Fourteen Installed to Ministry of Reader
LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA — Fourteen seminarians from Saint Vincent Seminary, representing one archdiocese, seven dioceses, and two abbeys, were installed to the ministry of reader on March 16, 2009 by Most Rev. Joseph Adamec, Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown, in the Saint Vincent Basilica. They are from the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Cong Nguyen and Tri John-Bosco Nguyen; the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Thomas Trofino; the Diocese of Covington, John Joseph Michniuk; the Diocese of Erie, Brandon Kleckner; the Diocese of Harrisburg, Matthew Larlick; the Diocese of Nan Chong, China, Huang Wenhong; the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Kevin Fazio; the Diocese of Savannah, Edwin Rodrigo Rojas-Florian; Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey, Brother John Mary Lugemwa, O.S.B.; and, from Saint Vincent Archabbey, Brother Elijah Cirigliano, O.S.B., Brother Francis Ehnat, O.S.B., Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B., and Brother Nathanael Polinski, O.S.B.
Cong Tan Nguyen, a native of Vietnam, is the son of Nghia Thi Tran of Norcross, Georgia and the late Xuan Tan Nguyen. He graduated from high school in 1990 in Phu Yen, Vietnam. He received a bachelor of arts in teaching methodology from the University of Technology in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, in 1996. Tri John-Bosco Nguyen, a native of Saigon, Vietnam, is the son of Thao and Trong Nguyen of Rex, Georgia. He is a 1993 graduate of Hoang Hoa Tham High School in Saigon. He graduated in 2001 from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education and Catholic theology. In 2006, he received a master of arts degree in applied linguistics and in teaching English as a second language from Georgia State University.
Thomas Walter Trofino is the son of Ralph and Rita Trofino of Johnstown. He is a 2004 graduate of Bishop McCort High School. He graduated from Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, in 2008 with a bachelor of arts in philosophy and literature.
John Joseph Michniuk of Cincinnati, Ohio, is the son of Agnes Mary Michniuk of West Chester, Ohio. He is a 1979 graduate of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1994 and a Masters of Public Administration degree in 1996 from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in liturgy and pastoral ministry from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California in 2005.
Brandon Matthew Kleckner is the son of Neal and Cathy Kleckner of Erie. He is a 2004 graduate of Villa Maria Academy in Erie, and earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Gannon University, Erie, in 2008.
Matthew Robert Larlick of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the son of Elizabeth and Edward Larlick of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He is a 1987 graduate of Central Bucks High School East, Doylestown. In 1991, he received a bachelor of science degree in economics from the Pennsylvania State University.
Huang Wen Hong is from Nan Chong, Si Chuan Province, China. He is the son of Daiguo Huang and Weihua Tang of Anyue. He is a 2000 graduate of Bei Ta High School in Nan Cheng. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Saint Vincent College in 2007.
Kevin Christopher Fazio is the son of Donald and Bernadette Fazio of Gibsonia. He is a 1990 graduate of Hampton High School in Allison Park. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from John Carroll University in 1994, a master of business administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002, and a master of arts degree in philosophy from Duquesne University in May 2008.
Edwin Rodrigo Rojas Florian is a native of Bogota, Colombia. He is the son of Luis Alberto Rojas and Maria del Carmen Florian of Bogota. He is a 2001 graduate of Colegio Parroquial San Andres in Bogota and studied at Seminario Mayor de Bogota from 2002 to 2005.
Brother John Mary Lugemwa, O.S.B., of Richmond, Virginia, is the son of Jane Fracis Nakiboneka of Masaka, Uganda and the late Charles Waliggo. He is a 1998 graduate of Central Academy Mengo, Kampala, Uganda. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in computer science and philosophy from Saint John’s University College of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota in 2007.
Brother Elijah Cirigliano, O.S.B. is the son of Caesar and Patricia Cirigliano of Waccabuc, New York. His sister is Patricia Cirigliano Kohn of Weston, Connecticut. He is a 1990 graduate of John Jay High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Duke University in 1993. He entered the novitiate of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 2005.
Brother Francis D. Ehnat, O.S.B., is a son of Marianne F. Dean of Savannah, Georgia and the late James H. Dean. He attended Eisenhower Elementary School, Kansas, and is a 1967 graduate of Camden High School, South Carolina. He earned a bachelor of science degree in zoology in 1972 from Clemson University. He also attended Armstrong State College in Savannah, and Saint Vincent College.
Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B., of Carnegie, is the son of Dennis and Mary Kurzawski. He is a 2003 graduate of Carlynton Junior-Senior High School. He graduated from Saint John’s University, New York, in May of 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy.
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 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.