Seminary Names New Vice Rector


LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA — Father Justin M. Matro, O.S.B., has been named Vice Rector and Dean of Human Formation of the Seminary. He has been an instructor at the Seminary from 1990 to 1999, when he was named to the regular faculty. He previously served in the seminary administration as Director of Spiritual Life, and from 2000 to 2003 he was Vocation Director for Saint Vincent Archabbey.

He attended Highland Avenue Grade School, Midland Park, New Jersey, and is a 1976 graduate of Midland Park High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Seton Hall University in 1981, a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1988, a master of arts degree in systematic theology from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1989, a master of arts degree in formative spirituality from Duquesne University in 1991, and the S.T.D. from the Gregorian Pontifical University, Rome in January of 2000.

He made simple profession of vows on July 10, 1984, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1987. He served his diaconate internship at Sacred Heart Parish, Jeannette (1988-1989). He was ordained a priest on May 27, 1989, by Bishop Anthony G. Bosco of Greensburg.

At Saint Vincent, he served as assistant at the Archabbey Gristmill (1984-1985); Archabbey guestmaster (1984-1985); socius of novices (1985-1986, 2001-2003); assistant, Development Club (1986-1989); assistant, College Development Office (1986-1987); assistant, Seminary Development Office (1987-1991); member of the staff of Saint Vincent Retreat Programs (1986-1988); assistant guestmaster of Leander Hall (1995-1998); director of the Retreat Program (1988-1990);

In 2001 he was appointed as food service liaison for monastery food services; and, in 2003, associate director of vocations for the Archabbey.

He is a son of Nicholas P. Matro of Latrobe and the late Marguerite (Monnich) Matro.