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Three Alums and Their Work to Save the Planet Also inside: The Inaugural VIBM Awards The 50th Annual CMI

fall 2009 C reatin g C hristian C ommunit y b y C ele b ratin g the achie v ements of our school and alumni

From the President

Paul E. Sheff ’62, President

On the cover: Kevin Kiley ’71 got a ride to CM in his mother’s Ford Country Squire station wagon. Today, his commute in a Miles Electric Vehicle is a little different.

CM MAGAZINE is a publication of Catholic Memorial School, a college preparatory school for young men, grades 7-12. It is published three times a year by the Christian Brothers Institute of Massachusetts, under the direction of Mr. Paul E. Sheff ’62, President.

CORRESPONDENCE POLICY Letters and correspondence are encouraged.



Last year, at the joint meeting of the Trustees and Directors of Catholic Memorial School, the most fervent topic of discussion was the document the Christian Brothers had published at their Chapter meeting in Munnar, India last March. Entitled The Spirit Moving in Our Midst: Be My Disciple, the document called upon Christian Brother communities “to open our hearts to the cry of the poor and the earth and to be moved to prophetic action through advocacy and works for justice.” Following up on that, the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers of North America met in Cornwall, Canada, and resolved there to “encourage each Brother, all communities, all ministries and related offices in the Edmund Rice Network to become educated about care for the earth and set realistic goals for reducing their ecological footprint.” This statement was at once aspirational, in that it expressed hope for what was to come, and yet descriptive of what was already in motion. Because when you look at schools like Catholic Memorial, you can see that care for and stewardship of the earth’s


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resources has permeated every educational institution’s consciousness–and mission. At CM, we have already heeded that call to protect our world. Whether it’s in a theology class, a science class or an English class, students are encouraged to become advocates for the less fortunate, take a determined stance against injustice, and find their voices in the arguments that need to be made to defend God’s many creations. While this issue of CM Magazine celebrates our alumni’s “green” response to the call of the Christian Brothers, it also celebrates the response our alumni have had to the call of the motto of our school, one given to us by a founding Christian Brother, Brother Joseph McKenna. Jack Cleary ’64, Frank Doyle ’66, Richard Ring ’64, and Peter Trovato ’00 have responded to that call. As the inaugural recipients of the Vince in Bono Malum Awards in November, these four men continue to do the work that their school’s motto challenged them to take on at graduation: to conquer evil by doing good. ✥

Douglas Zack Director of Advancement David Erwin ’96 P’13 Asst. Director of Advancement/Director of Alumni Relations Daniel Chisholm ’03 Assistant Director of the Annual Fund Patricia Walsh Director of Database Management & Stewardship Joe McGonegal Director of Communications & Editor, CM Magazine

CONTRIBUTORS David Erwin ’96 Dan Chisholm ’03 Brian Scott Pat Walsh Douglas Zack

PRINT & DESIGN Inkstone Printing Karen Ancas Design

PHOTOS Terry Bleiler Betsy Cullen P’11 Ellen Eberly P’99, ’05

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C AT H O L I C M E M O R I A L M AG A Z I N E Features

Earth, Wind, Fire page 2 Brian Keane ’85, Kevin Kiley ’71 and Michael McWilliams ’69 are doing wonders with alternative energy. In lobbying efforts, the private industry and international politics, these three have an eye on the earth's future.

The Vince in Bono Malum Awards page 6 At the annual President's Society Dinner at the Copley Marriott on November 4, CM celebrated four alumni for their professional efforts and for making their alma mater proud in service to others.

Run, Knights, Run! page 9 The Catholic Memorial Invitational began on October 29, 1960–a cold, wet, October day. This year’s running was much the same, but a record number of runners in this fall classic earned a memory they’ll never forget.

The 2009 Annual Report page 13 Hundreds rally behind CM’s “High School Challenge” page 19

departments Faculty News and Updates.............................................20 Sports Log....................................................................... 22 The 23rd Annual CM Golf Tournament........................... 23 Baker Street Bits.............................................................24 Class Notes...................................................................... 27 In Memoriam ..................................................................30 1

Earth, Wind, Fire Green Wheels / Kevin Kiley ’71


When Kevin Kiley '71 came to CM each day, his mother drove him in the family's Ford Country Squire station wagon--Manley '70, Kevin '71, and Tom '72. After school, they'd often hitch a ride back to Newton, or their father would sneak over from his job as a Newton police officer in a squad car to pick them up. Today, Kiley's commute is just as long-about three miles. He leaves his home in Brentwood, California, and drives to Santa Monica, where his office is. But the means of Kiley's commute is a 150 amp-hour, sealed, absorbed glass-mat, maintenance-free lead acid battery-powered vehicle. In common parlance: an electric car. Kiley is the senior vice president of Miles Electric Vehicles, a Santa Monica based outfit that is competing with major manufacturers

to bring the first highway-model all-electric car to market this year. Driving one of his company's low-speed vehicles to work each day is just one way Kiley is advocating for, as his company puts it, "a world without emissions." Though their high-speed car, dubbed the Miles XS500, has yet to come to market, Miles Electric has done wonders for the environment with their first two models: a lowspeed fleet vehicle and a low-speed truck. Both are marketed for and used now enmasse on and around universities, resort grounds, airports, parks and corporate campuses. In the coming year, Miles will face the same obstacle that the Chevy Volt and the Tesla Roadster will face: cost. With the price of an emissions-free, electric car estimated at anywhere between

$40,000 and $110,000 or more, it will be hard to convince consumers to make the switch. Particularly when the affordable hybrids are out there. "It's like everything else," Kiley says. "The cost is high because batteries are expensive, but that will improve as batteries mature." "We want to offer a car that is more commercially available,” says Kiley, “and with federal tax credits you can take advantage of right now–a $7500 incentive for highway speed electric vehicles, it's going to make our vehicles more affordable than most other all-electric highway speed vehicles.” “The U.S. government has encouraged the development of alternative fuel vehicles through various stimulus packages and other funding...but until the economies of scale are reached, you're going to pay a premium for most alternative energy vehicles." Kiley is optimistic that Americans can make the switch. He estimates that today, power on America's grid could fuel 175 million electric vehicles. And state and federal policies are improving. In California, Kiley estimates that of the approximate $45,000 potential sticker price of a Miles high-speed car next year, up to $12,500 could be knocked off the price in incentives and credits. The federal income tax credit, as well as a potential Air Quality Improvement Program, provides a $5,000 rebate which would be available to residents and businesses. Other states and utilities offer rebates and incentives, too. “In our vision, Miles is not going to be a one-car company,” says Kiley. “We’re not going after the hybrid. Electric has a lot more


Kevin Kiley (facing page) speaking at the Grand Opening of the Tianjin Lantian Hi Tech Power Sources Joint Stock Co., Ltd in Tianjin, China. Kiley (at left) near his Santa Monica office, driving in a Miles low-speed vehicle.

What’s inside: ease to market than fuel cells. We’re also partnering with a Washington company that could pair our vehicles with solar renewable panels.” In the meantime, Kiley's schedule is full with doing demos for companies or customers who are buying Miles's low-speed trucks and cars. This past year, they outfitted Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, and were scheduled to deliver a fleet to Lawrence Livermore Labs in California. Kiley was not always in the car business. He began with Wellman, Inc., then worked for Shamash and Sons, doing business in textiles with them in China as they became two of the first U.S. companies allowed to do business there in 1978. “Doing business in China was different then,” he recalls. “I was a young kid fresh out of school, and at the time there were very few Americans walking around in Shanghai…the whole process of doing business involved sightseeing, and multiple

meals–what you now can do in a couple of hours.” “I didn’t speak a word of Chinese,” Kiley admits. “But after a while you pick up on some subtle words and phrases.” When entrepreneur Miles Rubin bought Shamash, he and Kiley formed a long-standing friendship. “I was traveling pretty regularly to China, and at some point Miles said, ‘during the next trip to China, I want you to check out electric cars.’ We identified two manufacturers eventually, who we’re currently with.” In the following year, Kiley formed partnerships with battery and chassis manufacturers in China, that secured Miles Electric's supplies as the company launched in 2004. In Kiley's vision, ten years from now, every auto manufacturer will have an electric car in its fleet. "The U.S. was really behind in the hybrid game, but our vision now is to get all our energy from totally renewable resources." ✥

• Advanced sealed, absorbed glass mat (AGM), maintenance-free lead-acid battery • Average speed: 25mph • 0-20 mph in 4.1 seconds • 4-6 hours charge time What’s smart about a Miles Electric Vehicle: • Zero emissions. No gas required. • Easily charged at any standard 110V outlet • On average, costs 2-3 cents per mile to drive • Prevent over 12,000 pounds of annual tailpipe emissions


Green Smarts / BRIan keane ’85


On a typical week this year, Brian Keane found himself logging a thousand miles or more, jet setting among Phoenix, Denver, Atlanta and his home in Washington, D.C. He’s not proud of all the jet fuel he burns. But Keane is making up for it--and then some--in his line of work. As president of SmartPower, a Washington based nonprofit devoted to changing how this country thinks about energy use, Keane’s had a lot on his mind in the past year. With the Copenhagen summit on climate change approaching, a climate bill making its way through Congress, and an Oval Office whose rhetoric is promising to environmentalists, Keane is optimistic that 2010 will be a very important year for his organization.

How can we think more ‘smart’ about power use at home? The first five things that come to mind for Brian Keane:

1. Unplug any appliances you’re not

using currently. TVs, computers, DVDs, all these appliances are still on and they’re all costing you hundreds of dollars a year in utility bills. In this country, it’s the equivalent of 17 coalfired power plants a year, creating power right now just to produce waste. Just to keep our appliances off.

2. Turn off light bulbs. It’s easy–you’re not in the room, just turn it off.

3. When those light bulbs burn out,

replace them with an incandescent light. People complain that it throws out a different kind of light, but they’ve gotten so much better.

President Obama’s administration has had its eye on Keane for some time, appointing him in June, in fact, to be Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency. Keane was torn, although life had other plans for him-two days later, his third baby was born. “In life, it’s all about timing,” Keane said. “And that’s what it came down to. The reality is that we have three kids under the age of five. But I was offered a very cool job in a very cool administration." Keane would call SmartPower a cool job, too, and he’s come to the understanding that, to paraphrase the president, you can effect as much change outside the government as you can inside it. As a nonprofit marketing agency, Keane’s SmartPower aims to get regular people to want to buy clean energy and be energy efficient. They won’t do that by reading brochures or listening to endless policy talk on C-Span, however. SmartPower thinks outside the box. In 2007, they instituted the YouTube Energy Smart Ad Challenge. Make a video about how ordinary citizens can make better decisions with energy use, win $5,000. “There’s people around the country who understand how to talk about this better than the energy experts do,” Keane said, “so we said ‘give us a video that talks about it, and the best one will win.’”

4. Give your home an energy audit.

In the first contest two years ago, a 19-year old student from Nebraska won. This year’s contest is currently being judged.

