Oblate School of Theology Celebrates 2017 Commencement

By J. Michael Parker

ost small

Oblate School of Theology awarded 10 Master of Arts (Spirituality), one Master of Arts (Theology), five Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, eight Master of Divinity, one Doctor of Ministry and two honorary doctoral degrees during its 2017 Commencement exercise May 5 in the Immaculate Conception Memorial Chapel.

The Master of Arts (Spirituality) was conferred on James Mark B. Adame, Donald Bassana, Jr., OFM Conv., Misty Kay Garriga, Julia E. Hinojosa, Leticia Givilancz Long, Lucie Thérèse Luduc, Kathleen Ann O’Connor, Glenda Margaret Prosser, Carol H. Solis and Daniel E. Villarreal Paez.

Patrick Neil Bastien was awarded the Master of Arts (Theology). The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry was conferred on Duncan Amek, Rosa K. Hawthorne, Cheryl Lynn McMullan, William Douglas Neel and Vincent Wambugu.

Receiving the Master of Divinity were Edgardo Diaz Vazquez, OFM, Heleodoro Lozano Macias, Juan Mercado, Pedro Mercado Jr., Fidel Valdez Rivero, Abel E. Ruiz, Daniel E. Villarreal Paez and Cong Chi Vo.

Neil Andion Arce received the Doctor of Ministry.

Javier Gonzalez Cabrera and Daniel E. Villarreal Paez completed the Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology. This degree, offered through an affiliation with Saint Paul University in Ottawa and accredited by the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, will be conferred at a later date.

Nine seminarians – Duncan Amek, Edgardo Diaz Vazquez, OFM, Heleodoro Lozano Macias, Juan Mercado, Pedro Mercado Jr., Fidel Valdez Rivero, Abel E. Ruiz, Daniel E. Villarreal Paez and Cong Chi Vo – also were awarded the Certificate of Advanced Studies for Presbyteral Ministry.

Father Bryan Massingale, professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. He also was OST’s Commencement speaker. Sister Jane Ann Slater, CDP, the Archdiocese of San Antonio’s first woman chancellor, received an honorary Doctorate of Pastoral Leadership and gave the invocation.

In his address, Fr. Massingale said that the November 2016 election revealed a nation “where truth is confused and manipulated, where folks on all sides of the political spectrum throw accusations of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ at one another, and where playing loose with reality – or as my grandmother would say, ‘just plain lyin’ – has become commonplace in our common life.”

It also revealed a fearful nation, he continued. Women fear for the respect of their bodies; gays, lesbians and transgender people for protection of their rights; blacks fear official misconduct; immigrants fear for the integrity of their families, Muslims for the protection of their lives, Jews for the sanctity of their synagogues and cemeteries, the sick for access to affordable, quality health care, and working-class whites for security in the face of downward mobility and increasing class disparity.

Yet, in Massingale’s view, perhaps the most important revelation in the election was that Americans are deeply divided and not only by fissures of race, class, ethnicity, gender, geography, religion, essential identities and expressions.

“We are separated by chasms of understanding. Those who differ from us seem increasingly alien and incomprehensible,” he asserted. We have become a nation of strangers, siloed in racial, geographic, media and digital enclaves where we mostly interact with those who are like us – who think like us, act like us, sound like us, vote like us, love like us and pray like us.”

This isolation fuels ignorance, indifference and fear, which become the fertile soil for moral callousness and disregard for those who are not like us, the priest observed. He cited the vitriol of public discourse, a spike in hate crimes and “a callousness and even cruelty toward those not like us,” which he said “disturbs me and fills me with dread.”

The professor reminded listeners that Christian Scripture summons us to love our neighbor, care for the stranger and show one another the compassion that God has for us.           “Our sacred texts tell us bluntly that we are our brother’s keeper; they warn us that our response to ‘the least among us’ – especially those not like us – is the measure of our holiness and righteousness: ‘For I was hungry and you gave me to eat; thirsty and you gave me to drink; naked and you clothed me; a stranger and you welcomed me,’” he said, quoting from the Gospel of Matthew.

Healing this national estrangement and preaching and ministering to this deeply confused, fearful and divided nation are perhaps the greatest challenges facing ministers of the gospel today, Fr. Massingale warned graduates. “St. John Paul II reminded us that one of the most important challenges facing a society is how we live together. Healing will not come from facile appeals for unity, and even less from a dismissive attitude such as ‘After all, elections have consequences; we won, get over it!’”

