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Bro. Leonard Conway & Bro. Robert Kent Celebrate 50 Years as Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn
St. Francis Preparatory School
Message From The Principal
Dear Graduates and Friends, I am honored to be writing to you in this special edition of the GradNews as we pay tribute to Brother Leonard Conway and Brother Robert Kent for their 50 Years of dedicated service. Before I say a few words about these two great Franciscans though, I thought you should know that we concluded another very noteworthy school year with every one of our 612 seniors graduating on June 2nd. As usual, nearly every one of them will be attending college this fall—including many of the most prestigious schools in the country. As a group, these seniors were offered more than $160 million in college scholarships! Their success can be attributed in large measure to YOUR involvement and support which allows us to offer all our students a truly outstanding academic and extracurricular program. So thank you for all you do to help us in this mission!
of students from all walks of life, seeing them off to college, staying connected with them as alumni who are moving into their careers, starting their own families, and even welcoming grandchildren now in many cases. They have always been here for us. The sense of tradition and stability they have provided for the Prep cannot be measured. So please take a look at GradNews pages 6-8 and read more about Brother Leonard and Brother Robert and the celebrations we shared with them this past year. Within these GradNews pages you will also see the highlights from many other events and activities that help keep you connected with us and with your classmates. As we like to say, “High School is four years but the Prep is forever!”
And now back to our two Brothers who are really at the heart of everything we do here at the Prep.
Thank you again and God bless you! And God bless Brother Leonard and Brother Robert!
Beginning back at North 6th Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn during the late 1960’s and then continuing in Fresh Meadows, Queens when the school moved here in 1974, Brother Leonard and Brother Robert have been the “bedrock” upon which we have built so much.
Each one of us who graduated from the Prep can share a story about how Brother Leonard and Brother Robert impacted our life in some way. These two wonderful Franciscans have helped educate and provide direction for tens of thousands
Patrick J. McLaughlin ‘73 Principal
St. Francis Prep Alumni Board 2017-2018
President: Wally Bishop ‘80 Vice President: Gerald Scales ‘76 Ron Alama ‘86
Chris Mendolia ‘87
Ryan Bacci ‘10
Meagan Molina '10
Diane Bertoli ‘81
Michael Mongelli ‘79
Luz A. Bove '97
Meagan Molina ‘10
John Brandes ‘82
John Morana ‘07
Sal Cocchiaro '13
Marlon Morris ‘84
Nancy L. Demers '91
Kevin O’Donnell ‘73
Jean F. Coppola ‘82 (RIP)
Joseph B. Pantaleo ‘03
Nancy M. Donato ‘76
John S. Pereira ‘62- Emeritus
Alice Dunkak Quinn ‘79
Margaret Polino ‘81
Barbara Gillespie ‘82
Donna Rodger ‘77
Chirag Jethanadani ‘11
Jane Scandurra ’77
Michelle Kawka ‘95
Kristina Silvagni (Dowling) '07
Harold Kelly ‘56 (RIP)
Lawrence Schiralli ‘80
Brother Campion Lally ‘55
Kathy Mackin Sciortino ’76
Eileen LeMonda ‘78
Judith Vincze Sheridan ‘85
Mike Madden ‘77
Kristina Veljak ‘90
Patrick J. McArdle ‘89
William A. Viscovich ‘79'
John McAree ‘50 Angelica M. McKessy ‘02 Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F. Alumni Director Robert T. Angeletti H'11 Director of Development
__________________________________ Contents CALENDAR Alumni Events • 2 Football Schedule • 3 SPECIAL EVENTS Walk-a-thon • 4-5 COVER STORY: Jubilee Celebration • 6-11 Annual Mass of Remembrance • 12-13 St. Patrick’s Day Parade • 14-15 Annual Golf Classic • 16-18 SFP Nights at Citi Field • 19 Annual Homecoming Weekend • 20-21 ALUMNI CHAPTER EVENTS • 22-25 Regional Chapters Washington D.C. Area Alumni Chapter West Coast Alumni Reunion Philadelphia Area Alumni Chapter Boston Area Alumni Chapter Florida Area Alumni Chapter Profession-based Chapters Tech Alumni Chapter Arts Alumni Chapter Education Alumni Chapter Financial Services Alumni Chapter ALUMNI CLASS REUNIONS • 26-29 Annual Spring Reunion & Hall of Fame Class of 2010 5th Anniversary Reunion Class of 1998 20th Anniversary Reunion Class of 2003 15th Anniversary Reunion Class of 2008 10th Anniversary Reunion
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WHAT’S HAPPENING @6100 Alumni Director’s Message •32-33 Alumni News & Notes • 34-43 2017-18 Athletic Season • 43 Faculty & Staff Retirements • 44-45 In Memoriam • 46-47 Pathway to Saint Francis • 48
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St. Francis Prep’s 2018-19
Alumni Event Calendar _________________________
Thurs. September 20, 2018 Tech Alumni Chapter Reception Presentation & Q&A: “Protecting Your Digital Life: Cyber Security in the Age of Cyber Insecurity” Daniel Eliot, National Cyber Security Alliance, Washington DC For complete details go to: sfptechalumni.weebly.com/ events.html 6:00- 8:30 PM Registration required. Contact Sally Khan: firstname.lastname@example.org (718) 423-8810, ext. 335
Fri. Oct. 19, 2018 Friends of SFP Football "Night of Champions" Bourbon Street, Bell Blvd. Bayside, NY 7:00 PM-10:30 PM Sponsorships & Tickets are available at: Sfpfootballcasinonight. eventbrite.com/
Sat. Nov. 10, 2018 Class of 2013 Reunion 7:30-11:00 p.m. St. Francis Prep, Cafeteria Registration fee: $50 in Advance $60 at the Door
Sat. Mar. 2, 2019 Florida Alumni Chapter Spring Training Game & Reception Florida’s East Coast Reservations required. Admission fee for the game. The St. Francis Prep alumni gathering in Florida alternates between the Palm Beach area and the Tampa area. We also try to secure a number of tickets to a “spring training” baseball game. This year, we will be traveling to the east coast for what promises to be another splendid gathering. Make plans to join us!
