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St. Bernard’s Graduating Class ’11

May 8th, 2011, Promulgated by b a

What kind of influence does the ultra-progressive St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry have on the Diocese of Rochester?  Too much.

St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, a Roman Catholic graduate and professional school in Rochester, will hold its commencement ceremony on May 13 at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Degrees will be granted to 23 candidates from St. Bernard’s Rochester and Albany programs. These students have completed their study for the master of divinity, master of arts in theological studies, master of arts in pastoral studies, a graduate certificate in pastoral studies. In addition, 10 individuals will be receiving Certificates marking their successful completion of the certificate program. Many of these men and women are already leaders in both Rochester and Albany Dioceses, working in positions as diverse as parish life director, hospital chaplain and youth ministers.



8 Responses to “St. Bernard’s Graduating Class ’11”

  1. militia says:

    Thanks for posting this. I checked out the link but there were no names of graduates. I’d like to know the names when they’re available so I know who to look out for. 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Congrats to all the graduates and all their hard work!

  3. Mike says:

    Parishes do not have to hire St. Bernard’s grads.

    Last June Holy Cross’ Parish Ministry Coordinator retired after having served on the parish staff for 19 years following several years of volunteer service. She was replaced by another parishioner who had also been an active volunteer and who had just retired from a long career as an R.N.

    I don’t believe Holy Cross even interviewed anyone else.

  4. Breeze says:

    They were sent by Oprah.

  5. Tricia says:

    Holy Cross did have a lengthy interview process and more than one candidate was interviewed.

  6. Mike says:


    Thanks for the clarification. “I don’t believe Holy Cross even interviewed anyone else” was based on second hand information and I should know better than to rely on something like that.

  7. Hopefull says:

    Leaving out the Albany Graduates, the following are graduating on May 13 from St. Bernards:

    Master of Arts (Theological Studies):
    William Pickett, Jodi Schott, Geraldine Krienke, John Laliberte and Jonathan Schott. (Is that the SAME Bill Pickett who caused such havoc in Diocesan Planning, and is webmaster for Fortunate Families?)

    MA in Pastoral Studies:
    Eric Bessette, Donald Eggleston, John Hoffman, Robert Lyons.

    Master of Divinity:
    Deborah Gibbons-Moran, Margaret Ostromecki, Richard Rasmussen.

    Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Studies:
    Susan Hopper and Nora Root.

    “Diocesan Certifications”

    A. Youth Ministry: Amanda Elizabeth Campbell, Susan Condoluci, Lori Cunliffe and Elizabeth Johnston Muunoz.

    B. Pastoral Ministry:
    Saly Coarcran, Amy Fernaays

    C. Catechetical Leadership:
    Laura Morehead Cleeson

    D. Business Manager:
    Shirley Nagg, Rebecca Hollon, Lucy Anne Purcell

  8. Dr. K says:

    “Master of Divinity:
    Deborah Gibbons-Moran, Margaret Ostromecki, Richard Rasmussen.”

    If Ms. Ostromecki did not have a M.Div all these years, what was she doing running St. Thomas More and Our Lady Queen of Peace as Pastoral Administrator?

    The following is straight out of the DoR’s pastoral administrator brochure under requirements to be a P.A.:

    “A Master’s Degree in Theology or related field, with a Master of Divinity degree preferred.”

    Maybe she has a Master’s in Theology, though that is doubtful since she is the person who reportedly wanted to put a piece of bread in the Monstrance for adoration instead of the Blessed Sacrament.

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