By Kelly Schaffer
With the first week of the semester just under way, there are a lot of new faces around campus: freshmen, seniors, grads and transfers. Some of the most notable new additions to the Franciscan University of Steubenville community are the five new priests.
“We are all blessed to be here to contribute to [Franciscan’s] mission and to foster Franciscan University’s Catholic identity,” said the Rev. Sean Sheridan, TOR, a new professor in theology.
Along with Sheridan, Franciscan welcomes the Reverends David Bonarrigo, TOR; Shawn Roberson TOR; David Vogel and Robert Arnello, MSA.
Bonarrigo, who is new to university teaching, is from Punxsutawney, Pa. and says that he’s an official member of the Punxsutawney Phil Fan Club. Punxsutawney Phil is the groundhog who checks for his shadow in February.
Bonarrigo was sent to Franciscan by the provincial head of the Third Order Regular of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Rev. Nicholas Polichnowski, because of Franciscan’s need for more Spanish teachers. Bonarrigo teaches Spanish classes of varying levels as well as helps out with sacramental ministry and other ministries for the friars. Bonarrigo is enjoying his experience at Franciscan thus far.
“Mainly because of all the wonderful people that I have met here so far that have gone out of their way to make it a good experience for me,” he sais
He noted that his office is in Egan Hall in room 233 for anyone who wants to get to know him more.
Roberson’s home town is in Plymouth, Mass., but he came to Franciscan from Loretto, Pa., where the mother-house of the Third Order Regular of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is located. He was the Postulant Director for the province for eight years. His reason for coming to Franciscan was to gladly follow Polichnowski’s orders. Roberson is the Assistant University Chaplain and can be found in his office in Christ the King Chapel.
“There is a vibrant life here with a great enthusiastic response to the campus life,” Roberson said. “I really like it so far.”
Sheridan is in the same province as Roberson and Bonarrigo. He was born in Johnstown, Pa., but grew up in several different places before moving to a formation house in Washington D.C. He is a canon and civil lawyer and his past three years have been spent at the Catholic University of America, in Washington D.C., where he taught canon law and ministered at a nearby parish.
Sheridan came to Franciscan out of obedience to Polichnowski. Sheridan is a Professor of theology and his expertise is in canon law. He can be found in his office in Egan Hall, room 284, or in Trinity Hall where he is the chaplain. Sheridan enjoys Franciscan, and said “Many people have welcomed me to the university and have helped to make my transition to life in Steubenville an enjoyable one.”
Vogel could not be contacted. He is an alumnus of Franciscan, and is currently the associate director of the Priestly Discernment Program, under Arnello. For more information about Arnello, see Melissa Solano’s article about him in this issue of The Troubadour.