5. Join

“Coca Cola and McDonalds spend billions of dollars trying to figure out who their

Your power company will come in and tell you how you can save.

and start learning how to save energy.


customers are,” said Keane, “but in the clean energy [industry] there isn’t that. There’s lots of well-intentioned people, but in order to move the marketplace you need to move people with other reasons.” SmartPower’s website ranks colleges and universities, as well as private industry companies, in terms of their energy use and conservation. Keane tours the country urging non-profits and for-profits to think outside the box in transforming their industries’ attitudes towards energy. You can create as much policy at the federal and state level as you want, Keane argues. But it may not be enough. “We need to create a voluntary market for clean energy that will not change from administration to’ve got to get people to value it no matter what,” he said. SmartPower’s newest project focuses on Keane’s home state. will help citizens in Massachusetts think differently about their utility bills. “Most people, when they look at utility bill wonder ‘how much money is it costing?’ And not, ‘how much am I wasting?’” “This is like Weight Watchers--regular people go online, decide how much money they want to save on their bills, and we help them do it. We’ll stick with you and keep you on track,” he said. ✥

Green Earth / michael mcwilliams ’69


Think about water for a minute. Think about all the water in the world: rivers, oceans, glaciers, aquifers, rain clouds. None of it is going anywhere. It’s the same water that was here thousands of years ago, and the same water that will be here thousands of years from now. The earth is a closed system. Michael McWilliams '69 thinks about that all the time. The director of communications for the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) in Stockholm, Sweden, McWilliams’s job is to advocate for scientists worldwide who are thinking about water, too. Water conservation, waste water, unsanitary water, and safe drinking water. “Water is the underpinning for all well being,” McWilliams says. “And the issue of water is inextricably linked to sanitation.” A typical day for McWilliams involves reading reports from scientists funded by his nonprofit thinktank, translating them for government officials in Europe, Africa, Asia and elsewhere, communicating with United Nations agencies about upcoming crises, and preparing for conferences like “World Water Week” and “Water Forums.” Mcwilliams’s career turned towards efforts like this in 2004, when he went back to school at Northeastern to pursue a certification in working with non-profits. “When my youngest son got ready to graduate from college,” McWilliams recalls, “I turned to my wife and I said ‘I’ve kind of had it with my business.’ I remember her look to this day when she said, “I’ve really had it with your business.’”

McWilliams started doing policy work on Beacon Hill for UMass, then started working in communications for MassInc and Ian Bowles, who is now Energy Secretary of Massachusetts. “He was quirky and brilliant,” McWilliams says, “and I said, 'man I want to work for guys like this.'” In 2008, McWilliams convinced his wife to try Stockholm out for a year, and he joined SIWI in one of its most important years. On McWilliams’s radar of late were the Copenhagen Climate Talks in December, and convincing them that the “water lobby” should not be kept in the lobby of those talks, but brought to the floor as the biggest issue at stake in the coming years. “We don’t just find funding for researchers,” McWilliams says of his work at SIWI. “We point out the problems.” Problems like 5,000 children dying a day from diarrhea, a problem we know the cure for. Or the “water footprint” created by consumption of an ordinary hamburger, which requires 10,000 liters of water to grow, process, clean and cook--the same amount of water an average family in the U.K. uses in a day. Or that so many baby boomers will move to places like Scottsdale, Phoenix or Las Vegas in the coming years, bringing from the east with them their “water attitudes,” that those towns will simply run out of water and dry up.

“Water is the medium through which the most serious impacts of the climate crisis will be felt,” McWilliams says. “And though the water’s not going away, it’s going to be coming down in all the wrong places.” But there’s hope. On a typical day this year, McWilliams was working with a scientist in India to design low-cost, sanitary toilets for the “untouchable” caste of the poor in India. SIWI was investigating corruption in African nations after funding they had helped provide went missing. And Stockholm played host to World Water Week this summer, calling attention to the world’s water crisis with presentations and multilateral calls for action. “We are always adapatable,” McWilliams says, “and I believe that common sesne will prevail, and it will prevail on a world stage. It may cause great upheaval, and the process of adaptation to those upheavals will be harsh, but people will get through them. And the adaptation will help a lot of people.” ✥

Photos: (left) Brian Keane's work involves helping non-profit solar companies as they provide incentives to customers to install and use solar panels; (above) Michael McWilliams in his Stockholm office.


“Let the work of our hands prosper”

The Inaugural Vince in Bono Malum Awards “Evil can be overcome–by righteous living. By a deliberate effort to ensure that through the work of our hands, the presence of God is made manifest.” So spoke CM President Paul E. Sheff ’62 in inviting the four recipients of this year’s inaugural Vince in Bono Malum Awards to the podium in the Copley Marriott’s Grand Ballroom. The ceremony, part of the annual President’s Society Dinner on November 4, was the first of its kind. The first four recipients of the VIBM award that evening–Jack Cleary ’64, Frank Doyle ’66, Richard Ring ’64, and Peter Trovato ’00–have done just as Sheff indicated. Through remarkable professional careers and outstanding service to community, they have vivified the motto of their alma mater–to conquer evil by doing good. Whether it be Jack Cleary’s lifetime of work for clients at Goodwin Procter LLP, Frank Doyle’s accomplishments as CEO of Connell Ltd. Partnership, Richard Ring’s record of service to the needy in Boston, or Peter Trovato’s creative approach to supporting the armed forces of the United States, all four alumni gave the 200 guests in attendance on November 4 much to admire. “Tonight we gather not to recite history but to make history,” said Mr. Sheff. “The need for these awards came to me when I was attending last year’s Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony. I wanted our students and alumni to know about other distinguished men who represent the best that we are.” Sheff described both the background of the school’s motto and the idea of the award as originating in scripture, and in particular, Psalm 90. “Embedded in Moses’ requests in this psalm are the criteria of these awards–specifically, that we understand that every day is to be lived rightly, and that our labors reflect the graciousness of God…’let the work of our hands prosper.’” All recipients were delighted to be nominated and hear their citations read aloud after dinner. Before dinner, CM Board of Trustees chair Bob Maloney '77 welcomed the President’s Society members with opening remarks. “Through your generosity,” Maloney told those in attendance, “you publicly proclaim your commitment to CM, and we thank you for what you have accomplished. The Board is hard at work to ensure our boys receive the best possible education…and we could not accomplish this without your support.”

The VIBM Awards. Top (l-r): Peter Trovato ’00, Christopher Trovato, Sean Murphy, Elizabeth Vancheri; Middle (l-r): Mark Woodall ’12, Kyung Tae Park ’12 and Seung Eun Park ’10; Bottom (l-r): Gerry Hartigan ’67 and his wife Karen.


CM senior Kevin Verity, captain of the school’s celebrated speech and debate team, performed his speech on “overscheduled families.” Brother Anthony K. Cavet, CFC, said the blessing before dinner. In attendance were distinguished alumni and guests as well as faculty, families and friends who comprise the President’s Society. “We are enormously grateful for the lives of service of our honorees, who have identified the evils of our time and have combated these evils by doing good,” said Br. Cavet. ✥

VIBM Award Citations Presented to

Jack Cleary ’64

A young Harvard Law School graduate in 1974 who had earlier studied for an undergraduate degree at MIT, you wanted to be a tax lawyer. Before your first day of work, however, President Ford signed into law an act that would change our career arc for years to come. The law was the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and the law firm you joined recruited you to help them and their clients understand its intricacies and comply with its requirements. In nearly four decades of practicing law since then, you have become a pre-eminent attorney in that very specialized field, and it has become one of your greatest passions. That’s meant mastering extensive regulations issued by the Department of Labor and IRS. As part of your success in that field, you have obtained several significant and groundbreaking advisory opinions from the Labor Department, beginning with the landmark Batterymarch Letter in the mid-1980s. That letter was one of the first two advisory opinions authorizing ERISA fiduciaries to receive incentive compensation. “Jack is the best at what he does,” says F. Beirne Lovely, general counsel for the Archdiocese of Boston and your former colleague at Goodwin Procter. “His insight and ability to take complicated facts and distill them to what’s important has put him on everybody’s short list. Jack’s clients come to him for the toughest of decisions because of his credibility and character.” Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, you are a member of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, a past co-chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Boston Bar Association, a member of the Government Affairs Committee of the Pension Real Estate Association and a former director of the New England Employee

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Benefits Council and of Catholic Memorial School. You have also been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Your work as a board member at Catholic Memorial School in the 1990s demonstrated your ability to meet many challenges head on. You are quick to credit your family for supporting your success over the years. Nancy, your devoted wife of 41 years, and you have raised two children–Nina Morrissey and Eric, who like you has pursued a career in law. You have two grandchildren whom you love: Julia, 7, and Jack, 4. In recognition of his lifetime pursuit of excellence, and in recognition of his singular and passionate devotion to the field of law and service to businesses throughout the nation, we recognize Jack Cleary ’64 with the Vince in Bono Malum Award for Professional Achievement.

Presented to

frank doyle ’66

“CM was an important part of my growing up, and a big contributor to who I am now,” says Frank Doyle ’66. “My mother, who’s British, credited the Christian Brothers for turning around my grandfather from a mischievous young man. She and my father were key to the decision for me to go to CM over BC High, because of the lifelong values and training they gave you.”Those lifelong values are alive and well in you. You received a bachelor’s degree from Boston College before pursuing an MBA there as well. And in the twenty-nine years that followed, you pursued excellence in the workplace, rising in the ranks of PriceWaterhouseCoopers over the course of three decades to become its Global Technology Leader and a member of the firm’s fourteen person Global Leadership Team. In 2001, one client solicited your services more than any other–Connell Limited

Partnership, which named you President. A company that sits comfortably on the Forbes 500 list of largest private companies, with revenues exceeding one billion dollars, Connell operates in five divisions and has approximately 20 manufacturing locations in ten countries and over 3,000 employees. In a typical week, you find yourself somewhere between Boston, Oklahoma, Ontario or worldwide, conducting business and moving your firm ahead. A recognized business leader in Boston, you have been a board member for the Massachusetts High Technology Council, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and Jobs for MA. You have served on the Governor’s Council on Economic Growth and Technology, an overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a past Director of Citizens Bank and Trustee of Joslin Diabetes Center. Responding to the call of a client in need, however, is your greatest aspiration as a business leader, and currently your docket is a full one. Aside from your work at Connell, you are a Director at Liberty Mutual, Tempur-Pedic International, Inc., and Boston College where you were awarded the Carroll Graduate School of Management’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 2000. After thirty-eight years, you remain happily married to the Dorchester girl you met at Howdie’s and who attended CM dances in her high school years. You and Donna have two daughters, Shannon and Alexandra, and six grandchildren, and can be found in Palm Beach or at your home in Harwich when on vacation. For a lifelong devotion to the values his parents held in such esteem, a steadfast work ethic to clients in need, and a career that has earned him the continued respect and admiration of his peers, his family and his hometown, Catholic Memorial School proudly bestows upon Frank Doyle the Vince in Bono Malum Award for Professional Achievement. continued on next page


VIBM Award Citations continued Presented to

richard ring ’64

“Various alumni of CM will inevitably come back to the key figures who were present in our lives, like Brother McKenna, who was just an outstanding leader,” you said in a recent interview for CM Magazine. “But it was the whole mix – some of the Christian Brothers who were there, and guys like Chris Jackson, Jim O’Connor, Ron Perry and Joe Quinn. All of these people addressed life with such integrity and with such principle. You talk about role models, they were the role models for me.” After graduating from CM in 1964, you studied at College of the Holy Cross, where you played football and majored in English. After a term of service in the U.S. Navy, you didn’t exactly know what to do with your life. “At the time, I couldn’t have labeled what it was I wanted to do. I responded to issues of social justice, but at the time I didn’t know what direction that would take. Coincidentally, it turned into homelessness,” you said. You took a leap of faith, and started to work at the Pine Street Inn during its fledgling years, eventually serving as its executive director for twenty-five years. After leaving that post in 1995, you took on the role of executive director at Travelers’ Aid Family Services, the primary responder to homeless families in need throughout the city. Working with the homeless population in Boston for over three decades, you also served as director of Caritas, which helps provide housing for working individuals, and as commissioner for Boston’s Emergency Shelter Commission. Mayors and governors have solicited your advice, and your opinions on urban issues have carried weight in many public forums. You’ve been recognized by your peers countless times, earning an honorary doctorate from Curry College, and the Sanctae Crucis Award from College of the Holy Cross. You are an honorary fire chief for the Boston Fire Department and you earned the Paul Sullivan Humanitarian Award. One of the


properties of the Pine Street Inn now bears your name. In 2001, you earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts. And your work continues still. You continue to remind us that homelessness is a finite problem that can be solved. Sound social and financial planning from government leaders, you remind us, can solve many problems for the homeless. “There are numerous problems that beg for assistance from people who are dedicated, stable and can offer their skills to the broader society,” you say. “It’s really hard times for homeless people. To maintain quality programs for them has been extremely difficult.” For his dedication, stability and skill-set that the city of Boston could not do without in the past four decades, we are proud to award Richard Ring ’64 the Vince in Bono Malum Award for Outstanding Service to Community.