___________________________ Fri. September 28, 2018 8th Annual Walk-a-thon SFP/Cunningham Park 9:30 a.m. Donations and sponsorships from alumni are welcome. Event T-shirt included. Registration required. Join our students, staff and faculty in the Prep community for this annual event! Last year we raised nearly $280,000 in support of the Capital Improvement Program. The two-mile course (approximately) is flat and runs through Cunningham Park. ___________________________ Thurs. Oct. 18, 2018 Homecoming Weekend 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament In Memory of Jimmy ‘79 & James Prendergast H ‘11 St. Francis Prep Gymnasium 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Admission fee. Raffles & Prizes Each year hundreds of alumni, family and friends participate in this annual contest in memory of Jimmy who passed at a young age from cancer, and his father, who passed away within the last few years.
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___________________________ Sat. Oct. 20, 2018 Day at Belmont Racetrack Homecoming Weekend Arrive: Noon First Race: 1:00 PM Belmont Park, Elmont, NY Reservations required. Admission fee. Jackets required Watch the races from the exclusive Turf and Field Club. A delicious buffet lunch will be served. This event is sure to sell out. Please make your reservations as early as possible. ___________________________ Sun. Oct. 21, 2018 Homecoming Football Game Opponent: Holy Trinity Van Buren H.S. , 1:00 PM ______________ Annual 5K Fun Run at SFP in Memory of our 9/11 Heroes 8:00 a.m. Registration required. Advance registration fee: $20 Breakfast included. In honor of all those we lost on September 11, 2001 ___________________________ Sun. Nov. 4, 2018 Alumni Memorial Mass Location: SFP Auditorium 11:00 a.m. Complimentary Breakfast to follow. All alumni, family, friends of the Prep community are welcome to join us as we come together to remember those who have departed in the past year.
___________________________ Sat. Dec. 15, 2018 Christmas Party for Our Friends with Special Needs 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM St. Francis Prep Cafeteria Sponsors/donations welcome. Volunteers needed. When Sr. Joseph Agnes, DCH first organized this event so many years ago, she started more than just a tradition. Alumni, current students, faculty and staff all pitch in and work side-by-side to serve those who might otherwise not find such joy and spirit in the Christmas season. Many individuals also contribute to the festivities as donors and sponsors. ___________________________ Sat. Jan. 19, 2019 Reunion of Classes of 1999, 2004, and 2009 St. Francis Prep, Cafeteria 7:30-11:00 p.m. Registration fee: $60 per person in Advance $70 per person at the Door ___________________________ Thurs. Feb. 7, 2019 Health Care Services & Legal Services Alumni Chapter Reception Location: TBA 6-8 p.m. Advance registration required. Admission fee. Join us for a gathering that is both professional and social for alumni working in the Health care and Legal sectors. Participants range in age and industry experience.
___________________________ Thurs. Mar. 7, 2019 Alumni Arts Reception Location TBD All are welcome A gathering for all alumni pursuing a career in all areas of the arts. ___________________________ Sat. Mar. 16, 2019 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Check alumni website for details. RSVP required. Alumni, students, current and former parents, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the Franciscan Brothers community all participate in the annual march up Fifth Avenue. ___________________________ Sat. March 30, 2019 President’s Dinner St. Francis Prep, Library By invitation only. Mass: 5:15 pm A gathering for all generous and loyal benefactors and administrators. ___________________________
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Sat. April 6, 2019 Annual Spring Reunion & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony $60 in Advance $70 at the Door Join us as we induct new members into the SFP Hall of Fame.
Mon. Jun. 17, 2019 26th Annual Golf Classic Cherry Valley Club Garden City, NY Advance registration required. Many golf packages and sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit the SFP Alumni website for complete details. alumni.sfponline.org Join us for a wonderful day with great friends on the finest golf course in the area!
The Golden Anniversary Classes of: 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, & 1969, will be inducted into the Golden Terrier Society. The Anniversary Classes of 1974 (45th), 1979 (40th), 1984 (35th), 1989 (30th) and 1994 (25th) will also celebrate important milestone anniversaries as well. Mass will be celebrated prior to the start of the Hall of Fame ceremony.
