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“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Tribute To Bishop Zubik

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Editor’s Note: Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., chancellor of Saint Vincent Seminary, was asked by Pittsburgh Catholic to compose a “Tribute to Bishop Zubik” for a special issue recognizing Bishop Zubik’s tenth anniversary as Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.” Bishop Zubik also serves as chairman of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents. It is an honor for me as Archabbot of Saint Vincent to offer a personal tribute to my friend, Bishop Zubik on the occasion of the tenth anniversary as Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. When Jesus began his ministry, his first task was to enlist disciples with whom he would accomplish the mission given to him by the Father. Jesus saw a man named Nathaniel coming toward him and said of him, “There is no duplicity in him.” That incident in the Gospel of John came to mind when I sought the words to describe the character of Bishop Zubik. There is no duplicity in him. There is something deeply genuine in his personality: he says what he means and means what he says. Jesus today may have said of Bishop Zubik: “There is no duplicity in him. He’s a mensch, a genuine human being who does his important work with no need to put on airs or lord it over people.” In the Rite of Ordination of a Bishop, one of the questions asked of the priest to be ordained bishop is “Do you resolve for the sake of the Lord’s name, to be welcoming and merciful to the poor, to strangers, and to all who are in need?” One could say that his affirmative “I do” to that question, which would identify him as a true disciple of Jesus, has been a hallmark of Bishop Zubik’s ministry. In his warm-hearted way, he reaches out to people who are hurting or in need, mostly in a private way but also at times with a public statement to have an effect in public policy. I am grateful to Bishop Zubik for the commitment he has made to the education of future priests by serving as the Chairman of the Board of Regents of Saint Vincent Seminary. We all know that it is a challenging job to be a bishop these days. The occasion of Bishop Zubik’s tenth anniversary as Bishop of Pittsburgh I hope will serve to remind us that he and all our bishops are in need of our prayers. At Saint Vincent, the Benedictine monastic community in the Divine Office each day prays for Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all the bishops of the world. We hope that our prayers will strengthen them in their supreme apostolic work of proclaiming the good news of the Gospel to the world: God has created all of us to be his children; God loves us and asks us to treat each other as brothers and sisters. Our world is desperately in need of hearing this good news and living in harmony with its truth in peace. It is an honor for the Benedictine Community at Saint Vincent to join with the people of Diocese of Pittsburgh in paying a tribute of gratitude and spiritual support to Bishop Zubik in his ministry as a disciple of our Lord.

Publisher, Chancellor Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. Rector Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B. Vice Rector Director of Human Formation Rev. John-Mary Tompkins, O.S.B. Academic Dean Rev. Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B. Dean of Students Rev. Emmanuel Afunugo Director of Spiritual Formation Rev. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B. Director of Liturgical Formation Rev. Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B. Director of Pastoral Formation Rev. Nathan Munsch, O.S.B. Director of Pre-Theologian Formation Deacon Lawrence Sutton, Ph.D. Director of Seminary Development Shannon Jordan Director of Seminary Public Relations Kimberley A. Metzgar Public Relations Associate Seth Harbaugh Director for Alumni Affairs Rev. Meinrad J. Lawson, O.S.B. Consultant for Alumni Affairs Rev. Chrysostom V. Schlimm, O.S.B. Contributors to this issue: Seth Harbaugh Barbara McAllister On the cover: Newly-found mosaics in Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem have been covered over since the 1800s and are being restored. See pages 18-19 for more on the forthcoming trip. Leaven

Most Rev. David A. Zubik

Bishop Zubik Marks 10 Years

Most Rev. David A. Zubik, Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, marked ten years as a bishop this year. Bishop Zubik was consecrated a bishop on April 6, 1997, at Saint Paul Cathedral and was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. In 2003 he was appointed and installed as the eleventh bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay. In 2007 he returned to the Diocese of Pittsburgh to serve as its bishop. Bishop Zubik, who is chairman of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents, is also a member of the Board of Directors of Saint Vincent College. He serves on a number of committees for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, including the Catholic Communications Campaign Subcommittee, the Domestic Justice and Human Development Committe, the Protection of Children and Young People Committee and the CatholicJewish Dialogue Committee. 2

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Rector’s Message

Seminary Formation A Challenging Task

By Edward Mazich, O.S.B. Seminary formation is a wide-ranging and challenging task which changes over time as academic curricula develop, new pastoral situations emerge, patterns of family life evolve, and Catholic spiritualties ebb and flow. Periodically the Church as a whole examines the broad outlines of this formation to ensure that its ministers are as prepared as can be reasonably expected for the apostolic work seminarians will take up upon their graduation and ordination. In June and July of this year Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., and I attended a major conference held in Rome on the subject of such changes in seminary formation that will soon be coming to priestly training programs the world over. The conference was sponsored by the Holy See’s Congregation for the Clergy and it met over a period of two weeks, from June 26th till July 7th. Our group of about one hundred twenty English-speaking

seminary officials from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America gathered at the Pontifical Spanish College in a neighborhood on the western side of Rome “behind the Vatican” for much fruitful discussion and fellowship. Each of the four “pillars” of priestly formation; namely, human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral, were thoroughly covered by presentations from longtime formators and through small group discussions. No matter their country of origin, the formators at the conference learned that we all face a common challenge in terms of the developments in society and in family life and faith formation which affect the generation of young men currently entering Catholic seminaries. Certain elements of catechesis which were assumed in the past can no longer be taken for granted, and the same is often true for expectations regarding experiences of family life and familiarity with Catholic practices and patterns of thought.

Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., left, and Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., in Rome. The importance of spiritual direction was particularly emphasized as being critical—Cardinal Stella, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, stressed this repeatedly in a homily he gave to those attending the conference. In that light I am delighted to invite you to read Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love, the new book on this key topic written by our own Father Boniface and Father Tom Acklin, O.S.B., and featured in the opening pages of this issue of Leaven. Father Boniface and Father Tom have both served over the years as spiritual director to many priests and religious, as well as members of the lay faithful. Their collective wisdom offered in their new book will be of great benefit to all interested in deepening their faith and strengthening their relationship with the Lord. During the course of the conference we enjoyed some lighter moments as well: Father Boniface and I took a day off and traveled to Assisi

Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., center, meets Pope Francis. Photo by L’Osservatore Romano. Leaven


where we offered mass for all of the Seminary’s living and deceased alumni and benefactors. On another occasion the group had the opportunity to attend an audience with Pope Francis, at which Father Boniface met and shook hands with the Holy Father, and we also attended mass with the Holy Father on June 29th, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Seeing the large crowd from all across the globe assembled at mass in Saint Peter’s Square was an inspiring reminder of the universality of the message of the Gospel, and of the responsibility of our Seminary to do all in its ability to prepare good new priests for their role in the mission of proclaiming that Gospel effectively in our home dioceses and communities and beyond. My sincere thanks go to all of you for your support in helping all of us at Saint Vincent Seminary to make our important endeavor successful for the sake of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God. Fall 2017, Volume 25, Number 2

Monsignor Lengwin, Judge Lally-Green Receive Papal Honors

Monsignor Ronald Lengwin

Maureen Lally-Green

Father Ronald Lengwin, C’62, S’66, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, has been honored with the title “monsignor” by Pope Francis at the request of Bishop David Zubik. Monsignor Lengwin is known as the longtime spokesman for the diocese, as well as the host of the KDKA radio show “Amplify.” The title honors him for his administrative work for four

diocesan bishops. Monsignor Lengwin began as assistant director for communications under Bishop Vincent Leonard in 1974, continuing as director under then-Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua. He rose to increasingly responsible positions during the tenure of then-Bishop Donald Wuerl, culminating in his appointment as vicar general and general secreary of the diocese by Bishop Zubik.

He currently serves as vicar for church relations and director of the mission office. In an article appearing in Pittsburgh Catholic, Bishop Zubik notes that “no one has been more deserving of the title ‘monsignor’ than Monsignor Ronald P. Lengwin. He has served the Church of Pittsburgh and the entire community with love, skill and great wisdom... He served with great humility and dedication as my director for public and community affairs, vicar general and as general secretary of the diocese. Since he submitted his obligatory resignation two years ago—on his 75th birthday, I have kept him on as vicar for church relations because I so highly value his counsel.” Also honored by Pope Francis was Maureen Lally-Green,

a former Superior Court judge and a long-time member of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents. She has been awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross. She also served as the first diocesan director of church relations. Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice is Latin for “for the church and the pope.” The cross was originally established by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 to commemorate the golden jubilee of his priesthood. Today the cross and certificate are given for distinguished service to the Church by clergy and lay people. It is the highest honor that can be awarded to the laity by the pope. Both received the honors on September 24 at Saint Paul Cathedral during the Manifesting the Kingdom Award ceremony.

Opening Day Mass, New Faculty Member

Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., Rector, was the celebrant and homilist for the Seminary’s opening day Mass and vespers. During the Mass, Father Edward accepted the Oath of Fidelty of Father Làszlò T. Simon, O.S.B., Lecturer in Sacred Scripture, who is a visiting professor from the Pontifical Atheneaum of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. Born in Győr (Hungary) in 1963, Fr. László joined the monastery of Pannonhalma in 1982. Because of the cumpulsory military service at that time, however, it was only in 1984 that he could start his monastic and priestly formation. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1989, the same year when the political change, which put an end to communism, took place in Hungary. In 1990, with the help of an unexpected scholarship, he was sent to Rome to study biblical theology. Having obtained the licentiate in 1992, he returned home, completed his studies at the state university in Budapest, majoring in literature, and started to teach in one of the secondary schools run by the Hungarian Benedictines. In 1998 he was given the opportunity to begin the STD program at the Gregorian University. Since 2000 he has been teaching at Sant’Anselmo, the Benedictine university in Rome. Since 2010 he also teaches graduate courses in the Summer program of Saint John’s University, Collegeville MN. In addition to several monographs, one of his major publications is a new Hungarian translation of the New Testament, first published in 2014. Its fourth editon came out last May. Leaven


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Board of Regents

Three Long-Time Board Members Complete Service

Three long-time members of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents have completed their terms of service. Most Rev. Roger Foys

Bishop Foys was ordained and installed as the tenth Bishop of Covington, Kentucky, on July 15, 2002. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Steubenville on May 16, 1973, and is formerly vicar general and vocations director for the Diocese of Steubenville. Bishop Foys was appointed Prelate of Honor to his Holiness Pope John Paul II on December 30, 1986. Bishop Foys has received widespread praise for the great sensitivity and compassion with which he has dealt with victims of abuse, and in implementing the USCCB’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, and for his leadership in planning for the future of the Diocese of Covington. He serves the Church on a national level as a member of the Pastoral Practices Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and was on the USCCB Institute on Religious Life Committee. He is also the Episcopal Liaison to the Catholic Facilities Manager Group. A member the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents since 2002, he chaired its recruitment committee. Among his memberships are the Canon Law Society of America, National Catholic Stewardship Conference, Conference for Pastoral Planning and Leaven

Most Rev. Roger Foys

Judge Maureen Lally-Green

Monsignor Robert Siffrin, V.G.

Council Development and the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators.

was counsel for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (1975 to 1978). Prior to that she was an instructor in business law at Robert Morris University and an attorney in private practice. Her present professional memberships include the Allegheny County Bar Association; the Pennsylvania Bar Association, as well as the American Bar Association, Saint Thomas More Society board member, International Bar Association, International Women’s Judges Association and the Brehon Society.

general and moderator of the curia by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, a position he continues to hold. He is also administrator of Saint Edward Parish, Youngstown. When Bishop Tobin was reassigned to the Diocese of Providence in 2005, Monsignor Siffrin was elected interim leader of the diocese until a new Bishop could be appointed. He served as diocesan administrator until the Most Rev. George V. Murry, S.J., was appointed as the fifth diocesan Bishop in 2007. Monsignor Siffrin is involved in numerous Church and civic organizations, including Faithful Friar of Ohio District 1 Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club of Youngstown, the Youngstown Symphony Board, and the Saint Joseph Care Center in Louisville, Ohio. For many years he served as chaplain for the hearing impaired, state chaplain of the Knights of Columbus and he currently serves as a chaplain for the Youngstown Police Department.

