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New Sacred Heart faculty bring wealth of talent, experience

Looking forward to the fall semester with a large class of incoming seminarians, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology (SHSST) has added several new faculty and administrative professionals.

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood has been named vice president for external affairs. In that role Dr. Blackwood will serve as director of recruitment and admissions as well as the director of admissions for the Master of Arts Program at SHSST.

Dr. Blackwood previously served as an adjunct faculty member at SHSST and at Marquette University. He received his Ph.D. in religious studies from Marquette University in 2012.

Fr. Bob Cook, OFM Conv, a 2010 SHSST alumnus (M.A.) has been appointed vice president for human formation.  Fr. Cook will also serve as a formation advisor.

He previously served as parochial vicar at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee, as director of Carrollton Hall, a catholic cultural center in Maryland, and in parish ministry in Illinois. He is currently secretary of the Franciscans’ St. Bonaventure Province, and will continue in that role while serving at Sacred Heart.

Fr. Cook practiced civil law for five years before becoming a Franciscan brother in 1995. He received his J.D. degree from Boston University in 1989.

Rev. Kenneth Davis, OFM Conv, will serve as a spiritual director and will teach courses in the Hispanic Ministry Program, spirituality, and liturgical practicum.

Fr. Davis holds a D.Min. degree, with a focus on Hispanic ministry, from Pacific School of Theology; an M.A. in spirituality from Washington Theological Union, and a certificate in spiritual direction. A prolific scholar and well-known speaker in the area of Hispanic ministry, he has authored or edited 10 books and has written scores of articles, book chapters, booklets, encyclopedia articles, and book reviews. He has received many prizes and grants for his work. 

Fr. Davis most recently served as a spiritual director at St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, La., and previously as associate professor of pastoral studies at St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana.

Brian Lee has been hired as assistant professor of Sacred Scripture. He previously served as field instructor and co-director of the University of Notre Dame’s study abroad program in Israel. 

Lee will receive his Ph.D. in theology from Notre Dame University in 2016. His emphasis is on Christianity and Judaism in antiquity. He also holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, a master’s in philosophy from Boston College, and he did graduate work at Harvard Divinity School. He has a strong linguistics background, having studied Classical and Biblical Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Coptic, Syriac, Italian, Spanish, French and German.

Dr. Charles D. Ludwick II has been hired as the new director of liturgical music and organist. Ludwick recently received his doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance at The University of Texas, Austin, from which he also received a master of music degree in organ performance, with an emphasis in sacred music. He pursued a double major at West Virginia University, receiving a bachelor of music in organ performance and music education. 

He has been a frequent organ recitalist both in the U.S.A. and most recently in Europe.  A former seminarian, he knows well seminary life and the important role that music plays in the liturgical life of a place of priestly formation.

Fr. Duane Wachowiak, a 1998 alumnus of SHSST, is Sacred Heart’s new director of liturgy and liturgical formation.  Fr. Wachowiak will also serve as a formation advisor. He is a priest of the Diocese of Gaylord, Mich., and most recently served as parochial administrator of a parish in the Diocese of Saginaw.

Fr. Wachowiak served on Sacred Heart’s Board of Directors from May, 2002, until his current appointment, and he previously served as director of liturgy for the Diocese of Gaylord.

In addition to his M.Div. from Sacred Heart, Fr. Wachowiak received an M.A. in theology from Notre Dame University, with an emphasis on liturgical studies.

Bonnie Shafrin has been appointed as the director of the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, as previously announced.

Ms. Shafrin served as director of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC) here in Milwaukee from 2006-2014. She also founded JEWELS Interfaith Women’s Group, which brings together women from the various faiths to foster understanding and unity.  In addition, Ms. Shafrin has been a member of the Lux Center governing board since 2014.

Dr. James Stroud, assistant professor of moral theology at SHSST since 2014, will assume the additional duties of M.A. Program director, managing the daily operations of the Master of Arts Program. He has been serving this past semester as the chair of the Master of Arts Accessibility Study Committee (MAASC); consequently, Dr. Stroud already has a deep understanding of the M.A. Program, which will facilitate his transition to this new role.

“We are fortunate to able to attract top theologians, formation faculty and administrators from across the United States,” said Msgr. Ross A. Shecterle, president-rector of Sacred Heart. “Adding these gifted individuals to our dynamic faculty of nationally recognized scholars, we enter the coming formation year well-positioned to serve our seminarians and their many bishops and religious superiors who place their trust in us for the formation of their future priests, as well as to serve our lay students.”

“The fall, 2015 semester finds us with very healthy new seminarian enrollment of 29, as we continue to gain the trust of bishops and religious superiors, and raise awareness of the possibilities of vocation for men over age 30,” he added.

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