Bishop Michael J. Bransfield is pictured with the diocese’s seminarians and Father Dennis R. Schuelkens, Jr., director of seminarians for the diocese, far right. Pictured, from left, are seminarians Daniel Callahan, Vincent DeGeorge, Nye “Joseph” Wiley and Rev. Mr. Cody Ford; Bishop Bransfield; and seminarians Rev. Mr. Brian Crenwelge, Martin Smay, Phillip Szabo, Justin Golna and Andrew Murray; and Father Schuelkens.
By Colleen Rowan
WHEELING—The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s seminarians gathered with Bishop Michael J. Bransfield at the end of July for the annual Seminarians’ Weekend with the Bishop.
That weekend, the diocese’s Vocations Office announced the addition of three new seminarians. They are Vincent DeGeorge, Justin Golna and Phillip Szabo.
DeGeorge, 27, is a native of Morgantown and a member of St. Luke Parish in Cheat Lake. He is the son of Frank and Allison DeGeorge. He has a bachelor’s physics with a minor in mathematics from John Carroll University and a master’s in material science and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He will receive a doctorate in material science and engineering from Carnegie Mellon as well.
DeGeorge will be entering pre-theology at Theological College at The Catholic University of America in Washington.
Golna, 27, is a native of Pittsburgh and is now a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Wheeling. He is the son of John and Deborah Golna. He has a bachelor’s in theology from Wheeling Jesuit University and a master’s in philosophy from Duquesne University. He formerly attended St. Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh. Golna formerly worked as an independent landman in the oil and gas trade.
Golna will be entering pre-theology at Theological College at The Catholic University of America in Washington.
Szabo, 25, hails from Augusta and is a member of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Romney. He is the son of John and Theresa Szabo. He is a registered nurse and attended Fairmont State University. He was formerly employed at Hampshire Memorial Hospital in Romney.
Szabo will be entering pre-theology at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.
The diocese has a total of nine seminarians. Returning are Rev. Mr. Brian Crenwelge, Rev. Mr. Cody Ford, Daniel Callahan, Andrew Murray, Martin Smay and Nye “Joseph” Wiley.
The annual weekend provides the bishop with the opportunity for personal, one-on-one time with each seminarian. Each seminarian also attends a meeting with the bishop and staff of the diocesan Office of Vocations during which the groundwork is planned for his upcoming academic year.