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Saint Vincent Seminary Honors Knights of Columbus Leader

Saint Vincent Seminary Honors Knights of Columbus Leader January 27

LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA — Twenty seminarians received degrees at Saint Vincent Seminary’s annual commencement held on Friday, May 9. The Honorable Carl A. Anderson, J.D., Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, received an honorary doctorate and gave the commencement address.

Dr. Anderson is the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization, which has more than 1.6 million members. He has had a distinguished career as an educator and public servant. From 1983 to 1987, Dr. Anderson served in various positions of the Executive Office of the President of the United States, including Special Assistant to the President and Acting Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. Following his service at the White House, Dr. Anderson served for nearly a decade as a member of the United states Commission on Civil Rights.

From 1983 to 1998, Dr. Anderson taught as a visiting professor of family law at the Pontifical John Paul Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. Since 1998, he has been a member of the faculty and Vice President of the Washington, D.C., session of this graduate school of theology.

In 1998, Pope John Paul II appointed Dr. Anderson to the Pontifical Academy for Life. In 2000, Pope John Paul II named him a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. He was the only layman from North America to serve as an auditor at the October 2001 World Synod of Bishops. In 2002, Dr. Anderson was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity by the Pope. Later that year, he was named by the Holy Father to be a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family. Also in 2002 he was appointed a consultant to the Pro-Life Committee of the United states Conference of Catholic Bishops. In 1994, he was a member of the Vatican delegation for the fifteenth meeting of the International Jewish Liaison Committee held in Jerusalem.

Dr. Anderson currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

He has served as Assistant Supreme Secretary and Supreme Secretary of the Knights of Columbus until becoming Supreme Knight in October 2000. Prior to that he served as the Order’s Vice President for Public Policy from 1987 to 1997. He has been Grand Knight, District Deputy, State Advocate, State Secretary and State Deputy for the District of Columbia jurisdiction.

Dr. Anderson holds degrees in philosophy from Seattle University and in law from the University of Denver. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and has been admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court. He received the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, honoris causa.

He and his wife Dorian are the parents of five children.

Eleven students received the Master of Divinity degree, eight the Master of Arts degree and one the Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree. They were Cyril Chae of the Archdiocese of Atlanta; Alex Andrua of the Diocese of Arua; Leo B. Fowler of the Diocese of Charlotte; David J. Young of the Diocese of Columbus; Paul M. Clark, Steven W. Fauser and Michael W. Rothan of the Diocese of Harrisburg; Sean Francis of the Diocese of Pittsburgh; Henry C. Foxhoven and Timothy Kozak of the Diocese of Steubenville; Rev. John Rice of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston; Eric Filmer of the Diocese of Savannah; Martin Celuch of the Diocese of Youngstown; Rev. Michael Darcy, C.O., of the Congregation of the Oratory, Pittsburgh; Br. James Glass, O.S.B., of Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, Richmond; Br. Mario Parisi, O.S.B., Saint Andrew Abbey, Cleveland; Br. Gabriel Landis, O.S.B., Saint Benedict Abbey, Atchison, Kansas; Br. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; John-Paul Otanwa, Via Christi Society, Diocese of Makurdi, Nigeria; Dominick D. Hankle, master of arts degree.

ARCHDIOCESE OF ATLANTA

Cyril 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. He received the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2003.

DIOCESE OF ARUA, UGANDA

Alex Andrua is from the Diocese of Arua, Uganda. He is a 1996 graduate of Dokea Seminary, Arua, Uganda. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1999 from Alokolum National Major Seminary, Gulu-Uganda. In 2003, he earned the master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, with honors.

DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTE

Leo B. Fowler is the son of the late Deena J. Fowler of Mullins, South Carolina. He is a 1965 graduate of Holy Savior in Lockport, Louisiana. He graduated from Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina in 1989 with a degree in history and studied philosophy at Belmont Abbey from 1991 to 1993. He received a master’s degree in library science from the University of South Carolina in 1996. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2003.

DIOCESE OF COLUMBUS

David J. Young is the son of Richard E. and Jeanne M. Young of Columbus, Ohio. He is a 1996 graduate of St. Francis DeSales High School. He attended Ohio State University and the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, where he received a degree in philosophy in 2000. He earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2003, with honors, and also received the Diakonia Award, given by the faculty for academic performance, service to the community by upbuilding student morale and spirit, leadership, and creative outreach.

DIOCESE OF HARRISBURG

Paul Michael Clark is the son of Charles J. and Josephine G. Clark of Hanover, Pennsylvania. He is a 1993 graduate of New Oxford Senior High School. In 1997, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish and religious studies from Western Maryland College, Westminster, Maryland. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2003, with high honors. In 2002 he earned a master of arts degree from the seminary, with high honors.

Steven W. Fauser is the son of Geraldine and William D. Fauser of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is a 1994 graduate of Warrior Run High School, Turbotville. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in French and German from Millersville University in 1998. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2003, with highest honors. In 2002, he earned the master of arts degree, with high honors.

