Thirteen Degrees Awarded May 7
Thirteen degrees were awarded at the 2010 commencement of Saint Vincent Seminary, including ten master of divinity degrees, two master of arts degrees and one bachelor of sacred theology degree. Graduating students were from the archdioceses of Atlanta and Campinas, dioceses of Erie, Pittsburgh, Savannah and Youngstown, Saint Benedict Abbey in Atchison and Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe. One lay student received a degree.
ARCHDIOCESE OF ATLANTA
Thang Minh Pham of Oakwood, Ga., 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. He earned the master of divinity degree in 2010.
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. He earned the master of divinity degree in 2010.
ARCHDIOCESE OF CAMPINAS, BRAZIL
José Alexandre Missio of Campinas, Brazil, is the son of José 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 through 2005 at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Campinas. He earned the master of divinity degree in 2010.
DIOCESE OF ERIE
Christopher 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. He earned the master of divinity degree in 2010, with honors.
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. He earned the master of divinity degree in 2010. He received the Diakonia Award, given to the student nominated by the entire seminary community and chosen by the faculty. The award honors a graduate who exhibits praiseworthy academic performance as well as service to the seminary community through building student morale and spirit, exercising leadership within the community, and demonstrating creative outreach to others.
DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH
Robert 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. He earned the master of divinity degree in 2010.
DIOCESE OF SAVANNAH
Jorge Bedoya of Augusta, Georgia, is the son of the late Ligia and Horacio Bedoya. In 1992 he graduated from Colegio de Occidente, Ansermci, Colombia. In 2002, he received a degree in philosophy from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Colombia. He earned the master of divinity degree in 2010.
DIOCESE OF YOUNGSTOWN
Brian J. Cline is the son of James Cline of Austintown, Ohio, and Patricia Crawford of Elyria, Ohio. He is a 1999 graduate of Boardman High School in Boardman, Ohio. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Pontifical College Josephinum in 2005. He earned the master of divinity degree in 2010.
Michael Angelo Marcelli of Dorset, Pennsylvania, is the son of Marilyn and Robert Marcelli of Dorset. He is a 1999 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School, Andover, Ohio. In 2004, he received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio. He earned the master of divinity degree in 2010, with honors.
SAINT BENEDICT ABBEY, ATCHISON, KANSAS
Brother Jeremy Heppler of Atchison, Kansas, is the son of Cathy and Harry Heppler of Parsons, Kansas. He is a 1996 graduate of Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, Wichita, Kansas. In 2000, he received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas. He earned the master of arts and bachelor of sacred theology degrees in 2010, both with highest honors. Brother Jeremy received the Honorable Judge Bernard F. Scherer Award, given to the student who most exemplifies the qualities evident in the life of Judge Scherer, including breadth of learning, the integration of knowledge, faith and life, service to others through corporal works of mercy, and a strong witness of faith, hope and charity.
SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY
Brother Bonaventure Curtis, O.S.B., a native of southern California, was raised in Minneapolis, MN and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1970, majoring in English and Secondary Education. He taught senior English at Coon Rapids Senior High School for two years before returning to southern California in 1972. After successful business ventures in insurance and donut shops, he entered Western State University / Thomas Jefferson College of Law, San Diego, in the Fall of 1975 and completed his studies for the Juris Doctorate degree in December of 1977. He was admitted to the State of California Bar Association the following year and practiced law continuously thereafter, including nearly ten years of daily civil litigation practice in the areas of general business and corporate securities matters. He earned the master of divinity degree in 2010, with highest honors. He received the Omer U. Kline, O.S.B., Homiletics Award, given by the Rector’s Council to the fourth-year student who has most clearly demonstrated excellence in preaching during his fourth year of study.
MASTER OF ARTS
Gregory James Dulmes of Greensburg, is the son of Bonnie Dulmes of Morton, Illinois, and Jeffrey Dulmes of Mesa, Arizona. He is a 1995 graduate of Morton High School, Morton, Illinois. From 1995 to 1996, he completed coursework in religious studies at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. He also studied chemistry at Illinois Central College, East Peoria, Illinois. In 2000, he received a bachelor of arts degree in history from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana campus. He also studied pre-theology at Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas. In addition to earning the master of arts degree, with highest honors, he received the Sacred Scripture Award, given by the faculty to the graduate who most demonstrates excellence in the study of Sacred Scripture.