Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict


59 earn master's degrees from Saint Meinrad

May 16, 2017

Graduates of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, were awarded master's degrees on May 13. Graduates accepted their diplomas from the Rt. Rev. Kurt Stasiak, OSB, archabbot of Saint Meinrad Archabbey and chairman of the school's Board of Trustees.

The commencement address was given by Archabbot Kurt Stasiak, OSB.

Receiving Master of Divinity degrees were:

Charles Aketch, Glenmary Home Missioners;

Brandon Bigam, Diocese of Lexington;

Michael Bower and John Nguyen, Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana;

William Burmester, Stephen Hart, Michael Johns, Ramses Mendieta, Martin Siebold and J. Lucas Womack, Diocese of Little Rock;

Kelly Edwards, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City;

Colby Elbert and Joseph Stoverink, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau;

Christopher Floersh, Diocese of Knoxville;

Br. Linus Klucsarits, OSB, St. Bernard Abbey;

Br. Stephen Lawson, OSB, St. Anselm Abbey;

Hyeonggyu (Joseph) Lee and Sangbeom (Joseph) Park, Diocese of Busan;

Ryan McCandless, Diocese of Salina;

Nicholas Napolitano, Archdiocese of Mobile;

Br. David N'Djam, OSB, Monastère de l'Incarnation;

Dua Nguyen and Tam Nguyen, Archdiocese of Hanoi;

Br. Lorenzo Peñalosa, OSB, Saint Meinrad Archabbey;

John Pfister and Jerry Pratt, Diocese of Evansville;

Matthew Schmitz, Diocese of Crookston;

Matthew Solyntjes, Diocese of Sioux City.

Receiving Master of Arts in Catholic Philosophical Studies degrees were:

Br. Kodjo (Cajetan) Agouvi, OSB, and Br. Gbedevi (Justin) Ayanou, OSB, Abbey of the Ascension of Dzogbegan;

Joseph Augustin, Archdiocese of Nassau;

Garrett Braun, Diocese of Evansville;

Br. Joel Blaize, OSB, and Br. Simon Herrmann, OSB, Saint Meinrad Archabbey;

Christopher Kight, Diocese of Owensboro;

Casey Weber, Diocese of Memphis.

Receiving Master of Arts (Theology) degrees were:

Robert Cekay and Paul Gaylo, Greenwood, IN;

W. Joseph Dunbar, Slidell, LA;

Elizabeth Escoffery, Indianapolis, IN;

Thomas Gallagher, Holland, MI;

Thomas Konechnik, Danville, IN;

Patrick Muriithi, Lafayette, TN;

Kevin Panameño, Memphis, TN;

Brandon Reams, Louisville, KY.

Receiving Master of Theological Studies degrees were:

        Keith McKenzie, Louisville, KY;

        Joy Roose, Cincinnati, OH.

Receiving Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) degrees were:

Sr. Dina Bato, SP; Andrea Fleak and Emily Hitchens, Indianapolis, IN;

Jeffery Childers, Lexington, KY;

L. Erin Dwyer, Palmyra, IN;

Mark Fontana, Newark, DE;

Sr. Rachel Geracitano, OSB, Ferdinand, IN;

John Harvey, Dover, DE;

John Huether, Jasper, IN;

Stephanie Kornexl, Clarksville, IN;

Mary Sue Reutebuch, Whitewater, WI;

Debra Schmitt, Huntingburg, IN.