Father Justin M. Matro, O.S.B., has been appointed vocation director of Saint Vincent Archabbey by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B.
Fr. Justin, born in Montgomery, Alabama. is a son of Nicholas P. Matro of Crabtree and the late Marguerite (Monnich) Matro.
He attended Highland Avenue Grade School, Midland Park, New Jersey and is a 1976 graduate of Midland Park High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Seton Hall University in 1981, a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1988, a master of arts degree in systematic theology from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1989, a master of arts degree in formative spirituality from Duquesne University in 1991, and the S.T.D. from the Gregorian Pontifical University, Rome in January of 2000.
He made simple profession of vows on July 10, 1984, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1987. He served his diaconate internship at Sacred Heart Parish, Jeannette (1988-1989). He was ordained a priest on May 27, 1989 by Bishop Anthony G. Bosco of Greensburg.
At Saint Vincent, he served as assistant at the Archabbey gristmill (1984-1985); Archabbey guestmaster (1984-1985); socius of novices (1985-1986); assistant, Development Club (1986-1989); assistant, College Development Office (1986-1987); assistant, Seminary Development Office (1987-1991); member of the staff of Saint Vincent Retreat Programs (1986-1988); associate director of the Retreat Program (1988-1990); instructor at Saint Vincent Seminary (1990-1999); director of spiritual life for the Seminary (1993-present). In 1999, he was named to the regular faculty of Saint Vincent Seminary.