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Acculturation for ClergyFaculty for the Acculturation Program are drawn from the St. John’s University faculty, staff of the Vincentian Center, diocesan administrators, and foreign-born resident priests. Since 1995 the Vincentian Center for Church and Society at the University has offered programs in management for pastors and has worked with seminarians and priests from the three metropolitan New York dioceses. The Vincentian Center also collaborates with the Center for Migration Studies.

  • Larry Boone. A graduate of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, Dr. Boone earned both his graduate degrees (M.S.I.E. and Ph.D.) at the University of Pittsburgh. An associate professor in the department of Management, Larry has served in various administrative positions at St. John’s including Interim Dean. He played an important role in the development of the graduate program (MBA) on the Rome Campus of St. John’s.
  • Mary Ann Dantuono earned her undergraduate degree in Communications at Fordham University and her J.D. degree at St. John’s University School of Law. Mary Ann is the Associate Director of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society at St. John’s and is an Adjunct Professor of Law in the Legal Studies Program.   She previously served the Diocese of Rockville Centre as the Director of Public Policy and Legal Affairs for Catholic Charities.
  • Otto L. Garcia, born in Cuba, is currently the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, Diocese of Brooklyn. He completed his priestly studies at Cathedral College and North American College in Rome. Msgr. Garcia earned his J.C.D. and S.T.B. at the Gregorian University in Rome and is an authority on the Vatican II text Lumen Gentium . Monsignor serves on the Presbyteral Council, The Board of Consultors, Catholic Charities Board of Directors, Corporation of the Catholic Medical Center, and is a Trustee of St. John’s University. He is a professor in the J.C.L. Program at Catholic University of America and a member of the Canon Law Society of America.
  • John Greg, an alumnus of St. John’s University, is an Associate Professor, Speech, Communication Sciences and Theatre in St. John’s College. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Michigan. He has taught homiletics to seminarians and conducts Retreat Preaching Workshops and Evaluations for the Passionists. He is a member of many professional associations and committees.
  • Rafael Javier, is a Clinical Professor, Psychology and Director of the Psychological Services Center at St. John’s University. He holds a B.A. from Herbert H Lehman College, received his M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University, and is a graduate of NYU’s post-doctoral program. Dr. Javier is a tenured professor of psychology and has presented extensively on evaluation and treatment with particular emphasis on linguistic and cultural issues. His most recent publication is Personality Development and Psychotherapy in our Diverse Society: A Source Book.
  • Margaret John Kelly, D.C.* A native of Strafford, Pennsylvania, Sister earned her undergraduate degree at St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in English at St. John’s University. She has held faculty and administrative positions at St. Joseph College, Laboure College, and St. John’s University where she currently serves as Executive Director of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society. Sister Margaret John has held leadership positions in her community, the Daughters of Charity, and in several professional organizations. She also serves on the boards of several health care organizations.
  • Flora Keshishian, a native of Persia, is a professor in the Department of Speech, Communication Sciences and Theatre at St. John’s University. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University, completing a dissertation in media ecology, which deals with the cultural context of communication. Dr. Keshishian teaches Interpersonal Communication and Intercultural Communication and has taught at Queens College, Montclair State and New York University as well offering lectures and papers at several international conferences. Fluent in Persian, Armenian, with knowledge of both French and Arabic languages, she is a poet and artist as well.
  • Ronald T. Marino is the Director of the Catholic Migration Office of the Diocese of Brooklyn and also the Director of Resources, Inc. of the Diocese of Brooklyn, occupational training programs for immigrants. Msgr. Marino holds an M.S. in Education from St. John’s University, M.Div. from Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington and a B.A from Cathedral College, Douglaston. He is a recognized national and international public speaker on immigration issues and on The Catholic Church and Immigrants . Monsignor serves on numerous Boards and committees and has a special interest in Italian American Organizations and Apostolates.
  • Donald R. Pitti is the founding Director of the Financial Services Institute inthe Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University in New York. Mr. Pitti retired as President and CEO of Seligman Financial Services, Inc., which manages over $35 billion in assets. He is currently Chairman Emeritus and a Trustee of the Foundation for Financial Planning. Mr. Pitti has been a guest speaker at many financial services conferences and has appeared on radio and television programs, including Wall Street Week. He holds a B.A. from New York University and did graduate work at Adelphi University.
  • Blythe E. Roveland-Brenton is the University Archivist at St. John’s University. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a MLS, archival concentration from St. John’s University. Her research interests are archives and special collections, New York history, the history of Anthropology, Paleolithic Archaeology, and Children and Archaeology.
  • Eugene Sullivan* An alumnus of St. John’s, Mr. Sullivan received an M.B.A. from New York University, with a major in marketing. He served for many years as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer of Borden, Inc. In 1987, he was appointed Chairman of the Commission on Catholic Health Care Ministry in the US, which is sponsored by the Catholic Hospital Association and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. He has served on numerous hospital boards and other organizations. Mr. Sullivan has served as a Trustee of St. John’s University and was Chairman of the Board of Trustees 1999-2000. He recently retired as a full Professor in the College of Business Administration and remains a guest lecturer in several graduate courses.
  • Michael D. Whalen, C.M. is an Assistant Professor of Theology in St. Johns College. His recently published books are: Sermons and Feasts of the Church Year; Remembering the Saints; On the Threshold of Mystery: An Introduction to Sacrament; and Liturgical Catechesis: An Historical Overview and American Contributions. He has published numerous other research and popular articles and has given major addresses at Religious Education and Liturgical conferences. He holds an S.T.D. in Historical Theology: Ritual Studies, and a S.T.L. in Liturgical and Sacramental Theology from the Catholic University of America. He earned a M.A. in Religious Education from LaSalle University, a M.A. in Systematic Theology from St. Charles Seminary, a Th.M. and a M.Div. from Mary Immaculate Seminary, and a B.A. in English from Niagara University.

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