Nine seminarians were instituted into the Ministry of Reader 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, who are in the first year of theology studies, are from the dioceses of Covington, Kentucky; Erie, Pittsburgh and Saint Vincent Archabbey.
DIOCESE OF AMPARO, BRAZIL
John Torres of Pedreira, Brazil is a 2001 graduate of Professor Clodoveu Barbosa High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas in 2017. His parents are Antonio Torres Farias and Lucia Galisa Torres.
DIOCESE OF COVINGTON
John D. Baumann of Walton, Kentucky, is a 2011 graduate of Saint Henry District High School, Erlanger, Kentucky and studied philosophy at Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus. He is the son of David and Julia Baumann of Walton.
Alexander J. Gedney of Florence, Kentucky, is the son of John and Taryn Gedney of Florence. He is a 2010 graduate of Saint Henry District High School, Erlanger, Kentucky. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnatti in 2015.
DIOCESE OF ERIE
Christopher Wheeler of Escanaba, Michigan is the son of Victor and Sandra Jean Wheeler of Girard. He is a 1997 graduate of Northwestern High School, Albion. He earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education and history from Edinboro University in 2001.
DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH
Daniel D’Antonio of West Mifflin is the son of Jacquelyn D’Antonio of West Mifflin and the late David D’Antonio. He graduated from West Mifflin Area High School in 1996. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 2000 and studied philosophy at Duquesne University.
Thomas G. Kadlick is the son of Caroleann Kadlick of Gibsonia. He is a 2013 graduate of Deer Lakes High School, Russellton. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Duquesne University in 2018 and has also studied secondary education and special education at Point Park University.
Marvin E. Knieriem of Mount Pleasant is the son of Cindy Wielock of Tarrs and the late Marvin Knieriem. He is a 1999 graduate of Connellsville Area High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh in 2018.
SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY
Brother Barnabas (Michael) O’Reilly, O.S.B., is the son of Lawrence and Eileen O’Reilly of Johnstown. He is a 2008 graduate of Bishop McCort High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology and theology in 2012 from Saint Vincent College. In 2018, he received the master of arts degree in Catholic philosophical studies, cum laude, from Saint Vincent Seminary. He has been a monk of Saint Vincent since 2015.
Brother Francis Yuan Jin, O.S.B., is the son of Wuxing Jin and Xuezhen Li of Xi’an, Shanghai Province, China. He graduated from Zhouzhi No. 6 High School, Xi’an, in 2005. He earned a bachelor of electrical engineering degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2009. He has also studied philosophy at Shanghai Sheshan Seminary.
He has been a monk of Saint Vincent since 2015.