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Three Seminarians Receive Degrees


On Saturday, May 11, Deacon Bryan Medlin, and Seminarians Nicholas Cooper and Brad Nursey from the Diocese of Gaylord were awarded degrees during the 114th Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercised at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. Deacon Medlin received a Master of Divinity while Cooper and Nursey each received a Bachelor of Philosophy.

Reverend Monsignor Christopher J. Schreck, SSL, PhD, STD, Rector / President, celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass in Saint Turibius Chapel. “It is our joy to welcome you to the Josephinum,” he said, “to witness this historic and formative moment in the lives of your sons and brothers, who take a major and memorable step toward the fulfillment of their vocations.”

The homily during the Mass was given by Monsignor Singler, who focused on the meaning of discipleship. “The students who are graduating from this institution today have been confronted by the very notion of Christian discipleship,” he said, “the open and free consent to emulate Jesus on the cross. The seminary is not the final stretch or the end or the goal to be championed. It is really a matter of learning to be a faithful son and a witness to Christ – being a follower.”

Following a brief reception after Mass, graduates and guests returned to Saint Turibius Chapel for Commencement Exercises. Cooper and Nursey were among 20 undergraduate seminarians who earned a Bachelor of Philosophy or a Certificate of Achievement in Philosophical and Theological Studies, indicating their successful completion of the Pre-Theology Program.

The Master of Divinity degree, which signifies fulfillment of the requirements for priestly ordination, was awarded to Deacon Medlin and seven other graduates from the Josephinum’s School of Theology. Deacon Medlin is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord by Bishop Bernard A. Hebda on June 29 at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord.

This year the Pontifical College Josephium, the only pontifical seminary outside of Italy, is celebrating its 125th year of forming priests for the Church. The anniversary, which also falls within this “Year of Faith” being observed by the universal Catholic Church, was acknowledged by Monsignor Singler, who noted: “The faithful who teach here, the faithful who study here, and those who undertake any kind of work here really are never the same as on the day they arrived. And in that sense, God’s glory and our sanctification has once again been realized.”

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