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C The 4 8 7 orrespondent Newsletter of the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception  Summer 2010 PFIC Bestows 26 Degrees at Commencement PFIC Students Ordained this Spring In the Spring of this Year for Priests, 16 PFIC students were ordained to diaconal and priestly ministry. Our philosophical and theological formation of these men for their service of the Church comes to its fulfillment in their ordained ministry. As the PFIC’s mission concerns an integral formation in academics and pastoral ministry, these ordinations present us with an opportunity for a thankful reflection on the blessings of God. Josephites Among the students at the PFIC are the Josephites (Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart). Three of them were ordained to the diaconate on April 24 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, a parish staffed by the Josephites in Washington, D.C. Most Rev. Hyacinth Egbebo, MSP, Bishop of Bomadi Vicariate, Nigeria, ordained Christopher Amadi, Jerome Cletus, and Michael Okechukwu. Rev. Mr. Michael Okechukwu said of the event, “My ordination as deacon was an awesome experience and the ceremony, especially the litany of saints and the laying on of hands, made me acutely Continued pg. 3 On May 21, the PFIC held its 2010 Commencement, and granted degrees to 18 students. As both religious and lay students received degrees, the PFIC looks with hope to the effect these students will have throughout the whole Church. Among the gradutes were 3 lay students, 8 Dominican friars, 5 Josephites, 1 Marian of the Immaculate Conception and 1 Benedictine. The faculty awarded 6 Masters of Arts in Theology, 10 Masters of Divinity, 7 Bachelors of Sacred Theology, and 3 Licentiates of Sacred Theology. The degrees were given by the President of the Faculty, Very Rev. Steven Boguslawski, OP, with the aid of Vice President and Academic Dean, Rev. Gabriel O’Donnell, OP. The commencement address, given by Fr. Dominic Izzo, OP, marked his final year as Vice Chancellor of the Pontifical Faculty. Fr. Izzo spoke of the importance of using a PFIC education to engage a modern culture that does not accept Christ or the Christian life. He also impressed upon the graduates that to accomplish this task, it is not enough to possess a habit of theological knowledge. Rather, personal integrity and a deep life of prayer truly enable one to impart the knowledge of Christ to others. Following the graduation, Fr. Izzo and Fr. Giles Dimock, OP, blessed the newly renovated St. Thomas Chapel-Preaching Studio. The chapel will be used to train students for the ministries of the diaconate and priesthood. The chapel is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Al Maas, Sr., and the preaching studio is dedicated to Fr. Val LaFrance, OP. Its state-of-the-art technology will be used to increase the effectiveness of the three-semester sequence of preaching courses, a mandatory part of the curriculum for future clerics. Graduate Br. Jerome Zeiler, OP, summarized well the significance of receiving an education from the PFIC: “It struck me more profoundly than ever before how indebted we students are to God for what we have received: a fully integrated and comprehensive study of sacred scripture, systematic and moral theology – true wisdom for which the world is truly starving. I kept asking myself, why has Christ entrusted this to me? I cannot repay Him. I must share this with others.” Class of 2010 with the PFIC Administration and Fr. Izzo 1

The 487 Correspondent :: Summer 2010

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