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Baccalaureate Masses and commencement ceremonies

The Monitor’s coverage of the Class of 2018 includes:


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their secondary education to embark on new journeys of faith. In a

• Messages from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.; Franciscan Father Gabriel Zeis, diocesan vicar of Catholic education, and JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools … pages G2, 3 THE

year that saw both triumph and adversity, more than 1,500 graduates

• Overview of the Class of 2018 … pages G4, Newspaper 5 of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, N.J.

from 11 high schools stepped forward to receive their diplomas and be

• Reporting and photos from each of the high schools … begins on page G7

celebrated by their proud loved ones and wider school communities.

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throughout May and June in Catholic high schools across

the Diocese of Trenton, as the Class of 2018 successfully completed


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opes, expectations and achievements culminated in



God’s message for graduates:

have faith, hope, love


raduation from high school is a “rite of passage,” an event shared with your high school classmates here and throughout the United States. The phrase “rite of passage” simply means “a ceremony that marks the transition from one stage of life to another.” And that is certainly true for you. For you, this “rite of passage” is some“You are thing that couldn’t graduating from arrive fast enough Catholic school during your high but not from school years. You your Catholic thought graduation religion.” would never come. And here it is … and here you are. For your parents, this “rite of passage” is a bittersweet moment of recognition and pride that their young daughters and sons have grown up, their lives will start to take a whole new direction from this point on. But they are still and always will be your daughters and sons. You will always need each other. Never forget that! For your teachers, this is a time of achievement: they have successfully mentored another group of students through adolescence to a celebration of academic accomplishment. They join the proud ranks of your school’s great alumni.

In the Diocese of Trenton, the celebration of this “rite of passage” begins the same way in each of our Catholic high schools: with the Eucharist, the “source and summit of the Christian life (Lumen Gentium, 11)” and the Church’s most important prayer. I celebrate at many of these “Baccalaureate Masses” as my schedule permits, not as a commencement speaker, but as the Bishop preaching God’s Word to our graduates and those who love you. I bring you messages from God. God’s first message for you as you leave your familiar surroundings is simply this: “Have faith” … always approach your uncertain future with faith in the God who created you and loves you as you are. The Prophet Jeremiah states: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart (Jeremiah 1: 5).” Think about that reality for a moment. And then remember the words of the Lord Jesus as he ascended to his Father: “Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of time (Matthew 28: 20).” You are never alone. God is with you always. Have faith in his Word. God’s second message to you is this: “Have hope.” Hope is confidence and

Know Christ to make a difference FATHER GABRIEL J. ZEIS


ow prepared is a graduate from a Catholic High School in 2018? Having reflected upon this most recently while preparing a Baccalaureate Mass homily and having recently attended “Jesus is [the] Princeton Universisaving grace ty’s Baccalaureate of the world that celebration, I must enables our students say, extremely well to truly make a prepared. difference.” In preparing for my most recent Baccalaureate homily, I asked myself the question, “What is it that our students have been given, and we hope thorough-

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ly accepted, that is not offered in other secular educational venues?” The answer is always the same: Jesus Christ is the center of our Catholic educational program; Jesus is its heart, and Jesus is its enlightenment, knowledge and saving grace of the world that enables our students to truly make a difference. On June 3, at Princeton University’s Baccalaureate celebration, speaker Eduardo Bhatia, minority leader and former president of the Senate of Puerto Rico, challenged the graduating class of 2018 to live honorably and with integrity, especially as they go forth into a life of service.

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Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrates the Baccalaureate Mass for graduates at Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville. John Batkowski photo trust that God “has your back.” Again, the Prophet Jeremiah presents God’s reminder: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your good and not for despair, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29: 11).” Remember the Gospel story of the Apostles in the boat on a stormy sea. Jesus said to them, “Take courage, I am here. Do not be afraid (Mark 6: 50).” In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “In the world you will have troubles but take courage – don’t be afraid – I have overcome the world (John 16: 33).” Have hope. And God’s third message to you tonight is: “Have love.” The whole of Jesus’ life was one of love and mercy, freely given, no strings attached, unconditional. Remember that. Over and over again, Jesus asks us to “love one another” because “God is love … whoever abides in love, abides in God and God in him (1 John 4: 16).” Abide, live your lives in him, in love. Have love. God’s Word to you, graduates, is simple. What he says to you, he also says to everyone who surrounds you in this happy time, no matter where their life has been or where your life will lead. God’s three messages to you are an invitation, an encouragement, a challenge, a comfort, a goal presented “special delivery” through Christ Jesus, Our Lord. You are graduating from Catholic school but not from your Catholic religion. Bring it with you wherever you go. Congratulations to the 2018 graduating classes of the Diocese of Trenton and to your parents and grandparents, your families and your teachers. As your Bishop, I want to say one more thing, again with God’s Word, to bring it all together through St. Paul: “There are three things that last forever – faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13: 13).” May this message stay with you! Editor’s Note: This article was the homily Bishop O’Connell preached for the 2018 Baccalaureate Masses.



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he mission of each Catholic school is rooted in the teachings of Jesus. The manner in which the expression of faith is evidenced is often accentuated in school traditions. The Baccalaureate Masses for the Class of 2018 provided beautiful expressions of faith, while the graduation ceremonies underscored the uniqueness of each school. Distinctive to St. John Vianney High School was the dual enrollment program with SJVHS and Brookdale Community College, in which nine graduates received not only high school diplomas, but also associate degrees. At the Baccalaureate Mass for Red Bank Catholic, family members spanning three generations of alumni and evidencing commitment to Catholic education were invited to light the alumni candle. During

JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, presents a diploma to a 2018 graduate of St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel. John Blaine photo graduation exercises, alumni of Trenton Catholic Academy, St. John Vianney High School and St. Rose High School were requested to address the Class of 2018 and provide words for reflection. Outstanding educators were recognized at Holy Cross Academy and St. Rose

High School. Notre Dame High School graduates presented their service learning program, which underscored over 12,000 hours of service to the less fortunate. Graduates of both Notre Dame High School and Holy Cross Academy took delight in receiving diplomas from their

parents who were also graduates of the schools. The choirs and orchestras of Donovan Catholic, Red Bank Catholic and Notre Dame touched the hearts of all in attendance. The pride of administrators and teachers, the love of parents and the bonds of friendship formed by the students were central to all. The 1,535 graduates are to be congratulated for being awarded over $225 million in scholarships. With the guidance of administrators, faculty, and staff and with personal rigor, self-discipline and commitment, the graduates of 2018 will use their education to inspire, to create, and to contribute to our complex world. Graduates, as the next chapter of your lives becomes tomorrow, may your life be filled

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TOP: Graduates donned in their blue gowns sing alongside current students during the Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, Baccalaureate Mass June 9. John Batkowski photo

BOTTOM LEFT: Principal Robert Abatemarco shares congratulations with graduate Austin Nappi during Red Bank Catholic’s commencement ceremony June 4. Joe Moore photo BOTTOM RIGHT: A graduate smiles for the camera after receiving her diploma during the St. Rose High School commencement ceremony June 5 in Monmouth University, West Long Branch. Mike Ehrmann photo