___________________________ Mon. July 22, 2019 Danny Apicella '00 Memorial Golf Outing Inwood Country Club, 50 Peppe Dr., Inwood, NY
___________________________ Thurs. May 2, 2019 (Tentative) Washington DC Alumni Reception-Baseball Game Time: TBA Location: TBA Registration fee
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___________________________ Thurs. June, 6, 2019 Financial Services Sector Alumni Chapter Reception Location: TBA 6-8 p.m. Advance registration required. Admission fee. Join us for a gathering that is both professional and social for alumni working in finance. Participants range in age and industry experience. It’s always a splendid time for one and all! ___________________________
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On Friday, September 29, 2017, St. Francis Prep held its seventh annual Walk-a-thon fundraising event. The proceeds of this event benefit special projects and programs at the Prep, most notably the current Capital Improvement and Modernization Project. It is important for you to know that your generous contributions and pledges are being put to very good use each and every day for the benefit of our students! We already constructed new Physical Education and Art Education Centers and totally renovated and upgraded the Science Classrooms and Laboratories.
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The construction of new Music Education facilities is now well underway. The end result will be highly advanced learning, practice, instruction and performance spaces for our award-winning music students as well as a new dance studio and renovated student athletic locker rooms.
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Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F. & Brother Robert Kent, O.S.F. celebrate
as Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn
On Sunday, May 20th, we celebrated Brother Leonard Conway’s and Brother Robert Kent’s 50 Years as Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn. Incredibly, they have each spent their entire ministry—without interruption—serving the tens of thousands of students who have come through the doors of St. Francis Prep since 1968. 6
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Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F. Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F. was born on November 8, 1948 in Brooklyn. His parents, Edmund Francis, Jr. (who passed away in 2001) and Cecilia (who passed in 1975), raised him and his brother John on Sherman Street in Park Slope and Holy Name Parish. His brother and sister-in-law reside in Newark, Delaware, and have three children and numerous grandchildren. Brother Leonard is a member of the first graduating class of Bishop Ford High School, Park Slope (1966). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics (1971) from St. Francis College, as well as Master of Science in Computer Science (1974) from Pratt Institute. He also holds permanent state certification in math, business, and administration and supervision. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Francis College in 2008. Brother Leonard entered the St. Francis Novitiate in July 1966, received the habit in January 1967 and professed vows as a Franciscan Brother in January 1968. While attending St. Francis College he resided at the Franciscan Brothers Scholasticate until graduation in January 1971 at which time he began his long-time ministry at St. Francis Preparatory School, a ministry that continues today. During his time at the Prep he has taught mathematics and business classes, introduced computer education in 1973, and served as the Director of Computer Sciences beginning in 1980. In 1983 he was appointed Principal of St. Francis Prep. He served 30 years in that role until 2013. In 2013 the administration model changed to President/Principal, and he has served as President of the Prep since that time. During Brother Leonard’s time in administration, the school has received numerous awards, including the U.S. Department of Education’s first Excellence in Education Award (1983-1984) and recognition as an Outstanding American High School by U.S. News and World Report (1999). Under his leadership in 2008-09, the Prep celebrated the 150th Anniversary of its founding in Brooklyn in 1858.
of St. Francis Preparatory School–Class of 2001. The Queens Courier recognized him with the Best Principal and King of Queens Awards (2012). Brother Leonard has led two successful campaigns at the Prep: The Endowment Campaign (1997) and The Campaign for St. Francis Prep (Stage One: 2008-2011; Stage Two: 2012-Present), the ongoing capital campaign designed to establish a state-ofthe-art fitness center, an art education center, new science labs and music facilities, and to remodel other areas of the Prep. He has personally solicited all major gifts for these campaigns. Based on a conversation with the Superior General of the Irish Franciscan Brothers, Brother Leonard also established a relationship between St. Francis Prep and the St. Francis Secondary School in Lare, Kenya. He visited Kenya in the summer of 2013 and again this past summer of 2018, and he found these visits to be experiences of a lifetime. In addition to his duties at St. Francis Prep, he served as the Director of Camp Alvernia (1977-1990). During his time there, Camp Alvernia was revitalized with an enrollment of over 200 residents and 200 day campers. Brother Leonard serves as the Vice-Chairman of the St. Francis College Board of Trustees as well as a member of St. Anthony’s High School Board of Trustees. He remains active in the Middle States Association of Secondary Schools, serving annually as team chairperson as well as one of the secondary school commissioners for the association. In his current role as President of St. Francis Prep, he enjoys meeting with alumni to tell the Prep story, update them on the latest happenings and ask for their support. He finds this to be very rewarding—and just the latest chapter in a 50 year career devoted to promoting the wonderful Franciscan tradition in education.
