Fr. Michael Joyce, C.M., recently received the Canon Law Society of America’s Role of Law Award at its convention in San Diego.

The distinguished award is given to “an individual considered to be outstanding in the field of canonical science.” The Board selects a person “who demonstrates a pastoral attitude and a commitment to research and study; who participates in the development of law; who is willing to respond to needs or practical assistance; who facilitates dialogue and the interchange of ideas within the Society and with other groups.”

Fr. Joyce spoke on the theme of synodality in his acceptance remarks, which are available HERE.

“It requires ‘full, active, and conscious participation’ in the mission of the Church and an attitude of co-responsibility among all the baptized,” he said.

Currently based in St. Louis, Fr. Joyce has a doctorate in canon law from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He serves as prosecuting attorney for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Diocese of Springfield/Cape Girardeau. He also serves as a canonical consultant for both dioceses.

The following is link to a podcast from the Canon Law Society of America featuring an interview with Fr. Joyce: