December Graduates - Saint John's Seminary
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December Graduates

December 21, 2021

Saint John's Seminary celebrates our students who completed their degree requirements in the fall semester. Our two graduates will be recognized during our May 23, 2022 Graduation and Commencement Ceremony in the seminary chapel.

Congratulations to:

Deacon Ronald A. Dowding-MAM

Ron Dowding is a permanent deacon serving in the parish of St. Mary in Holliston where he and his wife Jeanne have worshiped for over 30 years. They have two adult sons. Deacon Ron has degrees and certificates from Northeastern University and Harvard University and has worked in the IT industry for many years.

Ron was drawn to the diaconate after serving in many ministerial capacities for several years. He was ordained into the Permanent Diaconate by Cardinal O’Malley on October 3, 2020.

Ron is grateful for the dedication of the faculty and staff and the fellowship of the students in the MAM/MTS programs. He is now looking forward to exploring new ministries in his retirement years.

Deacon Anthony Foti-MAM

Deacon Anthony Foti is a permanent deacon serving the last year at St. Patrick’s parish of Stoneham. Deacon Anthony has been married to Franca for 31 years and together they have three adult children. He works as an optometrist in Wilmington where he has had a private optometric office for over 30 years.

Deacon Foti writes, “The MAM program is a comprehensive course of study. It offers everyone an opportunity to grow and develop their knowledge of Catholic teaching and Sacred Scripture, theology, and church history. It is a tremendous discernment process and a rich faith experience; one I would recommend highly for anyone who wishes to learn and grow in their understanding the mission of our Church, our faith and of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Deacon Anthony commenced his MAM studies after he was ordained into the permanent diaconate. He was ordained in 2020. According to Deacon Foti it was the perfect year for an eye doctor, looking to restore 20/20 vision to his patients. He adds, "I will miss the 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."