Seminary Welcomes New Students


Saint Vincent Seminary welcomed twenty-five new students for the 2008-2009 fall term. The students are from the Abbey of the Genesee, Piffard, New York; the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown; the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia; the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama; the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky; the Diocese of Erie; the Diocese of Harrisburg; Marmion Abbey, Aurora, Illinois; Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, Richmond, Virginia; the Diocese of Pittsburgh; the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan; Saint Vincent Archabbey; the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia; the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio; and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia.


Ernie Wright Darby, Jr. is the son of Ernie and Maryann Darby of Covington, Georgia. He is a 2003 graduate of Eastside High School in Covington. He graduated in December 2007 from the University of Georgia with a bachelor of arts degree in French.

Tri John-Bosco Nguyen, a native of Saigon, Vietnam, is the son of Thao and Trong Nguyen of Rex, Georgia. He is a 1993 graduate of Hoang Hoa Tham High School in Saigon. He graduated in 2001 from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education and Catholic theology. In 2006, he received a master of arts degree in applied linguistics and in teaching English as a second language from Georgia State University.


Thomas Walter Trofino is the son of Ralph and Rita Trofino of Johnstown. He is a 2004 graduate of Bishop McCort High School. He graduated from Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, in 2008 with a bachelor of arts in philosophy and literature.


Charles Edward Affholter is the son of Jan Affholter of Jackson, Alabama and the late Joseph Affholter. He is a 1999 graduate of Jackson High School in Jackson. He graduated from the University of Mobile, Saraland, in May of 2003 with a bachelor of arts degree in music composition.




William Albert Appel of Surf City, North Carolina, is the son of Gerald A. and Sheila Plunkett Appel of Glendale, Arizona. He is a 1994 graduate of Dallas Senior High School in Dallas, Pennsylvania, and earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University in 2000.

Harry Allan Settle, Jr. is the son of Harry Allen Settle, Sr. and Mary Lou Settle of Fort Wright, Kentucky. He is a 2004 graduate of Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky. He graduated from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, in May 2008 with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy.

Ryan Lee Stenger of Union, Kentucky, is the son of Nick L. Stenger of Burlington, Kentucky, and Joanne L. Kenner of Union. He is a 2006 graduate of Covington Latin School in Kentucky. He has studied philosophy and theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.


Brandon Matthew Kleckner is the son of Neal and Cathy Kleckner of Erie. He is a 2004 graduate of Villa Maria Academy in Erie, and earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Gannon University, Erie, in 2008.


Kevin Joseph Coyle is the son of Beth and Joseph Coyle Jr. of Coopersburg. He is a 2004 graduate of Cherokee High School, Malton, New Jersey. In 2008, he received a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from Bloomsburg University.

Kyle Steven Sahd of Mountville, Pennsylvania, is the son of Ronald and Karen Sahd of Columbia, Pennsylvania. He is a 1997 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School and earned his bachelor of science in education from Bloomsburg University in 2001.




Kevin Christopher Fazio is the son of Donald and Bernadette Fazio of Gibsonia. He is a 1990 graduate of Hampton High School in Allison Park. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from John Carroll University in 1994, a master of business administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002, and a master of arts degree in philosophy from Duquesne University in May 2008.




Gabriel Barrera of Ave Maria, Florida, is the son of Julian and Sara Barrera of Vineland, New Jersey. He is a 1999 graduate of Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo in Uruapan, Michoacana, Mexico. He graduated in May 2008 from Ave Maria University, Florida, with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy.

Fabian Moncada, a native of Bogota, Colombia, is the son of Fernando Moncada Diaz and Maria Francisca Benevides de Moncada of Bogota. A seminarian from the Diocese of Saginaw, he is a 1997 graduate of Universidad Santo Tomas, Bogota, where he received a bachelor of philosophy degree. In 2006, he graduated with a degree in psychology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

Jose G. Parra Murcia of Saginaw, Michigan, is the son of Evangelina Murcia of Chiquinquira, Boyaca, Colombia and the late Jose G. Parra. He is a 1994 graduate of Industrial Technical Institute of Chiquinquira and earned a degree in philosophy from Seminario Conciliar in Tunja, Boyaca, Colombia, in 2002.


