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May 14, 2014 | Seminary of the Southwest

Seminary of the Southwest Commencement Ceremony Honors the Rev. Alejandro Montes



Recognizing an extraordinary life of accomplishments, Seminary of the Southwest awarded an honorary doctorate to the Rev. Alejandro Montes at their Commencement ceremonies on Tuesday. Montes is the first person in his family to ever receive a doctorate, a well-deserved honor for a man transcended humble beginnings to eventually lead San Mateo Episcopal Church to become the first Spanish-speaking church in the U.S. to achieve parish status.

Read Montes' inspiring story and honorary degree citation here.


Dr. Justo González, Cuban American historian, theologian and author preached at the Holy Eucharist. The seminary awarded honorary doctorates to González, Montes, and to Mr. John Jockusch, philanthropist, lay leader and member of St. David's Episcopal Church, San Antonio.

Chair of the seminary's board of trustees, the Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison and Dean and President Cynthia Briggs Kittredge awarded 33 diplomas to seminarians completing the Master of Divinity, MA in Religion, MA in Counseling, MA in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, MA in Spiritual Formation and Diploma in Anglican Studies.

Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS) presented certificates to graduates of their Theological Education for Emerging Ministries program.

Commencement sermon

González honorary degree citation

Jockusch honorary degree citation


Watch the video below about Montes, created by his granddaughter, Laura: