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Changing of the Guard Pages 2–4

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A Message from the Headmaster Dear Friends of Xavier,


his letter is my final communication with you as Xavier’s Headmaster. It is truly a letter of gratitude and appreciation to all of you who make up the Xavier Community. I came to Xavier a kicking and screaming, temporary-professed, 29-year-old Brother. I really didn’t enjoy my first year here and wanted to leave Middletown. All that happened 30 years ago and, as they say, the rest is history. I thoroughly enjoyed my years as the junior religion teacher, pastoral advisor, junior class moderator and National Honor Society moderator. I felt that I was actually playing in the vineyard of the Lord! Some among our alumni will tell you that their most memorable event was the annual etiquette classes preceding the Junior Prom. Getting ready for the prom was a challenge, and just getting boys to learn how to put tablecloths on properly was a feat in itself. Every Christmas season was a treat as I donned the Olde St. Nick outfit and collected money for the NHS Christmas drive. I have a passion for social justice and felt our students ought to acquire a similar passion for the poor and marginalized. I felt that sending books and clothing to our African missions, purchasing food for the Dominican Nuns in North Guilford, or collecting toys for St. Vincent de Paul Place were as important for our students as gathering around the table of the Lord. One regret that I have is I never got a Xavier High School mission trip off the ground, but I’ll leave that for the next Headmaster. As I wind down and say goodbye to alums, they remind me of the time I spent with them in pastoral advising. The Lord was at work in those conversations; I was merely the instrument He used. My motivation then was to bring those boys (now men!) closer to the Lord even during the most challenging times of their teenage years. Ministering to those young men has really been my motivation for serving the Lord as a Xaverian Brother. During the last 12 years, financial aid for students with need has been one of my top priorities. I would not have been able to extend the invitation to receive a Catholic education to so many deserving young men were it not for the generosity of alumni, many of whom themselves received assistance as students. Financial support came as well from parents, past and present, from friends of the school and from students themselves. Our Students Helping Students annual ad drive raises around $120,000, a significant sum of money for teenagers to raise for their classmates. I offer my sincere thanks to all of you who have supported our financial aid program. Serving as moderator of the Home and School Association for over 25 years was a great opportunity for me. The fund (and fun!) raising the association promotes has enhanced the spirit of the Xavier Community while at the same time gifting the school with extras the operating budget didn’t cover. These “extras” include religious, athletic, and extra-curricular materials, as well

as minibuses and items for our fine arts programs. In just this past year the association has purchased 12 sail boats, a batting cage, a wrestling mat and technology for the athletic department. Over the years the Alumni Association’s prime focus has been financial aid, but the association also provides many “extras” for students such as refreshments at class nights, homework planners, a gift at Christmas, the senior picnic, a graduation picture of each senior with the Bishop, and so much more. The men in the association demonstrate their loyalty to their Alma Mater over and over again. One of the goals of Xavier’s last strategic plan was increased cooperation between the Home and School and the Alumni Associations; this goal has certainly been achieved. Because of your generosity, a great deal of time in my administration has been spent on bricks and mortar. Nevertheless our other administrators and I have never lost sight of the fact that academics are of prime importance and we have consistently sought to raise the bar in that area. Thanks to the dedication of our faculty, we now offer 14 advanced placement courses. Chinese language instruction has been integrated into the regular school day. The issue of differing learning styles among our students is receiving continual attention and study. The use of technology in the educational process has far exceeded our expectations. Life at Xavier revolves around our religion and campus ministry programs, and the chapel is the symbol of the heart of the school. Its steady and strong beat enriches all we do here on a daily basis. Before concluding I must express a word of gratitude to Brother James Boyle who has served as my administrative assistant these last 12 years. He has been not only a mentor but especially a wise counselor. Most of all I must express my appreciation to our Principal, Mr. William Garrity, who never refused when I asked him to serve as dean of students, head football coach, coordinator of a program, chair of a committee, but most of all, principal. God knows that he has put a safety net under many a student when others had given up. For all he has done for Xavier, I say thank you. I leave with mixed emotions because I love Xavier. However the time has come for me to begin a new chapter in my life. In leaving I am filled with gratitude and appreciation to all of you who have made Xavier the wonderful Community it is. Farewell,

Brother William, C.F.X., Headmaster

Xavier Today The Magazine for Xavier High School Summer 2009

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Changing of the Guard Brother William Stepping Down Page 2 New Heamaster Brother Brian Davis Page 4

A Decade of Leadership Three Middletown Mayors Page 6 Graduation 2009 Page 14

Junior Orientation September 3 Freshman Orientation “Falcon Blast” September 4 Freshman Orientation II September 8 Alumni Golf Classic September 11 8th Graders’ Open House October 25

Faculty/Staff/School News Pages 8, 9, 24, 25, 27, 28 Student News Pages 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26 Alumni News Pages 10, 17, 18, 23, 27, 28 SFX Society Inside back cover

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Chang i ng of th e Guard

Brother William to Step Down


n April 3rd Xavier High School’s Board of Directors announced that Brother William C.F.X., the school’s first Headmaster, has decided to retire from his position with the school effective June 30, 2009. Brother William has been granted a one year sabbatical after thirty years at Xavier including twelve as Head of School, six as Principal and six as Headmaster. Addressing faculty and staff, Brother William said, “After serving Xavier since 1978, I felt it was time to leave. During my sabbatical year I plan on taking some courses, traveling, getting in my daily walk and being near my family after having been away for a very long time. “I will miss Xavier and the Brothers community here and both will continue to be close to my heart and in my prayers. We have accomplished a great deal together in the areas of academics and faith formation.” Reacting to the announcement, Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich said, “Brother William has throughout his generous years of service been a remarkable educator, administrator and champion of the faith. He and the

Brother William announces his resignation as Headmaster to the faculty and staff.

Xaverian model have together distinguished Xavier as a truly exceptional school. I join the grateful community of teachers, students, parents, alumni, and friends who will miss him. His example was to always encourage opportunities for each member of the Xavier community to be of service to others. That

example is his legacy to all the fortunate young people who have learned from him and have carried forward the principle of giving.”

During Brother William’s career at Xavier the school has expanded its academic offerings to include 14 advanced placement courses and a new emphasis on fine arts that has attracted applicants from throughout the area. Brother William also led fundraising efforts for major on-campus expansion efforts that include St. Joseph Hall; including four state of the art science labs, a dining hall and the Galluzzo Media Technology Center. In the fall of this year,

“I will miss Xavier and the Brothers community here and both will continue to be close to my heart and in my prayers. We have accomplished a great deal together in the areas of academics and faith formation.” Brother William

“His example was to always encourage opportunities for each member of the Xavier community to be of service to others. That example is his legacy …” Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich

Brother holds a front-page newspaper story which brought him a great deal of pleasure (from the 1979 yearbook).


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Brother William (in two places at once?) enjoys a farewell meeting with the cloistered Dominican Nuns of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Guilford.

Xavier will expand its efforts to recruit disadvantaged students through the Shepherds Program which will provide tuition assistance and mentoring for qualified students, paid for by Xavier alumni. This program is a true reflection of Xaverian ideals. Brother William is leaving the school well positioned for the future having just

Brother William professed his final vows in the Xavier High School chapel (from 1980 yearbook).

completed a board approved twenty-year plan. Brother William has also offered to work with the board and the school administration during the leadership transition phase. “We are sorry to see Brother William leaving our school at this time, but after three decades of service to this institution we understand his desire to step aside,” said Board Chairman Dr. Perry Sangalli. “Xavier has accomplished so much during Brother’s time as principal and Headmaster it is hard to imagine having come so far without his energy and commitment. We wish him luck during his year off and as he enters a new phase of his church ministry.” “As Headmaster of Xavier High School Brother William has had a true lasting impact

“Xavier has accomplished so much during Brother’s time as principal and Headmaster it is hard to imagine having come so far without his energy and commitment.” Xavier Board Chairman, Dr. Perry Sangalli

on the lives of thousands of students and the entire community. It is hard to think of a preparatory school in the state that has so consistently met such high standards and achieved such high quality results. Xavier is recognized as an institution in our state and Brother William’s vision and hard work has continuously advanced the school’s position and reputation,” said Mayor Sebastian Giuliano, Xavier ’70.

XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL Xavier High School welcomes students of all denominations from throughout Connecticut. Xavier High School was founded in 1963 by The Most Rev. Vincent J. Hines, second bishop of the Diocese of Norwich, as a Catholic secondary school for young men. It is sponsored jointly by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich and the Congregation of the Brothers of Saint Francis Xavier. The school was incorporated under the laws of the State of Connecticut on February 18, 1963. From the foundation of the school until the present, Xavier has maintained an educational philosophy which seeks “to impress upon students the dignity of the human person created by God, to guide and counsel students, and to help them prepare for college, for life work, and above all, for life itself.” (Statement of Aims and Objectives as published in the 1963 brochure) Although it has been adapted to changing times and circumstances, Xavier’s philosophy has nevertheless remained essentially consonant with this original statement. (continued on page 5)

In the 2000 yearbook Brother William is shown with the late Bishop Hart receiving the architect’s plans at the dedication of St. Joseph Hall. Xavier Today


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New Headmaster Introduced


he Board of Directors of Xavier High School has appointed Brother Brian J. Davis, C.F.X. to a threeyear term as Headmaster, effective July 1, 2009. Dr. Perry Sangalli, Chairman of the Board, introduced Brother Brian to the faculty and staff in the chapel on May 7th. “I am certain that Brother will gain the confidence of the Xavier community quickly. He is a master educator and a highly capable administrator who will always be mindful of our mission and identity as a Catholic school and who will focus foremost on student programs and on opportunities for the growth and achievement of students, faculty and staff.” Brother Brian comes to Xavier with a strong background in Catholic secondary school leadership and instruction, including prior service as an Assistant Principal and Social Studies teacher at Xavier from 1982-1986. He has also been principal, assistant principal, faculty member, educational consultant, and board member in other Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools in Kentucky, Maryland

New Headmaster Brother Brian Davis, C.F.X. greets a student.