Honorable Maureen Lally-Green

Before her present appointent as dean of the Duquesne University School of Law, Dean Lally-Green served the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as associate general secretary and/or director of the Office of Church Relations from 2009 to 2015. Appointed by Governor Tom Ridge and confirmed by the Senate in 1998, Lally-Green was elected to a ten-year term on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in January of 2000. She began her career at Duquense University School of Law in 1983, moving from adjunct professor of law to visiting professor, assistant professor, associate professor and then professor of law, until her appointment as judge. She has served as a consultant to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 1985 to 1998, had her own law practice (1986 to 1998), was counsel to Westinghouse Electric Corp. (1978 to 1983) and

Monsignor Robert Siffrin, V.G.

Msgr. Siffrin, of Massillon, Ohio, was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Youngstown by Bishop James W. Malone on June 23, 1979. He served at Ursuline High School following ordination, and later became associate principal at John F. Kennedy High School, Warren, Ohio. In 1987 he was appointed director of planning for the Diocese of Youngstown and then chancellor and vicar for clergy. In 1996 he was named vicar 5

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Bishop Persico Celebrates Five Years As Bishop In Erie Bishop Lawrence T. Persico, D.D., J.C.L., S’77, will mark the fifth anniversary of his ordination to the episcopate and installation as the tenth Bishop of Erie on October 1, 2017. He also observed the fortieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on April 30, 2017. Bishop Persico is a native of Monessen, in the Diocese of Greensburg, and he served as a priest of his home Diocese for more than thirty-five years before he was appointed Bishop of Erie by Pope Benedict XVI. While a priest in Greensburg Bishop Persico served in pastoral ministry at first, and then provided thirty years of dedicated leadership and administrative work, eventually serving as Chancellor, Vicar General, and Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese. Priests today often hold

many assignments which stretch them in different directions, and Bishop Persico has led the way in this regard by holding both pastoral and administrative appointments simultaneously. In 1998 then Father Persico was appointed Pastor of Saint James Church in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, and for the next fourteen years he shepherded the people of his parish while still keeping a heavy schedule of administrative tasks on behalf of the diocesan Church. Over the past five years Bishop Persico has led the clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Erie in a comprehensive pastoral planning process which has resulted in the re-organization of the schools, parishes, and Catholic facilities and services offered throughout the Diocese. The Pastoral Plan is intended to

Most Rev. Lawrence Persico best use the human and financial resources available to the Diocese of Erie “to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in northwest Pennsylvania.” An alumnus of Saint Vincent Seminary, Bishop Persico received his Master of Divinity degree in 1976 and was ordained to the diaconate that same year by the late Bishop Nobert F. Gaughan, then Auxiliary Bishop of Greensburg and a 1945

Cardinal Wright Award Presented

Matthew Gorsich, founder of WAOB Radio, and Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., S’03, general manager of the station, received the Cardinal Wright Award from the Bishops Latin School Alumni Association, Pittsburgh at the 15th annual John Cardinal Wright Vocations Mass and Awards Banquet, held at Saint Paul Seminary, in the category of Non Alumni Special Achievers. Pictured, from left, are Most Rev. David A. Zubik, Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, who attended the event; Lawrence Kustra Esq., who received the alumni award for his years of dedication in providing legal defense for those who without his help would otherwise have none; Gorsich; Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, current Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Father Boniface; Deacon Greg Jelinek, a teacher in the Catholic schools for 30 years and a permanent deacon since 1999. Photo by Skip Hary. Leaven


graduate of Saint Vincent Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 30, 1977 by Bishop William G. Connare, Bishop of Greensburg, and a 1936 alumnus of the Seminary. Bishop Persico has served as a member of the Seminary’s Board of Regents since 2013 and contributes to the work of the Board, among other ways, through his membership on the Bishops’ Committee on Priestly Formation. In 2015 he was honored with the Saint Vincent Seminary Alumnus of Distinction Award. Bishop Persico has also been active as a member of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and has ministered as the chaplain to both the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg and the Benedictine Sisters of Saint Emma’s Monastery in Greensburg. Bishop Persico is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and is a Member of the Order Sons of Italy in America. In his remarks at the Mass of his ordination as Bishop of Erie, Bishop Persico made a request of the entire congregation: “pray for me that I may be a good shepherd and servant after the heart of Jesus so that together we may be effective in helping to build the Kingdom of God here in the Diocese of Erie.” The students, faculty, staff and alumni of Saint Vincent Seminary join in that same prayer and are confident that Bishop Persico will bring to completion the good work the Lord has begun in him. —Edward Mazich, O.S.B. Fall 2017, Volume 25, Number 2

alumni day 2017

Monsignor Mauricio West, S’79, was the main celebrant and homilist for the annual Alumni Day Mass on September 19. At a dinner following Mass, he was presented with an Alumnus of Distinction Award by Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B., Seminary rector. Monsignor West serves as the vicar general and chancellor of the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina. He was ordained to priesthood on June 2, 1979. Since that time, he has served as vice president for student affairs, Belmont Abbey College, parochial vicar at Saint Gabriel Catholic Church, and vicar


general and chancellor of the Diocese of Charlotte. He was named Prelate of Honor by His Holiness, Pope Saint John II, in 2002. He earned both the master of arts and the master of divinity degrees from Saint Vincent Seminary. In addition to work in the diocesan Chancery, Monsignor is active in his local community. Currently he serves on the Catholic University Institute of Buea (Cameroon) Foundation Board (Chair), the Institutional Review Board of Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center (Charlotte), the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese


of Charlotte, Queens University of Charlotte Board of Trustees, Catholic Diocese of Charlotte Housing Corporation Board (President), the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life Board (Consultor). He is a past recipient of the Belmont Abbey College Grace Award, the National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award, the African American Affairs Ministry Award, the Glenda RollinsGaither Service Award, the Father Conrad Lewis Kimbrough Pro-Life Award, and a member of the Cardinal Newman School Alumni Hall of Fame.

Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., chancellor, pictured above, and Father Edward also recognized Most Rev. Roger Foys, Bishop of the Diocese of Covington, photo at left, for completing 13 years of service on the Seminary Board of Regents. Bishop Foys was very active with a number of Board committees and has been a faithful supporter of the Seminary. In the photo to the left of Archabbot Douglas is Father Daniel Wolfel, O.S.B., P’46, C’50, S’54, who was the oldest alumnus of the Seminary attending the event. Fall 2017, Volume 25, Number 2

UPCOMING EVENTS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18 Ministry of Acolyte, Most Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen, 5 p.m., Archabbey Basilica SATURDAY OCTOBER 21 Giancarlo Parodi, Organ Concert, 7 p.m., Archabbey Basilica THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16 Founders’ Day, Campus Light-Up Night THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16 THROUGH JANUARY 7 Opening Reception, Madonna and Child: Nativity Scenes from the Saint Vincent Collections, 6 to 8 p.m., Saint Vincent Gallery SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19 Saint Vincent Camerata, 3 p.m., Archabbey Basilica DECEMBER 2 Handel’s Messiah, 7 p.m. Saturday, Archabbey Basilica. For tickets: 724-805-2177 SATURDAY DECEMBER 9 Saint Vincent Camerata, 7 p.m., Archabbey Basilica SATURDAY FEBRUARY 10 Seminary Mardi Gras, Fred Rogers Center. For tickets: 724-805-2177 Leaven

Faculty Members Collaborate On New Book About Spiritual Direction Two Saint Vincent Seminary faculty members have collaborated on a book about spiritual direction that has been released this fall by Emmaus Road Publishing. “Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love, is primarily intended to support individuals who are being drawn into the ministry of spiritual direction,” said Father Boniface. This includes priests who are seeing the need to offer more spiritual direction as part of their priestly ministry. It also includes consecrated religious and lay faithful who are finding that people are coming to them for guidance. The audience may include people in helping professions, such as nurses, hospital chaplains, hospice volunteers, teachers, coaches, and even parents, who are in a position to listen to and support individuals whom they are serving and with whom they develop one-on-one relationships. “For a spiritually-minded person, this listening and support can start to take on the shape of spiritual direction,” said Father Boniface, who serves as director of spiritual formation for the Seminary. Father Tom, who is professor of theology, notes the book can also “be helpful for individuals who are striving to grow in their own spiritual lives.” He said that various aspects of the spiritual life “emerge from and are fostered by a one-on-one relationship with 8

Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B.

Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B.

a spiritual director. By reading about and reflecting on these aspects of the spiritual life, we believe it will help the recipients of spiritual direction and anyone who is seeking to grow closer to the Lord to better understand spiritual development and growth in the Holy Spirit.” While the primary benefit of the book is the initial or ongoing formation of spiritual directors, the authors note, a secondary benefit is to assist the recipients of spiritual direction and anyone who is seeking to grow closer to the Lord to better understand spiritual development and growth in the Holy Spirit. “Another benefit,” said Father Boniface, “is in the references to both modern and classical works of spirituality and showing how they can be applied in a coherent approach to spiritual direction.” The book’s overview notes that: “Pope St. John XXIII, Pope

St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis all taught about the importance and need for spiritual directors to care for the spiritual needs of the faithful through a pastoral ministry of accompaniment. The notion of ‘accompaniment’ plays a significant role in the approach to the New Evangelization as taught by Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel. Sadly, there is a dearth of good spiritual directors. This is partly because there are men and women with a capacity for spiritual direction who are not responding to this calling, or who lack formation. The goal of this book is to provide some of the needed motivation and formation for spiritual direction with the hope of encouraging more men and women to take up the art of arts as spiritual directors. “This book provides a practical and comprehensive approach to spiritual direction. Fall 2017, Volume 25, Number 2

The authors define spiritual direction as ‘a one-on-one relationship between a director and a directee in which the directee’s relationship with God is the fundamental reference point.’ Far from any view of the spiritual director as a spiritual guru who simply provides pat answers to spiritual questions, the authors espouse, as the primary means for direction, a way of listening they describe as ‘vulnerable attentiveness.’ The goal of this listening is to support the directee in developing a greater vulnerability and openness to God’s love. The approach to spiritual direction presented is fully Christcentered and at the same time it harmonizes well with and references the psychological sciences. “Building on the foundational path of listening with vulnerable attentiveness, this book explores important themes that arise in spiritual direction, including specific guidance for helping the directee deepen his life of prayer, identification of passages in prayer


n the tradition of the Church, FOCUS has long recognized the importance of solid spiritual direction for its missionaries. Father Tom and Father Boniface draw on that rich tradition to provide an accessible text on the many facets of spiritual direction. Those involved in, or considering, spiritual direction will be sure to mine many gems from this work.” —Curtis Martin Founder, Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS)

and growth in the spiritual life, psychological models that can assist the spiritual director, and fostering spiritual healing through spiritual direction. The book concludes with a look at the spiritual director himself, including a discussion of some important qualities a spiritual director should have and a look at the supervision and

self-awareness needed by the spiritual director to help him be as effective as possible. “Because the Holy Spirit is the ultimate spiritual director and Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word filled with the Holy Spirit, is the exemplar for every spiritual director, this book refers extensively to Sacred Scripture, deriving principles from

the Word of God to guide spiritual directors. Furthermore, the practice of spiritual direction goes back to the first centuries of the Church. The authors turn for guidance to the Doctors of the Church, the writings of the saints and papal magisterium in developing and supporting their insights.” “Locked away in the depths of our souls is the most intimate part of our being—a place which at times is known to God alone,” noted Mother Dolores Marie, PCPA, of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Hanceville, Alabama. “Yet, if we desire to advance in our quest for God, the role of a gifted spiritual director is essential, and can be pivotal in opening up those depths to allow for greater healing and light. This is a most delicate and sacred art for which directors would do well to seek ongoing formation. Saint Teresa of Avila knew first hand how much harm could be done by ‘misguided guides’! Here is where our Fathers (Continued on Page 11)


ne of the paradoxes of our time is that as our knowledge of and power over the material world grow, the souls of so many people starve for meaning. The art of spiritual direction—the art of guiding and feeding the human hunger for God —has never been more urgently needed. The authors have written a superb guide to giving spiritual direction, and receiving it as well, worthy of the masters. I highly recommend it.” —Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Archbishop of Philadelphia



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FCSLA Visits Seminary, Steelers Training Camp Members of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association visited the annual training camp of the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 8, 2017. Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B., rector of Saint Vincent Seminary, celebrated Mass for the association members in the Basilica Crypt, followed by lunch. Association members provide support for scholarships at a number of Seminary functions throughout the year, including Alumni Day and the annual Mardi Gras celebration. Photos by Thomas Fitzsimmons.



