LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA — Eleven seminarians from seven dioceses and one religious community were installed in the Ministry of Acolyte on October 25 at Saint Vincent Seminary. The Most Rev. Donald Trautman, Bishop of Erie, presided over the installation, held at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica, Latrobe.
The seminarians are Br. Shawn Anderson, O.S.B., Br. Stephen Patrizio, O.S.B., and Brother Matthias Martinez, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey; William Dorner and Barry O’Leary of the Diocese of Pittsburgh; Stephen Pontzer of the Diocese of Savannah; Charles McGinnis of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston; William Barron of the Diocese of Erie; Timothy Marcoe of the Diocese of Harrisburg; Matthew Albright of the Diocese of Youngstown; and Seth Wymer of the Diocese of Steubenville.
The acolyte is appointed to attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon at liturgical celebrations, especially the Mass. He is also permitted to distribute communion as an extraordinary minister.
SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY
Brother Shawn Anderson, O.S.B., is the son of Colleen L. Anderson of Clearfield and the late James Anderson. He is a 1987 graduate of Clearfield Area High School. He received a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Duquesne University in 1992 and studied philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Brother Stephen J. Patrizio, O.S.B. is the son of Pat and Roberta Patrizio of Pittsburgh. He is a 1994 graduate of Plum Senior High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in human development and family studies from Penn State University in 1999, and has done graduate work in theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. His brother is Nicholas A. Patrizio of Highlands, New Jersey.
Brother Matthias Martinez, O.S.B., is the son of Edelmiro Martinez, Jr., and Lynda C. Martinez of Bernardston, Massachusetts. He is a 1993 graduate of Northfield Mt. Hermon High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1999 from Saint John Seminary College, and has also studied at Babson College and Saint John Seminary. He has one sister, Janalyn Pentlow, of Astoria, New York.
William E. Dorner is the son of Adrianne Frollini of Pittsburgh. He is a 1991 graduate of Shaler Area High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and a master of arts degree in secondary social studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. He received a master of arts degree in philosophy from Duquesne University in 2003.
Barry P. O’Leary of Pittsburgh graduated from St. Anselm High School, Swissvale, in 1967. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978 and a master of science degree in education from Duquesne University in 1985. He earned a master of education degree from Carlow Collge in 1993, majoring in educational leadership.
DIOCESE OF SAVANNAH
Stephen J. Pontzer is the son of Joseph H. and Carol J. Pontzer of Athens, Georgia. He is a 1985 graduate of Cedar Soals High School in Athens. He attended the University of Georgia from 1985 to 1993 where he earned a bachelor of science degree in forest resources.
DIOCESE OF WHEELING-CHARLESTON
Charles E. McGinnis, Jr. is the son of Charles E. McGinnis Sr. and Sandra Kay McGinnis of Wheeling, West Virginia. He is a 1984 graduate of Wheeling Park High School. He earned a regents bachelor of arts degree from West Liberty State College in education in 1990.
DIOCESE OF ERIE
William R. Barron is the son of Patrick and Michelle Barron of Erie. He is a 1999 graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School, Erie. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Gannon University in 2003.
DIOCESE OF HARRISBURG
Timothy D. Marcoe is the son of David and Debra Marcoe of Whitehall. He is a 1997 graduate of Whitehall High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in meteorology from Millersville University in 2001.
DIOCESE OF YOUNGSTOWN
Matthew J. Albright is the son of George J. and Margaret E. Albright of Alliance, Ohio. He is a 1999 graduate of Marlington High School, Alliance. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, in 2003.
DIOCESE OF STEUBENVILLE
Seth T. Wymer is the son of Thomas P. Wymer of Wheeling, W.V., and Linda J. Wymer of Tiltonsville, Ohio. He is a 1999 graduate of St. Johns Catholic Central, Bellaire, Ohio. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, in 2003.