Presented to

peter trovato ’00

You have only been out of high school nine years and out of college for four, but you have already distinguished yourself and set in motion actions that will have an impact for years to come. The son of Paul Trovato (CM Class of 1971), a track coach at Franklin High School who ran for Coach Tommy Meagher at CM and then Coach Tommy Meagher at Boston College, you know about devotion. Devotion meant commuting to CM from North Attleboro every day to continue the family legacy and play hockey for the greatest coach in the state. It meant leading the UMass Hockey Team in your years there as a captain. And it now means working long hours at Summit Partners. But most of all, it’s your devotion to country that brings you here tonight. After a stunning career at Catholic Memorial School in both academics and athletics (you played Freshman football, ran track, and won three consecutive Super-8 titles, two as captain),

you were appointed to West Point. Though you eventually opted for a post-graduate year at Deerfield instead, and ultimately accepted a full hockey scholarship to U-Mass Amherst, the visit you made to West Point would stay with you forever. During the summer of 2004, while interning at the State House for CM alum State Representative Michael Rush, you came up with the idea of the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (MSLF) after reading numerous stories of service members from Massachusetts who had been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. A year later, you would be reminded of your trip to West Point, where you learned about the death of Derek Hines, a St. John’s Prep hockey player killed in Afghanistan in September of 2005. Derek had been involved in your campus tour four years prior. Hearing about Derek’s death only strengthened your commitment to honoring the sacrifice of our military personnel and assisting the children they have left behind. Now in its fifth year of operation, the MSLF is specifically designed to aid the children of fallen Massachusetts service members. With “no selection process,” the fund quite simply guarantees funding for the children of Massachusetts based service members who gave their lives in Operation Enduring or Iraqi Freedom. The fund, which has now raised over $3 million, provided college tuition for its first recipient in 2008, and it has quickly earned recognition and praise from local and national leaders. You earned the 21st Century Leader Award by the University of Massachusetts in 2005. You were named Most Inspiring Student Athlete by the University of Massachusetts Athletic Department, and were the runner-up for the National NCAA Hockey Humanitarian Award in 2005. You’ve been featured on CNN, NECN, and have been the subject of Associated Press and American Spectator feature stories. For making this possible, for serving as a model community organizer and fundraiser, and for keeping alive the memory and legacy of those who have given us the greatest sacrifice, we honor Peter Trovato ’00, with the Vince in Bono Malum Award for Outstanding Young Alumnus. ✥

A Half-Century and Running: the CMI Celebrates its 50th Anniversary


hen Frederick Law Olmstead

designed Franklin Park in 1885 as Boston’s biggest “country park,” he said that he envisioned it to be used “exclusively with reference to the enjoyment of rural scenery.” Most of the 20,000 runners who have braved the Franklin Park courses laid out by Catholic Memorial School’s Invitational–the CMI–in the last half-century would balk at the use of the word “enjoyment.” And on drizzly days in late October for the past 50 years, very few probably notice the scenery blurring by them. That’s because the Catholic Memorial Invitational, celebrating its 50th year this past autumn, has earned a reputation in the state of Massachusetts and beyond as the proving ground for high schools’ best cross-country runners and the crucible in which their endurance gets tested. In the words of runners who sweat out their teenage years on its open fields, wooded paths and dangerous turns, it is “a rite of autumn;” it has become “the big event of the season,” and it has “stood the test of time.”

Brother Joseph McKenna, CFC congratulates Br. Aloysius J. Barry, CFC for his freshman team's victory at the first CMI.

In the Beginning When he came to CM in 1958, a year after it opened, Br. Aloysius J. Barry, CFC met with CM’s first head of school, Br. Joseph McKenna, CFC. “He said, ‘You’re in charge of the track team,’” Jim Barry recalls. “I said, ‘what?’” But Br. Barry did as he was told and recruited a hundred runners for CM’s third varsity sport. “The first time we ever ran at Franklin Park,” he recalls, “I bought all the kids Converse factory rejects from the Converse factory in Malden. They were rejects but they were perfect. We had 100 kids come out, all in their gym suits, and they all came in dead last. And I said, wait a minute, we’ve got to learn how to run. So I sent them to road races–in Revere, South Boston, all over.” “When we first started running, everyone was saying, ‘Who the heck is CM?’ I wanted people to know who CM was,” says Barry. The following year, Br. Barry invited several Catholic schools to participate in the first Catholic Memorial Invitational, held on October 29, 1960. Over ten schools took him up on it, including St. John’s Prep, Archbishop Williams, Cardinal Spellman, Lawrence Central (now Central Catholic), Coyle High, and St. Mary’s of Waltham. Bill McDonald of Archbishop Williams came in first place in the varsity race, and a freshman named Bill Leahy from CM won the freshman race. “I was so impressed that a school like ours, which was barely on its feet yet, was organizing a major cross-country invitational,” says Leahy. At the end of the first CMI, though, Br. Barry was in trouble. Both the varsity and JV races ended in ties for the winning teams. “I thought Br. McKenna was going to hit me over the head,” he recalls. “We had to buy two more trophies.” continued on next page


The Runners Everyone came to see Bill Leahy ’64 run the CMI. In Br. Barry’s words, “he was the greatest runner at the time.” “Nobody could beat him,” recalls John Boyle ’62, who ran behind Leahy and who now coaches track at St. John’s Prep. The Mass state indoor and outdoor mile champion in 1964, and 1963 recordsetter at Van Cortlandt Park in New York, Leahy led the Knights to a 1963 state championship in cross-country and a National Catholic School Cross Country Championship as well. In his senior year, Leahy broke record after record, shaving 26 seconds off the previous CMI record. Jack Deary ’64, ran alongside Leahy much of the season and the two provided the 1-2 punch to give Br. Barry his wishes. People started to notice CM.


Over the years, other greats would try to earn Hall-of-Fame caliber- spots next to Leahy, including Boyle, Joe Keefe ’63, Paul Catano ’68, Tom Koerber ’69, Bill Martin ’75, George Grant ’85, Mark Foley ’85, John Finn ’89, James Catano ’01, Matthew Dewey ’07, Paul Corcoran ’08. Apart from CM’s pantheon of runners, there was Alberto Salazar, who won the race his senior year for Wayland High in 1975, and who would go on to win the 1982 Boston Marathon and join the 1984 Olympic team. There was Keith Francis from New Bedford, who won it in 1972 and would go on to become a 7-time All-American for BC. Art Smith from Xaverian, Art DuLong from Randolph, Ed Norris from Brockton, Danny Foley from St. John’s Prep, and countless others recorded their legacy on the CMI course. For Tom Beatty ’68, who has coached CM track for over twenty years, the CMI

was the first big race he’d ever run. “The enthusiasm leading up to it made it clear to me that much was expected of you if you were given the privilege of competing in the CMI.” The same was true for George Grant, running two decades later. “In order to be a big time athlete, you need to be exposed to big time events, and the CMI was a big time event.”

The Course It began as a 2.7-mile endeavor, but over the years the CMI’s course changed over a dozen times. Sometimes it was the park supervisors dictating the course layout, other times it was the coaches’ whims, and all too frequently, it was the weather. The race began with a small loop on the park side of the street, crossing to the golf course for two routes, then returning to

The CMI by the Numbers

Photos, pages 10 and 11: (l-r) James Catano ’00, Matt Dewey ’07, Bill Leahy ’64, and Ed Colvin ’10. At right: The Boston Globe’s recap of the first CMI.

• 14: the course was changed 14 times over the years, with the first course finishing on White Stadium’s track.

White Stadium for the finish. By the 1970s, it changed to variations on the golf course– beginning at the softball field, running through the golf course, and returning. For well over a decade now, the course has been run completely on the park side–looping twice through the woods, and finishing on the grand field. “The original course,” according to Tommy Meagher, “was tougher than the one we have now. But the one we have now is more spectator-friendly.” “The tough thing was the start,” says Jack Deary ’64, who won the JV meet in his sophomore year. “You lined up all these people, and they converged, and you had to get out in front of the crowd to get in position.” Heading down the fairways of the golf course, Deary remembers “thinking that I’d rather be playing golf right now than running.”

John Finn ’89 ran three different variations of the course in his three CMIs. “The course was much hillier then than today’s course,” he said. “You had three hills…and it was half grass, half sidewalk. It was much more challenging.” Running on the third Saturday of October brings some unpredictability to the course, which has seen snow, rain, and plenty of mud. “A few years ago,” John Boyle ’62 recalls, “we had horrible, torrential rain, and huge puddles, and they had to change [the course] again.” George Grant ’85 and Mark Foley ’85 enjoyed having home-turf advantage at the CMI. “You just knew every aspect of the course, so that was a real help,” says Grant, the 1984 All-State champ. “At the end, you ran up a sidewalk hill, and cut down this

• 20,000: over 20,000 runners have crossed the CMI’s finish line in 50 years. • 5: CM has had five XC coaches in its history who organized the event: Br. A.J. Barry, Br. William J. Murphy, Mr. Thomas Meagher, Br. Kevin McGibney, and Mr. Vincent Catano. • 61,000: over 61,000 miles travelled by hundreds of teams to the meet over the years. • 102: CM’s track coach Vincent Catano has organized the last thirty-five CMIs and coached 102 consecutive seasons of track. • 15:07 the winning time of the first CMI, run over 2.7 miles by Bill McDonald of Archbishop Williams in 1960.

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Above left: All-American John Finn '89 won the CMI his senior year. During his junior year, Finn and his teammates won the team trophy, the last time a CM team has won its home meet. Right: a Boston Herald story on the race from Finn's era.

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little trail. It was a pretty tight trail along the side of a tee box.”

“And it’s an event which elicits the support of the entire faculty and student body.”

“We focused on that hill,” recalls Foley. “You could always reel them in there, and be in position coming down that little stretch to make your final kick.”

A competitive high school runner will log thousands of miles in his career. But moments of glory, like lining up against runners from across the nation in a major invitational meet, stay with him forever.

The Memories Over the years, the CMI has grown to become one of those races you just have to do, whether you’re from New Jersey or Pennsylvania, Springfield or West Roxbury. At last year’s race, Coach Vin Catano distributed 1,500 numbers to athletes from over a hundred schools.

“My biggest memory is of being so impressed,” says George Grant. “I remember seeing all these teams from out of state and I knew it was a big deal. It was awe-inspiring.” “I don’t remember the actual races,” adds Grant. “But I remember that I was at CM, and I was going to win the CMI, no matter what.”

