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Wild, Felan, Thachenkary named to Sacred Heart Board

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology has appointed three new members to its Board of Directors: the Rev. Robert Wild, S.J.; Suzanne Felan; and Sebastian Thachenkary.

Fr. Wild served as Marquette’s president 1996 to 2011, and as interim president in 2013 and 2014. A native of Chicago, Fr. Wild holds a doctoral degree in New Testament and Christian origins from Harvard University. He served as president of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass. He has written two books and numerous scholarly articles.

Suzanne Felan is a 2008 graduate of Sacred Heart’s Master of Arts Program.  She is a career educator with multiple certifications, and has served in many teaching and school administration positions. She also holds a master’s degree in reading and special education from Cardinal Stritch University in Fox Point, Wis.

Sebastian Thachenkary is the director of marketing communications at Alverno College in Milwaukee.He previously served as vice president and marketing communications manager for Johnson Financial Group. Thachenkary earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

“We are extremely pleased with these additions to our Board,” said Board Chair Dr. Mary Meehan. “The diverse experience and perspective represented in our new Board members will be of great value as we work to meet the formation needs of dioceses and religious orders across North America,” she said.

“At the same time, we are redoubling our efforts to expand our Master of Arts Program, which strives to prepare lay people for service to the Church and her people, and enrich the educational experience for seminarians who seek an especially challenging curriculum,” she added. 

The appointments are effective July 1.

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, in Franklin, Wis., is a Roman Catholic seminary specializing in priestly formation for men of all ages with a specific emphasis on seminarians over 30 years of age. Sacred Heart has about 100 seminarians from more than 30 dioceses and religious orders across North America. It also has about 60 non-seminary students in its Master of Arts Program and in its English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Program. The ESL Program serves students – most of whom are ordained priests – from five continents. ESL students typically return to their ministry assignments in their countries after mastering English. Sacred Heart is an apostolate of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. More information is available at

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