Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mount Angel Continuing Ed - March 29, 2011

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett
Pastor of Holy Rosary Mission Alaska

Twenty-Five plus priests gathered for continuing education at Mount Angel Seminary. The third annual alumni gathering met two days at Saint Benedict, Oregon. Our discussion centered around the Triduum readings and Easter Vigil celebration. Speakers were Father Donald Senior, CP (noted scripture scholar)and Father Rory Pitstick. At the end was a panel discussion with Dr. Elaine Park and Dr. Owen Cummings.

Below are the three priests from Alaska who attended the alumni seminar. Dr. Owen Cummings (Regents Chair of Theology and Professor of Systematic Theology) stands in the middle between Fr. Scott Garrett and Fr. Tom Lilly (Anchorage) on the left and Msgr. Joseph Mayo, Diocese of Salt Lake City and Robert Fath, Diocese of Fairbanks on the far right).

Fr. Scott and Fr. Tom pose with Dr. Owen Cummings (Regents Chair of Theology).

Fr. Tom Lilly of the Anchorage diocese chats with a couple fellow priests.

Dr. Elaine Park, Academic Vice-President and Professor of Biblical Studies at Mount Angel Seminary listens as a priest asks questions about the Easter Vigil.

Dr. Cummings answers questions during the panel discussion at the 3rd annual Mount Angel Alumni Continuing Education gathering.

Master or Ceremonies, Rev. Paul Peri (Director of Pastoral Formation and Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology) presents our speaker.

Father Rory Pitstick (Formation Director and Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at Mount Angel Seminary) breaks open the readings that are proclaimed during the Easter Vigil Mass.

Father Francisco Hernandez, Diocese of Sacramento (far right) and Father Hector Montoya, Diocese of Sacramento talk during one of our breaks.

Nikki Martin (Secretary for Pastoral Formation) organized the Alumni seminars and was our contact for setting up our food and lodging.

Priests from several diocese, including Yakima, Portland, Santa Fe, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Sacramento, Seattle, and Salt Lake City attended the alumni gathering at Mount Angel. Here a couple priests chat during a break. Left is Father Brooks Beaulaurier, Diocese of Yakima and Transitional Deacon David Severson, Seminarian, Diocese of Helena on the right.

Fr. Robert Fath, from the Diocese of Fairbanks, was one of three Alaskan priests who attended the seminar.

Dr. Elaine Park, Father Robert Siler (Diocese of Yakima), and Father Christian Liesy (Monastery of Christ in the Desert) listen to the lecture.

Father Donald Senior from Chicago was keynote speaker.

Fr. Tom Lilly soaks up the information that he will eventually put to use at Saint Elizabeth Anne Seton in Anchorage, Alaska.

Father Paul Peri gets a word in edgewise.

The seminar ended with seminary professors leading a panel discussion. From left to right is Dr. Cummings, Dr. Elaine Park, and Father Rory Pitskick.

Here is a list of the Alumni who attended.

Have a prayerful Lent and a wonderful Triduum and Easter.

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