Since its inception, the CMI has been the highlight of the year for CM’s cross-country team. In Jack Deary’s age, it was the time of year that the special uniforms were brought out–the red shorts and white shirt with red sash.

“It rained all the time, it seemed,” says Kevin Hicks. “I remember Archbishop Wood would come in from Philadelphia and give us fits, beating us at our own Invitational. So we would go down to their invitational–and return the favor.”

For current teams, it is just as important. “The CMI has the widest range and greatest scope of any of Catholic Memorial’s schoolsponsored events,” says Coach Vin Catano.

“We had a good team my junior year, but we weren’t expecting to win,” says Matt Dewey ’07, who won the CMI his junior year before earning All American status in the


2-mile. “I remember after I finished, watching our 5th runner come in…he was 25th place…which was great. We came in 30th place the year before, but that year, we came in 2nd.” “With so much history to that race, you just wanted to finish high,” says John Finn, who set a course record of 14:29 in the race in 1988. “And once we won the title, we wanted to come back and defend it.” “One of the things about this race is the people who organize it,” says John Boyle. “The principal is there, and the teachers and Brothers are all there. It’s a real homespun thing.” “This community effort continues to this day,” adds Tom Beatty, “as former athletes, parents, faculty and staff continue to give of their time to keep the CMI legacy alive.” “In the final analysis,” says Tommy Meagher, “this race was begun to provide championship caliber competition. There have been other events that have come and gone, but this has proven to be the quality one at an opportune time in the season." ✥


2008-2009 Annual Report


C AT H O L I C M E M O R I A L 2008-2000 annual report TOTAL SUPPORT (cash)


By Source “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi Robert P. Maloney, Jr. ʹ77 Chairman, Catholic Memorial Board of Directors

It is my sincere privilege to address the Catholic Memorial community as I look back on my first year as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The fiscal year July 1, 2008- June 30, 2009 was a challenging year for many academic institutions. Thanks to the hard work of the dedicated faculty, staff and administration, CM was in a position to handle the adverse effects of a global recession. Along with our faithful alumni, parents, parents of alumni and friends, we are in a position to remain a force for change in the greater Boston area.





Current Parents




Foundations Organizations, Corps.

$360,750 $42,895

By PURPOSE Current Operations






I am truly grateful for our loyal benefactors who have helped transform the lives of the young men enrolled at Catholic Memorial. The 2008-2009 Annual Fund year was one of the most successful in terms of fundraising in recent history. Thank you to our volunteers who helped with our fundraising efforts. Whether at a phonathon, CM Golf Tournament or Christmas Raffle, each person came together to support our school.

Capital Purposes





I want to thank Mr. Paul Sheff, Mr. Richie Chisholm and the entire Board of Directors who have been a tremendous help guiding us through this year of transition.

Alumni Participation

Catholic Memorial School is a community of faith and learning. We are grounded in our faith by the vision of Blessed Edmund Rice and the mission of the Christian Brothers. The lasting impact of the education our CM Knights receive is boundless.

Alumni of Record


Alumni Solicitated


Alumni Donors (all funds)


% of Participation


*Includes $44,739 net from CM Golf Tournament

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2008-2009 annual report 2009 UNRESTRICTED DOLLARS



PARENTS $76,662


FRIENDS $28,095


ALUMNI $215,602

With our faithful alumni, parents, parents of alumni and friends, we are in a position to remain a force for change in the greater Boston area. – Bob Maloney, Jr. ’77

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Douglas H. Zack

Thank you to the many members of the Catholic Memorial community who supported the school’s programs and initiatives with their generous financial contributions. Over 1,500 people made CM a priority in their charitable giving last year and for that, we are very grateful.

The President’s Young Alumni Society allows young alumni, who’ve graduated within the past 15 years, to join the school’s prestigious President’s Society. Members receive an annual invitation to the President’s Society dinner, attended by leadership donors, Board of Directors and Trustees and are invited to additional events throughout the year. The minimum giving (corporate matching gifts included) levels for the President’s Young Alumni Society are as follows:

Last year was a year of transition as Paul Sheff ’62 returned to the place he called home during his formative high school years to begin his term as president of Catholic Memorial. It was a year of challenges with a recession impacting the economy, locally and globally. But thanks to the leadership of Paul Sheff along with the guidance of the CM Board of Directors and the dedication of our Annual Fund volunteers, CM raised close to one million dollars.

1 - 7 years:



8 - 10 years:



Highlights from the 2009 Annual Fund year include:

11 - 12 years:



13 - 14 years:



15 years:



Director of Advancement


Donations to all funds (unrestricted and restricted) totaled $985,535.

n Two

new scholarships funds were endowed and one “endowment in progress” was started.

n Formed

the “CM Scholars Program” – allowing donors to create a named one-year scholarship with three new CM Scholars awards presented.

n The

Board of Directors unrestricted giving increased 120%.

n Class

of 2009 parents help to advance our technology by raising money to purchase five SMART Boards for the high school.

n Launched

the new CM website.

n Over

300 people attended the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony where we inducted 7 individuals and one varsity team.

The Advancement Office continues to work with the Board of Directors and our loyal volunteers to raise the resources necessary for CM to remain one of the premier Catholic schools in New England. Once again, thank you to all of our generous donors who are making a difference in the lives of the young men whom we are proud to serve. In an effort to be more fiscally responsible, we have decided to scale down our Annual Report of Donors this year. The following pages are highlights of the year along with special recognition to those individuals who have made a leadership commitment to CM. A detailed listing of donors can be found at


Stephen J. Berte ’98 Daniel J. MacIsaac ’98 Dan J. Eberly ’99 Patrick R. Noonan ’99 Timothy J. MacIsaac ’00 Peter G. Trovato ’00 Patrick J. Folan ’01 Daniel P. Chisholm ’03 Clifford L. McLean ’03 Andrew S. Moore ’03 Brendan C. Murphy ’03 Rousier E. Boussicot ’04 Christopher M. DeLoria ’04 Christopher W. Fahey ’04 Patrick D. Conley ’05 James F. Dahill ’05 Douglas A. Eberly ’05 John S. Fitzgerald, Jr. ’06 Dermot Grealish ’07 Matthew Charest ’08 Brian D. Hickox ’08

2008-2009 annual report LEADERSHIP GIVING The Catholic Memorial Leadership Gift Societies recognize those donors who display exceptional interest in the advancement of the School's mission. The following giving levels honor the financial role many members of the CM community have in supporting the exceptional education offered by Catholic Memorial School. The Leadership Gifts include gifts in support of the CM Annual Fund (unrestricted, restricted, endowment).

Blessed Edmund Rice Society $20,000+ Mr. Joseph J. Galligan ̕77 Mr. Richard J. Harrington ̕64 Newbury Corporation The Catholic Schools Foundation Yawkey Foundation II Founders’ Society $10,000 - $19,999 Albert M.Todesca, Jr. Memorial Fund Anonymous Mr. Paul W. Chisholm ̕66 Christian Brothers Community of Catholic Memorial Mr. & Mrs. James F. Gerrity III Mr. F. Timothy Hegarty, Jr. ̕66 Mr. & Mrs. Patrick T. Jones Waterford Circle $5,000 - $9,999 An Tain Charity – In Memory of Sean Waters ̕91 Captain Joseph R. Fandrey ̕88 Memorial Fund Mr. & Mrs. John F. Chipman ̕83 Mr. Joseph C. Connolly, CLU ̕71 Mr. Kevin P. Costello ̕63 Mr. William H. Curley, Jr. ̕79 Mr. Allen M. Doyle ̕66 Mr. Kevin N. Fitzgerald ̕69 Mr. Charles G. Galligan ̕80 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Geraghty Mr. Robert P. Maloney, Jr. ̕77 Mr. & Mrs. Timothy McLaughlin Rev. Henry P. Nichols ̕62 Mr. Steven P. Palladino ̕75 Mr. & Mrs. Ronald K. Perry ̕76 Mr. Michael J. Rotondi ̕64 Mr. Barry J. Sawayer ̕67

Sovereign Bank Mr. William J. Supple ̕77 The Cooperative Bank 1957 Society $2,500 - $4,999 Mr. James D. Blue II ̕82 Mr. Thomas P. Caulfield ̕67 Mr. Jeffrey M. Chisholm ̕93 Mr. John J. Cleary, Esq. ̕64 Cooley Manion Jones LLP Mr. John F. Corcoran ̕71 Mr. & Mrs. Michael P. Coughlin Rev. Ronald D. Coyne ̕65 Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Dorsey, Sr. ̕79 Mr. Francis A. Doyle III ̕66 Ms. Anne Geraghty Mr. & Mrs. Brian Hedberg Mr. Kevin D. Hicks ̕78 Mr. John F. King ̕79 Mr. & Mrs. Mark C. Leney Mr. Gerard Maus ̕69 Mr. Daniel O. Mee ̕77 Mr. Patrick G. Mee ̕79 Mr. & Mrs. Steven J. Murphy ̕73 Mr. Richard Newman ̕76 Mr. & Mrs. Gerald A. Roy Mrs. Corina E. Sheff Mr. David W. Stirling ̕65 Mr. & Mrs. Albert J. Tedesco The Driscoll Agency Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Michael Woodall President’s Society $1,000 - $2,499 Mr. Kevin J. Ahearn ̕66 Mrs. Jean Ahern Mr. & Mrs. Robert Allaire Mr. & Mrs. David Anderson

Mr. Richard J. Barrett ̕85 Mrs. Mary T. Bavis Mr. Stephen J. Berte ̕98✦ Mr. Rousier E. Boussicot ̕04✦ Mr. & Mrs. Paul Brauer Mr. Michael F. Broderick ̕80 Mr. John T. Buckley ̕64 Mr. Daniel R. Burke Mr. John F. Burke ̕68 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Casserly Mr. & Mrs. Dino Cauteruccio Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Charest Mr. Matthew Charest ̕08✦ Mr. Daniel P. Chisholm ̕03✦ Columbia Capital, LLC Mr. Patrick D. Conley ̕05✦ Mr. John B. Conners ̕63 Mrs. Mary J. Connors Mr. John M. Conroy ̕87 Mr. & Mrs. David E. Consigli, Jr. Mr. Joseph M. Corsi, CISA ̕80 Curry College Mr. Patrick J. Cuthbert ̕88 Mr. James F. Dahill ̕05✦ Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Daley ̕74 Mr. Christopher M. DeLoria ̕04✦ Mr. John L. Dondero ̕67 Mr. & Mrs. James J. Donovan Mr. & Mrs. Terence Driscoll Leo J. Dunn III, Esq. ̕71 Mr. Richard J. Dunn ̕63 Mr. John C. Dunne ̕77 Mr. Dan J. Eberly ̕99✦ Mr. Douglas A. Eberly ̕05✦ Mr. Christopher W. Fahey ̕04✦ Mr. John S. Fitzgerald, Jr. ̕06✦ Mr. Patrick J. Folan ̕01✦ Mr. J. Kenneth Foscaldo ̕66 Franklin Ford Sales Mr. James L. Galvin III ̕71

