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“The sure sign that God is alive in you is joy.” —Bishop Robert Barron
Philip Jenkins To Speak October 29 Saint Vincent Seminary 300 Fraser Purchase Road Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650 Phone: 724-805-2592 www.saintvincentseminary.edu 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. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B. Consultant for Alumni Affairs Rev. Chrysostom V. Schlimm, O.S.B. Contributors to this issue: Seth Harbaugh, Barbara McAllister, Brother Placid Sellers, O.S.B.
Dr. Philip Jenkins, author of more than 25 books, will speak at Saint Vincent Seminary October 29 as part of the Pope Benedict XVI Lecture Series. His topic will be “The Church in the 21st Century: Is the Church Entering a Golden Age or a Dark Age?” Dr. Jenkins has a joint appointment as the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of the Humanities in history and religious studies at Penn State University and as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. His research interests include the study of global Christianity, the study of new and emerging religious movements and of 20th century U.S. history, chiefly post-1975. He is also interested in issues of crime, terrorism and the construction of social problems. Jenkins’ books have been translated into 14 languages. His latest book will be released in July, Rethinking a Nation: The United States in the 21st Century. His most recent book is The Many Faces of Christ:
Dr. Philip Jenkins The Thousand-Year Story of the Survival and Influence of the Lost Gospels. Other titles include The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade; Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History; The Next Christendom: The Rise of Global Christianity; The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South; Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years; and Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent
Available July, 2019 Verses. He also has published about 100 book chapters and referenced articles and more than 100 book reviews. Jenkins received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge in 1978, where he spent an additional three years working with Sir Leon Radzinowicz, founding director of the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge. He has published articles and op-ed pieces in The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. He last spoke at the Seminary in 2003.
Mission Statement Saint Vincent Seminary is a Roman Catholic Seminary grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the living tradition of the Church in accord with the Magisterium, and shaped by the Benedictine heritage of liturgical prayer, study, hospitality and community. As such, the Seminary is a center for the spiritual formation, human development, and academic and pastoral preparation of candidates for the priesthood. Consistent with this primary mission and responsive to the contemporary needs of the Church, the Seminary provides programs for permanent diaconate candidates and offers degree programs to qualified men and women seeking a theological education.
On the cover: Bishop Robert Barron meets a group from Saint Vincent Seminary in Rome this spring. Pictured from left are Rev. Mr. Andrew Yan, Archdiocese of Beijing; Rev. Mr. Jordan Hainsey, Diocese of Covington; Rev. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., director of spiritual formation; Joseph Petrone, Diocese of Erie; Bishop Barron; Michael Faix, Diocese of Pittsburgh; Brother Conrad Wald, O.S.B., Saint Andrew Abbey; Brother Ignatius Camello, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey.
ATS Executive Director Commencement Speaker
Dr. Frank Yamada Dr. Frank Yamada, executive director of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), will speak at Saint Vincent Seminary’s 173rd annual commencement, Friday, May 10, The vespers and commencement will be held in the Archabbey Basilica. As executive director of the ATS, Dr. Yamada serves as administrator to the Association and its Commission on Accrediting. The ATS accredits and provides services to more than 270 seminaries and graduate schools in the United States and Canada. Prior to being appointed to lead the ATS in 2017, Dr. Yamada was an associate professor of Hebrew Bible, director of the Center for Asian American Ministries at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and was the tenth president at McCormick, making him the first AsianAmerican to lead a Presbyterian (USA) Seminary. While at McCormick, his tenure was marked by increasing diversity in the student body and Leaven
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creative engagement with the shifting realities of theological education. He previously taught Hebrew Bible/Old Testament for nine years at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Yamada is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and is an active chair of the Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics Group, and the Committee for Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession. He was previously a member of the Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium and the American Academy of Religion, and the co-chair for the Managing Board of the Asian Pacific Americans and Religion Research Initiative annual conference. His interest in cross-cultural hermeneutics led to his authorship of Configurations of Rape in the Hebrew Bible: A Literary Analysis of Three Rape Narratives, and was an editor and contributor to The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible and The Peoples’ Bible. He received a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Southern California College and master of divinity and doctor of philosophy degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. He resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Michelle. They have two sons, Stephen and Adam.
Seminary Rector Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., and Mr. John C. Marous III Mr. John C. Marous III, a technology executive and a new member of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents, was the keynote speaker at the annual Saint Vincent Seminary Benefit Dinner, held at the LeMont in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, April 23. Mr. Marous has been chief executive of two new technology manufacturing companies recently sold to global industry companies. He is now continuing innovative efforts as Chief Executive of Heart Repair Technologies, Inc., and is also a director of HeartIO, Inc., a Pittsburgh-area cardiovascular startup, and IActEx, LLC, a New York startup serving manufacturing automation. Holding a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an MSIA from Carnegie Mellon University, he has worked in engineering and sales and marketing roles in the semiconductor and integrated circuit industries before moving to industrial and military controls and then on to medical devices. He co-founded the PA Distance Learning Charter School, a 900-student Pennsylvania charter school, in 2002, and has been President of its Board of Trustees since then. He has been on the Board of Visitors of the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of BioEngineering, and he also serves on the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Golf Association. Mr. Marous is married to Dr. Margaret Lally (of the famed Saint Vincent Lally family), a Pittsburgh-area dermatologist.They have six children, five of them have graduated from college and one is currently in high school in the Pittsburgh area. 3
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Parenting As Ministry Saint Vincent Seminary’s newly-formed Institute for Ministry Formation (IMF) held its first special event, “The Ministry of Parenting,” last fall, with special guest speakers Alicia and Michael Hernon, hosts of the “Messy Parenting” podcast. The new institute is an extension of the Seminary’s formational and educational offerings to the wider ministerial community as well as to the people in the pews. It will incorporate the ongoing apostolic works of the monastic community, many of whom are Seminary faculty members, with the goal of formation and renewal. The Hernons offered reflections and led parents in exercises to foster prayerful growth in parenting in the daylong conference. The gathering was an opportunity to grow in parenting, especially with a focus on parenting as a ministry. The Hernons, whose podcast garners 10,000 monthly listeners, founded “The Messy Family Project” to empower parents, strengthen marriage and bring families closer to Christ.” Using podcasts, short videos and other resources, the Hernons spoke on a variety of topics. Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., told the group that he had been invited to the Hernon’s residence in Steubenville for dinner, “but the idea of going to a house with ten children was not highest on my list.” It ended up that “I was renewed and refreshed by my time in their home, seeing the way that their children interact, the way they love one another, the wonderful discussion, the peace Leaven
Michael and Alicia Hernon parents to become more intentional in their approach, to “have a conversation together. It is not your job to make your children perfect ... God uses our children and our love and natural desire ... to refine us. Parenting is supposed to change you.” “Your kids are not your report card,” he said, noting that “your vocation is the married
and joy of the household. It was contagious.” They Hernons discussed issues, provided advice and strategies, emphasizing that there are many challenges in today’s world. “There is no seminary for us as parents to be formed, no manual,” Michael Hernon said. “I really thought that I was
“There is no seminary for us as parents to be formed, no manual. Your kids are not your report card. Your vocation is the married vocation, and parents should first turn toward one another, and from that love that is how you love your children. Children are part of the circle. They are born into the community of your family.” —MICHAEL HERNON a good person until I had children,” Alicia Hernon said, describing some of the trials that parenting books cannot prepare parents for. “I started saying things I never thought I would say, such as ‘no running in the house with your feet covered in yogurt’.” Michael Hernon advised
vocation, and parents should first turn toward one another, “and from that love that is how you love your children. Children are part of the circle. They are born into the community of your family.” Advising that “it is better to be wrong together than right alone,” Michael Hernon then 4
turned the discussion to faith and family. “You are the most effective evangelist your children will ever meet,” Alicia Hernon said. While the Catholic church is excellent at catechizing, the couple noted, the example parents set is key. “It is not just an intellectual proposition,” Michael Hernon said, but rather a “relationship with Jesus Christ. What is going to keep our kids alive in the faith is a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, confirmed in their identity as sons and daughters of God, and they need to experience that in their home. Our kids are going to have an image of God based on how we (parents) relate to them. God has chosen us for a unique and special gift. We can’t give that which we don’t have ourselves. Do we have the Father’s love?” Citing statistics they say indicates that loss of faith happens after breakdown of the family, they noted that renewal of faith can also restore and ignite a new renewal in the family. With the challenges in today’s world, Michael Hernon said, “we need to cultivate a family culture that is stronger, more vibrant and more compelling than that the world offers. We need to develop a real world experience that is unique and a customdesigned family culture. Culture beats strategy every time. If you walk into a business, you know if the culture is good. Our culture will feed life into our family. It powerfully influences our children more than we ever could individually.” Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
Institute For Ministry Formation “We want to take the work we do for future priests in the Seminary and share it within the whole church or to particular groups within the church,” Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., rector of Saint Vincent Seminary noted in his introduction to the first program of the Saint Vincent Seminary Institute for Ministry Formation. Programming he said, will include the lay faithful as well as clergy, and interest groups such as parents, “members of the living body of Christ who bring new energy and revitalized energy to that whole body.” The IMF, as it unfolds, will harness the Seminary’s existing domestic and international network of faculty, alumni, Benedictine monks, and lay and ordained church leaders in a new way to create a network of support, dialogue, and engagement for pastoral ministers and leaders. “A key focal point of our approach to content resides with our advanced formative expertise and our emphasis on creating disciples and disciplemakers,” said Shannon Jordan, director of development. “With the shifting and shrinking demographics of Christian communities in our time, pastoral leaders can find themselves over-extended and under-supported, preventing them from thriving in their ministry,” he added. “Saint Vincent Seminary seeks to foster several key elements to remedy this.” The Seminary will utilize existing resources to provide a new blend of virtual, on-location, and on-site content delivery, Leaven
enhancing both the sphere of influence and the connectivity of those in ministry. “Pastoral ministry is at its best when the minister develops a closeness with the people being served,” said Father Edward. “At the same time, because of its apostolic scope, it is always temporally taxing. All pastoral leaders need a support network. They need opportunities to share in their ministerial experiences with one another, to learn coping techniques and to have healthy outlets to express themselves, to come together and be supported by other pastoral leaders, to learn from one another, and to have opportunities to grow intellectually, spiritually, and pastorally. They also need periods of rest and renewal with opportunities for deepening or developing practices of prayer such as meditation and contemplation.” Seminary administrators and faculty members will help develop the programming. While Saint Vincent Seminary is primarily focused on forming seminarians to become priests, Jordan said, “our expertise also applies to forming lay and religious disciples. Our faculty and staff already provide retreats and ongoing education for priests, religious and laity throughout the world. Centuries of experience demonstrates that our teaching, preaching, mentoring, and hospitality are effective instruments for forming intentional disciples into pastoral ministers.” For details visit IMF.saint vincentseminary.edu.
Subscribe To The Institute’s Posts There are many ways to follow the work of the Saint Vincent Seminary Institute for Ministry Formation (IMF). • Some content is available on the Seminary’s YouTube® channel. • Posts are shared on our Archabbey & Seminary Facebook® page. • We are also sharing news on Instagram®. • Interested persons can also subscribe to our e-mail newsletter. • We are providing links to several podcasts from IMF contributors, including Michael and Alicia Hernon’s “Messy Parenting” podcast, and those of Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., and Brother Elliott Maloney, O.S.B. • While the Saint Vincent Seminary website (www. saintvincentseminary.edu) continues to provide information on the priestly formation program, the IMF’s website, IMF.saintvincentseminary.edu is the place to go to subscribe to content such as the talks from the Hernon conference.
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June Conference On Spiritual Direction Seminary faculty members Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., professor of theology, and Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., director of spiritual formation, will conduct a weeklong summer conference, Spiritual Direction I: Art of Accompaniment, June 24-28 on campus. The event is being sponsored by the Seminary Institute for Ministry Formation, which is an extension of the Seminary’s commitment to the formation and education of priests, laity, and religious. The IMF is designed to help all people understand and experience God’s grace and to respond to this gift of grace in service. Using technology and traditional methods of instruction, the IMF brings together students and teachers to help open our hearts and minds and guide our response to God’s grace. The conference is an
outgrowth of a book the two priests authored, Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love. Father Boniface, who is also programming manager for We Are One Body Catholic Radio (WAOB), notes the course is a way for participants to pray better, to grow closer in their relationship with God, and to help others on their spiritual journeys to become better Christians. The course will involve five hours of daily instruction, as well as times for one-on-one meetings with the instructors. While housing and meals are part of the registration, there is also a day rate for commuters. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, sacramental confession and prayer. There will also be time for silence and reflection to help participants
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Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., left, and Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B. integrate the teaching offered during the course. Topics include: • The need for spiritual direction in our time; • Our relationship with God; • Human relationships; • The interior life; • The importance of vulnerability; • A listening that reveals and heals; • Communicating the
Father’s Love; • Development in the life of prayer; • Psychological insights for spiritual direction; • Qualities of a spiritual director; • Supervision and self-awareness; • Saints for spiritual directors. To register visit: imf.saint vincentseminary.edu/SD1.
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To make a gift to Saint Vincent Seminary, please use the enclosed envelope or contact Shannon Jordan • Director of Development • 724-532-6740. Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2 6 Visit us online at: www.saintvincentseminary.edu
Spiritual Direction I: Art of Accompaniment June 24-28, 2019 • Rev. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B. and Rev. Thomas Acklin, O.S.B. Saint Vincent Seminary Institute for Ministry Formation SPACE IS LIMITED! • RESERVATIONS: IMF.SAINTVINCENTSEMINARY.EDU/SD1 The need for spiritual direction—or the accompaniment of a spiritual guide—is becoming more prominent in a world where so many are suffering from so many wounds. Through reading, lectures, and discussions, participants will learn the foundational dynamics of spiritual direction: • The role of Spiritual Direction in the Church • The need for Spiritual Direction in our time • Our one-on-one relationship with God • One-on-one human relationships • The interior life • The importance of vulnerability • A listening that reveals and heals • Communicating the Father’s Love • Introduction to development in the life of prayer • Some psychological insights for spiritual direction • The qualities of the spiritual director • Introduction to supervision and self-awareness • Saints for spiritual directors Daily Mass, adoration, prayer and confession in a peaceful environment that fosters reflection and contemplation.
Join Benedictine Fathers Thomas Acklin and Boniface Hicks, authors of Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love, for five days of “Spiritual Direction I: Art of Accompaniment” at Saint Vincent Seminary’s Institute for Ministry Formation. Learn how to help others pray better, grow in their relationships with God and help accompany others on their spiritual journeys to become better Christians. Father Boniface is programming manager for We Are One Body Catholic Radio, and director of spiritual formation at Saint Vincent Seminary and has extensive experience as a retreat master both nationally and internationally. Father Thomas is professor of theology at Saint Vincent Seminary, a psychoanalyst, author of The Passion of the Lamb and The Unchanging Heart of the Priesthood, and has given retreats around the world. Founded in 1846, Saint Vincent Seminary is the fourth oldest Roman Catholic Seminary in the United States.
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Seminary Formation Program Involves Real-World Experience
The Wednesday formation days at Saint Vincent Seminary are not just about classroom sessions or talking about what to do once a seminarian is ordained. Seminarians are gaining real-world experience in a supervised environment, as an integral part of their formation experience. “Like all U.S. seminarians, Saint Vincent seeks to foster the formation of future priests by attending specifically to their human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation, the four pillars of priestly formation presented by Pope Saint John Paul II in the 1992 Apostolic Exhortation Pastores dabo vobis, and applied to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s fifth edition of the Program of Priestly Formation. Each seminary approaches these formation pillars in a manner that is unique to its institutional charism. For Saint Vincent Seminary, these ‘pillars’ are understood as inter-relational dimensions that must be presented in an integrated manner, yet without compromising the unique character of each.” —Saint Vincent Seminary Bulletin: The Handbook of Priestly Formation, Academic Programs, Personnel, Policies, and Seminarian Life. This issue of Leaven features several stories about the pastoral formation of priests, including three men teaching religion and interacting with students at Greensburg Central Catholic High School, and two men working with patients in hospice at Excela Health, Latrobe. Leaven
From left, the seminarians and their supervising teachers, John Hepinger, Diocese of Erie; Will Merchant, Hepinger’s supervisor; Colleen Sherman, supervisor for Gustavo Rodríguez-Pérez, Diocese of Metuchen; Mary Jo Brecht, the teacher supervising Joseph Petrone, Diocese of Erie. Photos by Seth Harbaugh.