Personal awards bestowed upon Brother Leonard have included the Franciscan Spirit Award (1986) and the St. Francis College “Alumni Achievement” Award. He was profiled in Newsday (1989), named in Who’s Who in American Education (1995), received the St. John’s University President’s Medal in Catholic Education (1998) and the Outstanding Schools Administration Award (2011), recognized in Strathmore’s Who’s Who--Honored Millennium Member (2000-01), and was named an Honorary Alumnus Grad News • Summer/Fall 2018
Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F. Robert Kent was born in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. He was very active in Holy Name Parish where he attended grammar school and where the seeds for his future vocation were planted and then nurtured by his loving parents, Edward and Sarah Jean, and his siblings, John, Ed, Walter, Don, Gerard, and Theresa. He eventually went on to study at St. John’s University where he received his B.A. and his M.A. in History. In 1966 he decided that the Franciscan way of life provided the right pathway for him, and so, following in his brother Ed’s footsteps, he served 1 ½ years in the Novitiate and another six months in the Scholasticate before arriving at St. Francis Prep in the summer of 1968 and beginning that fall as a History teacher and as an assistant to the Athletic Director, Brother Cyprian. Just as Brother Leonard has done, Brother Robert has served his entire 50 year ministry as a Franciscan Brother at St. Francis Prep, starting in Brooklyn and then moving with the school to Fresh Meadows in 1974. Among his many duties over the years, Brother Robert served as the Prep’s Athletic Director for 29 years, helping to continue a very successful athletic tradition at the school. During that period, Brother coached the Freshman Basketball Team for 23 years (1968-2001), Junior Varsity Baseball for 14 years (1968-81), and Varsity Baseball for the past 37 years (1981 to the present), while also teaching History and Math. He recently retired from the school’s Mathematics Department. As Frosh Basketball Coach, he compiled a record of 386-143. His teams reached the Finals 5 times and won the City Championship twice. His Junior Varsity Baseball Teams compiled a record of 206-41, reaching the Finals 7 times and winning 5 City Championships. On the Varsity Baseball level, he has compiled a record of 651-327, reaching the Finals five times and winning the City Championship three times (1986 at Shea, 1995 at Yankee Stadium and St. John’s University in 2007). 8
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Nearly 150 of his former athletes continued to play on the college level and 6 have played professionally. 23 of his former student athletes played at Ivy League universities. Brother Robert has been named “Coach of the Year” 4 times by The New York Daily News; 4 times by The Tablet; twice by Newsday; and once by The New York Post. He was also named New York State Coach of the Year in 1995 and was inducted into the CHSAA Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Prep’s Red & Blue Ring of Honor in 2014. Even after so many accolades, he will say without hesitation, “Any of my success is due to the players and many coaches who have assisted me through these years.” He received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from St. Francis College in 1998, and, in addition to his current baseball coaching duties, Brother Robert also serves as the Prep’s Alumni Director, an important position in the school’s ongoing outreach efforts. He has often stated, “Alumni link us to the past and they give generously to continually improve and enhance the lives of those who come after them.” The same could be said of Brother Robert himself. He has given generously of his time and talent for 50 years in order to improve and enhance the lives of thousands of young students and athletes from all walks of life. He has been extraordinarily dedicated to his vocation, extremely loyal to the Prep, and a wonderful friend to anyone who has come to know him. He is a true Franciscan.
The May 20th Jubilee Mass and Reception
Left: Marlon Morris ‘84 Center: Graziella Zerelli ‘97, David Ganci ‘88, Dr. Sharon Bennett Left: Trustee, Art McMahon H'04 and his lovely wife, Roberta
Mass concelebrants (l-r): Fr. Mark Simmons, Fr. Ralph Edel, Fr. Bill Sweeney and Alumni Board Member, Nancy Demers ‘91.
Prep benefactors and long-time friends of Brother Leonard, Lisa and Jeff Alter '80
Arlene & Thomas Prendergast ‘59
Michael McMahon and his lovely wife, Dolores
Franciscan Brothers (l-r): Bro. Joseph Bach O.SF., Bro. Christopher Thurneau, O.S.F (Superior General), Bro. Joshua DiMauro, O.S.F. and Bro. Owen Justinian Sadlier, O.S.F.
Photos by Mike Graziano
Campus Ministry’s Liturgical Cordinator, George Anne Kotowicz (facing group) and a dozen Prep Alumni comprised the liturgical ensemble for the celebration of Mass.
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THE ANNUAL MASS OF REMEMBRANCE We Remember and we Pray
The Banners of Honor
On Sunday, November 5th, alumni, family and friends gathered at the Prep for the blessing of the latest additions of memorial bricks and benches on the Pathway to St. Francis in conjunction with the Annual Alumni Memorial Mass (celebrated by Rev. Mark Simmons, SFP Chaplain). Following Mass, alumni and family members gathered in the Gym for the Raising of the “Banners of Honor” in honor of Teresa C. Cain & Neal Wasserfall. Brunch followed. SFP’s Alumni Director Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F., said “It is the tradition of the Catholic Church to celebrate a Mass of Remembrance on the first weekend of November.” He added, “It’s a wonderful time for us to come together as a Prep community and remember all those who we have lost during the past year.” 12
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Prior to the start of Mass, several student recipients of named/ memorial scholarships and grants took part in a ceremonial presentation with their families and the benefactors who sponsored these funds. The Pathway to St. Francis consists of more than 2,500 engraved bricks and other memorials. It is a place set aside for prayer, meditation, remembrance and gathering. The “pathway” is a beautiful way to remember your loved ones and it is a place of reflection where you can visit to honor your memories. The bricks can be personalized with names, dates and/or other special messages. (See details online at alumni.sfponline.org) We invite you to add a personal memorial brick paver to the pathway to honor and celebrate those who hold a special place in your heart. (See page 48 for more details.)