Mr. Dermot Grealish ̕07✦ Mr. & Mrs. Chang Suk Han Mr. Gerard F. Hartigan, Esq. ̕67 Mr. Thomas V. Hennessey, Jr. ̕66 Mr. Brian D. Hickox ̕08✦ Mr. Timothy Hoey ̕79 Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence M. Ingeneri Jack Madden Ford Sales, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Carl Jonasson Martin E. Keane, Esq. ̕79 Mr. & Mrs. Marshall B. Lazaro Mr. Richard F. Leahy ̕66 Mr. Brian G. Leary, Esq. ̕73 Mr. Stephen J. Leary ̕67 Marc A. Susi Scholarship Fund Mr. Daniel J. MacIsaac ̕98✦ Mr. Timothy J. MacIsaac ̕00✦ Mr. John C. Maus ̕68 Mr. Peter J. McAvinn ̕80 Mr. Michael J. McCormack ̕64 Mr. William McCullen ̕83 Mr. Kevin F. McLaughlin ̕74 Mr. Michael F. McLaughlin ̕78 Mr. Clifford L. McLean ̕03✦ Robert E. McWhirter, M.D. ̕64 Mr. Paul Meade ̕75 Mr. Leo G. Mogavero ̕65 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Montalbano Mr. Andrew S. Moore ̕03✦ Mt. Washington Cooperative Bank Mr. John F. Mulhern ̕63 Mr. Michael E. Mullaney Mr. Brendan C. Murphy ̕03✦ Mr. & Mrs. Daniel P. Murphy Ronald J. Nasif, M.D. ̕70 Mr. Patrick R. Noonan ̕99✦ Mr. Paul J. O’Donnell ̕74 Mr. & Mrs. Jim O’Rourke Mr. Taki G. Pantazopoulos ̕78 continued on page 18

✦ Denotes Membership in the President’s Young Alumni Society


C AT H O L I C M E M O R I A L 2008-2009 annual report LEADERSHIP GIVING continued from page 17

Mr. & Mrs. Ronald S. Perry Mr. J. P. Plunkett IV Mr. Joseph P. Plunkett III ̕62 Mr. James G. Rafferty ̕69 Randolph Savings Bank Mr. Bernard A. Regan ̕70 Mr. Paul M. Regan ̕63 Mr. James P. Reilly, Jr. ̕64 Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Riccio Mr. Thomas P. Riordan ̕65

Mr. John F. Roche ̕62 RSM McGladrey, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Richard J. Schneider Ms. Kathleen Scully Hodges Mr. John J. Sheff ̕62 Mr. Paul E. Sheff ̕62 Mr. Terrence Smith ̕86 Mr. Paul T. Stanton ̕75 Mr. Daniel Strauss & Ms. Donna Fernandes

Dr. & Mrs. James D. Sullivan Mr. James V. Sullivan ̕62 Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Tobin Mr. Peter G. Trovato ̕00✦ Verizon Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Peter T. Walsh Mr. Thomas A. Walsh ̕62 Mr. William B. Welsh, Jr. ̕70

✦ Denotes Membership in the President’s Young Alumni Society

Ways to Give: The CM Scholars Program Assisting students who may not be able to afford tuition is both a commitment and a core value of Catholic Memorial. Aiding those in need has been the calling of the Christian Brothers since their founding by Blessed Edmund Rice. Launched in 2008, the CM Scholars Program creates a unique giving opportunity. Like an endowed scholarship, CM Scholars provides financial support for a specific student who could not otherwise afford to attend Catholic Memorial. And like an endowed scholarship, CM Scholars donors receive the same benefits: naming opportunity, communication from the recipient and an invitation to the scholarship reception. Unlike a scholarship endowment which provides support in perpetuity, the CM Scholars provides one year of tuition assistance which can be renewed year-to-year as the donor wishes. And, the giving threshold is indexed to provid at least one-third of Catholic Memorial’s tuition. Currently, this means an annual gift of $5,000.

about To learn more rs Program, the CM Schola Zack, contact: Doug ancement Director of Adv or (617) 469-8017 CatholicMemor DouglasZack@


“Having a scholarship takes the financial stress away from paying for a great education,” says one recipient of a CM scholarship. “It helps you focus on things like your schoolwork and athletics.” “I was excited to hear about my scholarship,” one recent recipient said. “I come from a family with five kids. Two of them have graduated from Catholic colleges, and two are now attending Catholic colleges. This scholarship gives me a chance to start saving, and it helped me to widen my horizons.”

American Cancer Society and CM Partner for “High School Challenge”


On October 4, 2009, Catholic Memorial bused over 400 walkers to the Hatch Shell in Boston for the Making Strides Walk Against Breast Cancer, raising over $30,000 and winning the first annual “Catholic Memorial Challenge.” Over the last five years, CM’s participation in the Walk has grown exponentially. After a successful 2008 campaign, for example, Kevin Gill ’13 approached Mr. Scott and asked what CM could do to inspire other schools to participate. Kevin thought that creating a competition among schools might provide such inspiration. After consulting with the members of our leadership classes and working with our administration and the American Cancer Society, the first ever “Catholic Memorial Challenge” was born, an invitation to all schools in Massachusetts to duplicate our efforts at the Walk. “Catholic Memorial School students benefit by this experience of solidarity with a cause that afflicts so many women but affects us all,” said CM president Paul E. Sheff ‘62.  “We encourage all Massachusetts schools to join in this collective effort with us.” In all, twenty-two schools participated in the event, both Catholic and secular, raising nearly $50,000, the third largest group contributing group at the Walk, behind the Law Firm Challenge and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. One such school was Ursuline Academy. According to Ursuline principal Mary Jo Keaney, both schools thought “that it would be a wonderful opportunity, in the spirit of our Catholic education, to partner together and do this.” This partnership, and the collective efforts of all schools participating in the Catholic Memorial Challenge, gave rise to an incredibly hopeful subtext, as the character of our students defeated the cynicism that often comes with combating such a powerful disease. With nearly 1000 student walkers, many bystanders were prompted to ask how we were able to cajole so many kids to get up and into Boston so early on a Sunday morning. “What did you offer them?” they asked. Principal Chisholm responded to that inquiry with his characteristic terseness. “Nothing,” he said. “We offered them nothing.” We walk because faith in action is a part of who we are. Perhaps John Burke, CM class of 1968, said it best in his letter to Paul Sheff and the Catholic Memorial community. “You inspire me and make me so proud to be a Knight after all these years.” Indeed, we are all proud to be called Knights. ✥

(Top photo) CM students, along with President Paul Sheff (at right) pause during the 5th Making Strides Walk against Breast Cancer on October 4. (Bottom) Students at the finish line of the Walk.


Faculty & staff


Dan Chisholm ’03

Jay Kelley

Mingxing Li

Assistant Director of

Technology Liaison

World Languages Department

Mr. Kelley is a native of Walpole who studied for a bachelors in economics at Framingham State University before pursuing a career at Bay Bank, which was eventually acquired by Bank of America. Mr. Kelley worked there for eighteen years before joining Sentri, Inc., in Westborough, where he honed his skills in information technology.

Mr. Li comes from Wuhan, China, where he attended Central China Normal University, studying for a bachelor’s in English literature and education. He has taught college English for the past ten years at Hu Bei University of Economics.

Admissions/Assistant Director of the Annual Fund Mr. Chisholm grew up in West Roxbury and graduated from CM in 2003. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in English and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. Upon graduation, Mr. Chisholm pursued a Master’s Degree in Education through Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Program. While pursuing his M.Ed., Mr. Chisholm taught seventh and eighth grade English and religion at St. Mary of Carmel School in Dallas, Texas. He has returned to CM to work in both the Admissions and Advancement offices. “I’m very happy to be back at CM, where I spent six important years of my life,” says Mr. Chisholm. “I’m also happy to be in a role to help CM continue to grow and provide a well-rounded education to its students.” Working with the admissions department, Mr. Chisholm says, “We want to increase the profile of CM, emphasize the strength of our academics and quality of our entire program, so that students in the surrounding communities understand the unique educational experience CM provides.”


Mr. Kelley sees his role at CM as “making sure technology is functioning in every classroom, and helping and training teachers.” This fall, he has been busy helping to integrate Smartboard technology into the classrooms, instituting a virtual "helpdesk” for faculty and staff and working with Mr. Lamb to outfit the computer labs and classrooms with new computers. “There are [tech] challenges here, but they can be overcome,” he says. Mr. Kelley is married and lives in Franklin. His wife April and he have two girls: Kerry, 13 and Anna, 10.

Joining a program founded by the College Board and the Han Ban, Mr. Li taught Chinese language and culture at Whitman Hanson High School last year before coming to CM. This year, he is teaching Chinese I, II and III as well as a Chinese Culture class to students in grades 8-12. “This is a very different experience,” Mr. Li says of CM. “But I’m enjoying spending time here…it’s a very energetic and active campus. And it will help me understand a lot.” Mr. Li is married. He and his wife, Zhaofeng Wu, have one son named Yuntian Li.

more notes: ✒ CM Irish Studies teacher Mary Concannon spent the summer teaching university students at Inisfree International College in Loughgill, County Sligo, Ireland.

✒ Ed Sprissler P’89, ’92 was named Assistant Basketball Coach of the Year in the Boys South Division this September by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association.

✒ The Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association has announced that Catholic Memorial School head hockey coach Mr. Bill Hanson and interim assistant athletics director Mr. James Cerbo will be inducted into the MSHCA Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

✒ Five Catholic Memorial teachers tied the

Marie Plunkett

Mark Wentworth

Science Department

Science Department

A native of Norwood, Ms. Plunkett attended Norwood High School, then studied for A B.S. in biochemistry from Framingham State University. She earned an M.Ed. from Framingham State as well in Curriculum and Instructional Technology, and later studied for an M.S. in chemistry from Northeastern University.

Mr. Wentworth hails from Abington, where he has lived much of his life. He attended the University of Rochester, where he studied earth sciences. Later, he did graduate work at Boston University and Harvard Extension School.

Ms. Plunkett has taught at Westwood High School, Massasoit Community College, and Natick High School. “My father was a science teacher, for forty-four years in Weston,” she says. “His dedication was an inspiration to me. This was always what I wanted to do.” Ms. Plunkett says she has enjoyed her time thus far at CM, where she is teaching chemistry. “I like the feel of it. I get a real sense of a community here where everyone is so willing to help each other.”

knot this past year. First it was Hal Carey ’95 & Meredith, then Tim Lewis & Leighann, in July. Then came Joe McGonegal & Emily in August, Patrick Murray & Lauren in September, and finally Rob Croteau ’93 & Eileen in October. Congratulations to all the newlyweds!

Mr. Wentworth taught at Abington High School and then at Hudson Catholic, where he has taught science since 1981 and where he later served as vice principal. In his spare time, Mr. Wentworth works as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Bentley College. Mr. Wentworth is enjoying, in particular, his Physics II class, where he challenges the students beyond the point where most high school seniors study. “They’re doing great with it…they’re very intuitive,” he says. As for CM, Mr. Wentworth says, “I love the enthusiasm here.”

welcome! ✒ Campus Minister Leah Ramsdell and her husband Josh welcomed Lucas John into their family on October 30.


Harney Wins State Championship Joe Harney '10 knew he'd probably have to take some chances heading into the last nine holes of his high school career on November 2 at Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton. Down by two strokes, Harney remembered what his coach, John Palermo '79, had told him the day before. "These guys you're going up against are always going to shoot a 75 [on the coure]. You've got to take a chance and get an 80 or take a chance and win it." Harney did just that, hitting aggressively, catching a little luck here and there, and making birdying the last two holes to earn a 72 and take home the Division II State Championship. Harney's score beat the three second-place finishers by two strokes. “That’s when it all set in,” said Harney. “I just thought to myself, it all paid off. All those days in the rain, all that practicing.” In his four seasons for the Knights, Harney has consistently been a contender in the Conference, according to Coach Palermo. As captain this year, he has been an outstanding leader for the team's younger, talented players.

