New students at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2013 are from two abbeys and seven dioceses, including Conception Abbey in Missouri and Saint Vincent Archabbey; and the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, Greensburg, Steubenville, Wheeling-Charleston and Beijing, China.
Brother Etienne (Eric) L. Huard, O.S.B., of Conception Abbey, Missouri, is the son Constance M. Huard of Wichita, Kansas and the late Stephan M. Huard. He is a 1999 graduate of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Conception Seminary College in 2009.
DIOCESE OF ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN
Peter D. Crowe of Boalsburg is the son of Robert E. Crowe of Boalsburg and the late Susan M. Crowe. He is a 2004 graduate of State College Area High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Hampden Sydney College in Hampden Sydney, Virginia, in 2008. He completed the pre-theology program at Gannon University, Erie, in 2013.
DIOCESE OF BEIJING
Peter Ren of Xi’an, China, is the son of Xiao Ni Ren and Fengmei Sun of Xi’An, China. He is a 2004 graduate of Zhouzhi High School, Xi’An. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Beijing Diocesan Seminary, Beijing, China in 2009.
John Shi of Wu Hai, China, is the son of Huru Shi and Chun Xiang Wang of Wu Hai, Inner Mongolia, China. He is a 2007 graduate of Chahar Right Front Banner No. 1 Middle School, Ji Ning City, Inner Mongolia. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Bejing Diocesan Seminary in 2010.
DIOCESE OF ERIE
Paul M. Kuzma is the son of Michael and Linda Kuzma of Erie. He is a 2009 graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School, Erie. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts from Gannon University, Erie, in 2013.
David A. Whiteford of Waterford is the son of Gerald and Susan Whiteford of Waterford. He is a 2009 graduate of Collegiate Academy, Erie. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Gannon University, Erie, in 2013.
DIOCESE OF STEUBENVILLE
Gerald J. Alessi of Steubenville, Ohio, is the son of Dolores and Francis R. Alessi, Sr., of Sebring, Ohio. He is a 1983 graduate of Southside High School, Hookstown, Pennsylvania. He earned a degree in general studies and business accounting from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, in 2006.
DIOCESE OF WHEELING-CHARLESTON
Alexander S. Boyd of Minneapolis is the son of Thomas V. and Frances L. Boyd of Morgantown, West Virginia. He is a 2001 graduate of John Handley High School, Winchester, Virginia. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Saint Francis University, Loretto, in 2008. He has also studied at Franciscan University of Steubenville, West Virginia University, Rappahannock Community College in Glenns, Virginia and at Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, Virginia.
Justin E. Burgy of Triadelphia, West Virginia is the son of Keith Burgy of Martins Ferry, Ohio and Donna Graham of Triadelphia. He is a 2006 graduate of Wheeling Park High School. He received an associate degree in arts from West Virginia Northern Community College in 2009. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in romance languages from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2013.
SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY
Brother Lawrence (Shawn) Machia, O.S.B., is the son of Keith and Louise Machia of Swanton, Vermont. He is a 2004 graduate of Missisquoi Valley Union High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in theology in 2008 from Eastern University. In 2011 he came to Saint Vincent, where he served as campus minister for social outreach, assisting the campus ministry team for spiritual and service programs. He entered the monastery of Saint Vincent Archabbey as a novice in 2012 and made his first profession of vows on July 10, 2013. He entered Saint Vincent Seminary in 2013 as a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey.
MASTER OF ARTS
Raymond J. Yarnell of Indiana, Pennsylvania, is the son of C. Robert and Rita J. Yarnell of Ashland, Pennsylvania. He is a 1993 graduate of Cardinal Brennah High School, Ashland. He earned a bachelor of applied science degree from Troy State University, where he studied resources management. He received a master of business administration degree from Marymount University in 2005. In 2013 he received a certificate in pastoral ministry from Seton Hill University, Greensburg.
John D. Zombar of New Stanton is the son of the late William V. and Helen M. Zombar. He is a 1973 graduate of Geibel High School. He has attended Westmoreland County Community College, and received a certificate in pastoral ministry from Seton Hill University, Greensburg.