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Nineteen Degrees Awarded At Seminary Commencement on May 8

January 20

Thirteen students at Saint Vincent Seminary received the master of divinity degree, four the master of arts degree and two the bachelor of sacred theology degree during the Seminary’s annual commencement on May 8. They represent nine dioceses and two religious orders. Three are lay students. Two students received dual degrees.

Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, Bishop of Covington, Kentucky, received an honorary doctor of divinity degree, honoris causa, and gave the commencement address.

ARCHDIOCESE OF ATLANTA

Salomon Garcia-Cortes is the son of Alfredo Garcia Garrio Bribiesca and Maria Delfina Francisca Cortes of Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. He is a 1998 graduate of Santa Maria de Guadalupe in Morelia, Michoacan. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy at Saint Joseph Seminary College in Saint Benedict, Louisiana, in 2005. He received the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2009.

Dominic T. Tran is the son of Cahn Tran and Ri Ha Tran. He is a 1991 graduate of Vinh An High School, Vietnam. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Divine Word College Seminary, Epworth, Iowa, in 2000. He received the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2009.

DIOCESE OF ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN

Matthew Brian Baum of Altoona, Pennsylvania, is the son of Donna M. and James T. Baum of Altoona. He is a 2000 graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School, Bellwood, Pennsylvania. In 2004, he received a bachelor of arts in philosophy and religious studies from St. Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania. Since 2004, he has been studying in the ordination program at St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He received the master of divinity degree, with highest honors, from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2009.

DIOCESE OF COVINGTON

Matthew Aloysius Cushing of Overland Park, Kansas, is the son of Carol and Dennis Cushing of Overland Park. He is a 1993 graduate of Rockhurst High School, Kansas City, Missouri. In 1997, he received a bachelor of science degree in computer information systems from Devry in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended St. Louis University from 2002 to 2003 for pre-theology. In 2004, he received his masters in divinity from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. He received the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2009.

Lawrence A. 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. He received the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2009.

DIOCESE OF PATERSON

Rev. 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. He received the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2008, and the master of arts degree in 2009.

DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH

Daniel Joseph Langa of Butler, Pennsylvania, is the son of Julia Ann and David Langa of Butler. He is a 2001 graduate of Slippery Rock High School. In 2005, he received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received the master of divinity degree, with honors, from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2009.

Michael Andrew Zavage, Jr. of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania, is the son of Joan and Michael Zavage of Carmichaels. He is a 2001 graduate of Carmichaels Area High School. In 2005, he received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received the master of divinity degree, with high honors, and the bachelor of sacred theology degree, with high honors, from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2009.

He also received the Diakonia Award, given to the graduating student who most fulfills the criteria for this service award, given by the faculty. Included in the criteria are academic performance, service to the community by upbuilding student morale and spirit, leadership, and creative outreach.

DIOCESE OF SAGINAW

Jose G. Parra Murcia of Saginaw, Michigan, is the son of Evangelina Murcia of Chiquinquira, Boyaca, Colombia and the late Jose G. Parra. He is a 1994 graduate of Industrial Technical Institute of Chiquinquira and earned a degree in philosophy from Seminario Conciliar in Tunja, Boyaca, Colombia, in 2002. He received the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2009. He also received the Omer U. Kline, O.S.B., Homiletics Award, given by the Rector’s Council. It is given to the fourth-year student who has most clearly demonstrated excellence in preaching.

DIOCESE OF SAINT THOMAS

Ernesto 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. He received the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2009.

DIOCESE OF SAVANNAH

Luis A. Fonseca is the son of Hector and Ana Granados de Fonseca of Bogota, Colombia. He is a 1994 graduate of Salesian School, Duitauia, Boyaca, Colombia. He earned degrees in the philosophy of education from St. Thomas Aquinas University, Bogota, in 1999, and from La Salle University in 2000. He received the master of divinity degree, with honors, from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2009.

DIOCESE OF STEUBENVILLE

Brother Francis Dankoski of Hopedale, Ohio, is the son of Dennis James Dankoski of Steubenville, Ohio, and the late Diane Marie Dankoski. He is a 1990 graduate of the School of Mary Immaculate – Chapel American School in São Paulo, Brazil. From 1998 to 2000, he studied pre-theology and philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. He received the master of divinity degree, with high honors, from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2009.

Bradley W. Greer is the son of Larry W. Greer of Lenoir, North Carolina and Claudette I. Triplette of Simpsonville, South Carolina. He is a 1996 graduate of South Caldwell High School, Hudson, North Carolina. He studied English and history at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, and received his bachelor’s degree in those subjects from North Carolina State University, Raleigh in 1998. He received the master of arts degree, with highest honors, and the bachelor of sacred theology degree, with highest honors, from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2009. He also received the Honorable Judge Bernard F. Scherer Award, given to the student who most exemplifies the qualities evident in the life of Judge Scherer. Given by the faculty, the award criteria includes a breadth of learning, which allows one to integrate theology and the life of the people of God with academic areas, wisdom and the ability to see the interconnectedness of all life, the practice of corporal works of mercy, witness to faith and a hope-filled attitude.

SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY

Brother Joseph M. Adams, O.S.B., of Silver Spring, Maryland, is a son of Paul V. and Rita A. Adams of Lusby, Maryland. He attended St. Catherine Laboure Parochial School in Wheaton, Maryland and is a 1982 graduate of Wheaton High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Saint Vincent College in 2001. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2005 and received the master of divinity degree, with honors, in 2009. He made simple profession of vows July 10, 1997 at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 2000.

MASTER OF ARTS

Ximena DeBroeck, a native of Quito, Ecuador, is married to Michael DeBroeck of Greensburg. She is currently employed by Blessed Sacrament Cathedral as coordinator of faith formation. She also served as a part-time academic tutor for Saint Vincent Seminary in 2008-2009. She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. She received the master of arts degree, with highest honors, from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2009. She also received the Sacred Scripture Award, given by the Sacred Scripture faculty and awarded to the graduating student who has demonstrated excellence in the study of Sacred Scripture.

Michael Lewis Russo of Johnstown received the master of arts degree, with high honors, in 2009. Married to Nancy, he is finishing his fourth year in the formation process for ordination to the diaconate for the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. He is currently assisting Deacon Gene Neral, the Director for the Formation Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, in implementing guidelines established by the National Association of Diaconate Directors. These guidelines are designed to help in the initial development and formation of deacons and their ongoing formation. He is also a faculty member of Stephen Ministries, St. Louis. Stephen Ministry is a complete system for training and organizing lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care for people in crisis. He is the son of Johanna Russo of New Port Richey, Florida, and the late Michael Russo.

MASTER OF DIVINITY

Michal Zábrecky is the son of Frantisek and Magdaléna Zábrecky of Siroké, Presov, Slovakia. He is a 2001 graduate of Gymnázium Krompachy, Krompachy, Slovakia. He received the master of divinity degree, with high honors, from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2009.



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