Most Rev. Lawrence E. Brandt, J.C.D., Ph.D., Bishop of Greensburg, ordained Father Jeremiah Lange, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, to the priesthood Saturday, May 25 in the Archabbey Basilica.
Father Jeremiah, of Pittsburgh, is the son of George L. Lange of Murrysville and the late Margaret Meixelsberger. He is a 1974 graduate of Plum Senior High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Slippery Rock University in 1996, a Master of Arts/Ed.S. degree in counseling from the University of South Carolina in 2001, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Florida in 2005. He was employed as a district counselor of secondary education in the Osceola City School District; Park Place Behavioral Center, Kissimmee, as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor; a doctoral fellow at the University of Florida, and a psychometrist at the Counseling and Human Development Center of the University of South Carolina. He began studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2008.
He entered the novitiate at Saint Vincent Archabbey in July, 2007 and professed simple vows the following year. On July 11, 2011, he made solemn profession of monastic vows. He was ordained to the diaconate on April 14, 2012 by Bishop Brandt in the Archabbey Basilica. He served his deacon internship at Saint John University Parish, Morgantown, West Virginia.
From 2008-2009 he served as a student advisor in the Opportunity Program at Saint Vincent College, assistant archivist, assistant director of the Oblate program, and assistant baker of Saint Vincent bread. He continues to serve as assistant to the director of the Oblate Program, an appointment made in 2008. He has served as sacristan and assistant master of ceremonies (2009-present), assistant food service liaison (2009-2010), and a research and teaching assistant on the faculty of the Education Department of Saint Vincent College (2009-2010). In 2010 he was named a field supervisor for Catholic Schools in the college Education Department.