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piritual directors will be encouraged, enlightened, and formed by this book.” —Jen Settle Managing Director of the Theology of the Body Institute

(Continued from Page 9) come to the rescue in outlining with great care how to guide souls willing to embark upon that ‘itinerarium’--the journey of a soul to God. This book takes the reader on a thorough exploration of this topic, including guidance for both directees and directors on both the spiritual and the psychological planes. We are reminded of the preciousness of each soul and the love, patience and prayerfulness that are necessary qualities for those entrusted with directing souls in their relationship with God. Their love for souls and lessons learned through experience come through clearly in these pages, along with hope for the marvels that can be wrought in souls by God’s grace. May this book bear the fruit of great holiness for priests, religious and laity who long to deepen in their own prayer life and are called to lead others on that same path.” “The demand for sound spiritual directors far outpaces the supply, leaving so many who could be helped toward sanctity stumbling on the journey,” said Father Roger J. Landry, national chaplain, CatholicVoices USA, Catholic “Those who have the capacity to be solid Leaven

directors through having received good formation in the art of prayer and holy Christian living often hesitate to take on guiding others because all they think they know is what they have received in direction themselves. That’s

for Sharing the Father’s Love, includes a forword by Bishop Gregory Mansour, bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn. Father Boniface, of State College, earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science and a master of science degree in computer science from Penn State University in 1997. A year later he entered the monastery and made his final profession of vows in 2002. He earned master of arts and master of divinity degrees from Saint Vincent Seminary, and


hree cheers for this fine book on spiritual direction including much supportive psychology. The authors’ numerous insightful examples will be a treasure trove for every spiritual director.” —Paul C. Vitz, Ph. D. Professor, Institute for the Psychological Sciences, Divine Mercy University Professor Emeritus, New York University

why Fathers Acklin and Hicks have done the whole Church, present and future directors, and the directees they will guide an enormous service in fusing the Church’s spiritual wisdom and their extensive experience into a superb, systematic primer. This work will help present directors improve how they exercise this art and give those who are being called and asked to serve as directors the confidence and competence to say fiat to this sacred responsibility.” Spiritual Direction: A Guide 11

was ordained to the priesthood in 2004. Following ordination, he returned to Penn State where he completed his Ph.D. in computer science in 2007. He has served as a campus minister, faculty member, spiritual director and retreat master, and has also been involved with WAOB (We Are One Body) radio station, Latrobe, since its formation in 2010, presently serving as program director. Father Thomas, a former rector (1989-2001) of Saint Vincent Seminary, is known as a spiritual director, counselor,

retreat master, psychoanalyst and author. A native of Aliquippa, he received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Duquesne University in 1971, a master of arts degree in philosophy from Duquesne in 1975, and a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1978. He professed solemn vows in 1979. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1980. He earned a licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1980, a doctor of philosophy degree in 1982, and a doctor of Sacred Theology degree in 1983 from the University of Louvain, Belgium. Father Thomas has also received professional psychoanalytic training and formation from the Belgian School of Psychoanalysis (1980-1982); Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center (1982-1985); and the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute (1985-1994), and is certified by The American Boards for Accreditation and Certification of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (1985). He is also a member of the American and International Psychoanalytic Associations. He is the author of two books, The Unchanging Heart of the Priesthood and The Passion of the Lamb, and he has given many retreats, especially to priests, Benedictines and members of contemplative religious orders. He hosted the program “Insights, Religion from a Psychological Perspective,” on WEDO Radio; was co-host on “Real to Reel,” WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, and has appeared on “The Inner Life” on Relevant Radio, and EWTN. Fall 2017, Volume 25, Number 2

Walking the Way

Two Seminary Alumni Trek 170 Miles to Santiago de Compostela

The Camino de Santiago, the Way of Saint James, is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of Saint James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. Yearly, hundreds of thousands of people of various backgrounds walk the Camino de Santiago either on their own or in organized groups. By Father Stuart Crevcoure, S’00

The journey started out as a conversation about weight loss on Facebook®. “You know what’s a good way to lose ten pounds?” I said. “Spend ten days walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.” With that, my friend Father Mark Weiss, S’02, and I began

planning a walking pilgrimage along the Way of Saint James in June, 2017. The French route of the Camino de Santiago, beginning in the Pyrenees and traversing north-central Spain, is the most famous and heavily traveled route. However, there are multiple routes maintained by regional councils, many of the roads dating back to ancient times. In 2008 I walked the Portuguese Camino with a small group of students from Oklahoma State University where I was chaplain. It was a road once travelled by

from the southeast. Avoiding the snows in the high mountain passes, the Winter Way was a milder, less arduous route following the river valleys of southern Galicia. The Invierno is still developing some of the pilgrim infrastructure that one finds on the more traveled routes. We wanted something that would be a quieter, more retreat-like walk, and this path was ideal. Along the Invierno route itself we encountered only three Spaniards from Cantabria and one Frenchwoman from Bordeaux (she was in her 60s and by the time she finished her Camino would have walked 2000 kilometers).

Father Stuart Crevcoure along the route. He is currently pastor of St. Brigid Parish and campus ministry director for Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Father Mark Weiss enjoys a Galician delicacy: octopus! Father Weiss is pastor of Holy Infant Parish in York Haven, PA, and chaplain at Trinity High School in Camp Hill, in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Leaven

Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Thomas Becket, and Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, among others. There are many roads that lead to the shrine of Saint James the Apostle, all of them with a unique character. For our pilgrimage, we decided on the newly-recognized Camino de Invierno, the Winter Way which departs from the French route in the town of Ponferrada and joins other routes to enter Santiago


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First waymark of the Camino Invierno. I met Father Weiss in Philadelphia on June 4 for our flight to Madrid. Upon arrival, we traveled by bus to Ponferrada to begin our Camino the next day. That morning, scores of pilgrims set off along the French route up into the mountains, while we took a left-hand turn and headed southwest on the Invierno, a ten-day trek covering 170 miles. The sights along our Camino were stunning views of mountains, vineyards, hills, forests and rivers. There were ruined castles (and sometimes intact

ones) perched on the peaks of rocky outcrops, churches both magnificent and humble, including the tiny chapel of Our Lady of Remedies, built in 980 AD in the upper town of Lalin. Sometimes we were on paved roads, often gravel paths, and not infrequently along the old stone roads that dated back to Roman times, when the Empire mined the mountains of Galicia for silver and gold. Best of all were the people whose acquaintance we made along the way­—not only fellow pilgrims, but the people of the places through which we passed. Even in this secular age, most residents along the route recognize a peregrino and offer a warm welcome and hospitality. We would usually stop for morning prayer about an hour into our day, and in one hamlet that was little more than a crossroads a lady came out bearing two mugs of café con leche and pieces of cake when she saw us resting and praying on a bench. Upon arriving in Santiago de Compostela, we spent a couple of days in the city to make peace with the end of

our journey. We venerated the relics of Saint James in the great basilica, concelebrated the noon Pilgrim’s Mass and witnessed the swinging of the giant 200-pound thurible, the botafumeiro. Along with hundreds of other arrivals, we presented to the cathedral chapter of Santiago our credentials verifying our route and received our compostela certificates. Then we began our journey home, returning to Madrid for our flight back to the U.S.

It was a marvelous thing to follow in the steps of the millions of pilgrims through the ages who have wended their way to Santiago. Father Mark Weiss and I felt privileged to re-connect with one another in our priestly fraternity so many years after studying at Saint Vincent Seminary together. We were spiritually renewed, for the Camino is as much about the journey as it is the destination. And we did each lose ten pounds!

The Basilica of Santiago de Compostela.

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The Tenth Century Chapel of Our Lady of Remedies.


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Presenting Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, second from left, with an honorary doctorate are, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., chancellor, left; Rev. Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B., academic dean, third from left, and Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B., rector.

Abbot Primate Receives Honorary Degree From Seminary Abbot Gregory Polan, O.S.B., the newly-elected Abbot Primate of the worldwide Benedictine Order, spoke at the 171st annual commencement of Saint Vincent Seminary, held on Friday, May 12, in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Abbot Gregory, who, until his election as Abbot Primate, was the Abbot of Conception Abbey in Missouri, represents the International Federation of Benedictine Abbeys throughout the world. He was also presented with the doctor of divinity degree, honoris causa. “Because we are capable of faith,” Abbot Gregory said, “we believe that all experiences, decisions, successes and failures, sins and graces, blessings and disappointments come to us as part of a divine plan. This divine plan unfolds in a way that shows us how close our God is to us. Nothing happens that doesn’t Leaven

inform and sometimes deform us. The surprises in life’s journey often carry a message that is important for our reflection, at the end, to see how God is acting in our lives, to show us the path of redemption. Calling graduation day, as well as their ordination days “truly sacred days,” he said “it is worthwhile for us to consider how they shape our future and our growth into the person of Jesus Christ.” Referring to novelist Irving Stone’s work The Agony and The Ecstasy, which tells the history of the painting of the Sistine Chapel by Michaelangelo Buonarroti, Abbot Gregory noted that “there was an initial fervor in Michelangelo, followed by a total rejection of what had been asked of him. Fleeing from his work which at first enticed him he found himself alone in the mountains outside of Rome taking in the 14

beauty of nature and seeing the creative hand of God in all that surrounded him. With new inspiration he returned to Rome now to take on the task of starting all over.” Interrupted again by fatigue, he said, Michelangelo was not certain he could finish the work and Pope Julius II withrew his patronage. But a fellow artist, Raphael, “came to plead for Michelangelo to the Pope.” Appealing to Pope Julius II and to Michelangelo, both men agreed that the work would resume. Abbot Gregory reminded the graduates of their class in Biblical Greek, looking at the meaning of the word Agonia, which initially referred to the art of training which athletes underwent to achieve a crown of victory. “It is all,” he said, “all the experiences, the decisions, the slow starts, the disappointing results and the minor

successes that come together in the end to bring forth victory, a success story, a triumph over human weakness.” Turning to Scriptures to see and reflect on Luke’s gospel, where the word Agonia appears, Abbot Gregory noted that the word appears at a significant moment in the account of the Passion narrative, the text reading, ‘in his agonia, Jesus prayed more earnestly and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling to the ground.’ ... Luke is suggesting to us here that like the athlete who has long, wisely, deliberately and devotedly prepared himself for the event, so has the whole life of Jesus pointed to this ultimate moment of decision. “He seeks to do the Father’s will with all that has gone into his life thus far, his union of prayer with the one he called Abba, his encounters with the scribes and Pharisees, the Fall 2017, Volume 25, Number 2

love of his mother Mary, the discouragement of apostles who could not understand his teaching, the crowds who came to him for healing, and understanding what the father was asking for him. In the end there would be profound redemption, redemption of the whole world, but much would have gone into bringing it to completion. “Saint Luke draws on this cultural image of the athlete seeking to give us all that is necessary to bring this endeavor to a victorious conclusion for us to see how our own lives are called to parallel the life of Jesus in our own journey into the Paschal Mystery. Abbot Gregory asked the graduates to consider their years in the seminary in the Greek sense of Agonia, “a time in which you are bringing together all of your life experiences and reflecting on them and seeing them in the light of the wondrous land of God in your own life. These years have been ... a time of divining your pastoral muscles for the service of others. “Like Jesus, who committed himself to moving forward in fulfilling the will of the Father,” he said, “so are you committing yourselves to move forward to answering the call of God and fulfilling the will of the Father in presenting yourselves for ordination.” These endeavors, he said, are about “doing the father’s will. ... The Agonia will make us sweat bullets of fear of our responsibilities and of the answers that lie before us. Yet your own fear, your studies, your prayer, and your many Leaven

experiences, remain with you in order to lead you to a kind of service that marked that of Jesus in the Gospels. “All of your life has been leading you to this day of commencement,” he said, “of new beginnings. In a special way preparations of the past four years have given you the tools now to go forth to do God’s will to serve others generously, especially those in greatest need, to preach the word of Christ, to expand yourself in ways that you will have come to serve the person of Christ in whomever you meet. “The cost of discipleship is great, my brothers. It is a total gift of your life, but its rewards are beyond price. Because of God’s love for you he invites you to partner with him in the work of salvation for the Kingdom of God. God has special tasks for you to accomplish for him, to partner with him.” Abbot Gregory advised graduates to “continue to listen to that still, quiet voice because it is God, the Holy Spirit, who guides you and me, and all of us here toward what is important in life, serving others in a way that defines your character. You have been given gifts and talents by God. You will find great joy in using those gifts, giving them away only to find that these very gifts will come back to you greater than before and in abundance. Listen to your heart. This is where the Holy Spirit dwells within you most profoundly. ... Listen with the ear of your heart. Trust the divine voice that challenges you, for there you will find great peace.” 15