Brother Brian Davis, C.F.X. with Brother Thomas Fahey, C.F.X.

and Massachusetts, and served as the principal of a Catholic elementary school in Maryland. Currently, he is the Interim Principal of Malden Catholic High School in Malden, MA. Xavier is co-sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers

Board Members appear with Brother Brian Davis, C.F.X. at the announcement of his appointment as Headmaster of Xavier High School effective July 1st. (l-r) Dr. Perry Sangalli, Br. Brian, Mrs. Rosemary Kilpatrick and Atty. Chris Smith ’76.


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and the Diocese of Norwich. Thus, after being identified and recommended to the Board by Brother Lawrence Harvey, CFX, General Superior of the Xaverian Brothers and former Principal here at Xavier, Brother Brian met with Bishop Cote, gaining his encouragement and support for the Headmaster’s position. Brother Larry said, “I think he (Brother Brian) can provide stability, gain the respect and admiration of the faculty; and that alumni and other donors will find him to be someone they would respect and have confidence in. I believe he will represent the Xaverian Brothers well and continue the Xaverian legacy.” Brother Brian has earned degrees from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, Wesleyan University in Middletown and Spalding University in Louisville, KY. He also has extensive experience serving as chairman and committee

“We have been friends for many years, going back to college days. I am very pleased that he has accepted this position.” Brother William

member of numerous accrediting teams for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has served as a consultant and board liaison for the Schools Office in the Archdiocese of Boston. Following his introduction to the faculty and staff, Brother Brian met with Headmaster Brother William and other administrators and teachers. Brother William commented, “We have been friends for many years, going back to college days. I am very pleased that he has accepted this position.” Brother Brian will work with Xavier’s administrators and staff over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition and to prepare for the coming school year.

(l-r) Kris Patterson, Tom Coughlin, Tom Abbate, Dan McGrath, James Remigino and Adam Tomasiello

Athletics and Academics Shine O

n March 31st Xavier honored six seniors for accomplishments both as students and athletes. Headmaster Brother William, C.F.X. welcomed the students, coaches, families and friends. “These young men epitomize what the school is all about in terms of combining two things: academics and athletics. I am very proud of them for their accomplishments and what they have done in their four-year journey at Xavier. They can’t do that without the support of their families and coaches. It is also a day to celebrate our teachers and what they have done to push the young men to develop academically and to use their gifts, talents and personalities.”

also lettered in track and field. James R. Remigino earned the CAS-CIAC Scholar-Athlete Award and plans to swim at Yale next year. Adam J. Tomasiello received the Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Leader Award and is a member of the Golf Team. Athletic Director Anthony Jaskot said, “They all seem to be our kids. We teach them that way as faculty members and we coach them that way as coaches.” He then introduced the coaches for each of the students to pay tribute to them: baseball coach Richard Magner (Coughlin), football coach Sean Marinan (Patterson

and McGrath), golf coach Michael Kohs (Tomasiello) and wrestling coach Michael Cunningham (Abbate). Swim coach Keith Nichols was unable to attend so Mr. Jaskot spoke on behalf of James Remigino. Principal William Garrity said “Gentlemen, there is no way you could have gotten here without your parents. … You need to remember what brought you here today, your commitment and dedication to yourselves, athletically, spiritually and academically. You are here for a reason, because of hard work. Continue to make yourselves proud, your family proud and Xavier proud.”

The Honorees were: Tom Abbate who won his second straight LL wrestling championship and was named LL Wrestler of the Year. Thomas E. Coughlin has signed with UCONN baseball to pitch next year. Daniel McGrath received the Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Leader Award and Gene CaseyNew Haven County Chapter National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete. Kris Patterson signed a National Letter of intent with CCSU football. He was an AllState performer as a senior, earned all-conference and all-area recognition, received Senior Leadership Award and

Luther Ridge Honors Mackiewicz


uther Ridge held a ceremony at which Kenneth Mackiewicz ’11 was presented the Presidential Volunteer Award by Mrs. Connecticut, Lynnette Letsky Piombo. The Gold Level Award was for over 250 hours of volunteering in a year. Luther Ridge and the Glastonbury Junior Women’s Club both sanction the Presidential Volunteer Awards. Luther Ridge builds on a sixty-year tradition of caring for older adults in Central Connecticut that started with the Lutheran Home of Middletown and continued with Luther Manor, a congregate housing residence that opened in 1990.

XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL (continued from page 3)

Within the Catholic tradition and within the context of a Christian community, Xavier seeks to educate the whole man; spirit, mind and body. Through academic, religious, service, athletic and extracurricular programs, the school endeavors to form a man who is academically competent, spiritually alive and physically sound. By providing a community centered on Judeo-Christian values, the school seeks to support the student in his growth as a human being and to instill in him a sense of responsibility for the gifts which are his. To meet the needs of the 21st Century, a 27,000 square foot building addition was completed in October 1999, updating and expanding the school’s facilities. St. Joseph Hall is home to a state-ofthe-art science floor, an air conditioned dining hall and the Galluzzo Media Technology Center. Refurbished areas in the original building provide additional athletic facilities including a well-equipped weight room, showers and locker areas. An art studio and a music room with a full complement of musical instruments and individual practice rooms have been incorporated to expand our fine arts capabilities.

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A Decade of

Leadership for

Middletown 1915 Map of Middletown from


hree Xavier graduates have served as Mayor of Middletown for ten of the last 30 years: Michael J. Cubeta Jr. ’69 (2 Terms: 1979–1983), Paul Gionfriddo ’71

(1 Term: 1989–1991) and Sebastian N. Giuliano ’70 (2 terms: 2005–present). We asked all three the same questions. Their replies reveal a lot about them as men, leaders and graduates of Xavier High School.

How did your Xavier experience influence your choices leading to your political and professional careers? Cubeta: The values that were instilled in me by my mother and father were reinforced by my Xavier experience- the pursuit of excellence, personal integrity, commitment, and service to others. One could not help but be influenced by the tumultuous events that were occurring in our nation and the world during the late 1960’s including the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the escalating war in Vietnam and the anti-war movement that it spawned, the civil rights movement, and the Cold War. At Xavier, we often had classroom discussions centering on these


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important issues, and we were encouraged to learn more about them, think about them, and to write about them. The fall of my senior year coincided with the 1968 Presidential election. Students were encouraged to become informed about the positions of the candidates on all the major issues of the day. When we were told that there was going to be a mock presidential election at Xavier preceded by a debate, I quickly volunteered to be the Democratic Party Chairman. The three-way debate pitted me, representing Humphrey, against classmates Bill Corvo, the Republican Chairman representing Nixon, and Terry Shortell representing Wallace. Following our debate, Humphrey prevailed in the Xavier student election, but Nixon won the election that

Michael Cubeta currently serves as Senior Vice President, Leasing for The Hutensky Group, a Hartford-based commercial real estate firm. Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hartford, majoring in political science. In 1979, at the age of 28, Michael was elected as Mayor of the City of Middletown. He was re-elected to a second term in 1981 by the largest plurality in the City’s history.

really counted in November. I was dispirited at the outcome but energized by the experience. I had been “bitten by the political bug.” Gionfriddo: Xavier actually played a rather large role in launching me on my career trajectory, though I didn’t know how much so at the time. In my sophomore year, Brother Michelangelus discovered

that I played the accordion, and recruited me to join him at a variety of nursing homes as he ministered to folks there. What I observed during those volunteer visits got me interested in long term care policy issues, and that was one of two issues that motivated me to get involved in politics. The other was energy policy, specifically

Paul Gionfriddo accepted the position as President of the Quantum Foundation, effective January 1, 2007. The private foundation grants funds to approved charitable and certain governmental entities serving Palm Beach County, Florida. Prior to joining Quantum, he had over twenty-five years of experience in a variety of public health and health care policy and administrative roles, nonprofit management, and state and local government. Paul is a 1975 graduate of Wesleyan University. From 1978 through 1989, he was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, where he served in a variety of leadership roles.

energy conservation and solar and wind alternatives. The peace activism of a number of brothers and lay faculty also led me toward the development of my governmental and political philosophy, including a strong moral aversion to the death penalty. Much later on, as a number of Xavier and college friends and acquaintances contracted and died from HIV-related diseases, my interest in a broader set of both issues of discrimination and health issues beyond long term care was solidified. Giuliano: Of course, more than that, public service was strongly encouraged. It wasn’t just us, Councilman Gerry Daley and Ed Mann, an aide to Senator Dodd, were in my class; Mark Masselli and Ted Raczka were in Mike’s.

