Seminarians Admitted to Candidacy


LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA — Eight seminarians at Saint Vincent Seminary were admitted to candidacy for the priesthood on Monday, November 19, by Most Rev. Bernard W. Schmitt, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia. One seminarian was from Saint Vincent Archabbey, three from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, one from the Diocese of Charlotte, one from Saint Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, Kansas, one from Saint Peter’s Abbey, Saskatchewan, and one from Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, Richmond.


Brother Maurus Mount, O.S.B. is the son of Frank E. and Alina M. Mount of Indialantic, Florida. He is a 1996 graduate of Melbourne High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in classical languages from Marquette University in 2000. His brother is Michael C. Mount of Indialantic. He entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in July of 2001, and made his first vows on July 10, 2002. In 2002 he was named assistant guestmaster and assistant master of ceremonies/sacristan. In 2004 he was named manager of the Basilica Gift Shop.


Mark Gallipeau is the son of Robert B. and Mary E. Gallipeau of Groton, Massachusetts. He is a 1974 graduate of Groton Senior High, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Franciscan Universtiry of Steubenville, Ohio, in 2002.

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.

Douglas Ondeck is the son of Andrew F. and Mary E. Ondeck of Wheeling, West Virginia. He is a 1988 graduate of John Marshall High School, Glendale, West Virginia. He studied at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, from 1997 to 1999. He received a bachelor of arts degree in Catholic Theology from Saint Vincent College in 2002.


Alejandro Ayala of Ashville, North Carolina is the son of Elena Beatriz Pena of Argentina and the late Horacio Gilberto Ayala. He is a 1978 graduate of Colegio Nacional “Bartolomé Mitre.” He attended the Universidad del Norte “Santo Tomás de Aquino” in Argentina from 1979 to 1980.


Brother Marion M. Charboneau, O.S.B., is the son of Donald Charboneau of Council Grove, Kansas and the late Joyce Charboneau. He is a 1989 graduate of Council Grove High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1993 and a master of arts degree in American History in 1995 from Emporia State University, Kansas.


Brother Paul Paproski, O.S.B., of St. Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, Saskatchewan, is the son of Ardel and Freda Paproski of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. He is a 1981 graduate of Hudson Bay Composite High School. He studied journalism at the University of Saskatchewan from 1981 to 1983 and earned a degree in journalism in 1985 from the University of Regina.


Brother Mark A. Purcell, O.S.B., is the son of Frank X. and Christine T. Purcell of Codville, Ohio. He is a 1989 graduate of Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg, West Virginia. He earned a bachelor of science degree in education, with a major in mathematics, from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, in 1994. In 2004, he earned the master of arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary.