1984-1994 Ph.D. studies in Communications in the Radio-Television-Film and
Journalism Departments of Temple University's School of Communications and
Theatre. My research centered on images of people, places and things as
portrayed in the mass media and the influence popular culture has on the
media, as well as the media's influence on the predominant culture.
1983 Graduated from the United States Catholic Conference (USCC) Frank J.
Lewis Campus Ministry School at Niagara University in New York.
1973 Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree awarded Magna Cum Laude by the
Philadelphia Theological Seminary of St. Charles Borromeo, Overbrook. The
focus of my Master's Degree work was twofold: in Sacred Scripture and
1968-1970 Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Radio and Television writing
and production at Temple University's School of Communications and Theatre.
1969 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Philosophy awarded by the
Philadelphia Theological Seminary of St. Charles Borromeo, Overbrook.
1998 - Present - Pastor of St. Basil the Great Church, Kimberton, PA
1998 - Present - serve on the Cluster Pastoral Planning Committee for Cluster 43, Chester County Vicariate.
1993 - 1998 Served on the Renewal Committee for the Secretary
Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's nine year program
Sept. 1993 Awarded National Certification as a Campus Minister jointly by
the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA) at Dayton University and the
United States Catholic Conference (USCC) in Washington, DC.
1991-1994 Secretary of the Pennsylvania Catholic Campus Ministry Association
(PCCMA), a state-wide professional organization that convenes at The
Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.
1991-1998 Assigned by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua as Archdiocesan
Director of Campus Ministry/Newman Apostolate, adding responsibility for
full and part time campus ministry operations on 49 college and university
campuses in the five-county Archdiocese, in addition to continuing as the
Newman Chaplain at Temple University. As Director, I served on the Cardinal's
1989-1990 Campus Minister Advisor and Executive Board Member of the
Pennsylvania Catholic Newman Province.
1987-1988 Voting member of the National Team of the National Catholic
1982-1998 University Chaplain and Director of the Newman Center of Temple
1977-1982 Professor of Theology and Chairman of the Drama Department of
Bishop Kenrick High School, Norristown, PA, and part time Assistant Pastor
of St. Basil the Great Church, Kimberton, PA.
1977 Assistant Pastor pro tem, St. Agnes Church, West Chester (summer
1973-1977 Assistant Pastor, Holy Martyrs Church, Oreland, PA, and Associate
Director of Religious Education for Eastern Montgomery County.
1973 Ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
1972-1973 Deacon, St. Hilary of Poitiers Church, Rydal, PA.
October 21, 2005 - Interviewed on CBS KYW-TV3 by Pat Ciarrocchi on the Archdiocesan response to the Grand Jury Report on sex abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
April 2, 2005 - Appeared on the evening news on CBS KYW-TV3 speaking about Pope John Paul II on the day of his death.
May 1998 - Covered murder-suicide news story on the Swiss Guard in the Vatican for WCAU-TV10 NBC News.
March 8, 1996 Co-anchored and provided commentary for the two-and-one-half
hour NBC-TV10 News coverage of John Cardinal Krol's Funeral with Ken Matz
and Renee Chenault.
1996-Present Religion consultant for NBC News and NBC Special Projects at
1988-1995 Religion consultant for CBS News and CBS Special Projects at
April 1993 Celebrant of the TV Mass on WPVI-TV6 CapCities/ABC, celebrating
Campus Ministry Sunday.
November 1991 Celebrant of the TV Mass on WPVI-TV6 CapCities/ABC celebrating
Christ the King.
October 1991 Cameo appearance on "Golick's Got It!" segment of the "Randall
Cunningham Show" for WCAU-TV10 (CBS) -- a comedy piece before the Eagles vs.
Saints football game.
August 1991 Celebrant of the TV Mass on WPVI-TV6 CapCities/ABC, celebrating
Campus Ministry Sunday.
July 1991 Co-anchored WCAU-TV10 (CBS) four hour live television news
coverage of Mayor Frank Rizzo's Funeral with Larry Kane and Diane Allen,
entitled "Frank L. Rizzo: The End of An Era."