Named and Memorial Scholarship Presentations Our heartfelt thanks to those who have established these funds and whose generosity continues this legacy. St. Francis Prep welcomes the establishment of named, permanently endowed scholarship funds “in memory” or “in honor” of the individual(s) or family named. We hope to add many more scholarships in the years ahead through outright gifts made by generous graduates and friends, through bequest-by-will, and through other planned giving methods. To make a contribution to get more specific information on any of these funds, go to the SFP Alumni Website: alumni. sfponline.org/donations
The Bernice And James E. McHugh H ’92 Scholarship was presented to Zalen Nelson ‘18 and Trinity Smith ‘18
The Bayron Family Tuition Grants were presented to Colleen Hardman ‘18 (right) and Xavier Spencer ‘18 (not pictured)
The Michael F. Lynch ‘86 Memorial Scholarship was presented to Logan DeRosa ‘19, Elijah Fabbricante ‘18, Cesar Santana ‘18 and Angelo Senerchia ‘20.
The Alfonse J. Niedermeyer ‘79 Memorial Scholarship was presented to Oisin Corbett ‘18.
The Hugh and Margaret Kelly Memorial Scholarship was presented to Cassidy Roberts ‘19.
The Paulette and Vincent A. Toscano ‘53 Scholarship was presented to Diego Llanos ‘20 and Mackayla Scarlett ‘20.
Photos by Mike Graziano
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Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City Since 2008, the Prep community (alumni, family, students, faculty, staff and administration) has gathered together to march in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The parade begins at 44th Street, marching up Fifth Avenue—past many iconic landmarks including, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, The Plaza Hotel— all the way to 79th Street. Join Prep students, alumni, faculty, staff and administrators for this wonderful tradition! This coming year, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC takes place on a weekend, so now you don’t have to take a day off from work!
SAVE THE DATE Saturday, March 16, 2019 RSVP online at: alumni.sfponline.org As always, we ask everyone to RSVP so that we may order an appropriate number of souvenir SFP St. Patrick’s Day hats for all participants!
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25th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic Cherry Valley Club, Garden City, NY June 18, 2018
Thank you to all those who contributed to the success of the 2018 Golf & Tennis Classic! It’s hard to believe that this was the 25th Anniversary of this wonderful event. The main ingredients for its success and longevity are the spirit, pride and sense of community that our honorees bring to this event each year! In this instance, our heartfelt gratitude and congratulations go out to our Silver Anniversary honorees: Wally Bishop ‘80 and JoAnn Wagner H’10
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Our 25 th Anniversary Golf & Tennis Classic Honorees JoAnn Wagner H’10 • SFP Girls Basketball Coach JV: 25 years & Varsity: 15 years • B/Q Girls CHSAA Hall of Fame, 1993 • SFP Ring of Honor Inductee, 2017 • SFP Honorary Alumnus, 2010 • Parent of six SFP Alumni: Brian ‘94, Maureen ‘96, Timothy ‘99, Kevin ‘01, Patrick ‘06 and Daniel ‘10
Wally Bishop ‘80
• Managing Director & COO at Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas • SFP Alumni Board President • SFP Hall of Fame, 2010 • Founding Member of The SFP Golf Classic • Executive Committee Member of The Campaign for St. Francis Prep Grad News • Summer/Fall 2018 17
THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR SPONSORS! DINNER SPONSOR UnitedHealthcare LUNCHEON SPONSORS Lisa & Jeff Alter ‘80 COCKTAIL HOUR SPONSORS Lisa & Bob Adams ‘80 FRANCISCAN BROTHERS SPONSORS Richard Mednick Medco Electrical Contracting, Inc. Eddie Slampiak ‘90 CRM Construction & Maintenance Corp. LIVE & SILENT AUCTION SPONSOR CulinArt, Inc. GOLF CARTS SPONSORS Wally Bishop ‘80 Michael Mongelli ‘79 TENNIS COURTS SPONSOR Flynn & O’Hara School Uniforms, Inc. DRIVING RANGE SPONSOR John Campo, Esq. Akerman LLP
25th Anniversary Golf & Tennis Classic
Congratulations to JoAnn Wagner & Wally Bishop on being this year’s honorees
Best Wishes, The Dream Team
Despite our best efforts, we sometimes inadvertantly omit a journal ad. The preceding ad should have appeared in the 25th Anniversary Golf and Tennis Journal. The updated version of the journal can be found online under the “Publications” tab at alumni. sfponline.org. Thank you for your support!
PUTTING GREEN SPONSOR BMS, Inc. Bankruptcy Management Solutions RAFFLE PRIZE SPONSORS Mrs. Mary Bishop & Family Hannum Feretic Prendergast & Merlino, LLC Sean Prendergast ‘80 Eileen LeMonda ‘78 The LeMonda Family Joseph Pantaleo ‘03 Joseph B. Pantaleo, DDS, PC Alice Dunkak Quinn ‘79 P.C. Richard & Sons Joseph Marrone Waldorf Risk Solutions, Inc. Tom Gebert ‘79 Primary Land Services, LLC The Nolan Group Harvard Maintenance Dan Duffy H’03 McNulty Outdoors, Inc. Bob McNulty ‘80 The Wagner Children & Grandchildren HOLE-IN-ONE PRIZE SPONSOR
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In recognition of our 25th Anniversary Golf Classic, we added an exciting new feature. The Masters Raffle provided the winner two badges to attend The Masters Golf Tournament live-and-in-person in Augusta, Georgia on either Friday, April 12, Saturday, April 13 or Sunday, April 14, 2019. A full hospitality package (with open bar and meals) is included here. All service charges and gratuities are also included. The winning ticket was drawn on June 18th at Cherry Valley Club.