Teaching Religion At Greensburg-Central Catholic A Good Experience For Seminarians, Students
By Kim Metzgar
From outside the closed door of the classroom where Gustavo Rodríguez-Pérez was teaching, it sounded like a riot was taking place inside. Uncertain of what was happening inside, after a timid knock, the answer was obvious. Students and instructor were watching a video. Rodríguez-Pérez, a seminarian from the Diocese of Metuchen, had a smile as wide as that of his students, and when they learned that a photographer was going to take a photo of him teaching, the entire group insisted on being in the photo with him. A native of Cali, Colombia, he graduated in 2003 from the Instituto Comercial Arquidiocesano, and earned a licentiate in philosophy in 2011 from Universidad Minuto de Dios, Bogota. He had some prior experience teaching philosophy as well
as a teacher assistant in the humanities. “He is very warm and engaging,” said his supervising teacher at Greensburg Central Catholic Colleen Sherman. “The kids love him.” She said each of her classes was “voting” as to whether he should be called “Father Gus” or “Father Gustavo” when he is ordained. And, she added, they would like him to come back and visit them. Rodríguez-Pérez was among a group of three seminarians placed at the school this year as part of the pastoral formation program being directed by Father Nathan Munsch, O.S.B., at the Seminary. Father Nathan worked with Father Tyler Bandura of the Diocese of Greensburg, who is chaplain at the school, to place the students with supervising teachers where they provided instruction in religion to students
Students pose with Gustavo Rodríguez-Pérez, Diocese of Metuchen, at Greensburg Central Catholic High School. 8
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Diocese of Erie seminarians John Hepinger, top, left, and Joseph Petrone, teaching religion at Greensburg Central Catholic. from middle school to high school age. Rodríguez-Pérez taught the middle school students, Joseph Petrone of the Diocese of Erie taught tenth and eleventh graders, while John Hepinger, also of the Diocese of Erie, taught grades nine to twelve. Hepinger’s experiences were not new, as he taught religious education in some parishes back home. He and the others have all experienced question and answer sessions from the students about their faith, to help them see that “priests are people. It is a relationship that they can’t experience when we are just at the pulpit.” Father Bandura, the school’s chaplain, and Sister Christine Kiley, A.S.C.J., director of campus ministry, noted that she and Father Bandura, as well as the supervising teachers, have attempted to provide “some practical experiences as to how kids respond and react,” so when the seminarians go to a parish they are more comfortable. In addition to teaching, Father Bandura
said, the seminarians had the opportunity to shadow the finance office, meet with the marketing director, plan and conduct the Lent Reconciliation Service and learn how campus ministry works to foster the Catholic culture of the school, so that they can understand how the multifaceted dimensions in the operation of the institution contribute to the Catholic identity of the school. Will Merchant, who supervised Hepinger, noted that the men have been a powerful example of “living the faith” for the students. Hepinger, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Gannon University in Erie, noted that two out of the last three men ordained for his diocese have received assignments at schools. Thus, he said the experience is a very important one. Petrone was busy answering questions from students, while his supervising teacher Mary Jo Brecht observed. He
studied aerospace engineering at EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University, before transferring to Gannon University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. She recalled supervising a seminarian a number of years ago, and noted that they still keep in touch. She has been fully supportive of increasing the time these men have spent in the school, nothing that throughout the course of a year she has seen the growth. “I have seen them getting stronger, more comfortable, and growing in their ability to teach. You can’t just come once or twice and that’s it,” she said. “It has been a great addition to the religious presence at the school,” said Principal Benjamin Althof. “It has been good for both sides. The seminarians receive a schoolbased experience before they go into the parishes. It is also nice for the students to get a different take on religious life.”
From left, Sister Christine Kiley, A.S.C.J., director of campus ministry at Greensburg Central Catholic High School; teacher Will Merchant; John Hepinger of the Diocese of Erie; and Greensburg Central Principal Benjamin Althof. Leaven
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Seminarians Gain Experience In Hospice, Home Care
By Kim Metzgar
It is a warm, albeit windy Wednesday in early spring and seminarians Michael Faix and Daniel D’Antonio from the Diocese of Pittsburgh make their way to Excela Health, Latrobe, to meet with Maureen Ceidro, S’94, home care and hospice bereavement counselor. She is supervising their assignment to work with persons in hospice care as part of their formation. Father Nathan Munsch, O.S.B., who is director of pastoral formation, thought it would be an important part of their formation. They met with Ceidro at the start of the year, and at various times throughout. This is the last meeting prior to their end-of-year session. They make their way to the ground floor of the hospital, where Ceidro buzzes them in to a small conference room that also servces as a supply room for crafts and other items for hospice patients. Colorfully bagged lap blankets, prayer shawls and hats line shelves, but the discussion is more serious, intense. Faix and D’Antonio are there to talk through their experiences and work through challenges of their ministry with Ceidro. “In our pastoral courses we get to see some of the principles of this side of ministry,” Faix said, and it is here that “we put spiritual direction into practice.” This ministry of presence, Ceidro said, “is really just being present, and witnessing what people are experiencing. They are caught in different Leaven
From left, Michael Faix, seminarian from the Diocese of Pittsburgh; Maureen Ceidro, S’94, home care and hospice bereavement counselor at Excela Health, Latrobe; and Daniel D’Antonio, seminarian from the Diocese of Pittsburgh. emotional spaces, and we need to create a space for the retelling of their stories as they look back on their lives.” D’Antonio described his visits with a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. He listened to war stories, and visited with the man. Another woman struggled with a terminal illness, but also with the worries of the world around her, as she had dealt with the financial end of selling her home in addition to facing end-of-life issues. From shadowing a hospice nurse D’Antonio learned the importance of when it was time to go, when she was tired, and tried to answer her questions, and even get her to laugh. “She asked things like ‘How do I know that God is with me?’ ‘What does heaven look like?’ Sometimes she had doubts.” It was okay, he assured her, to cry out for God’s help. “God became man, so he understands human nature. 10
Sometimes when I visited she was sleeping, so I prayed. Knowing that I was there meant something too.” Faix has been providing support to a woman with special needs at a local nursing home, as well as with a widow who recently lost her husband. He and Ceidro discussed the various stages of bereavement. The woman, he said, seemed to be doing well, generating a question he posed to Ceidro, “when do you stop visits if they seem to be doing okay?” D’Antonio said one of his take-aways was learning how “important it is for a priest to get there when a family calls,” and the great sense of calm that occurs when someone is anointed. The importance of presence is necessary, Ceidro said, even if a family is only loosely affiliated with their faith. “The patients may still need that faith and it is important for
priests and seminarians to be present, in spite of all of the other needs of parish work. Families crave that. They want someone who represents the faith, someone to just sit with them.” Experience with the dying is “so necessary to understand life,” she said. “It is how we are able to minister in this world.” While D’Antonio has not had all of the pastoral formation courses Faix has had, he said that this seminary experience has assured him he can perform such a role in the “real world” after he is ordained. Reminding them that everyone needs to be heard and understood, Ceidro said that whether they enter a light, airy, room, a dark, quiet room, one that is sad or thoughtful, “everyone deserves human connection. It can also lead to a higher connection. It is really sacred ground when you enter in each of those rooms.” Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
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Above, from left, seminarian Jordan Hainsey, C’11, of the Diocese of Covington and former graphic designer for Archabbey and Seminary public relations, introduces the Seventh Juried Catholic Arts Exhibit and its keynote speaker Dr. Elizabeth Lev, right. In addition to his work helping the late Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., with the exhibit since its inception 14 years ago, Hainsey is an artist in his own right. His image, above, The Coptic Martyrs of Libya, not only was chosen as an honorable mention out of 311 internationally submitted entries, but it was also used by Catholic News Service as an illustration for an article about Catholics leading the effort to get humanitarian aid to Christians in the Middle East. Dr. Lev is a 16th and 17th century art historian who serves as a consultant for the Vatican Museums. Bishop Edward C. Malesic, below, left, of the Diocese of Greensburg attended the opening and gave remarks prior to Dr. Lev’s talk.
Bishops Support Catholic Arts Bishop Edward C. Malesic of the Diocese of Greensburg and Bishop Roger Foys of the Diocese of Covington were among the major sponsors of the Seventh Biennial Juried Catholic Arts Exhibit at Saint Vincent this fall. Bishop Malesic attended the opening lecture by Dr. Lev. He noted that “religious art is a visual prayer. It lifts our minds, our hearts, our souls. Religious art also teaches us about who we are. It teaches us about the goodness of God and the desire of God to be one with us.” Bishop Malesic noted that each of us is a work of art, “a rendering of God in the flesh. As we view Leaven
the artwork in the Gallery may we experience the art in one another and respect the art all around us.” Hainsey noted that: “Brother Nathan Cochran, saw that beauty can be the easiest and most effective way of communicating the Gospel message.” Dr. Lev, world-renowned art historian, brought her expertise to the competition. Her latest book is How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art. To view Lev’s lecture, “Catholic Art of the Modern Age: New Images for an Ancient Story,” visit this link: https://bit.ly/2HFH7Rm. Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
Above, from left, Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., C’01, S’04; Brother Robert Austin, O.S.B., Mary Burkett; Brother Giles Larsen, O.S.B.; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., chancellor; Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., rector; John Flynn, Diocese of Pittsburgh; in the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery on the Saint Vincent Campus, following a talk by Burkett, whose works were exhibited there this fall. Below, right, Burkett shows Archabbot Douglas an image from her new series of portraits of children born into slavery.
Artist Discusses Holocaust Drawings With Seminarians
South Carolina artist Mary Burkett told Saint Vincent seminarians this fall that she was called to draw portraits of children of the Holocaust. She discussed the “art” side of the portraits, showing the men the pencil she used for the drawings, noting she draws the eyes first. Then the rest of the image emerges. “If I can’t see their eyes, I can’t make it happen,” she said. “I think that they are already in the paper and I’m just finding them.” Searching for subjects on the internet to draw, she came across a portrait of a little boy that captivated her. Only later did she discover he had been murdered at Auschwitz. She subsequently drew all of the portraits in the exhibit. One in particular, that Leaven
of a young child, Edith, who had been separated from her family, reached Israel, where Edith’s sister saw it. It was only later in life that she learned Edith was one of 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust. Her presentation delved more into the spiritual side of her work, as she described each child, told his or her story, and interspersed the talk with Biblical quotations. The project, she said, deepened her faith. Her requests for speaking engagements are also important, as it is through her talks she discusses the
sanctity of life, and God’s love for us. Her spiritual journey is documented in the book, An Unexpected Year: The Story of the Beloved Portraits. “If the Lord wanted this done, why would he choose me?” she said. “The Lord
honored me in giving me this work to do.” Her next series of portraits involve the children of slaves. After that, she has no plans. She said she will wait for guidance. “I have a good boss. We’ll see what happens.”
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Diversity in the Benedictine Tradition
Rev. Christiaan Kappes was the homilist at the Saint Benedict’s Day Mass. The feast of Saint Benedict is held annually on March 21, with the entire Saint Vincent community coming together for Mass. This year new Seminary faculty member Rev. Dr. Christiaan Kappes was the homilist. Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, was the principal celebrant. “What can I tell the hundreds of Benedictine monks here present about their patron Benedict on this festive occasion, which they have not already learned?” Father Kappes asked. In addition to his work on the faculty at Saint Vincent, Father Kappes also serves as academic dean and professor of liturgy and patristics at SS. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh. Thus, he addressed the “incredible Leaven
diversity in the Benedictine tradition.” Turning to “the seeds long ago planted in the East by Benedict’s life and work, as well as the fruit of Benedict’s labors culminating in the Eastern Orthodox Church since its very first contact with Holy Benedict,” Father Kappes began by turning to Saint Gregory the Great (regn. 590-604), who wrote the “singular witness to the life and deeds of Benedict.” Pope Zacharias of Polichronios (regn. 741-752), translated Gregory’s works into Greek, thus allowing “this Latin seed to grow, flourish, and crosspollinate the ancient monastic flora of the Greek East.” Monk Joseph the Hymnographer (d. 886), who was ordained a priest in Thessalonica (c. 840), was a Sicilian 14
Orthorodx or Eastern Catholic hieromonk (priest-monk) who composed an office in honor of Saint Benedict, Father Kappes said. Later, the abbot of Montecasino, Aligernus (AD 981), installed the Greek Orthodox Saint Nilus of Rossano in a daughter house so the Greek monk could participate in the liturgical and intellectual life of Montecasino. Saint Nilus then composed a second Greek office of Saint Benedict (c. 980). Later, Saint Nilus wrote an entire office of vespers, matins and hymnody in honor of Saint Benedict. These works contributed to the incorporation of Benedictinism eastward. “My favorite hymn of the Benedictine office: Laudibus cives, for first vespers of today’s feast, begins thusly: ‘The citizens [of Macedonia(?)]
resound with praises of song, temples resound with festal hymns, for on this day did Benedict scale the heavenly citadel of Olympus (Laudibus cives resonant canoris, templa solemnes modulentur hymnos: Hac die summi Benedictus arcem scandit Olympi).’ Did this anonymous hymnographer of the Latin Renaissance pick these lines fully knowledgeable of The Rule of Benedict’s penetration into the heart of Greek Orthodoxy on Mt. Athos, i.e., today’s spiritual center of the entire Orthodox world (the hymn would have been composed two centuries after the Benedictine closure and by a Latin in grecophile Italy)? “After all,” Father Kappes said, “the Latin-Benedictine monastery founded there toward the end of the 900s (Continued on Page 15)
Bishop Edward C. Malesic of the Diocese of Greensburg was the principal celebrant at the Saint Benedict’s Day Mass. Deacon was Andrew Yan of the Archdiocese of Beijing. Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
held its properties in Macedonia, which by Roman reckoning would have included Mt. Olympus.” This, he said, would have given the monks at Mt. Athos’s Benedictine monastery and its properties symbolic ownership over Mt. Olympus, “perhaps symbolizing Benedict’s storming of heaven, whereby The Rule of Benedict dislodged the olden Hellenic gods to replace Zeus and his companions on its apex with Benedict’s triune God and his holy rule!” Contemplating the glories of Benedict and his rule, Father Kappes cited the hymnody of Nilus, noting that the saint turned The Rule of Benedict into a “part of the very liturgical song to be sung at matins, [and] transformed the Greek praises by the introduction of a Latin-based hapax legomenon into the Greek language ... in order to underline the unicity of one rule for monastic life in all of western Christendom.” Whoever sings the office, whether Latin or Greek, Father Kappes said, “pledges obedience to the Regula Benedicti: ‘You left us, o Father [Benedict], a divine norm, perfect guide for monks and you called it: “Regula.” Following it we cry out to the Savior, O God, our Redeemer, You are blessed!” To view the entire homily, visit this link: https://bit. ly/2IkUEhm. Another video of the Mass can be found on the Archabbey YouTube® channel: https://bit.ly/2IAfOHB. Leaven
Ministry of Lector Nine seminarians were instituted into the Ministry of Lector on Wednesday, February 27, by Most Rev. Mark Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The ministry of lector permits these seminarians to proclaim the readings (other than the Gospel) at Mass and other sacred celebrations. The seminarians are in the first year of theology studies. They are John Torres, Diocese of Amparo, Brazil; John D. Baumann and Alexander J. Gedney, Diocese of Covington; Christopher Wheeler, Diocese of Erie; Daniel D’Antonio, Thomas G. Kadlick and Marvin E. Knieriem, Diocese of Pittsburgh; Brother Barnabas (Michael) O’Reilly, O.S.B., and Brother Francis Yuan Jin, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey.
