Ten seminarians from Saint Vincent Seminary were installed to the Ministry of Acolyte on November 18 by Most Rev. William J. Winter, S.T.D., Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. They are from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and Saint Vincent Archabbey in Pennsylvania; the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky; the dioceses of Metuchen and Paterson, New Jersey; the Diocese of Steubenville and Saint Andrew Abbey in Ohio; and São Bento Monastery in Brazil.
DIOCESE OF ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN
Vincent Lee Watkins of Warren is the son of Catherine Watkins-Atwood of Warren and the late Lyle James Watkins and stepson of Bruce Atwood. He is a 2000 graduate of Warren Area High School. He received an associate degree in aircraft maintenance technology from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, West Mifflin, in 2002.
DIOCESE OF COVINGTON
Vaughn Ross Kelsch of Augusta, Kentucky, is the son of Vaughn and Beverly Kelsch of Augusta, Kentucky. He is s 2006 graduate of Augusta Independent High School, Kentucky. He has studied business at Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights.
Thomas Frederick Picchioni of Beavercreek, Ohio, is the son of Frederick A. and Sharon C. Picchioni of Beavercreek. He is a 1984 graduate of Carroll High School, Dayton, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Cincinnati, earned in 1999. He has studied pre-engineering at Sinclair Commnity College, Dayton, and business administration at Indiana Wesleyan University.
James Patrick Schaeper of Fort Wright, Kentucky is the son of Don and Mary Jo Schaeper of Cincinnati. He is a 1989 graduate of Saint Xavier High School, Cincinnati. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Xavier University in 1993 and a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Tennessee in 2002.
DIOCESE OF METUCHEN
Mauricio Tabera Vásquez of Hopelawn, New Jersey, is the son of Carlos Enrique Tabera and Maria Estella Vasquez of Medellin, Colombia. He is a 2004 graduate of Centro de Estudies Para el Aprendizaje Cepac, Cordoba, Colombia. He earned a degree in philosophy from Seminario Diocesano Santo Tomas de Aquino, Santa Rosa, Colombia, in 2010.
DIOCESE OF PATERSON
Lukasz Stanislaw Iwa?czuk of Clifton, New Jersey is a native of Poland. He is the son of Piotr and Maria Iwa?czuk of Poland. After high school in Poland he came to the United States, where he studied at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan, and at Mount Saint Marys Seminary, Emmitsburg.
DIOCESE OF STEUBENVILLE
Matthew Gossett is the son of David and Loretta Gossett of Steubenville. He is a 2004 graduate of Catholic Central High School, Steubenville. He earned a bachelor of music education edegree from Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio, in 2008. He received a masters degree in music performance from Kent State University in 2010.
SAINT ANDREW ABBEY
Brother Thomas Sanders, O.S.B., of Cleveland, Ohio, is the son of Gary L. and Joanne E. Sanders of Sheffield Lake, Ohio. He is a 1997 graduate of Brookside High School, Sheffield, Ohio. He earned an associate of science degree from Lorain County Community College, Elyria, Ohio, in 1999; a bachelor of science degree in life science and pre-professional health from Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio, in 2003; and has done additional studies at the Ohio State University, Columbus (2004-2005) and John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio (2010-present).
SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY
Brother Matthew Clair Lambert, O.S.B., is the son of Walter Clair Lambert of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Nancy Roth of Kimberly, Idaho. He is a 2004 graduate of Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami, Forida. He earned a bachelor of science degree in English literature in 2008 from Florida State University.
SAO BENTO MONASTERY
Brother Rafael (Milton Arcanjo) dos Santos, O.S.B. of Junqueirópolis, Brazil is the son of the late José Arcanjo and Enedina Ferreira dos Santos. He graduated from Escola Estadual P.S.G. Prof. Geraldo Pecorarî High School, Junqueirópolis, São Paulo, in 1981. He earned a licentiate in philosophy from Faculdade de Sáo Bento, Sáo Paulo, in 2009.