Is there any advice that you might offer to current students? Cubeta: Be true to yourself. Strive to be the best that you can be, but don’t try to be like someone else or to be someone that you’re not. Many of us, particularly those trying to navigate their way through the challenging teenage years, have a tendency to sell ourselves short, to think that maybe we’re

not good enough, or smart enough, or talented enough, or popular enough, that we may at times fall short of someone else’s expectations. No matter what you may sometimes think, you are loved and valued by your parents and your families, not for what you do or achieve, but for who you are. Don’t be content with the status quo. Your school, your community, your state, and your country need people just like you who are willing to commit the time and the effort to change circumstances and lives for the better. Don’t underestimate the impact you can make with like-minded people working together to achieve a common goal. It has often been said that democracy is not a spectator sport. When you become 18, be sure to register and vote. Consider public service, if not as a career, then as a volunteer. Get involved. Each of us has something special to offer, in some capacity, and there are a wide range of opportunities to serve- in elective office, on a local board or commission, or in hundreds of local, state, and federal careers. Gionfriddo: When I spoke at my graduation ceremony in 1971, I remember focusing, with the help of Brother James

Boyle, on one’s obligation to develop one’s self in life. I’ve often wondered how much that speech would have changed if I were to deliver it again. I think I would still advise students to do all they can to develop their special skills and talents throughout their lives, but I would also tell them to serve others every day and do whatever they can to give back. The needs of people today are so much greater than they were in the early 1970s, and the division between those of us who have resources and those who do not is greater than ever. Giuliano: If they’re politically involved, if they do the right thing, the politics will take care of itself.

Is there anything else that you would like to mention from your experiences (politically, professionally or personally)? Cubeta: Whether in government, business, or life in general, I’ve learned the importance of good judgment. Each day, as a student, a friend, a family member, or in our careers, we are faced with literally dozens of choices, large and small. None of us can make all of the right choices all of the time. However, we need to understand that actions have

consequences, for good or for ill. Exercising good judgment means learning to consider those consequences before we act. It can make all the difference. Gionfriddo: I’ve been fortunate to do most of the things I’ve really wanted to do in my life, and to have enjoyed nearly all of it. I think that what has served me most is being open to change and being willing to take a few risks (professionally and personally) from time to time. As a result, I’ve learned from what I’d consider to be a spectacular failure or two, but also from more than my fair share of successes. One of my favorite philosophical fragments translates as “everything flows.” No matter what we do, change will occur, and life will proceed at its pace, and the sooner we figure this out, the better our chances for managing our own destiny. Giuliano: As it relates to Xavier, there is always a connection that goes beyond the personal. Since Xavier Alums come from the same culture and value system, that connection extends far beyond those, who like the three of us were in attendance together, to students and alums who are or have been there much more recently.

Sebastian N. Giuliano has been the mayor of Middletown since 2005. Giuliano, a Republican and Middletown native, defeated the Democratic incumbent by 807 votes in the 2005 election and was reelected in 2007 to a second twoyear term. He attended the United States Military Academy, 1971–1973; graduated cum laude from Boston College 1975 and earned his Juris Doctor at The Catholic University of America in 1978. Seb practiced law in his own firm for over twenty years while serving on various civic, social, professional and church organizations.

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Stephen McAuliffe ’09 of New Britain began in scouting in 2002 and is a member of Troop 24 in Kensington. His project was the refurbishment of a booth at the Berlin Fairgrounds.

Achievement Saluted


rom the Boy Scouts of America National Conference website,, “The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service. The award is a performance based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. We are proud to recognize this remarkable achievement earned by several of our students this year.

John Eno ’09 of Meriden said, “My Eagle Project was at the John J. Nerden Camp in Middlefield, Connecticut. I did a couple of small things that helped improve the camp for their campers. I rebuilt a ramp and a few bleachers. I also painted a few bleachers and put some dirt around flowers in their gardens.” John belongs to Troop 28 in Meriden. Anthony Michael Perrotti ’09 of Middletown advanced in rank at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor by Troop 41 at St. Mary of Czestochowa Church in Middletown on May 31st. A member of the National Honor Society, Anthony has also been awarded a scholarship by the US Air Force ROTC.

Scott Thompson ’10, a member of Troop 49, Portland, CT began scouting as a Tiger cub 12 years ago. Scott’s Eagle project renovated the Social Hall at Saint Mary Church in Portland, his parish. This included re-carpeting, repainting, new chair rail, new trophy case and new bulletin board. He and his team spent 300 hours on the project. They raised funds via car wash and volunteering at the annual Saint Mary Interfaith golf tournament. The Rotary Club of Middletown recognized Scott at their Service Above Self award luncheon. Scott was recognized for several things including his Eagle project. Pictured with Scott are Jim Misenti (Rotary Club Vocational Services Committee Member) and Ruth Maio who runs the Portland Food Bank ($300 was donated in Scott’s name). Jonathan Edward Como ’10 of Berlin completed his board of review last fall. His project involved planning and organizing the distribution of larvacide into approximately half of the catch basins in the Town of Berlin. The larvacide was intended to destroy mosquito larvae as a means to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus. Jonathan’s project took over 140 hours to complete. He is a member of Troop 44, Berlin. On May 17th, another member of Troop 41 achieved the Rank of Eagle. Justin Gilbert ’11 of Middletown has earned 36 merit badges as well as the Catholic

Br. William a New Firefighter


he South Fire District inducted new firefighters May 22nd in ceremonies at the station on Randolph Road. Chief Edward Badamo also introduced Brother William, CFX who was recognized for his years of support for the district. Brother was sworn in as an honorary firefighter by South District Fire Commission Chairman David Gallitto who also presented Brother with his official firefighters badge. Mayor Sebastian Giuliano (Xavier class of 1970) offered words of congratulations to the District and its new inductees. Brother reminisced about experiences with the department over the last 30 years and the many Xavier alumni who haven been involved with the District. He also offered the opening and closing prayers for the ceremony. Brother William presented Chief Badamo a picture and prayer of St. Florian, the patron saint of firefighters.


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Brother William shakes hands with David Gallitto as Chief Badamo brings his badge. At right Brother is congratulated by Mayor Giuliano.

medals: Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altarei Dei, and the highest medal Pope Pius XII. His Eagle Scout project consisted of filling a 53 foot trailer with food, clothes, blankets and small kitchen appliances. These items and a check for $1,187.70 were sent to Appalachia and distributed from the Father Beiting mission house in Kentucky. Michael Funaro ’12 of Middletown, a member of Troop 41, made the Amazing Grace Food Pantry the beneficiary of his Eagle Scout project. Michael planned and organized a food drive that brought in over 3,000 pounds of food for Amazing Grace. Michael had his Eagle Court of Honor on June 7th.

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orld Tour 2009 was the theme for the concert portion of the Spring Fine Arts extravaganza that extended from an afternoon preview for Freshmen Grandparents Day through an evening concert, art exhibition and reception sponsored by our Home and School Association. More photos and the complete concert program accompany this article on the school website. If you don’t see it listed on our home page, go to the News and Events tab, set the display filter to archive and scroll down to May 8, 2009. It is something you should really see. The audience was treated to what some described as “the best performance we have seen.” During the evening Ms. Vitale, Chair of the Fine Arts department, made a special presentation to Headmaster Brother William as a “patron of the arts” and the man who elevated the music and fine arts program at Xavier to its present level. She also commended Mr. Dresko and Mr. Elligers for their accomplishments after only a few months of coming to the school.

Celebrating Language Week


he Foreign Language Department sponsored “Celebrating Language Week” March 2–6, 2009 (extended to March 9, due to a storm closing). Daily morning prayer was said in the target language of the day.

Ms. Chung-Mei Melanie D’Attilio organizes the Chinese display near the main foyer. Starting in the fall of 2009, Chinese will be taught as part of the regular school day curriculum. Until now it has been offered at 7:30 a.m. before the regular class schedule.

Ms. Jayne Vitale, language dept. chair, prepares for an afternoon presentation in the media center on Spanish Day with faculty members Ms. Marta Castro-Maguder and Mrs. Norma Dewey.

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Brian Hetherington ’81 Ranks Among Barron’s “Top 100 Financial Advisers”


rivate Wealth Advisor Brian Hetherington (Xavier class of 1981) from New Canaan has been recognized as one of the country’s top advisers by Barron’s on the “Top 100 Financial Advisers” list which published in the April 20 edition of Barron’s magazine. Hetherington was previously recognized on Barron’s “America’s Top Advisers: Stateby-State” list, which published in the February 9 edition of Barron’s and ranked the top 1,000 financial advisers throughout the country. Barron’s Winner’s Circle is an independent research organization and does not receive compensation from financial advisors, participating firms and its affiliates, or the media in exchange for rankings. “This recognition further demonstrates Brian’s professional integrity and dedication to supporting his

Xavier board member Brian Hetherington ’81 has volunteered to be the first sponsor in Xavier’s new partnership with the Shepherds Program.

clients through all aspects of their financial lives,” said Jesse Iglesias, Complex Director for Merrill Lynch in Stamford. “Brian’s proven excellence in the industry is of the utmost value to our firm.” He is among a select cadre of specially trained and accredited advisors in the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch. He is part of The New

Headmaster and Principal of the Day


eadmaster Cameron Williams and Principal David Wolak administered to the needs of the school during their term of office (May 22, 2009). They offered morning and afternoon announcements; checked on student activity throughout the school; had meetings with their permanent counterparts; and reviewed plans for the future (L-r) David and Cameron approve of an architect’s model projecting Xavier’s long of the school. Job well done, gentlemen. term plans for growth.


