People

Who we Are

In Chapter 53:1 of the Rule of Saint Benedict, he writes: “All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’ (Matt 25:35).” At Saint Vincent Seminary, our faculty members, administrators and support staff members take this to heart. The quote is even inscribed in glass, along with the Benedictine medal, above the door on the porch of Leander Hall, one of our Seminary residence halls. Get to know our faculty and staff members and the people who work at Saint Vincent Seminary by navigating the links at left.

Administration

Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B.

Rector, Professor of Sacred Scripture, Systematic Theology, and Biblical Languages B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Saint Vincent Seminary; S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome; S.T.L., Pontifical

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Rev. Jude Brady, O.S.B.

Director of Pastoral Formation B.S., Farleigh  Dickinson University; M.A., Long Island University; M.A., Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas; M.Div., Saint Vincent Seminary; D.Min., Pittsburgh

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Rev. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B.

Director of Spiritual Formation, Director of the Institute for Ministry Formation, Director of Alumni B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Penn State University; M.Div., M.A., Saint Vincent Seminary.

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Mrs. Kim Metzgar

Managing Director of Communications Managing Director of Magazine Publications B.A., Seton Hill University; M.A., Seton Hill University, 1997-

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Dr. Lawrence Sutton

Director of Pre-Theology Formation B.A., Edinboro State College; M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; post-doctorate certificate, Duquesne University. 2013-

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Regular Faculty

Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B.

Rector, Professor of Sacred Scripture, Systematic Theology, and Biblical Languages B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Saint Vincent Seminary; S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome; S.T.L., Pontifical

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Rev. Thomas Acklin, O.S.B.

Professor of Theology B.A., M.A., Duquesne University; M.Div., Saint Vincent Seminary; S.T.D., Ph.D., the Catholic University of Louvain; Graduate, Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute. 1982-

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Rev. Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B.

Academic Dean, Professor of Sacred Scripture and Biblical Languages B.A., Assumption College; M. Div., Th. M., Weston School of Theology; S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome;

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Br. David Kelly, O.S.B.

Director of Libraries, Assistant Professor of Canon Law B.S., Saint Joseph University; M.A., Providence College; M.A., Georgetown University; B.C.L., M.C.L., University of Ottawa; J.C.B., J.C.L.,

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Rev. Justin Matro, O.S.B.

Assistant Professor of Spiritual Theology, Past Rector B.A., Seton Hall University; M.A., M.Div., Saint Vincent Seminary; M.A., Duquesne University; S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. 1993-

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Rev. Nathan Munsch, O.S.B.

Assistant Professor of Monastic Studies and Theology B.A., University of Notre Dame; M.A. Duquesne University; S.T.B., Catholic University; Ph.D., Boston College. 1996, 2003-.

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Dr. Lawrence Sutton

Director of Pre-Theology Formation B.A., Edinboro State College; M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; post-doctorate certificate, Duquesne University. 2013-

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Adjunct Faculty

Rev. Emmanuel Afunugo

Assistant Professor of Moral Theology M. Div., Kenrick Theological Seminary; J.C.L., University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome; S.T.L., The Catholic University of America; S.T.D., Pontifical

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Dr. Kathleen Borres

Associate Professor of Systematic and Biblical Theology B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.B.A., Plymouth State College/University System of New Hampshire; M.A. Liturgy, Ashland Theological Seminary; Ph.D.,

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Dr. Robert Bufalini

  Academic Tutor and Lecturer in the Integrated Language Studies Program B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Columbia University; M.Ed., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Univ.

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Rev. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B.

Director of Spiritual Formation, Director of the Institute for Ministry Formation, Director of Alumni B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Penn State University; M.Div., M.A., Saint Vincent Seminary.

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Patrick Jones

B.A., St. John’s College, Annapolis, Md.; M.A., Dominican House of Studies, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.; Ph.D. Cand., Catholic University of America,

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Rev. Christiaan Kappes

Lecturer in Sacred Liturgy and Sacramental Theology B.A., Seton Hall University; S.T.B., Ph.L., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum); S.L.L., S.L.D., Pontifical Athenaeum of

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Dr. Michael Krom

  Associate Professor in Philosophy B.A., Saint Mary’s College of California; M.A., Boston College; Ph.D., Emory University. 2013-  

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Msgr. Raymond Riffle

  Lecturer in Pastoral Theology B.A., St. Pius X Seminary; M. Div., Saint Vincent Seminary; M.A., Duquesne University; M.P.A., M.S.W., University of Pittsburgh. 1998-  

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Rev. Làszlò T. Simon, O.S.B.

Lecturer in Sacred Scripture Archabbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary, Professor of Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant’Anselmo, Rome, Italy, and editor of Studia Anselmiana.