Twelve Degrees Awarded

Twelve degrees were awarded to seminarians at the 171st annual commencement of Saint Vincent Seminary on May 12. ARCHDIOCESE OF BEIJING

Panji (Peter) Ren of Xi’an, China, is a 2004 graduate of Zhouzhi High School, Xi’an. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Beijing Diocesan Seminary, Beijing, China in 2009. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2017, summa cum laude, as well as the master of arts degree, summa cum laude. He was awarded the Omer U. Kline, O.S.B., Excellence in Preaching Award, given by the Rector’s Council to the student who has most clearly demonstrated excellence in preaching during his fourth year of study. He also received the Honorable Judge Bernard F. Scherer Award, given by the faculty to the student who most exemplifies the qualitites evident in the life and mission of Judge and Professor Scherer, a man who, above and beyond his legal career, dedicated much of his life to teaching and forming students at Saint Vincent College and Seminary. The recipient must share the judge’s love for learning, for discerning God in all things and his love for sharing his faith with all of God’s people and demonstrate that love in both his academic and human formation, demonstrate the wisdom and interconnectedness of all life, specifically regarding the corporal works

of mercy and the love for the poor and needy, demonstrate discretion and humility and who is a living witness to hope in Jesus Christ. Jie (John) Shi of Wu Hai, China, is a 2007 graduate of Chahar Right Front Banner No. 1 Middle School, Ji Ning City, Inner Mongolia. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Bejing Diocesan Seminary in 2010. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2017, magna cum laude, as well as the master of arts degree, magna cum laude. DIOCESE OF ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN

Peter D. Crowe of Pennsylvania Furnace is a 2004 graduate of State College Area High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Hampden Sydney College in Hampden Sydney, Virginia, in 2008. He completed the pre-theology program at Gannon University, Erie, in 2013. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2017, cum laude. He also received the Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B., Sacred Scripture Award, given by the Scripture faculty to the student who has most demonstrated excellence in the study of Sacred Scripture. DIOCESE OF COVINGTON

Britton Clark Hennessey is a 2000 graduate of Augusta High School in Kentucky in 2000, and earned a bachelor of business administration degree with an emphasis in (Continued on Page 16) Fall 2017, Volume 25, Number 2

(Continued from Page 15) business information systems from Morehead State University, Kentucky, in 2004. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2017, cum laude. He received the Diakonia Award for Student Service. The recipient is nominated by the entire Seminary community and chosen by the faculty. The award is given for outstanding academic performance, service to the community by contributing to student morale and spirit, leadership, creative outreach and

recommendation by the student body. Vaughn Ross Kelsch of Augusta, Kentucky, is a 2006 graduate of Augusta Independent High School, Kentucky. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2017. DIOCESE OF ERIE

David A. Whiteford of Waterford is a 2009 graduate of Collegiate Academy, Erie. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from

Gannon University, Erie, in 2013. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2017. CONCEPTION ABBEY

Brother Etienne Huard, O.S.B., of Conception Abbey, Missouri, is a 1999 graduate of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Conception Seminary College in 2009. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2017, cum laude, as well as the master of arts degree, cum laude. SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY

Father Pio (Peter Paul)

Adamonis, III, is a 1986 graduate of Saint James High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Penn State University in 1990. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2017. Brother Canice (Daniel) McMullen, O.S.B., is a 2006 graduate of State College Area High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University in 2010. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2017, magna cum laude.

Front, from left, Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B., rector; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., chancellor; Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg; Abbot Primate Gregory Polan; Rev. Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B., academic dean; second row, from left, Ross Kelsch, Diocese of Covington; Rev. Pio Adamonis, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; Britton Hennessey, Diocese of Covington; David Whiteford, Diocese of Erie; back, from left, Jie Shi, Archdiocese of Beijing; Peter Crowe, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown; Panji Ren, Archdiocese of Beijing; Brother Etienne Huard, O.S.B., Conception Abbey; Brother Canice McMullen, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey. Leaven


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2017-2018 Seminary Class, Administration

aint Vincent Seminary students and members of the Rector’s Council gathered for a group photo. Front, from left, Rev. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., director of spiritual formation; Rev. László Simon, O.S.B., visiting professor in Sacred Scripture; Rev. Nathan Munsch, O.S.B., director of pastoral formation; Rev. Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B., academic dean; Very Edward Mazich, O.S.B., rector; Rev. John Mary Tompkins, O.S.B., vice rector and director of human formation; Rev. Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B., assistant professor and director of liturgical formation; Rev. Emmanuel Afunugo, dean of students and assistant professor of moral theology; Deacon Lawrence Sutton, Ph.D., director of pretheologian formation; Rev. Maurus Mount, O.S.B., assistant professor of classical languages. Second row, from left, Brother Ignatius Camello, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, second theology; Brother Conrad Wald, O.S.B., Saint Andrew Abbey, third theology; Joseph Petrone, Diocese of Erie, second theology; Deacon Andrew Boyd, Diocese of Erie, fourth theology; Joseph Uzar, Jr., Diocese of Pittsburgh, second theology; Brother Giles Larsen, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, first theology; Brother Martinho Zevallos, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, fourth theology; Vien Nguyen, Archdiocese of Hanoi, integrated language program; Kristian Sherman, Diocese of Pittsburgh, second theology; Deacon Benton Clift, Diocese of Covington, third theology; Joseph (Chen) Guo, Archdiocese of Beijing, integrated language program. Third row, from left, Joseph Rielage, Diocese of Covington, first theology; Jordan Hainsey, Diocese of Covington, first theology; Tan Nguyen, Archdiocese of Hanoi, integrated language program; Brother Samuel Pinheiro, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, first theology; Brother Cassian Edwards, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, first theology; Matthew Marinelli, Diocese of Metuchen, third theology; Michael Tabernero, Diocese of Metuchen, third theology; John Flynn, Diocese of Pittsburgh, first theology; Justin Treon, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, pre-theology I; Andrew (Xianen) Yan, Archdiocese of Beijing, third theology; Minh Pham, O.Cist., Saint Joseph Monastery, third theology. Fourth row, from left, Brother Barnabas O’Reilly, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, pre-theology II; Michael Pleva, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, first theology; Brother Dominic Leo, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, fourth theology; Gustavo Rodriguez-Perez, Diocese of Metuchen, second theology; Brother Lawrence Machia, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, fourth theology; Brother Louis Carey, O.S.B., Saint Andrew Abbey, fourth theology; Brother Joachim Morgan, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, fourth theology; John Hepinger, Diocese of Erie, second theology; Christopher Pujol, Diocese of Greensburg, pre-theology II; Dale Nieberding, Diocese of Covington, first theology; Mark Groeger, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, first theology; Michael Grady, Diocese of Covington, third theology; Julian Uribe Barrientos, Diocese of Metuchen, first theology; Brother Robert Austin, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, pre-theology I; John Baumann, Diocese of Covington, pre-theology I. Photo by Jim Andrews, Andrews Photography Leaven


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Saint Vincent Seminary Holy Land Pilgrimage Tour Early Christians often referred to the Gospel of “the Land,” the place where Jesus walked, where the prophets lived, where Christianity began. This spring, Father Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B., academic dean and professor of Sacred Scripture and Biblical Languages at Saint Vincent Seminary, will lead a pilgrimage tour to the Holy Land, for third and fourth year seminarians and a limited number of alumni, to help them see, hear, smell, taste and experience the faith in a living and vibrant way.

Seminarians will experience the Holy Land in person, said Father Patrick, who spent 11 years living and studying in Jerusalem. They will “walk the land of Christ, taste the fruits, smell the air, see the views. The Holy Land experience will give our seminarians the unique perspective of having been in the places where Jesus spoke in parables, taught the beatitudes and worked the miracles They will walk the streets that Jesus walked and will follow His footsteps in the way of the Cross and Calvary.

They will encounter the passion that unites Jesus of the resurrection and ascension.” The fourth year deacons who are preparing for ordination will be given opportunities to preach at significant biblical sites and the third-year men who are acolytes will be given the opportunity to serve at liturgies. Trip participants will visit the area where Jesus grew up, and where he performed much of his ministry; Nazareth, Mary’s home, and where Jesus lived as a child; and Cana, where Jesus performed

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magine what it would be like to follow the actual footsteps of Jesus, the Prophets, the apostles, and disciples. That experience is profound. As our seminarians visit places in the Gospel where Jesus lived and died, preached, performed miracles, and rose from the dead, they deepen their understanding of his life and ministry. In this way, Saint Vincent Seminary’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land becomes an essential part of the formative and educational experience of our seminarians. The trip is open to diocesan and Benedictine seminarians in the later stages of their studies leading to ordination. Please consider a gift to help our young men grow in their understanding and appreciation of our faith. It will enrich their understanding of the life of Christ for a lifetime of service to the People of God. Gifts in any amount are appreciated. To make your gift use this envelope and send your sponsorship check, noting in the memo “Saint Vincent Seminary Pilgrimage 2018.” Thank you for all you do to support our seminarians and their formation and education. Mr. Shannon Jordan • Director of Development • 724-532-6740 • Leaven


his first miracle. The group will visit many churches that are built on significant sites, as well as important archaeological sites and museums, walking more than 9,000 steps daily. Not only will they visit sites related to the New Testament and Jesus’ ministry, such as the Garden of Gethsemane, the tomb of Mary and the Mount of Olives, but they will also visit sites related to the city of David and Solomon. This eight-day immersion experience will travel into the heart of the Bible and of Jesus, Father Patrick said. The first trip, in the spring of 2016, took more than a year to plan and brought much meaning to the seminarians, who have now been ordained as priests. “It was an incredible experience, just being able to walk on the land that Jesus himself had journeyed, and to see the places where various kinds of miracles performed by Jesus took place in the Gospel,” said Father Panji Ren of the Archdiocese of Bejing, who took part in the first trip. “This pilgrimage has not only enriched my knowledge on historical facts which will benefit me in my preaching and future ministry, but also has helped me to understand the word of Jesus in a living way which will definitely deepen my spiritual life. I believe that my reading and understanding the Gospel is not going to be the same, it is going to become much deeper

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and more profound.” “The archaeological sites of Capernaum, Magdala, and Chorizim gave me a new perspective on the humanity of Jesus,” said Father Matthew Gossett, who was on the first tour. That “will leave a big mark on my study of scripture and the homilies that come out of this study. My favorite part of the trip was having the opportunity to celebrate Mass in the Holy Sepulchre, the church that contains the tomb of Christ and Golgotha. Inside of a tiny room, with space for about 3 or 4 people, we celebrated the Mass

of Easter day... the day that Christ rose from the dead in the very place that it occurred. I am still processing much of the trip and the great impact it has made on my understanding of scripture and the faith, yet I can confidently say that I would someday love to return and continue to delve deeper into the land where Jesus lived, died, and rose so that all humanity may have a chance to live.” Every place the group will visit is rich in history, connecting the land and its history to the readings and the Gospels. “The Seminary’s pilgrimage

to the Holy Land is an event which will be remembered by each of the participants as long as they live,” said Rector Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B. “Nothing can compare to the experience of actually walking in the villages where Jesus lived and preached, and seeing the various sights that greeted him each day of his earthly life. Providing our seminarians this opportunity has proven to be a great contribution to the overall program of formation at Saint Vincent, which seeks to imbue in the men that same spirit of faith, love, and zeal which the very first disciples of our Lord

so powerfully employed for the spread of the good news.” The forthcoming trip this spring will also be open to a limited number of alumni and friends of the Seminary, depending on the final number of seminarians and staff members who are attending. The trip is limited to twenty people in order to allow for an expanded itinerary and the opportunity for the group to celebrate Mass and pray in sites that do not always accommodate larger groups. For information contact Father Patrick, patrick.cronauer@, 724-805-2324.

