About the President - Divine Mercy University

PRESIDENT FR. CHARLES SIKORSKY, L.C., J.D., J.C.L.

Elected in 2007 as the President of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, now Divine Mercy University, Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., has devoted himself to growing the University’s place in academia, the Church, our nation and the world.

A canon and civil lawyer trained in philosophy and theology from Baltimore, MD, Fr. Charles earned his law degree from The University of Maryland School of Law after obtaining a B.A. in political economy from The Johns Hopkins University.  Upon entering the seminary, he earned degrees in philosophy and theology from the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University and a Licentiate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.  He was a proud member of the 1982 national champion basketball at his high school, Calvert Hall of Towson, MD.  Fr. Charles was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on December 24, 2002 by the now Cardinal Leonardo Sandri.

As president, Fr. Charles has been committed to expanding the reach of the university, with an emphasis on forming, educating and training mental health professionals and those working in the helping professions.  While pursuing academic and professional distinction, he has brought a renewed emphasis to DMU’s distinctive mission, rooted in the tradition of the Catholic Church, the founding community, to educate the whole person.

As a result of these efforts, the university’s on campus work has been consolidated and online education has been introduced and expanded to include a new School of Counseling in 2016 and multiple offerings for certification programs.

Among the school’s accomplishments during Fr. Charles’ tenure are:

  • Enrollment in degree programs has grown over 300%
  • Over $16M has been raised to finance scholarships, new programs and operations
  • Tuition as % of operating expenses has grown from 20% to over 55%
  • Accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSOS) was reaffirmed for 10 years
  • The Psy.D. program received accreditation under the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2016

Fr. Charles Sikorsky resides in Washington, D.C. with his community of the Legionaries of Christ. He is an avid sports fan and supports his hometown teams, the Ravens and the Orioles.