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Dr. Carl Vater

Associate Professor of Philosophy B.A. Saint Vincent College; M.A., Villanova University; M.A. Catholic University of America; Ph.D., Catholic University of Ameria. 2021-

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Dr. Wan-Ning Yeh

Instructor in the Integrated Language Studies Program B.A., Providence University, Taiwan; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 2017-

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Faculty Emeritus

Support Staff

Boards

Board of Directors

  • Mr. Arthur J. Rooney II, Chair, Team President and Co-Owner, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Rev. Joseph M. Adams, O.S.B., Subprior, Saint Vincent Archabbey
  • Rt. Rev. Martin de Porres Bartel, O.S.B. , Archabbot and Chancellor, Saint Vincent Archabbey, College and Seminary
  • Gregory A. Bisignani, M.D., Excela Health / Westmoreland Hospital
  • Ms. Bibiana Boerio, Former Interim President, Seton Hill University, CFO Ford Motor Credit (Retired)
  • Ms. Jolene Bogner, Global Product Owner and Sr. Business Analyst, Mettler Toledo, Inc.
  • Rev. Jude W. Brady, O.S.B., Director of Pastoral Formation, Saint Vincent Seminary
  • Ms. Amanda Cecconi, Founder, Managing Partner, Punching Nun Group
  • Robert J. Clemens, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Kennametal Inc. (Retired)
  • Kimberly M. Colonna, Esq., McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
  • Rev. Thomas P. Curry, O.S.B., Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish
  • Mr. Richard A. DiClaudio, Principal and CEO, Energy Innovation Center Institute
  • David A. Dzombak, Ph.D., Hamerschlag University Professor and Department Head, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Mr. Ramon Foster, Sports Journalist and Commentator, NFL Player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, (Retired)
  • Ms. Tiffany Gilbert, Founder/Executive Director, East Liberty Women’s Care Center
  • Mr. Paul P. Giunto, Executive Vice President, RPA Insurance Services, LLC (Retired)
  • Mr. John J. Hans, CEO, Imagine! (Retired)
  • Rev. Isaac P. Haywiser, O.S.B., Assistant Director, Archabbey Health Care
  • Very Rev. Earl J. Henry, O.S.B., President, Wimmer Corporation, Saint Vincent Archabbey
  • Timothy Q. Hudak, Esq., CEO, Eckert Seamans
  • Mr. Edward Kilkeary, Jr., President and CEO, L.J. Aviation
  • Most Rev. Larry J. Kulick, J.C.L., Bishop, Diocese of Greensburg
  • Rev. Matthew T. Laffey, O.S.B., Director of Campus Ministry, Penn State University
  • Mr. John M. Lally, Lally & Co., LLC, CPAs and Business Advisors
  • Rev. Matthew Lambert, O.S.B., Graduate Student, Benediktinerabtei Stift Neuberg
  • Mr. Ivan Lamourt, Psy.D., Sr. Associate Headmaster, Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School
  • Rev. Dominic Leo, O.S.B., Administrator, Pro Tem, Saint Gregory the Great Parish
  • Mr. Ralph H. Liberatore, Owner, Three Rivers Orthopaedic and Spine Products, Inc.
  • Very Rev. Killian Loch, O.S.B., Prior, Saint Vincent Archabbey
  • Very Rev. Edward M. Mazich, O.S.B., Rector, Saint Vincent Seminary
  • David R. McGonigle, Esq., Partner, K&L Gates
  • Rev. Warren D. Murrman, O.S.B., Professor of Theology and Liturgy, Saint Vincent Seminary
  • Mr. Troy A. Ovitsky, Managing Director, Wells Fargo
  • Mr. Robert F. Pusateri, Executive Vice President, Energy Sales & Transportation Services of CONSOL Energy (Retired)
  • Carlonda R. Reilly, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Kennametal Inc.
  • Mr. Mark Rossi, Senior Managing Director, Cornerstone Equity Investors
  • Mr. Paul A. Seaman, Co-owner, JASPAR LLC
  • David M. Siwicki, M.D., Co-founder, President, Dominion Diagnostics
  • Kiron K. Skinner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Mr. John N. Stevens Jr., Director, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (Retired)
  • Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., Ph.D., President, Saint Vincent College
  • Mr. William R. Thomas, Executive Director of Advisory Services, Ernst and Young, LLP
  • Rev. Jean-Luc C. Zadroga, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Archabbey
  • Rev. Frank E. Ziemkiewicz, O.S.B., Headmaster, Benedictine Military School
  • Most Rev. David A. Zubik, Bishop. Diocese of Pittsburgh

Board of Incorporators

  • Rt. Rev. Martin de Porres Bartel, O.S.B.
  • Rev. Philip Kanfush, O.S.B., Procurator
  • Br. David Kelly, O.S.B.
  • Rev. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B.
  • Rev. Shawn Matthew Anderson, O.S.B.
  • Rev. Michael Antonacci, O.S.B.
  • Br. Albert Gahr, O.S.B.