The lucky winner was Bob Adams, SFP Class of 1980
SFP Night at Citi Field • May 15th The SFP Chamber Choir, under the direction of David Kobayashi '93, performed "The Star Spangled Banner" as well as "O' Canada" at Citi Field prior to the Mets vs. Toronto Bluejays on May 15th. Assistant Principal, Chris Mendolia '87 threw out the first pitch. Hundreds of alumni, parents and students purchased game tickets!
SFP Night at Citi Field • July 23rd
On Monday, July 23, 2018, Prep Alumni, Family and their friends attended a game at Citi Field as the NY Mets played the San Diego Padres. The seats were located in the “Big Apple” section beyond the centerfield wall (Section 140). Prior to the game everyone enjoyed a private party in the Bullpen Plaza adjacent to the NY Mets bullpen. The refreshments were available from 6:10 PM - 9:10 and we were able to move from the plaza to the seats. (The menu included peanuts, popcorn, Tuscan salad, tortilla chips and salsa, Nathan’s hot dogs, burgers, cookies, domestic and premium beer, soda and bottled water.) Everyone had a great time and there are thoughts of repeating this wonderful event next year! Photos by Mike Graziano
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2017 Homecoming Weekend Highlights Hoops Tournament in Memory of Jimmy ‘79 & James Prendergast H’11 Homecoming Weekend began with a Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament on Thursday, October 19th in the Prep’s Gym. More than 125 alumni, friends and family participated. This year the foul shot contest was held in memory of Brian K. O’Connor ‘86. (The O’Connor family is pictured below with Sean Prendergast '80.) Refreshments were served in the cafeteria and there were an abudance of raffle prizes!
Photos: Mike Graziano
Annual Day at Belmont Racetrack Alumni, family and friends gathered in the exclusive Turf and Field Club at Belmont Park on the 21st of October for the Annual Homecoming Day at the Races. The weather was wonderful and all of the races were exciting. Our group gathered in Winner’s Circle to meet the jockey— Angel Arroyo— who rode the winning horse—EJ’s Legacy— in the race dedicated to St. Francis Prep. (See image below.) In addition to the excitement of some lucky bets, one fortunate guest took home the proceeds of our 50/50 Raffle.
hoto: Belmont Park
The 2018 Homecoming Day at the Races will be held on Saturday October 20, 2018. Each year this event sells out quickly, so reserve early!
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Annual 5K Fun Run in Honor of Our 9/11 Heroes and Coach James McHugh H’92
The 5K Fun Run is a perennial favorite and offers the Prep community a chance to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11. This year we also honored our legendary Track Coach, James McHugh H‘92! There were special awards and prizes for the top overall finishers (males & female) in several age categories. A buffet breakfast was served during the ceremony. In addition to our gratitude to the SFP Alumni Board, we offer special thanks to the members of the FDNY, Coach Jim May ‘76 and the SFP Girls Track Team for all of their help putting this event together.
Friends of SFP Football 2nd Annual Casino Night Remembering Royce Mulholland ‘79 On Friday, October 20th, The Friends of St. Francis Football gathered at Bourbon Street in Bayside to tribute to Royce Mulholland ‘79, a loyal alumnus and true friend of the SFP football program. Royce passed away in March 2017. He was the class president, Class of ’79. Royce’s father Joseph (Class of ’46, deceased) and brother Joshua (Class of ’84) also graduated from St. Francis Prep. It was a wonderful tribute. Pictured (left) are his widow, Lauretta; mother, Dorothy and sister Raissa. It was a very successful fundraising event and all proceeds benefit The Friends of St. Franics Prep Football Fund. The fund’s mission statement is: “To afford the opportunity for selected student-athletes to obtain a Catholic High School Education at St. Francis Prep."
Photos by Mike Graziano
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The Greater Washington, D.C. Area Alumni Chapter Reception Prep alumni from the Maryland, Delaware, Virginia area gathered together for the Greater Washington D.C. Area Alumni Chapter Reception on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, VA. It was another spirit-filled gathering. SFP Alumni Director, Brother Robert Kent welcomed everyone. Bro. Leonard Conway provided a overview about all of the wonderful developments at Prep. Our special guests included two Irish Franciscan Brothers who were visiting from St. Francis Secondary School in Lare, Kenya: Bro. Gerald (a native of Co. Cavan, Ireland) and Bro. Bernard (a native of Kenya). We are very thankful to Aris McMahon, SFP Class of 1989 and a Principal with Advantage Inc., for sponsoring this event.
Photo by Mike Graziano
West Coast Alumni Reunion in Redondo Beach, CA Bob Caccamo ’59, Christie Von Roten Ellis ’91, Pat Cashin ’59, Joe Kelly ’59 Dennis Esposito ’60, Tara Murphy Gonzales ’95, and Mia Tomicick Severson ‘83 organized a wonderful west coast SFP Alumni Reunion that drew Prep alumni from all parts of the country. They gathered in Redondo Beach, CA for several informal gatherings, happy hours, shopping, “beach bumming” and waterfront exploring. It began with a Happy Hour on October 27th. The dinner gathering on October 28th was the official reunion activity. Below are photos of the special gathering. Thank you to all who helped organize this special event and all those who came out to show your Terrier Pride!
