Kelly Fanning, BA '92, is in the third year of a 5-year program to become a spiritual director. She begins her practicum in fall 2017.
Jessica Blaxton (Mollner) BA '12 accepted an Assistant Professor of Psychology position at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO. She is moving to St. Louis with her husband, Tim Blaxton BA '12, and their son Lenny after receiving her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.
Victoria (Sequeira) '10 and Joseph Mastrangelo have welcome their second daughter. Zelie Chiara was born November 13 and joins big sister Evelyn Gianna (2).
New book by UD Alum.
Daniel Utrecht: The Lion of Münster: The Bishop Who Roared Against the Nazis. TAN Books, 2016.
From a review on Amazon: I have a particular interest in German resistance during the time of the Nazis. I've read about Bonhoeffer, the White Rose, Alfred Delp and Franz Jagerstatter. But I had not really heard that much about Clemens August Graf von Galen, the Bishop of Munster from 1933 to 1946. From the very beginning of Hitler's reign von Galen became a thorn in the regime's side. He fought the Nazis on their racial policies, on their intrusions in to Catholic education, the descent into paganism and finally the Nazi program of euthanasia. Here we have a real hero who is as relevant today as he was was all those years ago. Von Galen recognized that the Nazis were in the process of eliminating free thought and those who refused to go along with the new ideology were considered anti-social. Think about what's going on today and you'll easily find parallels. Buy this book and buy one for a friend. It's also an excellent read.
David Bridges (2008) and Katie Lenczowski Bridges (2008) welcomed their first son, Michael Lee, into the world on October 28, 2016 in Washington DC.
Br. Quinn at his first profession of vows (pictured at the far right)
Br. Quinn Huston, SJC, professed his first temporary vows on August 15th, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This marks the conclusion of his two-year novitiate and the beginning of his formation as a junior religious brother in his community known as the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. He intends to begin First Theology classes at Mundelein Seminary in the fall of 2017.
Founded in Chicago in 1998, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius are a community of priests and brothers dedicated to the “Restoration of the Sacred.” Their mission is to help Catholics rediscover a profound sense of the sacred through solemn liturgies, devotions, sacred art and music, as well as instruction in the heritage of the Church, catechetics, and Catholic culture in the context of parish ministry. For more information please visit cantius.org and canons-regular.org.
He asks the UD alumni community to pray for him and assures them of his prayers. May God bless you all!
Joseph E Morris, MBA 86, most recently an IT Financial Analyst with Raytheon Corporate and formerly Largo Florida Manufacturing Site Controller for Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems Business, retired after 34 years in the Defense Industry, (working with Texas Instruments, E-Systems and Raytheon), in July 2016.
Andrea Davis, class of 1994, is working at Children's Health, Children's Medical Center as a Clinical Art Psychotherapist. She has recently published a chapter titled, "Professional and Ethical Use of Expressive Arts Therapy” in the newly released book, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling Children and Adolescents. (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group). She is currently working to start an art therapy non profit in Dallas.
Matt Cardenas, Class of 2010, was recently hired by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal as Niche Audience Manager, overseeing special publications and digital products. Cardenas and his wife, Jes Fyall Cardenas, recently were married in June at St. Martin De Porres in Dripping Springs, TX.
Stephen Schmidt '11 and Cheryl (Hinze) Schmidt '11 welcomed their first child, Cecilia Rose on March 12, 2016.
On July 11, 2016, Br. Antony Maria (Joseph) Minardi, OSB, '12 professed his Solemn Vows as a Benedictine monk at Marmion Abbey in Aurora, IL. In the Fall, he will enter III Theology at St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, IN.
William D'Agostino, MBA '89, was inducted into the University of Connecticut's Academy of Distinguished Engineers on April 28, 2016. D'Agostino received his undergraduate degree from UConn.
To her delight, Emily Austin has completed her Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Boston University. This Fall she will join the Classics Department at the University of Chicago, where she will teach Homer and other courses in Greek.
Marisa Gerdano Strickler (BA '11) and her husband Tim welcomed their first child, a son, Gordon Michael Strickler, on May 30, 2015. Marisa and her family live in Fairfax, VA.
Tyler and Meghan at the Flames Legacy Gala in San Antonio in February 2016.
I got engaged to Tyler Huebinger on 7/31/15, and we will be married this coming November in New Braunfels, Texas!
Katie Prejean is marrying Tommy McGrady in June of 2016. They will reside in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Sophia (Sproule) Hart, B.A. 1994, married longtime friend and fellow Irving resident Matthew Anthony Hart on April 25, 2015 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Coppell, Texas. The nuptial Mass was celebrated by former UD chaplain Msgr. Gregory Kelly, now Auxiliary Bishop of Dallas. The couple resides in Arlington, Texas.
The Episcopal Charities Fund of Rhode Island
Charles Lane Cowen (B.A. Drama 2006) is currently serving as the Interim Director of the Episcopal Charities Fund of Rhode Island in Providence. Having completed the first year of his M.Div. at the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, Charles is doing a year of service through the Episcopal Service Corps. Since September Charles has worked with the Charities Advisory Board to re-imagine the fundraising and granting process. In his time as Interim Director, Charities has granted over $400,000 to Rhode Island non-profits to enact social justice. www.episcopalri.org/charities
Book cover: Enter, Knight
Dr. Keith Lepak's long-awaited novel, 'Enter, Knight,' by K.A. Keith, is finally out on AMZN/Kindle, Nook and iBooks, and iUniverse.
The novel reads like a fast-paced Game of Thrones meets Lord of the Rings. Part Two, 'Hel's Storm' is expected in June 2016 on iUniverse.
It’s like giving birth to a 20 year literary pregnancy. Ugh!
The website is www.KAKeith.net.
A wine & cheese book signing is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at American Fine Art, 1611 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207.
Seton Madonna of Consolation
We just completed a new commission for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Plano, TX. "The Seton Madonna of Consolation" is a 36-inch, site-specific mosaic in Italian glass smalti and 24k gold, installed in the outdoor columbarium garden. Visitors may view the garden, which contains original sculptures, a fountain and the mosaic, during church hours. For additional information, visit juliericheymosaics.com.