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2018 Graduates: Ready to be ‘missionary disciples’

you leave your familiar surroundings is simply this: ‘Have faith’ … always approach your raduating students uncertain future with from Catholic high faith in the God who schools across the created you and loves Diocese of Trenton took a you as you are. monumental step toward “‘Have hope.’ their futures, saying goodHope is confidence bye to the familiar while and trust that God anticipating the possibilities ‘has your back.’ ... to come. Graduates in St. John Vianney High School, ‘Have love.’ The whole The Class of 2018 celeHolmdel, toss their mortarboards high following of Jesus’ life was one brated with Baccalaureate commencement June 2. John Blaine photo of love and mercy, Masses and commencefreely given, no strings ment exercises to mark the attached, unconditionend of a 12-year journey than $150,000 for charities worldwide and al ... God’s three messages and the beginning of completed countless service hours; TCA to you are an invitation, an another. earned its largest total scholarship money Diplomas lie in neat rows for gradencouragement, a chalHailing from 11 Cathuates of Donovan Catholic High to date, while Villa Victoria garnered an olic diocesan, parish and School, Toms River. Mike Ehrmann lenge, a comfort, a goal average of $200,000 in scholarships per presented ‘special delivery’ private high schools that photo graduate. through Christ Jesus, serve Burlington, Mercer, Having faced a year of particOur Lord.” (To read Monmouth and Ocean counties, the gradular hardship, NDHS graduates the Bishop’s full message to graduates numbered 1,535. Schools included emerged as one of the most “...always uates, see page G2.) Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton; Notre resilient, faith-filled classes, approach your Notable accomplishments Dame High School, Lawrenceville; Holy Cross according to school adminuncertain future with for this year’s graduating Academy, Delran; St. John Vianney High istrators. Their spirit of persevfaith in the God who class included: first-time dual School, Holmdel; Mater Dei Prep, Middleerence through tragedy was created you and enrollment with Mercer County town; Red Bank Catholic High School, Red illustrated in a poem by senior loves you as you Community College and Bank; Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft; Maura Breth, “Today Means Brookdale Community College are.” Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Hallelujah”: for two schools; several students Heart, Princeton, Villa Victoria Academy, “You, a teacher, a dancer, a earning perfect SAT scores and Ewing; St. Rose High School, Belmar, and See Graduates • G5 AP test scores; multiple graduates will Donovan Catholic, Toms River. attend the United States Military Academy Combined, the graduates garnered at West Point; students over four more than $225 million in college scholaryears of high school ships. As family members, friends and faculty earned more looked on proudly, students received their diplomas and words of encouragement as Mass celebrants, homilists, commencement speakers and educators challenged them to take their faith on their new voyage. Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., was principal celebrant and homilist for Baccalaureate Masses for Christian Brothers Academy, Trenton Catholic Academy, Red Bank Catholic High School and Notre Dame High School. In his homily message, the Bishop said, “God’s first message for you as

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A Notre Dame High School graduate adjusts her classmate’s cap before commencement ceremonies begin June 10 in Trenton for the Lawrenceville high school. John Blaine photo

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Graduates go forth in faith, hope, love Continued from • G4 firecracker alight in every movement ... You, whose voice is someone’s favorite symphony, whose face is their favorite work of art, You, whose light is a beacon, not to guide the way home but to pave the way into a great unknown and illuminate the night ... Because you have been led here by the grace of God for just this moment.” As homilist for the Baccalaureate Mass of Mater Dei Prep, held in St. Mary Mother of God Church, Middletown, Msgr. Leonard F. Troiano, diocesan episcopal vicar for planning, recalled how one seminary professor teased the students about the beauty of a book’s cover, joking, “Isn’t it beautiful? Maybe one day you’ll use it.” “You might think you’re done with books for now,” Msgr. Troiano said. “But the first place you go on a college campus is the bookstore. Books will be important as you go to college – but one more book should remain important: the Book we use here – the Sacred Scriptures. “It will not only change your mind,” he continued. “If you let it, it will change your heart. And it will do great things for people, in terms of helping them and bringing to life the message of Jesus Christ.”

The 115 graduates of Holy Cross Academy, Delran, stand for the Pledge of Allegiance during commencement exercises June 4 – marking the 61st and last graduation as a diocesan high school. The only Catholic high school in Burlington County will reopen in the fall as a private Catholic high school, Holy Cross Preparatory Academy. Craig Pittelli photo Franciscan Father Gabriel Zeis, diocesan episcopal vicar for education and chaplain of The Aquinas Institute, Princeton University, was homilist for the Baccalaureate Mass in Holy Cross Academy. As the occasion coincided with the Feast of the Visitation, Father Zeis compared the graduates’ readiness to go out into the world to that of the Blessed Mother’s.

“Mary was introduced to Jesus through the message of an angel,” he said. “You have been prepared by your Catholic education, and are ready to do what Mary did: go forth in service, bringing Jesus into the world. By your faithful ‘yes’ to God, you have accepted your call to be missionary disciples in the world.”

Congratulations Class of 2018 Christian Brothers Academy Donovan Catholic High School Holy Cross Academy Mater Dei Prep Notre Dame High School Red Bank Catholic Saint John Vianney Regional High School St. Rose High School Stuart Country Day School Trenton Catholic Academy Villa Victoria Academy

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Graduates of Donovan Catholic toss their mortarboards for a photo op following commencement exercises June 5. Mike Ehrmann photo

For Donovan Catholic Class of ‘18, faith is the takeaway By Lois Rogers, Correspondent


our years of fellowship, faith and academic achievement closed on a high note June 4 as 165 Donovan Catholic seniors tossed their blue caps in the air outside St. Joseph Church, a sure signal that a new chapter in their lives had begun. The celebrations began May 31 with the traditional award ceremony, reaching a liturgical crescendo on June 3, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, when Father Scott Shaffer, St. Joseph pastor and director of Donovan Catholic, celebrated a Baccalaureate Mass for the class, their families and educators. In his homily, Father Shaffer encouraged everyone to contemplate the great gift of “the feast Graduates Mario Gallardo and Nicole Grano sing the we celebrate today – Communion hymn during the the Body and Blood of June 3 Baccalaureate Mass. Jesus Christ,” and how John Batkowski photo the Eucharist – “the perfect meal that heals, sustains, encourages, strengthens and guides (us) in this life” is at the very core of the spiritual and academic experience gained at Donovan Catholic. On graduation day, the vast church was filled as the students, who collectively garnered nearly $21 million in scholarships to colleges, universities and institutes of higher learning around the United States, heard uplifting words from valedictorian Emily Ostermann. Ostermann, a St. Joseph parishioner, shared how her faith had deepened extensively while attending Donovan Catholic and believes the same is true for her classmates. The takeaway, she said, is likely to be impressive. “You may not bring your yearbook to college,” she said, “but you will carry more from Donovan than you think. Our faith will follow us. The lessons learned in humbleness, compassion and integrity will direct us for life.”



Graduates: 165

As we walk up and take our diplomas, we should think of them as a symbol. We are not being handed a piece of paper, or a reward, or a ticket to the graduation parties. We are being handed an opportunity. We have big dreams. And there’s a big world out there that needs those dreams. Using, living, each moment to the fullest is what makes those dreams reality. So, ‘are we there yet?’ Maybe for now, but not for long.” Emily Ostermann, Valedictorian Speech

Ostermann, one of many students recognized for special awards in scholarship and service, received the Spirit of St. Dominic Award, given annually by the Sisters of St. Dominic who have served the school since 1962, and recognition as the 14th student in the school’s history to be named a National Merit finalist. Salutatorian Michaela Rankin, set to enter the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with fellow classmate MacKenzie Burns next month, received the Salutatorian Award. Burns was recognized with the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award. As the event came to an end, students lingered with their families and friends savoring their connection to Donovan Catholic. Among them were Bertha Ramirez and her son, Roy, the second of her two children to graduate from Donovan Catholic, who will study construction at Ocean County College in Toms River. Bertha Ramirez said the family made it a point to send the children to Donovan Catholic. “I heard a lot about it, how all the kids who come here are so motivated and I wanted to give the children the opportunity.”