Mr. Jim Cerbo, Asst. Athletics Director Mr. Jim Cerbo has served as the Assistant Athletics Director this fall, helping out in Brother Crowley’s absense. A graduate of St. Anselm’s College, where he played hockey for two years, Mr. Cerbo is best known as a sports aficionado, having served as a referee for the Eastern Hockey League (then the American League), followed by 15 years reffing Division I hockey. He has also worked as a high school and college football referee for over two decades, aside from working in the sporting goods and travel industries.

"This was an outstanding effort for Joe, that caps off four great years of play," said Palermo. Harney also captured the Catholic Conference Championship on October 17 at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover. Harney shot a league-low 77 on the 72-par course.

Mr. Cerbo has been a site director for the MIAA, and served as interim head of the Super-8 Hockey Tournament for Jim O’Connor ’62 last winter. In January 2007, Mr. Cerbo came to CM as a substitute teacher. “I’m happy to be here,” he says of his work in the Athletics Department. “I miss the classroom a little. The students here are great and I have a lot of fun with them."


CM Magazine’s Summer 2010 issue will have a full wrap-up of the 20092010 fall, winter and spring teams’ accomplishments. For now, head to for the latest scores and news.

Driving, Pitching and Chipping in for CM A full field of 140 golfers came together on September 28 to benefit CM scholarships in the 23rd Annual CM Golf Tournament. Held at Walpole Country Club, the tournament was a great success, netting over $46,000 for scholarships at Catholic Memorial School. Special thanks to Cooley Manion Jones LLP for serving as our tournament sponsor and to all of our sponsors, players, and auction donors.

Congratulations to the following winners: 1st Place (Score of 51): Harry Manion, CJ Patti, Tony D’Alfonso, Bill McQuillan. 2nd Place (Score of 52): Jack Strickland, Phil Faria, Frank DiFilippo, Ken Martin ’77. 3rd Place (Score of 52): Jack Harney P’10, Joe Carter P’09, Marty Davoran ’72, Joe Flynn. Gross Winner (Score of 67): Arthur Boyle P’12, ’14, Steve Hughes ’73, P’12, Ken Ryder P’13, Tom Stanton P’12. Closest to the Pin: Men-JP Plunkett -1’ 2’’; Ladies-Linda Patti -3’ 7’’. Longest Drives: Men- Phil Faria; Ladies- Linda Patti. Earlier in the summer, alumni and friends gathered for the annual Captain Joseph Fandrey '88 Golf Tournament,, held June 1 at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland. Proceeds from this tournament benefit the Joe Fandrey ’88 Library Fund. On June 15, the Albert M. Todesca, Jr. Golf Tournament, whose proceeds benefit the Albert Todesca, Jr. ’01 Memorial Fund, was held at Spring Valley Country Club. And on September 4, the Dargin Tournament was held at Crosswinds Country Club in Plymouth, proceeds of which benefit the Paul Dargin ’79 Scholarship Fund. Photos, Top: (l-r) Mr. Tom Ryan, Dan Chisholm, Richard Chisholm and Paul Capodilupo at the Dargin tournament. Middle: Members of the Class of 1962 gather for a photo at the CM Golf Tournament. Pictured are John Sheff, Tom Walsh, Ed McElaney, Joe Plunkett, John Roche, Paul Sheff. Bottom, (l-r) Dan Mee '77, Bob Maloney '77, Dan Chisholm '03, and Bill Supple '77 at the CM Golf Tournament.


Seoul Journeys: Catholic Memorial students visit South Korea They braved seventeen-hour flights, extreme jetlag, and a severe language barrier. Twelve Catholic Memorial School students, in grades seven through twelve, began their summer vacation this year with a groundbreaking school trip. These twelve students, including Colm Sheehan, Michael Keane, John Chipman, William Ferrara, Michael Gallagher, Thomas Byrne, Patrick Carney, Thomas Coughlin, Brian Keeley, Christopher Masterson, Ryan Shanahan, and Brendan Shea, headed to South Korea on June 12. Joined by CM’s director of admissions John Mazza and vice principal Dr. James Keane, the group was the first ever delegation from the school to visit Asia. As part of a one-week cultural immersion trip, the students spent two nights in the homes of Korean families, dining and socializing with them. Later in the week, students spent the night in a Buddhist temple, visited the demilitarized zone near North Korea, and attended cultural and sporting events in the city. According to senior Chris Masterson, it was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. “I stayed with a family in the city,” he recalled, “and it was interesting to see that for the most part


everything there was the same, but there were little differences.” Although his host family spoke little English, Masterson learned to communicate in Korean and had the help of children in the family who studied English at school. “You could still gather a lot of the culture without language,” he said. “It was fantastic,” said junior Brendan Shea, who cited the temple stay and the DMZ visit as favorite memories of the trip. “At the temple, we did some yoga. They really believe that it helps your energy and spirit. They merge the spiritual with the physical in Buddhism, which you don’t really see in Catholicism. I thought it was very insightful,” said Shea. Coming back to the U.S. on June 22, Shea said he’d learned a lot. “I’m more mindful of the culture in general, that not everyone is the same as America. It was very different from our way of life, and I realized that we’re living a very different life here.” “This was the most ambitious trip we’ve ever done. It was historic, taking our students to Asia. Our purpose was not to just expose them to new cultures but to open them up to other peoples and backgrounds. As part of the Blessed Edmund Rice

Solidarity Initiative, the trip was one way for American students to better understand the culture of the Korean students who study at CM, said Keane. “We also felt solidarity with those who lost their families in the Korean conflict, in slave camps and the war.” Director of Admissions John Mazza ’98 spoke about CM’s visit to Korean Minjok Leadership Academy, which is considered the most prestigious school in all of South Korea. “It was an extreme privilege for our kids to visit KMLA,” he said. “They were able to spend a day in the life of a Korean high school student and join in a friendly classroom debate with top students from the other side of the world.” “Both our CM students and the Korean students we met represented their schools and countries with great class and pride,” said Mazza. “It was a memorable day. These kinds of experiences continue to widen the scope of CM’s international focus.”

Cross-cultural immersion across the equator While summer vacation was just getting started for CM’s student body, over twenty students headed south to Peru. Their trip comprised one of this year’s three Catholic Memorial international trips. The others to El Salvador in February and South Korea in June, were also part of the BERSI program at CM. BERSI is a program whose aim is to immerse students in cultures foreign to their own and expand the school’s classroom walls beyond the traditional setting and traditional calendar year. In Peru, the group of students, which included Nick Leney ‘11, Christopher Moriarity ‘11, Liam Gillis ‘12, Jonathan Schneider ‘12, Brendan MacNabb ‘10, John Doris ‘12, Tom Lester ‘12, Matthew Fraser ‘10, and Trevor McCarthy ‘12, constructed two new homes for impoverished families served by the Christian Brothers-staffed community in Canto Grande, a community in Lima where running water and electricity are luxuries. They explored what cultural

differences exist between them and students of similar faith backgrounds in so far away a place. And they participated in native dances, toured Incan ruins, and ate native foods like cuy and ceviche.

Mayor Menino, Councilor Tobin Address Student Leaders Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (P ‘87) and City Councilor John Tobin ‘87 joined President Paul Sheff ‘62 and Principal Richard Chisholm (P’93 ‘98 ‘03) in welcoming back to school some of CM’s student leaders at the 4th Annual Leadership Dinner on September 8 in the CM dining hall. Mayor Menino opened the evening by sharing some lessons he has learned as Boston’s longest serving mayor. Councilor Tobin delivered the keynote address on his experiences becoming an elected official. President Sheff remarked on definitions of leadership, and Mr. Chisholm detailed for the students assembled how to be exemplars of leadership in their daily lives. Patrick Murray, Director of Student Activities, served as Master of Ceremonies, and Director of Religious Education Brian Scott delivered the invocation. Br. A. Kiril Cavet, C.F.C., closed the evening with a prayer. “You’re lucky to come to a school like CM,” Mayor Menino told the students, “where you will grow in character and become a leader. Your coaches and teachers who brought you here tonight saw some ability in you to make good decisions...The world is full of people who fault others for our problems, and we need more responsible and compassionate people in leadership roles.” Menino spoke of decisions he had made in his four terms as mayor, some that were unpopular at the time. “Leadership is revealed through decision making,” he said. “As Mayor, your obligation is to make decisions for the common good...Sometimes being a leader does not make you the most popular with the crowds.” City Councilor John Tobin ‘87 encouraged the students assembled by recalling

the lessons he has learned from adversity. “I ran for office twice and lost before I got elected,” he said. “And when I finally won in 2001, it made me a better winner. If you can handle losing, you’ll be a better winner. There will be adversity, but it’s how you handle that adversity that makes you stronger.” “You’re all here because someone saw something in you,” said Tobin, “but you’ve also found something in yourselves.

CM’s 8th graders visit the “Moving Wall” The eighth grade class finished its second week of studies with a focus on civics. Visiting Millennium Park in West Roxbury to see the “Moving Wall,” a scaled-down version of the Vietnam Wall in Washington that travels through the country, these students spent a morning reflecting on the sacrifices of soldiers lost in Vietnam. Eighth grader Dylan O’Brien took his time walking in between friends down the hundred-meter replica of the Wall, the reflection of himself and classmates in somber silence looking back at him. “I stopped in the middle of it,” he said, “and looked at the largest stone, and thought about how all those people died...and what happened to them.” Before they took that walk, which was led by veterans Michael DePaulo, C.O.M. and Richard Gormley ‘66, they heard some reflections on the war, delivered by DePaulo. “It’s you, the people in the classroom, who need to understand that the truth about this comes from right here,” DePaulo told the students, gesturing to his heart.

“The electorate is responsible for war--we’re responsible for everything good and everything bad that happens.” Chris McKeeney ‘14 was moved by DePaulo’s thoughts. “He talked about how he had served in the war, and how men like JFK had served too,” McKeeney said. Noticing how different Millennium Park looked with the Wall in it, McKeeney offered, “It’s a big ceremony [here], and communities coming together.” Mr. Don Cormier, head teacher of the Middle School Program, brought the students to the park to witness the Wall, which has been on display throughout the country, heading next to Wolfeboro, NH. “This is part of a civics unit on foreign policy,” Cormier said. “Students did reports on Vietnam as part of their Civics class.” Above: (l-r) Richard Chisholm, City Councilor John Tobin '87, President Paul Sheff '62, Mayor Thomas Menino P'87, and Patrick Murray. Below: CM students reflect on veterans' names at the Moving Wall.


CM Connections: How Alumni Mentoring can work for you When JJ Wellemeyer ’02 returned to CM for a young alumni reception in the spring of 2007, he expected to reconnect with classmates, share a few laughs, and reminisce about his days at CM. However, he did not expect to discuss his career and secure an important internship with a local judge. Wellemeyer, who was finishing his first year at Suffolk Law School at the time, happened to meet Sean Cannon, a 1998 CM graduate and Suffolk Law graduate who is now in private practice.

During their conversation, JJ mentioned that he was tirelessly seeking an internship for the upcoming summer to gain valuable legal experience. Sean explained his experience working for Judge Johnston, himself a CM graduate, and a judge who sat on the juvenile court in Boston. Following their conversation, Sean called Judge Johnston on JJ’s behalf and soon JJ had the internship that he needed and was able to gain practical experience prior to his second year in law school.

JJ chanced upon this meeting with Sean. Don’t leave your networking opportunity to chance. CM has a vast alumni network with alumni living in every state and working in every field. Sign up for CM’s online community and search for CM alumni who are working in your desired field. Find alumni who are serving as mentors to connect with for career advice, and internship and job opportunities. In addition, alumni already established in their chosen career can choose to serve as mentors for younger alumni still in college or just beginning their professional careers.

