James J. Conn, S.J.
professor of the practice of canon law
School of Theology and Ministry
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Areas of Interest:
His special interests in canon law include ecumenism, parishes, sacraments, priestly formation, and Catholic education.
James J. Conn, S.J. is a native of Philadelphia, and since 1974 has been a priest of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. He is currently on leave as Ordinary Professor of Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he earned his doctorate. He is a consultor of the Holy See’s Congregation for Catholic Education and Congregation for the Clergy, and a commissioner of the matrimonial section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Prior to his assignment in Rome he was a teacher and administrator at several Jesuit-sponsored secondary schools and universities in the United States and praeses of the ecclesiastical faculty of theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and dean of its School of Theology. He serves as a canonical advisor to episcopal conferences, diocesan bishops, and institutes of consecrated life. A graduate of Fordham Law School, he is a member of the Bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Canon Law Society of America and chairs its Committee on Professional Responsibility.