Baccalaureate Mass June 3, 2018, St. Joseph Church, Toms River Commencement: June 4, 2018, St. Joseph Church, Toms River Scholarships Received: $20.9 million

Valedictorian: Emily Ostermann

Salutatorian: Michaela Rankin

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A happy Donovan Catholic graduate receives her diploma from Father Scott Shaffer, pastor of St. Joseph Parish and director of Donovan Catholic, during the June 4 graduation ceremony. Mike Ehrmann photo

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Salutatorian Brianna Parise addresses the Holy Cross Academy Class of 2018 during the graduation ceremony June 4. Craig Pittelli photos

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Valedictorian: Greta Gareth

Valedictorian: Megan Gorleski

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special place in school’s history By Georgiana Francisco, Correspondent


aving sought her mother’s advice prior to penning her valedictory address, Holy Cross Academy’s Greta Gareth was told, “Don’t take yourself so seriously.” So, during commencement exercises June 4, Gareth urged her 114 fellow graduates in the Delran school to think not only of the future, but to focus on and enjoy the moment at hand. “The future will be there tomorrow and the day after that, so take the time to enjoy the moment in front of you and to value the many roles you play in other people’s lives,” Gareth said. “Cherish what you have in front of you now and when the future comes, you will be ready.” Megan Gorleski, also class valedictorian, reminded her classmates, “We are the future. We have the ability to take the world and make it better, but our feet must be firmly planted in reality. We have been blessed with relationships we’ve made at Holy Cross Academy. The future does not seem too frightening when I think about the people I have to help me face it.” Prior to the graduation ceremony, a baccalaureate Mass was celebrated May 31 by Franciscan Father Gabriel Zeis, diocesan vicar for Catholic education. JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools and a Holy Cross graduate, congratulated the Class of 2018 for being recognized as “people to invest in,” having been awarded more than $15 million in scholarships. Acknowledging that the 2018 class marks the last class to graduate from Holy Cross Academy before the school be-

New graduate Jonathan Malone smiles widely as he holds his diploma. The class was the final one to graduate from Holy Cross Academy before the school becomes a private high school. Graduate Brian Beck joins his fellow classmates in tossing their caps aloft in joy at the end of the ceremony.

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Instead of taking yourself so seriously, take the time to enjoy the moments in front of you, and take the time to value the many roles you play in other people lives. Cherish what you have in front of you now, and when the future comes, you will be ready.” Greta Gareth, Valedictorian Speech Nothing is accomplished by sitting around and fantasizing about what could be. We must identify the problems we want to solve. Then we must work to solve them. After all, we are the future. We have all heard this saying a million times. ‘We are the future.’ I hope I am not the only one who just now realized that it actually is true.” Megan Gorleski, Valedictorian Speech comes a private high school, Tier said, “You’ll be called to contribute to our ever-changing world and continue the traditions, sound judgement, involvement and service of the alumni who have graced the halls of this proud institution.” she said. “For more than 60 years, Holy Cross has been part of the Route 130 corridor welcoming students and setting the bar high for accepting responsibility, and we’re happy that it will continue into the future known as Holy Cross Preparatory Academy,” Tier said.

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Notre Dame graduates and choir members sing the “Amen” during the school’s Baccalaureate Mass June 9, celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. John Batkowski photo

Graduates: 261 Baccalaureate Mass June 9, 2018, Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville

Notre Dame graduates cement place in school’s legacy By Brittany Wilson, Correspondent


Salutatorian: Elizabeth Anne Vernon

otre Dame High School’s rich legacy of faith, knowledge and service was celebrated June 10 as the 261 members of the Class of 2018 turned their tassels and prepared to embark on new beginnings. A baccalaureate Mass was celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., June 9, in Notre Dame Auditorium. “We are all on the starting line of a new journey,” valedictorian Jennifer L. Harris said to her classmates, as well as hundreds of family members and friends gathered for the Lawrenceville school’s commencement exercises in Trenton’s CURE Insurance Arena. “As you are dreaming of your future and trying to figure out who you really are, never forget you’ve been taught lessons of the heart and soul these past 18 years that can serve as an important guidepost on your journey,” Harris said.

Award for Excellence in Religion (Gold Medal, Gift of the Most Reverend George W. Ahr, S.T.D.): Julianna Okupski Principal’s Award: Ryan Novozinsky Irish Spirit Award: Kaifeng “Marshall” Deng and Trystan Crichton

We imagine ourselves constantly growing, always making the right choice on the best road to success ... But there is a more important task facing us. It is to find out as accurately as we can who we really are right now. What thrills us? What are we willing to sacrifice time and money for? What do we believe in? What and who do we love? St.  Ignatius of Loyola ... called these questions ‘the motions and movements of our souls.’”   Jennifer L. Harris, Valedictorian Speech

Graduation June 10, 2018, CURE Insurance Arena Scholarships Received: More than $41.2 million

Valedictorian: Jennifer L. Harris

Each student’s purpose – or legacy – is unique, stressed JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools, in her address to the Class of 2018. Lydia Moody, right, poses for a “You matter photo with her parents, Barbara because you are and Jeff, both NDHS legacy grada miracle creatuates. John Blaine photo ed by God,” she said. “In his infinite wisdom, he knew that you would play a part in life’s encounters. You have a purpose in this world that only you can fulfill,” Tier stressed. Barry Breen, Notre Dame’s first president, said, “To honor those who most directly passed our tradition on to the next generation, we invited our alumni parents to present diplomas directly to their graduates.” Breen is retiring at the end of this academic year. Among those who shared this special moment was Elizabeth Vernon, salutatorian. “Thirty-five years later, my dad gets to hand me my diploma today,” Vernon said of her father, a Notre Dame graduate. “We are so blessed that our parents have provided us with the same faith-based education that they experienced.” Also in the spirit of legacy, the Class of 1968 was invited to lead the procession of soon-to-be graduates to begin the ceremony. “We are proud to have members of our Golden Irish 50th anniversary class serving as honor guard,” Breen said. “Class of ’68, we honor you for all you have achieved in your lives, and for all the good you have done for our Church and society. Allow us to thank you for setting the standard, and for continuing to support your school’s mission.”

Class of 2018 Notre Dame grads proudly display their diplomas following commencement exercises June 10. John Blaine photo

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receded by the skirl of bagpipes honoring the school’s Irish roots, faculty, staff and students of Red Bank Catholic High School strode confidently June 4 into the main arena of the OceanFirst Bank Center on the campus of Monmouth University, West Long Branch. Joyful family and friends witnessed the 215 members of the Red Bank High School Class of 2018 receive their diplomas, turn their tassels and mark a milestone in their education. Pictures of classes, athletic events and camaraderie among the members of the class flashing on the electronic Jumbotron suspended high above the floor soon gave way to the school seal and motto, “Pro An RBC graduate checks out Deo Et Patria” (For all the photos that were taken God and Country) of the Baccalaureate Mass and as school chaplain graduation ceremony. Father Ariel Robles delivered an invocation. Earlier that day in the arena, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated a Baccalaureate Mass, joined by priests of the Diocese, including Father Robles and Msgr. Philip A. Lowery, head of school and pastor of St. James Parish, Red Bank. Robert Abatemarco, principal of the Red Bank school, served as master of ceremonies of the graduation ceremony, expressing pride in the young men and women seated before him. “It’s almost unfair that once we get to know them, we have to let them go,” the principal of 23 years said wistfully. Abatemarco noted the 2018 class had been accepted to colleges and universities in 33 states, and earned a total of more than $31.4 million in scholarships and awards. They also had participated in thousands of hours of fundraising and community despite no school requirement to do so. “They did it not because they had to, but they did it because they are Caseys,” Abatemarco said, using the nickname derived from Msgr. Joseph T. Casey, a retired Navy rear admiral and

instrumental school figure in the mid-1900s. In her valedictory address, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Graduates: 215 Wood said she would not give her peers advice, but rather issue them a challenge: reconsider, as Baccalaureate Mass did Holden Caulfield in the coming-of-age novel, and Commencement: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger. Monmouth University, “We must be the reader, not the protagonist, in June 4, 2018 our novel. It is up to us to analyze, digest and act,” said the young woman, who is slated to attend Scholarships Received: Georgetown University, Washington, in the fall. $31.4 million Class salutatorian Lauren Elizabeth Walker asked her fellow graduates to examine what they loved about the thought of their future. “‘If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it,’” Walker said, quoting entrepreneur and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “Make your goals too big, because if we are not failing, nothing has been achieved.” Msgr. Lowery acknowledged he had celebratValedictorian: Salutatorian: ed the First Holy Communion Mass of some of the Kaitlyn Wood Lauren Walker students and reminded them they would join the ranks of the nearly 15,000 alumni. “I send you off knowing that Jesus Christ is truly primary in your life,” he said. It was John Donne who wrote, 'No man is an island, Asking members of the Sisters of entire of itself,' and Aristotle who said, 'The whole is greater than Mercy to stand for recognition in their the sum of its parts.' Yes, we are individuals, but we are not alone. longtime work with the school, Msgr. In fact, it is our individualities that make us collectively great. Lowery said, “They have been an Our talents and achievements have stimulated and subsequently integral part of our faculty.” fostered our growth as a class. We are each other’s greatest Class president Blaise G. Tamburri sources of inspiration. This is a bond that we will carry with us led the graduates in the ceremonithroughout our lives as the Red Bank Catholic Class of 2018.” al turning of the tassel to mark their Kaitlyn Wood, Valedictorian Speech last act as a Red Bank Catholic High School student, resounding cheers echoing through the arena.