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Young Alumni Reception: Chris Wall '03, Chris Cappadonna '02, Matt Nichols '02, Brian O'Hara '02, Paul Sullivan '02, Daniel Chisholm '03, and Billy Sittig '02 gathered for the first of many young alumni receptions this year at Jose McIntyres in Boston on October 8.


class notes 1964


Jack Cleary received the Vince in Bono Malum Award for Professional Achievement at the annual President’s Society dinner on November 4.

Frank Doyle received the Vince in Bono Malum Award for Professional Achievement at the annual President’s Society dinner on November 4.

1969 Ernie Handy has devoted 29 years of his career to the Massachusetts Trial Court, Probation Services. Currently, he is the Assistant Chief Probation Officer at Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham.

1971 Dr. Robert McWhirter, a doctor for the Mitchell Orthopedic Center in Mitchell, South Dakota, has also been the team physician for Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell High School’s athletics teams since 1985. A recent profile in The Daily Republic newspaper celebrated his work in taking care of thousands of athletes over the past twenty-five years.”

Rich Serino was sworn in as deputy administrator of FEMA in a ceremony at Fanieul Hall in Boston on October 19.


1985 James Mariano recently moved to Washington DC to take a position with Freddie Mac. Brendan and Brandy Rush are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Riley June Judith, on July 3, 2009, at 10:46pm, 9 lbs 12.6 oz, 21 1/4 inches.

1980 David Costello is currently serving as Director of Sales Operations for Staples in Broomfield, CO.

Norm Liddell is now semi-retired and living in Orlando, FL. After serving in the Navy through Vietnam, Norm had a successful career in the credit and collection industry. Norm sends holiday wishes to all his old CM friends, with whom he shared many good memories.


Tom Geoghegan is currently working as Associate Dean for Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Mark Gorman has been married to Betsy for 14 years. They have three children–Andrea (age 13), Olivia (age 10), Michaela (age 6) and two dogs.

Steve Ward was recently been inducted into the Re/Max Hall of Fame which honors select agents who have continually placed in the top tier of agents at Re/Max, an international realty and consulting firm.

Richard Ring won the Vince in Bono Malum Award for Community Service at the annual President’s Society dinner on November 4.


new book this year, entitled The President’s Team: The 1963 Army-Navy Game and the Assasination of JFK. It was published by MVP books on November 15.

Michael Connelly, who is the author of Rebound! and 26 Miles to Boston, as well as a writer for the Boston Herald, completed his

1986 Kevin O'Leary and his wife Julie announce the birth of their son, Connor Eamon O’Leary, born on August 5th. Kevin's daughter, Shannon Elizabeth, turned 3 in October. Kevin is president of Jet Advisors, a company that brokers jets and advises clients in the purchase of jets. Kevin sends his greetings to his classmates and former teachers.


class notes 1987



John Conroy ’87 and his wife Kelli are proud to announce the arrival of Joseph Shannon Conroy, born on November 3–7lbs 13 oz. and 21 inches long.

Middle School Math Teacher Hal and Meredith Carey were married in July, 2009.

Grant McGrail graduated from The College of the Holy Cross in 2006. He is currently working in software sales for OpenAir, Inc.

1997 Chris Adams and his wife Amy announce the birth of their son, Christopher Wayne Jr., born on June 27, 2009.

2003 Khanh Nguyen has recently moved to Vietnam, returning there in 2008 to be closer to his family. After graduating from Northeastern with a degree in telecommunication and marketing in 2007, Khanh worked as a stock analyst for Morgan Chase.  He now works for VinaCapital, a hedge fund in Vietnam where he specializes in stock analysis and market research.

1993 CM English teacher Rob Croteau married Eileen McLaughlin on October 11, 2009 Andrew Kenneally ran as an at-large candidate for the Boston City Council this fall. After successfully making it through the primaries, Kenneally lost in a tough field of opponents in the general elections in November. Kenneally remains committed to a lifetime of service to his city

1994 Andrew and Christine Maus announce the birth of their son Paxton Mark Maus (born March 19, 2009) with older brother, Tobin John Maus (born September 13, 2007).

Jason Ford is currently studying Spanish at the Maryknoll Mission Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia, before beginning work with the Christian Brothers and their ministry to children and young adults living in the streets of Cochabamba. Joe Walsh won the 2009 Edgar P. McCormack and Marguerita A. McCormack Scholarship. The McCormack Scholarship was established by CM and Suffolk Law (JD ‘72) Alum Michael McCormack in 2004. McCormack Scholars are chosen from Suffolk Law student(s) who demonstrate exceptional academic strength with preference granted toward students from Brighton, or who are currently working at City Hall in Boston.

2000 Peter Trovato won the Vince in Bono Malum Award for Outstanding Young Alumnus at the annual President’s Society dinner on November 4.

2001 Dan Friel recently graduated from Massachusetts School of Law. Danny currently works at the Boston Water and Sewer Commission in their Labor Relations Department.


Aidan Walsh is a Submarine Sailor serving as a torpedoman on the USS Memphis SSN 691, an LA class fast boat out of Groton CT. His rank is FN (fireman). He recently got married and has a new baby on the way.

2004 Matthew Fay was recently named head wrestling coach for CM for the 2009-2010 school year. Marty Kinsman graduated from Suffolk University in May 2009 with a bachelor’s in sociology, specifically in criminology and law, and a minor in psychology. Marty now works as an EMT for Fallon Ambulance Service in Boston. Marty is working towards satisfying the requirements to become a fireman or policeman.  For the past 3 summers, Marty has worked for the Nantucket Police Department as a special police officer.

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2004 Phil Mastro has recently been working as an assistant athletic trainer and the strength and training coach for the Portland Sea Dogs.  

Tim Watson is working as an admissions officer for Exploration Summer Programs in Norwood. Tim graduated from Bowdoin in 2008, where he studied government and legal studies and minored in education. In the summers, Tim serves as Assistant Dean of Students for Exploration.

2005 Doug Eberly is at sea on his first assignment with the U.S. Coast Guard after graduating in June from the Coast Guard Academy.

2006 Joe Cauteruccio, Jr. was named to the dean’s list at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine as a result of his scholastic standing during the winter semester of the 20082009 academic year. Cauteruccio is an economics major.  Cauteruccio spent the summer of 2009 in an internship with State Street Bank’s Global Treasury Division.

2007 Peter McGovern is spending a year abroad in Lima, Peru, studying at Peru’s most prestigious university, the Pontificia Universidad del Perú...part of the College of the Holy study abroad program. While in Lima, Peter is spending time each week tutoring students and working within the community of the school Fe y Alegria in Canto Grande, a slum of Lima. He first visited this school with CM’s BERSI program.

2008 Brendan Ahern spent the summer of 2009 as an intern working and studying in the Massachusetts State House. The program, called the Massachusetts Legislative Intern Seminar Series for State House Interns, featured guest speakers at the State House, like Mike Rush ‘92, speaking to the interns on subjects like local government and state history.  Silverio Conte is attending St. Mary’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He also works regularly with Northeastern University’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Seismic Recording Station.  Since last year at St. Mary’s, Silverio has worked geotechnical/ earthquake engineering research assistant working on a National Science Foundation project.

A.J. Currelley earned a spot on Boston College’s Football Team this fall after walking on in the summer tryouts. He joined Nick Rossi ’05 and Jarick Walker ’06 on the roster there. A.J. spent last year at Deerfield Academy before applying to BC this fall.

Mike Macchi, Graham Madden, Kevin Gill ‘13, and his dad, Kevin Gill Sr. coached the Parkway Minor League Indians to a Championship on July 1. They were against the Twins for the third year in a row, having lost the prior two years in EXTREMELY close games! Macchi also led the Major League Dodgers to their Championship and becomes the youngest Coach to win two division championships in Parkway Little League in the same season!

2009 Andrew DiBartolo is playing A-side rugby for the University of South Florida, where he’s majoring in athletic training. Brian Murphy auditioned for and received the role of Lead Sports Anchor for Wake Forest University’s TV station. A freshman at Wake Forest, Murphy’s role as anchor includes him writing three stories each week that air on the Wake Forest campus and across the Winston-Salem region. Ryan Pai is currently studying at NYU and is abroad in Florence for a semester. Recently, he had a “small world” CM experience, as he bumped into Mr. Vin Catano’s daughter Sarah, who is also studying in Florence for the term.


In Memoriam ALUMNI Robert Bryan Cunio ’98. July 6, 2009. James A. Daly ’64. May 28, 2009. James “Benny” McDonald ’70. April 11, 2007. Robert W. Pucel ’73. September 29, 2009.

PARENTS Leonard P. Anderson, father of John S. Anderson ’78. August 18, 2009. Ellen S. Barrett (Fay), mother of William T. Barrett ’75 and grandmother of Daniel Barrett ’06 and Brian J. Barrett ’08. August 30, 2009. Frederick J. Barrett, Jr., father of William T. Barrett ’75 and grandfather of Daniel Barrett ’06 and Brian J. Barrett ’08. August 7, 2009. Ruth C. Bernard (McMann), mother of David F. Bernard ’65 and grandmother of Steven M. Bernard ’95. June 7, 2009.

Richard M. Cronin, father of Richard M. Cronin ’78. August 19, 2009. Frank A. Crosson, father of Richard J. Crosson ’76. July 4, 2009. Eileen M. Dardinski (McLellan), mother of Paul Dardinski ’82 and John Dardinski ’84. September 30, 2009. Margaret L. Davis (Campbell), mother of Mark B. Davis ’80 and grandmother of John V. Connors ’99, Joseph M. Kane ’09 and Jack H. Davis ’15. September 13, 2009. Miriam A. DeChristoforoCaddell (Abizaid), mother of John DeChristoforo ’67. October 29, 2009. Helen M. Doherty (Lavers), mother of John “Jay” Doherty ’71, Kevin F. Doherty ’75 and James B. Doherty ’77 (deceased). September 28, 2009. Marion Donley (Handy), mother of John A Donley ’70. June 6, 2009.

Isobel Rita Blanchard, mother of Stephen Blanchard ’79 and grandmother of Brian J. Sullivan ’05 and Stephen J. Sullivan ’09. October 25, 2009.

Elizabeth M. Gaughran Edmonds, mother of Thomas S. Edmonds ’67 and Robert B. Edmonds ’71 (deceased). August 2, 2009.

George E. Breare, father of George A. Breare ’88. September 12, 2009.

Jean E. Foley (Cunniff), mother of Michael G. Foley ’82. October 30, 2009.

Irene E. Brodbeck (McManus), mother of James P. Brodbeck ’73. October 15, 2009.

Grace M. Fulton (O’Donnell), mother of Peter G. Fulton ’73. August 26, 2009.

Richard Henry Carlson, Jr., father of Sean P. Carlson ’08 and Richard D. Carlson ’15. August 24, 2009.

George Gildea, father of Matthew G. Gildea ’85. October 25, 2009.

Stephen F. Conner, father of Mark J. Conner ’76. September 21, 2009.


George V. Gillis,father of Michael G. Gillis ’78, John J. Gillis ’84 and Paul F. Gillis ’86. October 25, 2009.

