Rev. Lawrence A. Rice, CSP

Director of the University Catholic Center, University of Texas

Rev. Lawrence A. Rice, CSP is Director of the University Catholic Center at the University of Texas in Austin TX. The Catholic Center serves the 12,000 Catholic students at the university, as well as the larger community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Leading a staff of 14 (including a 5-member FOCUS team), Fr. Rice works to further an integrated vision of Campus Ministry that is based on the Paulist Father’s core mission of Evangelization, Reconciliation, Ecumenism, and Interfaith Dialogue. He has previously served as the Director of Vocations for the Paulist Fathers (2013-2016) and as the Paulists’  First Consultor (2010 -2014), and a member of the Presidential Board of the Paulists, the team responsible for the administration and governance of the Paulists. In addition, while First Consultor also served as the the director of St. Mary’s on the Lake, the Paulist summer retreat on Lake George, NY.

Prior to becoming First Consultor, Fr. Rice. was the director of the St. Thomas More Newman Center, the center for Catholic Campus Ministry at Ohio State University in Columbus OH (2002 - 2010).

Fr. Rice earned a Bachelor of Arts in General Arts and Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University (1983), and a Masters of Divinity from the Catholic University of America (1989). He entered the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle (the Paulist Fathers) in 1983, and was ordained a priest in 1989. As transitional deacon (1989) he served on the staff of the Catholic Information Center in Toronto, Ontario; after his priesthood ordination he served for one year as Pastoral Associates at the Church of the Good Shepherd in New York City.

From 1990 – 2002, Fr. Rice was the associate director of ITP-Paulist Communications, and producer for Paulist Media Works. Fr. Rice worked in both the production and marketing of Paulist products for radio, television, multimedia, and Internet projects. Fr. Rice was the Producer of The Paulist NewsMagazine, the award-winning weekly news and features program syndicated nationally by the Paulists. In 1997 The Paulist NewsMagazine won the Gabriel Award for Best Religious Radio Program in National Distribution.

Fr. Rice’s expertise includes communications training, consulting, crisis communications management, strategic planning, and technology for ministry. Between 2000 and 2010, Fr. Rice was a weekly contributor to Catholic Radio Weekly, the radio program produced and distributed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In February of 2008 he became a regular contributor to the Busted Halo Radio Program on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Catholic Channel (, featuring his “Facts of Faith” catechetical works.

Fr. Rice is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. His professional associations have included UNDA-USA (the national association of Church media professionals), Catholic Campus Ministry Association,  National Catholic Development Conference, Conference of Major Superiors of Men, and the National Religious Vocations Conference .