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he St. John Vianney High School Class of 2018 was bid a fond farewell from staff and faculty June 2, as the seniors and school community delighted in a commencement ceremony of celebration, guidance and prayer. Keynote speaker Scott Fitzgerald, an alumnus of the Holmdel school, praised the class’ accomplishments and acknowledged their education in faith and character, which he advised the students to carry forward in life. SJV guidance counselor Jayne “Remember this Shalkowski congratulates graduate Zyaire Sterling at the day, and cherish this moment always. Build commencement ceremony. John Blaine photo on that foundation you’ve been given – knowledge, commitment, involvement,” Fitzgerald said. “Live your life with compassion, integrity and kindness. Enjoy your journey discovering God’s plan for you.” Staff, parents and administrators, including JoAnne Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, gathered in Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, for the commencement. Days earlier, the graduates were also recognized during a Baccalaureate Mass celebrated in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, by Father John Michael Patilla, school chaplain, and concelebrated by Father Thomas Vala, pastor of St. Clement Parish, Matawan. Senior Kaleigh Remick, in her valedictorian speech, encouraged her classmates to “dream anything” as each student continues his or her own journey. Remick also urged her peers to make their voices heard beyond their school. “Speak up for what matters to you. Speak words of kindness, words of change, words of love, and maybe words of anger, too, but speak nonetheless. Do not ever be silenced,” she said. Classmate Amanda Tadros followed with a valedictorian speech in honor of the school’s

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Don’t get discouraged by a world that seems like it’s beyond fixing, by people who seem like they will never be saved. Don’t limit yourself to what you think you can do. Because although we are finite beings with a finite time with which to dance and sing and laugh, we are infinite because there is no limit to what we can dream and what we can work to achieve.” Kaleigh Remick, Valedictorian Speech

Remember the values of knowledge, commitment and involvement that SJV has instilled in you. Remember to keep God close to your heart, because as long as he is your rock, you will overcome any hardships.” Amanda Tadros, Valedictorian Speech inaugural Early College Academy class, which provides the opportunity for students to earn an associate’s degree from Brookdale Community College while earning their high school diploma at St. John Vianney. She closed with words of endearment to the entire senior class.          “Whatever you choose to do in life, make sure that you are passionate about it,” Tadros said. “Our life here on earth is very limited ... make sure you can embrace it and walk home proud.” Students were seated for a closing prayer from Marianite of Holy Cross Sister Bernadette Larson, student information systems manager. “May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord let his light shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord look upon you with kindness and give you peace,” Sister Bernadette said in her blessing. “Members of the Class of 2018, go and make a difference.”

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he echoes of proud parents, friends and loved ones cheering, clapping and whistling filled the OceanFirst Bank Center at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, as the 126 Scholarships Received: purple- and gold-gowned graduates of St. Rose $25.5 million High School, Belmar, received their diplomas June 5. The ceremony was preceded with a Baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Msgr. Edward Arnister, pastor of St. Rose Parish, Belmar, May 31, with Msgr. Leonard F. Troiano, diocesan episcopal vicar for planning, serving as homilist. As valedictorian Alexandria Fazzari addressed her fellow classmates, she touched on Valedictorian: Salutatorian: the evening’s cornerstone topic: community. Alexandria Sheila Magrini That sense of oneness between the high Fazzari school’s students, faculty and parents, she said, first touched I wish to share a line from my favorite television show, their class when they were “shy ‘The Office,’ that has always resonated with me. The character freshmen” who appreciated the named Andy Bernard said, ‘I wish there was a way to know support of their upperclassmen you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.’ Our in directing them to class when time here at Saint Rose and these next four years at college will they were lost, assisted with undoubtedly be the times we one day look back on and think of the combination locks on their as the good old days. In saying this, I encourage you to make the “pesky lockers” and helped them transition into the school most of every moment, stay true to yourself, be kind and most of community. all always share a smile – it can go a long way. “It was little moments like Alexandria Fazzari, Valedictorian Speech these, which quickly formed a

JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools, presents a diploma to St. Rose High School graduate Emily DeFalco during June 5 commencement exercises at Monmouth University. Mike Ehrmann photo

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strong sense of community – a community firmly built on our faith in Catholic school,” Fazzari said. “From those first days in the St. Rose hallways, it has been our duty to foster this community, and we have done so successfully to some of our greatest memories.” Before Fazzari left the podium, she encouraged her classmates to take several key elements of their St. Rose experience with them to college. “It is important to remember the faith, values, community and more that we have developed these past four years.” Following her words, attendees were treated to a moving musical performance of “Irish Blessing” by the St. Rose High School chorus, as well as the conferring of more than a dozen awards and honors on both student and faculty recipients, who were acknowledged for excellence in teaching and service, and outstanding improvement. The commencement ceremony’s keynote speaker, St. Rose alumnus Edward Freel, praised the school community, and with a nod toward his career in American politics over several decades – including nearly 10 years as secretary of state in Delaware – Freel encouraged the seniors to make a difference. “I ask you to commit to engaging politically, seek truth and cherish and protect our freedoms,” he said.




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“God’s three messages to you are an invitation, an encouragement, a challenge, a comfort, a goal presented ‘special delivery’ through Christ Jesus, Our Lord.” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.

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“I prayed, ‘Lord let them know you; let them seek you and find in you the strength they will need … Only by this will they truly make a difference.’” Maggie Lin, a member of the graduating class of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, carries two roses, part of a school tradition for commencement ceremonies, as she processes to the stage June 9 in the school’s Cor Unum space. John Batkowski photo

Karyn Capotorto, a graduate of St. Rose High School, Belmar, participates in the traditional flag procession before commencement exercises June 5 on the campus of Monmouth University, West Long Branch. Mike Ehrmann photo

Franciscan Father Gabriel J. Zeis, diocesan episcopal vicar for Catholic Education

Graduating seniors from Villa Victoria Academy, Ewing, move their tassels to the side as they graduate June 3. Hal Brown photo Christopher Kowalski helps his sister Caroline with her graduation cap as they both prepare for St. John Vianney High School’s commencement ceremony June 2 on the campus of Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. John Blaine photo Led by a bagpiper and accompanied by faculty and staff, the Class of 2018 of Mater Dei Prep, Middletown, processes into St. Mary, Mother of God Church June 5 for commencement proceedings. Joe Moore photo

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Graduating students of Holy Cross High School examine their newly awarded diplomas. Craig Pittelli photo

“I prayed, ‘Lord let them know you; let them seek you and find in you the strength they will need … Only by this will they truly make a difference.’” Maggie Lin, a member of the graduating class of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, carries two roses, part of a school tradition for commencement ceremonies, as she processes to the stage June 9 in the school’s Cor Unum space. John Batkowski photo

Karyn Capotorto, a graduate of St. Rose High School, Belmar, participates in the traditional flag procession before commencement exercises June 5 on the campus of Monmouth University, West Long Branch. Mike Ehrmann photo

Franciscan Father Gabriel J. Zeis, diocesan episcopal vicar for Catholic Education

Graduating seniors from Villa Victoria Academy, Ewing, move their tassels to the side as they graduate June 3. Hal Brown photo Christopher Kowalski helps his sister Caroline with her graduation cap as they both prepare for St. John Vianney High School’s commencement ceremony June 2 on the campus of Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. John Blaine photo Led by a bagpiper and accompanied by faculty and staff, the Class of 2018 of Mater Dei Prep, Middletown, processes into St. Mary, Mother of God Church June 5 for commencement proceedings. Joe Moore photo

LOOKING FOR MORE PICS? The Monitor has posted hundreds of photos of the commencement exercises and Baccalaureate Masses from the Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Trenton on our website. To view them, or to purchase photos, go to and click on FEATURES>GRADUATION.

