Degrees, Awards Given At 172nd Annual Commencement

2018 News

Saint Vincent Seminary awarded ten degrees on Friday, May 11, including an honorary doctor of humane letters degree to Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., a widely-known author and speaker and professor emerita at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Her areas of teaching and research include pastoral theology, the sociology of religion and cross-cultural perspectives on religion and society.

Students receiving degrees were from the Diocese of Erie, the Diocese of Greensburg, Saint Andrew Abbey in Cleveland, and Saint Vincent Archabbey. There were five master of divinity degrees awarded, one master of arts degree in systematic theology, and three master of arts degrees in Catholic philosophical studies. A student from the Diocese of Covington received the Omer U. Kline, O.S.B., Excellence in Preaching Award. The Seminary also awarded the Nova et Vetera Award to Dr. Kathleen Borres, a retiring faculty member from Export in the Diocese of Greensburg.

Sister Katarina served as the holder of the University’s Endowed Chair for Social Scientific Study of Religion from 1991 to 2017. Sister Katarina’s bachelor of arts degree is in history from the College of St. Teresa. In 1969, she earned a master of arts degree in cultural geography, and in 1973, a doctorate in cultural geography, both from Syracuse University. She earned the M.T.S. degree in moral theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 1984, and the S.T.L. degree there in 1988.

Prior to her work at St. Thomas, she was director of planning and registrar at the Weston School of Theology as well as associate director and acting director of development. She served in a variety of roles at the College of St. Teresa, including as professor of social and behavioral sciences. Sister Katarina is a widely-known author and speaker. She most recently authored a chapter in the forthcoming Hartford Seminary Series, Religion in America: Catholicism, entitled “Who Pastors: The Priest, the Context and the Ministry.”

Her books include: Seminary Formation: Recent History—Current Circumstances—New Directions, Liturgical Press, 2016; The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010, with Karen Terry and Margaret Smith of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USCCB, 2011; Priestly Ministry in Multiple Parishes, Liturgical Press, 2006; Educating Leaders for Ministry: Issues and Responses, with Victor Klimoski and Kevin O’Neil, Liturgical Press, 2005 and Seminaries, Theologates, and the Future of Church Ministry: An Analysis of Trends and Transitions, Liturgical Press, 1999.

DIOCESE OF COVINGTON

Rev. Mr. Benton M. Clift of Melbourne, Kentucky, received the Omer U. Kline, O.S.B., Excellence in Preaching Award. He will complete his seminary studies in the fall of 2018. He is the son of the late Benton E. Clift and Audrey E. Clift. He is a 1977 graduate of Silver Grove High School, Silver Grove Kentucky, and studied electro-mechanical technology and environmental engineering technology at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, from which he holds an associates in applied sciences degree. He was ordained a deacon on April 13, 2013 for the Diocese of Covington by Most Rev. Roger J. Foys.

DIOCESE OF ERIE

Rev. Mr. Andrew Boyd of Erie received the master of divinity degree. He was ordained to the transitional diaconate on April 22, 2017, and will be ordained to the priesthood on Friday, June 8, 2018, at Saint Peter Cathedral in Erie. The son of Michael A. and Margaret M. Boyd of Erie, he is a 2010 graduate of Cathe  dral Preparatory School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Gannon University, Erie, in 2014. He received the Diakonia Award, given to the student nominated by the entire Seminary community, and chosen by the faculty. It honors a graduate who exhibits praiseworthy academic performance as well as service to the Seminary community through building student morale and spirit, exercising leadership within the community, and demonstrating creative outreach to others.

DIOCESE OF GREENSBURG

Christopher J. Pujol of New Kensington received the master of arts degree in Catholic philosophical studies. He is the son of Richard H. and Laurita M. Pujol of New Kensington, and a 2012 graduate of Valley High School, New Kensington. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in international relations from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, in 2016.

