AMS Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia to serve on CLSA Board of Governors for the next three years
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Msgr. John J.M. Foster, J.C.D., has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Canon Law Society of America (CLSA) for a three-year-term. During that time, he will serve one year as Vice-President, one year as President, and one year as Past President of the CLSA. The Society elected Msgr. Foster at its 78th Annual Convention last week in Houston, Texas.
A priest of the Diocese of Stockton, Calif., Msgr. Foster has served as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), since July 2013.
Of his election as CLSA V.P./President-Elect, Msgr. Foster said:
“I am grateful for the confidence the members of the Canon Law Society of America have placed in me. I look forward to working with the Very Reverend Bruce Miller, CLSA president, and the other members of the Board of Governors to promote the study and practice of canon law in the United States for the benefit of the people of God.”
Prior to joining the AMS, Msgr. Foster served full-time on the faculty in the School of Canon Law at the Catholic University of America (CUA). Ordained a priest in 1991, Msgr. Foster has a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Divinity degree from St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, Calif.; a Licentiate and Doctorate in Canon Law from CUA..
Msgr. Foster served in the Diocese of Stockton as Adjunct Judicial Vicar from 1996 to 2000; Director of the Office for Worship from 1999 to 2005; and Judicial Vicar from 2000 to 2007. While in Stockton, Msgr. Foster served as a Judge on the tribunal and the Defender of the Bond. He also served in 2003 as an adjunct faculty member at Santa Clara University.
Msgr. Foster has been a member of the CLSA since 1995. During that time, he has served as a member of the Marriage Research Committee, the Sacramental Law Committee, and the Committee on Convention Planning. He was a seminar presenter at the CLSA’s annual conventions in 2002, 2008, and 2011 as well as a presenter at a 2008 Midwest Canon Law Society meeting.
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., who is also an honorary member of the CLSA, said:
“Msgr. Foster has been active in the CLSA for many years and he has made many contributions to the Society. His election to the CLSA Board of Governors is a testament to the confidence the Society has in his knowledge, leadership, and commitment to service. We wish Monsignor well as he opens this next chapter of his priestly vocation in service to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior and continues his good work at the AMS.”