Ministry of Acolyte Eight seminarians were instituted to the Ministry of Acolyte on October 17 by Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, J.C.L., Bishop of the Diocese of Erie. The acolyte is appointed in order to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest. It is his duty therefore to attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and the priest in liturgical celebrations, especially in the celebration of Mass. The seminarians are Mark E. Groeger and Michael A. Pleva of the Diocese of AltoonaJohnstown; Jordan M. Hainsey, Dale M. Nieberding and Joseph C. Rielage of the Diocese of Covington; John P. Flynn of the Diocese of Pittsburgh; Brother Samuel Pinheiro, O.S.B., of São Bento Monastery, Vinhedo, Brazil and Brother Cassian Edwards, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey. 15
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New Faculty Members Three new members have joined the adjunct faculty of Saint Vincent Seminary. REV. DR. CHRISTIAAN W. KAPPES Father Kappes presently serves as academic dean and professor of liturgy and patristics at SS. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh. He earned a doctorate in sacred liturgy from the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant’ Anselmo, Rome; a licentiate of philosophy from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome. He received a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome, and a bachelor’s degree in classical studies from Seton Hall University, New Jersey. Father Kappes was an adjunct professor of theology and philosophy at Universidad de Los Hemisferios, Quito, Ecuador. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in 2002. Additional diplomas are from Kapodistrian University of Athens, Modern Greek; University of Texas, Greek philology; and the Dante Alighieri Institute in cooperation with the University of La Sapienza, Rome. His languages include Italian, Spanish, Modern Greek, French, German, Classical and ecclesiastical Latin; Homeric, ancient and Koinê and early Byzantine Greek, Syriac as well as Biblical Hebrew. He is the author of The Epiclesis Debate: Mark of Leaven
Rev. Christiaan W. Kappes
Rev. Michael P. Conway
Rev. Kenneth W. Marlovits
Ephesus and John Torquemada, O.P., at the Council Florence 1439, Notre Dame University Press, 2016; and The Immaculate Conception: Why Thomas Aquinas Denied, while John Duns Scotus, Gregory Palamas, and Mark Eugenicus Professed the Absolute Immaculate Existence of Mary, Academy of the Immaculate, Minnesota, 2014. REV. MICHAEL P. CONWAY Father Conway is serving as senior parochial vicar of Saint Hilary and Immaculate Conception Parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as well as chaplain at California University of Pennsylvania and Washington and Jefferson College and Waynesburg University. He has a licentiate in sacred theology and dogmatic theology from The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome; a baccalaureate of sacred theology degree from The Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome; a master of arts in philosophy from Duquesne University and a bachelor of arts
degree in history from Wheeling Jesuit University. He has taught a number of courses at Saint Paul Seminary in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the executive board of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, and serves on the Clergy Personnel Board for the diocese. His previous service includes administrator of Saint Richard Parish; parochial vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish and parochial vicar, pro tem at Saint Richard. Prior to his service in the diocese he was a corporate trust associate for The Bank of New York Mellon, Pittsburgh; and a senior auditor for National City Mortgage Company, Pittsburgh. REV. KENNETH W. MARLOVITS Father Marlovits is presently administrator of Saint Maurice Parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and has been a priest for the diocese since 2014. He has baccalaureate of sacred theology and master of divinity
degrees from The Catholic University of America; a master of philosophy degree from Duquesne University; a master of education in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Pennsylvania State University. He has taught several courses for the Department of Religious Education for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, serves on the Presbyteral Council and the diocesan Vocations Planning Committee. He is a former assistant high school principal in the Blackhawk School District, Beaver Falls, where he also taught social studies and coached three sports. Other parish ministry has included Saint Bernard Parish, parochial vicar, for two years; chaplain at Seton LaSalle Catholic High School, and deacon and seminary assignments at Our Lady of Mercy, Potomac, Maryland and Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish.
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Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., and Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., were interviewed for their book, Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love, for Crux, a Catholic website with more than 47 0 , 0 0 0 visitors per month, and 4.8 million website views per month. “How can we make our Christianity more real, more practical, more seeable, more transformative?” writer Kathryn Jean Lopez asked. “Spiritual direction has an accountability factor that allows for this like few other things.” Father Thomas answered a question on listening, noting that “Listening is an art, and is one of the main ways in which spiritual direction is an art. Nothing deepens listening more than prayer, which quiets us and gives us peace. Prayer also opens up vulnerability in us, as well as an attentiveness to God.” Speaking about peace and perseverance, Father Boniface noted that “sometimes our lack of peace has more natural origins in difficult relationships or the way we are handling failure.... Persevering in prayer, making some internal changes of attitude to cultivate hope, remembering past times of consolation and understanding Leaven
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that God allows this for our growth are some ways that we can confront that spiritual desolation.” To read more of the interview, visit: https://bit. ly/2HMhqO4. Father Boniface spoke on “Forgiveness and God’s Blessing” at Saint Bernadette Parish in Monroeville as part of the quarterly Nights of Worship (NOW). The pastor is Father Anthony Gargotta, S’00. ***** Father Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B., gave a Christmas preparation retreat at Mount Saint Macrina House of Prayer, Uniontown. ***** Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., seminary rector, spoke in Saint Vincent College’s fall Series on Aging and Spirituality at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College. Father Ed led a discussion on miracles. This series explored the ways in which people can prepare meaningfully for the end of life. ***** Father Christiaan Kappes, adjunct professor, had several publications in 2018. They include: “Gregory Nazianzen’s Prepurified Virgin in Ecumenical and Patristsic Tradition: A Reappraisal of Original Sin, Guilt, and Immaculate 17
Father Warren Murrman, O.S.B., faculty member emeritus, has edited a translation of the work of Boniface Wimmer: Abbot of Saint Vincent in Pennsylvania, A Biography for Our Time. He has been working on the translation Boniface Wimmer with Dr. Maria Von Mickwitz. The work was originally published in German in 1891, and prior to this edition, had never been translated into English. Father Warren, who has a doctor of sacred theology degree from Munich University, Munich, Germany, and a diploma in liturgical science from the Liturgical Institute in Trier, Germany, is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the North American Academy of Liturgy. Von Mickwitz grew up in Bavaria and has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a retired child psychologist. Publisher of the book is Archabbey Publications. It is available at www.stvincentstore.com as well as on amazon.com. Abbot of Saint Vincent in Pennsylvania
Father Oswald Moosmüller, O.S.B. Translated by
DR. MARIA VON MICKWITZ and
FATHER WARREN MURRMAN, O.S.B., editor
Conception,” in The Spirit and the Church: Peter Damian Fehlner’s Franciscan Development of Vatican II on the Themes of the Holy Spirit, Mary, and the Church: Festschrift; and “Gregorios Palamas’ Reception of Augustine’s Doctrine of the Original Sin and Nicholas Kabasilas’ Rejection of Aquinas’ Maculism as the Background to Scholarios’ Immaculism,” in Byzantinisches Archiv: Series Philosophica. He also presented “The Use of the Euchological Structure of Genesis 48:15-16 in PreNicene Fathers and Early Liturgical Texts,” at the Seventh Congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy, Presov, Slovakia; “Proclus of Constantinople (or Ps-Basil of Seleucia) Homily 39:
Liturgical and Patristic Sources, Lections, and Relation to the Council of Ephesus,” in Regensburg, Germany; “Prochoros Kydones’s Autograph Translations of Hervaeus Natalis’s Commentary on the Sentences: Techniques for Translating Aristotelico-Thomistic Theology,” in Venezia, Italy; “The Science of Second Intentions in Byzantine Thomism: Prochoros Kydones’s Translation of Hervaeus Natalis’s Works and George-Gennadios Scholarios,” Athens, Greece and “Greek Thomism at the Council of Florence (1439): Thomistically Informed Objections ot the Holy Spirit ‘habens esse’ from the Father and the Son,” at Ave Maria University, Florida. Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
Pope Francis’ Zucchetto Seminarian John Hepinger of the Diocese of Erie was a participant in the Seminary’s spring pilgrimage to Rome this year. In addition to attending the Pope’s general audience in Saint Peter’s Square, the seminarians had the opportunity to see Pope Francis following the Pope’s Penitential Procession of Ash Wednesday from Sant’ Anselmo to Santa Sabina for Mass. Following Mass, Hepinger presented Pope Francis with a white zucchetto. The Pope blessed the zuchetto and gave it back to the seminarian. Photo courtesy of Servizio Fotografico—Vatican Media
Consider a Saint Vincent Seminary Charitable Gift Annuity If you have been following the interest rates on bank Savings and Certificates of Deposit, you know that the returns being offered are negligible. Are you looking for a safe investment that pays handsome returns, and at the same time allows you to make a charitable gift in your estate? If so, look no further. Saint Vincent Seminary offers Charitable Gift Annuities with a minimum investment of just $10,000. Depending on your age, the cash returns to you can be as high as 6 to 7%. And best of all, the rate is guaranteed by Saint Vincent for the rest of your life, AND you receive an immediate tax deduction. The gift to Saint Vincent takes effect upon your death when any remaining funds in the annuity are passed directly to the Seminary. These funds may be designated by you for Scholarships, Building Projects or any other noteworthy cause within the Seminary that you specify. In this way, your legacy at Saint Vincent Seminary will continue indefinitely! For more information about Saint Vincent Charitable Gift Annuities, call (724) 532-6740. Thank you for your continued support! Leaven
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Seminary 2018 Annual Report
MICHAEL GRADY Diocese of Covington Ordination to the Priesthood Saturday, June 1, 2019 Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, Bishop of Covington The Basilica Cathedral of the Assumption, Covington
BROTHER DOMINIC LEO, O.S.B. Saint Vincent Archabbey Ordination to the Priesthood Saturday, May 25, 2019 Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of Greensburg Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica
MATTHEW MARINELLI Diocese of Metuchen Ordination to the Priesthood Saturday, June 22, 2019 Most Rev. James Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi
MINH PHAM, O. CIST. Saint Joseph Monastery Ordination to the Priesthood Details are forthcoming.
2019 Priesthood Ordination Class
MICHAEL TABERNERO Diocese of Metuchen Ordination to the Priesthood Saturday, June 22, 2019 Most Rev. James Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi
BROTHER CONRAD WALD, O.S.B. Saint Andrew Abbey Ordination to the Priesthood Most Rev. Roger W. Gries, O.S.B., retired Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland Saint Andrew Svorad Abbey
ANDREW YAN Archdiocese of Beijing Ordination to the Priesthood Details are forthcoming.
BROTHER IGNATIUS CAMELLO, O.S.B. Saint Vincent Archabbey Ordination to the Diaconate Saturday, May 25, 2019 Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of Greensburg Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica
MICHAEL FAIX Diocese of Pittsburgh Ordination to the Diaconate Saturday, June 29, 2019 Most Rev. David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh Saint Paul Cathedral
JORDAN M. HAINSEY Diocese of Covington Ordination to the Diaconate Saturday, April 13, 2019 Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, Bishop of Covington The Basilica Cathedral of the Assumption, Covington
2019 Deacon Ordination Class
JOSEPHN PETRONE Diocese of Erie Ordination to the Diaconate Saturday, April 27, 2019 Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, Bishop of Erie Saint Mark Seminary Chapel
GUSTAVO RODRIGUEZ-PEREZ Diocese of Metuchen Ordination to the Diaconate Saturday, June 15, 2019 Most Rev. James Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi
Seminary Board of Regents Members The members of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents who were attending the spring 2019 board meeting included, front, from left, Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, Bishop of the Diocese of Covington; Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg; Most Rev. David A. Zubik, Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, chairman; Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, Bishop of the Diocese of Erie; Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown; back, from left, Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B., Seminary Rector; Dr. Gene Leonard, new board member; Mr. John C. Marous III, new board member, vice chairman; Ms. Marie Milie-Jones, Esq.; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Chancellor; Mr. Richard A. DiClaudio. Not pictured but also serving on the board are Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton, Bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville; Mr. L. Richard Zappone and Hon. Maureen E. Lally-Green. The inset photo shows Father Edward with Dr. Leonard and Mr. Marous, who were attending their first official Board of Regents meeting. Leaven
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Chairman’s Message: A Time for Reflection, Renewal
ent and Easter are times of profound reflection and renewal. Pope Francis recently preached that Palm Sunday provides a lesson in humility for us all. It requires humility to show our enthusiasm for Jesus and it is humbling to have our weaknesses exposed as we walk the way of the Cross. As our Holy Father states:
Do not be ashamed to show your enthusiasm for Jesus, to shout out that he is alive and that he is your life. Yet at the same time, do not be afraid to follow him on the way of the cross. When you hear that he is asking you to renounce yourselves, to let yourselves be stripped of every security, and to entrust yourselves completely to our Father in heaven, then rejoice and exult! You are on the path of the kingdom of God. The seminarians at Saint Vincent are learning this spirit of humility every day. Each of them, in his own way, is emptying himself of worldly trappings to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to make Jesus his life. They are casting off the familiar world and its security to be brave in pursuing their priestly call. They do this in a way that does not set them apart from the people they will serve, but in a way that makes them true servants like Jesus. This is not easy. At times we all think that we are smart enough and talented enough that we deserve to be “in charge” in this world, but our path is not of this world. Our goal, priests and laity alike, is to walk as Pope Francis says, on the path of the kingdom of God. Saint Vincent is a wonderful place that is forming future priests in the spirit of humility. It is reflected in the seminarians, the faculty, the staff, and in the Board of Regents that I chair. This humility is a true blessing for the Church that will serve us all for years to come. May the Easter season be marked by a renewal in humility and joy among all God’s holy people. Your brother in Christ,
Most Reverend David A. Zubik Bishop of Pittsburgh Chairman, Board of Regents
Board of Regents CHAIRMAN: Most Rev. David A. Zubik, D.D.
Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, J.C.L. Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B. Mr. Richard A. DiClaudio Hon. Maureen E. Lally-Green Ms. Marie Milie Jones, Esq. Dr. Gene F. Leonard Mr. L. Richard Zappone
VICE CHAIRMAN: Mr. John C. Marous III MEMBERS: Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, J.C.D. Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D. Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, J.C.L. Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton, S.T.D. Leaven
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Chancellor’sMessage Message: Chancellor’s
he front cover of this issue of Leaven pictures Bishop Robert Barron with a few Saint Vincent Seminary students and a faculty member enjoying a pleasant moment together after a chance meeting in Rome. Beneath the photo is a quotation of Bishop Barron: “The sure sign that God is alive in you is joy.” To understand that affirmation is a challenge. As those in the photo will watch the evening news their day’s enjoyment may turn into distress as they hear the news of more massacres of innocent children or more scandals in our church. Is there a gift of joy deeper than the enjoyment of friends, deeper than the distress of human suffering? May I offer a few thoughts to serve as an invitation for your own prayerful reflection on the meaning of Bishop Barron’s affirmation for your own life. The prayer of Jesus on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” is filled with utter distress and anguish. Yet his dying words are filled with the joy and freedom of trust: “Father into your hands I commend my spirit.” Also think of Mary sharing the distress of her son of whom the divine voice proclaimed: “This is my beloved son.” Mary in distress, may have asked, “How can this be?” And in a still deeper trust responded: “Be it done to me according to your word.” Jesus, in his prayer offered at the Last Supper, gives us an insight into the possibility of a joy that transcends, and is deeper than all the pleasures and distress in our lives: “Father ... I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you love me may be in them and I in them.” This is the reality which sustained Jesus dying upon a cross; and also sustained Mary as she looked upon Jesus suffering and dying upon the cross. The source of our joy is our trust in the reality that God is our father who loves us with the same love as he loves Jesus. The joy now is beyond our grasp and our understanding. We will understand one day, however, when our suffering with Christ has ended, and we have risen with him to eternal joy in the Father’s love. May I express my heartfelt gratitude to you for your friendship and for your generous support of Saint Vincent Seminary. Sincerely in Christ,
Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.
Rector’s Message: Chancellor’s Message
s we celebrate the resurrection of Christ at Easter my thoughts turn to the risen Lord’s appearances to his disciples. He came to them in the midst of their distress and uncertainty and he gave them the peace of heart and the strength they needed to rejoice over his new life and to continue his saving work. The apostles and disciples went from a state of sorrow to a state of newfound liberation from all that held them bound in fear. We who are the modern day disciples of Christ, marked though we are with shortcomings and woundedness, practice our faith at a time when many things seek to keep us in fear. However, as surely as the original band of Jesus’ disciples were lifted up in hope and strength by the news of his resurrection, we too are lifted up by this same news which is as fresh today as it was when our Lord first appeared to his followers. It is my prayer that all of you may find in the risen Christ the true peace we all long for to guide us through the difficulties of life and to abide confidently in his presence. Then, with Saint Thomas’ profession “My Lord and my God!” in our hearts, we will always be ready to share his presence with all whom we encounter. May the Lord bless you abundantly in this Easter season. Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B.