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RIGHT: Soon-to-be graduates of Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, process into the Brookdale Community College auditorium May 24 for commencement. Mike Ehrmann photo BELOW: A graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School, Red Bank, receives a congratulatory hug after the June 4 Baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises in the OceanFirst Arena, Monmouth University. Joe Moore photo

Memories to Cherish

“With the guidance of administrators, faculty, and staff and with personal rigor … the graduates of 2018 will use their education to inspire, to create and to contribute to our complex world.” JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools

Trenton Catholic Academy students process from St. Anthony Church, Hamilton, following their May 30 graduation ceremony as Sister of St. Joseph Dorothy Payne, TCA president, back to camera, congratulates them. Joe Moore photo A St. Rose High School, Belmar, graduate and a guest share an embrace following the commencement ceremony held June 5. Mike Ehrmann photo

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Graduates of Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton,from left, Camryn Neary, Carla Lopez, Taylor Griffith, Katrina Rivera and Sulyvette Almodovar get ready to flip their tassels during the commencement exercises May 30. Joe Moore photos

Graduates: 54 Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement: May 30, 2018, St. Anthony Church, Hamilton Scholarships Received: $7 million

Valedictorian: Keneth Arias Salutatorian: Camryn Neary Most Reverend David M. O’Connell Service Scholarship to The Catholic University of America: Angie Labisierre Bishop George W. Ahr Religion Award: Sam Raymond Tuchman Foundation Scholarship to Seton Hall University: Markia Highsmith

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am here tonight, not as your commencement speaker, I’m with you tonight as your Bishop … God has a message for you and he wants me to give it,” said Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., as he presided over the Baccalaureate Mass for Trenton Catholic Academy in St. Anthony Church, Hamilton, May 30, prior to commencement exercises. In his homily, the Bishop reflected on the three virtues of faith, hope and love, presenting them as three messages from God “God’s word to you, graduates, is simple. What he says to you, he also says to everyone who surrounds you in this happy time, no matter where their life has been or where your life will lead. God’s three messages to you are an invitation, an encouragement, a challenge, a comfort, a goal presented ‘special delivery’ through Christ Jesus, Our Lord. You are graduating from Catholic school but not from your Catholic religion. Bring it with you wherever you go.” Following the Baccalaureate Mass, 54 graduates listened to the words of classmates, beginning with Class of 2018 Salutatorian, Camryn Neary. “The bond that we have with our teachers and classmates ... are the bonds from which we thrived,” said Neary, who will attend Stockton University, Galloway Township, in the fall to study marine biology. Among those he thanked, Valedictorian Keneth Arias noted his teachers. “In some way, you have all taught me some-

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Bishop O’Connell, principal celebrant, receives the gifts of bread and wine from Trenton Catholic Academy graduates Emma-Camille Lomax, foreground, and Markia Highsmith during the Baccalaureate Mass May 30.

thing and helped me get through high school. I appreciated the time and welcomed the guidance you took in shaping us. You are truly modern day heroes,” he said. Graduates Victoria Wilson, left, and Arias, Eric Perez pose for a picture with one of only Sister of St. Joseph Dorothy Payne, 10 recipients TCA president. for the $4,000 TCNJ Global Experience Award, will attend The College of New Jersey, Ewing, where he will study computer science in the fall. St. Joseph Sister Dorothy Payne, president of Trenton Catholic Academy, addressed the group one final time, focusing on the yearbook, which had a superhero theme. “My concern for you is very simply, who is your super hero? Who do you wish to imitate? The world we live in offers you many opportunities to make choices… I pray that you choose wisely and listen to the advice of true superheroes,” she said. JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools, congratulated graduates and shared advice for the future. “There will be instances that call for personal courage and conviction, the courage to stand apart rather than go along with the crowd. You are an Iron Mike at all times. The strength and fortitude to do great things will always be a part of the climate of your lives,” Tier said.

Carry everything we’ve learned throughout high school and apply it to your life. Become your best possible selves because you are all extremely capable and truly are great people. I know that you’ll all go on to make big changes in the world. Henry David Thoreau said, ‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.’ So go out and live your dreams, but don’t just stop there. Keep dreaming and keep setting new goals. Always try to improve. It has been fun learning and growing with all of you. I have love for you, and I’ll never forget this moment.” Keneth Arias, Valedictorian Speech

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Molly Ann Davis Derek DeCicco, Jr. Dylan Patrick Decker Anthony N. DelMastro Bryce R. DiMedio Julia Ann D’Ippolito Nicholas Joseph Domico Hannah Noelle Dominguez Skylar Duff Brian Dugan Patrick J. Dunleavy Nicholas Dziuba Jennifer Falconiero Ryan Michael Ferdinand Richard Dominick Ferrelli Patrick John Fish Kathleen Fitzpatrick Nicholas Garcia Katelynn Jeanette Garden Cory Aaron Gaulrapp Abigail Gilson Brian A. Giuliano Camille Golowski Allison Gozdan Julia Caroline Granato Virginia Leigh Granato Ashley Elizabeth Green Kelly Ann Gurcsik Tyler Hanrahan Joan Marie Hartman Allison Catherine Hoag Justin Daniel Holgado Morgan Hull Neil Francisco Hunter Nicholas Hutchison

Lauren Marie Infantolino Brock Jablonski Caroline Sue Jacobs Oreoluwa Victoria James Daniel Jubb Daniel Patrick Kane Isabel Kelly Erin Nicole Klemenz Andrew Michael Klitchko Jeffrey Kovac John Kueny Vincent Lamina Quinn Lange Madison Ashley Lapp Luke Evan LaRosa Dylan Laucks Veronica Mary Lucian Tallulah Manalo-LaManna Natalie Mariani Charlese Levine Zipria Martin Augustine Martinez Madison Martino Morgan Martino Nicholas Martorell Michelle A. Mastrangelo Alexa Bernadette Mastroddi Rebecca Edith May Matthew McKenna Megan McLaughlin Meghan McLaughlin Katie Jean McShea Paul M. Mikalic Kerry Monaghan Molly Monaghan Brianna Daniericka Montinard Brendan James Morton Jake William Munz

Thomas Owen Murtha Sierra Paige Nasoff Angelina M. O’Brien Mackenzie Shea O’Connor Joseph R. Oczkowski Elizabeth Anne O’Dee Anthony Olivo Robert Olivo Erin Anne O’Toole Sophia Palmisano Grace Elisabeth Pasco Bradley Alan Patterson Mary Kathryn Patti Matthew Arredondo Pattison Victoria Samantha Colontonio Penza Jenna Marie Perini Andrew Joseph Pietrangelo, Jr. Julia Catherine Radley Olivia Lauren Radwell Paul Angelo Ragusa Evan Joseph Raiken Anthony Lando Raimondo Chyanne Rose Reyes Kristina Marie Rizzo Alisha Taylor Romer Julie Marie Ruger Maxwell Kieran Sakach Liana Rose D. Salazar Gabriella Marie Salvati Paul William Schields, Jr. Rebecca Rieves Schnell Stephen Eric Schoenborn

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Joshua Ethan Scholnick Nicole Rose Schumacher Liam Sheldon Patrick Simons Samantha Elizabeth Sims Andrew Ernest Skultety Riley Elizabeth Snowden Philip Sobocinski Ashley Campani Sorelle Zachary Maguire Sorensen Timothy James Spellman Zachary Thomas Thelen Chase Turner Matthew Ryan Turnipseed Ryan Francis Udicious Katherine Ann Vasell John Joseph Vinci Mia Rose Lindsey Voss Peyton Vostenak Luke Christopher Wagner Jordan Lee Washart Joseph Winston Wells William Westphal Madison Rose Willard Ava Nichole Yates Samantha Young Zachary Young Zeke Zacierka

Christian Brothers Academy goalie, senior Shane Keenan, right, gets a hug from teammate Luke Pascarella after Keenan left the game against Delbarton Nov. 12 at Kean University, Union. Keenan made 11 saves in the match. John Blaine photo

Mater Dei Prep quarterback George Pearson (12) executes a throw Dec. 3 in the NJSIAA Non-Public Group II championship game against St. Joe’s of Hammonton. Craig Pittelli photo

Seniors make their mark


hether through their leadership of younger teammates, or their personal contributions on the field, court or diamond, members of this year’s graduating classes at schools across the Diocese of Trenton have left quite an athletic legacy – with a host of accolades, tournament wins and trophies in their wake.