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The Greater Philadelphia Area Alumni Chapter On Thursday, September 17th, Alumni from the greater Philadelphia area enjoyed a unique fourcourse extraordinary dining experience prepared by up and coming culinary students at JNA Institute of Culinary Arts (on South Broad Street). The seven table dining room is fashioned after a quaint European terrace with water features and it was the ideal venue for our group. Cuisines included Fusion, Eclectic, and Contemporary American. Everyone had an enjoyable time and a delicious dinner! Special thanks to our chapter coordinators, Daniel Sosa ’96 and Moises Young ‘96 for their leadership and dedication to the Prep.
Greater Boston Area Alumni Chapter Game and Reception
Photo by Mike Graziano
On Thursday, April 12, 2018 St. Francis Prep Alumni from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and several from the New York area all convened in the heart of Beantown for a “meet up” at Bar Louie in Boston. It was a wonderful pre-game gathering followed by the Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Prep’s Alumni Director and Baseball Coach, Bro. Robert Kent participated in a pre-game ceremony at home plate in recognition of his 50th Anniversary Jubilee. There was a short rain delay, but the game continued and did not dampen the spirit of our alumni. This event idea was well-recieved and plans are in the works to repeat events like this in Boston and other area alumni chapters.
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2018 Annual Florida Area Alumni Chapter Reunion On March 2nd and 3rd, we celebrated our 24th annual St. Francis Prep Florida Reunion on the West Coast of Florida (Tampa) begining at Steinbrenner Field for the Yankee vs Braves game and then at the home of Paige and Marc J. Hamlin ’84 in Valrico. Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F., provided an overview on the many exciting developments at the Prep.
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St. Francis Prep’s 2nd annual networking event for alumni who are involved in technology featured guest speaker, Salvatore Petronella ‘85, Vice President, Core Digital Talent. The evening featured a presentation followed by a moderated Q&A themed “Future-Proof Your IT Career”. The event was held at Marbella Restaurant on Northern Boulevard in Bayside. We are grateful to Jane Scandurra ‘77, Technology Chapter Lead for coordinating the event.
On Monday, March 19th, St. Francis Prep held it’s 4th annual reception for alumni who work in the Arts or in the Creative Marketing arena (film, TV, photography, design, painting, drawing, theatre, dancing, music, architecture, fashion, advertising, marketing, etc.). These professaional chapters are designed to connect alumni with fellow alumni professionals. Thanks to Michele Kawaka '95 for leading the Arts Chapter.
Photo by Mike Graziano
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5th Annual SFP Education Alumni Chapter Reception Chapter coordinators Kathleen A. Mackin-Sciortino ‘76 and Dominick J. Vulpis ‘74 organized another well-attended Education Alumni Chapter event at Donovan’s of Bayside on May 3, 2018! Participants ranged from recent graduates to veteran teachers and administrators. Prep’s President, Brother Leonard Conway spoke about the exciting changes taking place at St. Francis Prep. Alumni in all areas of education are invited to the next reception taking place in September 2019.
The Financial Services Sector Alumni Chapter Reception On Thursday evening, June 7th we held our annual reception for alumni in the financial service sector at the Friar’s Club in Midtown. This year we invited a special guest speaker for the evening: Eric Gioia, SFP Class of 1991, who is a Managing Director with JPMorgan Chase & Co. He also served for eight years as a member of the New York City Council from the 26th District. Eric provided his unique perspective on the current state of the Financial Services Industry. We also had several students from the SFP Wall Street Club who were there to network with alumni.
Photos by Mike Graziano
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Annual Spring Reunion & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday, April 21, 2018 • The Annual Spring Reunion and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony once again provided a great opportunity for alumni to remember the reasons why so many of us found a “second home” and made life-long friendships! The reunion anniversary Classes of 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968 were recognized as the newest members of the Golden Terrier Society— an honor bestowed upon alumni who have celebrated the 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th and 70th anniversary of their graduation. The group was presented with special medals and enjoyed their cocktails and dinner in the library. The 25th Silver Anniversary Class of 1993 along with the Classes of 1988, 1983, 1978 and 1973 gathered in the cafeteria. It truly was a night of “golden” memories for everyone! Links to additional photos are posted on the St. Francis Preparatory Alumni Website and the St. Francis Preparatory School Facebook page.
Hall of Fame Inductees • 2018 Susan E. Loftus ‘76
Francis J. Aquila '75
Michael F. Mongelli II ‘79
Pictured above (l-r): Francis J. Aquila, a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell is presented with his Hall of Fame plaque by Brother Leonard Conway, OSF, Prep's President. Center: Gerry Scales '76 reads acceptance remarks from his classmate Susan Loftus '76, Sales & Support Partner, SAP Asia Pte Ltd., who was traveling overseas on business and was not able to be present. Right: Mike Mongelli '79, Attorney, Coach and SFP Alumni Board Member, is presented with his Hall of Fame plaque by Brother Leonard Conway, OSF, Prep's President.
Honorary Alumni Joseph G. Masselli
SFP President, Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F., Joe and Alumni Director, Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F.
Joseph H. Pacifico
Accepting on behalf of Joe Pacifico is Ed Murray (left), a local Culinart manager. Bro. Robert and Brother Leonard made the presentation.