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Rev. Michael P. Allison Mr. and Mrs. Victor E. Ballash Sr. Sarah Barrett Mr. and Mrs. David A. Bernot Rev. Donald P. Breier Mr. and Mrs. Richard Campbell Rev. Anthony J. Carbone Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Colbert Rev. Thomas M. Colucci Rev. Roy H. Conley Dr. and Mrs. James F. Curley Ms. Patricia L. Darbous
Diocese of Greensburg Rev. Jerome A. Dixon Mr. and Mrs. James C. Donahue Mrs. Constance S. Donnelly Mr. John A. Dudas Mr. and Mrs. Patrick W. Dumm Rabbi and Mrs. Jason Z. Edelstein FBC Chemical Corp. Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence A. Ferlan First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 13 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 44 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 88 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 313 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, National Mr. Terrence M. Flaherty Mr. and Mrs. John L. Fox Mr. Salvatore J. Franzi Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Freiland Rev. Msgr. Arnold L. Gaus Mr. and Mrs. Eugene H. Gleixner Dr. Andrzej G. Groch and Ms. Cynthia Maleski Mrs. Norma J. Gromek Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Gut Rev. John R. Haney Mrs. Kathleen Sacco Hann and Mr. Fred J. Hann Very Rev. Paul C. Helwig Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hershey Mr. and Mrs. William T. Iglesias Mrs. Ruth L. Janik Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Jones Kate M. Kelley Foundation Knights of Columbus, St. Benedict Council 905 Mrs. Theresa J. Kralik Mrs. J. Roberta Kubic Mr. and Mrs. John M. Lally Msgr. Ronald P. Lengwin Ms. Mary Theresa Lieb Dr. and Mrs. James V. Maher, Jr. The Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic Dr. Joseph C. Maroon Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. Maziarz Mr. and Mrs. James Mazich Mr. John P. Mazich Dr. Edward J. McClain, Jr. Mr. John R. McGinley, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Carey L. McMonagle Rev. Gerald S. Mikonis
Sr. Barbara Ann Moravec Mrs. Florein M. Mueller Dr. and Mrs. Edward B. Murcko Dr. Lisa C. Murcko Rev. Francis J. Murhammer Ms. Elena L. Nipper Mr. J. Michael Nolan, Jr. Mrs. Paula F. Palombo Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Pevarnik Mr. Howard W. Pickering Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Policastro, Sr. Ms. Margaret E. Pontzer Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Queenan, Jr. Rev. Msgr. William R. Rathgeb Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Reuscher Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Rudy Rev. Msgr. John R. Sasway Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Sichi St. John the Baptist Church St. Paul Parish Mrs. Sarah Tambucci Mr. Michael G. Terlesky The Fund for Charitable Giving Vanguard Charitable Miss Rose M. Volpe Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Walter Mr. and Mrs. James F. Will Most Rev. William J. Winter Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Wolfe Mr. Richard Yokopenic
Seminary Patrons $500 - $999
Rev. Robert J. Ahlin Rev. Charles J. Baptiste Dr. and Mrs. Eladio Y. Bayani, Jr. Rev. Joseph C. Beck Mr. Natale J. Carbone, III Mr. and Mrs. Alexander D. Condron Rev. George R. Cowan Cristo Rey Catholic Church Rev. Richard J. Czapinski William B. Dixon, Esq. Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. Dudro, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Egan Mr. John G. Emerick Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Fagan, III Mr. and Mrs. David J. Federline Rev. Michael P. Ferrick First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 424 Miss Eileen K. Flinn, Esq. Rev. Allan R. Frederick Rev. Msgr. John Gerald Gallagher Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
2018 Honor Roll of Donors
Mr. and Mrs. Philip M. Gallagher Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Glenn Mr. and Mrs. John R. Grayson Mrs. Carol J. Haile Rev. John A. Harvey Deacon and Mrs. William J. Hisker Rev. Norman C. Hohenwarter, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur J. Holtz Mr. and Mrs. Michael K. Kauffelt, II Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Kelly Rev. Msgr. James P. Kelly Rev. Kenneth E. Kezmarsky Miss Mary J. King Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Klinzing Rev. Peter J. Kuligowski Rev. Msgr. Raymond W. Kutner Mr. and Mrs. James K. Laffey Mr. and Mrs. Dale P. Latimer Mr. and Mrs. Mark T. Latterner Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Magovern Mrs. Lucine Marous Mr. Ryan Martin and Dr. Maureen Russell-Martin + Carolyn C. Massaro Mr. Richard F. Mazich Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. McConomy Rev. Fernando Molina-Restrepo Rev. David J. Nazimek Dr. and Mrs. Harry M. Null Mr. Timothy A. O’Brockta Rev. Terrence P. O’Connor Mr. and Mrs. David J. Paluselli Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Pereira Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico Lt. Col. and Mrs. Anthony J. Pesavento, Jr. Mrs. Jean Peterson Mr. and Mrs. Ronald M. Petnuch Rev. John D. Petrarulo Mr. and Mrs. David C. Pohland Mrs. Mary Ann Polinski Polis Charitable Fund Mrs. Elizabeth P. Resnik Rev. Lawrence R. Richards Saint Vincent Development Club St. Benedict Parish St. Edward Church St. Paul Parish Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey N. Staats Mr. Edmund J. Stegner Rev. Msgr. Andrew Szaroleta Mrs. Gertrudann K. Tatananni Mr. and Mrs. Andrew P. Urban, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Urbanowicz Mr. and Mrs. Mark Voyten Atty. and Mrs. Thomas G. Wagner Mrs. Elizabeth A. Wass Leaven
Miss Mary Diane Zelenak Mr. and Mrs. Michael V. Ziemski The Most Rev. David A. Zubik
Seminary Alliance $100 - $499
Mrs. Louise B. Aaron Mr. and Mrs. Chris A. Adams Mr. and Mrs. Ron Andrekanic Mrs. Barbara L. Bacha Mr. and Mrs. Bruce L. Barden Ms. Helen K. Barnett Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Barresi Dr. David Bartkus and Dr. Carolyn Woo Mr. and Mrs. Mario J. Battaglia Mr. Mark A. Bauer Mr. and Mrs. Carl S. Baumeister Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Baumgratz Mrs. Louise M. Bearer Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bearor Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Becker Mrs. Carolyn F. Bell Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Bellizia Mr. and Mrs. James D. Bendel Mrs. Pauline Bender Mr. and Mrs. John C. Benyo Rev. Harry R. Bielewicz, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Biss Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen E. Black Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Blasiole Mrs. Adrienne Blaskovich Rev. Daniel L. Blout Rev. Andrew J. Bolcar Mr. Alphonse J. Bon Atty. Eric and the Honorable Michele G. Bononi Rev. Robert J. Boyle Mr. John W. Boyle Mr. John W. Bradley, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jason J. Brinker Mr. Gregory Broad Mr. and Mrs. John A. Brock Ms. Ruth M. Bronder Mr. and Mrs. Lester E. Brownfield Rev. Matthew A. Brumleve Rev. Jon J. Brzek Capt. John R. Bucholtz Ms. Jane T. Buck Rev. James F. Bump Mr. and Mrs. Jerome A. Burgman Mr. and Mrs. Howard J. Burnett Rev. Robert R. Byrnes Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Calistri Rev. Michael M. Camara
Mr. and Mrs. Victor V. Capets Dr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Capone + Mr. James A. Carasella Rev. Msgr. Stanley B. Carson Mr. and Mrs. Christopher B. Casey Mrs. Elizabeth L. Catney and + Mr. J. Bernard Catney Chevron Humankind Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Chrabot Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Ciocca Rev. Msgr. John A. Cippel Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Cirelli Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Citrone Mr. and Mrs. Allan G. Clark Ms. Doris A. Clinton Dr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Collard Mr. and Mrs. William J. Collins Ms. Kay Connelly Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Connor Rev. Donald B. Conroy Mr. and Mrs. J. Patrick Conroy, Jr. Mrs. Jacqueline M. Conti Mr. Joseph R. Conway Mr. and Mrs. Dennis L. Coppula Mr. John L. Cornett, Jr. Mr. Ralph R. Costanzo Mr. and Mrs. John W. Courter Ms. Christine P. Courter Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Cox Dr. and Mrs. William P. Coyle Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Cremonese Mr. and Mrs. Marc P. Crimboli Dr. and Mrs. Francesco Crocenzi Mr. and Mrs. William F. Cronin Ms. Carolyn Crooks Mr. and Mrs. Bill D. Cuffley Dr. William E. Danko Ms. Cornelia Dattilo Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Walter P. Dauerer Mr. and Mrs. Terry L. Daughenbaugh Mr. and Mrs. Joey Davis Dr. and Mrs. Vincent J. De Cosmo Mr. Donald G. DeCarlo Mr. and Mrs. Eduardo E. DeLeon Mr. and Mrs. Pasquale DeMartino Dr. and Mrs. Hugh M. Dempsey Mr. Donn M. DeVallance Mr. and Mrs. James L. DiCostanzo Rev. Eric J. Dinga Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. DiVincenzo Mr. and Mrs. Regis Donahue Rev. Garrett D. Dorsey The Honorable and Mrs. John J. Driscoll Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Dudzinsky Dr. and Mrs. Paul F. Duffer
Mr. Regis M. Dugan Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Dumm Dr. David A. Dzombak and Ms. Carolyn J. Menard Rev. Craig R. Eilerman Mr. and Mrs. Karl E. Eisaman Mr. and Mrs. William J. Englert Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Erskine Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Evans Mrs. Mary A. Facetti Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Fajt Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Falatovich Atty. and Mrs. James N. Falcon Mr. Eugene B. Farabaugh Mrs. Agnes C. Farcosky Mr. Nicholas J. Farkas Very Rev. Philip N. Farrell Mr. Jerome F. Fatora Mr. Frederick R. Favo Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Fazio Mrs. Josephine A. Ferretti Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ferry Drs. R. Thomas and Judith H.Figura First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 11 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 77 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 90 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 94 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 107 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 172 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 177 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 200 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 218 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 258 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 262 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 278 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Jr. Branch 112 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Jr. Branch 512 Mrs. Louise E. Fisher Mr. William J. Fromme Dr. and Mrs. William M. Fronczek, Jr. Mr. Carl R. Fuhrman Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Furman Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Galek Rev. Zachary A. Galiyas Ms. Elizabeth M. Gallagher Mrs. Nancy Gannon and + Dr. Robert P. Gannon Ms. Cathryn Gartmann Rev. John A. Geinzer Mr. and Mrs. Arthur R. Geisler Mr. Kenneth A. Gengler Rev. Vincent J. Gigliotti Ms. Patricia E. Glatz Mr. Hugh J. Gorman Dr. Gregory D. Grabiak Ms. Rosemarie Gregory Rev. James R. Gretz Mr. Clement F. Gross, III Mr. and Mrs. James J. Grossi, Sr. Rev. John L. Gudewicz Ms. Susan Guttendorf Mrs. Bonnie A. Guz and + Mr. Gerald J. Guz Dr. and Mrs. James L. Hackett, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Hagan
Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Hager Ms. Ellen C. Hallissey Mrs. Jean Hammer Mr. and Mrs. Colin M. Hammer Rev. Deacon and Mrs. John M. Hanchin Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Hanley Mr. Derek W. Hansen Rev. Msgr. Robert M. Harris Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Hartsock Ms. Martha Hazlinsky Mrs. Christine T. Henry Rev. Robert W. Herrmann Ms. Patricia L. Hess Miss Carole J. Higgins Mrs. Ilse T. Hilliard Mr. and Mrs. R. Lee Hite Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr. Mrs. Irene K. Hodson Mr. Kirk Holman Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Holway Holy Name Society, St. Benedict Church Mr. and Mrs. Randy Hopkins Ms. Suzanne M. Hopkins
Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Hoppel Mr. Charles Horan Mr. John M. Javor Mr. and Mrs. Philip J. Jaworski Mrs. Mary Ann Johanek John & Hannah Hindmarsh Foundation Mr. Jerry V. Jones Mrs. Janet M. Jones Rev. Benedict E. Kapa Dr. Martin A. Kapusta, Jr. Mrs. Rosalie Kasperik Mr. and Mrs. J. Gilbert Kaufman Ms. Barbara A. Kaufold Mr. Brian Kaufold and Family Rev. Msgr. Charles A. Kaza Mrs. Joan F. Kessler Mr. and Mrs. John Kingry Rev. Msgr. Lawrence R. Kiniry Mr. Reginald Kirsch Mrs. Diana Kirsch Dr. and Mrs. William J. Kirsch Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Kissell
Mr. and Mrs. David B. Klimke Mr. James A. Kline Ms. Joanne A. Knapp Knights of Columbus, St. Alphonsus Ligouri Council 4262 Ms. Carol A. Koss Ms. Carol E. Kraus Mr. and Mrs. David R. Krause Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Krebs The Paul M. Sr. & Mildred F. Kridlo Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation/ Community Foundation of Westmoreland County Mr. and Mrs. Zoltan Kristof Dr. and Mrs. Frank J. Kroboth Dr. Michael P. Krom Miss Doris E. Krumenacker Rev. Timothy Kruthaupt Mrs. Deborah A. Kuhar Mr. Stanley J. Kurek, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Jerome F. Kurland Mr. Thomas J. Kuss Mr. and Mrs. David J. Kwiatkowski Mr. and Mrs. David E. Lamb
Lifetime Recognition ($10,000 or More, Lifetime)
Through December 31, 2018.
