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We congratulate our 2021 graduates who completed their Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM) or Master of Theological Studies (MTS) Degree at Saint John's Seminary through our Lay Formation Program which is available to laity, deacons, and professed religious.Learn more
Brenden James Bell-MTS
Brenden Bell is a native of Southern California. He studied at St. Mary’s College of California where he graduated with a double major in religious studies and philosophy in 2011. Feeling drawn to the priesthood and religious life, he entered formation with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in 2015. After several years of formation and discernment, he felt God call him to serve in the world as a layman leaving the seminary in 2019. In 2020, Brenden completed his MTS at Saint John’s Seminary with a thesis on G. K. Chesterton and the New Evangelization.
Brenden is extremely grateful for the education and spiritual formation that he has received from Saint John’s and the Oblates. He looks forward to new adventures as he continues to follow the Lord wherever He leads. Brenden is currently the Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Mesa, AZ. There he helps oversee a number of parish ministries including men’s and women’s ministries, parish formation programs, and the Family RCIA program.
Deacon Peter W. Bujwid-MAM
Deacon Peter Bujwid is a permanent deacon serving the last two years at the parishes of St. Agnes and St. Camillus in Arlington. Deacon Peter has been married to Betsy for 31 years and together they have three adult children. He works in the field of Information Technology and most recently for the Archdiocese of Boston, where he has been for 8 years.
“The MAM program is both a deep and comprehensive course of study. It offers the student an opportunity to grow and develop their knowledge of scripture, Catholic teaching, theology and church history. It is a tremendously rich experience; one I would recommend for anyone who wishes to learn and grow in their understanding of our Church, our faith and of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Deacon Peter commenced his MAM studies while preparing for the permanent diaconate. He was ordained in 2019. "I will miss the time of student fellowship and the guidance and teaching of the faculty who are not only experts in their respective fields of study, but teach from a place of deep faith."
Deacon Robert P. Horne-MAM
Deacon Bob Horne and his wife Susan (MAM ’12 graduate) have been married for 33 years. They live in Needham where they raised their three children who are now grown and on their own. Bob has degrees from Boston College and Babson College (MBA) and worked for many years as a technology manager and consultant in the Financial Services industry.
Seeing how much Susan enjoyed her coursework and formation in the MAM program, Bob’s curiosity led him to the catechism certificate class and eventually to the permanent diaconate. He was ordained in September of 2018 at Holy Name Church in West Roxbury, coincidentally (or not) the parish where he grew up and received his sacraments of initiation.
Bob has been assigned as Deacon to St. Joseph Parish in Needham where he and Susan are long-time parishioners. Since the goal of “faith seeking understanding” is never complete in this life, Bob has greatly appreciated this opportunity to continue ongoing formation in the St. John’s Seminary MAM degree program.
Luciana R. Prunier-MAM
Luciana Prunier lives in Wayland, Massachusetts, with her husband and children. She became involved in Church Ministry as a catechist at Good Shepherd Parish in Wayland, and her love for catechesis and formation grew from there. She has been involved in various aspects of Church life including Liturgical Ministry, Pastoral Visitor at Leonard Morse and Emerson Hospitals, and Prison Ministry at MCI Framingham. More recently, she served as Director of Faith Formation at our local parishes. Prior to dedicating her time to assist the Church, she worked at Biogen Idec in Cambridge as a scientist for thirteen years. She is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese and enjoys learning new languages.
Luciana is deeply grateful for the immense support and encouragement she received from her family, friends and co-workers, and all the amazing parish priests, spiritual mentors, and the religious sisters at St. Patrick’s Manor, and all the wonderful staff and faculty for the MAM/MTS Programs at St. John’s Seminary. She is very excited to see where the Lord will lead her to serve the Church next!