New Students Arrive

New students in 2017-2018 include:



Brother Robert S. Austin, O.S.B., of Hagerstown, Maryland, is entering the pre-theology program. He is a 2009 graduate of North Hagerstown High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in theology from Mount St. Marys University in 2013. The son of Lucy Austin of Hagerstown and Michael Austin, he professed simple vows as a Benedictine monk in July. Brother Samuel Pinheiro, O.S.B., of Vinhedo, Brazil, is a 2008 graduate of Colegio Pro Cotil, Limeíra, São Paulo, Brazil. He has a bachelor of arts degree from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Campinas. He is the son of Adão Jose Pinheiro and Vanía Aparecida Pedro Pinheiro of Limeíra, Brazil. Brother Placid Sellers, O.S.B., of Penn Hills, graduated from Penn Hills Senior High School in 1975 and from Edinboro University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in communication graphics in 1979. His past work experience has been in photography, video production and graphic design. Leaven


Justin P. Treon of Cresson is entering the pre-theology program. He is a 2013 graduate of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, in 2017. He is the son of Raymond and Mary Ann Treon of Cresson.


John D. Baumann of Walton, Kentucky, is entering the pre-theology program. He is a 2011 graduate of Saint Henry District High School, Erlanger, Kentucky and studied philosophy at Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus. He is the son of David and Julia Baumann of Walton. Jordan M. Hainsey of Hollidaysburg is entering the theology program. A 2007 graduate of Hollidaysburg High School, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design and marketing from Saint Vincent College in 2011. He is the son of Raymond and Denise Hainsey of Hollidaysburg. Dale M. Nieberding of Dayton, Ohio is a 1976 graduate of Carroll High School, Dayton. He earned a bachelor of science degree in horticulture from Ohio State (Continued on Page 20) Fall 2017, Volume 25, Number 2

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(Continued from Page 19) University in Columbus in 1980 and completed a bachelor of Sacred Theology degree at Saint Augustine/Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is a son of the late James R. and Mildred F. Nieberding.


John P. Flynn of Valencia is a 2013 graduate of Aquinas Academy. He studied international business at Saint Vincent College and completed a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Duquense University, Pittsburgh in 2017. He also studied at the Community College of Allegheny County. He is the son of Michael V. Flynn and Heather Flynn of Valencia. DIOCESE OF ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN

Michael A. Pleva of Altoona is a 2013 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Gannon University, Erie, in 2017. He is the son of Russell and Mary Ann Pleva of Altoona.


Tam Nguyen of the Archdiocese of Hanoi is a 2009 graduate of My Tho High School, Nam Dinh, Vietnam. He studied computer science at Hanoi University of Science and Technology. He is the son of Dinh Tien Nguyen and Chin Thi Luu of Dam Dinh, Vietnam. Vien Nguyen of the Archdiocese of Hanoi is a 2011 graduate of Nguyen Khuyen High School, Nam Dinh, Vietnam. He studied law at Vietnam National Univeristy of Law. He is the son of Vinh Nguyen and Xuyen Tran of Nam Dinh. ARCHDIOCESE OF BEIJING

Joseph Chen Guo of the Archdiocese of Zhang Jiakou, China, is a 2010 graduate of Sheng Xin High School, Han Dan. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in Chinese linguistic literature from Beijing Normal University and has also studied at Beijing Diocesan Seminary. His parents are Jun Jian Guo and Pin Shu Wang of Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, China. Leaven


Craig A. Gilbert of Delmont is a student in the master of ecclesial ministry program for the Diocese of Greensburg. A 1985 graduate of Titusville High School, he earned a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. He also received a certificate in pastoral ministry from Seton Hill University, Greensburg. He is a son of the late Lyle and Sandra Gilbert. Michael P. Dargay of Greensburg is a student in the master of ecclesial ministry program for the Diocese of Greensburg. He is a 1980 graduate of Central Cambria High School, Ebensburg. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Seton Hill University in 2017 and has also studied at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. His parents are Michael S. and Barbara J. Dargay of Colver. Robert W. Stauffer of Adamsburg is a student in the master of ecclesial ministry program for the Diocese of Greensburg. He is a 1978 graduate of Greensburg Salem High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Seton Hill University, Greensburg, in 2017. He is the son of Irene D. Stauffer of Greensburg and the late John W. Stauffer.

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ake a donation to Saint Vincent Seminary in honor of a friend, colleague or family member. Consider a tribute or memorial gift today. Mail to Mr. Shannon Jordan, Seminary Development, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pa., 15650. Saint Vincent Seminary Tribute and Memorial Gifts Donors from March 21, 2017, to September 13, 2017, are included below.

In honor of: REV. THOMAS P. ACKLIN, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Barbiaux REV. MARTIN D. BARTEL, O.S.B. Mrs. Elizabeth A. Wass REV. PETER DOMINIC CROWE Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hershey BR. MATTHEW HERSHEY, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Berrena Ms. Patricia E Glatz REV. RICHARD A. INFANTE Ms. Mary Jo Dressel Our Lady of Grace Parish REV. MYRON M. KIRSCH, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Kelly BR. LAWRENCE MACHIA, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hershey REV. CANICE DANIEL MCMULLEN, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hershey Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Kelly Atty. and Mrs. James A. Meyer Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s Churches BR. JOACHIM C. MORGAN, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hershey REV. NOEL H. ROTHRAUFF, O.S.B.

Memorial, Tribute Gifts Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Kelly MRS. VELMA Z. SMITH Dr. Gregory D. Grabiak REV. PAUL R. TAYLOR, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen K. Herzing Atty. and Mrs. James A. Meyer Mrs. Barbara Nakles REV. DANIEL C. WOLFEL, O.S.B. Atty. and Mrs. James A. Meyer

In memory of: + REV. ARMAND-JEAN BALDWIN, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. James J. Valvano + REV. ALBERT C. BICKERSTAFF, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Melroy Mr. and Mrs. William W. Shearouse Jr. + FRANK V. CAHOUET Dr. Andrzej G. Groch and Ms. Cynthia Maleski Mrs. Lucine Marous + ADELIA CHEATLE Mr. Harold Cheatle + MARYANN CHERUBINI Dr. and Mrs. Jesus S. Cenizal Mr. and Mrs. Jerome DeFabo Mrs. Joan Dunn Mr. and Mrs. Phil Horrell Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Massari Ms. Cheryl M. Matta Mrs. Mary Ann McGee Ms. Linda Monroe Mr. and Mrs. Claude R. Petroy Sr. Mr. Vincent R. Piccolo Mr. and Mrs. Marc Poole Ms. Carolyn Stofko Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Strama Family Mr. and Mrs. John Strama

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Family Mr. Paul and Dr. Deborah Whiteside Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Wolford + REV. JACQUES D. DALEY, O.S.B. Mr. Mark C. Ricchini + JAMES A. DIPADOVA Mr. and Mrs. Amil A. DiPadova + JOHN F. DONAHUE Dr. Andrzej G. Groch and Ms. Cynthia Maleski Mrs. Lucine Marous + MOST REV. ROBERT W. DONNELLY Mr. and Mrs. Richard L Ruff + REV. REGIS M. FARMER The Honorable and Mrs. John K. Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Robert Luczak + ROBERT J. FISHER Mrs. Louise E. Fisher + MRS. KATHLEEN FRANZI Mr. Salvatore J. Franzi + JUDITH A. GIBBONS Rev. John J. Gibbons + EDWARD A. GROMEK Ms. Denise Ardisson Mrs. Dolores Barkley Mr. and Mrs. Walter Barton Mrs. Rebecca G. Beard Mr. and Mrs. Carl D. Burlas Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Fajt Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Gorsich and Family Mrs. Norma Gromek Mrs. Millie Krinock Mrs. Florein M. Mueller Ms. Jo Ann Oshnock Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert D. Pastor Saint Vincent Adult Servers Mrs. Josephine Smart Wingertzahn Family Miss Mary Diane Zelenak + JOYCE E. GROSS Mr. Clement F. Gross, III + WALTER AND RITA HOBART Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr. + MRS. ANNE E. KASCHAK Ms. Magdaline Donaldson Mr. and Mrs. John G. Emerick Mr. Michael G. Kaschak Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Kelly Dr. Dawn Lorenz Mr. and Mrs. Craig A. McMullen

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Faculty News Father Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B., director of liturgical formation, gave an organ concert at Saint Benedict’s Church in Baltimore, Maryland, on Pentecost Sunday, June 4th. The concert presented music from organist/composers from Churches in Paris. The concert included music by Nicolas de Grigny, Marcel Duprė, Jean Langlais, Cėsar Franck, Dom Paul Benoit, Leon Boëllmann, and Charles M. Widor. ***** Brother Elliott Maloney, O.S.B., professor of New Testament and Biblical languages, presented a paper on “God and Knowledge in St. Paul” to the Pauline Task Force

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at the annual Catholic Biblical Association meeting at Catholic University (August 5 to 8). It will be published in a book in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series. He has also been invited to publish an article for a forthcoming book called Missed Treasures—Biblical Pneumatologies and their Distinctiveness. Also forthcoming is an article for The Priest magazine on “Christ the King.” Earlier this summer Brother Elliott traveled to attend the First Mass celebrations for Brother Rafael dos Santos, O.S.B., at the Benedictine monastery in São Paulo in June. Brother Elliott will teach a new Seminary course this fall on Luke, Acts and the Catholic Epistles. In October he will address the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Clergy Conference. His topic will be “The Holy Spirit in St. Paul.” His podcasts are available for free at and are each about 15 minutes long. ***** Dr. Kathleen Borres, associate professor of systematic and Biblical theology, had a book review published in www. Beyond Dogmatism and Innocence. Hermeneutics, Critique, and Catholic Theology, Collegeville, Minnesota, 2017. 22

***** Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., rector, gave the annual monastic retreat for the community at Saint Bernard’s Abbey in Cullman, Alabama, in early June. He gave the annual retreat for the priests of the Archdiocese of Beijing, (translated by Saint Vincent alumnus Father Paul Shi) the second week in June. He also gave a weeklong workshop on seminary formation for the faculty and formators of the Beijing Archdiocesan Seminary. Together with Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., Father Edward attended the Congregation for the Clergy’s international conference on seminary formation in Rome this summer.. Father Edward gave the annual men’s retreat at Saint Vincent on the subject of Saint Paul and Christian Conversion. He traveled to Washington, D.C., for three days in early August to continue working with an editorial group on the translation and editing of the New American Bible New Testament. ***** Father Warren Murrman, O.S.B., professor of theology

and liturgy, has had two articles published in The American Benedictine Review. “Joseph Ferdinand Müller, Court Chaplain and Promoter of the Bavarian Benedictine Mission to America,” appeared in the June 2017 edition, while “Gregory Scherr and Boniface Wimmer: United in Friendship Across ‘Lands and Seas,’” appeared in September 2017. ***** Father Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B., professor of Sacred Scripture and Biblical Languages and academic dean of the Seminary represented the Seminary at the priesthood ordinations of graduating seminarians in the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky and in his home Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. He also chaired the Faculty and Administrators’ Handbook revision committee and edited and completed their work over the summer. He also prepared and revised a new edition of the Seminary Bulletin. During the summer he prepared a new course for first-year seminarians entitled, The Primary History of Ancient Israel (Genesis through II Kings). He recently submitted an article entitled, “Preaching the Advent Prophets,” for the forthcoming Advent issue of The Priest magazine. Father Patrick has been selected to serve on the Certification Board for the newly-forming Institute for Pastoral Leadership in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Fall 2017, Volume 25, Number 2

