The Alumni Association proposes the following candidates for membership on the Board of Directors for a three-year term from September 2012 to August 2015:
Msgr. Joseph Semancik O’53 (’47-’53), is a retired
priest of the Diocese of Gary residing in Whiting, IN where he assists
at the local parishes and at Calumet College of St. Joseph.
Msgr. Semancik was born in Whiting, IN on March 3, 1929,
the son of Frank Semancik and Jane Wingle. Msgr. attended St. John the Baptist School,
Catholic Central High School, Sacred Heart Seminary in Fort Wayne and Saint Meinrad Seminary in southern Indiana. He was ordained
a priest on May 1, 1953 in the Cathedral at Fort Wayne. He later received the Master’s
Degree in Social Work from Loyola University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
He was an Assistant Pastor at Assumption Parish in East Chicago and at St. Catherine of Siena
in Hammond. He
was appointed Administrator at Sacred Heart, East Chicago
in 1960, was named pastor at Holy Trinity in Gary in 1969 and returned to Sacred Heart in
1974 as pastor where he remained. He has taught at several levels: Religion at
Bishop Noll, Sociology and Social Work at St. Joseph’s
(now Calumet College)
and as a Lecturer at Graduate School of Social Work at Loyola University, Chicago.
Msgr. Semancik began working at Catholic Charities in 1960
and was named Diocesan Director in 1962, a post which he held until 1998.
During that time, the agency provided social services throughout the four
Northwest counties of Indiana and expanded to
seven offices and St. Joseph’s Home in Hammond. During those
years he was active in many community organizations such as the Lake County
Economic Opportunity Council and the Lake County Community Development Committee, serving as President of those programs.
Nationally, he has served Catholic Charities USA, as a
member of the Board, as a member of the Study Cadre which redirected the work
of Catholic Charities, as Chairman of various committees, and as a member of
the Board of Social Thought, a Journal of Social Welfare.
Msgr. Semancik has authored research articles on the
Directors of Catholic Charities and other topics. His most recent publication
has been the History of Slovaks in Indiana,
part of an Indiana Historical Society publication.
During his tenure with Catholic Charities, he also was the
local Diocesan Director of Catholic Relief Services, the overseas welfare
organization of American Catholics. For several years he represented North America on a planning group for Caritas
Internationalis, a confederation of 145 Catholic Charities organizations
worldwide. He was one of the originators of the Indiana Catholic Conference and
a founder of Hospice of the Calumet Area. Since his retirement from Catholic
Charities he serves on the Board of Trustees of Calumet College of St. Joseph,
the Board of St. Catherine Hospital, the Board of the Community Foundation of
Northwest Indiana, and a member of the Lake County Advancement Committee (Board
of the Hospice of Calumet Area).
Msgr. Semancik has received a number of honors: the
Sagamore of the Wabash and Distinguished Hoosier Award from the Governor of
Indiana, the St. Joseph the Worker Award from
Calumet College of St. Joseph and the Siedenburg Award from Loyola University.
In 1997 he was named East Chicagoan of the Year.
Within the Diocese of Gary, he has held a range of
responsibilities as Vicar, Dean, Consultor and a member of the Priest’s
Council. He was a member of the Priest’s Pension Board and Priest’s Personnel
Board. It was in 1984 that he was named Domestic Prelate with the title
Monsignor by Blessed John Paul II.
In October 2011, he retired from Sacred Heart Parish in East Chicago and closed
that parish which he served for over 50 years.
Msgr. Semancik is seeking approval for his first term on
the Alumni Board.
Mr. Tom Norris, O’64 (’58-64), lives in Louisville, KY.
His wife, Patricia, is an alumna of Saint Meinrad Summer Session. They
have four children. In addition to seminary studies Tom studied Business
Administration at the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University.
Tom spent seven years in active ministry for the Archdiocese of Louisville.
Since 1971 he has worked for Arrow Electric Co., Inc. in several
capacities. Tom helped to establish the local chapter of Independent
Electrical Contractors (IEC) and served as a board member and officer for
twenty years. He has also served on the board of GuardiaCare, Inc., a
non-profit organization operating an adult day care and fiduciary trust for
approximately 300 clients.
