LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA — Twenty-seven degrees were awarded at Saint Vincent Seminary’s 155th annual commencement ceremony held Friday, May 11 at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica.
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, presided at the Solemn Vespers. Chancellor of Saint Vincent Seminary, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., conferred the degrees on the candidates who were presented by the Seminary Rector, the Very Rev. Kurt Belsole, O.S.B., and the Academic Dean Sister Cecilia Murphy, R.S.M.
Cardinal George received an honorary doctor of divinity degree and gave the commencement address. Cardinal George is a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life, the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church, and the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum.” He also serves as Chancellor of The Catholic Church Extension Society, Chicago, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois. He was named a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II on January 18, 1998, while serving as Archbishop of Chicago, where he has been installed on May 7, 1997.
Cardinal George came to Chicago from the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, where he had been installed as archbishop on May 27, 1996. Prior to that he had served as the fifth Bishop of Yakima, Washington, his ordination and installation as Bishop taking place on July 10, 1990. He entered the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate on August 14, 1957 and was ordained a priest on December 21, 1963. Recently Cardinal George gave the Lenten retreat for Pope John Paul II. The theme was “A faith for all the people: conversion, freedom, and communion in Christ.” Cardinal George has authored, edited or contributed to seven books, and has also written dozens of articles and reviews published in a variety of national and international publications.
Cardinal George earned an S.T.D. degree in ecclesiology from the Pontifical University, Urbaniana, Rome (1988); a Ph.D. in American philosophy from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana; (1970); an M.A. in theology from the University of Ottawa, Canada (1971); an M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (1965); and a B. Th. from the University of Ottawa, Canada (1964). His honorary degrees include the Doctor of Laws degree from the John Marshall Law School of the University of Portland (1998); Doctor of Humane Letters from Loyola University of Chicago (1998); Doctor of Pedagogy from Franciscan University of Steubenville (2000) and Doctor of Humane Letters from Barat College (2000).
ARCHDIOCESE OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Terence Crone earned the master of arts degree with honor.Bryan D. Small earned the master of arts degree.
ARCHDIOCESE OF CAMPINAS, BRAZIL
Jonas D. Christal earned the master of arts degree with honors from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2000 and the master of divinity degree in 2001 from Saint Vincent Seminary.
DIOCESE OF ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN
Matthew A. Reese received a master of divinity degree.
DIOCESE OF CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Gregory Wilson earned a master of arts degree, with honors, in 2000 and in 2001, he earned the master of divinity degree, with honors.
DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
John Chapin Engler, Jr., earned the master of divinity degree in 2001, with honors earned the master of divinity degree, with honors.
DIOCESE OF ERIEDavid A. Shaffer earned the master of divinity degree, with honors.
DIOCESE OF GREENSBURG
Michael Zimcosky earned a master of divinity degree in 2001.
DIOCESE OF HARRISBURG
Donald Cramer II, received a master of divinity degree, with honors, in 2000. In 2001, he earned a master of arts degree, with high honors.
DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH
Gary W. Krummert in 2001earned the master of divinity degree, with honors, and the master of arts degree, with honors. He also received the Diakonia Award, a service award given by the Seminary faculty, recognizing him for his academic performance, service to the community by upbuilding student morale and spirit, leadership and creative outreach.
Shawn O. Malarkey earned the master of arts degree, with highest honors. He also received the Sacred Scripture Award, which is given to the graduating student who has demonstrated excellence in the study of Sacred Scripture.
Matthew R. McClain received the master of arts degree, with honors.Michael J. Stumpf in 2000 he earned a master of arts degree, with honor. In 2001, he received a master of divinity degree, with honors.
Clinton P. Zadroga in 2000 earned a master of arts degree. In 2001, he received a master of divinity degree.
DIOCESE OF TULSA, OKLAHOMA
Stuart Crevcoure earned a master of arts degree, with highest honor, in 2000, and also received the American Bible Society Award. In 2001 he received the bachelor of sacred theology degree with highest honors. 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, including 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.Carl A. Kerkemeyer received a master of arts degree.
David Medina Raygoza earned the master of arts degree.
DIOCESE OF WHEELING-CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA
Thomas W. Dagle earned the master of divinity degree.
DIOCESE OF YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO
Peter Haladej earned a master of divinity degree.
SAINT BEDE ABBEY
Brother Michael M. Calhoun, O.S.B., received a master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2001.
SAINT GREGORY’S ABBEY
Brother Nicholas Ast, O.S.B., received the Master of Divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2000, with highest honors. In 2001, he received the Omer U. Kline, O.S.B. Homiletics Award, given to the fourth-year Seminary student who has most clearly demonstrated excellence in preaching during his fourth year of study.
SAINT MARY’S ABBEY
Brother Anthony G. Sargent, O.S.B., earned the master of divinity degree and the master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary.
SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY
Brother Hugh Lester, O.S.B., earned the master of arts degree, with honors.
MASTER OF ARTS
S. Patrick Doering, received a master of arts degree, with high honors.