Brother Bruno Heisey, O.S.B.,Receives Award

By Kathryn Klawinski

Brother Bruno Heisey, O.S.B., lectures in Church History for Saint Vincent Seminary and explores history in his spare time. He recently has been chosen to receive the Historian of the Year Award at the annual dinner and meeting of the Cumberland Historical Society in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the monastery, Brother Bruno was a deputy recorder of deeds in Cumberland County for nine years. He has been a member of the historical society since 1980 and has authored fifteen articles and twelve book reviews for the journal Cumberland County History. He also contributed five entries to the society’s online encyclopedia, His longtime membership and significant contributions helped to earn him the award. As a Seminary faculty member, Brother Bruno’s classes have focused on many aspects of church and monastic history and culture. He currently teaches Patrology, a course in early church history, and Medieval to Counter-Reformation Church History. Other courses have included Modern Church History, the Catholic Church in the U. S., and Introduction to Monastic Spirituality, as well as seminars on Saint Gregory the Great and on Saint Bede. While his history studies and writing endeavors have been part of his life since he was a teenager, Brother Bruno’s work and life in Catholicism came later. During his process of conversion that started when he read the writings of the Fathers of the Church and saw their continuity through today, a priest friend suggested that he visit Saint Vincent to talk to Father Donald Raila, O.S.B., about the Oblates of Saint Benedict. Brother Bruno was a member of the Oblates for five years before he became a novice monk in 2001. He made his solemn profession of vows in 2005. He earned a master

of arts degree in Monastic Studies from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2004 and an M. Phil. from the University of Cambridge in 2007. In England, Brother Bruno spent a summer in Medieval Studies Summer School at the University of Cambridge in 2005 before returning the following year to do research on Saint Bede’s homilies on the Virgin Mary for his M. Phil. Between 2008 and 2015, he attended six more of the Medieval Studies Summer Schools, earning a certificate at each. He was a visiting scholar at Saint Edmund’s College at the University of Cambridge in 2014, during which he was an invited speaker on Saint Bede. What Brother Bruno has been most prolific in, though, is his writing. Besides the work he has done for the Cumberland Historical Society, he has written, upon request, two religious books: Saint Vincent Seminary from its Origins to the Present, and a book of conferences for junior monks called Prayer, Study, and Work. He had four articles published in the online version of First Things, a journal on religious and public life and other articles focusing on persons and themes in monastic history published in multiple monastic journals. One such article, “Bede’s Pepper, Napkins, and Incense,” was published in 2011 in The Downside Review. During his research, Brother Bruno found that the Latin detailing that Saint Bede gave to the priests of his monastery that had always been translated “pepper, napkins, and incense” really meant “pepper, stoles, and incense.” This article has since been cited by other scholars of Saint Bede. In addition, since late 2013, Brother Bruno has contributed to the Ink Desk, a Catholic blog about culture, covering topics from literature to model railroading. On the Ink Desk, he recently published a review of the Pittsburgh Symphony Concert at Saint Vincent. He also has authored a book of poems entitled Yet All Shall Be Well. He also has reviewed books at the request of Father Olivier Sarr, O.S.B., a professor at Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. The inspiration behind Brother Bruno’s work comes from both what he is interested in at a given time and from what others ask him to write. With all that history, life, and the church can inspire, Brother Bruno has managed to cover much of it.






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Giving Hope eet Brother Lawrence. When he took a mission trip to China and Taiwan as part of his formation, he admits he had no idea what to expect. At dinner one night a Buddhist student from Fu Jen Catholic University pointedly asked him why he wanted to be a priest. Several years into his seminary education and formation, he was baffled as how to best articuate a response. This bothered him. He didn’t have a quick answer. He was forced to reflect, compelled to draw deep within himself and define his feelings about his calling and be able to express it to this non-Christian friend he just met. That’s discernment. Saint Vincent Seminary is dedicated to forming the heart and mind of Brother Lawrence for a lifetime of conversations like these. Brother Lawrence grows stronger in his faith through prayer, deepens his understanding for why a path of goodness is needed for service, and refines his intellect through theological study. Ultimately, the answer to the question to his Buddhist friend was that he wants to give people hope. Not an empty hope that comes from wishes, but a lasting, true hope that only comes from Christ.

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revising the pew layout, new kneelers, a new accessible confessional, restroom renovations and new stations of the cross, noted Jerry Zufelt in The Catholic Accent. The new high altar is one of the key elements, as was an altar of sacrifice featuring a part of the church’s original altar. Father Robert T. Lubic, Jr., S’95, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Connellsville, supervised a renovation project at his parish, which was completed this summer. The work included a roof replacement, plaster restoration and new wiring, as well as new LED lighting, repointing of the bell tower and work on the stained glass windows. Three Gothic back altars were installed behind the main altar and the ceiling was painted dark blue with an array of gold stars. Greensburg

Father William J. Kiel, S’93, was the guest speaker

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Father Daniel C. Mahoney, S’70, pastor of Holy Family Church, Latrobe, saw the completion of renovations of the Gothic church when Bishop Edward Malesic celebrated Mass and anointed the altar with chrism on June 25. “We know that what we take away from this place of worship is just as important as what we receive here,” Bishop Malesic said. “We receive Jesus. He gives himself to us so that we can take him with us into the world. We have what the world needs. We have Christ, the Lord.” Bishop Malesic encouraged parishioners to use the rededication Mass as a way to rededicate themselves to God. The $2.5 million renovation included plaster restoration, new LED lighting, restoration of the marble flooring, new flooring under the pews, heating and air conditioning upgrades, decorative painting, cleaning and repointing of the stained glass windows,

at the Greensburg Magnificat quarterly breakfast on July 29. Magnificat is an international ministry to Catholic women, and Father Kiel was invited for his ministry of healing Masses, retreats, days of recollection and his pilgrimages to Medjugorje. Monsignor V. Paul Fitzmaurice, C’68, S’73, pastor of Saint Agnes Parish, North Huntingdon, and Father Join Moineau, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Irwin and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in North Huntingdon launched a campaign this summer to display 1,000 Ten Commandment yard signs at the homes of their parishioners. “This is a humble response to an alarming trend in our culture—relativism,” Monsignor Fitzmaurice told The Catholic Accent. He said the signs “send the message to the wider community that the local Catholic churches are united in witnessing to the truth of God’s moral law in the face of the ever-increasing secularization of society.”

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I n the Diocese of Greensburg, Bishop Edward C. Malesic, J.C.L., has made the following appointments: Father Joseph E. Bonafed, S’92, has been appointed pastor of Saint Edward Parish, Herminie and pastor of Holy Family Parish, West Newton, effective July 6. Deacon Jeffrey Cieslewicz, Sr., S’14, has been appointed to diaconal ministry at Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin, and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, North Huntingdon, under the supervision of Rev. John A. Moineau, pastor. Father Alan N. Polczynski, S’05, has been named pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Coral, and Saint Thomas More University Parish, Indiana, while continuing as assistant episcopal master

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of ceremonies and clergy moderator of Region V, effective July 24. Father Joseph E. Bonafed, S’92, has been named pastor of Saint Edward Parish, Herminie, and Holy Family Parish, West Newton, effective July 24. Deacon Jeffrey Cieslewicz, Sr., S’14, has been appointed to diaconal ministry at Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin, and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, North Huntingdon, effective July 24. Father E. George Saletrik, S’95, pastor of Church of the Resurrection, Clymer, and diocesan Scout chaplain, mentored seminarian Chris Pujol this summer as Pujol spent the summer at Camp Conestoga at the Eberly Scout Reservation, leading Scouts in flag ceremonies, vespers and

sharing reflections on their faith experiences. Saint Vincent Archabbey

Father James F. Podlesney, O.S.B., S’80, has been named pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Youngstown and Saint Cecilia Parish, Whitney, effective July 17. Father Michael Gabler, O.S.B., S’08, has been named pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, St. Marys, effective July 17. Father Peter Augustine Pierjok, O.S.B., S’88, has been named pastor of Saint Mary Parish, St. Marys, effective July 17. Father Eric Vogt, O.S.B., P’68, C’73, S’77, has been named pastor of Saint Gregory the Great Parish, Virginia Beach, effective September 1. Father Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B., S’13, has been named hospital chaplain at Westmoreland Excela Health, Greensburg, effective August 1. Father Alfred Patterson, O.S.B., C’85, S’90, has been named pastor of Saint Nicholas Parish, Nicktown, effective

Father Canice Ordained

Father Canice McMullen, O.S.B., S’17, was ordained to the priesthood on May 20 by Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. Father Canice will be serving as associate director of the Archabbey Vocation Office and assistant director of Campus Ministry and assistant to the director of Archabbey Finances and Investments. July 17. Father Benoit Alloggia, O.S.B., S’04, and Father Robert Keffer, O.S.B., have been named sacramental ministers at Saint Michael Parish, West Salisbury and Saint Mary’s

Parish, Pocahontas, effective August 14. Father Pio Adamonis, O.S.B., S’17, has been named sacramental minister at Seton Hill University for the 20172018 academic year.

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Benedictines from Saint Vincent joined Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, Bishop Emeritus Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, and their diocesan confreres for a jubilee celebration held at the Saint Joseph Center. Pictured are front, from left, Father Michael Sciberras, 50 years of priesthood; Father Vernon Holtz, O.S.B., C’58, S’62, 55 years of priesthood; Father Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B., S’77, 40 years of priesthood; Father Joseph Bonafed, S’92, 25 years of priesthood; Monsignor Larry Kulick, C’88, S’92, 25 years of priesthood; Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., C’87, S’92, 25 years of priesthood; Bishop Brandt; Father Meinrad Lawson, O.S.B., S’67, 50 years of priesthood; Bishop Malesic; Father John J. Harrold, 25 years of priesthood; Father Robert Byrnes, S’67, 50 years of priesthood; Father Robert M. Washko, 40 years of priesthood; Father Alexander L. Pleban, C’53, S’57, 60 years of priesthood and Monsignor Edward McCullough, S’67, 50 years of priesthood. Photo courtesy of Mary Seamans, The Catholic Accent. Not pictured but also celebrating anniversaries were Monsignor William Rathgeb, S’67, 50 years; Bishop Lawrence T. Persico, S’77, 40 years and Father Aaron Buzzelli, O.S.B., S’77.

At the end of their annual monastic retreat, the monks gather for Mass and honor their confreres who are celebrating the jubilees of their vows or their ordinations. Among those able to attend the Mass this year were, from left, Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., C’87, S’92, 25 years, ordination; Father Meinrad Lawson, O.S.B., S’67, 50 years, ordination; Father Bede Hasso, O.S.B., C’50, S’67, 60 years, ordination; Father Myron Kirsch, O.S.B., C’69, S’73, 50 years, profession; Brother Leo Monahan, O.S.B, 60 years, profession; Father Noel Rothrauff, O.S.B., P’45, C’50, S’54, 70 years, profession. Unable to attend the jubilarian day mass, but also celebrating their anniversaries were Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B., P’44, C’48, S’51, H’87, 70 years, profession; Father Cornelius Chang, O.S.B., C’58, S’62, 60 years, profession; Father James Leaven

Loew, O.S.B., S’96, 25 years, profession. Erie

Monsignor Edward Lohse, S’88, was appointed vicar general of the Diocese of Erie, effective March 13, replacing Monsignor Robert Smith, who retired from the position after 27 years. The position of vicar general is the second highest in a diocese after the bishop. In the Diocese of Erie, Bishop Lawrence Persico has made the following appointments: Father Joseph V. Dougherty, S’04, pastor of Saint Bibiana Parish, Galeton, including the mission churches of Sacred Heart, Gennessee and Saint Augustine, Austin. Father Michael P. Ferrick, S’97, to rector of Saint Peter Cathedral, Erie. Father Matthew J. Kujawinski, S’02, to vicar forane of Sharon Deanery, while serving as pastor of Immaculate 27

Heart of Mary Parish, Mercer and chaplain at the State Correctional Institution, Mercer. Father David A. Perry, S’00, to pastor of Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, Frenchville, including the secondary mission churches of Saints Peter and Paul, Grassflat and Saint Severin, Drifting. Father Thomas N. Trocchio, S’15, to parochial vicar of Saint Brigid Parish, Saint Agatha and Saint Mary of Grace Parishes, all in Meadville. Father James C. Campbell, S’06, to pastor of Saint Eulalia Parish, Coudersport and Saint Gabriel Parish, Port Allegany. Father Paul S. Siebert, S’85, to pastor of Saint Mark Parish, Emporium, including the secondary mission church of Saint James, Driftwood. Father David Carter, S’16, has been named parochial administrator, Our Lady Queen of the Americas Parish, Conneaut Lake, effective July 17. Father David Renne, S’13,

is undertaking graduates studies at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Brooklyn

Father Coleman J. Costello, S’67, celebrated his 50th jubilee as a priest this year. He served at many parishes including Saint Anthony’s in Green Point, Saint Francis de Sales, Saint Virgilius and Saint Saviour. Covington

Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, Bishop of the Diocese of Covington, has made the following appointments: Father Britton C. Hennessey, S’17, adjunct master of ceremonies to the bishop, for a three-year period, effective June 1. Seminarian summer assignments included Deacon Benton Clift, The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington; Alex Deters, Saint Fall 2017, Volume 25, Number 2

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Joseph Parish, Crescent Springs; Alexander Gedney, Saint Patrick Parish, Maysville; Michael Grady, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Fort Mitchell; Jordan Hainsey, Saint Timothy Parish, Union; Joseph Rielage, Saint Cecilia Parish, Independence. Father Thomas F. Picchioni, S’16, has been named parochial vicar Saint Thomas Parish, Fort Thomas, effective June 12. Father Eric L. Andriot, S’16, has been named parochial vicar of Saint Henry Parish, Elsmere, effective June 12.