Patrick Healy, father of Dennis J. Healy ’82. July 1, 2009. Marguerite Joyce, mother of Robert W. Joyce ’64. October 14, 2009. Carol A. Keleher (Bohn), mother of William F. Keleher ’71, Matthew Keleher ’74 and Kevin F. Keleher ’79. October 12, 2009. Helen M. Kelliher (Curran), mother of Edward G. Kelliher ’62 and James M. Kelliher ’65, and mother-in-law of Christopher H. Jackson, former faculty member. August 2, 2009. Kathleen Frances Kelly (Keogh), mother of John T. Kelly ’78 and William G. Kelly ’80. July 19, 2009. Peter J. Kenny, father of Peter J. Kenny ’83 (deceased) and Stephen M. Kenny ’89. October 2, 2009. Mary Alberta Lawler (Collins), mother of Philip F. Lawler ’68. July 17, 2009. Lorraine H. (Robillard) Lawlor, mother of Patrick B. Lawlor ’89. October 26, 2009. Virginia M. Malone (Finley), mother of Kevin J. Malone ’63 and Robert C. Malone ’74, former staff member. Margaret M. McGaffigan (O’Brien), mother of Brien McGaffigan ’71. August 7, 2009. Henry F. Nelson, Sr., father of Robert J. Nelson ’81. June 16, 2009. Alfred J. Norberg, father of Derek J. Norberg ’92 and Karl A. Norberg ’96. September 27, 2009.

Loretta H. O’Hare (Gallivan), mother of Joseph P. O’Hare 70. September 19, 2009. Lillian McGee O’Neil, mother of Matthew O’Neil ’72. October 16, 2009. Charles A. Passanisi, father of Paul J. Passanisi ’85. July 1, 2009. Josephine L. Rappa (Talarico), mother of Vincent M. Rappa ’68 and John P. Rappa ’78 (deceased). August 20, 2009. Scott Rose, Jr., father of Scott M. Rose ’83 and Daniel H. Rose ’85. July 5, 2009. M. Jean Schofield (Maclean), mother of Herbert D. Schofield II ’87. July 30, 2009. Anne Sheehan, mother of Michael A. Sheehan ’71. October 16, 2009. Edward J. Sullivan, father of Robert D. Sullivan ’00 and Jamie P. Sullivan ’03. August 16, 2009. Margaret C. Thompson (Solari), mother of Neil F. Thompson ’68. July 17, 2009. Patricia F. Tice (Logan), mother of Grant J. Tice III ’80 and Scott T. Tice ’92. October 16, 2009. Dominic S. Venuti, father of David T. Venuti ’90. August 20, 2009. Eugene A. Vogt, father of Stephen C. Vogt ’85. August 15, 2009. Maureen P. Yates (Fitzpatrick), mother of James M. Yates ’85, William A. Yates ’87 and Paul A. Yates ’91. October 23, 2009.

we remember Relatives & Friends Kerry Anne Abdou (Teehan), wife of Richard J. Abdou ’80. July 3, 2009. Christopher A. Bell, brother of Dennis B. Bell '73. May 3, 2009. Allyson Dawn Bernier, daughter of Brian Bernier ’93 and niece of Thomas Bernier ’97. July 10, 2009.

Rita Jones (Conry), mother of Patrick T. Jones, former chairman of the Board of Directors. June 25, 2009. Francesco S. Lagrotteria, grandfather of Tyler S. Lagrotteria ’04. October 10, 2009. Katherine A. Madden (Darcy), wife of T. Richard Madden ’64. September 11, 2009.

Robert Bryan Cunio ’98. July 6, 2009 Robert Cunio attended Massasoit Community College. A proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Robert was a decorated veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

James A. Daly ’64 May 28, 2009

Marie Rita-Ann Bosworth, staff member. October 23, 2009.

Francis X. O’Leary, Sr., grandfather of Brian F. O’Leary ’86 and great-grandfather of Patrick B. O’Leary ’15. September 30, 2009.

James Daly grew up in Hyde Park. At CM, he was a member of the National Honor Society and an honor roll student. Daly graduated from College of the Holy Cross in 1968. He was an author and librarian and a U.S. Navy veteran as well.

Cynthia Colella (Coutu), mother of Stephen Colella, former faculty member.

Matilda Piro (Russo), grandmother of Jonathan W. Piro ’98. October 7, 2009.

James “Benny” McDonald ’70 April 11, 2007

Anne L. Cutting (Ready), grandmother of Shaun J. Cutting ’88 and Matthew Troiani ’89 and mother of Henry Cutting, former faculty member. August 3, 2009.

Anthony J. Rufo, Sr., grandfather of Matthew A. Rufo ’94. September 25, 2009.

James grew up in West Roxbury. At CM, he was an active member of the football program and hockey program, and he also played intramural softball.

Owen William Bernier, son of Brian Bernier ’93 and nephew of Thomas Bernier ’97. July 31, 2009.

Madeline C. Dondero (Cestoni), grandmother of Stephen H. Donero II ’97. August 5, 2009. Elizabeth R. Devin (Heger), grandmother of Joseph T. Devin ’06 and Michael P. Devin ’06. September 26, 2009. Thomas J. Fay, Jr., grandfather of Brian Dalzell ’12. September 20, 2009. John F. Geagan, grandfather of Thomas Samaras ’01. August 21, 2009.

Helen C. Waggett (Conley), grandmother of Frederick Waggett III ’04. September 25, 2009.

Robert W. Pucel ’73 September 29, 2009 Robert Pucel grew up in Needham and graduated from CM in 1973 before attending the Franklin Institute, where he graduated in 1976. Robert, who owned CE Racing in Milford, was an avid race car driver and member of the NHRA and IHRA.

Marie Rita-Ann Bosworth, staff member October 23, 2009 Marie Bosworth grew up in Mission Hill and more recently lived in Roslindale. Marie worked for the past six years in the CM cafeteria, where she brightened everyone’s day with her easygoing personality, and where she was a good friend to staff and students alike.


Brian Scott Reflects: “Whoever welcomes a child in my name welcomes me.” came in workout clothes. He used to walk up and down the hallways dragging himself against the lockers because he liked the feel of it, and once, when a student dressed up as Fozzie Bear for Halloween, George leapt from his seat to give him a big hug. In many environments, faculty would have written his behavior off as immature or intentionally disruptive. Not here. When I started teaching George, Bill Hahn told me “Make sure he looks you in the eyes. If he doesn’t, tell him to look you in the eyes. You just need to teach him how to listen. He wants to learn, but he needs to learn to listen.” Tom Ryan also saw his potential. “He will be one of the best players on the football team. Just wait.”


Jacob failed almost every class his freshman year. I was shocked when he told me this. I had known him for several years and he seemed to be a very competent student. “I had to go to summer school,” he told me one day nearing the end of his senior year as a nice 80 degree day tempted me to have class outside. “I had Mrs. Solman for math. She made me really believe I could do it and I’ve had As and Bs ever since. If it weren’t for her, who knows.” Jacob was on his way to Providence College. Over the years I have had several unprompted conversations with students about similar teachers. “Thank God for Mr. Cap,” Mark said once. “If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have made it through high school. He was the only one who understood me.” I nodded, impressed and humbled, as Mark was one of my students. George was socially awkward. The first day of freshman football tryouts he came in jeans and school shoes, while everyone else


And he was, in no small part because of Tom’s encouragement and patience. In fact, he became the best defensive player in the conference as a senior. He grew into a confident student and a capable athlete with the help of a couple of people who believed in him. Catholic Memorial prides itself on nurturing a strong sense of community as a way to engage students in their own learning experience and develop morally responsible citizens. These relationships last far after the student walks out of the doors. One faculty member, a graduate himself, tells the story of walking back into CM after almost 20 years, this time for an interview. He was greeted by Richard Chisholm. “Welcome home,” Rich said. In many ways, “home” might be the perfect description. At home, we can’t pick our parents, or our siblings, just like we can’t pick our teachers or our classmates. At home, we all have different strengths and different weaknesses, and both are apparent. But home is where we are also valued not for what we accomplish, but for who we are, both good and bad. In Matthew’s Gospel, the fourth of Jesus’ five major speeches focuses on the way that

his disciples are supposed to live as members of the community. When the disciples come to Jesus and ask him who the greatest is in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus calls a child and says to the disciples, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” `In the ancient world, the child would have been generally regarded as socially inferior or particularly vulnerable member of society. And yet this is the image that Jesus chooses to explain what the kingdom of heaven is like. In God’s world, we must meet those who are most in need at their own level. It sounds like CM. Faculty not only celebrates the state champion or the Merit Scholar, but empathizes with the failing student, the socially awkward student, or the “tough kid” because all students are treated as family. Where God rules, those deemed insignificant are most valued, and the community of God’s people is composed of those who welcome the insignificant as they would Jesus, and are willing to be regarded as insignificant themselves in order to impart that empathy. Community is at the heart of the Gospel message. Jesus specifically says that he is found “wherever two or three are gathered in my name.” The Gospel does not qualify who the two or three are. This description of community by Jesus is particularly challenging. It means dealing with problems and not abandoning them. Few students will remember quadratic equations, or how to calculate the meeting point if one train leaves from Chicago and the other from Boston. But they will remember the person that helped them discover who they are, and if all people are made in the image of God, then God is to be found in all people. ✥ Brian Scott is the Director of Religious Education and Campus Ministry.

Upcoming Events December 2009

February 2010

December 21-January 1 Christmas Vacation

February 1-5 Catholic Schools Week

Thursday 12/31 Deadline for filing for Financial Aid, Grades 7 & 9


January 2010 Tuesday

1/12 Board of Directors Meeting, 8:30am




Eighth Grade Retreat

Wednesday 2/10

Welcome Reception, Class of 2014

Thursday 2/11

Juniors and their parents Gudance Night, 7pm

FEBRUARY 15-19 WINTER Vacation

End of Second Quarter, High School

January 15-22 Mid-term Exams, High School and Middle School standardized testing Monday 1/18

Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes)

Thursday 1/21

Middle School Information Night, 7pm

Save the Date!



REUNION 2010 SATURDAY, june 12, 2010 Catholic Memorial Classes of ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05 Campus Tours 2:00pm Tours will start in the main lobby Catholic Memorial Today 3:00pm Alumni Hall, Adjacent to the Perry Gymnasium Join Paul Sheff ’62 for an inside look at life at Catholic Memorial School Reunion Mass 4:00pm Perry Gymnasium Concelebrants: Celebrant: Rev. Ron Coyne ’65 President’s Reception and Class Photos 5:00pm Reunion Tent on Athletic Field Reunion Clambake $55pp; $45pp, 5th reunion only 6:30pm Reunion Tent on Athletic Field BUSINESS CASUAL. CLAMBAKE IS OUTDOORS. DRESS APPROPRIATELY.

Invitations will be mailed in early April, or register by visiting To learn more or to join your reunion committee, please contact Dave Erwin ’96 at 617-469-8052 or

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CM Soccer Team wins its first State Championship Congratulations to the CM soccer team, who won the MIAA Division I State Championship on November 22 with a 1-0 win over Western Mass champion Ludlow. Will Donovan ’10 scored in the 51st minute and goalkeeper Connor Askins ’10 recorded his fourth shutout of the postseason to lift the soccer team to a 1-0 victory. With the win, the Knights finished the season on a sixteen-game unbeaten streak (14-0-2 in their last 16 games) and with an overall record of 18-3-3. In leading the Knights through an impeccable sixgame postseason winstreak, Coach John Finn ’89 earned his school’s first state championship in his fifth season as head coach. A solid all-around team, the Knights let in only one goal during regulation in the entire tournament. They fought against elimination in five sudden-death overtime periods and one penalty-kick showdown. In the end, they defeated an undefeated Ludlow, a school with 16 state soccer titles.

CM Magazine Fall 2009  

CM Magazine Fall 2009, Catholic Memorial School

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