$1,000,000 or more Anonymous + Mr. John F. Donahue and Mrs. Rhodora J. Donahue First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, National + Dr. and Mrs. George J. Magovern, Sr. + Mr. John C. Marous, Jr. and Mrs. Lucine Marous
$500,000-$999,999 Diocese of Pittsburgh Mr. David M. Roderick, Sr. + Dr. and Mrs. George E. Sweeney
$100,000-$499,999 Anonymous Archdiocese of Washington Rev. Francis P. Balestino + Mr. and Mrs. August Battaglia + Mrs. Marian R. Bearer + Mr. David L. Brennan and Mrs. Ann A. Brennan Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions + Mr. Frank V. Cahouet and Mrs. Ann Cahouet + Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Demshock Diocese of Erie Diocese of Greensburg Diocese of Harrisburg Mr. and Mrs. Amil A. DiPadova Donahue Family Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. George C. Dorman Mr. and Mrs. Wilson J. Farmerie Most Rev. Rene H. Gracida + Mrs. Mary Jo Hammontree Leaven
William Randolph Hearst Foundations + Rev. John P. Hickey Kate M. Kelley Foundation Knights of Columbus, Supreme Council + Rev. Thomas J. Kram + Mr. James Lancas + Rev. Msgr. Paul A. Lenz + Mr. Thomas Marshall + Rev. Msgr. J. Edward McCullough Richard King Mellon Foundation + Rev. Richard V. Paluse Mrs. Nelly Pangilinan An Anonymous Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation in memory of the B. Charles Held Family + Mrs. Mary Louise Redding Thomas E. Reynolds Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Vincent A. Sarni + The Honorable Bernard F. Scherer and Mrs. Norma P. Scherer + Mr. Joseph S. Schuchert and Mrs. Karalyn Schuchert + Rev. Mr. and + Mrs. John E. Sroka St. Gregory the Great Church St. Marys Catholic Foundation + Rev. John P. Stack + Rev. Raymond A. Vollmer + Rev. Jerome M. Weiksner Mr. and Mrs. L. Richard Zappone
$50,000 to $99,999 Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Victor E. Ballash + Mrs. Viola B. Bratton + Ms. Helen M. Cegelski Mrs. Anna Chase Mr. James A. Cherubini and + Mrs. MaryAnn Cherubini Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. DiCesare
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Diocese of Columbus Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Diocese of Youngstown Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher Donahue + Mrs. Mary S. Griffin + Mr. Edward A. Gromek and Mrs. Norma J. Gromek Rev. Joseph R. Grosko + Mr. Joseph P. Hamilton + Dr. and + Mrs. Joseph F. Heisel, Jr. Mr. William L. Hicks Hoehn Scholarship Trust Fund Mr. William B. Heubel + Rev. Richard P. Karenbauer Koch Foundation, Inc. + Mr. Steven Kosmo and Mrs. Angeline Kosmo + Rev. Joseph R. Lemp + Dr. Barbara Loe + Ms. Catherine H. McCluskey Mr. and Mrs. John Munsch The Murrman Family + Rev. Fabian G. Oris + Rev. E. Charles Patterson + Rev. George E. Saladna
$25,000 to $49,999 Anonymous Archdiocese of Atlanta Ms. Janice G. Barone Sr. Sarah Barret + Mrs. Bernice R. Bauer Brooks Foundation + Mrs. Annette C. Brownfield + Rev. John J. Cassella + Rev. Msgr. William G. Charnoki Rev. Roy H. Conley Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Davis The Dean Family
+ Rev. Anthony G. DeLuca Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. DiClaudio Diocese of Gary Diocese of Steubenville Diocese of Tulsa + Mr. and + Mrs. Thomas J. Donnelly Mr. and Mrs. Timothy M. Dunlap Mr. and Mrs. Mark W. Durishan + Rev. Benedict W. Erkens Mrs. Orlie S. Ferretti First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 590 Mr. Charles M. Fischer + Mrs. Jacquelyn Fish Mr. and +Mrs. Paul W. Fish The Ann S. Foster Memorial Scholarship Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation/Community Foundtion of Westmoreland County Mr. Salvatore J. Franzi and + Mrs. Kathleen Franzi Ms. Elizabeth M. Gallagher + Dr. and Mrs. Harry Gerstbrein Mr. Carl G. Grefenstette and +Mrs. Mary Jane Grefenstette Rev. John R. Haney Mrs. Kathleen Sacco Hann and Mr. Fred J. Hann Mr. and Mrs. John J. Hans Mr. and Mrs. Randy J. Heiser + Rev. Edward F. Higgins Donald F. Hunter Charitable Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Gene F. Leonard + Ms. Mary L. Lepkowski + Rev. Francis G. Massung Dr. Edward J. McClain, Jr. and + Mrs. Nancy McClain + Ms. Mildred Mladenick Mr. and Mrs. Richard Munsch Dr. and Mrs. Edward B. Murcko Rev. Francis J. Murhammer
Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
Mrs. Pauline M. Lanciotti Mrs. Sandra L. Langer Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Lanzel Mr. David Lanzel Rev. Mr. and Mrs. David C. Lapinski + Rev. Eugene F. Lauer Laurel Valley Graphics Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Lee Mr. and Mrs. Ashley Leggett, Jr. Mr. Ralph H. Liberatore and + Mrs. Donna Liberatore Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Lieb Mrs. Rose Marie J. Lieb Mr. Charles A. Linhart Mr. William E. Llewellyn, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. LoCascio Mr. and Mrs. Carl Loeffler, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Norman Long Mr. Robert H. Long Miss Marie V. Lops Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Lord Mrs. Agnes L. Lorenzen Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Lovato Mr. and Mrs. William E. Lozier
+ Rev. Francis A. Nazimek Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Pevarnik + Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Pevarnik + Mr. John A. Robertshaw, Jr. and Mrs. Anne B. Robertshaw + Mr. Clyde S. Shuler + Mr. Glenn E. Stinson and Mrs. Lavina Stinson + Mr. Gilbert A. Strittmatter Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Stover Rev. F. Raymond Trance Rev. Gerard A. Trancone Trixie Puff Foundation + Rev. Francis C. Wildgruber
$10,000 to $24,999 Anonymous + Mrs. Betty J. Antesberger + Ms. Evelyn Augustin + Mrs. Katherine M. Bates Rev. Andrew J. Bolcar Ms. Linda M. Boxx Mr. T. William Boxx + Mrs. Rosemary Breindel Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bridge Caesar Puff Foundation + Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Caldwell + Rev. John J. Charnoki Mrs. Margaret T. Chiosi Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Chute Rev. Msgr. John A. Cippel Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Cirelli The Father Charles Skinner Memorial Fund + Mr. Russell R. Companion E. E. Connelly Family Foundation Rev. Msgr. John L. Conway + Mr. Anthony Corbo and Mrs. Rose Corbo Dr. and Mrs. James F. Curley Leaven
Mrs. Rhonda A. Luczak and + Mr. Robert Luczak Rev. Gerald J. Lutz Dr. and Mrs. James R. Lynch, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Myron C. Lyon Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Lyskava Mr. and Mrs. Charles Maguire Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney Rev. Thaddeus S. Maida Rev. Thomas F. Manion Mrs. Gloria P. Manzi Rev. Timothy D. Marcoe Mr. Jason A. Marucco Mr. and Mrs. David A. Marucco Ms. Carol A. Mathieson Lt. Col. and Mrs. Edward F. McCann Dr. and Mrs. Michael P. McCarthy Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCarthy Rev. Michael A. McDermott Mrs. Janet McGuire Mr. and Mrs. Gary M. McKeown Rev. Lawrence J. McNeil Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Medlock Mr. and Mrs. Donald Melroy
+ Ms. Dolores Daly + Mr. John A. Daum + Ms. Mary C. Dillon + Rev. Msgr. Leon S. Darkowski Diocese of Covington + Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Dravecky Mr. and Mrs. Patrick W. Dumm + Mr. and Mrs. Frederick N. Egler Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Fagan, III + Rev. Edward R. Farina FBC Chemical Corp. + Rev. Robert E. Feeney Rev. William P. Feeney Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund + Rev. Francis B. Filip J. B. Finley Charitable Trust First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 13 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 44 First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Okres + Mr. Francis H. Freidhoff + Rev. Francis H. Gallagher Rev. Msgr. John Gerald Gallagher Mr. and Mrs. Philip M. Gallagher + Rev. Arthur L. Garbin Mr. Mark F. Garcea + Rev. Hugh M. Gloninger Mr. and Mrs. Ross Green, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. John E. Grotzinger + Ms. Helena R. Hartshorne + Ms. Catherine R. Held Hershey Foods Gift Match Program + Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Hess + Rev. Edwin H. Hirt Mr. Germain J. Holtz Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur J. Holtz Human Life International, Inc. Rev. Richard A. Infante Mr. John M. Javor
The Merck Foundation Atty. and Mrs. James A. Meyer Rev. Mr. John C. Miller, Jr. Ms. Elizabeth Mina Mr. and Mrs. William Mohler Rev. Walter J. Moll, Jr. Mr. Ronald A. Monack Rev. Matthew J. Morelli Mr. William J. Morley Dr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Moss Mrs. Joyce Motter Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Mueller Mr. and Mrs. James L. Murdy Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Murin Mr. Thomas J. Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Murtha, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Naggy Ms. Barbara Nalle Mrs. Eleanor Nemanic Mr. Fred R. Nene and Ms. Candace Cain Rev. Mr. and Mrs. William M. Newhouse Mr. and Mrs. David Newingham Rev. Dam D. Nguyen Rev. Robert A. Norton
Kattan-Ferretti Insurance Agency + Ms. Marie D. Kaul + Rev. Hubert J. Kealy + Mr. and Mrs. Clair J. Kirsch Knights of Columbus, St. Benedict Council 905 + Rev. Msgr. Donald W. Kraus + Mr. Norbert L. Kraus Rev. Thomas E. Kredel Miss Doris E. Krumenacker + Ms. Irene H. Kruzynski Mr. and Mrs. James K. Laffey Mr. and Mrs. Ashley Leggett, Jr. + Rev. Francis M. Lynch Dr. and Mrs. James V. Maher, Jr. + Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Maher + Rev. Msgr. Augustine Marzhauser + Mr. Melvin J. Matty + Dr. John R. Mazero and Mrs. Rosemary P. Mazero Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. Maziarz Mrs. Mary McCauslin + Rev. John H. McMahon + Rev. Edward F. McSweeney R. K. Mellon Family Foundation + Rev. Msgr. Alphonse G. Mihm Rev. Gerald S. Mikonis Sr. Barbara Ann Moravec Mr. and Mrs. Nick Morrison, Jr. + Mr. Roland J. Mueller and Mrs. Florein M. Mueller + Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Munsch, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Murphy Nationwide Foundation Ms. Maureen S. O’Brien Ms. Rita Palguta Rev. John D. Petrarulo Mr. Howard W. Pickering Rev. Leo J. Pleban Mr. John S. Polickoski Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Pontzer PPG Industries Foundation
NRG Energy, Inc. The Honorable and Mrs. William J. Ober Ms. Maureen S. O’Brien Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. O’Brien Rev. Msgr. Maurice V. O’Connell Mr. and Mrs. Antonio D. Octavo Capt. and Mrs. Robert E. Oldani Rev. Kenneth E. Oldenski Mrs. Catherine E. Olson Rev. Jeremiah T. O’Shea Atty. and Mrs. Joseph W. O’Toole Mr. Richard P. Pantaleo Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert D. Pastor Mr. and Mrs. William J. Pastor Mrs. Anna M. Patti Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Pauvlik Mr. Stanley C. Paviak Mr. David R. Pavlock Dr. and Mrs. Gabriel S. Pellathy Mr. and Mrs. David A. Perry, Sr. Mr. Jack Perry Mr. Dennis D. Perzyk Dorothy Petrosky Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Pfeufer
Ms. Jane Prengaman Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Queenan, Jr. Rev. Msgr. William R. Rathgeb + Rev. Robert J. Reardon + Ms. Adeline Reeping + Dr. Frank E. Resnik Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Reuscher + Rev. Msgr. Charles O. Rice + Ms. Philomena Rich Rossin Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Rudy Mr. John C. Rusnak + Ms. Bertha Salter Rev. Msgr. John R. Sasway + Mr. Thomas E. Schaut + Rev. William J. Scholz Schwab Charitable Fund Mr. Leo H. Selle Ms. Marilyn L. Selle Serra Club of Cambria County Mr. Charles Sheedy + Mr. Dwayne E. Shingle + Ms. Norma A. Sirback Dr. Jane A. Slezak St. Gregory the Great Men’s Club St. Paul Seminary + Rev. Julius S. Stefurosky Mrs. Gertrudann Keddie Tatananni + Mrs. Mary E. Tepe + Miss Mary Lou M. Trancone Mr. Edwin F. Vandergrift Vanguard Charitable Miss Rose M. Volpe Atty. and Mrs. Thomas G. Wagner Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Walter Washington Theological Union + Mr. Leroy Wilhelm Rev. George A. Wilt Most Rev. William J. Winter Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Wolfe Mrs. Kathleen Yanity + Rev. Msgr. Aloysius L. Zwolinski Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
Mr. Clifford J. Pfoutz Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Pickard Rev. Bernardo Pistone Rev. Jon J. Plavcan Rev. Leo J. Pleban Mrs. Rose Polczynski Mr. John S. Polickoski Rev. Michael C. Polinek Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Polinski Ms. Andrea L. Ponzetto Mr. and Mrs. Marc Poole Ms. Carol L. Pratt Mr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Prechtl Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Preik Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Pusateri Deacon and Mrs. John E. Ragan Mr. and Mrs. Ronald N. Raimondo Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Rebrick Mr. John A. Remark, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Marc B. Robertshaw Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Robinson Ms. Mary Ann Rodman Ms. Helen Rolla
Mrs. Lois H. Roos Mr. and Mrs. John C. Rosick Mrs. Barbara Rossi Rev. Nicholas J. Rouch Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Rubino Mr. and Mrs. Gregory B. Rudolph Mr. and Mrs. Abelardo Ruiz Mr. and Mrs. John T. Ryan, III Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Saly Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Sarneso Mrs. Dolores M. Sasway Ms. Loretta E. Scalzitti Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Scarberry Mr. and Mrs. James F. Scarpelli, Jr. Rev. Lawrence A. Schaeper Dr. and Mrs. William O. Scheeren Dr. and Mrs. Bernard C. Scherer Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Schneider Mrs. Mary Lou B. Schutz Mr. and Mrs. James Schwarz, Jr. Ms. Robin Schwarz Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Seamens Mr. and Mrs. James R. Sedley
Guardian Society members are loyal alumni and friends who have remembered Saint Vincent Seminary in their estate planning through bequests, insurance policies, trusts or annuities. Their stewardship guarantees a quality education to the future spiritual leaders of the Church. Members of the society, through March 20, 2019, are: Anonymous Mrs. Gloria Acklin Rev. Francis P. Balestino Mrs. Joan B. Ballash Mr. Victor E. Ballash Ms. Linda A. Belice Christopher Bellicini, M.D. Mrs. Jill Bellicini Mr. James D. Bendel Mrs. Kathleen Bendel Rev. Donald R. Bischof Mrs. Sandra H. Black Rev. Mr. Stephen E. Black Rev. Daniel L. Blout William R. Bodner, Jr., M.D. Ms. Mary C. Bradley Rev. Donald P. Breier Rev. Jon J. Brzek Rev. Thomas J. Burke Rev. Robert R. Byrnes Anna M. Chase Mr. James A. Cherubini Rev. John R. Cindric Rev. Msgr. John A. Cippel Rev. Matthew R. Cirilli Mr. Robert L. Clarke Rev. Roy H. Conley Rev. Msgr. John L. Conway Ms. Marie E. Corns Leaven
Rev. Stuart W. Crevcoure Mrs. Carmencita Crocenzi Francesco Crocenzi, Ph.D. Mrs. Mary Lou Curry Mr. Robert E. Davis Dr. Hugh M. Dempsey Rev. John J. Detisch Mr. Alfred M. Dettore, Jr. Rev. Anthony W. Ditto, Jr. Joseph Dreliszak, Ed.D. Rev. John P. Ellias Mark Erickson, Ph.D. Rev. William P. Feeney Mr. Matthew J. Felice Craig M. Felton, Ph.D. Mrs. Orlie S. Ferretti Mr. Charles M. Fischer Mr. Frank B. Fuhrer Ms. Joan Fye Rev. Msgr. John Gerald Gallagher Mrs. Kathleen Gallagher Mr. Philip M. Gallagher Rev. Msgr. Arnold L. Gaus Miss Ann Gavaler Rev. Carl J. Gentile Ms. Clareece Godt Mr. Joseph A. Gombita, Jr. Mr. John E. Haag Mr. Edward P. Hager Rev. Thomas F. Hamm, Jr. Rev. John R. Haney Mrs. Joanne L. Hartzell Rev. Robert W. Herrmann Mrs. Mary T. Hershey Mr. Robert M. Hershey Mr. William B. Heubel Miss Carole J. Higgins Rev. Mark A. Hoffman Mrs. Rita R. Hunter Rev. Msgr. James P. Kelly Rev. Kenneth E. Kezmarsky
Mr. Joseph T. Senko Mrs. Carol A. Serafin Serra Club of Allegheny Valley Serra Club of Cambria County Serra Club of Greensburg Ms. Mary Ann Settle Mr. Thomas J. Severin Atty. and Mrs. Carl T. Severini Mr. and Mrs. David W. Shaffer Mrs. Dorothy J. Shea Mr. and Mrs. William W. Shearouse, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Shepler Ms. Joanne Shrum Rev. Paul R. Shuda Ms. Arlene Shull Mrs. Mary L. Shumaker Rev. Paul S. Siebert Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Siffrin Mr. and Mrs. George J. Silowash Mr. Brian K. Silowash Atty. and Mrs. James R. Silvis Rev. Ronald L. Simboli Ms. Barbara E. Simpson
Rev. Msgr. Lawrence R. Kiniry Rev. Thomas M. Kirby Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Klinzing Mrs. Susan Knoll Mr. William B. Knoll Mrs. Angeline Kosmo Mrs. Anna Kozminski Mr. Tadeusz Kozminski Miss Doris E. Krumenacker Mr. Jerome F. Kurland Rev. Msgr. Raymond W. Kutner Mr. Donald E. Mackowski, Jr. Mrs. Virginia Mackowski Very Rev. Daniel C. Mahoney Rev. Thomas F. Manion Mrs. Lucine Marous Rev. Mark J. Mastrian Rev. James P. McCormick Dr. Carey L. Mcmonagle Mrs. Suzanne McMonagle Rev. Lawrence J. McNeil Rev. Mr. John C. Miller, Jr. Sr. Barbara Ann Moravec Dr. Robert R. Morrell Mrs. Robert R. Morrell Mrs. Doris Mousseau Mr. Thomas Mousseau Rev. Francis J. Murhammer Mrs. Caroline Anne O’Brien Mr. Donald R. O’Brien Ms. Katherine P. O’Brien Rev. Msgr. Maurice V. O’Connell Rev. Jeremiah T. O’Shea Miss Ann M. Pakos Mrs. Paula F. Palombo Mr. Dennis D. Perzyk Mrs. Judy Peters Mr. William J. Peters Rev. John D. Petrarulo Rev. Alexander L. Pleban Rev. Leo J. Pleban