Living together in harmony requires cultivation of public compassion, “which demands, at the very least, decency and respect for those who are not like us,” the priest

commented. Ministers must be close to those in their care and know their fears and anxieties. It is by listening to people – especially to those not like us – that we show that our God is close to our fears. In a nation confused about truth, he observed, a prophetic voice “proclaims the truth of the equal, sacred human dignity of all God’s people. This is the foundation of Catholic social teaching.” In today’s language, he continued, “unborn lives matter, women’s lives matter, Muslims’ lives matter, immigrants’ lives matter, and yes, black lives matter. We must be forthright and declare that fear is no excuse for hate. As Jesus did for the woman caught in adultery, we must be willing to be ‘stone-catchers’ for those most endangered by our collective fear.”

Finally, he warned that a joyful witness means “not a sappy reassurance of a shallow optimism that ignores hard and difficult times; we offer the joy that comes from deep, contemplative prayer, because in such prayer, we become one with Christ, who came that his joy may be ours and our joy may be complete.”

Fr. Massingale cited Pope Francis’ summons to be joyful witnesses inspired by the message of the Resurrection, which does not deny the reality of the Crucifixion or gloss over suffering and death, but proclaims that human sin and tragedy are not the final word and that God and Jesus’ disciples can bring good out of human callousness and evil. “That’s the joy we proclaim and that’s the joy they desperately need,” he said

The theologian, the first in his extended family to graduate from college, ended by recalling how his grandmother savored the rich, smooth feel of his college diploma.

“She took her Bible seriously, especially the admonition that ‘to those to whom much is given, much will be required.’ She didn’t have money to buy me a gift, but her question to me was both a haunting challenge and yet the most loving gift she could have given me,” he recalled. She asked, “Whom are you going to use this for? Whom are you going to help with this?”  He admonished graduates to ponder whom they would help with the privileges and opportunities their new degrees would open for them.

“It is my deep hope and prayer that (the honorary degree) is a sign that in some way I have honored my grandmother’s charge and used my gifts to respond to the joys, hopes, griefs and anxieties of God’s people,” Fr. Massingale declared.



