Mission and Planning. 

    From 2008-2012, Father Dave led Post-Novitiate Formation for the Franciscans, TOR, in Washington, D.C., forming student friars in their spiritual, educational, and psychological development.
 An in-demand Catholic speaker and author, Father Dave directed Franciscan Pathways, from 2012-2019, an evangelistic outreachof his TOR community.  During that time he authored books on discipleship and the Holy Spirit.  He also co-created The Wild Goose, a highly successful video series on  living a lifeanimated by the Holy Spirit, and the film Sign of Contradiction,a documentary on the Life of St. Francis of Assisi.

    Father Dave was raised in Durango, Colorado, and is the son of Bob and Margi Pivonka, the brother of Jim, Mark, Mary, Tom and Rob, and uncle to a whole bunch of nephews and nieces! 

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  • Father Dave Pivonka, TOR
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