The 2012 class of St. John's Seminary's Master of Arts in Ministry program of the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization pose with Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Bishop Arthur L. Kennedy and seminary faculty and staff following their May 23 commencement ceremony. Pilot photo/Christopher S. Pineo
BRIGHTON -- The members of the 2012 graduating class of the Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM) program of the Theological Institute for The New Evangelization traveled a long road before their commencement on May 23 at St. John's Seminary.
Vice president of administration Aldona Lingertat said she estimated the group traveled a total 114,722 miles -- equal to 4.6 trips around the world or halfway to the moon -- going to and from their studies.
"Thank you for your perseverance and commitment. You are a joy in hope to our community," she told the graduates.
The commencement ceremony in the Saint John's Seminary chapel included prayers and talks from faculty, staff and one of the graduates. Guests sang hymns as Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Father Christopher O'Connor, vice rector of the seminary, and Auxiliary Bishop Arthur Kennedy, the rector of the seminary, led prayers.
Since its establishment in 2000, the MAM program has graduated 11 classes of lay leaders who have become pastoral associates, religious education directors, and employees of local Catholic entities in service to the Church. The program is taught by numerous members of St. John's faculty and became part of Theological Institute for The New Evangelization when it was established in 2011.
This year's graduates are:
-- Marika Donders, of Keene, N.H.
-- Linda Russo of Watertown
-- Chad Puclowski of Hanover
-- David Gilpin of Quincy