Rebecca Vitz Cherico, Ph.D.
LITERATURE | SPANISH
Mrs. Cherico, her husband Colin, and their five children live in Blue Bell. A native New Yorker, Rebecca grew up in a three bedroom apartment in Manhattan with her parents and five siblings, which meant that her college dorm rooms always felt spacious and quiet! Rebecca attended a Catholic grade school and then Loyola School, one of the few co-ed Jesuit high schools on the East Coast.
Rebecca majored in Italian at Yale University, living in Florence during her junior year. After working in San Francisco and New York, she went back to high school, this time to teach Italian, Spanish, and a little French at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn. This experience lead her to graduate school. Rebecca met Colin at New York University while he was pursuing a law degree. She received her doctorate in Spanish Literature from NYU.
The family moved to Philadelphia in 2002 and enjoyed five years in the Fairmount neighborhood of the city before moving to the suburbs of Montgomery County. Rebecca taught in Villanova's Augustine and Culture Seminar for over a decade, a class which integrates freshman composition, seminar-style teaching, and a great books reading list. She has also taught Spanish language classes at Montgomery County Community College, UPenn, and Villanova.
Rebecca has been part of the ecclesial movement of Communion and Liberation since she was 15, and is an active member of St. Helena's parish. For three years, she served on Philadelphia's Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. Rebecca's parents are both converts - and she is technically one herself, since she was received into the Church in second grade. She was a breakout speaker at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia (the Knights of Columbus have posted a summary of what she said).
Rebecca had a brief stint as a radio host interviewing converts on Radio Maria. She also edited a book of conversion stories and a book of family devotions based on the writings of Pope Francis. She contributed a chapter to Helen Alvaré's book on Catholic women, as well as meditations in Praying with St. Paul from Magnificat.