Senior Blaise Panzini, Red Bank Catholic pitcher, is energized after pitching a scoreless first inning against St. Rose High School May 8 during the Monmouth County Tournament finals in Lakewood. John Blaine photo

Donovan Catholic’s Alexa Pagano makes a play on a foul ball during the team’s Shore Conference Tournament Championship victory June 4 at Count Basie Field in Red Bank.

St. Rose High School senior Emily DeFalco gains control of the ball Oct. 3 against Shore Regional High School during a field hockey game played at the West Long Branch school. John Blaine photo

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Trenton Catholic Academy senior Jada Queen takes a shot against Burlington during a home game Jan. 16 in Hamilton. “She just plays 250 percent,” head coach Bob Fusik says of Queen. John Blaine photo

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From left, St. John Vianney seniors Shelli Rivard, Lindsey Baron and Antonia Pacillo take a photo with the trophy after the girls softball team won the Monmouth County Tournament Red Division championship over Middletown North May 12 at Count Basie Field, Red Bank. John Blaine photo

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Christia Brother n s Acade CBA graduates hand their families a flower at the Baccalaureate Mass to thank them for their support. Here, Matthew Tajanlangit presents his mother with a flower. Joe Moore photo




‘God be with you wherever you go,’ Bishop tells CBA grads By Lois Rogers, Correspondent


he vast nave of St. Mary Church, Middletown, was filled to capacity May 23 as parents, relatives and friends joined 238 graduating Christian Brothers Academy seniors for the Baccalaureate Mass that began two days of ceremonies. Celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit was offered in thanksgiving for the blessings God has bestowed on graduates of the Lincroft institution and their families. This special liturgy, overflowing with solemnity and warmth, rich in music and prayer, set the tone for all that would follow as the traditional rites of passage culminated a day later, May 24, with commencement exercises in the Robert J. Collins Arena of Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. Drawing from the night’s Scripture readings, Bishop O’Connell spoke of the great joy it gave him to open CBA Principal Ross Fales, center, the exercises on hands graduate Mazin Kahn his diploma during commencement exer- a grace note, cises May 24 in Brookdale Community with a show of gratitude to College. Mike Ehrmann photo God who “will be with you wherever you go.” It is most appropriate, noted the Bishop, that graduation, as a rite of passage, “begins in the Eucharist – the Church’s rite of passage to a new life. It is the Church’s most important prayer.” I’m not here as a speaker,” said Bishop O’Connell, “but as your Bishop. I want to give you God’s first message that the God who created you loves you just the way you are. Think about how God loved you before you were born and that he will be with you ‘til the end of time.” Parents and guardians were recognized as the evening drew to a close with their sons presenting a single flower to each family – moms especially – for their steadfast support throughout these years at Christian Brothers Academy.

As fortunate as we are, there are plenty of people who are equally unfortunate. It is our responsibility to create opportunity so that other people can share in the opportunity presented to us. We have been tremendously lucky, but now the time has come to make something out of that. The time has come to expand our fortune to include more people. It’s not enough to be grateful. It’s not enough to say thanks; counting your blessings does nothing for anyone else. Your families, your teachers and your friends have given you so much that if you don’t return the favor to other people, then you’ve squandered those gifts. We owe it to all the people who have made this graduation day possible to be men who drive the success of others.” Garrett Hegel, Valedictorian Speech In his parting words, Bishop O’Connell called attention to three Christian Brothers alumni – the Rev. Messrs. Christopher Dayton and Michael G. DeSaye and Brother Nicholas Dolan – who assisted at the Mass. The three were ordained to the priesthood June 2 by Bishop O’Connell in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, along with Rev. Mr. James R. Smith. After the Baccalaureate Mass, students and their parents shared reflections of their four years at Christian Brothers, voicing appreciation for the balance of faith and scholarship that is a hallmark of the school. Michael Antonucci, Manalapan, is the second member of his immediate family to graduate from CBA. His brother, Andrew, who went on the State University of New York Maritime College, is a member of the class of 2016. His parents, Michael and Anna, spoke of their pride in their sons who achieved so much academically while maturing in faith under the guidance of the Christian Brothers. “We would send them here again,” his mother said. “Christian Brothers is a good place.”

Graduates: 238 Baccalaureate Mass: May 23, 2018, St. Mary Church, Middletown Commencement: May 24, 2018, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft Scholarships Received: $31.6 million

Valedictorian: Garrett Hegel

Salutatorian: Michael Guarino

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., processes at the start of the May 23 Baccalaureate Mass in St. Mary Church, Middletown. Joe Moore photo

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Mater Dei Prep graduates

face future with faith, hope By Carly York, Correspondent


nthusiasm and anticipation were in the air as the 109 Mater Dei Prep graduates lined up outside St. Mary, Mother of God Church, Middletown, for their commencement procession June 5. The Middletown school’s graduates and their family, friends and loved ones were greeted by school president Donald Galante, who shared that the class earned some $18.5 million in scholarships and that 98 percent of the students will be Students hug their parents attending college in in cheer and appreciation the fall. during the May 31 BaccalauOn May 31, the reate Mass in St. Mary, Mother students were sent off in prayer as Father of God Church, Middletown. Courtesy photo Jeffrey Kegley, pastor of St. Mary Parish, and Father Richard Osborn, parochial vicar, concelebrated the Baccalaureate Mass in St. Mary, Mother of God Church. The four years of the Class of 2018 were marked with numerous athletic championship wins and titles, as well as Basie Awards for performing arts – not to mention the more than 13,000 hours of Christian service performed by the students. Their experience was not without its difficulties, including the possibility during their freshman year that their school – known at the time as Mater Dei High School – could face closure. “Some of you had to deal with not knowing whether or not Mater Dei would even be here,” said Galante. “But the sun always rises, and today is your new day!” Susan Kiley, deputy mayor of Hazlet Township and a 1972 Mater Dei graduate, shared words of wisdom with the graduates as the evening’s keynote speaker. “Our world needs the message of hope and charity found in our faith, and you carry that message,” she said. She also urged the graduates to “never underestimate the power of your voice,” sharing the story of her son’s recovery from near-death complications as a newborn. Hearing the sound of

From our experiences over the past four years, we have learned how to create strong, lasting bonds with people that will persist for many years. We have learned the importance of responsibility, time management and working hard and conscientiously. We have learned to seize every possible opportunity available and how crucial it is to be fearless and steadfast in achieving our goals. These are extremely valuable lessons that we can still apply to our lives today and continue to apply through college and beyond.” Franchesca Zilinski, Valedictorian Speech her voice, she said, helped him recover. “Believe in yourself; believe in the power you have to accomplish anything you want, and your voice will create miracles.” Co-salutatorian Seychelle Ibrahim, in a rousing speech, told her classmates, “Excellence does not stem from natural ability, but through struggle and perseverance.” She led the entire congregation in a round of applause for Jesus, exclaiming, “Take time for the one who made time.” Later in the evening Seychelle received a major award herself: an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Co-salutatorian Emily Tronolone spoke about the passion and camaraderie that the class maintained. “The greatest thing about our class is our community,” she said. “We build each other up.” Valedictorian Franchesca Zilinski reminded her classmates that they have every ability for a successful future if they remain determined. “Be true to who you are as individuals,” she said. “Because when you are you, that is when you will be able confidently achieve your ambitions.”