Father Josiah N. Booth, S’14, has been named pastor of Saint Anthony Parish, Taylor Mill, effective June 12. Father Matthew Cushing, S’09, has been named pastor of All Saints Parish, Walton and chaplain of Sisters of Saint Joseph the Worker, Walton, effective June 12. Father Trinity P. Knight, S’14, has been named parochial vicar of Saint Joseph Parish, Cold Spring, effective June 12. Father Michael Norton, S’13, has been named pastor of Saint Francis Xavier Parish, Falmouth, effective June 12. Father Jacob Straub, S’13, has been named pastor of Saint Patrick Parish, Maysville and Saint James Mission, Minerva, effective June 12. Seminarians Alex Deters,

Deacon Martinho Ordained

Brother Martinho Zevallos (Chávez), O.S.B., was ordained to the diaconate on July 15, by Archbishop Airton José dos Santos in Brazil. He is a monk of São Bento Priory, which is a dependent foundation of Saint Vincent Archabbey. Leaven


Deacon Louis Ordained

Brother Louis Carey, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Andrew Abbey, Cleveland, was ordained to the diaconate on June 3 by Most Rev. Roger Gries, O.S.B., auxiliary bishop of Cleveland. Photo courtesy of the Abbey Vocation Office. Jordan Hainsey and Joseph Rielage were accepted as candidates for the Diocese of Covington on August 6. Candidacy is a formal declaration by the seminarian to pursue a vocation to priesthood and a formal commitment on the part of the local Church to support him. All three are now in first theology at Saint Vincent Seminary.

Father Peter Crowe, S’17, has been named parochial vicar at Saint Benedict Parish in Johnstown and chaplain at Duke LifePoint Conemaugh. Father Brian L. Warchola, S’07, has been appointed sacramental minister at the State Correctional Institution, Somerset, while continuing as administrator of Saint Michael Parish in Saint Michael.



In the Diocese of AltoonaJohnstown, Bishop Mark Bartchak has made the following appointments: Father Aron Maghsoudi, C’02, S’06, has been named administrator of Saint John the Baptist Parish in New Baltimore, while continuing as pastor of Our Lady Queen of Angels in Central City and sacramental minister at the State Correctional Institutions of Laurel Highlands and Somerset.

Father Mauricio TaberaVasquez, S’16, has been named full-time director of Catholic Identity at Immaculata High School, Somerville. Rev. Guy W. Selvester, S’90, has been appointed pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, Washington, effective June 12. Pittsburgh

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Infante, S’92, 25 years; Father Philip P. Pribonic, S’64, 50 years; Father Thomas Manion, S’57, 60 years; Father Albert Semler, S’67, 50 years; Father George DeVille, C53, S’57, 60 years; Father Jerome Dixon, C’54, S57, 60 years; Father Thomas M. Kirby, S’57, 60 years; Father Thomas F. Manion, S’57, 60 years; Father John A. Geinzer, C’64, S’68; Father Walter A. Sobon, C’63, S’67. Auxiliary Bishop William J. Waltersheid is also marking 25 years in priesthood. Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh announced a number of appointments this summer. They include: Father Thomas Sparacino, S’97, as rector of Saint Paul Seminary and director of pre-ordination formation, effective July 10. He previously served as diocesan director of vocations and pastor of Saint Richard Parish, Richland Township. Father Mark Eckman, S’85, has been appointed as administrator of Epiphany Parish,

Altoona-Johnstown Ordinations Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown ordained two men to the priesthood on May 27 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. Father Peter Crowe, S’17, and Father Jonathan Dickson. Father Crowe celebrated his first Mass at Queen of Peace Parish in Patton on May 28 and a Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of Victory, State College, his home parish, on June 3. He has been named parochial vicar at Saint Benedict Parish in Johnstown and chaplain at Duke LifePoint Conemaugh. From left are Father Matthew Reese, S’01, director of vocations; Father Crowe; Bishop Bartchak and Father Dickson. Photo courtesy of the Diocesan Vocation Office. effective September 21. He will continue in his responsibilities as vicar for clergy personnel. Father Richard Infante, S’92, was featured in a summer issue of Pittsburgh

Catholic. Raised in a family with a strong faith, he said that God and country were intertwined. This year he celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination. He has spent 13 of those years as pastor of

Our Lady of Grace Parish in Scott Township. Father Peter P. Murphy, C’64, S’68, has been named chaplain to the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Oakland, effective July 10.

Two Monks Ordained Deacons

Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, ordained Brother Lawrence Machia, O.S.B., and Brother Joachim Morgan, O.S.B., to the diaconate on May 27. Above, from left are Father Thomas Hart, O.S.B., who vested Brother Joachim; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.; Brother Joachim; Bishop Malesic; Brother Lawrence and Father Paul Houde, who vested Brother Lawrence. Leaven


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Father Philip P. Pribonic, S’64, will retire as pastor of Saint Joan of Arc Parish, South Park, on January 1, 2018. Father Jon J. Brzek, S’81, has been named parochial vicar of Saint Joan of Arc Parish, South Park Township, effective September 5. He had been serving as Navy chaplain for the Archdiocese for Military Services. Father Zachary A. Galiyas, S’15, has been named

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parochial vicar of Saint Joseph the Worker Parish; Mary, Mother of Hope Parish; Saint Vincent de Paul Parish and Saint Vitus Parish, all in New Castle; and sacramental minister, Christ the King Parish, Bessemer/Hillsville and Saint James the Apostle Parish, Pulaski, effective July 10. Father Thomas D. O’Neil, C’65, S’69, has retired as pastor of Saint Hilary Parish, Washington. Father Michael A. Zavage, S’09, has been named parochial vicar of Saint Sebastian Parish, Ross Township, effective May 30. Father David Green, S12, was ordained to the priesthood June 24 at Saint Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh. He has been named parochial vicar at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Bellevue, effective July 10. Father James F. Murphy, C’66, S’70, has retired. His last assignment was as pastor of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen Parish, Lyndora/Meridian.

Erie Deacons

Andrew Michael Boyd and Ian Ryan McElrath were ordained to the diaconate by The Most Reverend Lawrence T. Persico, S’77, Bishop of the Diocese of Erie, on April 22, 2017 at Saint Mark Seminary Chapel, Erie. Pictured above, from left, are Deacon McElrath, Bishop Emeritus Donald Trautman; Bishop Persico and Deacon Boyd. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Erie. Father Joseph R. Grosko, C’55, S’59, has begun retirement. He most recently served as administrator of Saint Agnes Parish and Holy Trinity Parish, West Mifflin. Atlanta

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Beijing Priesthood Ordinations

Father Panji Ren, S’17, center, and Father Jie Shi, S’17, second from left, were ordained to the priesthood on June 24 by Bishop Joseph Li Shan in Beijing, China. Seminary Rector Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., traveled to China for the ordinations. 30

Father Feiser Muñoz, S’13, as administrator of Saint Clement Church, Calhoun, effective August 19. Harrisburg

Father Mark Weiss, S’02, describes himself as a man of faith and science in an article in The Catholic Witness recounting his trip to Knoxville, Tennessee, to view the recent eclipse with a fellow priest. “For me,” he wrote, “the total eclipse represents the unique harmony of the sun and moon working together in providing this dazzling display. I also see the unique harmony of Jesus and Mary providing for us a wonderful sign of faith to guide us as Christians.” Priests of the Diocese of Harrisburg marking jubilees in 2017 included: Father Carl T. Tancredi, C’63, S’67, 50 years; Father Daniel F.X. Powell, S’92, 25 years; Father Darius G.C. Fall 2017, Volume 25, Number 2

Moss, S’96, 20 years; Father Timothy D. Marcoe, S’07, 10 years. Bishop Ronald W. Gainer of the Diocese of Harrisburg has made the following appointments, effective June 19: Father David M. Hereshko, S’99, to observership with the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance in Peosta, Iowa. Father Donald H. Bender, S’15, to pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Enola, and chaplain of Pinnacle Health West Shore. Father Matthew R. Larlick, S’13, to pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, Berwick. Wheeling-Charleston

In the Diocese of WheelingCharleston, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield has made the following appointment: Father Christopher M. Turner, S’04, has been appointed associate pastor of All Saints Parish in Bridgeport, effective September 6. Condolences

Father Harry Bielewicz, Jr., S’86, on the death of his father, Harry R. Bielewicz, Sr., on May 28, 2017. Father Jozef Kovacik, S’97, on the death of his father, Jozek Kovacik, in Slovakia. Father Charles McGinnis, S’06, on the death of his mother, Sandra Kay Turvey McGinnis, on December 4, 2016. Sister Mary Veronica Sabelli, R.S.M., assistant professor in philosophy, on the death of her sister, Deborah D. Sabelli, on September 5, 2017. Leaven

Covington Priesthood Ordinations Father Ross Kelsch, S’17, and Father Britton Hennessey, S’17, were ordained to the priesthood on May 19 by Bishop Roger Foys at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. Both men, who are cousins, hail from the same parish, Saint Augustine in Augusta. They both attributed their vocations to two pastors they had growing up. Father Hennessey has been assigned as parochial vicar at Saint Augustine Parish, Covington and chaplain at Newport Central Catholic High School, and Father Kelsch has been assigned as parochial vicar at Saint Timothy Parish, Union. In the top photo are Father Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B., academic dean, Saint Vincent Seminary; Father Hennessey; Bishop Foys; Father Kelsch; Father John Mary Tompkins, O.S.B., S’93, Seminary vice rector; Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., S’03, director of spiritual formation for the Seminary. Photo courtesy of The Messenger, diocesan newspaper. In the photo below, submitted by Deacon Andrew Boyd of the Diocese of Erie, they are pictured with some of their Seminary classmates, from left, John Hepinger S20, Diocese of Erie; Michael Faix S20, Diocese of Pittsburgh; Rev. Mr. Andrew Boyd S18, Diocese of Erie; Father Hennessey; Rev. Mr. Benton Clift S18, Diocese of Covington; Father Ross Kelsch; Jordon Sonnett S20, Diocese of Pittsburgh; Michael Grady S19, Diocese of Covington; AJ Gedney S22, Diocese of Covington; Alex Deters S21, Diocese of Covington. 31

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Father Mark Gallipeau

Father Mark Thomas Gallipeau, V.F., S’06, pastor of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church, Elkins, West Virginia, died April 25, 2017 after a short illness. He leaves behind his daughter Tracey, his parents Mary and Robert Gallipeau and siblings David, Stephen, Erik and Susan. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 2006 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral by Bishop Michael J. Bransfield. During his priesthood Father Mark served the Catholic parishes of Saint Francis Xavier, Parkersburg; Saint John Newman,

Marlinton; Saint Mark’s Mission and Saint Bernard Chapel at Snowshoe Mountain; Immaculate Conception, Montgomery; Saint Anthony’s Shrine in Boomer; Saint John’s in Belle; Good Shepherd Mission in Colberg; Saint Patrick’s, Coalton; Saint Brendan’s in Elkins. He served on the Presbyterial Council of Priests, was chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, Elkins Council, and Vicar Forane of the Weston Vicariate. Prior to studying for and serving as a priest, Father Mark was a professionanl ski instructor at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire and at Heavenly Valley, Reno, Nevada.

