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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Spokane Diocese deacon among Oregon seminary’s Class of 2003

the Inland Register

(From the May 22, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore., held its 115th baccalaureate ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10. Forty-two students, including 13 transitional deacons who will be ordained to the priesthood this summer, will receive their degrees.

Benedictine Abbot Nathan Zodrow, Abbot of Mount Angel Abbey and Chancellor of Mount Angel Seminary, presided over the commencement ceremony. Presiding at the graduation Mass were Father Richard Paperini, the school’s rector, and Benedictine Father Jerome Young, vice-rector. Homilist was Bishop George Niederauer of Salt Lake City.

Among the deacons receiving Master of Divinity degrees was Joseph Sullivan of the Diocese of Spokane.

Also receiving that degree were Enrique Alvarez-Avalos, Diocese of Sacramento; Jeffrey Paul Benusa, Diocese of Helena; Discalced Carmelite Romeo Mario T. Catungal; Kolio Tumanuvao Etuale, Diocese of Pago Pago, Samoa; Scott Joseph Garrett, Archdiocese of Anchorage; Robert James Kenny, Archdiocese of Seattle; Thomas C. Lilly, Archdiocese of Anchorage; Bradley D. Neely, Diocese of Boise; Benedictine Brother Joseph Nguyen, Mount Angel Abbey; Peter A. Rossa III, Diocese of Phoenix; Mark A. Schultz, Archdiocese of Santa Fe; and Sean Michael Weeks, Archdiocese of Portland.

Those receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree include: Francisco Omar Davila Gaytan, Diocese of Baker; Juan Manuel Garcia, Diocese of Sacramento; Juan M. Godina, Diocese of Yakima; Jose de Jesus Gonzalez, Diocese of Boise; John Emelio Leo, Diocese of Pago Pago, Samoa; Juan M. Lopez, Archdiocese of San Francisco; Salesi Moimoi, Diocese of Pago Pago, Samoa; Arthur L. Stephen Nave Jr., Diocese of Phoenix; Thang Duy Nguyen, Diocese of Salt Lake City; Laga Paulo Ola’aiga, Diocese of Apia, Samoa; Jack D. Shrum, Archdiocese of Seattle; Discalced Carmelite Brother Philip Gerard Sullivan; and Julio A. Vicente–Orellana, Diocese of Boise. Brother Edwin Elenilson Ferrera of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit and Aaron Francis Roe (Diocese of Calgary) graduated with honors.

Fourteen students received Masters of Arts degrees: Discalced Carmelite Romeo Mario T. Catungal; Joshua Joseph Cordova; Teresa A. Cordova; Robert Francis Daly; Peter P. Fridel; Adam Gene Fugate; Sister M. Teresa Gould, F.H.; Paula Hayden Hamilton; Paul I. Heric; Brother Vincent Nguyen of the Congregation of St. John the Baptist; Tara Marie Perry; Brother Ansgar Pham of the Congregation of St. John the Baptist; Philip H. Raether, Archdiocese of Seattle; and Michael Lee Whalen.

Completing the pre-theology program were Matthew Fife, Archdiocese of Portland; John Nemanic, Diocese of Calgary; and Luan Nguyen, Archdiocese of Portland.

Ten students received their certificate of completion of the Accelerated College English Program: Brother Francisco Acevedo of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit); Isidro Alonso, Archdiocese of Santa Fe; Carlos Camargo, Diocese of Boise; Francisco Davila Gaytan, Diocese of Baker; Benedictine Brother. Pio Fulu, Mount Angel Abbey; Jaime Gil, Diocese of Boise; Brother Alberto Luna of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit; Brother Juan Romero of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit; Benedictine Brother Peter Chanel Timua, Mount Angel Abbey; and Benedictine Brother Paulavang Vuong, Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, N.M.

Mount Angel Seminary is a Graduate School of Theology and a College of Liberal Arts in the Benedictine tradition whose primary purpose is the education and formation of men for the Roman Catholic priesthood. Mount Angel Seminary also admits a limited number of qualified lay men and women who are interested in pursuing theological education.


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