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22 men representing 12 dioceses and religious orders graduate from SHST

Twenty-two students took degrees or completed their programs at SHST at the seminary's May 2 spring commencement.

Pictured left to right are: Robert Ballman, a seminarian from the Diocese of Memphis; Taj Glodd, Diocese of Lafayette in La.; Robert Cloos, Diocese of Davenport; Charles (Rick) Hobbs III, Diocese of Little Rock; Anthony Budnick, Diocese of Knoxville; David Orsak, Diocese of Memphis; Peter Patrick Kimani, Archdiocese of Milwaukee; Justin Lopina, Archdiocese of Milwaukee; Dr. Mary Meehan, Board of Directors chair; Andrés Soliz-Chavez (master of arts) ; Very Rev. Msgr. Ross Shecterle, president-rector of SHST; Julio Torres Montejo, Archdiocese of Portland in Ore.; Very Rev. John Hemsing, rector of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary; Very Rev. Stephen Huffstetter, SCJ, provincial superior of the Priests of the Sacred Heart – U.S. Province; Moisés Leal González, Archdiocese of Portland in Ore.; Khan Ngoc Phung, Servants of the Paraclete; José Cruz Zapata Torres, Diocese of Memphis; Paul Langevin, OFM Conv.; Colin O’Rourke, Archdiocese of Calgary; Gideon Buya, Archdiocese of Milwaukee; Kelly Wilson, Archdiocese of Winnipeg; and José Mario Nieto Restrepo, Archdiocese of Milwaukee. 

Not pictured are Fr. Philip Schumaker of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Fr. Mark Reid of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, who completed their master of arts degrees; and George Noel of the Dioceses of Crookston, and Arthur Torres Barona, who completed their master of divinity degrees.

With the exception of Soliz-Chavez, who received a master of arts degree, and Fathers Schumaker and Reid, the graduates will be ordained to the priesthood in their respective dioceses and religious communities in the coming weeks, and will begin serving in parish ministry across the United States and Canada shortly thereafter.

Also at the ceremony, the status of professor emeritus was conferred on C. Christian Rich, who served on the faculty since 1978. Rich retired director of liturgy and music, and assistant professor of pastoral studies. 

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