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Canaan Private Wealth Group, a team of fourteen professionals dedicated to helping clients achieve their desired lifestyle. Brian is on Xavier’s Board of Directors and has been a regular member of the St. Francis Xavier Society. Recently, he committed to being the first sponsor in Xavier’s new partnership with the Shepherds Program. Their goal is to provide inner city Connecticut youths who are at risk — financially, emotionally or environmentally — with a quality high school education in a non-public high school environment. The program offers these students structure and college preparatory courses in a safe and challenging environment. The personalized attention provides one-to-one mentoring with sustained encouragement, direction and moral support for four years to enable the student to achieve his/her

greatest academic and personal achievement. Brian Hetherington has worked for Merrill Lynch since 1986. Before joining the New Canaan office in 1997, Brian worked in the 5th Avenue Financial Center, in New York City, Merrill’s largest office. Brian is a 1985 graduate of Princeton University. In addition to his client responsibilities, Brian serves as the Senior Resident Director of the New Canaan office. Brian is very involved in volunteer and charitable activities in New Canaan. Brian and his family are active members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church New Canaan. He recently finished his second term on the Board of Directors of the New Canaan YMCA. Brian coaches numerous youth football and baseball teams. He has lived in New Canaan since 1994 with his wife, Jane, and three children.

A Night at “The Woods” Matthew Jaskot ’02 describes the musical work that he wrote and performed this spring at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center & University of Maryland School of Music. “The Woods” is a reference to Foxwoods Casino in my home state of Connecticut, a place where my friends, family and I would occasionally visit for a night out. A sense of energy and excitement is always present from the moment you walk through the doors of the castle like building. The night is often filled with highs and lows, the anticipation of the next card or roll of the dice. Swings are inevitable; you may feel on top of the world after a win or devastated by a loss. Various musical gestures such as glissandi, trills and repeated notes capture the excitement of this adventure throughout the piece. The initial idea in the clarinet introduces a sound world filled with energy that exists even within the slower, more contemplative sections. Formally, the piece is composed in short contrasting sections, reflecting the “emotional swings” a participant at “the Woods” may encounter.

Junior Ring Mass Members of the junior class received class rings after they were blessed at the annual Junior Ring Mass. Brother William addressed the class and his words captured the meaning of the event…

Your reception of this ring symbolizes the beginning of your senior year. It is important for you to understand the significance of being so closely connected with Xavier High School and with the 43 classes that have gone before you. The significance is symbolized on your school ring and more particularly on the school seal, which is embossed upon it. As you receive your ring may it symbolize your willingness to fulfill your commitment. May you respond to the challenge set before you to “Be a man; to perfect your mind by studying diligently; your will by doing good; your senses by appreciating things beautiful; your whole being by uniting yourself Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Norwich was the Principal Celebrant for the Mass.

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What is an American?


hese are Americans, those who embrace the promise of the land, who use it to scale mountains of great adversity, and end up higher than where they began. Americans are a patchwork people unlike any other; innumerable pieces woven together to make the final masterpiece.” —Excerpt of an essay by Victor Wu ’12

Keynote Speaker Dr. Leon Bass holds the Xavier sweatshirt he received from SAC President Dan McGrath.

Cultural Diversity Day 2009


rs. Hoisl and Mrs. Dewey, co-chairs, as well as members of the faculty and staff, and student representatives from the Cultural Diversity Club, Ryken Service Society, Interact Club, and Peer Ministry Team collaborated to plan this informative and educational day. The day began in homeroom with the adults and students making a nametag that reflected their cultural/ ethnic background, which they wore all day. The entire school was called to “You are the future. You the gym to hear the Keynote Speaker Dr. Leon Bass. Dr. Bass shared his can effectuate personal experiences as a young man: change, right facing discrimination, witnessing the here, right now.” concentration camps of World War II, Dr. Leon Bass teaching and working with students in inner city Philadelphia and learning from the foundation of the Civil Rights movement. He challenged everyone to work against “the evil of racism and anti-Semitism and much more...We can’t afford to lose people. We are losing people every day, young and old because some people don’t care. You are the future. You can effectuate change, right here, right now.” Students then returned to homeroom to contemplate on what they had heard and do a journaling sheet on the keynote address. Students were then dismissed to a regular schedule where all teachers were asked to FOCUS their lessons on diversity and understanding/embracing diversity. At the close of day Rotary International member, Mr. Wargo, spoke on Economies of the World, explaining the poverty which is seen in nations around the globe. A special prayer service put together by the Diversity Club, Ryken Service Society, Interact Club and Peer Ministry students then completed the day’s activities.


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The Town Times newspaper, serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall, had an essay contest to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, sponsored by Lang & Corona Law Offices PC. The winning essay was written by Xavier freshman Victor Wu. Reacting to this news, Victor’s mother said, “We are really proud of him for this honor. We are also very proud of the fact that his education from District 13 and Xavier and also his living experience in Durham made it possible for him to write such beautiful words.” Victor decided to donate his prize of $200 to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry.

A Good Citizen Michael Magdzik ’09 received the Good Citizens award and scholarship from the Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The award was given on 04/14/09 at the Council Chambers in Middletown City Hall. The award is based upon leadership, dependability, service and patriotism. Michael will be attending Yale in the fall. He had also been accepted at Harvard. Pictured are (l-r) Debbie Shapiro (DAR), Brendan Donohue (Xavier Academic Dean), Michael and his mother, Lilliana Magdzik. Thank you to Fran Into, Regent of the Wadsworth Chapter DAR for making this picture available.

Senior Prom April 25, 2009 Glastonbury Country Club

Senior Picnic The Xavier Alumni Association served up expertly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and cheeseburgers to a hungry group following graduation practice. This is one of the Alumni’s annual activities designed to welcome the next flock of falcons into their fold. Alumni chefs and servers: (l-r) Mike D’Aquila ’83, Gino Troiano ’02 and Joe Lane ’95, Assistant Director of Advancement

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“Over the past four years, we have been building our futures, in class, on sports fields, and most especially, in our day-to-day relationships.”


ith theses words, Christopher Shugrue welcomed all to the 2009 graduation ceremony in his Salutatorian Address. Bishop Cote, Xavier High School administration, faculty and staff took their positions on stage to welcome the 186 new members of the Xavier Alumni. As master of ceremonies, Principal Mr. William Garrity said, “Gentlemen, we the faculty, staff, and administration of Xavier High School are proud of you. We have pushed you hard and demanded your best. I am sure it is the hope and prayer of those on this stage as well as those in the audience that the lives of each graduate continue to be gospel-centered, and that they all enjoy an abundance of every good thing.” The 186 members of the Class of 2009 were then introduced to receive their diplomas. (See the complete list on the Xavier website.)

The 2009 Xavier Loyalty and Service Award winner was Dan McGrath.

developing religious education retreat programs and service opportunities that today we call Campus Ministry. In gratitude to Brother John we have named this award. This year the recipient of the Brother John Collins Campus Ministry Award is Garrett T. Byrne. The Xavier Valedictorian and Science Awards are presented to Sean V. Cahill. The Xavier Salutatorian Award, French and Religion Awards are presented to Christopher R. Shugrue.

The Xavier English and Latin Awards are presented to Samuel E. Braun. The Xavier Mathematics and Spanish Awards are presented to Adam J. Tomasiello. The Xavier Social Studies Award is presented to Michael A. Magdzik. The Xavier Business Award is presented to Nicholas S. Malz. The Xavier Visual Arts Award is presented to Brendan C. Nelson.

Special Awards Headmaster Brother William presented a number of special awards reserved for the graduation ceremony to those students who have distinguished themselves ugrue Christopher Sh in academic and cocurricular areas. Brother John Collins was among the original band of founding Brothers of Xavier High School. In the early years of Xavier, Brother John was interested in


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The Xavier Music Award is presented to Trevor J. Kelly. The Xavier Performance Arts Award is presented to Kyle L. Rigali. Today, our final student award goes to an individual chosen by recommendation of the faculty and staff. Loyalty and service are qualities that are indispensable to the success of any large-scale project involving a great many people. That is why the Xavier Loyalty and Service Award is the most prestigious award the school confers upon a member of each graduating class. The choice is based on the consistency and quality of the student’s service to the Xavier community

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and the passion and perseverance he has displayed in his commitment to his studies and to all the other aspects that make up the experience of a Xavier High School student. Such a student is an invaluable asset to the school as each year the faculty, staff and administration strive to accomplish for all our students the large-scale project that is Catholic education. It is my pleasure to announce that the recipient of the 2009 Xavier Loyalty and Service Award is John D. (Dan) McGrath. Principal Garrity presented Brother William a plaque Saturday evening, at the picturing St. Joseph Hall in hono r of his 30 years of conclusion of the Baccalaureate Mass service to Xavier. (graduation liturgy), there was also an awards ceremony honoring the member of the graduating class to bid accomplishments of the class of 2009. (See farewell to the school on behalf of his the complete list on the Xavier website.) classmates. The graduate from the class This year fifteen alumni fathers of of 2009 who has earned this honor is Sean graduating seniors received medals V. Cahill.” In his valedictory address, Sean honoring their Xavier legacy. The medals said, “…I urge you all to have the courage are engraved with the Xavier seal on the to face failure and pain, to realize your own front and the names of both father and son potential for doing good and to pursue with their class years on the back. (See the success in whatever you do in life. …And back cover for the group photo.) finally, my fellow graduates of Xavier High Bishop Cote and Brother William then School’s class of 2009, I offer to you all my offered their congratulatory remarks. best wishes for the future and most sincere “At the end of graduation ceremonies, congratulations.” it is customary for the highest-ranking

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2009 Valedictorian and Salutatorian B

rother William, C.F.X, Headmaster, has named Sean Cahill valedictorian of the school’s class of 2009 and Christopher Shugrue salutatorian. Principal William Garrity made the announcement to the student body in the April 24th morning announcements. Sean V. Cahill ranks first among the members of this year’s graduating. At the end of his junior year he was named the recipient of the Harvard Book Award. Secretary of the National Honor Society and member of the French Honor Society, he is a recipient of the Brother Celestine Award for Academic Excellence. Sean was also a member of the cross country team, math team, art club, engineering club, Italian club, Ryken Service Society, MYARC, yearbook editor, and intramural ultimate Frisbee. He was also recognized as Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor. He will attend Boston College where he is looking to advance his studies in either mathematics or sociology with a possible career goal in the field of medicine. A member of St. Colman Church in Middlefield, Sean has been a lector, faith formation teacher, altar server and played CYO basketball. His other community activities include being a Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation foster

Senior College Day Br. William announced a new Xavier tradition has been established this year — Senior College Day. Seniors do not have to wear shirts and ties on this day. Instead they may wear hats, t-shirts and sweat shirts of the college they will attend in the fall. The class officers picked Tuesday, 05/05. This is just a sampling of the varied schools represented that day.


