Archbishop Wuerl Receives Honorary Doctorate from Saint Vincent Seminary
LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA -- His Excellency Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, was the commencement speaker and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree at the Saint Vincent Seminary commencement held on May 11.
Thirteen students received the Master of Divinity degree, nine students were awarded a Master of Arts degree and one student earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree.
Receiving the Master of Divinity degree were Matthew Joseph Albright, Diocese of Youngstown; Br. Shawn Matthew Anderson, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; Michael Edmund Burchill; William Ernest Dorner, Diocese of Pittsburgh; Timothy J. Kruthaupt, Diocese of Greensburg; Timothy David Marcoe, Diocese of Harrisburg; Br. Matthias Martinez, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; Barry Paul O’Leary, Diocese of Pittsburgh; Douglas Aaron Ondeck, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston; Alan Nicholas Polczynski, Diocese of Greensburg; Stephen Jerome Pontzer, Diocese of Savannah; Br. Frowin Joseph Reed, O.S.B., Conception Abbey; and Seth Thomas Wymer, Diocese of Steubenville.
Receiving the Master of Arts degree were Maria T. Buoni of Columbus, Ohio; Gilbert Exumé, Diocese of Atlanta; Sr. Jessiamma George, S.M.I. of Greensburg; Marita Ann Hunchuck of Uniontown; Michael Walter Kelly; Br. Fernando Patricio Lanas, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; Br. Michael Joseph Miller, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; Fr. Paul Paproski, O.S.B.; and Katrina Marie Wojtunik of Latrobe.
Awarded the Bachelor of Sacred Theology was William Ryan Barron, Diocese of Erie.
Four academic awards were presented. Timothy David Marcoe of the Diocese of Harrisburg received the Honorable Judge Bernard F. Scherer Award. Katrina Wojtunik of Latrobe was named recipient of the Sacred Scripture Award. Timothy Kruthaupt of the Diocese of Greensburg was presented with the Diakonia Award, and Br. Frowin Joseph Reed, O.S.B., of Conception Abbey was named the recipient of the Omer U. Kline, O.S.B. Homiletics Award.
As part of his remarks, Archbishop Wuerl reminded the graduates that they will face “some grave challenges. You are going to face some great opportunities.”
“Today, we remind ourselves that the priest, the teacher, the voice of the church, ... a voice that offers to this age answers to the questions that only Christ can bring,” he added. “To be able to choose of all the things that can be done what we ought to do is the challenge of this age. You will be the voice saying this is God’s word, this is Christ’s wisdom.”
Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, a member of the Board of Regents of Saint Vincent Seminary for eighteen years, was installed as the sixth Archbishop of Washington on June 22, 2006. He is the spiritual leader for 580,000 Catholics in 140 parishes in the District of Columbia and five Maryland counties.
Archbishop Wuerl is well-known for his commitment to education and for seeking ways to make Catholic education affordable and accessible to all. He is deeply committed to the Archdiocese’s Center City Consortium and its efforts to work with the wider community to sustain inner city parochial schools and bring quality education to at-risk children. In 1990, as Bishop of Pittsburgh, he founded the Extra Mile Education Foundation in cooperation with the region’s business and foundation leaders to endow and sustain inner-city parochial schools. He was instrumental in establishing the Crossroads Scholarship Program to assist graduates from the Extra Mile schools in attending Catholic high schools and the Bishop’s Education Fund, which helps parents throughout the diocese provide opportunities for a Catholic education for their children.
He is chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catechesis and the board of the National Catholic Educational Association. He was instrumental in development of the National Directory for Catechesis and the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (2006). He is the author of numerous books and articles, including best-seller The Teaching of Christ. Archbishop Wuerl serves on numerous national and international boards and was elected to serve as a member of the Synod of Bishops. Currently he is the chairman of the board of directors of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Chancellor of The Catholic University of America. He is also the former chairman of the board for the National Catholic Bioethics Center and for the Education, Priestly Life and Ministry, and Priestly Formation committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Born in Pittsburgh on November 12, 1940, he received graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America and the Gregorian University in Rome and a doctorate in theology from the University of St. Thomas in Rome in 1974. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 17, 1966, and ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II on January 6, 1986 in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. He served as Bishop of Pittsburgh for 18 years, until his appointment to the Archdiocese of Washington. He received a number of honorary degrees in recognition of his contributions to the Church in Pittsburgh and to the Universal Church, including an honorary doctorate from Saint Vincent College in 1992.
Archdiocese of Atlanta
Gilbert Exumé, who earned a Master of Arts degree with honors, is the son of Aubert Exumé and Cadina Affricot of Jacmel, Haiti. He is a 1996 graduate of Petit Seminaire College St. Martial/Mazenod in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. He studied theology at Grand Seminaire Notre Dame, Turgeau in 1999 and 2000, and philosophy and liberal arts at St. Joseph Seminary College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003.
Br. Frowin J. Reed, O.S.B., who earned a Master of Divinity degree with high honors, is the son of William R. Reed of Knoxville, Tennessee and the late Elizabeth L. Reed. He is a 1993 graduate of Farragut High School, Knoxville. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts from Conception Seminary College, Missouri, in 2000 and a Master of Arts degree in theology in 2003 from St. John’s School of Theology.
Diocese of Erie
William R. Barron, who earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree with high honors, is the son of Patrick and Michelle Barron of Erie. He is a 1999 graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School, Erie. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Gannon University in 2003. He earned the Master of Arts degree with highest honors from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2006, when he also received the Honorable Judge Bernard F. Scherer Award.
Diocese of Greensburg
Timothy J. Kruthaupt, who earned a Master of Divinity degree with high honors, is the son of Janet F. Kruthaupt of Littleton, Colorado and the late Francis J. Kruthaupt. He is a 1970 graduate of Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Western State College of Colorado in 1974 and a Juris Doctor degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1980.
