Ten men were instituted into the Ministry of Acolyte at Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on October 11 by Most Rev. Jacques Fabre-Jeune, C.S., Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina. The seminarians are from the dioceses of Charleston; Covington, Kentucky; Ogdensburg, New York and Pittsburgh and from Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe.
DIOCESE OF CHARLESTON
Reyes Palomares Solis of Greenville, South Carolina is a 2017 graduate of Greenville Senior High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Dallas. His parents are Jose Palomares and Martha Solis of Greenville.
Paul Tyler-Lee Sizemore of Belvedere, South Carolina, is a 2009 graduate of North Augusta High School, North Augusta, South Carolina. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in 2014 from The Citadel, majoring in French. He earned the master of arts degree in philosophical studies in missionary discipleship from Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Florida. His parents are Joseph L. Sizemore of Belvedere, South Carolina and Lee Anne Wright.
John Michael Tracy of Charleston, South Carolina, is a 2004 graduate of Bishop England High School in Charleston. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, North Carolina, in 2008. He studied pre-theology from 2020-2022 at Saint Mary’s Seminary/University of Saint Thomas, Houston. His parents are Mark and Roseann Tracy of Charleston.
DIOCESE OF COVINGTON
Henry F. Bischoff of Edgewood, Kentucky, is the son of Matthew and Cynthia Bischoff of Edgewood. He is a 2011 graduate of Covington Latin School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies from Northern Kentucky University in 2015.
DIOCESE OF OGDENSBURG
Tyler Fitzgerald of Madrid, New York, is a 2018 graduate of Madrid-Waddington Central School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and humanities from the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus in 2022. His parents are Leo and Michele Fitzgerald of Madrid, New York.
DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH
Christopher Baker of New Castle is a 2010 graduate of Kennedy Catholic High School Hermitage. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. His parents are Steve Baker of New Castle and Tracey Baker of Natrona Heights.
Xavier Engle of Pittsburgh is a 2016 graduate of Everest Collegiate High School, Clarkston, Michigan. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in finance from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, in 2020. He also studied pre-theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. His parents are Donald Engle Jr. and Jennifer Engle of Clarkston, Michigan.
SAINT VINCENT ARCHABBEY
Brother Bede Maxson, O.S.B., is the son of Jeff and Danielle Maxson of New Windsor, New York. He is a 2016 graduate of Cornwall Central High School, New Windsor, New York. He earned a bachelor of science degree in aerospace administration and operations from Oklahoma State University in 2019. He earned a master of arts degree in Catholic philosophical studies from Saint Joseph’s Seminary, Douglaston, New York in 2021.
Brother José (Alex James) Rosa, O.S.B. is the son of Alex Rosa Jr. and Margaret Rosa of Odenton, Maryland. He graduated from Mount Saint Joseph High School in 2016, and earned a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, from Saint Vincent College in 2020, majoring in philosophy and politics.
Brother Francisco Whittaker, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent Archabbey, is the son of Daniel and Kathleen Whittaker of Grove City. He is a 2015 graduate of Mother of Divine Grace School, Ojai, California. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in biochemistry from Saint Vincent College in 2019.