his breviary and praying the rosary,” remembered Monsignor Larry J. Kulick, C’88, S’92, who called Father Karenbauer a mentor and major influence on his own vocation. Ordained in 1970, Father Karenbauer served as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Greensburg; Saint Peter Parish, Brownsville and its former chapel in Newell; Holy Family Parish, Latrobe; Immaculate Conception Parish Connellsville and its former chapel in Dawson and the former Saint Leonard Parish, Monessen. He was pastor at Saint Hedwig Parish, Smock and its former chapel in Keisterville; Holy Family Parish, Seward and its former chapels in New Florence and Bolivar; the former Holy Cross Parish, Iselin; the former Saint Martha Parish, Leechburg; Saint Mary of Czestochowa Parish, New Kensington; and

Father Richard Karenbauer

Father Richard P. Karenbauer, S’70, died May 25, 2017. He was “extremely prayerful and devoted to

administrator of Saint Mary of Czestochowa Parish and Saint Florian Parish, United. Father James Krah

Father James Krah, C’70, S’71, on May 30, 2017. From 1979 to 1983 Father Krah served in the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and would sometimes drive 350 miles each weekend to say Mass. Ordained in 1971 in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, he served as parochial vicar at Saint Margaret of Scotland in Green Tree; Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, Whitehall and Saint Basil in Carrick. He was named coadministrator of Saint Alphonsus Parish, Springdale, when he returned to the diocese. He also served as pastor of Saint Germain Parish, Bethel Park; Saint Rose of Lima, Darlington; Saint Mary of the Mount, Mount Washington; Saint John Vianney, Hilltop and again at Saint Rose of Lima. He was also a

Erie Ordination Father David Whiteford, S’17, was ordained to the priesthood on June 9 at Saint Peter Cathedral in Erie by Bishop Lawrence Persico, S’77. Father Whiteford will be teaching at DuBois Central High School this fall. Pictured, from left, are Father Whiteford, recently-ordained Father Kyle Seyler, Bishop Persico, Bishop Emeritus Donald Trautman and recently-ordained Father Sean Kerins. Leaven


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service included parochial vicar at Saint Angela Merici Parish, White Oak; assistant director of the diocesan vocations office; dean of studies at Saint Paul Seminary; headmaster of Lawrenceville Catholic High School; chaplain education, California University of Pennsylvania; director of Catholic youth ministry for the diocese; director of chaplaincies and campus ministries; administrator of Our Lady of Victory Parish, Harwick; pastor of Saint Catherine of Sweden and administrator of Saint Lawrence O’Toole Parish, Garfield.

Ordination At Conception Abbey

Father Michael MacVeigh

Father Etienne Huard, O.S.B., S’17, of Conception Abbey, Missouri, was ordained to the priesthood on May 18 by Bishop Jerome Hanus, O.S.B., retired archbishop of Dubuque. The good example of a great uncle and cousin who were both priests helped spawn his vocation. During his time as a student at Conception Seminary College, Father Etienne was drawn to monastic life and in 2010 he professed vows as a Benedictine monk. He chose the religious name Etienne (the French version of Stephen) because Saint Stephen the Martyr is a special protector to whom he prays for guidance, and his father’s side of the family is French Canadian. As a priest, Father Huard hopes to imitate St. Stephen the Martyr even more closely. Father Etienne will be the freshman chaplain of Conception Seminary College where he will live, eat and pray with the freshman, overseeing their initial stages of priestly formation. He will also be the new kitchen master and manage the entire kitchen operations, and he will also teach permanent deacons. Photo courtesy of Conception Abbey. judge in the marriage tribunal and author of the parish council handbook for the Diocese of Cheyenne. Father William Donahue

Father William P. Donahue, C’66, S’70, retired pastor of Saint Rose Parish, Derry Township, died July 2, 2017. He was a priest of the Diocese of Greensburg for 47 years. His service included parochial vicar of Saint John the Baptist Parish, Scottdale and Saint Paul Parish, Leaven

Greensburg; pastor of Saint Sylvester Parish, Slickville; Our Lady of Grace Parish, Greensburg; Saint Regis Parish, Traffird; and Saint Rose, where he served for 19 years. He was also a chaplain at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and clergy moderator of Region 11.

Father Michael MacVeigh, C’52, S’56, on August 14. He was retired pastor of Saint Norbert Parish and also served as parochial vicar at Saint Canice Parish, Knoxville; Saint Joseph Parish, New Brighton; Saint Kieren Parish, Lawrenceville; Saint Luke Parish, Carnegie; administrator of Saint Norbert parish, Overbrook.

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Father Regis Farmer, C’68, S’73, on August 17. He was pastor of Saint Maria Goretti Parish, Bloomfield, in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. His 33

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In Memoriam: Board of Regents Honors Past Members At its fall 2017 meeting the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents passed citations of gratitude and service for two longtime members and supporters who died recently. Monsignor Paul A. Lenz, member emeritius, died on May 14, and was a member of the board for 20 years. He “was a strong advocate and ambassador for the formation program at Saint Vincent Seminary,” the citation read, and he “devoted himself to a life of priestly service first in the missions of South America and then among the native peoples of the United States.” Frank V. Cahouet, member emeritus, served the board for 18 years. He died on June 20. He had, the citation noted, “devoted interest in both the formation of priests for dioceses in the United States and those studying for ministry in the missions.” He was also deeply involved in the local civic and faith communities and significantly increased the endowment for the formation of candidates to the priesthood, with a special regard for the preaching of the Gospel.

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Monsignor Paul A. Lenz, C’46, S’49, D’95, died May 14, 2017. He was ordained in 1949 after graduating from Saint Vincent College and Seminary. He pursued graduate studies at and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He, along with his wife, Ann Walsh, who survives him, strongly supported educational and cultural institutions in the region. He was also a trustee emeritus of Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, the Senator John Heinz History Center and a director emeritus of the Extra Mile Education Foundation and of the advisory board of the Little Sisters of the Poor. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he donated funds to create the Cahouet Center for Comprehensive Parkinson’s Care at Allegheny Health Network, which opened in April 2016. His survivors also include his children, Ann P. Cahouet, Frank Cahouet, Jr., Mary Cahouet-Rotondi and David Cahouet and six grandchildren.

Ann and Frank Cahouet at a Seminary event honoring the late John Marous and Cardinal Donald Wuerl in 2011.

Frank V. Cahouet, former chairman and chief executive officer of Mellon Financial Corp. from 1987 through 1998, died June 20, 2017. He was a member of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents. Cahouet is credited with helping Mellon, a predecessor of BNY Mellon, navigate one of the most difficult passages of its history. He joined the banking firm after it had taken its

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first lost in 118 years and set about stabilizing, recapitalizing and revitalizing the firm. He also helped lay the foundation for BNY Mellon’s present-day role as a leading investments company. Prior to his arrival at Mellon he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Crocker National Bank. Born in Cohasset, Massachusetts, he attended Milton Academy, Harvard University 34

Penn State University and studied for a year at the Instituto de Idomis in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and served as a missionary for four years in Paraguay. He served at parishes in Newry, Johnstown, Coupon, Chest Springs and as pastor at Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Loretto and Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Bellefonte. He taught theology at Saint Francis University, and at Mount Aloysius College. He was awarded the honorary doctor of divinity degree by Saint Vincent Seminary in 1983 and served on its Board of Regents. He was a former member of the board of trustees of The Catholic University of America, Xavier University, and was trustee emeritus of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. For 31 years he was national director of the Black and Indian Mission Office, the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions and the Catholic Negro-American Mission Board in Washington, D.C., retiring in 2007. When the Mohawk maiden, Kateri Tekakwitha, was beatified at the Vatican on June 20, 1980, Monsignor Lenz and the Bureau of Catholic Indian Mission were in charge of all arrangements. In 2005 he was appointed to be the vice postulator for her canonization cause. In 2007 he was named Prothonotary Apostolic by Pope Benedict XVI. He was a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and a Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre. In 2008 he received the Patronal Medal of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and The Catholic University of America. Fall 2017, Volume 25, Number 2

Archabbot Paul Maher, O.S.B.

Archabbot Paul R. Maher, O.S.B., P’43, C’51, S54, retired Archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died June 29, 2017. He was the tenth Archabbot and served from 1983 to 1990. Prior to entering the Seminary he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in the European Theatre as a tail gunner on a B-24 bomber. He flew 21 combat missions over southern Germany and Austria and was honorably discharged at the end of the war. During his tenure as superior of Saint Vincent, Archabbot Paul led the community through a thorough reassessment of its apostolic commitments and worked successfully to balance the Archabbey’s budget. The reassessment resulted in the community’s firm recommitment to its apostolic work in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Brazil, and China. The administrative structure of Saint Vincent College was reorganized, the academic programs were Leaven

expanded and improved, and the college became a co-educational institution. Prior to his becoming Archabbot, he taught philosophy in the college and seminary, served as chairman of the Department of Philosophy, and was vice rector of the Seminary from 1963 to 1966. In 1966, he was named prior of the mission to China and a member of the faculty of Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan. He remained in Taiwan as monastic superior and university professor for 17 years. While he was prior of the Wimmer Priory in Taipei, he returned to Saint Vincent to partake in an election to choose the successor to Archabbot Leopold Krul, O.S.B., who had retired from the office upon reaching the canonical age of 65. Prior Paul had returned home for a “routine summer visit,” and to his astonishment his confreres elected him as Archabbot Leopold’s successor. He had packed enough only for a brief visit and had left all of his other belongings in Taiwan. But he decided that this was the Lord’s way of reminding him that like every Christian he was on a journey, and that as a monk he really needed no more than he had packed. As part of his role as Archabbot of Saint Vincent, Archabbot Paul served as chancellor of Saint Vincent Seminary and was an ex officio member of the Seminary Board of Regents. 35

John F. Donahue

John F. (Jack) Donahue, founder of Federated Investors, father of Saint Vincent College Board Chairman J. Christopher Donahue, died May 11, 2017, in Naples, Florida. He was raised in the Stanton Heights area of Pittsburgh and graduated from Saint Raphael’s Elementary School and Central Catholic High School. He attended West Point Military Academy and then became a pilot in the Army Air Corps. He served five years with the Strategic Air Command as a B-29 pilot after graduating from West Point after the end of World War II. When he left the Army in 1950 and returned to Pittsburgh he began selling mutual funds because he believed they offered professional money management for everyday people. He started Federated in 1955 with Richard B. Fisher and Thomas R. Donnelly, Central Catholic graduates. By the 1980s Federated had grown to become the second-largest mutual fund company in the country and today it manages more than $350 billion in equity, fixed-income and cash products for investors throughout the world. When Cardinal Wuerl was bishop in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Jack Donahue created the Golden Apple awards to honor the best Catholic school teachers. It is now a national program. He was also instrumental in helping found the Extra Mile Education Foundation, which provides Catholic education for children from

Jack and Rhodora Donahue inner city schools. Donahue, the son of the late Margaretta Bailey and John Hanley Donahue, is survived by his wife of 70 years, Rhodora Jacob Donahue and their 13 children, Katherine (Thomas Jr.) Freyvogel, J. Christopher (Ann) Donahue, Maribeth (Richard) Donley, Rhodora (Dick) Barton, Patricia (James) Dolan, William (Janet) Donahue, Theresa (Alfonso) D’Orazio, Thomas (Frances) Donahue, Susan (Ronald) Petnuch, Carol (Patrick) Moore, Maureen (James) Murphy, Rebecca (Craig) Foxhoven, Gregory (Kimberly) Donahue, 84 grandchildren, 109 greatgrandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his sisters Katherine Kirby and Margaretta Garman. He was preceded in death by his sisters Marion Rush and Gladys Ostrowski. Known for his behind-thescenes generosity, he helped Saint Vincent Seminary establish, along with Dr. and Mrs. George Magovern Sr., the Pope Benedict Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation. Fall 2017, Volume 25, Number 2


2017 Fall Leaven  

Saint Vincent Seminary's fall 2017 edition of Leaven is full of alumni news, news of ordinations, a summary of commencement, Board of Regent...

2017 Fall Leaven  

Saint Vincent Seminary's fall 2017 edition of Leaven is full of alumni news, news of ordinations, a summary of commencement, Board of Regent...