2014 D.Min. Graduates Awarded Degrees

The WTU Board of Trustees approved the award of the degree of Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality to the following students:

  • Jared Heath Bryson
  • Rev. Michelle Skillas Earnest
  • Sr. Carol Higgins, SNJM
  • Mary E. Miller
  • Deacon Thomas Anthony Pinataro
  • Rev. Dr. Catherine Quehl-Engel, and
  • Kendrick Demond Weaver.

The degrees were officially presented to these graduates as part of the graduation ceremony of the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia on May 22, 2014.

Updates on Alumni & Friends – February 2014

- New Graduates. In December 2013, the WTU Board of Trustees approved the award of degrees and certificates to the following students: Doctor of Ministry (Spirituality): Francis E. Chambers, OSA; Euihyeon Hwang; Mary Leanne Hubbard, SND; Jimmy H. Macalinao; James J. MacNew, OSFS; Master of Arts In Pastoral Studies: Leonardo Moredo; Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies: Christopher B. Powers.

- Dr. Anne E. McLaughlin, RSM completed her term as Chief Academic Officer and as Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at WTU. Her accomplishments on behalf of the Washington Theological Union were recognized in an official resolution of the WTU Board of Trustees on December 4, 2013. As a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, she will continue her work with the Conference for Mercy Higher Education located in Silver Spring, Md.

- Rev. Sean Sheridan, TOR, who received his Master of Divinity degree from WTU in 2007, was recently installed as President of the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio).

- Rev. Daniel Horan, OFM, who received his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology double degree from WTU in 2010, is a published author and recently became an editorial columnist for the Jesuit national weekly magazine, America. He is currently also a doctoral student at Boston College.

- Ms. Joan Knetemann, who received her Master of Arts in Theology (Spirituality) from WTU in 2010, has recently joined the staff of the Carmelite Institute. Previously, she was the Director of Development for WTU.

- Dr. Edward McCormack, former WTU faculty member in Pastoral Studies, was ordained in June 2013 to the Office of Deacon by Cardinal Donald Wuerl for the Archdiocese of Washington. He is ministering at St. John the Baptist parish in suburban Washington, D.C.

- Very Rev. James Greenfield, OSFS, Chair of the WTU Board of Trustees, has also taken on new duties as President of the US Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Our Gift to the Future

The Church has been enriched and well-served by the academic pursuits and achievements of the ordained, religious and students who studied graduate theology during the 40+ year history of the Washington Theological Union.  From its initial founding by religious communities of men for presbyteral education, their vision expanded to include theological education for religious communities of women, deacons, lay men and women and other members of other faith traditions.

Over 4500 students have taken courses for credit, whether or not enrolled formally in a degree or certificate program.  Of these, over 1500 students have received one of the several masters’ degrees offered by WTU and a number have received two degrees.  Over 800 degree recipients have been ordained to the presbyterate in their role as members of the many religious orders of men that have been associated with the Union.  Although the Master of Divinity degree is primarily pursued by those to be ordained, some 45 lay students (22 men/23 women) have received this degree as well.

Beyond the degree programs, our accredited Graduate Certificate program offered many students another option to furthering their theological education.  Over 200 students received one of the several different certificates offered under this program, several pursuing one of the certificates as a companion to their degree program.

Another distinctive opportunity offered to many men and women religious was a special certificate program in ministry development that was pursued while they spent a year-long sabbatical at the Union.  Almost 500 individuals were awarded this special certificate in recognition of the several courses they attended during the year.

The following summarizes other distinctive academic milestones.  The Union awarded its first degrees (Master of Arts in Theology) to 10 students in 1972.  The premier Master of Divinity degree was first awarded in 1975 to 4 students.  The first religious woman received a degree in 1977 (Master of Arts in Theology).  The first laywoman received a degree in 1980 (Master of Divinity); the first layman received a degree in 1985 (Master of Arts in Theology).  Five bishops and archbishops from the US and other countries have either studied at or received degrees from the Union.  The largest number of degrees awarded in a graduation ceremony was 52 (2000).  As a capstone, the new Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Spirituality was first awarded in 2011 to a layman, four more were awarded in 2012, and sixteen in 2013, with 18 others to complete their DMin efforts by June 2015.