July 1991 Researched, directed, produced and appeared on camera for CBS
Special Presentation "Prince of the People," with Jane Robelot on WCAU-TV10.
This thirty minute Special was shot in Rome and Philadelphia with satellite
link. I wrote about 30% of the script as well. This special presentation was
nominated for an Emmy.
May 1991 Celebrant of the TV MASS on WPVI-TV6 CapCities/ABC for Mothers'
October 1990 Narrated video for Middle States Evaluation Committee
visitation of Bishop Kenrick High School, Norristown, produced by Aremus
Video, Glenmoor, PA (voice over).
Summers 88, 89, 90 Appeared on re-runs of April 24, 1988, WPHL-TV17
Real-to-Reel production listed below.
April 24, 1988 Scripted, photographed and was interviewed on camera for
Real-to-Reel segment on the Holy Land, which aired locally on WPHL-TV17 and
was syndicated nationally through Dabar Productions, Hollywood, CA.
March 24, 1988 Assisted KYW-TV3 (NBC affiliate and Group W owned and
operated) to broadcast a live news segment from the Temple University Newman
March 17, 1988 Researched, helped script, and was interviewed by Harry
Martin for Action News segment on the history of St. Patrick, aired on
WPVI-TV6 (owned and operated by CapCities/ABC).
February 11, 1988 Co-anchored with Larry Kane the WCAU-TV10 (CBS O&O) News
coverage of the installation of Archbishop Anthony Bevilacqua as Archbishop
of Philadelphia and taped advanced interviews on location at the
Cathedral-Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul with Allan Frio for the evening
news broadcasts for the week before the installation.
January, 1988 Arranged and was interviewed on camera on location by
Real-to-Reel for a special segment on the National Catholic Student
Coalition Fourth Annual Leadership Conference at the Franklin Plaza Hotel in
Philadelphia. Show was aired locally over WPHL-TV17 and syndicated
nationally through Dabar Productions, Inc., Hollywood, CA.
1986-1991 Member of the Board of Directors and Trustee and Grants Review
Committee of the Archdiocesan Communications Fund for the Archdiocese of
Philadelphia, by appointment of John Cardinal Krol.
1986 Researched, helped to script and edit and starred as co-anchor with
Diane Allen in a one hour news special for Group W, aired on KYW-TV3: John
Cardinal Krol: A Silver Celebration.
1985 Starred in a television commercial for Delaware Valley GMC Truck
Dealers that ran for two years in several market areas.
1982-1990 Advisor and consultant to the Delaware Valley Catholic Office for
Television and Radio (Dioceses of Philadelphia, Camden, Wilmington and
Trenton) and the Archdiocesan Communications Center.
1979 Co-anchored with Vince Leonard the two day, live, color coverage of
Pope John Paul II's visit to Philadelphia for KYW-TV3 Eyewitness News which
was carried nationally by Group W and NBC television networks.
1970 Wrote the script for a Christmas Special for CBS's WCAU-TV10.
1970 Wrote, directed and produced a one hour Easter Special for Kaiser
1968-1972 Production Coordinator of the Communications Department of St.
Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, producing instructional television
November 13, 2005 - Intervieed for 40 minutes by Jerome Whyatt Mondesire, President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the NAACP, on "Sun Report" on WDAS-FM on the priest sex abuse scandal, the Grand Jury Report, and the Archdiocesan response to the Grand Jury Report.
November 20, 2005 - Interviewed for 50 minutes by Michael Smerconish on WPHT-AM, Big Talker 1210 on the priest sex abuse scandal, the Grand Jury Report, and the Archdiocesan response to the Grand Jury Report.
November 12, 2005 - Interviewed by Dom Giordano on WPHT-AM, Big Talker 1210 on the priest sex abuse scandal, the Grand Jury Report, and the Archdiocesan response to the Grand Jury Report.
April, 1994 Filled special guest slot on "Up! On Air",
and was interviewed
about winning the national CCMA Charles Forsythe Award for Campus Ministry.
The interview was broadcast on three radio stations in Northern, Central,
and Southern New Jersey on WPST-FM (97.5); WTYP-AM (1580); and WRDR-FM (105)
in May of 1994.