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parent and a Middlesex Hospital volunteer. Sean is the son of Vincent and Robin Cahill of Middlefield. As second ranking graduate of the class, Christopher R. Shugrue gave the welcoming address at the Xavier graduation. An archivist and tutor of the National Honor Society and vice-president of the French Honor Society, Chris was recipient of the Yale Book Award. He also is a recipient of the Brother Celestine Award for Academic Excellence. He has been a member of the Xavier math team, Eucharistic Minister, Ryken Service Society, engineering club and was recognized as an AP scholar. Chris is a member at Corpus Christi Church in Wethersfield and has volunteered with the American Red Cross. The son of Laura Shugrue of Rocky Hill and Thomas Shugrue of Wethersfield, he plans to major in Mathematics or Chemistry at the College of the Holy Cross with a career goal of Engineer or Teacher.

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An Alum Works to Ease the Pain G regory R. Czarnecki, D.O. (Xavier class of 1993), assistant director of Hartford Hospital’s Department of Medicine, is Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine. A graduate of Providence College, he earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his osteopathic internship and internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut, and a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Massachusetts, Fitchburg. Dr. Czarnecki recently joined Gregory R. Czarnecki ’93 Hartford Hospital, where he has clinical responsibilities for both Internal Medicine and a musculoskeletal medicine clinic, which combines osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and sports medicine. He serves as clinical faculty for UConn’s Internal Medicine and Osteopathic Internal Medicine residency programs. He often treats young athletes with acute and chronic sports injuries and associated health conditions, although his patients range in age from adolescents to 90-year-old swimmers. He is head team physician at Prince Tech High School, and covers all home varsity football games. During his fellowship

training, he served as a team physician at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Clark University, the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and Fitchburg State College. For the past three years, he has served as a medical tent volunteer at the Boston Marathon. Dr. Czarnecki, who is married with three boys, enjoys skiing, golfing and outdoor sports. This picture, biographical profile and excerpt from a detailed article, “Taking Back Control — Nearly four out of five people suffer from back pain,” originally appeared in Hartford Hospital’s Rounds Magazine. In the conclusion of the article he wrote, In 2005, Americans spent nearly $90 billion on doctor’s visits, X-rays, MRIs, medications and surgery in search of relief from back and neck pain, nearly double the 1997 total, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Yet, over the same period, the number of back pain sufferers continued to rise. As the increasingly sedentary and obese population ages, Americans want a quick fix for their stiff, sore and aching backs. “Wear properly fitted shoes, throw out your lumpy mattress, exercise regularly and lose weight,” says Dr. Czarnecki. “Respect your back. It’s with you for life.”

Junior Prom May 2, 2009 St. Joseph Dining Hall

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From Gridiron to Mission H

ARTFORD RESCUE MISSION, serving in the capital city since 2005, is an expanding Christian ministry serving the Greater Hartford community. The executive director is Rev. Gregg Woods Rev. Gregg Woods ’73 (M.Div., Asbury Seminary), former football standout in Connecticut who earned a full scholarship to the University of Kentucky and played pro football in the NFL and CFL. A 1973 Xavier Grad, he was Senior Captain, All American, CT Player of the Year and rushed for 1585 yards, scored 27 touchdowns and 164 points. In 1976, Kentucky helped secure its second league title on the strength of a 62yard touchdown pass from Derrick Ramsey to Gregg Woods to beat Tennessee, 7-0, at Knoxville, Tenn. The victory clinched a berth in the Peach Bowl against North Carolina, UK’s first postseason appearance in 25 years. Before a UK contingent estimated at 25,000, the Cats blanked the Tar Heels, 21-0. In speaking to Reverend Woods, “That was then; this is now. By sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, we are meeting the spiritual, social and physical needs of men, women and children in need. Hartford Rescue Mission serves an ever changing society through direct rescue mission work. As God leads, we partner with churches, individuals and organizations to maximize our total effectiveness.” The Mission is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization that depends on donations for its support. He and his wife, Lenora, have three children at home. His son, Greg, just completed his freshmen year at Xavier and was elected Vice-President of next year’s sophomore class to the Student Activities Council. Speaking of his son’s consistent honor roll performance, Reverend Woods said “He is accomplishing things I never dreamed of while at Xavier. We are all different and perform with the gifts God gave us.”

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“Mathletes” Score League Awards!


avier’s Math Team has recently completed a highly successful year on both the varsity and JV levels. At the Middlesex County Math League banquet on March 23, the team and many individuals took home awards. On the varsity level, the team came in first in its division and third overall in the league. Adam Tomasiello was recognized as the third highest scoring senior in the league, and Andrew Yandow was recognized as both the team high scorer and the highest scoring junior in the league. Junior Philip Corriveau was ranked fourth among all juniors in the league. On the JV level, the team placed first in the league. Sophomore Ronald Weir was the team high scorer and the highest ranked sophomore in the league, while teammate Oliver Neal was the third ranked sophomore in the league. Also in JV, Victor Wu was recognized as the second-highest scoring freshman in the league, while Miraj Rahematpura placed third among all freshmen in the league. Congratulations to all of the Xavier “Mathletes” for their dedication and hard work! Moderators: Mr. Andrew T. Gargano and Mr. John Traceski Varsity: Andrew Yandow ’10, Michael Luschenat ’09, Adam Tomasiello ’09, Patrick Gero ’09, David Sorrentino ’09, Philip Corriveau ’10, Zachary Cosgrove ’10, Christopher Shugrue ’09 and Sean Cahill ’09 JV: Oliver Neal ’11, Michael Leon ’11, Ronald Weir ’11, Victor Wu ’12, Akshay Vig ’12, George Gilbert ’12, Mason Passavant ’12, Chris Sun ’12, Michael Breault ’11 and Miraj Rahematpura ’12

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Xavier Homework Helpers Earlier this year, Marcia Sacco from Cromwell Youth Services sent the following article and picture to Mrs. Andrea Hoisl, Director of Campus Ministry, saying “Thank you for the Cromwell Xavier Volunteers. They are wonderful.” The message is timeless and the recognition worthwhile.


avier volunteers ‘revisit their past’ every Tuesday and Thursday after their day at Xavier is done. They go back to Cromwell Middle School. Through service to their community they inspire and encourage middle school students in need of help. Setting the tone from day one, the purpose is academic assistance. “Homework Helpers’ is a program initiated by Cromwell Youth Services. Mentoring is a promising strategy for Youth Development. Xavier volunteers have proven themselves as responsible, mature mentors. Sensitive to the varying needs of their students, they offer guidance, encouragement, reinforcement and constructive example. Formerly reluctant middle school students now willingly participate and are telling their friends about “these guys from Xavier” who are helping them with their homework and studies. They are amazed at how much they can get done in one hour when they stay focused and motivated. Intermingled with the academics, there is talk of sports, interests, older siblings, and familiar teachers still at Cromwell Middle School. It hasn’t been so many years since our Xavier men were there. Xavier volunteers make learning more fun. One 8th grade participant enthusiastically announced that he is coming to Xavier next year!

Juniors, Mike Serrantino (center), Matthew Ziolkowski (left) and Matthew Steuernagel (right) working with students at Cromwell Middle School.

Currently, three Xavier Juniors, Mike Serrantino, Matthew Ziolkowski and Matthew Steuernagel, are volunteering with this program. In spite of their extremely busy schedules, they don’t just ‘find’ the time; they ‘make’ the time. Special recognition should be made of Mike Serrantino’s commitment and dedication. He has been there for his students every session since the program’s onset. Mike exhibits a natural ability without which the program would not be the success that it is. Volunteers are always needed in all communities. Please consider reaching out by contacting your local Youth Services Bureau.

Freshmen/Sophomore Semi-Formal May 9, 2009

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Hammerin’ in the Hills of Hazard Kentucky Sophomore Nathan Rosadini collected some of his thoughts and a few pictures from a memorable trip which he shared in the following narrative.


n Friday April 10th, I boarded a bus for Perry County, located in rural Kentucky Appalachia. 18 hours later, myself and my Pilgrim Fellowship group of 60 students, organized by Mr. Michael Dalton, arrived in Hazard, Kentucky to begin the 2009 Mission Trip. Pilgrim Fellowship is a community service group based out of Guilford, Connecticut that provides service to various parts of Connecticut throughout the year, and during each April vacation, a community in deep poverty and in need of help. This year, PF traveled to Hazard, Kentucky to perform its service. Hazard Kentucky is located in Appalachia America and is home to about 5,000 residents. The town mirrors a mining settlement, with most of the population living on the hillsides overlooking the municipal buildings. Hazard is in great need, as the vast majority of the community lives in deep poverty. This year, The Pilgrim Fellowship worked with Housing Development Alliances “Hammerin’ in the Hills” program to help the community. Through the HDA, Pilgrim Fellowship provided whole-hearted community service to the town of Hazard. During the trip, I was able to learn much about life and the importance of service to the less fortunate and all that it entails.


