Bishop Donald W. Trautman, S.T.D., S.S.L., of the Diocese of Erie will receive an honorary degree and serve as commencement speaker at Saint Vincent Seminary’s annual commencement, to be held on Friday, May 6, 2011, at 5 p.m. in the Archabbey Basilica. As part of the commencement ceremonies, six students will receive master of divinity degrees, three students will receive master of arts degrees and two students will receive bachelor’s degrees in sacred theology.
Bishop Trautman has shepherded God’s people for 25 years as a Bishop, with 20 of those years as the Diocesan Bishop of Erie, Pennsylvania. He has served two elected terms (six years) as the Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Liturgy. He has played a prominent role in translation issues relative to the Lectionary and New Roman Missal. He is the former Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine. He studied for the priesthood in Innsbruck, Austria, where he received his licentiate in sacred theology. He was a student of Karl Rahner and noted liturgist Josef Jungmann. Bishop Trautman pursued higher studies in biblical languages at Catholic University in Washington, DC, and continued his post-graduate work at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome where he received his licentiate degree in Scripture. He also earned a doctorate in sacred theology from St. Thomas Aquinas University, Rome.
Prior to his ordination as Bishop, he taught in the seminary as professor of Scripture and doctrine, and served as Chancellor, Vicar General, Auxiliary Bishop and Pastor in his home diocese of Buffalo, New York.In 1997, the University of Notre Dame’s Center of Pastoral Liturgy named Bishop Trautman a recipient of the Michael Mathis Award, its highest honor bestowed for outstanding contributions to liturgy, and in 2003 the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions’ annual Msgr. Frederick R. McManus Award was presented to him. He is the recipient of several honorary doctorates, including St. John’s University in New York’s highest recognition—its Gold Medal. Bishop Trautman has written extensively on liturgy and Scripture, with articles appearing in America and Worship.
He currently serves as episcopal moderator of the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference and as chairman of the board of trustees of Gannon University in Erie. Bishop Trautman is also an active member of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and a member of the board of trustees of St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore.