Saint Vincent Seminary will hold its annual Education Fund Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at LeMont in Pittsburgh. Keynote speaker will be Rev. Richard A. Infante, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Scott Township. Proceeds benefit the education of priesthood candidates at the Seminary. To purchase tickets online, visit this link.
Father Richard, a 1992 graduate of Saint Vincent Seminary, has served as the pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Scott Township, the Diocese of Pittsburgh, since 2004. Ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Donald W. Wuerl in 1992, he previously served as pastor of Nativity Parish in South Park. His other parochial assignments included Saint Bernadette in Monroeville, Immaculate Conception and Saint Joseph in his home neighborhood of Bloomfield, and Saint Robert Bellarmine in East McKeesport.
In addition to his parish work, Father Infante has served as an adjunct spiritual director at Saint Vincent Seminary and has served on the Diocesan Pastoral Council and Priests’ Council as well as the Clergy Personnel Board. Devoted to carefully prepared preaching and catechesis, Father Infante also teaches scripture courses at Saint Paul Seminary in Crafton. He is well qualified for this work, holding four graduate degrees: a master of fine arts degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh, an master of library science degree from Duquesne University, and both a master of arts degree. in theology and a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary.
An accomplished writer, Father Infante is the author of the critically acclaimed book Last Priest Standing, published by Lambing Press in 2015. Last Priest Standing is a collection of reflections on the priesthood and the sacramental life of the Church today, with all of the joys, challenges, and graces they bring to Catholic life.
Father Infante cites as influences on his writing some of the greats of twentieth-century literature, including William Faulkner, Georges Bernanos, Flannery O’Connor, and Graham Greene, though he holds William Shakespeare in especially high regard. He was also deeply shaped by the scriptural teaching and writings of Father Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B., a long-time professor of scripture at Saint Vincent Seminary and the Rector of the Seminary from 1963 until 1980.
Bringing together his own love of writing with Father Demetrius’ inspiring insights on scripture and preaching—and furthering his commitment to scholarship and the formation of future priests—Father Infante established the Rev. Richard Infante Scholarship at Saint Vincent Seminary to support the education of seminarians from the Diocese of Pittsburgh.