Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., Rector of Saint Vincent Seminary, has been a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey since 1994. He received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Penn State University in 1994, and a master of arts degree in theology from Saint Vincent Seminary in May of 1998. He is a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa. In 2000, he began graduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, receiving the Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (S.S.L.) in 2003. Father Edward continued his studies at the Gregorian University in Rome, earning a Licentiate in Fundamental Theology (S.T.L.) in 2005. He then completed his studies in England, receiving a Doctorate in Theology from the University of Oxford in 2009, having written his dissertation on John Henry Newman’s “Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine.”
Ordained to the priesthood in 2001, he has served in numerous roles at Saint Vincent Archabbey and Seminary, including director of solemnly professed Benedictine and other religious seminarians, novice master of the monastic community. He has been a member of the Seminary faculty, teaching Sacred Scripture, since 2007, and has also served as assistant director, then director of human formation. He also served as president of the Saint Benedict Education Foundation, which raises funds for the international Benedictine University in Rome, Sant' Anselmo.
Father Edward writes and publishes at both the popular and academic levels, and is active in retreat ministry, frequently offering retreats for laity, religious, and clergy. He writes a column on Sunday homilies for The Catholic Accent, the Archabbey website, the website of the National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood, and Jednota, the newspaper of the First Catholic Slovak Union.