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Sites Mr. and Mrs. Richard Skubak Mr. and Mrs. Alfred A. Smalara Mrs. Josephine M. Smart Mr. and Mrs. Bernard B. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Christopher J. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Herbert C. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Smith Ms. Christine Smith Dr. Fred L. Soisson, Jr. Mr. William C. Sok Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sorice Mrs. Donna Ruth Spalla St. Martin’s Abbey St. Susanna Church Mr. James C. Stalder Mrs. Theresa M. Stas Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Stein Mrs. Celine Steinmiller Rev. Ryan L. Stenger Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Stillwagon Rev. Ernest J. Strzelinski Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Sujansky
Rev. Adrian C. H. Pleus Mrs. Carol J. Pontzer Mr. Joseph H. Pontzer Rev. Philip P. Pribonic Dr. John D. Proe Rev. Msgr. William R. Rathgeb Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Saly Mr. Walter J. Samul, Jr. Rev. Msgr. John R. Sasway Mrs. Mary Lou B. Schutz Mr. Leo H. Selle Rev. Michael P. Sikon Dr. Jane A. Slezak Mrs. Dorothy Staffen Robert N. Staffen, M.D. Ms. Donna L. Stankovich Rev. Carl T. Tancredi Mrs. Gertrudann K. Tatananni Rev. F. Raymond Trance Rev. Gerard A. Trancone Mr. Nicholas P. Trunzo Very Rev. Thomas L. Tyler Mr. Roman J. Verostko Rev. Thomas A. Wagner Rev. Robert M. Washko Mr. George A. Willinghan, Jr. Rev. George A. Wilt Ms. Janet E. Yakubco Rev. James G. Young
In Memoriam + James H. Ackerman + Dr. Carolyn L. Attneave + Rev. Msgr. Andrew J. Balok + August Battaglia + Vera Battaglia + Bernice R. Bauer + Mr. George A. Bauer Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
Mrs. Sylvia F. Sullivan Mr. Fredrick G. Sutton Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence R. Sutton Dr. Gerard D. Sweeney Dr. and Mrs. William J. Switala Drs. Gary C. and Mary Alice Taylor Mrs. Judith Titus and + Mr. Robert Titus Mr. and Mrs. William J. Tompkins Mr. and Mrs. Victor R. Tranquillo Rev. Joseph J. Trapp, II Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman Mrs. Myra N. Trgovac Mr. and Mrs. Donald Triana Rev. James D. Tringhese Mr. Paul W. Trunzo Rev. Edward J. Trzeciakowski Mr. Robert J. Tuchman Dr. and Mrs. Michael J. Tupta, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Nick J. Uliano Mr. Edward S. Ungvarsky Mr. and Mrs. Alan G. Vaina Mr. James T. Varsel Mr. and Mrs. Timothy E. Vaughan Mrs. Virginia M. Voytek
+ L. J. Bauer + Patricia D. Bauer + Frank W. Billock + Margaret M. Bott + Mary D. Brandle + Viola B. Bratton + RoseMary Breindel + Regis Bridge + Annette C. Brownfield + Mary S. Carey + Rev. Msgr. John T. Carter + Rev. John J. Cassella + Rev. Thomas J. Cassidy + Ms. Helen M. Cegelski + M. Dennis Cessar + Rev. Msgr. William G. Charnoki + MaryAnn Cherubini + Rev. Stephen M. Chervenak + Mr. Russell R. Companion + Nancy J. Condron + Most Rev. William G. Connare + Rev. John B. Corbett + Stella M. Cudnik + Rev. Edward V. Curry + Rev. Edward M. Czemerda + John A. Daum + Rev. Dominick A. DeBlasio + Rev. Anthony G. DeLuca + Michael F. Demshock + Rev. Ettore J. DeNapoli + Rev. Henry P. Dinicco + Rev. John A. Dompka + Rev. Philip J. Donatelli + Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Dravecky + Rev. Marion J. Emling, O.S.B. + Gertrude M. Erickson + Rev. Benedict W. Erkens + Helen R. Fajt + Rev. Edward R. Farina + Rev. Regis M. Farmer + Rev. Robert E. Feeney Leaven
Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Werneth Atty. and Mrs. Gregory W. Walkauskas Mr. James F. Walsh Mr. and Mrs. James W. Walters Mr. John L. Wandrisco Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Weaver Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Wehner Rev. G. David Weikart Mr. Thomas L. Weimer Mr. and Mrs. William G. Weiss Ms. Carol A. Weiss Rev. Richard J. Wesoloski Rev. Timothy F. Whalen Dr. and Mrs. Larry J. Whatule Mr. and Mrs. Harold Whisman, Jr. Rev. George A. Wilt Mr. Henry S. Winkler Mr. Daniel G. Wortman Mr. and Mrs. Stephen P. Yanek Mrs. Kathleen M. Yanity Mrs. Almanimfa Q. Zaballero Mrs. Dorothy Zello Ms. Marjorie L. Ziegler Mr. John D. Zombar
+ Mary T. Fialkowski + Rev. Francis B. Filip + Rev. Charles M. Fink + Rev. Donald C. Fisher + Rev. John T. Flaherty + Walter Forney + Richard H. Foster + Rev. Francis H. Gallagher + Rev. Msgr. Robert P. Garland + Mr. William T. Gasper + Miss Mary Gavaler + Rev. Cornelius E. Gildea + Mary S. Griffin + Rev. Michael T. Gubanich + Andrew R. Gurecka + Mrs. Josephine D. Hagan + Mrs. Mary M. Halloran + Joseph P. Hamilton + Mary Jo Hammontree + Rev. Msgr. Henry F. Hanse + Ethel C. Harvey + Anne M. Heckel + Henny Heisel + Dr. Joseph F. Heisel, Jr. + Catherine R. Held + Rev. John P. Hickey + Rev. Edward F. Higgins + Mr. Raymond W. Hill + Rev. Msgr. John F. Hogan + John W. Holtz + Robert Hunter + Rev. Thomas W. Jackson + Frank L. Jioio + Rev. Patrick J. Jones + Rev. Stanislaus J. Jozwiak + Viola J. Kammersell + Leonarda Karawsky + Rev. Richard P. Karenbauer + Mrs. Irene Karmo + Rev. Hubert J. Kealy +Rev. Joseph J. Kleppner
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Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Aaron Mr. Samuel C. Acchione Rev. John Acrea Mr. Leonard F. Anderson Mr. Charles E. Angelilli Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel J. Answine Mrs. Sheila S. Antonacci Mrs. Grace Arnold Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Aungst Dr. Carolina Bacani-Longa Mrs. Barbara A. Balcerek Ms. Amelia F. Barcarse Rev. Martin F. Barkin Rev. Christopher M. Barnes Mr. and Mrs. Charles Barrett Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Bashour Mr. Carmen J. Bell and Mrs. Karen Harouse-Bell Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Belsterling Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Bench II
+ Mr. Bernard Kline + Mr. Stephen P. Kosmo + Rev. Thomas J. Kram + Irene H. Kruzynski + Rev. Wayne P. Lavin + Rev. Joseph R. Lemp + Rev. Msgr. Paul A. Lenz + Mrs. Grace Long + Rev. Francis M. Lynch + Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Maher + Rev. Joseph G. Malinak + William Marchioni + John C. Marous, Jr. + Rev. Msgr. Augustine Marzhauser + Melvin J. Matty + Catherine H. McCluskey + Rev. Msgr. J. Edward McCullough + Mrs. Charlotte P. McDonald + Most Rev. John B. McDowell + Rev. John H. McMahon + Rev. Edward F. McSweeney + Ms. Ruth M. Meier + Vincent T. Mendicino + Joseph R. Miller + Mildred Mladenick + Rev. Ronald J. Naylor + Rev. Francis A. Nazimek + Rev. Richard V. Paluse + Rev. Harry E. Parsons + Rev. E. Charles Patterson + Dorothy Petrosky + Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Pier + Rev. Francis P. Plantes + Rev. Robert J. Reardon + Mrs. Mary Louise Redding + Rev. John H. Reilly + Rev. Msgr. Charles O. Rice + Philomena Rich + Rev. Geno G. Rivi + Rev. Thomas M. Rodgers + Dan and Margery Root
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Benoit Mr. Clay Beringer, III Mr. Francis A. Billy Mr. Henry Boeckman Rev. Joseph E. Bonafed Ms. Rebecca A. Bookhamer Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Boyle Mr. and Mrs. Francis A. Brasile Mrs. Kathleen A. Brestensky Very Rev. Philip G. Burger Mr. and Mrs. Regis E. Burgman Mr. Harold B. Burke Ms. Connie L. Burket Mrs. Charlotte Burlas Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Butala Ms. Elizabeth Butler Mr. and Mrs. John Campean Mr. James S. Carey, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick F. Carfagna Sr. Bernadette Carlow Mr. and Mrs. Hazael Carolina Castle Tower Apts. Ms. Michelle C. Chaido Mr. Harold Cheatle
+ Mr. Louis Rosenberger + Rev. George E. Saladna + Rev. Thomas A. Scala + Rev. Valentine G. Sedlak + Rev. Theodore J. Seginak, O.S.B. + Rev. Stephen A. Sheetz + Norma A. Sirback + Rev. Charles D. Skinner + Rev. John P. Stack + Ms. Margaret C. Stanley + Rev. Julius S. Stefurosky + Mr. Leonard P. Straple + Gilbert A. Strittmatter + George E. Sweeney, D.D.S. + Mary K. Tamasy + Mary E. Tepe + Katherine E. Torda + Rev. Andrew J. Turlik + Rev. Michael J. Vecchio + Leo M. Veneskey + Rev. Francis T. Weaver + Rev. Msgr. Joseph L. Weidmann + Rev. Jerome M. Weiksner + Rev. Francis C. Wildgruber + Mr. Leroy Wilhelm + Rev. John E. Wilt + Michele Wissinger + Rev. Msgr. Aloysius L. Zwolinski
Requiescat in Pace If you have included Saint Vincent Seminary in your estate planning, or need information on becoming a Planned Giving Associate, please contact Mr. Shannon Jordan, the Director of Development at (724) 532-6740.
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Mr. and Mrs. Chester M. Chorzempa Ms. Tracy L. Cole Rev. Mr. John J. Concannon, Sr. and + Mrs. Rosemary Concannon Mr. Hollis F. Coomer, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Philip L. Crimboli Mr. Frank J. Cristello, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William D. Crosby, Jr. Rev. Peter D. Crowe Mr. and Mrs. Glenn E. Cunningham Mrs. Marilyn J. Cupec Mr. and Mrs. Fortunato A. Cusato Mr. John G. Cvetic Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Daugerdas Mr. James C. Davidek Dr. Robert J. DePasquale Mr. and Mrs. Patrick H. DiNunzio Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Dishaw Mrs. Shirley M. Dorazio Ms. Christina Dornauer Mr. Joseph W. Duchene Mr. and Mrs. Howard D. Dutrow Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ehlers Ms. Jane M. Eisenhour Ms. Gracita C. Estepa Rev. John T. Euker Mr. John Falenski Mrs. Jacqueline Fedryk First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Branch 343 Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Flynn Rev. Sheldon M. Franz Mrs. Josie Funari Mrs. Mary Lou Furman Mrs. Margaret M. Gallardy + Catherine A. Gannon Ms. Margaret M. Gannon Mr. Frank Gapinski Mr. Terence P. Gates Ms. Mary J. Geary Dr. and Mrs. Frank N. Genovese Mrs. Evelyn K. Gera Ms. Clareece Godt Mr. Joseph A. Gombita, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Gonzalez Mr. and Mrs. Lon A. Good Mrs. Ruth B. Gregory Mr. and Mrs. Peter P. Guerrera, III Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Guidas Mr. and Mrs. Gervase S. Gumbita Ms. Lynda J. Guzik Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. Haas Mr. and Mrs. James M. Haggerty Mr. George L. Hall Mr. John W. Hall, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dean W. Hansen Mrs. Darlene R. Harper Mr. and Mrs. Bruce W. Harrison Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Hassenbein Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Haycisak Mr. Edward J. Hoffman Mr. Edgar J. Holtz Ms. Elaine Hudimac Ms. Beth Iezzi Mr. and Mrs. William T. Iglesias, Jr. Mrs. Shirley S. Jahn Mr. and Mrs. Francis X. Janes Mr. and Mrs. William J. Janosik Mr. and Mrs. Jack O. Jensen Leaven
Mr. John A. Jodell Mr. and Mrs. Leonard R. Monticue Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Rugalla, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. George F. Johnston Mrs. Gertrude E. Moore Mrs. Eleonor Sargent Mrs. Marie Jovenitti Mrs. Delpha Moran Barrera Ms. Jane H. Sarmiento Rev. Msgr. Ralph L. Kaiser Mrs. Bonita A. Morgan Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Schulte Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Kalasky Mr. and Mrs. Roy Morris Mrs. Arline Schulze Mr. and Mrs. David M. Kelly Mr. and Mrs. John L. Morrison Mr. O. A. Schweizer Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kemp Mrs. Sandra L. Mraz Mr. and Mrs. Steven P. Shaver Mrs. Beula Kestler Ms. Mary A. Mudron Mr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Sherbondy Dr. George G. King Mrs. Margaret G. Mulcahy Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sholly, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick W. King Mr. and Mrs. James P. Murray Mr. Leon A. Sikora Mr. and Mrs. Richard V. King Mr. John W. Murtagh, Jr. Miss Norma Jean Simmons + Rev. Joseph J. Kleinstuber Mr. and Mrs. J. William Murtha Mr. David Sisca Mr. Dennis A. Kline Mr. Daniel L. Nedzinski Mr. and Mrs. John K. Small Mrs. Louise M. Kline and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Newell Mr. Linus C. Smith + Robert H. Kline Ms. Katherine P. O’Brien Sr. Priscilla Smith Mr. John Knecht Mr. and Mrs. Regis J. Obringer Mr. and Mrs. Donald Smithbauer Knights of Columbus, Penn Allegheny Ms. Janet R. O’Connor Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Smolka Council 4242 Mr. Joseph Onofrey Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Snyder Mr. Albert J. Kollar Mr. Daniel P. Orange Mrs. Anna P. Spisak Mr. Victor S. Koslosky Ms. Jeanette Osorio Ms. Roberta Stirling Mrs. Dorothy B. Kotsenas Mr. and Mrs. James P. O’Sullivan Ms. Ann C. Stowe Mr. and Mrs. Robert Krask Ms. Helene E. Paharik Mr. William Summa Mr. and Mrs. Robert Krempasky Mr. and Mrs. Martin L. Palguta Rev. John P. Sweeney Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Kromel Mr. and Mrs. Francis Palya Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Teacher Ms. Cecelia A. Kruly Rev. Angelo J. Patti Mr. Robert E. Tebolt Mrs. Virginia Krzewinski Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Patun Ms. Anna Marie Tempero Dr. Joseph F. Lagana Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel B. Pellathy Ms. Carmella M. Tempero Mr. and Mrs. Stuart K. Lamont Mrs. Matilda Perry Mr. and Mrs. Dennis P. Thimons Mrs. Germaine Lanzendorfer Mr. and Mrs. John D. Peters Dr. and Mrs. Michel P. Toret Mr. and Mrs. Calvin W. Larkin Rev. Anthony Petracca Mr. and Mrs. David J. Trentin Lazor Furniture, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Petrarca Mr. Joseph Trovato Rev. Patrick Leahey Mr. Paul P. Petrarca Mr. Paul A. Trovato Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Lennon Mr. Roger T. Petrich Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Tyson Mrs. Angela D. Letzeisen Mrs. Pauline Pfeifer Mr. Andrew G. Uram Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Liles Mrs. Kathryn J. Pfouts Mr. and Mrs. George J. Vince Lt. Col. and Mrs. Roy S. Lombardo, Jr. Ms. Debra Pickens Mrs. Karen Vogliano Mrs. Regina A. Macey Mr. Richard A. Platt Mr. Ronald J. Weakland Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Macha Mr. and Mrs. David H. Plows Mrs. Jeanne M. Weaver Mr. and Mrs. Mark Majorsky Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Pochet Mr. and Mrs. James A. Wehner Mrs. Rose Malec Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph R. Puchan Ms. June V. Weisner Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Malley Mr. Christopher J. Pujol Ms. Robin Weissert Ms. Paula A. Maloney Mrs. Margaret U. Quinn Mr. and Mrs. Tim Welty Mr. and Mrs. Jim Manolakos Dr. Joel F. Rach Mr. Toby L. Wilfong Mr. and Mrs. George A. Marcinko Mr. and Mrs. Daniel F. Rafferty Mrs. Roberta N. Wisz Mr. and Mrs. Regis A. Marinchek Ms. Deborah L. Rankin Ms. Lois Wolf-Geer Mrs. Claudia J. Martucci Mr. and Mrs. John F. Rankin Rev. and Mrs. Patrick G. Wood Mr. and Mrs. Warren Massey Mrs. Carmen Raymundo Ms. Mary Ann Wuyscik Mr. and Mrs. Edward Maurer Ms. Julia C. Revitsky Ms. Janet E. Yakubco Mr. Gregory J. Maurer Mr. Mark C. Ricchini Mr. and Mrs. Gene R. Yanity Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. McAndrews Rev. Dennis Riccitelli Dr. and Mrs. G. Alan Yeasted Mr. and Mrs. Michael McCarthy Mr. Herman R. Rocchi, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dale J. Yeckley Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. McCaver Mr. Carl M. Roemele Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Young Mr. and Mrs. John E. McDermott Mr. and Mrs. Allison M. Roesch Mrs. Mary E. Zabel Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. McDonald Ms. Linda G. Rollinson Mr. Louis M. Zecchini Ms. Jacqueline McElhaney Ms. Patricia L. Rose Rev. John J. Zeyack Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. McGill Ms. Christine M. Rossmiller Ms. Sherry L. Zimmerman Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. McGreevy Dr. Nancy A. Rottler Mr. Richard D. McHenry, Sr. Mrs. Mary Anne McIlwain Mrs. Frieda McLeigh Mr. and Mrs. Dennis W. McMichael Mrs. Roberta Merva Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Metz The Rev. Paschal Kneip Scholarship, an Archabbey scholarship, provides funding Ms. Geraldine Michela for monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey to attend the Seminary. In thanks, recent Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Miedel donors to that Archabbey Scholarship are listed here. Mr. and Mrs. Marlin J. Miller Mr. and Mrs. Jack Molovinsky Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Mitch Mr. John Brian Kuebler Dr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Monack Mr. and Mrs. David E. Lamb Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Monti, Jr.
