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16 receive Theological Institute degrees

Theological Institute for the New Evangelization graduates pose for a photo following the commencement. Pilot photo/Mark Labbe

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BRIGHTON -- Sixteen members of the class of 2016 earned Master degrees from the Theological Institute for The New Evangelization May 17 during a commencement ceremony at St. John's Seminary in Brighton with rector Msgr. James P. Moroney.

Kathleen Bird, Deacon Michael Curren, Carol Frances Galante-Dias, Sue Foelix, Marianne Guerard-Geary, Janet V. Hutchison, Sarah Melendez, Rosemary Maffei, Deacon Kevin P. Martin Jr., Deacon William Proulx, Kathy Reilly, Robert Sommer, Joseph Stevens, and Audrey Sullivan earned a Master of Arts in Ministry, while Brother Ryan Carlson, and MaryEllen McLaughlin earned a Master of Theological Studies.

Melendez and Reilly were unable to attend the ceremony.

The commencement address was given by Michael Manning, an 18-year veteran of the United States army who has previously served as assistant professor of Military Science at Providence College, State Partnership Program Coordinator, and Legislative Liaison for the Rhode Island National Guard.

In his address, Manning spoke of his time in the military and the clergy and religious who served with him. He noted that they, through their sacrifices, can teach others about "bringing faith, learning, (and their) love of Christ to the world."

"They sacrificed for something bigger than themselves... Everything they did was by, with, and through Jesus Christ," he said.

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