Graduates: 109 Baccalaureate Mass: May 31, 2018, St. Mary, Mother of God Church, Middletown Commencement: June 5, 2018, St. Mary, Mother of God Church, Middletown Scholarships Received: $18.5million

Valedictorian: Franchesca Zilinski

Co-Salutatorian: Seychelle Ibrahim

Co-Salutatorian: Emily Tronolone

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A group of friends celebrate after graduating June 5 from Mater Dei Prep, Middletown. Joe Moore photo

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Members of Stuart Country Day School’s Class of 2018 listen intently to the commencement speaker, Cynthia Carroll, Class of 1974, during the graduation ceremony held June 9 in the school’s Cor Unum. This year, 38 young women graduated from the all-girls school. John Bat-

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ith gratitude and high hopes for a future founded on the principles and goals of Princeton’s Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, the Class of 2018 – 38 strong – closed the door on high school June 9 and opened the door to the adult world. Taking their places in the annual commencement ritual, clad distinctively in white dresses of their choice, the young women were sent off with best wishes by Dr. Patricia L. Fagin, head of school, members of the administration and their own classmates. On June 7, Father Gregory Malovetz, Stuart chaplain, sent the students off in prayer during the Baccalaureate Mass. Senior class speaker Alexandra Bullen-Smith set the tone for the commencement afternoon thanking “everyone for the four years at Stuart, a school that reflects one big family and all the colors of the rainbow.” The Stuart website proudly touts the widely diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds of the student body and faculty, drawn from 55 countries around the world, which Bullen-Smith likened to a family garden. “High school is hard for every family,” she said. “We strove, we achieved, we fought for change, establishing a swim team, a Mother’s Day club … we set the bar high and followed our passions.” The class was especially motivated by connecting with each other in its late night prayer circle where they reflected on the opportunities they had to change the world. Referring to classmates as a “beautifully diverse and chaotic group,” Bullen-Smith said during their time in Stuart, they made a difference in the arts, academics and service.

Stuart has provided us with endless opportunities, and we have taken advantage of these. Our commitment to service and leadership has been based on the goals and criteria of the Sacred Heart and helped us to develop our standards of excellence. They have shaped who we are as individuals and will continue to guide us on the next journey that we begin today. We embark on college pursuits in opera, psychology, medicine and engineering. We are excited and prepared.” Roshni Patel, Welcome Speech In a moving, but brief address, Dr. Fagin noted that celebrations were taking place across the world as the Sacred Heart community is celebrating the 200th anniversary of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne establishing its traditions in the New World. Drawing from the writings of St. Rose Philippine, she noted that the territory was rife with “poverty and Christian heroism … trials are the riches of this land, and still she stayed.” She praised the class for the appreciation of its multi-national and racial diversity, fostering among other achievements, a classical Indian dance club, black student union and Chinese club. Cynthia Carroll, Class of 1974, offered a stirring commencement address, assuring the graduates that any nervousness they were experiencing during the rite of passage was likely the same as that she experienced 44 years ago. “I had no clue. I was scared but ready to start a new chapter,” said Carroll. “… Like you, we faced an uncertain future. Today, our world is so fluid. It brings huge opportunities and you are in a unique position … to seize opportunities as they come along. I will pray for you,” she said, urging them to “always be prepared, stay true to what you believe and work hard, work hard and realize that sometimes good luck is a factor and you have to be ready for it.”

Father Gregory Malovetz, Stuart chaplain and pastor of St. Charles Borromeo, Skillman, addresses the Class of 2018 during the Baccalaureate Mass June 7. John Blaine photo

Graduates: 38 Baccalaureate Mass: Cor Unum, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, June 7, 2018 Commencement: Cor Unum, June 9, 2018 Sacred Heart Goal Senior Awards: Alison Walsh • Goal I: A personal and active faith in God Kerstin Carroll • Goal II: A deep respect for intellectual values Michelle Kwafo • Goal III: A social awareness that impels to action Katherine McLaughlin • Goal IV: The building of community as a Christian value Roshni Patel • Goal V: Personal growth in atmosphere of wise freedom

Stuart graduate Sarah Du is congratulated by head of school Dr. Patty Fagin. John Batkowski photo

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Merriam-Webster defines “spirit” in a number of ways - a lively or brisk quality in a person or person’s attitude, a supernatural being or presence, and an enthusiastic loyalty. Our Class of Spirit, the Class of 2018, is all of these things. They are a family, a unique group of individuals brought together by God’s design to form a family in our 8th grade. They love with spirit, they serve with spirit, and they even act in many ways with spirit. Their personalities are strong and distinguished and their mark on St. Veronica School will last long beyond their days here. "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Timothy 1:7

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Msgr. John K. Dermond, diocesan adjutant judicial vicar, was celebrant of the Villa Victoria Academy Baccalaureate Mass held June 3 in the Ewing school’s theater. Hal Brown photos




Villa Victoria grads reminded of a ‘forever friend in Christ’ By Georgiana Francisco, Correspondent


raduation exercises for Villa Victoria Academy, Ewing, held June 3 in the school’s theater, began with a Baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Msgr. John K. Dermond, adjutant judicial vicar, followed by commencement speeches and awarding diplomas to 12 young women making up the Class of 2018, some of them having attended Villa Victoria from first grade through their senior year. Prior to the conferring of diplomas, valedictorian Mary Zsolway addressed fellow graduates, faculty and guests, praising Academy teachers. “Every morning they get up and give every piece of themselves to make us better people, and in return, make the world a better place.” Because of that, she said, “Whether you’ve been at Villa for four years or 14, every graduate will walk off this stage with the same grace and confidence that so typifies the strong women that Villa produces.” Zsolway acknowledged the difference Catholic education makes. “We’ve gained a forever friend in Christ who will carry us through the rough patches and help us to know that he has a plan,

and in knowing this, we will be able to accomplish anything we set our minds to. Through Villa, Graduates: 12 we’ve gained a deeper understanding of our Baccalaureate Mass faith and hence the hope and knowledge that our paths will lead us to fulfill Christ’s will wherever and Commencement: we may go. Inevitably, this life will provide trials. June 3, 2018 But with the help of God, our families, and our Villa Victoria forever Villa sisters, no challenge will be too great Academy or problem insurmountable.” Keynote speaker Filippini Sister Ascenza Scholarships Received: Tizzano, provincial superior, acknowledged, “I $2.4 million am … privileged to be with you and to share a simple message as you celebrate this milestone, a landmark that celebrates the closure of another chapter in your lives, but also marks the beginning of a new one. This is, by no means, the final curtain call.” Sister Ascenza left the graduates with the challenge of lighting the fire of the love of God. “When God is the center of your life, your life will Valedictorian: Salutatorian: be one of great achievement.” She also chalMary Lorraine Brittany Marie lenged them to light the flame of worthiness. “It Zsolway Loh will span your ability to make valid, moral decisions. Do not follow the path where others lead – Rheana Grace Leonardo Reyes and make your own path. We are counting on you… Mary Lorraine Zsolway • Bishop to become a blessing to the world,” she said. Ahr Religion Award Prior to seeing his daughter, Olivia, graduate, Stephen Quinn said, “This is an amazing school where the girls are happy, get a phenomenal education, learn about service, and emerge as well-rounded, independent-thinking women.” Together as a class we’ve learned everything from Genesis to All 12 students comRevelations, from apostolic succession to the story of Zechariah. But most imprising the school’s 81st portantly we’ve developed a relationship with God that will help us through graduating class, having our lives. We’ve gained a forever friend in Christ that will carry us through earned $2.4 million in the rough patches and help us to know that He has a plan, and in knowing scholarships, will continthis, we will be able to accomplish anything we set our minds to. Through ue their education at Villa, we’ve gained a deeper understanding of our faith and hence the hope colleges and universities and knowledge that our paths will lead us to fulfill Christ’s will wherever we around the country.

