Seven Saint Vincent Seminarians in Rite of Candidacy


LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA — Seven Saint Vincent seminarians from three dioceses and archdioceses and one abbey were admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders on November 17 by the Most Rev. Bernard W. Schmitt, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia.

They are Fredy Alberto Angel, Chidi Ezennia Osondu and Mark Van Alstine of the Diocese of Savannah; Neil Herlihy of the Archdiocese of Atlanta; John D. Mulcahy and Christopher M. Turner of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and Brother Peter N. Rayappan, O.S.B., of Asirvanam Monastery, India.


Fredy Alberto Angel is the son of Jose Alfonso and Eva Angel of Bogota, Colombia. He is a 1992 graduate of Tecnico Salesiano de Cundinomarca High School in Bogota. He also attended the Universidad Santo Tomas de Aquino in Bogota, majoring in philosophy and religion.

Chidi Ezennia Osondu is the son of Luke Chijioke and Sussan Uzoamaka Osondu of Nigeria. He is a 1991 graduate of St. John of the Cross Seminary in Nigeria. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Claretian Institute of Philosophy in 1998.

Mark Van Alstine is the son of William L. and Marie A. Van Alstine of Augusta, Georgia. He is a 1983 graduate of Alleluia Community School, Augusta. He received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University in 1987 and also attended the University of South Carolina at Aiken.


Neil J. Herlihy is the son of Grace Herlihy of the Bronx, New York and the late Thomas Herlihy. He is a 1969 graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School, Bronx. He earned a B.Ba. degree in accounting from Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, in 1973.


John P. Mulcahy is the son of George and Anne-Marie Mulcahy of Pittsburgh. He is a 1989 graduate of Canevin Catholic High School, Pittsburgh. He studied accounting at Saint Vincent College from 1994 to 1996.

Christopher M. Turner is the son of David and Karen Turner of Bridgeport, West Virginia. He is a 1993 graduate of Bridgeport High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice/sociology from Fairmont State College, Fairmont, West Virginia, in 1997.


Brother Peter N. Rayappan, O.S.B., is the son of Nicholas and Amalorpavam of Dharmapuri, India. He is a 1992 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Dharmapuri. He received a P.U.C. degree from Saint Antony’s College in Krishnagiri, India. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Mysore University in 1998.