April 31, 1988 Filled special guest slot on "Up! On Air", and was
interviewed on the Palestinian situation after returning from two weeks in
the Holy Land. The interview was broadcast on three radio stations in
Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey on WPST-FM (97.5); WTYP-AM
(1580); and WRDR-FM (105) in May of 1988.
1985 Recorded radio advertising campaign for Delaware Valley GMC Truck
dealers that ran on several stations for two years.
1980 Wrote, produced and narrated radio advertising campaign for Catholic
Schools Week, featuring Bishop Kenrick High School, Norristown, which aired
over WNAR-AM radio.
1969-1972 Wrote, produced and directed weekly, half-hour radio shows for
WPEN-AM and WPEN-FM as Production Coordinator of the Communications
Department of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, which had the
highest ratings in the Fourth Market Area for the time slot, and which were
later syndicated to WAEB-FM in Bethlehem, PA and WSAN-AM in Allentown.
1969-1972 Associate Producer of the Philadelphia Catholic Hour, a weekly
radio show on WFIL-AM with a weekly audience of 110,000.
1985 Wrote, produced, directed and narrated The State of the Arts:
Aesthetics in Film Criticism, a video presentation and commentary on film
1980 Wrote, produced, directed and narrated Sharing the Light of Faith, a
slide-sound presentation about Bishop Kenrick High School for the Middle
States Accrediting Association's evaluation of the school.
1972 Wrote, produced, directed and narrated The Psalms: A Christian Prayer
Form, a slide-sound presentation to teach the Book of Psalms that is still
used regularly at St. Charles Seminary, Mary Immaculate Seminary and
1971 Wrote, produced, directed and narrated The Four Sources of the
Pentateuch, a slide-sound presentation that aids in teaching Form Criticism,
Historical Criticism, Literary Criticism and Redaction Criticism in Biblical
1963-1964 Assistant Manager of Warner Theatres, Inc.'s Cheltenham Theatre,
run by Stanley-Warner Management Corporation.
1960-1963 Head Usher at Warner Theatres, Inc.'s Cheltenham Theatre. Union
Member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and
Motion Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada, Local 8.
November 18, 2005 - I was the subject of the lead editorial "From the Editor's Desk" by Tom Roberts in the National Catholic Reporter about the priest sex abuse scandal, the Grand Jury Report, and the Archdiocesan response to the Grand Jury Report. He concluded "I admire and applaud McLaughlin's example." The article was entitled "The Courage to Talk Plainly."
November 6, 2005 - subject of feature article by Emilie Loundsberry, legal writer, in the Philadelphia Inquirer, on the priest sex abuse scandal, the Grand Jury Report, and the Archdiocesan response to the Grand Jury Report.
October 20, 2005 - Follow up article by Ronnie Polaneczky in the Philadelphia Daily News on the priest sex abuse scandal, the Grand Jury Report, and the Archdiocesan response to the Grand Jury Report. The angle was the large positive response to my comments and stand Ronnie had received the first week after the interview was published.
October 12, 2005 - Interviewed by Ronnie Polaneczky in the Philadelphia Daily News on the priest sex abuse scandal, the Grand Jury Report, and the Archdiocesan response to the Grand Jury Report.
1998 - Present Editor, columnist and publisher of St. Basil
the Great Weekly Parish Newsletter.
April 1992 The academic journal, The Journal of the Catholic Campus Ministry
Association, published at Dayton University picked up and reprinted the
article below "Two Hundred Years of Misunderstanding Religious Freedom."
September 1991 Published a feature article in the CCMA Crossroads, entitled
"Two Hundred Years of Misunderstanding Religious Freedom" in honor of the
200th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights.
September 1991 Published a feature article in The Catholic Standard and
Times, entitled "The First Amendment's Mid-Life Crisis: Two Sides of
Jefferson's 'Wall of Separation.'"
May-June 1991 Published an article in the CCMA Crossroads, entitled
"Reflections on a Desert Storm."