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Memorial, Tribute Gifts Make a donation to Saint Vincent Seminary in honor of a friend, colleague or family member. Consider a tribute or memorial gift today. Mail to Shannon Jordan, Seminary Development, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pa., 15650. Saint Vincent Seminary Tribute and Memorial Gifts Donors from September 28, 2018, to March 20, 2019, are included below.
In honor of: Rev. Thomas P. Acklin, O.S.B. Rev. Peter J. Kuligowski Mr. and Mrs. Stuart K. Lamont Mr. Carl A. Paullet Rev. Jude W. Brady, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Kelly Rev. Aaron N. Buzzelli, O.S.B. Mr. Brian K. Silowash Rev. Patrick T. Cronauer, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Hagan Mrs. MaryAnn DiPadova Mrs. Monica B. Gonzalez Mrs. Delpha Moran Barrera Rev. Mario A Fulgenzi, O.S.B. Mr. Mark F. Garcea Mr. J. Harry Haslam, Jr. and Mrs. Kimi Haslam Mr. and Mrs. Ronald H. Burkett Br. Matthew Hershey, O.S.B. Ms. Patricia E Glatz Miss Carole Jean Higgins Mrs. Delpha Moran Barrera Rev. Vernon A. Holtz, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr. Rev. Philip M Kanfush, O.S.B. Mr. Carl A. Paullet Br. Anthony S Kirsch, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Hoppel Rev. Stephen A. Kresak Mrs. Rhonda A. Luczak The Hon. Maureen E. Lally-Green Mr. Kirk Holman Rev. Lawrence Machia, O.S.B. Mrs. Elizabeth A. Wass
+ Rev. Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick W. Dumm + Rev. Wilfred M. Dumm, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick W. Dumm + Loretta M. Durishan Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Aungst Ms. Connie L. Burket Dr. Robert J DePasquale Mr. Nicholas J. Farkas Mr. and Mrs. Bruce W. Harrison Mrs. Christine T. Henry Ms. Elaine Hudimac Ms. Barbara A. Kaufold The Brian Kaufold Family Mr. and Mrs. David B. Klimke Mr. and Mrs. David A. Marucco Ms. Jacqueline McElhaney Ms. Mary A. Mudron Mrs. Florein M. Mueller Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Patun Ms. Debra Pickens Dr. and Mrs. William O. Scheeren Ms. Roberta Stirling Ms. Carol A. Weiss Mr. and Mrs. Tim Welty Ms. Sherry L. Zimmerman + Dorothy Emerick Mr. John G. Emerick + Rev. Joachim R. Fatora, O.S.B. Mr. Jerome F. Fatora + Louise J. Franks Mr. and Mrs. Francis Palya + Mrs. Kathleen Franzi Mr. Salvatore J. Franzi + Elmer R. Furman Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Flynn & Family Mrs. Mary Lou Furman Mrs. Frieda McLeigh + Rev. Clair F. Gannon, O.S.B. Ms. Margaret M. Gannon + Br. Joel Glover, O.S.B. Mr. Joseph Trovato Mr. Paul A. Trovato + Edward A. Gromek Mrs. Norma J. Gromek + Gerald J. Guz Mr. and Mrs. Amil A. DiPadova
Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Hagan Mrs. Ilse T. Hilliard Mrs. Elizabeth A. Wass Mr. Matthew Joseph McCarthy Mr. and Mrs. Michael McCarthy Rev. Canice Daniel McMullen, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Kelly Br. Michael J. Miller O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Kelly Rev. Warren D. Murrman, O.S.B. Rev. Peter J. Kuligowski Rt. Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. Mrs. Rosemary P. Mazero Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. Pascek Mr. and Mrs. Ron Andrekanic Rev. Luke E. Policicchio, O.S.B. Mr. Mark F. Garcea Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Rudy Rev. Donald S. Raila, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Cirelli Mrs. Tracy G Rosky Dr. Gregory D. Grabiak Br. Conrad Wald, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Kelly
In memory of: + Michael E. Answine Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel J. Answine + Rev. Charles B. Bergman Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Lord + Rev. Gilbert J. Burke, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Lester E. Brownfield Miss Kathryn P. Carroll + Robert S. Carey Mr. John R. McGinley, Jr. + Mr. Samuel A. Connor, Jr. Drs. Gary C. and Mary Alice Taylor + Thomas A. Courter Mrs. Kathleen C. Fischer + Rev. Jacques D. Daley, O.S.B. Mr. and Mrs. Fortunato A. Cusato + Most Rev. Nicholas C. Dattilo Ms. Cornelia Dattilo + Charles H. Decker Dr. Janice Decker + James DiPadova Mr. and Mrs. Amil A. DiPadova Mrs. Monica B. Gonzalez Mrs. Delpha Moran Barrera
+ Walter and Rita Hobart Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Hobart, Jr. + John J. Keefe Mr. Edward S. Ungvarsky + Mr. Donald B. King, II Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Calistri + Simon C. Kralik Mrs. Theresa J. Kralik + Rev. Thomas J. Kram Mr. Thomas M. Krebs Ms. Ann Coghlan Stowe + Rev. Msgr. Donald W. Kraus Ms. Maureen S. O’Brien + Emil M. Kuhar Mrs. Deborah A. Kuhar + Robert and Jane Leahey Rev. Patrick Leahey + Robert Luczak Ms. Robin Schwarz + John R. Mazero, M.D. Mrs. Rosemary P. Mazero + Lois Mortimer Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCarthy + Thomas and Margaret Munsch Mr. and Mrs. William F. Cronin + Mr. Raymond Obar Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. D’Aurora + William R. Pfouts Mrs. Kathryn J. Pfouts + Kathryn Planet Mr. and Mrs. John Campean + Stanley T. Pocratsky Mrs. Irene B. Pocratsky + Rev. George E. Saladna Ms. Barbara E. Simpson + Rev. Leonard T. Sanesi Mr. Mike Estok + John and Anna Sasway Mrs. Dorothy J. Shea + John C. Sheedy, Jr. Ms. Maureen S. O’Brien + Dorothy L. Soisson Dr. Fred L. Soisson, Jr. + Joseph E. Stas Mrs. Theresa M. Stas + George R. Sweeney, Jr. Ms. Norma Jean Sweeney + Michael Joseph Tompkins Saint Vincent Women’s Auxiliary
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Matthew Marinelli, fourth from left, took part in the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon, completing the full marathon with Brother Cassian Edwards, O.S.B., third from left. Father Peter Crowe, S’17, left, of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, and Father Joachim Morgan, S’18, second from left, completed the half-marathon. Brother Barnabas O’Reilly, O.S.B., and Brother Matthew Hershey, O.S.B., were there to support their classmates.
A Lifelong Pursuit of God
s a child and adolescent in New Jersey, Matt Marinelli would often find himself deep in thought, analyzing the world and trying to make sense of it all. In fact, he recalls his football coach instructing him not to overthink. That is sound advice to a young linebacker, but not for a budding vocation. That’s because seminarians, like all of us with faith, tackle the big questions in life. What am I put on earth to do? What can I offer others? Where is God and how do I connect with the Lord more deeply in all I do? As normal as his life was growing up—school, sports, friends—this mindset set him apart from his peers. Imagine how often this hunger goes unnoticed. How many young people would push their thoughts aside to be like everyone else? By the grace of God, Matt had mentors along the way who encouraged him to keep looking more deeply. A locomotive is a powerful machine. But without rails, it is useless. Saint Vincent Seminary, through spiritual direction, mission activities, classes, lectures, and the exposure to the Church’s community life has taken Matt’s energy and given it the structure he needed to harness the zeal inside him. He has grown more intentional, prayerful, and comfortable with the lifelong pursuit of seeing God in all things and helping others find Him. When you make a gift to the Seminary Appeal, you support this intensive formation for Matt and all of our seminarians! Thank you for your help. We are deeply grateful!
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***** Eugene E. Yeo of New Kensington is a graduate of Pavilion Central School, Pavilion New York. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in classical rhetoric from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, in 2016. He has also studied at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius.
***** Joseph Thien Ban Ho is a seminarian for the Diocese of Metuchen. He is a 2007 graduate
of Viet Duc High School, Dak Lak, Vietnam. He has a degree in information technology from Sai Gon University, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. He is the son of Tinh Thuc Ho and Truong Thi Dang of Dak Lak, Vietnam.
***** Peter Van Ai Phan of Vietnam is a seminarian for the Diocese of Metuchen. He is a 2013 graduate of Ham Nghi High School in Ha Tinh, Vietnam. He has also studied at Phu Xuan College, Hue Vietnam. He is the son of Phung Van Phan and Mai Thi Nguyen of Ha Tinh, Vietnam.
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The Seminary graduate theology programs welcomed new students for the spring semester. Katie Zuzik of Greensburg will begin studies in the master of arts program in Ecclesial Ministry. The Greensburg resident is a graduate of Milikin University, Decatur, Illinois, where she received a bacehlor of arts degree in English-writing, cum laude. She received a bachelor of music degree from Seton Hill University, Greensburg, majoring in sacred music and religious studies, in
2012, and a Pastoral Ministry Certificate in 2011, summa cum laude.
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In the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Father Thang Pham, S’10, was recently named parochial administrator of Saint Catherine Labouré Church, Jefferson by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. Pittsburgh
Father Michael Zavage, S’09, recently led a pilgrimage to Rome for the parish grouping in Perrysville, Ross Township, West View and the city’s Observatory Hill neighborhood.
***** Father Thomas Burke, S’00, was among the speakers at an event sponsored by Christian Associates of Southwest PA in “Stories from the Sanctuary: Learn Pastoral Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence.”
Alumnus of Distinction Saint Vincent College honored eight alumni with the presentation of Alumni of Distinction or Recent Alumna/Alumnus Achievement Awards on October 5 during the annual Alumni Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend. All of the awards are made by the Saint Vincent Alumni Association in recognition of meritorious service and commitment to Saint Vincent. Father Kevin J. Dominik, S’88, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, was among those recognized. Father Kevin, of White Oak, completed a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary. He serves as administrator of Saint Damien of Molokai Parish, Monongahela; Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Charleroi; and Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Donora in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. As a student, he traversed the campus on foot, admiring the beauty and finding quiet, peaceful places to pray. He also enjoyed a variety of jobs, including working in the rector’s office. After graduating, he returned to the Seminary as the Dean of Students from 2001 to 2004. In 2014, he became an adjunct member of the Seminary faculty. He is an active member of the community and is a member of the White Oak Ministerium. He is proud of his Polish heritage and is fond of polka music and Polish traditions. Father Kevin, center, is pictured with Shawn Gouch, alumni director; Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., president; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Jason Winters, president of the Alumni Council. Leaven
In the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Bishop David A. Zubik has announced the following appointments: Father J. Francis Frazer, S’75, has been named senior parochial vicar of the parishes within the Greene County grouping, Saint Ann, Waynesburg; Saint Hugh, Carmichaels; Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bobtown; Our Lady of Consolation Parish, Nemacolin and Saint Thomas, Clarksville. Father William P. Feeney, C’68, S’72, has retired and is now serving as chaplain of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Father Thomas M. Kirby, S’57, will retire in July. He is chaplain to the Sisters of the Divine Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
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Charlotte In the Diocese of Charlotte, Father Christopher Roux, S’01, was recently invested in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem during a Mass of Investiture celebrated by Archbishop William Lori, grand prior of the order’s Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy, in Baltimore. Father Roux is rector of Saint Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte. The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem was started by the Pope during the Crusades when the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was under attack. Today, the Order’s
Speaker Stephen Carroll spoke at the Seminary this fall as part of the Wednesday formation series. Leaven
30,000 members still defend the Catholic identity of the Holy Land through their prayers and financial support. Greensburg In the Diocese of Greensburg, Father Timothy Kruthaupt, S’07, was featured in a Latrobe Bulletin article this fall on SpiritLife, a faith-based treatment facility near Indiana, Pennsylvania. Father Kruthaupt, co-founder Sister Donna Marie Palya, and Lou Wagner, a Pittsburgh attorney, founded the organization, aimed at treating the whole person while incorporating spirituality into aspects of recovery. While a seminarian in 2004, Father Kruthaupt was assigned for a semester to assist Father George Hnatko, the Orthodox chaplain at Torrance State Hospital, Derry Township. Father Hnatko invited Kruthaupt to visit a residence he founded in Penn Run to help the homeless under the Eastern Orthodox Foundation. The facility closed in 2009 but in 40-plus years served nearly 11,000 homeless individuals. Father Kruthaupt, who is an attorney and widower who raised his son with the help of relatives, retired from federal law enforcement before answering a call to the priesthood. While assigned to Church of the Resurrection in Clymer, near Penn Run, he helped the foundation through financial struggles and enlisted Sister Palya to help. It coincided with the opiod crisis. SpiritLife opened in 2016 and has 14 beds for detox, 48 beds for those in treatment. The dormitories are being renovated for expanding programs. Family sessions are held on weekends to help families, as addiction affects the whole family.
Father Michael Antonacci, O.S.B., Earns Doctorate Father Michael Antonacci, O.S.B., C’07, S’14, successfully defended his dissertation at the University of North Carolina on April 10, 2019. It was entitled “Optimization of 129Xe Spin-exchange Optical Pumping and Applications of Dissolved-phase 129Xe in Magnetic Resonance.” Father Michael will join the Saint Vincent College faculty in the Boyer School of Natural Sciences in the fall of 2019 The organization’s website is www.spiritlife.org..
***** Monsignor William Rathgeb, S’67, was profiled in a recent issue of The Catholic Accent, diocesan newspaper, for his long relationship with the Sisters of Charity. He serves as chaplain at the motherhouse of the sisters, Caritas Christi in Greensburg, as well as judicial vicar at the diocesan Tribunal. As a child the Sisters of Charity served as his teachers at Saint Benedict School in Greensburg. He was named Alumnus of the Year at Aquinas in 2018.
