Bachelor’s Degree in Sacred Theology, (2006) Jesuits School of Philosophy and Theology, Zagreb, Croatia, affiliated to the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
Doctor of Theology, (2013), School of Catholic Theology, University of Vienna
Doctoral Dissertation: “Development of the Papal Representation between the Second Vatican Council and the Reform of the Roman Curia by St. John Paul II, Pope”, (2013).
J.C.L. Degree, The Catholic University of America, (2014-2016) Washington DC and Pázmány Péter Catholic University, (2016-2017) Budapest, Hungary
J.C.D. Degree, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, (2016-2020), Budapest, Hungary
Dissertation title: “The International Legal Personality of the Holy See and the State of the Vatican City with the Special Reference to Their Status in the System of the United Nations”, (2020).
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Father Goran Jovicic is a Roman Catholic priest from Diocese of Subotica, the Autonomous Province Vojvodina in Northern Serbia, formerly a part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire. Since his ordination in 2004 Fr. Jovicic was working in various pastoral ministries such as parochial vicar and pastor; high school chaplain and chaplain for ethnic communities: Croatian, Hungarian, German and Italian; homeless and prison ministry, in the marriage tribunal and priestly formation.
He has a Doctor of Theology (Dr. theol.), a major in Canon Law and a minor in Dogmatic Theology. Before joining the faculty at STPSU in 2019, he was teaching Canon Law at the School of the Catholic Theology, University of Erfurt and School of Theology in Würzburg/Erfurt, in Germany.
In addition to the full-time ministry as a priest Fr. Jovicic was studying Canon Law at the Catholic University of America and at the Pázmány Péter - Catholic University in Hungary, where he earned a licentiate (JCL) degree in Canon Law in 2017 and doctoral degree (JCD) in 2020, under dissertation mentorship of Prof. Schanda Balázs, Professor at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University and Judge at the Hungarian Constitutional Court.
His main fields of research are especially Canon Law and Dogmatic Theology (especially Ecclesiology and Sacraments) as well International Law, Diplomacy of the Holy See, Roman Curia, State - Church Relations, Religious Freedom and Prevention of Child Abuse. Fr. Jovicic is asked to provide opinions to the bishops and different magazines on Canon Law policies and is currently working on a preparation of the international symposium on religious freedom. He is teaching courses in Dogmatic Theology and Canon Law as well some of those courses for the Deacon Formation of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Preparation of the International Symposium on Religious Freedom at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University, 2020-2022
Research and doctoral dissertation in Canon Law: “The International Legal Personality of the Holy See and the State of the Vatican City with the Special Reference to Their Status in the System of the United Nations”, June 2020. (Summa cum laude)
Policy on Validity of Baptism, Archdiocese of San Francisco, Archbishop’s Committee, 2020
Sacramental program at the Archbishop Riordan High School, 2019/2020
History of the Sacramental Seal of Confession, Conference Presentation at Durham University, 10th Anniversary of the Catholic Studies, Durham, UK, April 17-20, 2018
"The Sacramental Seal of Confession and Mandatory Reporting Legislation" Conference Presentation at the 9th Conference of Junior Theologians and Doctoral Students, Pécs, Hungary February, 9-11, 2018
"The German Catholic Church’s Threat to Unity", National Review, June 2021.
Doctoral Defense of the Dissertation in Canon Law: “The International Legal Personality of the Holy See and the Vatican State with the Special Reference to their Status at the United Nations”, Summa cum laude, Pazmany Peter-Catholic University, Budapest, June 2020
Interview “Us Theologians Echo Fears of Schism in Catholic Church in Germany”, National Catholic Register, April 8, 2021
Interview at the Radio Maria, Michigan, May 2020
Interview ”If German bishops go into schism, the Reichskonkordat comes into play” at the Pillar Catholic, May 7, 2021
Interview with Rev. Goran Jovicic, Main Features of the Catholics of the West: Volunteering and Active Participation in the Church, January 10th, 2020
Permanent Deaconate Formation: Eucharist, Fall, 2020
Permanent Deaconate Formation: Ecclesiology, Fall, 2019
Goran Jovicic, The Sacramental Seal of Confession and Mandatory Reporting Legislation to the Civil Authorities, Volume of the 8th Conference of Junior Theologians and Doctoral Students Resumes, DOSZ, Pécs, 2018.
Goran, Jovicic, Das päpstliche Gesandtschaftswesen während des Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzils, in: Folia Theologica et Canonica, Budapest, 2017, S. 103-12