April 1991 Published a feature article in The Catholic Standard and Times
analyzing a "20/20" presentation of an exorcism and the follow-up program on
October 4, 1990 Subject of feature article and interview on creative uses of
the Newman Center during an ugly, month-long faculty strike at Temple
1990 - 1992 Appointed chairman of a national Editorial Board for the
Catholic Campus Ministry Association's two publications, Crossroads and The
1988 - 1992 Production designer and typesetter for The Loyalist, the alumni
newsletter of Bishop McDevitt High School, Wyncote, PA.
August 18, 1988 Subject of a half-page feature article by John Kerr on the
Newman Center at Temple University in The Catholic Standard and Times.
March-April 1988 Published a series of articles and Op-Ed pieces in The
Temple News on the Intifadah and the Israeli-Palestinian question, which
resulted in Archdiocesan-wide meetings between Christians and Jews to
discuss the issues raised in the articles.
1982-1998 Editor of Temple Newman Times and contributor to The Catholic
Standard and Times and the Irish Edition.
1987-1988 Advisor to The Catholic Collegian, published in Ohio by the
National Catholic Student Coalition.
1984-1985 Advisor to The Sounder, published by the Pennsylvania Catholic
1971-1972 Contributor to Dimension magazine.
1965-1971 Editor of The Catholic Directory and communications feature writer
for The Catholic Standard and Times, which is the largest weekly newspaper
in the Delaware Valley, and the fourth largest newspaper of any kind in
1968-1969 Contributor to The Leader newspaper.
1965-1969 Writer and Art Editor for The Corcoran Literary Magazine.
1959-1963 Writer and Page Editor for The Royalist.
1977-1982 Chairman of the Drama Department, Bishop Kenrick High School,
Norristown, PA, where I produced L'il Abner and Guys and Dolls, and directed
and produced Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha, and Jesus
1964-1969 Director of Lighting for the Drama Department of St. Charles
Borromeo Seminary, and designed lighting for Guys and Dolls and Oliver.
1964 Lighting Director at Rosemont College for The Madwoman of Chaillot.
1959-1963 Studied lighting design and direction under Joseph Hayes, producer
of the Sid Ceasar Comedy Hour television show.
Advertising and Public Relations
1990-1988 Designed international publicity campaign for the John Henry
Newman Centenary Celebration at the University of Pennsylvania, an
international academic convocation celebrating the 100th anniversary of the
death of Cardinal Newman, held in conjunction with the 250th anniversary of
the University of Pennsylvania. Also designed the hotel and conference
registration process, database and three-color brochure.
1987-1988 Designed and orchestrated national publicity campaign, recruitment
program, conference theme and logo, and hotel registration process for the
Fourth Annual National Leadership Conference of the National Catholic
Student Coalition at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel, which increased
campus affiliations by 75% nationally, which, to date, is still the best
attended conference in NCSC's history.
1982-Present I design and orchestrate all advertising for the Temple
University Newman Center locally, regionally, state-wide, and nationally. I
also designed the logos and advertising for the Pennsylvania Catholic Newman
Province and the National Catholic Student Coalition, including the logo for
the 1988 NCSC National Conference.
1977-1982 Public Relations Officer for Bishop Kenrick High School,
1973-1977 Public Relations Officer for Holy Martyrs Church, Oreland, PA.
1963-1964 Designed and orchestrated all advertising in all three major daily
newspapers in Philadelphia on a daily basis for Warner Theatres, Inc.'s
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS
Former Teacher Associate, National Catholic Educational Association
Philadelphia Regional Newman Conference (PRNC)
Pennsylvania Catholic Campus Ministry Association (PCCMA)
Pennsylvania Catholic Newman Province (PCNP)
Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA) (national)
National Association of Diocesan Directors of Campus Ministry (NADDCM)
National Catholic Student Coalition (NCSC) (1987 National Team)
International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS)
CompuServe (all Macintosh forums): 71107,373
Born - Wednesday, May 23, 1945 at 7:15 am in Abington, Montgomery County,
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Height - 6'2"
Weight - 220 lbs.