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Students pause to assess the situation.

The Pilgrim Fellowship group and I helped various people who were in great need.

Filling the need We helped a single mother with three children, all of whom were under the age of four and had not had running water for over a year and had no phone. We put in a new well, as well as

connecting and hooking up a phone line. We helped a mentally challenged man who refused to leave the trailer that his father had given him before he died, despite the fact that three quarters of the roof had been blown off in a windstorm and was thus open to the elements. In two days, we were able to construct an entire new roof for the man. We built a new hallway and bathroom for a family living in a trailer in which their previous one had collapsed through the floor. We built a new porch for an elderly woman, as a bridge across the stream, where she could go to visit her husband’s grave in their family cemetery. Finally, we built a new house that was only composed of foundation when we arrived. When we left the house was framed, sheathed, roofed and windowed. In one week, we were able to accomplish all of this.

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According to MapQuest it is over 800 miles from Middletown to Hazard.

t the honor assembly for the freshman class for the 3rd marking period, Principal William Garrity said, “These class assemblies are an opportunity for continuing your education.” Before presenting over 140 honor cards to members of the class of 2012, he led the faculty and students in a prayer and meditation taken from “Calls – Goals – Criteria” of the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools.


THE FOURTH GOAL Arriving home one day before classes resumed kids would say, “Nate, you spent your entire spring break in Kentucky? Man, that stinks” or “Well, don’t worry, summer’s almost here.” They don’t comprehend what I learned, did, and experienced in Hazard. I saw poor America. Coming from a well-off, suburban town like Guilford on the east coast, I was not aware of such communities in America. The only poverty I knew was the television infomercials of Africa.

That’s when I realized — we gave him more than a new roof. We gave him hope. I learned what community service truly is. In Kentucky, I saw a man living in a roofless trailer that was not suitable for any person, rich or poor. He was living in a space 10 by 8 because the rest of the trailer was covered in mud and water. In two days we were able to give this man a roof — a roof that would cover his head on rainy nights and provide more warmth on cold days. After showing the man his new home, he began the large task of cleaning up his property. That’s when I realized — we gave him more than a new roof. We gave him hope. I learned what community service truly is. There is only so much help a person can offer physically, but spiritually the outcome is endless. Throughout the entire mission trip, The Pilgrim Fellowship and I were able to give these people, in extreme poverty and depression, new hope — new life. To me, that’s an April vacation well spent.

The Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School implements an educational program so that it responds to students’ needs, challenges students to learn, to appreciate and develop personal talents, and prepares them to make their contribution to the betterment of humankind.

CRITERIA + The administration of the Xaverian Sponsored School communicates clearly to the teachers, students and parents the Xaverian educational philosophy and expectations for learning and behavior. + The Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School actively promotes and supports the partnership for Catholic education that needs to exist among parents, students, teachers, support staff and administrators. + The administration of the Xaverian Sponsored School provides programs that allow for and encourage the development of the individual’s gifts and talents, both academically and personally. + The administration of the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School regularly involves members of the school community in the ongoing evaluation of the educational and co-curricular programs. + The governing board of a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School assures that the benefits of a Xaverian education are available to students desiring them regardless of financial means. The board assures that financial assistance is available to those who demonstrate the need.

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(L-r): William Wrang ’11, Brandon Ouellette ’09, Owen Costello ’09, Ryan Gordon ’10 and Alex Whitney ’09.

Brother William Glides into 1st Place


avier’s Crew Team enjoyed their results when they participated in the 2009 Mayors Cup Regatta in Providence, RI on May 16th. Our four-oared shell, The Brother William, C.F.X., finished in first place in its race. Earlier in the morning, our eight-oared shells finished 4th and 5th in their race. Celebrating victory resulted in a dunking for Coach Braychak and Coxswain Wrang.

Official Results from the Narragansett Boat Club website Race 18A: Mens HS 4+ A (1500m) Final @ 10:50 AM 1st 2 Xavier (B. Ouellette) 05:40.17 Race 9: Mens HS 8+ (1500m) Final @ 09:20 AM 4th 2 Xavier B (J. Connelly) 05:13.91 5th 5 Xavier A (S. Mysliwiec) 05:23.84

Blood Drive reaches 66 units!


he Xavier science department annually hosts the Blood Drive as one more way of giving back to our community,” said Brother William. “All of our students participate in community service. The Blood Drive is just one example of how we ask them to be a role model for others; to show their peers how to integrate the Gospel and the Gospel values into their lives.” Mr. Rajbir Jaswal, science department chair and chairman of the blood drive said, “Our goal was to gather 75 units of blood. Student turnout was stronger than anticipated. We had some last minute scheduling changes that moved the date to a senior service day, so many seniors were out of the building until late morning. A number of teachers stopped in during their free periods to donate as well.” Checking in with Red Cross personnel at the end of the drive, records showed we had reached a total of 66 units. One unit typically allows the Red Cross to help three people. So this drive should benefit about 200 individuals. In addition to donating blood, volunteers registered donors, served after-donation refreshments and helped out in other ways.


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One unit typically allows the Red Cross to help three people. So this drive should benefit about 200 individuals.

Four from Xavier Inducted to Middletown Sports Hall of Fame


ore than 500 braved a cold January night to honor the 14 new members of the Middletown CT Sports Hall of

Fame. Four of those honored have proud histories at Xavier. The following are the brief biographies that were included in the program for the evening. Bob Michalski won 59 crosscountry, indoor and outdoor state track championships in 38 years of coaching at Xavier High School. His outdoor track and field teams hold the national record for 169 consecutive dual meet wins. Twice he was named Track and Field Coach of the Year by the Connecticut High School Coaches’ Association. Michalski, who starred in football, basketball and baseball at Platt High in Meriden, is a longtime correspondent for several

national cross-country publications and serves on the advisory board of The CrossCountry Journal. Matt Hoey (Xavier class of 1974) starred in football and baseball at Xavier High and Wesleyan University in the 1970s. He played on Xavier teams that were in the process of setting the then-state record of 34 consecutive wins. He was captain of the 1974 baseball team at Xavier and also captained the Deep River American Legion team in

1974. At Wesleyan he was a three-year starter on defense on the football team and was co-captain of the 1977 team. He also started all four years in baseball and was captain of the Cardinals in 1978. Amedeo Carta (Xavier class of 1981) was a star running back for the Xavier High football team in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in both his junior and senior years and finished with nearly 2,500 yards for his career. He was named to both All-league and All-State teams in his high school career. In his single best game, he rushed for 244 yards against Northwest Catholic in leading his team to a come-frombehind win and for that, was named New Haven Register Athlete of the Week.

Ed McMillan (Xavier class of 1980) was a brilliant baseball pitcher at Xavier High and for the Middletown American Legion. After high school, he went on to star at shortstop for the University of Connecticut. At Xavier and for the Middletown Legion he had a combined pitching record of 41-9. He helped pitch Xavier to the Class LL state baseball title in 1980 and the Middletown Legion to the State Legion title in 1979. At UConn, he helped lead the Huskies to two ECAC runner-up positions. He also played for the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod League.

For a complete list of the 2009 inductees and more about the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame visit www.

Alum Artist a Winner at UHart Matthew Morello ’05 a senior majoring in painting at the University of Hartford Art School, recently was one of two students to win top honors at the annual Alexander A. Goldfarb Student Exhibition. Matt won for his acrylic and enamel painting (right), “Of All the Charlie Browns.” Artist’s note: “The painting is made to appear cropped at the top; the photo may make it appear as if part of the top is missing.” We found a painting Matt created as a Xavier student (below) that Ms. Vitale still had in the art room.

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Xavier Made the Difference The other day, I met with a fellow alumnus of the school. He’s also a long time donor. After a while, I simply asked him why he continues to give to Xavier. He told me that he supported Xavier all these years because he believes in Xavier, its leadership and its mission. While at Xavier, he met other students that have become friends for the rest of his life. He emphasized that he wants to enable young men to share in the same experience that so influenced his life. As we spoke about fond memories of the school, he mentioned how Xavier provided the foundation for how he thought. “That’s why I support Xavier High School and the Xaverian Brothers’ influence”, he said. We both agreed that no-one gets to where they are by themselves, so it’s important to give back to those who have helped out along the way. Your support will continue to enable young men to share in the same experience that so influenced his, mine, and many other lives. Get involved…Invest in Xavier’s Commitment to Excellence! Sincerely,

Michael A. Tommasi ’67 Director of Advancement


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Xavier Hosts Regional Meeting


avier High School hosted a regional meeting of ACAAP (Association of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professionals of New England) on Friday, April 17th in the school’s media center. Attendees represented a dozen other Catholic schools and organizations from the three dioceses of Connecticut: Bridgeport, Hartford and Norwich. Michael Tommasi (class of ’67), Xavier’s Director of Advancement and ACAAP Board Member welcomed the group. Brother Thomas Fahey, C.F.X., Director of Admissions at Xavier led the opening prayer. ACAAP President Kathleen Wielk, Notre Dame High School Vice President for Advancement, delivered opening remarks explaining the role of ACAAP as a local network of professionals and volunteers who staff the admissions and advancement programs of organizations in 11 dioceses in the six states of New England. Through ACAAP of New England, professionals and volunteers discuss trends, participate in continuing education, share resources, and cooperatively address ways to assist Catholic organizations in their efforts to sustain growth and financial stability.

