With the help of our seminarian community who worked to make it a successful reunion, Theological College welcomed back over 40 alumni for the 2013 Alumni Days Reunion, October 8-9, 2013. It was a joyful two-day celebration of reconnecting and sharing life stories, and included an impressive symposium with the School of Theology and Religious Studies on the New Evangelization, and a Mass celebrated by Bishop Martin Holley (’86), Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, DC.
Among our alumni, those celebrating reunion anniversaries included: Fr. Al Giaquinto, S.S., celebrating his 65th-year reunion; Fr. Peter Clarke, Mr. Don Richards (B), Fr. Ed Ruetz, and Fr. Robert Sullivan, all celebrating their 50th-year reunion; Mr. Paul Graney, Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson, and Msgr. Tom Snyderwine (Chairman of the Alumni Advisory Board), celebrating their 45th-year reunion; Fr. Stephen Gosnell, celebrating his 35th-year reunion; Fr. Robert Hyde, celebrating his 25th-year reunion; Fr. John Dillon and Fr. Jim Dubert, celebrating their 15th-year reunion; Fr. Xavier d’Arodes de Peyriague, Fr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Mark Kreder, Fr. David Raymond, Fr. Christopher Samele, and Fr. Kenneth Shuping, celebrating their 10th-year reunion. Some members of the newly ordained class of 2013 also joined us: Fr. Lawrence Adams, Fr. Scott Holmer, Fr. Matthew Morelli, and Fr. Christopher Seibt.
The 2013 Alumnus Lifetime Service Award recipient was Msgr. William Biebel (’62), from the Diocese of Erie and former Rector of the Cathedral of St. Peter in Pittsburgh, PA. Monsignor Biebel was honored for his lifelong ministries as a teacher of languages and music, composer of liturgical music, and for his various appointments and efforts to advance ecumenical unity. He celebrated his Golden Jubilee in 2012, was named Chaplain of His Holiness in 1992, and Prelate of Honor in 1996.