Awardees Honored at Alumni Day 2012
The weather was graciously mild for mid-February (remember last year’s snow storm?) as 160 alumni and their family and friends gathered at the seminary to celebrate Alumni Day 2012, Sunday, February 19.
As always, attendees came to honor the achievements of the award winners. But also they met the new alumni association board members and the new alumni director, Fr. Richard Perfetto (SHS 1962); prayed at a moving vespers service led by the seminary rector; and had a cocktail or two while catching up with old classmates at the pre dinner reception.
Attendees enjoyed dinner in the gymnasium (beef tenderloin, salmon or chicken piccatta—and a desert bar!) at tables featuring sprays of spring flowers.
Vintage slides from the ninety-three-year history of the seminary faded in and out behind the stage, giving the event a tangible sense of history while jogging the memory (“Hey, isn’t that so-and-so?”)
Prior to the award ceremony, Mr. William Flavin (SHS 1961), the new alumni board chairperson, introduced each of the board members. Msgr. Jeffrey Monforton (SHS 1989) then presented commemorative plaques to the award winners. Msgr. George Browne (SHS 1951) and Mr. William Richardson (SHHS 1961, SHS 1965), outgoing alumni director and outgoing alumni board chairperson, received gifts of a religious icon and emphatic applause for their years of service to the alumni association.
Award Winners for 2012
Distinguished Pastoral Minister Alumna: Ms. Faith Offman
Ms. Faith Offman (SHMS 1996) is a licensed social worker with certifications in Christian service and spiritual direction. She holds an AA in Ministry from Sacred Heart, a BA from Siena Heights University and an MDiv from SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary. She has ministered at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish as Pastoral Associate, the Archdiocese of Detroit as Associate Director of the Office for Family Ministry, and the Dominican Center for Religious Development teaching in the internship program for spiritual directors while facilitating retreats.
Distinguished Clergy Alumnus: Rev. Msgr. Anthony Tocco
Rev. Msgr. Anthony Tocco (SHS 1961) is pastor of St. Hugo of the Hills Parish, Bloomfield Hills, where he has served since 1985. He holds an MA in guidance and counseling from the University of Detroit and an MDiv from St. John’s Provincial Seminary. Monsignor has served at St. Veronica Parish, East Detroit, and St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, St. Clair Shores, and has selflessly given to the Church in many ways: vicariate vicar, archdiocesan Presbyteral Council and College of Consultor member, and trustee of Madonna University.
Distinguished Lay Alumnus: Dr. Dennis Sugrue
Dr. Dennis Sugrue (SHHS 1967, SHS 1971) holds an MA in religious studies and a PhD in psychology. He began his career in psychology working in the Henry Ford Health System for twenty years. Dr. Sugrue is currently Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School and has a private practice in Bloomfield Hills. He is an expert on sexual health and disorders, serving as a consultant for the Archdiocese of Detroit, and lectures for the pastoral studies program at Sacred Heart.