Three long-time Sacred Heart faculty members are retiring at the end of the Spring, 2013 semester.
Pictured are (l-r) Fr. André Papineau, SDS, Fr. Robert Schiavone, and Fr. Thomas Knoebel at a special vespers ceremony during which they received a blessing from the entire seminary community.
All three received emeritus status at the school's May 3 graduation.
Fr. Knoebel, vice rector and vice president for external affairs, will be retiring after 32 years with SHST. He is a priest of the Archdioces of Milwaukee.
"I cannot believe 32 years have passed so quickly," he says. "I remember all of the seminarians who have passed through the doors of Sacred Heart and pray for each of them every day. I will miss all the wonderful people I have worked with over these many years, and thank them profoundly for their dedication, good spirit and faithfulness."
In retirement he plans to serve as a part-time "associate" for several months each year at the Cathedral in Honolulu, working with Fr. John Berger, an alum of Sacred Heart. In addition, he hopes to complete his translation of Isidore of Seville’s Sententiae and have the work published by Paulist Press as part of their Ancient Christian Writers series. He adds, "In between times, of course, I hope to continue my love of travel and do some more birding as time allows."
Fr. Papineau, associate professor of pastoral studies, will retire after 34 years.
"I really am most grateful for having been able to teach homiletics here at Sacred Heart for the past 34 years," he said. He says he particularly enjoyed watching seminarians progress in their peaching skills. "I’ve heard some mighty fine homilies in my time here," he said of his students.
In retirement, he says, he’d like to "go around town telling crazy stories from my books."
Fr. Schiavone, vice president for pastoral formation, will retire after 23 years.
"Even though I loved being a parish pastor, my ministry at Sacred Heart opened up avenues of connection with the wider church that I never dreamed of before – hundreds of seminarians from scores of dioceses and religious communities," he said. "It was a real awakening to the diversity of our church. And another treasure is the number of lasting friends I’ve made with faculty over the years."
He will continue to live in the Milwaukee suburb of Greenfield – only seven minutes from the seminary. He says he is excited about teaching a new course at Sacred Heart entitled "Pastoral Leadership," a two-credit elective designed to provide the necessary balance to the "Pastoral Management" component already required.
He added that he'll do more retirement planning later, "when a more leisurely pace may spur my creativity."