As your Roman Catholic Chaplain, I would just like to briefly introduce myself for those of you who get the chance to check out this website or our Facebook page before school starts.
It is a pleasure to be with all of you and to serve as your new chaplain in place of my friend Fr. Michael Sisco. My name is Fr. Stephen Dandeneau and I was ordained last year as a Roman Catholic priest at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul on June 25, 2011. I am close to many of you in age, as I was born July 17, 1983, soon after which God adopted me as His son through the sacrament of Baptism. These are two gifts for which I am extremely grateful, but I am also very grateful for my family. The Lord has given me a wonderful family. My parents are good, devout, loving Catholics who conceived six children-three boys and three girls. Hence, I have three sisters and two brothers. I am the youngest of them by a ten year difference, and my oldest sister had just graduated from high school when I was born. I was also the only student in my third grade class to become an uncle (via my oldest sister and her husband). Currently, I am an uncle to four nieces and eight nephews. My oldest niece is nineteen and a sophomore in college and my youngest nephew is almost three years old.
As far as education goes, God gave me the privilege to study at three good Catholic schools in my preparation for the priesthood. As an undergraduate, I studied Theology at St. Anselm College from 2001-2005 and I completed half of the philosophy requirements to study for the priesthood. Upon graduating, I was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Providence, participated in formation for the priesthood at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Providence, R.I., and I completed the remaining philosophy prerequisites at Providence College so that I could attend the graduate Theology program known as “Theology”.
“Theology” in the United States is a four year Master of Divinity program, which includes not only academic credits, but also holistic formation in which a man’s maturity, pastoral skills, and spiritual growth are evaluated as well as his intellectual capabilities. There are various seminaries where one can study Theology. I was given the opportunity to study at Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, M.D., which is currently the largest seminary in the United States with about 160 seminarians studying for various different diocese.
I hope this helps all of you get to know me as your new chaplain better, and may God bless you as you begin this year at Roger Williams University. I am greatly looking forward to growing closer to the Lord along with all of you this year!
Fr. Stephen Dandeneau