SAINT ANDREW ABBEY

Brother Louis Carey, O.S.B., of Cleveland received the master of divinity degree. He was ordained to the diaconate on June 3, 2017, and will be ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 2018. The son of Martin Francis Carey and Kathleen Carey of Euclid, Ohio, he is a 1988 graduate of Benedictine High School, Cleveland. He has an associate degree in applied electronic technology (1991) and a bachelor of electronic engineering technology (1993) from ETI Technical College. He studied philosophy at John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, graduating in 2012.

SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY

Brother Martinho Zevallos Chávez, O.S.B., received the master of divinity degree, magna cum laude, as well as the Hon. Judge Bernard F. Scherer Award given to the student who most exemplifies the qualities evident in the life of Judge Scherer, including breadth of learning, the integration of knowledge, faith and life, service to others through corporal works of mercy, and a strong witness of faith, hope and charity. He is the son of Luis Ariel Zevallos Perez and Teresa Sara Chávez de Zevallos of Arequipa, Peru. He graduated from Coronel Gregorio Albarracin, Tacna, Peru, in 1989 and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Agustin, Arequipa, Peru, in 1995. He also has a doctorate in physics from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, 2003. He was ordained to the diaconate on July 15, 2017, and will be ordained to the priesthood on August 18, 2018, in Brazil.

Brother Lawrence (Shawn) Machia, O.S.B., received both the master of divinity degree and the master of arts degree in systematic theology, both summa cum laude. 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. He was ordained to the diaconate on May 27, 2017, and will be ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 2018.

Brother Francis Yuan Jin, O.S.B., received the master of arts degree in Catholic philosophical studies. The son of Wuxing Jin and Xuezhen Li of Xi’an, Shanghai Province, China, he graduated from Zhouzhi No. 6 High School, Xi’an, in 2005. He earned a bachelor of electrical engineering degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2009. He has also studied philosophy at Shanghai Sheshan Seminary.

Brother Barnabas (Michael) O’Reilly, O.S.B., received the master of arts degree in Catholic philosophical studies, cum laude. He is the son of Lawrence and Eileen O’Reilly of Johnstown andis a 2008 graduate of Bishop McCort High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology and theology in 2012 from Saint Vincent College.

Brother Joachim Morgan, O.S.B., received the master of divinity degree, cum laude, as well as the Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B., Sacred Scripture Award, which is given by the faculty to the student who most demonstrates excellence in the study of Sacred Scripture. He is the son of Charles and Laura Morgan of White Lake, Michigan and is a 2006 graduate of Ludington High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in French from Central Michigan University in 2009. He earned the master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminaryin 2015, and is also enrolled in the graduate program at Middlebury College, Vermont (2016-present). He was ordained to the diaconate on May 27, 2017, and will be ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 2018.

PHOTO CAPTION:

Taking part in the 172nd annual Saint Vincent Seminary commencement were, front, from left, Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B., rector; Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg; Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.B., who received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree; Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Seminary chancellor; Rev. Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B., academic dean; middle, from left, Brother Lawrence Machia, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, who received the master of divinity degree and the master of arts degree in systematic theology, summa cum laude; Brother Barnabas O’Reilly, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, who received the master of arts degree in Catholic philosophical studies, cum laude; Andrew Boyd, Diocese of Erie, who received the master of divinity degree as well as the Diakonia Award; back, from left, Christopher Pujol, Diocese of Greensburg, who received the master of arts degree in Catholic philosophical studies; Brother Martinho Zevallos Chávez, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, who received the master of divinity degree, magna cum laude, as well as the Hon. Judge Bernard F. Scherer Award; Brother Joachim Morgan, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, who received the master of divinity degree, cum laude and the Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B., Sacred Scripture Award; Brother Francis Yuan Jin, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey, who received the master of arts degree in Catholic philosophical studies, and Brother Louis Carey, O.S.B., Saint Andrew Abbey, who received the master of divinity degree.