Friars leave key positions

BY STEVEN J. THOMAS

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and while many students are moving on to new chapters in their lives, a few of the friars are doing the same.

Three of the well-known priests on campus that are making this move from the university to other places are: the Rev. Rick Martignetti, O.F.M.; the Rev. Dan Pattee, T.O.R. and the Rev. Seraphim Beshoner, T.O.R.

In Martignetti’s case, he will be doing work more directly involved with his order, the Order of Friars Minor. Leaving his role as director of the Priestly Discernment Program, he related what his new duties would involve:

“I am moving to Boston to the O.F.M.’s Formation House to work with the new young men discerning if they are called,” he said.

Martignetti has been with the university as assistant director and director of the program since 2008. His office will be filled by the Rev. Robert Anello.

“I’ve been at this school for four years and they have been a wonderful four years getting to know, love and serve so many young people striving to serve the Lord,” said Martignetti. “It has been one of the greatest joys of my priesthood.”

Unlike Martignetti’s move to Boston, Pattee’s move to Austria is temporary. A professor of theology at the university, he will be going to Austria for several purposes.

“Next year, I will be on sabbatical in Gaming where I will be teaching classes in the fall, and I will also be helping in the search for a professor to replace Dr. (Donald) Asci,” he said, in reference to one of the Gaming campus’s theology professors. Asci will be moving to teach on main campus.

Pattee’s teaching in the fall will be followed by a sabbatical during the spring semester.

“I look forward to it,” he said. “It permits the professor to read, write and get a lot of fresh insight into theology and the subjects they are teaching.”

He also commented on his past years at the university.

“I’ve been here since 1988 with the exception of 1990-1993 when I was in Rome studying,” said Pattee. “I very much enjoyed it and it has been a real blessing.

Finally, Washington D.C. is the destination of Beshoner. He will be taking leave of absence from teaching history at the university and in turn will be doing work for his order, the Third Order Regular.

“I’m moving to be local minister of our house of formation in Washington D.C. and I will be supervising our friars in simple vows,” he said. “I’m also looking forward to talking about St. Francis and to share what I have come to know about our charism.”

Beshoner also shared some thoughts on his transition.

“I was asked by my provincial,” he said. “I trust that he is asking me to do this in accordance with God’s plan for me. Obedience is more trusting that God’s will is active in more ways than we can understand it.”

Beshoner has been stationed with the university since 2005.

“The reason I’m leaving is the same reason I came here,” he said. “God is now asking me to take a new step in this journey.”

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