Noticias de la Diócesis de Allentown

Seminarians to Receive Academic Degrees at Upcoming Graduation Ceremony

Several Diocese of Allentown seminarians will receive academic degrees May 18 at the graduation ceremony at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary near Philadelphia.

Bishop Alfred Schlert will attend the graduation and Mass.

Rev. Mr. Matthew J. Kuna will be awarded the Master of Arts in Theology Degree. Deacon Kuna is completing his seminary studies this year and will be ordained a priest June 4.

Alexander T. Brown and Miguel M. Ramirez, who are completing their third year of Theology studies, will receive Master of Divinity Degrees.

Tyler W. Loch and Anh Do Hoang Mai, who are completing their fourth year of College studies at the seminary, will be awarded Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Philosophy.

Tyle D. Davis, who is completing his Pre-Theology II year, will receive a Master of Philosophical Studies Degree.

Seminarians typically complete four years of College studies and four years of Theology while studying to become a priest.

“I am proud of our graduates for their academic accomplishments,” said Father Mark Searles, Director of Vocations. “Academics are one of the four pillars of formation to become a priest, with the others being pastoral, spiritual, and human formation.”

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, the Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, will be the keynote speaker and honorary degree recipient this year. It is the 185th “Concursus,” which is what the Seminary calls its graduation ceremony.