Two Named to Seminary Board of Regents

2009 News

Two new members have been named to the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents. They are Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, the Bishop of Saginaw, and Ms. Marie Milie Jones, a defense attorney and the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Duquesne University.

Bishop Robert J. Carlson

On February 24, 2005, Pope John Paul II named Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson the fifth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bishop Carlson earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Paul Seminary in 1966 and a master’s degree in divinity from St. Paul Seminary in 1976 before receiving his Licentiate in Canon Law degree from the Catholic University of America in 1979. On May 23, 1970, Bishop Carlson was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He was later ordained as an auxiliary bishop for his home archdiocese on January 11, 1984 and later went on to serve as Bishop of Sioux Falls, South Dakota from 1994 to 2005.

Bishop Carlson is currently a member of several boards and committees both on the local and national level, including: USCCB Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry, the Canon Law Society of America, the International Dominican Foundation, the Mission Advisory Committee of the Institute for Priestly Formation, the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation and the Bishops’ Advisory Board of the Institute of Priestly Formation. In addition, Bishop Carlson has also issued several pastoral letters, including a reflection for couples called to the vocation of marriage entitled, “Body and Soul,” “Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician,” “Pastoral Letter on Evangelization,” and “Reflections on the 30th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae.” His articles have included “Promoting the Culture of Life,” appearing in Right to Life of Michigan News; “The Responsibility to Have a Well Informed Faith Life,” and “The Duties of the Bishop,” appearing in Lay Witness.

Marie Milie Jones, Esq.

Marie M. Jones, Esq., an equity member and former managing attorney with Meyer, Darragh, Buckler, Bebenek and Eck, P.L.L.C., of Pittsburgh, has been named to the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents.

A native of Greensburg, Ms. Jones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French before obtaining her law degree in the Three-Three Early Admission Program, both from Duquesne University. She became the youngest female managing attorney of a major law firm in Pittsburgh’s history in 1998.

Ms. Jones represents individuals and companies in civil rights and employment litigation. She counsels and defends employers on a variety of employment issues, which includes practicing before administrative agencies and federal and state courts. She also represents local municipalities, counties, and government agencies in various cases. She frequently gives speeches concerning prison risk management and employment law around the country.

Ms. Jones served as president of the Duquesne’s alumni association for six years, and currently is vice chair of the Board of Directors. A graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, she became a partner of the program in 1993, joined Meyer Darragh in 1987 and became a partner in 1993.

She has also served on a number of boards and organizations. Ms. Jones has served as the President of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and on the board of Artists and Cities, Inc. Currently, she is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and is active with the Pennsylvania Bar Association, serving on its Commission on Women in the Profession Committee and as a board member of the PABAR-PAC. She belongs to the Allegheny County Bar Association, where she has been a fellow since 2001. In addition, Ms. Jones was a member of the Hearing Committee for the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board.

Ms. Jones has received several awards, including the “2002 Woman of the Year” of Duquesne University’s Womens’ Law Division and the Oakland Catholic Leading Lady of 2007. She is married to Cameron Jones, the owner of the Northland Ford and Northland Lincoln-Mercury car dealerships in Butler County.