***** Deacon John Zombar, S’16, was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Edward C. Malesic on November 10 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Permanent deacons serve the church by proclaiming the Word, serving at the altar and
extending service to others. They baptize, officiate at weddings and lead funeral services. He will continue to serve at Saint Edward Parish, Herminie and Holy Family Parish, West Newton. Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico, S’77, was named to represent Pennsylvania and New Jersey (Region III) of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for a three-year term. By virtue of that appointment, he is a member of the administrative committee of the USCCB. Bishop Persico has been taking a leadership role in how the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania has responded to the clergy sex abuse crisis. “Every one of the bishops is angry about what had happened and they want action,” Bishop Persico said in Faith magazine.” He noted that bishops are Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
Brother Norman To Return To Teaching In the fall semester of the 2019-20 academic year, Saint Vincent College will welcome its 18th president. In a recent letter to Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., chancellor of Saint Vincent College, and J. Christopher Donahue, chairman of the Board of Directors, President Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., observed that with his reaching his 75th birthday and a major capital campaign coming to a successful completion during the current academic year, it seems like the right moment to build upon on the success we have achieved with the leadership of a new president. Board Chairman Chris Donahue thanked Brother Norman for his service and praised his contributions in advancing the mission and reputation of the College during his tenure. “What has impressed me about Brother Norman’s presidency is that it has never been about enhancing himself, but always about putting the success of our students first,” he said. The Archabbot and Chancellor thanked Brother Norman for his nine years of service as president and named a number of accomplishments that the College achieved during his presidency. • Enhancement of the mission and increased national recognition of Saint Vincent College as a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts and sciences institution of higher education. • Completion of the James F. Will Engineering and Leaven
Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., P’61, C’66, S’69 Biomedical Sciences Hall, an extension of the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion, which provides opportunities for new degree programs in engineering and integrated science. • Introduction of new programs including Benedictine Leadership Studies; undergraduate majors in engineering; integrated science; criminology, law and society; philosophy/politics and philosophy/theology; graduate programs in criminology, instructional design and technology, and counselor education as well as a doctorate in nurse anesthesia practice. • Establishment of a program for students to earn a BSN in nursing through a partnership with Carlow University in Pittsburgh. • Greater diversity of students: racially, geographically, first-generation and underserved populations. In the fall 2018 semester, 14 percent of students were from racial and ethnic minorities and 38 percent were first-generation college students. 35
• Establishment of the Projektenmacher Award, named for our founder, Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, and given to honor a member of the Saint Vincent community who creatively and with hard work advances the mission of the College. • Major expansion of the Dale P. Latimer Library to strengthen the integration of the arts and technology, including the significant expansion of the campus art galleries to display the well-known art collections of the Archabbey and College. • Growth in the College’s endowment to more than $100 million for student scholarship aid and for faculty development. • Expansion of the collaborative efforts between Saint Vincent College and other educational institutions, including the 2018 agreement between the Zaentz Initiative at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and the Fred Rogers Center’s “Simple Interactions” program to provide support to schools in a growing number of states. The Archabbot concluded his letter of gratitude to Brother Norman with a prayer of Dag Hammarskjold: “For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be, yes!” He noted, “You have been a special blessing in my life for more than 50 years—as a Benedictine confrere, co-worker and trustworthy, loyal friend.” In order to provide a smooth transition in the
governance of Saint Vincent College, an Ad Hoc Committee on the Presidency, has been appointed by the chairman of the Board of Directors, J. Christopher Donahue, and the Chancellor, Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, as the first step in the search process. The Ad Hoc Committee includes representatives of the Board of Directors, faculty, administration, student government and alumni. The Ad Hoc Committee has been given two charges: 1) identifying the challenges and opportunities presented to the College by the changing demographics, increased cost structures and changing information technologies in the competitive environment of higher education and 2) to outline the qualifications needed in a new president. In accord with Saint Vincent College’s policy as outlined in the Faculty Handbook, the Archabbot/Chancellor will review the report of the Ad Hoc Committee to determine if there is a Benedictine candidate for the Office of President to propose to the Board of Directors for approval. The next president of Saint Vincent College will work in close collaboration with the faculty, the Board of Directors, the chancellor, the administrative staff and students in order to continue a climate of academic excellence and advance the mission of Saint Vincent College. The College expects that a new president will be in place at the beginning of July 2019. Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
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calling for greater involvement of the laity in helping with establishing effective oversight policies. Altoona-Johnstown In the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Bishop Mark Bartchak has announced the following appointments: Father Lubomir Strecok, S’97,
dean of the Altoona Deanery, which now includes 11 parishes in Altoona and all other parishes in Blair County. Father Strecok is pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Altoona and administrator of Saint Mary (Immaculate Conception) Parish in Altoona. Father Matthew Reese, S’01, has been named temporary administrator of Saint Aloysius and Saint Francis Xavier Parishes in Cresson and All Saints Catholic School in Cresson, pastor of Saint Andrew Parish in Johnstown, while continuing as diocesan director of vocations. Father Peter Crowe, S’17, has been appointed administrator of
Saint Anne Parish, Davidsville, while coontinuing as parochial vicar at Saint Benedict Parish, Johnstown, and part-time chaplain of Duke LifePoint Healthcare/Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
***** A parishioner of Queen of Peace Parish, Patton, where Father Ananias Buccicone, O.S.B., C’88, S’93, is pastor, has begun seminary studies for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Jacob Gindhart was pictured with Father Matthew Reese, S’01, diocesan director of vocations, who said Gindhart is in third year of college and attending seminary in Erie presently.
Other seminarians include Michael Pleva, second theology; Mark Groeger, second theology and Justin Treon, pre-theology II at Saint Vincent. Pleva’s home parish is Holy Rosary, Altoona; Groeger’s Saint Andrew in Johnstown and Treon’s Saint Aloysius in Cresson. Reflecting on a summer assignment at Saint Andrew, Pleva said it was an opportunity to envision life after seminary. Groeger spent his summer at Saint John the Evangelist in Bellefonte and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in Spring Mills, what he called “an amazing experience of what the daily life of a priest is.” Treon spent the summer working at the Institute for Priestly Formation in Nebraska. Father Reese, who writes a column on vocations for The Catholic Register, diocesan newspaper, noted that the encouragement seminarians receive in the form of cards and letters from parishes and schools is a positive aspect of the discernment process, although seminarians should always be free to discern God’s will in their lives. Metuchen
Blessing of Athletes Saint Vincent College Campus Ministry hosted a blessing for the fall athletes in the Robert S. Carey Student Center gymnasium. Father Canice McMullen, O.S.B., discussed the importance of mind, body and soul in the college experience, noting that Saint Paul compared himself to an athlete running a race. He blessed and distributed prayer cards of Saint Sebastian, patron saint of athletes. In addition, Deacon Michael Taberero, Diocese of Metuchen, offered a reading and a brief reflection alongside Seminarian Michael Faix, Diocese of Pittsburgh, pictured at right, who assisted with the blessing and distribution of prayer cards. The blessing was organized by Sue Hozak, associate athletic director, and Bridget DiVittis, assistant director of Campus Ministry, as part of the Sports and Spirituality Program, a joint venture of the Athletic Department and Campus Ministry. Leaven
In the Diocese of Metuchen, Father Mauricio Tabera-Vasquez, S’16, serves as vocation director. He recently wrote an article in a special vocations supplement for The Catholic Spirit, diocesan newspaper. He noted that “we cannot have holy vocations if we are not holy, if our families are not holy. Recently one of my brother priests shared some wisdom with me: ‘We do not have a crisis of vocations, we have a crisis of holiness.’ .. We need to keep trying to answer the call to holiness. We cannot expect to have holy priests if we are not teaching our youth how to pray, how to live the sacramental life, or how to love Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
New Book Released Rev. Aaron Kriss, S’91, has a new book of poetry available with 366 poems inside, one for every day of the year as well as leap year. One A Day Reflections is his third book, following Spiritual Inspirations (2017) and Celestial Thoughts (2015). His approach in completing this third book, he noted, was to “write poems as a short reflection for the day and to make each of them as a quatrain (four line stanza) with eight syllables to each line, to create a consistent rhytym. Most of the writing is spiritual in reflection and observances of the seasons of the year.” Many holidays are covered as well.
‘Enculturation In Parish Ministry’
Father Kriss is senior parochial vicar at six parishes in the Upper Allegheny Valley of the Diocese of Pittsburgh: Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Natrona Heights; Saint Joseph, Natro-
Father Carmen D’Amico of the Diocese of Pittsburgh spoke to seminarians this past semester on “Enculturation in Parish Ministry,” as part of the Wednesday formation series. our Lord and his Church.” The task of promoting vocations, he noted, “belongs to the entire people of God.” He wrote that “from my own experience as a young priest I can tell you that being a priest is challenging but it is awesome.... What a profound call from the Lord to act as mediator between God and his people.” Father Tabera noted the diocese has 21 seminarians in formation as well as a number of men who are discerning a call to priesthood.
na; Holy Martyrs, Tarentum; Holy Family, Creighton; Saint Alphonsus, Springdale and Our Lady of Victory, Harwick.
the Lord in every step of his faith journey.
The book is available by contacting Father Aaron at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 724-226-4900, ext. 20.
Covington Seminarian John Baumann was featured in a fall issue of The Messenger, diocesan newspaper, in a special vocations supplement. He noted that he first began thinking of priesthood as a senior in high school. His discernment process involved overcoming fears about being unworthy and developing the confidence that he would be accompanied by Leaven
Covington Diaconate Ordination Rev. Mr. Jordan Hainsey, a seminarian from the Diocese of Covington, third from left, was ordained to the diaconate by Most Rev. Roger Foys, Bishop of Covington, on Saturday, April 13, pictured at left. Attending the ordination were Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., rector; second from left, and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., chancellor.
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Father Eric Andriot, S’16, in a column for The Messenger, diocesan newspaper, reflected on the past ten years of his life. Once he recognized the God was missing from his life, he wrote, “there was something taking place in my life that I wouldn’t learn about until years later. I would eventually learn that there was a small group of people who were constantly praying for me, a group of people who never lost faith that God could still work through me. What I came to understand was that through their prayer I was able to change. I was able to open myself up to hear what God wanted to tell me.... That is why prayers for vocations
to the priesthood and the religious life are so important. Our prayers today will guide the next generation in opening their hearts to hear what God is calling them to do.”
***** Seminarians John Baumann, Alexander Gedney and Dale Nieberding were accepted by Bishop Roger Foys to candidacy for the priesthood this summer. It signifies, Bishop Foys said, “a man’s entrance into theological studies in the seminary. It is a time to confirm and affirm that he is going to discern, to the best of his ability, a vocation to the priesthood.”
***** Bishop Foys appointed Father Jacob Straub, S’13, to a threeyear term on the Diocesan Religious Education Advisory Board. Father Josiah N. Booth, S’14, has been named parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Fort Mitchell. Father Benton M. Clift, S’19, has been named parochial administrator pro tempore of Saint Anthony Parish, Taylor Mill. Youngstown In the Diocese of Youngstown, Most Rev. George V. Murry, S.J., installed Father Peter Haladej, S’01, as the new pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish on October 13. Saint Vincent Archabbey
Speaker Dr. Emily Cash spoke on “Boundaries and Ministerial Effectiveness” as part of the Wednesday formation series at Saint Vincent Seminary. Leaven
Father Joachim Morgan, O.S.B., S’18, has been named parochial vicar of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish, Center Township; Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Hopewell Township; and Saint Titus Parish, Aliquippa, as well as of Saint John the Baptist Parish, Monaca, in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
‘Finding True Joy’ Father James Morley of the Diocese of Greensburg, spoke to seminarians this past semester on “Finding true joy and happiness in the life of a celibate priest,” as part of the Wednesday formation series. Rector Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., also joined in the presentation.
Father Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B., academic dean, on the death of his aunt, Patricia Rocker, on September 14, 2018. Father Joseph Adams, O.S.B., C’01, S’09, on the death of his mother, Mrs. Rita Adams on October 31, 2018, Donna Gerhart, administrative assistant to the Archabbot, on the death of her mother-in-law, Rosemary Gerhart on November 1, 2018. Seminarian Brother Ignatius Camello, O.S.B., on the death of his father, Reynaldo Camello. Former seminary student Ginny McConnell on the death of her husband, Dr. Anthony McConnell, C’68.
In Memoriam Bishop Joseph V. Adamec The Most Reverend Joseph V. Adamec, Bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, died on March 20, 2019. He was 83. Born in Bannister, Michigan, on August 13, 1935, he was the son of the late Michael and Alzbeta (Ochran) Adamec, both immigrants from Slovakia. He attended Michigan State University and studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical Nepomucene College in Rome. He was ordained a priest on July 3, 1960. The following year, he completed studies and was awarded a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University. Bishop Adamec was ordained for the Diocese of Nitra, Slovakia—the native diocese of his parents. The severe political situation in Czechoslovakia—of which Slovakia was then a part—prevented him from fulfilling his desire to serve the Church in the land of his family. Instead, he returned to the United States and began his ministry in his home diocese Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
of Saginaw, Michigan. He was ordained a Bishop on May 20, 1987, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona and installed as the seventh Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown. Throughout his years as Bishop, he celebrated and promoted the spiritual legacy of Father Demetrius Gallitzin in the life of the Church of Altoona-Johnstown. A formal Cause for Canonization was launched in 2001, an effort which advanced to Rome in 2013 and continues to the present. He retired as bishop on January 14, 2011.
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told Pittsburgh Catholic that Father Keene “was a priest for the people,” a good-hearted person who accepted people as they were. Father John Slovikowski, S’96, was the homilist at the funeral. Father Keene also served at Saint Philip in Crafton, Good Samaritan in Ambridge and Saint Vincent de Paul in New Castle as parochial vicar before being named administrator at Saint Vincent de Paul in 2004, and pastor a year later. He was named pastor of Holy Trinity in Robinson Township, then senior parochial vicar for the parish grouping of Sacred Heart in Emsworth, Saint John Neumann in Franklin Park and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bellevue.
David L. Brennan, 87, a former member of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents and generous benefactor, died at his Akron home on October 14, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann, his children Beth of Missoula, Montana, Jay (Julie) of Greensboro, North Carolina, Kathleen (Claude Hendon) of Tallahassee, Florida, and Nancy of Akron. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren, Giving to others was central to his identity. He and Ann are well-known philanthropists in Akron, having given substantially to Summa Health and St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in recent years. He shared his bounty with innumerable people throughout his lifetime.
Father Joseph J. Kleppner, C’68, S72, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, died March 19, 2019 at age 73. After studying at Saint Vincent Seminary, he received bachelor of sacred theology degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome; licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome; and doctor of philosophy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. Ordained a priest in 1971 he served many roles in the diocese, including rector of Saint Paul Seminary, director of the Office for the Diaconate, director of clergy formation and the Institute for Lay Ministries. In addition to serving at Saint John the Baptist, Monaca, and campus ministry at Slippery Rock University, for 18 years he was the pastor of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish, Center Township.
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Father Micah Kozoil, C’72, S’76
Father Czemerda S’87, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, died November 17 at the age of 63. Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., former Seminary rector, was homilist at the funeral. He served at Saint John the Baptist in Plum; Saint John the Baptist in Monaca; Saint Ferdinand, Cranberry Township; then was named coordinator of spiritual formation of youth with the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministery. In 2002 he was named pastor of Saint Albert the Great in Baldwin, then he served at Immaculate Conception in Washington, Saint Anne in Castle Shannon, and in replacemenet ministry before moving to parochial vicar at Saint Alphonsus in Wexford and then administrator of Resurrection Parish in West Mifflin and Saint Rita in Munhall. He served Saint Agnes and Holy Trinity in West Mifflin and Saint Joseph and Christ the Light of the World in Duquesne.
Father Kozoil, C’72, S’76, a priest of the Diocese of Greensburg, died November 13 at the age of 75. He had been a priest for 42 years. After graduating from Saint Vincent Seminary he earned a master in education degree and a doctorate in education degree in mathematics at Columbia Univeristy, New York. He was ordained in 1976 for the Benedictine Order and served on the Saint Vincent College faculty until his incardination into the Diocese of Greensburg in 1994. Father Kozoil served at Saint Margaret Mary Parish, Lower Burrell and its former chapel in Braeburn; at Church of the Resurrection Parish in northern Indiana County; Saint Mary (Nativity) Parish, Uniontown; Saint Peter Parish, Brownsville; Saint Cecilia Parish, Grindstone and Saint Aloysius Parish, Dunbar, from which he retired in June of 2018. He enjoyed embroidering liturgical linens and Mass vestments with Eucharistic symbols, particularly traditional Eastern European Easter basket covers.
Father Francis Graff, S’65 Father Graff, C’61, S’65, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, died October 12 at the age of 88. Father Graff was from Black Lick. He served at Saint Charles and Saint Dominic in Donora, Saint Peter, North Side; Saint Mary Help of Christians, McKees Rocks; Saint Peter, Butler; Saint Anthony, Bessmer; chaplain to the geriatric facilities in the New Castle area and confessor for the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. Father Graff was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired in 2009 and worked on his Christmas tree farm in Grafton. Rev. Joseph Beck, S’84, was the homilist for Father Graff’s funeral.
Father Kenneth Keene, S’95 Father Kenneth Keene S’95, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, died January 1 at age 60. Ordained in 1995, Father Aaron Kriss, S’91, Leaven
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Father Michael Vecchio, S’50 Father Vecchio, S’50, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh for 68 years, died October 2 at the age of 92. He was longtime pastor of Madonna of Jerusalem Parish in Sharpsburg before his retirement to Florida, where he resided for the past 16 years. He also was a longtime chaplain at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Aspinwal. His obituary noted that he found joy and satisfaction in administering the sacraments, particularly offering the Mass and performing weddings and funerals. He also served at Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Homewood and Regina Coeli Parish on the North Side. Spring 2019, Volume 27, Number 2
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