Our many graduates serve the “people of God” throughout the world in a variety of ecclesial positions: bishops, university presidents, national and diocesan officials, educators, church service organizations, chaplains, and in particular many as parochial pastors, leaders and lay ministers.  So has been our objective in pursuing the challenge of the Second Vatican Council to serve the people of God.

View or Download “Washington Theological Union: Our Gift to the Future” Commemorative Booklet.

How to Apply for a Transcript

Important Note:

Transcripts will continue to be issued by the WTU Registrar until further notice.  Information regarding the issue of transcripts once the Registrar’s Office is closed will be published as soon as the decision is made with proper authorities, no later than June 2015. 

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In compliance with the U.S. FERPA law on educational privacy rights, a transcript can be released only by a signed request or release authorization from the student to the registrar. Transcripts of courses taken at the Union are available for all graduates and any former student who has completed courses for credit. Transcripts do not include any courses that were taken as an audit by any enrolled student or other person or for any person who was enrolled only to take courses for audit.

Transcripts will not be issued if there is an outstanding balance on the account.

No form is involved; the letter or e-mail request to merella@wtu.edu must include the following information:

    • Student’s full name during attendance, current street address, phone number or email address, date of birth and the approximate period of enrollment.
    • The complete name and address of each intended recipient, such as a school, commercial firm, organization, institution or other individual.
    • The number of copies and the type of copy (unofficial or official) for each recipient.
    • Many institutions will now accept electronic transmission of a transcript. If so, obtain e-mail address(es) for the recipients(s)/office(s) and provide them.

The fee for the transcript is $10 for each copy and shall be paid by either (1) check or money order (no cash), made payable to the Washington Theological Union and mailed to:
Registrar’s Office
Washington Theological Union
1600 Webster Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
or (2) by credit card, noting the card type (e.g. Visa, Mastercard), card number, the name on the card, and expiration date.

2-3 working days advance notice is required.

If you have questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at merella@wtu.edu or call 202-526-1221 Ext. 117.

Board of Trustees

Washington Theological Union is governed by a Board of Trustees, which includes the Major Superiors of the religious institutes that are current corporate or sponsor members of the school as well as other religious, clergy and lay persons.

Mr. John C. Altmiller, Esq.
Retired Partner
Kenyon and Kenyon, LLP
Vienna, Virginia

Very Rev. Justin Biase, OFM Conv
Minister Provincial
Order of Friars Minor Conventual, Province of the Immaculate Conception
Rensselaer, New York

Linda Budney LaRoche
Lay Minister
Potomac, Maryland

Very Rev. Andrew Ciferni, O. Praem.
Prior and Rector
Daylesford Abbey
Paoli, PA

Mrs. Kathleen G. Curtin
Lay Minister
Washington, District of Columbia

Very Rev. Mario Esposito, O.Carm.
Prior of the North American Province of St. Elias of the Order of Carmelites
Middletown, NY

Very Rev. James Greenfield, OSFS (Chair)
Provincial Superior of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Obalates of St. Francis de Sales and President, U.S. Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Wilmington, DE

Ms. Patricia A. Maloney
The Aerospace Corporation
Rosslyn, Virginia

Very Rev. John O’Connor, OFM
Provincial Minister
Order of Friars Minor, Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus
New York, New York

Major General Les Palm, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) (Vice-Chair and Acting President)
Former President and Chief Executive Officer of,
Marine Corps Association & Marine Corps Association Foundation
Dumfries, VA


The Washington Theological Union enjoys the accreditation and licensure status awarded by the following  entities :

Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
Approved WTU degree programs: MDiv, MA in Pastoral Studies, MTS, MA, DMin; Distance Education Programs
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Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Approved WTU degree programs: MDiv, MA in Pastoral Studies, MA, MTS, DMin; Distance Education Programs
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District of Columbia State Education Office (Licensure Commission)
Approved WTU Graduate Certificates: Carmelite Studies, Franciscan Theology and Spirituality, Spirituality Studies, Spiritual Direction Studies, Theological Studies and Word and Worship.
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