Seminary Welcomes 19 New Students
January 20 Saint Vincent Seminary welcomed nineteen new students for the 2006-2007 school year’s fall term. The students are from the Archdiocese of Atlanta; the Archdiocese of Campinas, Brazil; the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina; the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky; the Diocese of Erie; the Diocese of Harrisburg; the Diocese of Pittsburgh; the Diocese of Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands; the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia; Saint Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas; and Saint Vincent Archabbey.
ARCHDIOCESE OF ATLANTAJasen Lee Blehm of Acworth, Georgia, is the son of Nicholas and Connie Blehm of Acworth. He is a 1999 graduate of Craven Community College, Havelock, North Carolina, and studied philosophy at Saint Joseph Seminary College, Saint Benedict, Louisiana. Carlos Antonio Florez of Atlanta is a 1999 graduate of Juan Manuel Rudas High School, Remolino, Colombia. He received a diploma in philosophy from Seminary Maria Immaculada in Garzon, Colombia in 2003. Thang Minh Pham of Oakwood, Georgia, is the son of Tuong Minh Pham and Bay Thi Le of Oakwood, Georgia. He is a graduate of Centre Louis Jolillette, L’Education Pour Adults, Quebec, Canada. He attended College do Limoilou in Quebec and earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint John’s University, Queens, New York, in 2005. Carlos Eduardo Vargas-Silva of Atlanta is the son of Jaime Vargas and Mariana Silva of Florencia, Colombia. He is a 1986 graduate of Colegio Migani in Florencia. He earned a diploma from the Angelicum in Rome in 1999, studying international law. His undergraduate degree from Saint Thomas University in 2000 was in law.
ARCHDIOCESE OF CAMPINAS, BRAZILJose Alexandre Missio of Campinas, Brazil, is the son of Jose Primo de Jesus Missio and Neusa Odete Pitão Missio of Campinas. He is a 1990 graduate of Fundagõo Bradesco de Campinas and studied philosophy from 2003-2005 at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Campinas.
DIOCESE OF CHARLESTONMichael Alan Kirk of Simpsonville, South Carolina, is the son of Robert and Sandra Lee Kirk of Simpsonville. He is a 2001 graduate of Southside High School, Greenville, and earned a bachelor of arts degree from the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, in 2005.
DIOCESE OF COVINGTONLawrence Anthony Schaeper of Fort Wright, Kentucky, is the son of Donald and Mary Jo Schaeper of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a 1983 graduate of Roger Bacon High School, earned a bachelor of science in business administration degree from Xavier University in 1988 and studied at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Cincinnati, from 1998 to 2003.
DIOCESE OF ERIEChristopher Michael Barnes of Rouseville is the son of Martha S. Barnes of Rouseville and Charles W. Barnes. He is a 1989 graduate of Oil City Area Senior High School and studied at Gannon University from 2004-2006. He has also studied at the Venango campus of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in biology, and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where he received an associate degree in specialized funeral service arts and sciences in 1999. Michael Charles Polinek of Erie is the son of Mark Charles Polinek of Girard and Charlene Ann Polinek of Erie. He is a 1997 graduate of McDowell High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts from Gannon University in 2006.
DIOCESE OF HARRISBURGMatthew Robert Larlick of Philadelphia is the son of Edward J. and Elizabeth A. Larlick of Doylestown. He is a 1987 graduate of Central Bucks High School East, Doylestown, and earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from Penn State in 1991.
DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGHRobert Wayne Fleckenstein of McKeesport is the son of Wayne R. and Mary K. Fleckenstein of McKeesport. He is a 1995 graduate of Serra Catholic High School, McKeesport, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2000. He also studied philosophy at Duquesne University.
DIOCESE OF ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDSErnesto Rodolfo Rodriguez of St. John, Virgin Islands, is the son of Rosa Elena Mendizabal of Lima, Peru, and the late Julio E. Rodriguez. He is a 1984 graduate of Agustiniano San Martin de Porres, Lima, Peru. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Lima, in 1992.
DIOCESE OF SAVANNAH, GEORGIAJorge Andrés Bedoya of Augusta, Georgia, is a son of the late Horacio and Ligia Bedoya. He graduated from Colegio de Occidente, Colombia, in 1992, and earned a bachelor in philosophy degree in 2002 from the Universidad Pontificia Boliviariana, Colombia. He also studied theology there from 2003-2004. Vernon William Knight, Jr. of Warner Robins, Georgia, is the son of Vernon Knight, Sr., and Rebecca Knight of Warner Robins. He is a 2002 graduate of Warner Robins High School and earned an associate degree in teacher education from Macon State College in 2006.
SAINT BENEDICT’S ABBEY, ATCHISON, KANSASBr. Luke Charles Baker, O.S.B., of Atchison is the son of Richard and Terri Baker of Warrensburg, Missouri. He is a 1999 graduate of Rockhurst High School, Kansas City, and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Benedictine College, Atchison in 2003. He studied English, philosophy and religious studies. Br. Gregory James Dulmes, O.S.B., of Atchison is the son of Jeffrey Dulmes of Mesa, Arizona and Bonnie Dulmes of Morton, Illinois. He is a 1995 graduate of Morton High School, Illinois, and studied at Bradley University from 1995 to 1996. He studied chemistry at Illinois Central College, East Peoria; earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 2000 and has studied pre-theology at Benedictine College, Atchison. Br. Jeremy Phillip Heppler, O.S.B., of Atchison is the son of Harry and Catherine Heppler of Parsons, Kansas. He is a 1996 graduate of Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School, Wichita, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, religious studies and Spanish at Benedictine College, Kansas, in 2000.
SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEYBrother Elijah Cirigliano, O.S.B. is the son of Caesar and Patricia Cirigliano of Waccabuc, New York. He is a 1990 graduate of John Jay High School, Katonah, New York. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Duke University in 1993, and also studied at Saint Joseph Seminary in 2002-2003. He entered the novitiate of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2005. Brother Nathanael Edward Polinski, O.S.B., is the son of Mary Ann Polinski of Duquesne and the late Raymond E. Polinski. He is a 1983 graduate of Serra Catholic High School, McKeesport, and earned a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987. He received a master of business administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. He entered the novitiate of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2005.