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The Byzantine Catholic Seminary celebrates its 2021 Spring graduates!

The Byzantine Catholic Seminary celebrates its 2021 Spring graduates!

A virtual commencement ceremony at the end of May 2021 honored the following five graduates from the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Ss. Cyril and Methodius:

M. Div. Graduates

Reader Christopher P. Davel of the Eparchy of Newton graduated cum laude with the degree of Master of Divinity. Upon receiving his diploma, he reflected about his time at B.C.S. “The experience of working, praying, and living with other presbyteral candidates, nine months a year for four years, fits in perfectly with our summer assignments and our parish lives before and after seminary. I look forward to serving our eparchy as a priest.”


Subdeacon Kyprian Andrew Wojciechowski of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh graduated magna cum laude with the degree of Master of Divinity. As the student representative, he led the Seminary’s student forum and provided a balanced and truthful voice for the concerns of resident students during the global pandemic.


M. A. T. Graduates

James Harold Corkern graduated magna cum laude with the degree of Master of Arts in Theology. He enrolled in 16 courses in the Seminary’s School of Theology and completed each of them 100% online with most notable grades.


Eric Alexander Ortiz graduated summa cum laude with the degree of Master of Arts in Theology. He remarks about his experience studying in the Seminary’s School of Theology: “I have very much appreciated my time of academic formation at B.C.S. One of the highlights for me was getting to interact in an online, academic format with other Eastern Catholics from all over the United States and the World. I hope to use what I learned in this degree to serve the church.”


Peter Anthony Wingerter graduated magna cum laude with the degree of Master of Arts in Theology. Our hope that the Seminary be a place where the seed of the Word of God is planted in hearts and minds leading to a bountiful harvest for the Church is clearly tangible also in what Peter, as husband and father to a large family, shares: “Like most everyone else in today’s world, I am busy with work, family, life, etc., yet I also recognized a need to grow in my Eastern Christian faith. This led me to B.C.S. and their flexible program, which was just what I needed. B.C.S.’s ability to help me strike a balance between all of life’s other commitments along with Master’s level classes was top notch. My hope is to take what I learned and put it at the service of God by helping lead people to Him in whatever way I can!”


Founded in 1950, the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Ss. Cyril and Methodius is a free-standing, English speaking theological seminary, welcoming all those seeking the knowledge possessed by the Eastern ecclesial traditions. We are authorized to grant graduate degrees by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the​ Association of Theological Schools. We offer the following degree programs approved by the Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Theology. We operate as a non- profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in Pennsylvania and are governed by a Board of Directors under the leadership of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Pittsburgh.