Saint Vincent Seminary awarded nine master of divinity degrees and one bachelor of sacred theology degree at its 173rd annual commencement on Friday, May 10. Dr. Frank Yamada, executive director of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), gave the commencement address. Seminarians receiving degrees were from the dioceses of Covington, Kentucky; Metuchen, New Jersey; the Archdiocese of Beijing, China; Saint Joseph Monastery, California; Saint Andrew Abbey, Cleveland, Ohio; and Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe.
ARCHDIOCESE OF BEJING
Andrew Yan of Tai Yuan, Shanghai, China, received the master of divinity degree. He graduated in 2004 from Quin Xu High School, Tai Yuan. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Tai Yuan University of Technology.
DIOCESE OF COVINGTON
Father Benton M. Clift of Melbourne, Kentucky received the master of divinity degree. Ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 2018, he is a 1977 graduate of Silver Grove High School, Silver Grove Kentucky. He studied electro-mechanical technology and environmental engineering technology at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, from which he holds an associates in applied sciences degree.
Michael Thomas Grady of Snellville, received the master of divinity degree, cum laude. He graduated from Crystal Lake High School, Crystal Lake, Illinois, in 1974 and obtained a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from the University of Georgia in 1979, studying agricultural economics. He received the Diakonia Award, given to the student nominated by the entire Seminary community, and chosen by the faculty. It honors a graduate who exhibits praiseworthy academic performance as well as service to the Seminary community through building student morale and spirit, exercising leadership within the community, and demonstrating creative outreach to others.
Father Joseph C. Shelton of Union, Kentucky, received the master of divinity degree, magna cum laude. He is a 2008 graduate of Ryle High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, in 2012. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 2018.
DIOCESE OF METUCHEN
Matthew J. Marinelli of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, received the master of divinity degree. He graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 2009. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in Catholic theology from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, in 2013.
Michael K. Tabernero of Hillsborough, New Jersey received the master of divinity degree, cum laude, and the bachelor of sacred theology degree. He received the Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B., Sacred Scripture Award, which is given by the faculty to the student who most demonstrates excellence in the study of Sacred Scripture. He is a 2011 graduate of Hillsborough High School. In 2015 he earned a bachelor of arts degree in Catholic theology from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey.
SAINT ANDREW ABBEY
Brother Conrad Wald, O.S.B., of Saint Andrew Abbey, Cleveland, received the master of divinity degree, magna cum laude. He also received the Omer U. Kline, O.S.B., Excellence in Preaching Award as well as the Hon. Judge Bernard F. Scherer Award given to the student who most exemplifies the qualities evident in the life of Judge Scherer, including breadth of learning, the integration of knowledge, faith and life, service to others through corporal works of mercy, and a strong witness of faith, hope and charity. He is a 1982 graduate of Northside High School, Atlanta, Georgia. He earned the A.B. degree from the University of Georgia, Athens, in 1986, majoring in political science. He completed a master of arts degree in political science at the Ohio State University in 1988.
SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY
Brother Dominic Sylvester Leo, O.S.B., a native of India, received the master of divinity degree. He graduated in 1988 from Saint Aloysius Junior College in Bangalore, then received a bachelor of commerce degree in 1991 from Saint Joseph’s College of Commerce in the same city, majoring in taxation. He earned the master of science degree in information technology in 2004 from Karnataka State Open University. Brother Dominic studied at the Seminary of Christ the King Mission, British Columbia, Canada, in 2012; at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota, in 2014.
SAINT JOSEPH MONASTERY
Brother Peter Khanh (Minh Ngoc) Pham, O. Cist., of Saint Joseph Monastery, Lucerne Valley, California, received the master of divinity degree. He graduated in 1999 from Minh Khai High School, Ha Tinh, Vietnam. He studied philosophy at The Holy Family Cistercian Philosophical Institute.
Additional photos are available at this link: https://saintvincentseminary.smugmug.com/2019-Commencement/
Pictured front, from left, are Dr. Yamada; Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B., Seminary rector; Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., chancellor; middle, from left, Andrew Yan, Archdiocese of Beijing, master of divinity degree; Michael Tabernero, Diocese of Metuchen, master of divinity and bachelor of sacred theology degrees; Matthew Marinelli, Diocese of Metuchen, master of divinity degree; Brother Minh Ngoc Pham, O. Cist., Saint Joseph Monastery, master of divinity degree; Brother Conrad Wald, O.S.B., Saint Andrew Abbey, master of divinity degree; back, from left, Michael Grady, Diocese of Covington, master of divinity degree; Brother Dominic Leo, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, master of divinity degree.