Seminary Welcomes 22 New Students from Around the World
LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA — Saint Vincent Seminary welcomed 22 new students for the 2001-2002 school year. The new students are from seven archdioceses and dioceses and seven monasteries of three religious orders. The student enrollment at the Seminary is 99, including 84 men in the ordination program, and thirteen lay and religious men and women in graduate studies.New students, depending on their previous fields of study, will take up to two years of pre-theology coursework, or enter into the four-year theology program. Saint Vincent Seminary offers the master of divinity, master of arts and bachelor in sacred theology degrees.
The new students are from the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia; and the Dioceses of Erie, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania; Savannah, Georgia; Steubenville, Ohio and Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, as well as from Asirvanam Monastery in India; Mary Mother of the Church Abbey in Richmond, Virginia; Phuoc Son Abbey in Vietnam; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery in Waterford, Ohio; Saint Andrew Abbey in Cleveland, Ohio; Waegwan Abbey in South Korea and Saint Vincent Archabbey.
BENEDICTINE ABBEYS AND OTHER RELIGIOUS ORDERSASIRVANAM MONASTERY, BANGALORE, INDIABr. George Augustine, O.S.B., is the son of Augustine and Kochu Thressia Shibu of Marayoor, India. He is a 1990 graduate of G. H. Marayoor high School in India. He earned a P.D.C. degree from St. Thomas College, Kumily, India. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Mysore University in 2000.Br. Peter N. Rayappan, O.S.B., is the son of Nicholas and Amalorpavam of Dharmapuri, India. He is a 1992 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Dharmapuri. He received a P.U.C. degree from Saint Antony’s College in Krishnagiri, India. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Mysore University in 1998.
MARY MOTHER OF THE CHURCH ABBEY, RICHMOND, VIRGINIABr. James M. Glass, O.S.B., is the son of John W. Glass and Dolores l. Glass of Richmond, Virginia. He is a 1979 graduate of Midlothian High School in Richmond. He earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering in 1984 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. He studied systematic theology at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary from 1995 to 1999.Br. Gregory A. Gresko, O.S.B., is the son of Joseph A. and Wanda L. Gresko of Montpelier, Virginia. He is a 1988 graduate of The Collegiate Schools, Richmond, Virginia. He earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology and English in 1992 and a master of arts in education in secondary English education from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.
SAINT ANDREW ABBEY, CLEVELAND, OHIOBr. Mario Andrew Parisi, O.S.B., is the son of Charles Parisi of Brandon, Florida and Rose Marie Parisi of Akron, Ohio. He is a 1989 graduate of Lake High School in Uniontown, Ohio. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, cum laude, from John Carroll University in 1993. He studied theology at Saint Mary Seminary from 1993 to 1998.
WAEGWAN ABBEY, SOUTH KOREARev. Samuel Kim, O.S.B., is the son of Ky Wha Jung of Waegwan, Korea and the late Kyun Lae Kim. He is a 1985 graduate of Sun Sim High School, Waegwan, Korea. He earned a degree in theology from Catholic University of Taegu-Hyosung School of Theology, Taegu, Korea, in 1992. He also received a degree in theology from Taegu Regional Major Seminary in 1995.
SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEYBr. Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., is a 1974 graduate of West Branch High School, Beloit, Ohio. He earned an associate of arts degree in fine arts from Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio in 1987 and a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Vincent College in 2001.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL MONASTERY, WATERFORD, OHIOBr. Gabriel J. Rapisarda, C.M.M.I., is the son of Gregory A. and Carol A. Rapisarda of Bel Air, Maryland. He is a 1995 graduate 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.
PHUOC SON ABBEY, HO CHI MIN CITY, VIETNAMBr. Anthony H. Pham, O. Cist., is the son of Han Cong Pham and Canh Thi Cao of Son Giang, Huong Son, Vietnam. He is a 1988 graduate of Huong Son High School, Hatinh Province, Vietnam.
ARCHDIOCESES AND DIOCESESARCHDIOCESE OF ATLANTA, GEORGIACyril Soo-Gil Chae is the son of Sun-Ik Chae and Cho-Young Noh of Seoul, Korea. He completed high school in 1976 in Seoul, Korea and studied for two years at Saint Vincent’s College Seminary in Quezon City, Philippines. He earned a diploma of philosophy and theology from Saint Vincent School of Theology in the Philippines.Luis F. Mercado is the son of Luis F. and Corpina Rosario of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico. He graduated from Hogar Colegio La Milagrosa in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1997 and studied philosophy at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce, from 1997 to 1999.
DIOCESE OF ERIE, PENNSYLVANIAMatthew J. Costa is the son of Charles J. Costa and Sharon L. Costa of Erie. He is a 1997 graduate of McDowell High School in Erie. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 2001 from Gannon University, Erie.Joseph V. Dougherty III is the son of Joseph V. Dougherty Jr. and Edna May Connaughton of Willow Grove. He is a 1974 graduate of Upper Moreland High School in Willow Grove and obtained a degree in business from Montgomery County Community College and Temple University in 1978.
DIOCESE OF HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIATimothy D. Marcoe 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, PENNSYLVANIAStephen A. Kresak is the son of Andrew F. and Marie A. Kresak of McKees Rocks.He is a 1987 graduate of Sto-Rox High School and earned a degree in communications and philosophy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, in 1998.Steven V. Neff is the son of Anthony J. and Roberta K. Neff of Chicora. He is a 1984 graduate of Butler Senior High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, in 2001.
DIOCESE OF SAVANNAH, GEORGIAChidi Osondu is the son of Luke Chijioke and Sussan Uzdamaka Osondu of Nigeria. He is a 1991 graduate of St. John Cross Seminary in Nigeria. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the Claretian Institute of Philosophy in 1998.Stephen J. Pontzer is the son of Joseph H. and Carol J. Pontzer of Athens, Georgia. He is a 1985 graduate of Cedar Shoals 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.Cong Chi Vu is the son of Men Thi Vu of Vietnam and the late Lap Van Vu. He is a 1993 graduate of South Houston High School in Houston, Texas. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Divine Word College, Epworth, Iowa in 1995 in cross-cultural studies and philosophy.
DIOCESE OF STEUBENVILLE, OHIODavid Vogel is the son of Robert J. Vogel and Mrs. Eileen M. Eastley of Deerfield, Illinois. He is a 1989 graduate of Christian Liberty Academy of Arlington Heights, Illinois. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1994, and has done graduate studies at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary.
DIOCESE OF WHEELING-CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIAArthur Bufogle, Jr. attended St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo, Japan, graduating in 1972. He studied biology at St. Bonaventure University, New York, from 1972 to 1974. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Walsh College, North Canton, Ohio in 1976. He received a master of arts degree in theology in 1985 from St. Michael’s College, Winooskie, Vermont; a master of science degree in soil science in 1988 from the University of Vermont, Burlington, and a doctorate in agronomy in 1996 from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
MASTER OF DIVINITY PROGRAMDr. William J. Hisker of Greensburg has entered the Master of Divinity program at Saint Vincent Seminary. He is a professor of business education at Saint Vincent College. He is a 1965 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Saint Vincent College in 1969 and a MRCPL (professional masters degree) from the University of Oklahoma in regional and city planning in 1973. He earned a doctorate in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981.