He was a recipient of the Bell Award for volunteer service given by Louisville’s WLKY
television station. The IEC presents an annual award name in his
honor. In his free time he enjoys entertaining grandchildren and doing
repairs and construction for volunteer organizations. He has made several
trips to the Mississippi Gulf Coast
to help with Hurricane Katrina repair.
Tom is seeking approval for his second term on the Alumni Board.
Fr. Frank Torres, O’81 (’74-76) is a priest of the Diocese of Gary
and assigned to Queen of All Saint Parish in Michigan City, IN.
A native of Gary, IN, Fr. Torres is the fifth of six
children. He and several of his family members worked in the steel mills
of northwest Indiana.
Fr. Torres also served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He has
served in a number of parishes, most recently at St. Joseph in LaPorte. Fr. Torres credits
his vocation, in part, to the many Saint Meinrad Alumni who served as his
He is an avid runner. Now competing annually in the Chicago marathon, in earlier years Fr. Torres
would compete each year in several marathons. Since his ordination in
1994 Fr. Torres has attended almost every annual alumni reunion and regional
Fr. Torres is seeking approval for his second term on the Alumni Board.
Deacon Kenneth Johanning, PDP’05 ('01-05), is ordained for the Diocese of Evansville and serves
at St. Anthony Parish in St. Anthony and Sacred Heart Parish in
Deacon Johanning earned a Bachelor of Science in
Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of
Education from the University
of Southern Indiana. For
several years he was self-employed. He taught at North
Harrison (County) High School for thirteen years. He now teaches
Integrated Chemistry and Physics at Greater Jasper High School.
Deacon Johanning and his wife, Gladys, are parents of five
sons, two daughters and numerous grandchildren. They reside in Jasper.
Deacon Johanning is seeking approval for his second term on
the Alumni Board.
Deacon George Stonikinis, PDP’03 ('99-03), is a member of Saint
Meinrad’s first class of permanent deacons, ordained for the Diocese of
Richmond, VA. He earned his BS and MS degrees from Virginia Tech, an MSW
from Virginia Commonwealth, and completed a two-year
training program in spiritual direction.
Deacon Stonikins retired from a
35-year career at Longwood University in Farmville, VA
where he served, variously, as professor, academic administrator, program
director and academic chair. He was also a graduate school instructor at Virginia Commonwealth
for eight years and
served as the Pastoral Administrator of Good Samaritan Catholic
Church in Amelia, VA
prior to relocating in Elizabeth City, NC.
Currently, he is assigned to the Diocese of Raleigh as deacon for two parishes and
serves on the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Advisory Board. A former chair
of several boards, including, Child Abuse Treatment
and Prevention Programming, Youth Commission, Sheltered Workshop, and
PTA, he is active in the Northeast
North Carolina ministerial association and the Knights of
Deacon Stonikinis has presented
papers at several international conferences, published
numerous articles, and developed curriculum and educational materials for applications of technology to human services and
management. He was recognized for developing
and administering the oldest continuously accredited Social Work Program in Virginia, and making outstanding
contributions to student life through the
Honor Board of the University.
He and his wife, Vee Suzanne, have a son and daughter.
He enjoys reading, writing, raising border
collies and studying history and related theology in North Yorkshire, England.
Deacon Stonikinis is seeking approval for his second term on
the Alumni Board.
Mrs. Ann Tully T’03 ('96-03), earned her Masters of
Theological Studies from Saint Meinrad School of Theology. She serves in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Tribunal as Judge Instructor/Assessor and previously as Advocate/Procurator.
She earned a BS in
Business, majoring in Finance, from Indiana University at Indianapolis.
She is also certified by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
as an Employee Benefits Specialist.
Ann is a member of the Canon
Law Society of America, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ Vocation Advisory Team
and Deacon Formation Policy Board, and the Archdiocesan Chapter of Bread for
the World. Ann volunteers at the
Indiana Women’s Prison assisting with RCIA instruction and bible study. She is a liturgical minister at St. Matthew
Parish in Indianapolis
where she serves as chair of the liturgy committee.
She is a recipient of the
Bronze Pelican Award, a diocesan recognition given to adults who have made a
significant and outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of
Catholic youth in the Boy Scouts of America. Ann and her husband, Tim, have two adult sons. She enjoys bicycling and travel.
Ann is seeking approval for her second term on the