Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will confer degrees on 18 candidates graduating from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in the Rochester and Albany dioceses May 9.
Additionally, an honorary doctorate of Divinity will be given to Syracuse Bishop Robert J. Cunningham. The commencement speaker will be Mary Jo Leddy, who founded the Romero House Community for Refugees. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Regis University.
A master’s degree in theological studies will be conferred on Aquinas Institute teacher Michelle Daniels of Webster; Allison Murphy of St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Gates; Stephen Naum of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Irondequoit; McQuaid Jesuit teacher Marcella Nesbitt of Rochester; McQuaid Jesuit teacher Matthew Whelehan of Rochester; and Michelle Marvin of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Hamlin, who has earned a full scholarship to Notre Dame University to study for her doctorate.
Master’s degrees in pastoral studies will be awarded to Margaret Benza, pastoral associate of Church of the Transfiguration in Pittsford; Bruno Petrauskas, deacon candidate from St. Joseph Parish in Penfield; and Kathleen Rourke of St. James the Apostle Parish in Trumansburg. Master’s degrees in divinity will be awarded to Katherine Cappuccio of Church of the Transfiguration in Pittsford and Heidi Tyler, who will be ordained in the Baptist Church.
A graduate certificate will be awarded to Joseph Placious of Rochester; certificates of pastoral ministry will be awarded to Lori Cunliffe of Farmington and Mary Jo DiNoto of Webster; a certificate in catechetical leadership will be awarded to Nancy Smith in Auburn and a certificate from the Instituto de Pastoral Hispano will be awarded to Yvonne Martinez of Rochester and Miriam Rosa of Rochester.