Members include board members, presidents, principals, admissions and advancement personnel, and communications professionals; and pastors and volunteers from private, parish, and diocesan organizations. The group convened in the Brother James Boyle conference room where they shared ideas and areas of common interest for the next couple of hours. Represented were: • Academy of Our Lady of Mercy– Laurelton Hall, Milford • East Catholic High School, Manchester • Marianapolis Preparatory School, Thompson • Mercy High School, Middletown • Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford • Notre Dame High School, West Haven • Sacred Heart Academy, Hamden • St. Joseph High School, Trumbull • Office of Catholic Schools, Bloomfield • St Mary School, Waterbury • St. Brigid School, West Hartford • St. Joseph School-(R), Rockville • Xavier High School, Middletown

Buy a Brick


ecause of the overwhelming response it had when it was first offered in 2004, Xavier is again extending to Alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and other friends the invitation to participate in our “Buy A Brick” Campaign. What better way to preserve your name, family name, or that of a loved one, than to buy a brick with your personal inscription? All bricks will be installed in the walkway of the memorial garden at the stairway leading to Xavier’s lower parking lot. All bricks are 4 x 8 inches, with three lines of black resin text to insure that your message will last for years. Donations of $250.00 or more purchase a brick. All donations shall be added to your Annual Fund Drive gift as we strive to meet the financial aid and other assistance goals of over $1,000,000. Gifts of $1,000.00 or more to the Annual Fund Drive enroll you in the St. Francis Xavier Society, Xavier’s premier giving society (see the inside back cover for the list as of May 31st). Xavier’s fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30. Gifts are credited on the date they are actually received at the school.

Salute to Fall and Winter Teams! In April, more than 200 student-athletes, their families and friends assembled in the St. Joseph’s dining hall to celebrate the past season. The administrative team, admissions and athletic departments saluted the efforts of our riflery, swimming and wrestling teams.

Winter Sports Awards Basketball Most Improved Player Award: J.R. Barnes Coaches Award: Rich Cooper Most Valuable Player Award: Will Tye Senior Award: Malik Bonner

Indoor Track Most Improved Athlete Award: John Annelli Coaches Award: Connor Lucey

A similar event took place earlier in the year for our fall cross country, football and soccer teams. Cross Country Most Improved Runner Award: Edgar Carrasco Coaches Award: Ian Albert Most Valuable Runner: Ryan Hammond Senior Award: Kyle Roberts

basketball, hockey, indoor track,

Ice Hockey Most Improved Player Award: Sam Foisie Coaches Award: Tyler Johnson and Rob Kiwanis Most Valuable Player Award: Dan Walsh Senior Award: Will Adua

Fall Sports Awards 2008

Most Valuable Athlete Award: Bradley Roth Senior Award: Edgar Carrasco Riflery Most Improved Shooter Award: Andrew Carter Coaches Award: Chris Turek Most Valuable Shooter Award: James Stanley Senior Award: Bryan Cross George McLean Memorial Award: Ryan Overturf

Swimming and Diving Most Improved Swimmer Award: Matt DiDato Coaches Award: Stephen Russo Most Valuable Swimmer Award: Tyler Naumann Senior Award: Austin Kelly Wrestling Most Improved Wrestler Award: Ryan Kelly Coaches Award: Dan Thompson Most Valuable Wrestler Award: Tom Abbate Senior Award: Ryan Scott

Football Most Improved Player Award: Jake Bocian Coaches Award: DeAndre Lawrence Most Valuable Offensive Player Award: Julian Hayes Most Valuable Defensive Player Award: Dan McGrath Senior Award: Kris Patterson Soccer Most Improved Player Award: Tyler Fletcher Coaches Award: Michael Thompson Most Valuable Player Award: Kyle Russell Senior Award: Bradley Fletcher

Congratulations to Coaches Cunningham and St. George! Congratulations to wrestling Head Coach Mike Cunningham who received the New Haven Register Coach of the Year Award and the CHSCA (Connecticut High School Coaches Association) LL Coach of the Year Award, and to Coach Kyle St. George who received the CHSCA LL Assistant Coach of the Year Award. Xavier Today


Arts in the Spotlight The Connecticut Association of Schools annually recognizes outstanding high school seniors in the arts at the Annual Fine Arts Banquet held at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Congratulations to Brendan C. Nelson for his work in visual arts, and Christopher M. O’Brien, for his talents in music/performance arts. The boys received a plaque at the dinner in April.

Dramas Highlight Lenten Prayer Services


n Tuesday of Holy Week, Peer Ministers performed Part 1 of their Lenten Prayer Service during which they reenacted the Last Supper. All students participated in the prayer service during religion class. Part 2 — the reenactment of the Lord’s Passion — took place with the entire community on Wednesday. We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and resurrection; through him we are saved and made free! (Entrance Song for Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper)

We thank all for the continued support of our spiritual programs in the Religion & Campus Ministry Departments!


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P More Alumni News… 1970s Richard Bischoff ’77 and his wife Linda celebrate their 25th Anniversary this year. Richard is VP and General Manager (16 years) for Weatherby Construction in Atlantic City, NJ. Their oldest son Rick, Catholic University ’07 is an engineer for the US Navy; Zach just graduated from Towson University in May; Luke is a sophomore at Villanova (Richard’s alma mater); Tory is a sophomore at Wildwood Catholic High School and daughter Maecy is in 2nd Grade. Rich Bartman ’78 says, “I am now working with Eric Anderson of Urban Green Builders (www. in New York (Harlem). Eric is the master developer for downtown Bridgeport, CT. I will be helping him rent out his retail spaces in Bridgeport and for his new mixed-use property in Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester. So, I have a new subject to learn - retail leasing, but I love to learn, as we used to say at Salomon Brothers.”

1980s Ralph Tremaglio ’81 recently sent us this email, “I am a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. My wife, 4 children and I were reassigned to Kaiserslautern Germany in July 2008 where I took the position as the senior legal counsel for the Army’s Contracting Command in Europe. Prior to coming to Germany I served as the Chair and Professor, Contract and Fiscal Law Division of the Army’s JAG School located in Charlottesville, Virginia for 3 years.” Dan Little ’82 has been with the Tulsa, Oklahoma Fire Department for 14 years, and serves as a Firefighter/ EMT/ Hazmat Tech. Dan says, “I left Aetna in 1995 to pursue the career of a professional firefighter. I caught the “bug” serving with the Old Saybrook Volunteer FD for 9 years prior to that.”

1990s Kenneth Bontatibus ’93 stopped by the school while he was in town visiting family and updated some of his information in our records. Ken is now working with the Bureau of Prisons in Arizona. He joked, “Mr. Aiello always said I’d wind up in prison.” Ken is a

senior officer specialist. He graduated from University of New Haven in 1997 with a degree in criminal justice. Ken moved to Phoenix about 4 years ago and was promoted to specialist about a year ago. He underwent open heart surgery 6 months ago and is doing great. Thanks for stopping in Ken.


art of the mailing label is your Constituent ID # from our records. This will be the number you will use for confirmation of your identity when doing your first login to the new Online Community after July 1st. This summer we will launch the full interactive Online Community to build on the website we redesigned last summer. Alumni, Parents, Students and Parents of Alumni will be added to the Faculty and Staff as community members who will be able to login to the full website. This will give them access to a profile which they will be able to update. There will be the ability to choose content that they wish to receive information on automatically. There will be access to event registrations, donations and much, much more… Please watch for details to follow after July 1st on our website

What’s New? Spring 2009

Brian McNelly ’03 was married in March to Kristie Millane (Mercy ’04 and daughter of Michael Millane ’74). Justin Sheehan ’03 has completed the requirements for becoming certified in Instruction through the PGA Certified Professional Program. Jim Remy, President of The PGA of America, said “You now join a special group of PGA Professionals — two percent of the entire membership — who have committed themselves to the certification program and are among the most skilled in our business.” From the Jim McLean website, “only 55 professionals have completed (this certification) in America! Out of 27,000 PGA Professionals in America, Justin stands out as a front-runner.” Matthew Morello ’05, a senior majoring in painting at the University of Hartford Art School, recently was one of two students to win top honors at the annual Alexander A. Goldfarb Student Exhibition. David A. Giglio ’07 completed his sophomore year at the University of Scranton with a GPA of 3.57. He has a dual major of Political Science and History. David was also the starting left fielder on the baseball team finishing the season with a .374 batting average, 3 homeruns and 37 RBIs in 33 games. He was named Landmark Conference Player of the Week and the University of Scranton Athlete of the week for April 12–16.

Have you moved, changed jobs, married, earned a degree, had a baby and not let us know? Well, we’d like to hear from you. Please take a minute to fill out the form below so that we may update our records and let your fellow alumni know how (and where) you are. Mail to: John Guerin, Xavier High School, 181 Randolph Rd., Middletown, CT. 06457. Email: Or call: (860) 347-6079 Name_ ___________________________________________ Class Year_ ______ Address_ __________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip______________________________________________________ Phone # Home__________________________ Work________________________ Email______________________________________________________________ Employed by________________________________________________________ Position____________________________________________________________ College/University attending__________________________________________ Major/Degree_ _____________________________________________________ NEWS_____________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Signature_____________________________________ Date________________

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We Remember

Linda-Lea Andrews, mother of Scott Andrews ’83 passed away May 12, 2009. She was the wife of R. Bruce Andrews, a member of our Board of Directors who was honored as a new member of the Xavier Hall of Honors in March. Linda-Lea grew up in Saco, Maine graduating as salutatorian of her high school class at Thornton Academy in 1960. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and subsequently achieved a master’s degree in environmental science along with her teaching certification from Central Connecticut State University. Linda-Lea performed viral research for 10 years at Yale University and was a co-author of papers on the pathology of Epstein-Barr virus. She entered the teaching profession and was a chemistry teacher at Valley Regional High School for 12 years. She then became a chemistry professor at the University of New Haven and was there until her retirement in 2006. Sebastian Angelo Bartolotta ’76, father of James Bartolotta ’78 and grandfather of Kyle Philipchik ’11 and Kevin Philipchik ’11, died February 26, 2009 at his home in Cromwell. James M. Chmielewski ’79, 47, passed away unexpectedly on February 13, 2009. He was the brother of Michael P. Chmielewski ’68 and Thomas M. Chmielewski ’76. Jim was a National Merit Commended Student, a member of the National Honor Society, Ski Club, war games club and played soccer, softball and volleyball while at Xavier. He attended the University of Connecticut and was well known as a restaurant chef serving many restaurants in New London county. The family requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jim’s memory to either Xavier High School, 181 Randolph Rd. Middletown, CT 06457 or to the American Heart Assoc., 2550 US Hwy #1, N. Brunswick, NJ 08902.

