Bishop Zubik Honored at Seminary Commencement
His Excellency The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh, was the commencement speaker and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree at the Saint Vincent Seminary commencement held on May 9.
Nine students received the Master of Divinity degree, two 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 Juan Francisco Anzora Rodas, Archdiocese of Atlanta; Br. Patrick Egan, O.S.B., St. Bernard Abbey; Gilbert Exumé, Archdiocese of Atlanta; Br. Michael James Gabler, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; Christopher Henyk, Diocese of Youngstown; Steven McGinnis, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston; Alexandre Souza e Silva de Moura, Archdiocese of Campinas; Abuchi Francis Nwosu, Diocese of Paterson; and Martin John Pitstick, Diocese of Covington.
Receiving the Master of Arts degree were John Christopher Rapisarda, Archdiocese of Baltimore; and Carol Ann Serafin of Ligonier.
Awarded the Bachelor of Sacred Theology was Alexandre Souza e Silva de Moura, Archdiocese of Campinas.
Bishop David A. Zubik was installed as the twelfth Bishop of Pittsburgh on September 28, 2007, in Saint Paul Cathedral. He is the spiritual leader of 840,000 Catholics in 214 parishes throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.
Bishop Zubik was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Ambridge and attended St. Stanislaus Elementary School and St. Veronica High School, before entering St. Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh. He received an undergraduate degree at Duquesne University in 1971 and did his studies in preparation for the priesthood at St. Mary Seminary and University in Baltimore.
Following his ordination on May 3, 1975, he served as Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart Parish in Shadyside until 1980. He was then named Vice-Principal of Quigley Catholic High School in Baden and Chaplain to the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse and to the students at Mount Gallitzin Academy. In 1982 he completed a master’s degree in education administration in the School of Education at Duquesne University.
In 1987, he was appointed Administrative Secretary to Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua, and in 1988, Administrative Secretary to Bishop Donald W. Wuerl. In 1991, Bishop Zubik became the Diocesan Director of Clergy Personnel. He was named Associate General Secretary and Chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1995 and then Vicar General and General Secretary in 1996. He also served as the Chaplain to the Sisters of the Holy Spirit in Ross Township.
On April 6, 1997, he was ordained auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and titular bishop of Jamestown, North Dakota. Bishop Zubik has served the Church on many boards and committees at the diocesan, local and national levels, including St. Paul and St. Vincent Seminaries, the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committees on Priestly Life and Ministry and Priestly Formation. He currently chairs the USCCB’s Committee on the Laity and serves on the National Advisory Council of the USCCB.
On October 10, 2003, Pope John Paul II named Bishop Zubik as the eleventh Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay. He was installed on December 12, 2003.
Shortly after his installation as Bishop of Pittsburgh, Bishop Zubik was the principal celebrant and keynote speaker at the Saint Vincent Seminary Alumni Day.
Archdiocese of Atlanta
Juan Francisco Anzora Rodas is the son of Juan Francisco Anzora Sandoval and Sonia Rodas de Anzora of Tonacafepeque, San Salvador. He is a 1994 graduate of Instituto Nacional de San Martin in San Salvador. He earned a degree from Saint Joseph Seminary College, Saint Benedict, Louisiana, in fine arts and philosophy in 2004.
Gilbert Exumé 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.
Archdiocese of Campinas
Alexandre Souza E Silva de Moura was born November 26, 1974 in São Paulo, Brazil. He is the son of Marcos Augosto de Moura and Maria Terezinha Souza E Silva de Moura. He is a graduate of EEPSG Sud Mennucci High School in Piracicaba, São Paulo. He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Pontifical Catholic University at Campinas, São Paulo, in 2002.
Diocese of Paterson
Abuchi F. Nwosu is the son of Felicia Ukamaka Nwosu of Lagos, Nigeria. He is a 1993 graduate of the Model Comprehensive Boy’s School in Inyi, Enugu, Nigeria. He earned a bachelor of philosophy degree from Bigard Memorial Seminary in 1999.
Diocese of Covington
Martin J. Pitstick is the son of Paul M. and Mary F. Pitstick of Fairborn, Ohio. He is a 1977 graduate of Carroll High School, Dayton, Ohio. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville in French and theology in 1981, and also studied at the University of Dayton.
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Stephen P. McGinnis is the son of Dr. Lloyd P. and Mrs. Shirley A. McGinnis of Rockport, Indiana. He is a 1988 graduate of Papillion-La Vista High School, Papillion, Nebraska. He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1992 from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and a master of science degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from West Virginia University.
Diocese of Youngstown
Christopher Henyk is the son of Edward and Janina Henyk of Trzcianka, Poland. He is a 1992 graduate of Stanislaw Staszic High School, Trzcianka. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Pontifical Theological Academy, Krakow, in 1994, and a master of arts degree in systematic theology from SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary.
Saint Bernard Abbey
Br. Patrick Egan, O.S.B., is the son of Mary I. Egan of Chattanooga, Tennessee and the late Edward P. Egan, Jr. He is a 1967 graduate of Coffee High School, Florence, Alabama. He earned a bachelor of science degree in history and political science from the University of North Alabama, Florence, and a master of science degree in counselor education in 1981 from Long Island University.
Saint Vincent Archabbey
Brother Michael J. Gabler, O.S.B., is the son of Michael F. and Margaret A. Gabler of St. Marys. He attended St. Marys parochial school and is a 1985 graduate of Elk County Catholic High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in M.I.S. from Penn State University in 1989. He has two sisters, Lori A. Lingenfelter of Ridgway, Melanie A. Meyer of St. Marys, and a brother, Sean, of St. Marys. He entered the Saint Vincent monastic community in 2002 and made first profession of vows on July 10, 2003.
MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM
John Christopher Rapisarda, who earned a Master of Arts degree, is the son of Gregory A. and the late Carol A. Rapisarda of Bel Air, Maryland. He is a 1995 gradaute of John Carroll School, Bel Air. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2000. He studied theology at Creighton University Institute for Priestly Formation.
Carol Ann Serafin, who earned a Master of Arts degree, is from Ligonier. She is a 1971 graduate of Divine Child High School, Dearborn, Michigan, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1975. She has also taken classes at Saint Vincent College and is the wife of Saint Vincent College Professor John V. Serafin.
BACHELOR OF SACRED THEOLOGY
Alexandre Souza E Silva de Moura was born November 26, 1974 in São Paulo, Brazil. He is the son of Marcos Augosto de Moura and Maria Terezinha Souza E Silva de Moura. He is a graduate of EEPSG Sud Mennucci High School in Piracicaba, São Paulo. He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Pontifical Catholic University at Campinas, São Paulo, in 2002. He is from the Archdiocese of Campinas, Brazil.