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Seminarians Perform Musical “Oliver!”

The seminarians of Sacred Heart presented the musical “Oliver!” for three performances, on Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, 2013. The Friday and Saturday evening performance, both at 7:30 PM, were full houses, with the matinee on Saturday at 2:00 PM nearly full.


Oliver! is an adaption of the novel by Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist. The musical was made into a feature film that won six Academy Awards.


The talented seminarians, thirty-six in all, performed and sang all of the parts except for two female roles.

No Alumni Celebration This Year

The Alumni Association Board has been strategizing new ways to energize Sacred Heart's outstanding alumni members. Part of the rethinking is developing a new format for the annual Alumni Day Celebration.


As such, there will be no celebration this year, which is normally held on a Sunday in February. The board welcomes any ideas you may have to create a more active and participatory alumni. Thank you for your support of Alumni Day through the years. Look for news about a revamped celebration for next year.



Former Rector Now Steubenville Bishop

Jeffery M. Monforton, former rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, was appointed by the Holy Father

as Bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville on July 3. He was installed as the Ohio diocese’s fifth bishop on September 10, before two thousand people in the Fieldhouse of Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Bishop Monforton is the twenty-sixth graduate of the seminary who has been elevated to the episcopacy, making Sacred Heart something of a “school for bishops.”

Bishop Monforton, a Sacred Heart alumnus (1989) and faculty member (1998-2005), served as the seminary’s rector for six years,

Caring for a Sacred Icon

Seminarians work together to restore symbolic "Black Jesus" grotto

Craig Marion, Sacred Heart seminarian

It all began with a chat with faculty member Sr. Mary Finn one evening in the early spring. She asked me as the college student president if there was something the seminarian's could do about tending to the Sacred Heart of Jesus grotto on the northwest corner of the campus.

Sister Mary was aware that a few years back funding had fallen through to refurbish the iconic "Black Jesus" grotto. I thought it was possible the seminarians could do the job. Sister and I discussed the situation with our new rector, Msgr. Todd Lajiness, and he granted approval for the seminarians to go to work.

Grazie Mille!

Over 600 guests enjoy an "Evening in Tuscany" at annual Archbishop's Gala

To all the guests and contributors to the Archbishop's Gala 2012 fundraiser, the seminarians and students of Sacred Heart, along with hosts Archbishop Allen Vigneron and Rector Msgr. Todd Lajiness, say, Grazie Mille! Thank you very much!

Seminarians Stage "Joe and the Coat" Before Capacity Crowds

“We decided to ‘raise the bar’ this year because of all the talent in the house,” says Brian Meldrum, director of the 2012 seminarian spring play. So Meldrum and his fellow seminarians decided last autumn to stage an ambitious musical comedy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Over thirty seminarians became involved, on-stage or back-stage, for the production, made popular on Broadway by Donnie Osmond as Joseph.


"Joe and the Coat" opened on Friday evening, March 23, with two presentations held on Saturday, March 24.