Former Rectors Honored at Rector's Dinner

The Pontifical College Josephinum was honored to welcome three of its past rectors to its 7th Annual Rector’s Dinner on April 22, 2013. Reverend Monsignor Frank Mouch, Reverend Monsignor Dennis Sheehan, and Reverend Monsignor Paul Langsfeld joined more than 275 guests for the event, which this year celebrated the seminary’s 125th anniversary.  

L-r: Monsignor Paul Langsfeld, Monsignor Frank Mouch, Monsignor Dennis Sheehan and Monsignor Christopher Schreck.
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In his remarks, Monsignor Christopher J. Schreck, current Rector/President, noted that “each of our rectors, beginning with Monsignor Joseph Jessing, have given themselves in service to the Josephinum. Their dedicated efforts over the years have both safeguarded our history and ensured our continued growth. Thus, any celebration of our history and our present success would be incomplete without the presence of our living former rectors.”  

Father John Allen, Vice President for Advancement, announced that, “in celebration of the Josephinum’s 125th anniversary and in recognition of the distinguished service offered by each of our living former rectors, seven trees will be planted in this beautiful springtime on the Josephinum’s historic campus.”  

Other living past rectors not able to attend were Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich, Bishop of Spokane, Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, Most Reverend Earl A. Boyea, Bishop of Lansing, and Very Reverend James A. Wehner, Rector of Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.  

The Rector’s Dinner is held each year in conjunction with the spring meeting of the Board of Trustees. Members of the Board, diocese that send seminarians to the Josephinum, and numerous Columbus diocesan pastors, many of whom are alumni, sponsor tables for the event and invite friends and parishioners as their guests.

Most Reverend Ronald Herzog, Bishop of Alexandria and Chair of the Board, spoke on behalf of the trustees. “We’re living in a marvelous time,” he said. “Throughout the country in the last few years, there has been a phenomenal growth in enrollment of young men studying for the priesthood. What it tells me very clearly is that the Holy Spirit is very much at work. Thank you for all of the support that you give the Josephinum through your prayers, your efforts, and your encouragement. It is making a difference.”