St. John Vianney Chapel was the setting for the 2013 Christ the Seminary Commencement exercises on Friday evening, May 10, 2013.
Tammy Stanek received a Certificate of Continuing Education in Theological Studies, with the following awarded degrees in Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies: Deacon David Clabeaux, Arlene Zawadzki, Deacon Richard Stachura, Sister Loryn High, SSMN and Frank Kedzielawa. Rev. Mr. John Stanton was awarded a Master of Divinity I, just three weeks prior to his ordination to the priesthood
Graduates pictured at the left with Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo and chair of the Seminary Board of Trustees: (left to right): Deacon David Clabeaux, Arlene Zawadzki, Deacon Richard Stachura, Rev. Mr. John Stanton and Sister Loryn High, SSMN. Frank Kedzielawa and Tammy Stanek were unable to attend.
Deacon Clabeaux and Frank Kedzielawa were presented with the Award for Excellence in Sacred Scripture.
Sister Margaret Carney, president of St. Bonaventure University and seminary commencement speaker, received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Bishop Malone (pictured at the right), while Father Peter Drilling, president-rector of the seminary, looked on. During her address, she noted, "This brings a historic fullness to the relationship between Christ the King Seminary and St. Bonaventure University." The seminary, in its 155th year, was originally located on the St. Bonaventure campus.
Sister Margaret said the evening was a celebration of the Church, including the graduates of Christ the King Seminary. "This is the Church which you are called to serve and which you have worked so hard to reach this point."
In his closing remarks, Bishop Malone congratulated the degree recipients and honoreees, and said, "I am so proud, as the bishop of Buffalo. that we have such a fine seminary here. Christ the King is truly a precious gem in the life of the Church of Western New York."
Among those attending the commencement were faculty, staff, board members and seminarians who will be ordained to the priesthood in the coming years. Deacon Stanton's ordination is scheduled for June 1, at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. He will be the first diocesan priest ordained by Bishop Malone since his installation as 14th bishop of Buffalo in August 2012.