Hair - gray
Eyes - Hazel
Race - Caucasian
Religion - Roman Catholic
Personality - ENFJ on the Myers-Briggs and Keirsey-Bates Temperament
Sorters, which is to say an extroverted, intuitive, feeling and judgmental
type, who would excel, according to Keirsey-Bates, "in the media, ministry,
and the stage and screen. They [ENFJ's] make superior therapists,
charismatic teachers, excellent executives, and personalized salespersons."
(Keirsey, David, and Bates, Marilyn, Please Understand Me: Character and
Temperament Types, Del Mar, CA: Prometheus Nemesis Books, 1984, p.169).
In the Enneagram, I am a "3."
Health - Good.
Nationality - Dual. American citizen by birth and residence, granted full
citizenship in the Republic of Ireland on August 14, 1987, by registration
in the Foreign Births Entry Book, thus making me a dual national able to
carry both American and Irish passports.
1998-2005 - Participated in yearly Priests Workshops, part
of the Coninuing Education Program of the Archiocese of Philophikl
1998 - Archdiocese of Philadelphia New Pastor's Workshop, Malvern Retreat House.
1997 CCMA Western Study Week and NADDCM National Workshop in
1995 NADDCM National Workshop in Anaheim, California
1994 CCMA Eastern Study Week in Miami, Florida
1993 CCMA Eastern Study Week in Williamsburg, Virginia
1992 NADDCM National Workshop in Portland, Maine.
1991-1992 NCSC National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.
1990-1996 Annual, week-long workshops in Pastoral Ministry at Malvern and
West End, NJ.
1990 Malvern Priests' Workshop, Self-Esteem: A New Perspective, with Dr.
William K. Larkin.
1990 Symposium on Moral Theology with Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, St. Charles
Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, PA
1989 Catholic Campus Ministry Association 20th Anniversary Convention in New
1988 Priests' Scripture Study Seminar in the Holy Land, Israel,
February-March, 1988, sponsored by the Continuing Education Program of the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
1985-1989 National Leadership Conferences of the National Catholic Student
Coalition in Miami, FL, Thibodaux, LA, Galveston, TX, Philadelphia, PA, and
1973-1987 Annual week-long Malvern Priests' Workshops on Pastoral Ministry.
1986 Sixth International Conference on Culture and Communication, Temple
1982-1985 Catholic Campus Ministry Association Eastern Study Weeks at Barry
University in Miami Shores, FL, accredited by Loyola University of Chicago
(6.2 CEU credits).
1983 U.S.C.C. Frank J. Lewis Campus Ministry School, Niagara University.
January 8, 1994 Catholic Campus Ministry Association (national) "CHARLES
FORSYTHE AWARD Presented to REVEREND ROBERT A. McLAUGHLIN For Outstanding
Leadership in Campus Ministry At Temple University, As Diocesan Director of
Campus Ministry, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, As Secretary Pennsylvania
Catholic Campus Ministry Association, And As The Campus Minister
Representative To the National Catholic Student Coalition, Given This Day,
January 8, 1994, By the Catholic Campus Ministry Association" in Miami,
February 20, 1988 Pennsylvania Newman Province: "Presented to Fr. Bob
McLaughlin for his gift of unconditional love and dedication to the
Pennsylvania Newman Province, 1987-88."
January 6, 1988 National Catholic Student Coalition: "Special Thanks and
Much Appreciation to Fr. Bob McLaughlin, National Catholic Student
Coalition, Fourth Annual Leadership Conference, Roots of the Vision,
Franklin Plaza Hotel."
February 27, 1983 Chapel of the Four Chaplains: "Four Chaplains Legion of
Honor Membership Presented to Father Robert A. McLaughlin By the Chapel of
the Four Chaplains, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in recognition of service to
all people regardless of race or faith."
June 18, 1982 Bishop Kenrick High School, Norristown, PA: "To Father Bob
McLaughlin, Priest, Teacher, Producer-Director, and Friend, as a token of
appreciation for your dedicated ministry, from the Faculty, Students, and
Parents of Bishop Kenrick High School."
June, 1972 The Philadelphia Theological Seminary of St. Charles Borromeo,
Overbrook: "The Roman Catholic High School Alumni Award for Excellence in
June, 1969 The Philadelphia Theological Seminary of St. Charles Borromeo,
Overbrook: "Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Speaking."