Michael W. Rothan of the Diocese of Harrisburg is the son of Richard and Mary Anna Rothan of Strasburg, Pennsylvania. He is a 1991 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Shippensburg University in 1995. He also earned a teacher certification from Millersville University in 1996. In 2003, he received the master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, with high honors. He also received the Honorable Judge Bernard F. Scherer Award, given to the student who demonstrates a breadth of learning, knowledge 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.

DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH

Sean M. Francis is the son of Paul and Ann Francis of Allison Park, Pennsylvania. He is a 1990 graduate of North Allegheny High School, Wexford. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Duquesne University in 2000. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2003.

DIOCESE OF STEUBENVILLE

Henry C. Foxhoven is the son of Henry F. and Arlene M. Foxhoven of Bloomingdale, Ohio. He attended Harlan Community High School in Harlan, Iowa, and graduated in 1994 from Our Lady of the Rosary Home-School. He received a bachelor of arts degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1999. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2003.

Timothy J. Kozak is the son of Mike and Rose Marie Kozak of Barberton, Ohio. He is a 1975 graduate of Barberton High School, Barberton, Ohio. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Akron, Ohio, in 1980. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2003, with honors.

DIOCESE OF WHEELING-CHARLESTON

John A. Rice is the son of Donald R. and the late Carol A. Rice of Vienna, West Virginia. He is a 1980 graduate of St. Joseph Prep Seminary, Vienna, West Virginia. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University in 1984. He also attended St. Mary’s Seminary and University. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2003, with honors. In 2002, he earned a master of arts degree from the seminary, with honors. He was ordained to the priesthood on January 5, 2003.

DIOCESE OF SAVANNAH

Eric R. Filmer of the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia, is the son of Charles H. Filmer of Savannah, Georgia, and the late Robin L. Harrison. He is a 1984 graduate of Hershel V. Jenkins High School, Savannah, Georgia. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 1997 from Armstrong Atlantic State University. He also attended Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2003, he earned the master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, with highest honors. He also received the Sacred Scripture Award, given to the graduating student who has demonstrated excellence in the study of Sacred Scripture.

DIOCESE OF YOUNGSTOWN

Martin Celuch of the Diocese of Youngstown is the son of Agnesa Celuchova of Slovakia and the late Cyril Celuch. He is a 1994 graduate of Jiraskova Street 12 High School of Slovakia. He studied theology from 1994-1999 at Knazsky Seminár, Hlavná, Kosice, Slovakia. In 2003, he received the bachelor of sacred theology degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, with high honors. He also received the Omer U. Kline, O.S.B. Homiletics Award given to the fourth-year student who has most clearly demonstrated excellence in preaching during his fourth year of study. In 2002, he earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary with high honors.

THE PITTSBURGH ORATORY

Rev. Michael J. Darcy is the son of Thomas J. and Kathleen M. Darcy of Middletown, New York. He is a 1991 graduate of Minisink Valley Central School, Slate Hill, New York. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1995 from the State University of New York at Binghamtom. He earned the Master of Divinity degree in 2003, with honors, from Saint Vincent Seminary. In 2002, he earned the Master of Arts degree, with high honors, in absentia.

MARY MOTHER OF THE CHURCH ABBEY

Br. James M. Glass, O.S.B., is the son of John W. and Dolores L. Glass of Richmond, Virginia. He is a 1979 graduate of Midlothian High School, Richmond. He earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, in 1984. He also attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary. In 2003, he earned a master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, with honors.

SAINT ANDREW ABBEY

Br. Mario A. Parisi, O.S.B., of Saint Andrew Abbey, Cleveland, Ohio, 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. He earned the master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2003.

SAINT BENEDICT ABBEY, ATCHISON, KANSAS

Br. Gabriel A. Landis, O.S.B., is the son of Sam and Shirley Landis of Wichita, Kansas and the late Carole Landis. He is a 1981 graduate of Wichita East High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in finance from Wichita State University in 1986 and a master of arts degree in management from Webster University in 1994. In 2003, he received the master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, with high honors.

SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY

Br. Boniface P. Hicks, O.S.B., is the son of William and Mary Hicks of Burke, Virginia. His home diocese is Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He is a 1993 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Penn State University in 1998 and a master of science degree in computer science from Penn State in 1998. In 2003, he received the master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary with highest honor.

VIA CHRISTI SOCIETY

John-Paul A. Otanwa is the son of Boniface and Patricia Otanwa of Makurdi, Nigeria. He is a 1996 graduate of Mount Saint Gabriel Secondary School, Makurdi. He has a B. Phil. from St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Makurdi, major seminary of the Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome. In 2003 he received the master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary with highest honors.

MASTER OF ARTS

Dominick D. Hankle of Greensburg received a bachelor of science degree in Business Management from Robert Morris College in 1988 and the master of arts degree, in absentia, from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2003, with high honors.

 



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