Dr. Michelle O’Mara, a teacher in the science department at Villa Victoria, poses for a photo with graduate Rheana Grace Leonardo Reyes.

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Filippini Sister Angelina Pelliccia, principal, and pastor Father Peter James Alindogan recognized the Class of 2018 students at the St. Jerome, West Long Branch, June 8 Baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises. Joe Moore photo

Eighth-grade students take next step in faith By Christina Leslie Correspondent


long with their high school counterparts, this June 1,133 eighth-grade students graduated from the Diocese of Trenton’s 31 Catholic schools. Baccalaureate Masses and graduation exercises were joy-filled opportunities for clergy, school personnel and families to share their appreciation and respect for the faith-filled education their child had just experienced. One such occasion was June 8, when the St. Jerome School Class of 2018 filed into the West Long Branch church of the same name for their Baccalaureate Mass and graduation. Father Peter James Alindogan, pastor, was all smiles as he greeted the congregation and distributed diplomas to

additional reasons to invest in a the 27 royal blue- and whitefaith-based education. gowned students. “They have a sense of beAs a sign of appreciation for their families’ support, the longing, a soul that needs to graduates gave roses and be nourished,” Sister Angelina embraces to their parents for said. “They live the law of love allowing them to reap the … gives the energy and ability benefits of a Catholic school to forgive others. They share a education. St. Jerome School sense of responsibility.” principal, Filippini Sister AngeGraduates and their parents agreed. lina Pelliccia, recognized the Eighth-grader Gabriella youth and declared their “spirit of giving, compassion, and Rose called her schoolmates how kind and gentle they were “like a big family,” while Gabriwith the younger students” el Olivera noted the teachers would make them stand out in and his friends were like a secher memory. ond family. “I got a lot of life Noting a report from the Wall lessons, like to be respectful,” Street Journal newspaper Olivera said. found Catholic school The adage, “like students have more father, like son” self-discipline than applied to the “They have a sense Monteleone famtheir counterparts, the long-time of belonging, a soul ily. Mark, a 1982 principal gave graduate from that needs to be the school under nourished.” the direction of Sister Angelina, noted, “St. Jerome prepares you well.” He and his wife, Juana, proudly snapped pictures of their son, also named Mark, as Juana declared she was grateful for the “valuable

and safe” Catholic education he and their older daughter, Olivia, had received. “They came out excelling,” she said. Our Lady of Sorrows School, Hamilton, feted their 24 graduates June 8. Msgr. Thomas Gervasio, pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton, was principal celebrant of the Baccalaureate Mass and ceremony where the Class of 2018 strode down the aisle bearing small felt banners adorned with symbols of events that marked each year of their school careers. The banners were mounted upon a larger banner that read “Rewatch the Years,” making “a movie reel of their lives,” declared OLS principal Maureen Tuohy. “These children had extra academic ability, were gifted and talented and showed love for each other,” she continued. “They would push each other along to be a better person.” Reflecting back upon their tenure at OLS, students shared their favorite moments. Jamie Mersel said she would miss “the friendships formed and the closeness with my teachers,” while Mary Heuisler noted “the small school is my second family.” James Primerano most valued his teachers; “I will miss

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Our Lady of Sorrows School, Hamilton, principal Maureen Tuohy and Msgr. Thomas Gervasio, pastor, present diplomas to the eighth-grade students during the June 8 Baccalaureate Mass and graduation ceremony. Hal Brown photo

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He told them that they would only make a difference in the world if they lived up to a personal code of honor and the integrity that followed in its wake. How true this is! His words were met with great applause, the affirmation of young men and women ready to make a difference and seeking, truly seeking, a way to do just that. But as I sat and listened to his words and the exhilaration they caused in the crowd, I could not help but think, “What will sustain these highly intelligent and well-prepared young men and women for that

challenging reality of entering the world?” Truly they are well-educated and have been challenged to think critically. They have been reared on science and the humanities. They have received a classical education that has taught them ethics and the ability to be self-reflective and engaged civically. But as I sat there, I prayed, “Lord let them know you; let them seek you and find in you the strength they will need to truly be honorable and to find the integrity of your life working in and through them. Only by this will they truly make a difference.” I believe that my prayer was heartfelt,

and as I have prayed for all the graduates of our Catholic schools, I add one more dimension to this prayer: I pray in thanksgiving for their existence, for they truly are the places that teach our students how to know Jesus, how to meet him in their halls and classrooms, how to be Church – the Body and Blood of Christ that in and through them will make a lasting difference in our world. Class of 2018, know Christ and live Christ always! Editor’s Note: This article was Father Zeis’ homily for the 2018 Baccalaureate Masses.

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with wisdom that transcends knowledge – the wisdom to know that you matter as a traveler on this planet. The journey will be filled with experiences of joy and disappointments; experiences of failure and regret; experiences of exhilaration and confusion. Realize that you matter. You are a miracle created by God. In His infinite wisdom, you were given gifts to be shared with others. No one possesses all the genius, skills and talents. We are called to use our special gifts as we connect with each oth-

er, as we support each other, as we forgive each other, as we listen and understand and love each other. In doing so, we blend our talents for the good of all and emulate the teachings of Jesus. Embrace the freedom to know that with imperfections and flaws, during this time of becoming and making mistakes and having self-doubts, that there is perfection in the process, and that you are loved unconditionally. Embrace the courage to aim high; the courage to live your ideals; the courage to

follow your heart’s desire; the courage to do the work that gnaws at you inner core for expression. Embrace the courage to explore, to create, to take risks, to fail and to grow. The human experience requires grace and the ability to learn throughout life. It requires humility and courage to take risks. It requires faith in God and belief in the human spirit. It requires vulnerability. Radiate joy and compassion as you are immersed in a world of opportunity, a world that will be enriched by your presence.

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Berkshire School Bishop England High School Fettes College (Edinburgh, Scotland) George School The Gunnery School The Hill School Holy Ghost Preparatory School The Hotchkiss School The Hun School The Lawrenceville School Morristown-Beard School Notre Dame High School Peddie School The Pennington School Phillips Academy Andover Phillips Exeter Academy Porter-Gaud Portsmouth Abbey School Princeton Day School Ridley College (Ontario, Canada) Saint Joseph High School Solebury School St. Joseph’s Preparatory School St. Stephen’s School (Rome, Italy) Tabor Academy Wilberforce School

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the out-of-the-classroom talks and their guiding us through life,” he said. Tuohy concluded that this Class of 2018 was dear to all the faculty and staff. “They love God and Jesus, know the value of service to others, are faith-filled and spread that to the community,” she said. St. Mary of the Lakes School, Medford, bade their Class of 2018 goodbye with a pair of traditional ceremonies. June 7 marked the eighth graders’ “Farewell Walk” which involved the entire school community. After breakfast at a local bagel shop, the eighth grade students rode their bicycles to school for a recognition ceremony where they received over $126,000 in scholarships and awards to area Catholic high schools. Students and teachers then lined the halls as the eighth graders strode down, gathering waves and high-fives to the immortal strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Father Daniel F. Swift, pastor of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, served as principal celebrant of the students’ baccalaureate Mass and graduation ceremony the following day. He bestowed blessings on the students as he handed the graduates their diplomas, signifying they were ready to continue their educational journey. Amy Rash, principal of the school opened in 1954 with the help of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Newark, stated, “I am so proud of our eighth grade graduates and the impact they have had here at St. Mary of the Lakes. They truly embody the values of kindness and leadership and I am so pleased to see them recognized for their achievements in academics and service.  I am looking forward to seeing how they ‘go make a difference’ in their high schools and beyond!” Photographers Hal Brown and Joe Moore contributed to this story.

Diplomas in hand and smiles on their faces, the St. Mary of the Lakes, Medford, Class of 2018 pose after their June 8 Baccalaureate Mass. Photo courtesy of St. Mary of the Lakes School

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