Board of Regents

  • Most Rev. David A. Zubik, D.D., Chairman, Bishop, Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • Rt. Rev. Martin de Porres Bartel, O.S.B., Chancellor, Saint Vincent Seminary
  • Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B., Rector, Saint Vincent Seminary
  • The Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, J.C.D., Bishop, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
  • The Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D., Bishop Emeritus, Diocese of Covington
  • The Most Rev. John C. Iffert, Bishop, Diocese of Covington
  • The Most Rev. Larry J. Kulick, J.C.L., Bishop, Diocese of Greensburg
  • The Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton, S.T.D., Bishop, Diocese of Steubenville
  • The Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, J.C.L., Bishop, Diocese of Erie
  • Mr. Richard A. DiClaudio, CEO Blue Tip Energy, L.L.C.
  • Ms. Mary Jo Dressel, COO for Human Resources, BNY Mellon, retired
  • Hon. Marie Milie Jones, Esq., JonesPassodelis, P.L.L.C.
  • Dr. Gene Leonard, Greater Latrobe School District, Retired
  • John C. Marous III, Technology executive
  • Dr. Linda Lee Ritzer, D.Min., Secretary for Parish Services, Diocese of Pittsburgh

Rector’s Council/Formation Faculty

  • Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B., Rector
  • Rev. John-Mary Tompkins, O.S.B., Vice Rector, Director of Human Formation
  • Rev. Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B., Academic Dean, Dir. of Intellectual Formation
  • Rev. Jude Brady, O.S.B., Director of Pastoral Formation
  • Rev. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., Director of Spiritual Formation
  • Rev. Emmanuel Afunugo, Dean of Students
  • Dcn. Lawrence Sutton, Ph.D., Director of Pre-Theologian Formation

Alumni Bishops & Abbots

Bishop Edward M. Lohse

Bishop of Kalamazoo (2023-present) Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Paul J. Bradley, 77, and appointed Monsignor Edward M. Lohse, 61, as the

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Bishop Mark A. Eckman

(2022-present) Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh Bishop Mark A. Eckman, M. Div., was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Saint Valentine Elementary School in Bethel Park

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Most Rev. Rene H. Gracida

Auxiliary Bishop of Miami, Florida (1971-1975); Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida (1975-1983); Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas (1983-1997) René Henry Gracida (born June 9, 1923) is

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Most Rev. Anthony Bosco

Bishop of Greensburg (1987-2004) ​Installed as the third bishop of Greensburg, June 30, 1987, Bishop Anthony G. Bosco served the church as a bishop for more

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Most Rev. Norbert Gaughan

Auxiliary Bishop of Greensburg (1975-1984); Bishop of Gary, Indiana (1984-1996) Bishop Norbert F. Gaughan, the only auxiliary bishop to serve the Diocese of Greensburg, was

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Archabbot Egbert Donovan, O.S.B.

Archabbot, Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania (1967-1979) Retired Saint Vincent Archabbot Egbert H. Donovan, O.S.B., died Thursday, September 17, 1998, at Saint Vincent Archabbey after

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Most Rev. Rembert Weakland, O.S.B.

Archabbot, Saint Vincent Archabbey (1963-1967); Abbot Primate (1967-1977); Archbishop of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1977-2002) Most Reverend Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B., retired Archbishop of Milwaukee, died on

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Abbot Ernest Helmstetter, O.S.B.

Abbot, Saint Mary’s Abbey, Newark, New Jersey (1910-1937) Abbot President of the American-Cassinensian Benedictine Congregation (1914-1929) Ernest Helmstetter, given the name Joseph, was born on

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Abbot Benedict Menges, O.S.B.

Abbot, Saint Bernard’s Abbey, Cullman, Alabama (1891-1904) Just four years after German-speaking monks from Pennsylvania arrived in Cullman, Alabama, in 1887, Saint Bernard Abbey was

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Abbot Boniface Seng, O.S.B.

Abbot, Saint Bernard’s Abbey, Cullman, Alabama (1939-1957) Boniface Seng, O.S.B., was a native of Chicago and received his early training at Saint Joseph’s parochial school

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Abbot Innocent Wolf, O.S.B.

Abbot, Saint Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas (1876-1921)Abbot President of the American-Cassinensian Benedictine Congregation (1896-1902) Innocent Wolf, baptized name Thomas Friedrich Wilhelm , was born on

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