Stephen F. Hotard is the son of Foster Albert Hotard Jr. and Margie Lee Hotard of Savannah, Georgia. He is a 2001 graduate of Benedictine Military School in Savannah. In 2006, he graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University with a bachelor of science degree in middle grades education.


Rigo Manuel Ochoa of Steubenville, Ohio, is the son of Manuel and Rosi Ochoa of Plano, Texas. He is a 1996 graduate of Central Union High School, El Centro, California. He attended Sacramento City College, California and studied counseling psychology and biblical studies at Christian Heritage College.


Cody Christopher Ford of Wheeling, West Virginia, is the son of Tony R. Ford of Grayville, Illinois, and the late Linda E. Ford. He is a 2000 graduate of Poca High School in Poca, West Virginia, and earned bachelor of arts degrees in English and history from West Virginia University in 2005. He studied philosophy at Wheeling Jesuit University.




Brother Isaac Douglas Slater, O.C.S.O. of Piffard, New York, is the son of Doug Slater of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Susan Elsworth of Hamilton, Ontario. Brother Isaac is a 1989 graduate of Unionville High School in Ontario. He graduated in 1997 from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, with a bachelor of arts in classical studies. He also studied philosophy at the State University of New York at Genesee.


Brother Marcos Rivas-Tamayo, O.S.B. of Aurora, Illinois, is the son of Enrique Rivas and Oliva Tamayo, Envigado, Colombia. Brother Marcos is a 1993 graduate of IDEM Granada in Antioquia. He received a psychology degree from San Buenaventura University in Medellîn in 2002.


Brother John Mary Lugemwa, O.S.B., of Richmond, Virginia, is the son of Jane Fracis Nakiboneka of Masaka, Uganda and the late Charles Waliggo. He is a 1998 graduate of Central Academy Mengo, Kampala, Uganda. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in computer science and philosophy from Saint John’s University College of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota in 2007.


Brother Michael Anfio Antonacci, O.S.B. is the son of Jerome and Sheila Antonacci of Jeannette. He is a 2003 graduate of Hempfield High School, and earned bachelor of science degrees in mathematics and physics, with highest honors, from Saint Vincent College in 2007. He entered the novitiate in July 2007.

Brother Gabriel Myriam Kurzawski, O.S.B. is the son of Dennis and Mary Kurzawski of Carnegie. He is a 2003 graduate of Carlynton Junior-Senior High School, Carnegie. He graduated from Saint John’s University in Queens, New York, in May of 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy.

Brother Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B. is the son of George L. Lange of Murrysville, and the late Margaret Meixelsberger. He is a 1974 graduate of Plum Senior High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Slippery Rock University in 1996, a master of arts degree in secondary education in counseling from the University of South Carolina in 2001, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Florida in 2005. He was employed as a district counselor of secondary education in the Osceola City School District; Park Place Behavioral Center, Kissimmee, as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor; a doctoral fellow at the University of Florida, and a psychometrist at the Counseling and Human Development Center of the University of South Carolina.

Brother Maximilian Maxwell, O.S.B. is the son of the late Robert Luke and Susan Maxwell. He is a 1992 graduate of West Philadelphia Catholic High School and earned a bachelor of arts in communication and a degree in religious studies from Saint Vincent College in 2007. Prior to entering the monastery he worked as an account manager for Kevin Kelly in Philadelphia.

Brother Agostinho da Silva, O.S.B. from Goiás, Brazil, is the son of the late Oscar Faleiro Silva and Euna Machado Silva. He attended Colégio Salesiano São José, and is a 1987 graduate of Lyceu de Goiânia School. He graduated from Pontifîcia Universidade Católica in 2005, earning a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. He made simple profession of monastic vows on May 10, 1998 and solemn profession of vows on April 18, 2004 in Vinhedo. Since his profession in Vinhedo he has served as cantor (2001-2007), guest master (2002-2004), socius of novices (2003-2007) and librarian (2006-2007).