Alan N. Polczynski, who earned a Master of Divinity degree with honors, is the son of Sylvester and Rose Polczynski of Lower Burrell. He is a 1984 graduate of Burrell Senior High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater arts from Point Park College in 1989.
Diocese of Harrisburg
Timothy D. Marcoe, who earned a Master of Divinity degree with highest honors, is the son of David and Debra Marcoe of Whitehall. He is a 1997 graduate of Whitehall High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from Millersville University in 2001.
Diocese of Pittsburgh
William E. Dorner, who earned a Master of Divinity degree with high honors, is the son of Adrianne Frollini of Pittsburgh. He is a 1991 graduate of Shaler Area High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and a Master of Arts degree in secondary social studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. He received a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from Duquesne University in 2003.
Barry P. O’Leary, who earned a Master of Divinity degree with honors, graduated from St. Anselm High School, Swissvale, in 1967. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978 and a Master of Science degree in education from Duquesne University in 1985. He earned a Master of Education degree from Carlow Collge in 1993, majoring in educational leadership.
Diocese of Savannah
Stephen J. Pontzer, who earned a Master of Divinity degree, is the son of Joseph H. and Carol J. Pontzer of Athens, Georgia. He is a 1985 graduate of Cedar Soals High School in Athens. He attended the University of Georgia from 1985 to 1993 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in forest resources.
Diocese of Steubenville
Seth T. Wymer, who earned a Master of Divinity degree, is the son of Thomas P. Wymer of Wheeling, W.V., and Linda J. Wymer of Tiltonsville, Ohio. He is a 1999 graduate of St. Johns Catholic Central High School, Bellaire, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, in 2003.
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Douglas Ondeck, who earned a Master of Divinity degree, is the son of Andrew F. and Mary E. Ondeck of Wheeling, West Virginia. He is a 1988 graduate of John Marshall High School, Glendale, West Virginia. He studied at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, from 1997 to 1999. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Catholic Theology from Saint Vincent College in 2002.
Diocese of Youngstown
Matthew Joseph Albright, who earned a Master of Divinity degree with honors, is the son of George J. and Margaret E. Albright of Alliance, Ohio. He is a 1999 graduate of Marlington High School, Alliance. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, in 2003. He earned the Master of Arts degree with high honors from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2006.
Saint Peter’s Abbey
Br. Paul B. Paproski, O.S.B., who earned a Master of Arts degree with high honors, is the son of Ardel and Freda Paproski of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. He is a 1981 graduate of Hudson Bay Composite High School. He studied journalism at the University of Saskatchewan from 1981 to 1983 and earned a degree in journalism in 1985 from the University of Regina. He earned the Master of Divinity degree with honors from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2006.
Saint Vincent Archabbey
Brother Shawn Matthew Anderson, who earned a Master of Divinity degree with high honors, is the son of Colleen L. Anderson of Clearfield, Pennsylvania and the late James C. Anderson. He is a 1987 graduate of Clearfield Area High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in 1992 and has studied philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Brother Fernando P. Lanas, O.S.B., who earned a Master of Arts degree with honors, is the son of Fernando and Guadalupe Lanas of Quito, Ecuador. He attended Colegio Frances elementary school in Quito and is a 1989 graduate of Colegio Benalcazar in Quito. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance and management from Universidad San Francisco de Quito in 1997.
Brother Matthias Martinez, who earned a Master of Divinity degree with highest honors, is the son of Lynda C. Martinez of Latrobe, formerly of Bernardston, Massachusetts and the late Edelmiro Martinez, Jr . He is a 1993 graduate of Northfield Mt. Hermon High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 1999 from Saint John Seminary College, and has also studied at Babson College and Saint John Seminary.
Brother Michael Miller, O.S.B., who earned a Master of Arts degree, is the son of Donald and Jo-Anne Miller of Allison Park. He is a 1979 graduate of Shaler Area High School, Glenshaw. He studied at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 1985 from Don Bosco College, Newton, New Jersey. He taught elementary school at St. Joseph Regional School in Newton, before entering the monastery.
Sisters of Mary Immaculate
Sr. Jessiamma George, who earned a Master of Arts degree with honors, is from the Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Greensburg, and a native of India. She is a 1980 graduate of St. George’s High School, Kulathuvayal, Kerala, India. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1986 from the University of Calicut, Tenjipalam, Kerala, India, and a Diploma in Theology from Scuola di Teologia, Udine, in 1997.
MASTER OF DIVINITY PROGRAM
Michael Edmund Burchill, who earned a Master of Divinity degree, is the son of Katherine Burchill of Pittsburgh and the late Howard Burchill. He is a 1989 graduate of Mount Lebanon High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1994.
MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM
Maria T. Buoni, who earned a Master of Arts degree with honors, is the daughter of William G. and Theresa M. Buoni of Columbus, Ohio. She is a 2000 graduate of Bishop Watterson High School, Columbus, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theology from Saint Vincent College in 2004.
Marita Ann Hunchuck, who earned a Master of Arts degree with high honors, is from Uniontown, Pa. She is a 2000 graduate of Laurel Highlands High School and a 2004 graduate of Saint Vincent College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sacred Theology.
Michael Walter Kelly, who earned a Master of Arts degree, is the father of four children and lives in Wilkins Township. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He is a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, was ordained in 1999 and serves in St. Bernadette Parish in Monroeville. He is currently working in hospice ministry.
Katrina M. Wojtunik, who earned a Master of Arts degree with high honors, is a 2000 graduate of Seton La Salle High School, Pittsburgh, and a 2004 graduate of Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, where she studied religious education and Catholic theology. She is currently the assistant campus minister at Saint Vincent College.