Bishop Richard F. Stika presented certificates May 2 to more than 75 Diocese of Knoxville parishioners who successfully completed a four-year Catholic Bible study program sponsored by the diocese’s Hispanic Ministry office.
Some 90 Catholics took part in the intensive study program, which began in 2011. The students were required to attend a full day of study one Saturday each month as well as do homework during the week.
The four-year Bible school culminated in the presentation of certificates following a Mass for the students and their families and supporters at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Father Arthur Torres Barona, associate pastor at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was celebrant of the Mass and was assisted by Deacon Joe Stackhouse.
Successfully completing the Bible study program and receiving certificates were:
Gerardo Aguilar Cisneros, Marcos Aguilar, César Andablo Márquez, Laura C. Anguiano, Patricia Verano Aramayo, Maria de Jesús Benitez, Rosa Maria Berber, Ester V. Brown, J. Fermin Cabrera, Ana H. Cabrera, Fermin H. Cabrera, Eduardo H. Cabrera, Justo Rufino Cabrera, Marta Arcelia Camacho Garduño, Elder Carrillo Lopez, William Carrillo Lopez, Eduardo Cea, Mónica Cea, Norma Cisneros, Roberto Carlos Cortés, Rosalba Cruz G., Sofia Delgado de Rocha, Alicia Diaz, Roman Josue Diaz, Miguel Diego Pascual, Mauricio Domingo Tomás, Rolando Galicia Cano, Diana Gálvez, Aída Garcia Gonzalez, Irma Aurora Gardner, Aurelio A. Sales Gomez, Mateo Gomez Silvestre, Ana Gabriela González, Ana Rosa Gonzalez, Esteban González Cerón, Sister Isabel González Perez, Maria D. González, Maria J. González, Marta González, Lucila Gonzalez Simon, Marisol González, Trinidad Hernández Micete, Juan A. Hernández, Erasmo Hernandez Burdier, Gladys Ball-Herrera, Juan Antonio Herrera P., Jorge Juarez, German Juárez Diaz, Candelario Juárez Diaz, Nancy R. Kinerson, Eduardo López Gil, Sergio Luna Ramos, Sister Delfina Maravilla, Candalaria Martin, Guadalupe Mayorga, Graciela Medina González, Carlos Mencias, Mario Mérida, Luis Alexander Milián F., Alicia Mora, Elena Morales Ayuso, Maria G. Palacios, Eusebio Pasaye Reyes, Jeremías Perez Diaz, Eulogio Ramiro Perez, Cayetano Perez R., Mariano Ramirez Tomás, Sister Lina Ramos Varela, Nora Rickman, Beatriz Rincón, Jazmin Rodriguez Narro, Moises Rosario Perez, Jorge David Saenz G., Siomara Sales Aguilar, Gabriel Sanchez, Isidora G. Sanchez, Sonia J. Sanchez Morales, Gema Santana, Isabel Santiago Ciga, Antonia Arias Santiago, Irene Scoggins, Cristina de Soriano, Salvador Soriano, Mireya Valdez-Carnes, Ana Vargas, Marcelino Vicente Vasquez, Luis Velasquez, Mario Velazquez, Lina Maria Velazquez.
During the May 2 Mass, diocesan Hispanic Ministry Director Lourdes Garza was recognized for establishing the Bible study program as was Blanca Primm, administrative assistant in the Office of Hispanic Ministry. Also recognized were Paul Simoneau, diocesan vice chancellor and director of the Office of Peace and Justice, Karen Byrne, administrative assistant in the diocesan offices of Youth Ministry and Marriage Preparation, Joseph Boland of Catholic Extension Society as well as professors Maria Pia Septien, P. Rafael Ramirez, and Juan Rendón of the University of Dallas, who were instructors for the program.
Volunteers who took part in the program and graduation ceremony with Mass included Elena Morales Ayuso, Alicia Mora, Gladys-Ball Herrera, Juan Antonio Herrera, Verónica Garduño, Griselda Padilla, Juan Hernández, Silvio e Inesita Robledo, Gisela Chaparro, Lina María Velazquez, Lisa Morris, Dorothy Curtis, and Niños Acólitos.
The students completing the college-level coursework are scheduled to travel to Texas to take part in a formal graduation ceremony.