214 Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. xmt85c4wx5ctwxw3tcerthve56
  2. college drinking statistics
  3. دانلود قسمت هشتم شهرزاد دوم
  4. دانلود شهرزاد قسمت هشتم فصل دوم
  5. دانلود شهرزاد قسمت هفتم فصل دوم
  6. دانلود شهرزاد قسمت نهم فصل دوم
  7. دانلود قسمت ششم فصل دوم شهرزاد
  8. دانلود قسمت هفدهم عاشقانه
  9. دانلود قسمت 12 عاشقانه
  10. Jada Stevens
  11. Mia Malkova
  12. Marley Brinx
  13. Kiera Rose
  14. Jada Stevens
  15. hampton bay ceiling fan blog
  16. dolandirici
  17. Ana Foxxx
  18. Paleo Diet
  19. online movies
  20. پنجره
  21. سریال عاشقانه
  22. Loyola College for Sale by CollegeDunia
  23. دانلود ققسمت 12 عاشقانه
  24. دانلود قسمت پنجم شهرزاد دوم
  25. دانلود قسمت سوم شهرزاد دوم
  26. دانلود قسمت 11 شهرزاد 2
  27. دانلود قسمت اول فصل دوم شهرزاد
  28. how to bypass windows 7 password
  29. nba australia online
  30. porno gratis
  31. porno
  32. titleist 917 driver
  33. porno
  34. porno
  35. porno
  36. videos porno
  37. porno
  38. videos porno
  39. porno gratis
  40. porno gratis
  41. porno gratis
  42. porno gratis
  43. porno
  44. porno gratis
  45. porno gratis
  46. دانلود سریال عاشقانه
  47. پنجره دو سه جداره ساخت فروش در ایران
  48. آموزش ساخت پنجره دوجداره
  49. قیمت پنجره دوجداره
  50. پنجره دوجداره وین تک ویستابست
  51. دانلود قسمت 17 عاشقانه
  52. Facial Spa Services Dania Beach
  53. Facial Spa Services Fort Lauderdale
  54. Acne Facial Treatments Pembroke Pines
  55. Acne Facial Treatments Pembroke Pines
  56. پنجره دوجداره
  57. دانلود موزیک
  58. groin wrap
  59. فروش توری پنجره دوجداره
  60. gamble slot machines
  61. دانلود قسمت ششم شهرزاد دوم
  62. www.ratecompares.com
  63. Roof Repair Long Island
  64. playboy
  65. cheap zynga chips
  66. cliquez ici
  67. Nintendo 64 games
  68. cr gems hack
  69. دانلود قسمت هفتم شهرزاد دوم
  70. jake burgess west virginia
  71. پنجره
  72. پنجره دوجداره
  73. Judi Poker Online
  74. thong
  75. coin-banks review
  76. bitcoin hft
  77. bitcoin investment coin-banks
  78. Vigra master funciona
  79. the site
  80. دانلود قسمت هشتم شهرزاد دوم
  81. ping g30 irons for sale
  82. vpm
  83. anime
  84. پنجره
  85. دانلود شهرزاد 13
  86. دانلود سریال شهرزاد قسمت 15 پانزده
  87. دانلود شهرزاد قسمت 13
  88. Strasbourg France
  89. Social Media Marketing
  90. vpn
  91. http://
  92. zobacz
  93. air conditioner repair
  94. top article
  95. Roofing Contractors Long Island
  96. دانلود سریال شهرزاد قسمت 16
  97. Eun
  98. Prezentacionnoe video
  99. دانلود سریال عالیجناب قسمت اول 1
  100. belly fat
  101. دانلود
  102. دانلود فیلم
  103. دانلودسریال عالیجناب قسمت دوم
  104. 火锅
  105. دانلود قسمت دوم عالیجناب
  106. car repair and maintenance
  107. website
  108. http://urladda.com/5J8z
  109. political polls
  110. Gazebos for hire in London
  111. قیمت پنجره دوجداره
  112. فروش توری
  113. پنجره ضد سرقت ترک
  114. پنجره دوجداره وین تک
  115. آموزش ساخت پنجره دوجداره
  116. شرکت تولیدی پنجره دوجداره
  117. callaway xr driver australia
  118. easy money online
  119. Limos
  120. voucher codes
  121. + d�infos
  122. rent home
  123. دانلود فیلم با کیفیت
  124. aws training
  125. دانلود فیلم سریال
  126. SEO UK
  127. how to buy bitcoin
  128. Double
  129. پنجره
  130. درب یو پی وی سی
  131. دانلود فیلم
  132. دانلود فیلم
  133. پنجره دوجداره
  134. پنجره دوجداره
  135. پنجره دوجداره
  136. پنجره دوجداره
  137. پنجره
  138. فروش توری پنجره دوجداره
  139. drugs
  140. Weed Shop
  141. SEO Sheffield
  142. instagram porn
  143. مشاوره بازاریابی آنلاین
  144. garden bridges san francisco
  145. walmartone login
  146. Vancouver BC
  147. top article
  148. grafisch.CooleStart.com
  149. https://profiles.wordpress.org/jamesmithwood3209/
  150. rain shower head
  151. ed sheeran x
  152. buy proxy
  153. دانلود
  154. window
  155. فیلم اکسیدان
  156. Electronics
  157. Bad Baby
  158. water heater replacement
  159. Web Design Company Yakima
  160. hop over to this site
  161. پنجره دوجداره
  162. دانلود
  163. پنجره دوجداره
  164. drop shipping business
  165. karaj
  166. Nursery Rhymes
  167. Yakima Seo Services
  168. Leroy
  169. youtube music charts
  170. gardening
  171. Web Design
  172. https://www.evernote.com/shard/s729/sh/5e5b2775-14a1-4027-942c-1c798fa6d0a9/523d29d2b0323d8e77517184bdd3a37b
  173. garden
  174. Nursery Rhymes
  175. usi tech info
  176. Online Casino Malaysia
  177. unique gifts
  178. vlog editor
  179. mens haircuts
  180. صيانه
  181. live sex cams
  182. gay porn
  183. Upland kitchen remodeling contractor
  184. zumbido no ouvido e tontura é grave
  185. Seo
  186. دانلود فیلم
  187. karajupvc
  188. online casino game
  189. kitchen
  190. Houses For Cash
  191. download
  192. دانلود
  193. download movie
  194. پنجره
  195. garden bridges San Francisco
  196. carte grise
  197. Bad Credit Remortgages
  198. Greg
  199. Stamford
  200. More here
  201. Togel Online
  202. commercial air conditioner repair Montclair CA
  203. Double Teamed Wife
  204. breast implants Houston
  205. Easiest Way To Make Money - $326 a Day Online Without a Website
  206. newest vape mods
  207. blackhead extractor tool
  208. authentic cheap jordans
  209. buy porn collection google
  210. دانلود فیلم نهنگ عنبر 2
  211. Elvis Wedding Singer
  213. Bandar Togel
  214. Learn Colors With Soccer Balls for Children - Learn Colors With Balls Surprise Eggs For Toddlers

Comments are closed.