James M. Chmielewski ’79 Yearbook Photo

Richard (Richie) J. Dorflinger ’71, 56, passed away on May 30, 2008. Richie was the brother of Russell Dorflinger ’72. He grew up in Middletown and is often remembered for his footballplaying days at Xavier High School. He enjoyed a reputation for charm, humor and kindness. He also enjoyed sports cars and Richard J. Dorflinger spending time with his family. Richie was employed by the U.S. ’71 Yearbook Photo Postal Service in Middletown for more than 35 years. He was also the uncle of Mercy grads LauraLee Dorflinger-Kelly ’87 and Ashley Flynn ’06.


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Anne Duda, 87, mother of William Duda ’69 died February 28, 2009 at her home in Middletown. Okhui (Cho) “Joanne” Gilbert, 53, wife of Joseph Gilbert ’77, and aunt of George ’12 and Justin ’11 passed away February 22, 2009. Joseph P. Hazuka, 90, grandfather of Jeffrey Durkin ’09 died March 4, 2009 at Wadsworth Glen Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Middletown, CT. Harold F. Hofmann, Jr., 86, of Durham, died June 2, 2009 in Middletown. He was the father of William `69 and the late Robert Hofmann `71. Christopher J. Kalisz ’84, 42, of Pine Ridge Road, Cromwell, died May 11, 2009, at Middlesex Hospital. While at Xavier, Chris participated in football, track and the MYARC program. He was employed all of his life in the environmental field and was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. Thomas M. Kennedy, Jr. ’76, 51, of Londonderry, NH died April 4, 2009 in a skiing accident at Alta Ski Area in Utah. Tom was the brother of Brian ’78, Michael ’82, and Daniel ’89. He grew up in Meriden and was a graduate of Northeastern University. Tom served in the U.S. Navy as a submariner on a nuclear sub. He worked for Verizon for almost 22 years. Recently, he ran for State Representative for the Londonderry/Auburn District.

Christopher J. Kalisz ’84 Yearbook Photo

Lucy V. Misenti, mother of James Angelo Misenti ’71, died February 7, 2009 in Naples, Florida. Thomas M.

Walter “Bob” Robert Nelson, 86, of Middletown, died May Kennedy, Jr. ’76 10, 2009 at Hartford Hospital. Bob was the father of Robert Yearbook Photo Nelson ’70 and Carl Nelson III ’71. He had been active in the Xavier Home and School Association and the family requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Xavier High School, 181 Randolph Road, Middletown, CT 06457. Jan Rosemary (Exner) Rebelo, 53, of Middletown, mother of Louie Rebelo ’01 and John F. Rebelo ’04, passed away on May 12, 2009. She was also the Aunt of Kevin Perra ’88.

SFX Members Bless Xavier With Their Giving Our list of SFX members continues to grow this year. Gifts of $1,000 or more paid during the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) automatically qualify the donor for membership. The list of members will be published on our Web site and in our Annual Report, usually published in October. Donors may request to be anonymous.

Thank you one and all for your generous support.

2008 – 2009 Saint Francis Xavier Society Members As of May 31, 2009

Mr. Scott Adams ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Scott G. Algiere Mr. and Mrs. R. Bruce Andrews Mr. Carl J. Appellof ’69 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Biega III ’83 Bob’s Auto Service Mr. Mark J. Bonney Mr. and Mrs. Brian Bowen ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Gene L. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Brown Chief Ed Brymer (Ret.) and Attorney Geraldine A. Roberts Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Burke Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Byrne ’80 Mr. Carl Carta ’70 Citizens Bank of Connecticut Mr. and Mrs. John T. Coates ’69 Mr. and Mrs. Christopher A. Corvino Mr. and Mrs. John P. Cullen Mr. and Mrs. James Cunningham Mr. John P. Custy ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Michael D’Aquila ’83 Mrs. Phyllis E. Dawe Mr. Jeffrey R. DelFavero ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. DelFavero Mr. and Mrs. Edwin DesRosiers Mr. Jeffrey A. Dooley ’81 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dornfried, Sr. Anonymous Mr. Carl R. Erlacher, Jr. ’84 Dr. and Mrs. Vincent J. Fazzino Dr. Robert A. Frank ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Philip Franklin ’73 Mr. Colin T. Frayne Mr. Matthew Friel ’85 Mr. and Mrs. David R. Fusco Mr. and Mrs. Keith Garabedian Mr. and Mrs. William Garrity Mr. and Mrs. Jack W. Gastler ’74 Mr. John P. Giaimo ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gillies Mr. Robert D. Guere ’81 Mr. and Mrs. John Guerin Lieutenant Colonel John W. Hannen, Jr. ’74 Mr. William J. Hannigan ’77 Mr. and Mrs. David G. Hetzel ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hoisl Brother J. Robert Houlihan, C.F.X. Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Hurtt Mr. Thomas Hutton ’83 Estate of Loretta K. Ingersoll Mr. Brian Judge ’91 Mr. and Mrs. George C. Kalber Mr. Robert G. Kalber ’74 Mr. and Mrs. William Kiley ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Kilpatrick

Mr. and Mrs. Peter LaMalfa, Sr. Mr. Kenneth Landy and Ms. Teresa Opalacz Attorney and Mrs. Dennis R. LaVette Mr. Peter W. LaVigne ’71 Mrs. Raffelina Leone Dr. Anthony J. Loffredo ’87 Mr. and Mrs. David Lohr Dr. William A. Longo ’69 Mr. Timothy Loughlin ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas G. Macol Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Mahar Mr. and Mrs. Jay F. Malcynsky Mr. and Mrs. Sean R. Marinan ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Gaetano Marino Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence McHugh Mrs. Evelyn Z. Mondani Mr. Michael J. Monea ’75 Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Moore ’79 Mr. Jeffrey S. Muzio ’84 Dr. Stan Opalacz ’72 and Dr. Kayoko Kondo Mr. and Mrs. John S. Ott Mr. Thomas M. Patton ’82 Mr. Steven Perruccio ’69 Mr. Mark P. Picard ’86 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Pomposi Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Raffele ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Ricciuti Mr. and Mrs. Todd M. Roberts ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rondo Mr. Everett J. Rutan ’70 Dr. Perry Sangalli Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Serrano Mr. and Mrs. Chris Shane Mr. and Mrs. Robert Slattery Mrs. Jane Socha Mr. Alexander Strekel ’00 Mrs. Rosemary A. Strekel Mr. Stephen Suraci ’87 Mr. and Mrs. John R. Taillie Mr. and Mrs. James Tillona Mr. and Mrs. Guy J. Tommasi, Jr. ’75 Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Tommasi ’67 Mr. Richard C. Turek ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Turner ’91 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wills Mr. Jef Wolter ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Philip K. Wooding Mr. and Mrs. William E. Wrang, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Wrinn ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Yandow

SFX The final list will be on our Web site in July and in our Annual Report this fall.

Xavier Legacy Honored with Medals


here was a special award to the fathers of the graduating seniors who themselves are Xavier graduates. This year we have fifteen alumni fathers who received a ribbon on which hangs a medal of the Xavier seal. Engraved on the back of the medal are the names of both father and son as well as their years of graduation. Mr. Thomas J. Byrne ’80, and his son Garrett ’09; Mr. Thomas E. Coughlin, Jr. ’80, and his son Thomas ’09; Mr. Joseph G. DeMaio, Jr. ’76, and his son Joseph ’09; Mr. Robert M. Dodenhoff ’72, and his son Michael ’09; Mr. Laurence N. Jones ’77, and his son Trent

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’09; Mr. Francis McNulty, Sr. ’81, and his son Francis ’09; Mr. Craig L. Nielsen ’79, and his son Thomas ’09; Mr. Jeffery S. Pattavina ’74, and his son Stephen ’09; Mr. Robert J. Perrotti ’78, and his son Anthony ’09; Mr. Mark E. Piontkowski ’77, and his son Mark ’09; Mr. Richard S. Roberts ’73, and his son Kyle ’09; Mr. Robert M. Stachura, Sr. ’75, and his son Robert ’09; Mr. David M. Tobias ’82, and his son Matthew ’09; Mr. John J. Tomasiello ’72, and his son Adam ’09; Mr. Frank J. Wolak, Jr. ’78, and his son John ’09. They are pictured with Brother James Boyle, C.F.X. (front row right).

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Graduation 2009 Page 14 Page 6 Pages 2–4 Dear Friends of Xavier, Brother William, C.F.X., Headmaster Farewell,


Graduation 2009 Page 14 Page 6 Pages 2–4 Dear Friends of Xavier, Brother William, C.F.X., Headmaster Farewell,