Photo by Mike Graziano
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25th Anniversary Class of 1993
30th Anniversary Class of 1988
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Annual Spring Reunion
40th Anniversary Class of 1978
Golden Anniversary Terriers Class of 1968
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Class of 2012's 5th Anniversary Reunion • November 18, 2017
Photo by Mike Graziano
Reunion of the Classes of 1998, 2003, and 2008 • January 20, 2018
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The Campaign for St. Francis Prep The Next 150 Prep’s Food Service Provider Donates $500,000 in Support of the Modernization Program For the past several years, St. Francis Prep has been engaged in a Capital Improvement and Modernization Program which is funded by “The Campaign for St. Francis Prep: The Next 150”. This program has resulted in very modern and attractive teaching and learning facilities for our students. (See below for more details.) In keeping with the improvements we have been making to the Prep, we are currently in the process of planning a complete renovation for our cafeteria. The cafeteria has been in constant use since the building first opened in 1964. It has been the site of thousands of student lunches, special events and alumni reunions. And, despite our diligent maintenance over the years, it is now in dire need of a full upgrade.
Group USA to “partner” with us on this major project by becoming the principal underwriting sponsor with a gift of $100,000 each year for the next five years ($500,000). We are very grateful to Mr. Thomas R. Eich, Chief Executive Officer of the CulinArt Group for their support of this phase of our current Modernization and Renovation Program. “We value our relationship with CulinArt and we truly appreciate
their support and dedication to the students of St. Francis Prep and their parents, our faculty, staff and alumni.” said Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F., President of St. Francis Prep. SFP Development Director, Robert Angeletti also noted, “This moves us that much closer to the $10 million goal for Stage II of our capital campaign that helps fund the overall Modernization Program.”
St. Francis Prep approached CulinArt and (parent company) Compass NEW ART EDUCATION CENTER
NEW MUSIC EDUCATION CENTER
YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS AT WORK It is important for you to know that your generous contributions and pledges are being put to very good use each and every day for the benefit of our students! This summer, Phase III of St. Francis Prep’s Modernization Program continues with the re-designing and re-construction of the Music Education facilities. (Three years ago, our Science Labs/Classrooms underwent an entire “floor to ceiling” renovation.) The end result will be highly advanced learning, practice, instruction and performance spaces for our award-winning music students 30 St. Francis Preparatory School
Class Of 1987’s Julie Chen Establishes A Special Scholarship Fund At The School To Help Students With The Cost Of Their Tuition Julie Chen, St. Francis Prep Class of 1987, has agreed to make a very generous donation of $250,000 to establish a permanent scholarship fund that will assist deserving girls who may otherwise find it difficult financially to attend the Prep. The Julie Chen ’87 Scholarship Fund at St. Francis Prep will be a permanent fund whose annual income will provide for grants to be made each year. The first of these awards will be presented to selected students for the 2018-19 school year.
On Tuesday afternoon, December 19, Prep had a special visit from Julie Chen, Class of 1987 and CBS television host of the popular programs Big Brother and The Talk. Julie was filming a special personal interview session with NY1 and their weekly program Spotlight NY and she requested that the filming take place at St. Francis Prep.
NEW SCIENCE LABS/CLASSROOMS
NEW ATHLETIC TRAINING CENTER
as well as a new dance studio and renovated student athletic locker rooms. The Campaign for St. Francis Prep: The Next 150 (Stage Two of our Capital Campaign that benefits this Modernization Program) will continue through 2019, turning soon to the entire Prep community (alumni, parents, friends) to help achieve our goals.
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A Message from Brother Robert Kent, O.S.F., Alumni Director Dear Alumni and Friends, Unfortunately, we must begin our annual Grad News on a sad and somber note, announcing the passing of iconic and legendary basketball coach, Tim Leary ‘63. Tim’s career as Terrier head coach spanned 43 years, and during that extensive period he succeeded in winning a total of 646 games, a truly remarkable accomplishment. He held the records for the seventh most wins in New York state history and second most wins all-time in the city’s Catholic League, just behind Jack Curran of Archbishop Molloy. Sal Fischetti paid Tim Leary the ultimate compliment when he proclaimed: “You can talk about legendary coaches – there are a lot of them – but he definitely has to be on the top of the list in terms of the best high school coaches around.” Needless to say, Tim Leary had many things of which to be proud in his long career as player, coach, teacher, husband, parent, and grandparent. Let us salute and acknowledge a man who will always be remembered and revered through the years by the Prep Community as a true Franciscan. May he rest in peace! Several weeks ago, the Class of 2018 joined the alumni ranks of St. Francis Prep. Not only did 100% of our seniors graduate in June, but also 99.3% of them will attend a college of their choice in the fall. Members of the Class of 2018 have been accepted to more than 350 colleges and universities, including Notre Dame, Harvard, UPenn, Cornell, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, Macauley Honors at CUNY, and many other prestigious institutions. They have been offered over $150 million in college merit scholarships over the next four years. The accomplishments of all our fine students could never have happened 32 St. Francis Preparatory School
without the dedication and expertise of the faculty and administration as well as your unwavering support.
Award for her 25 years of service was presented to Kathleen Carroll and to John Guilfoyle for his 50 years of service. (See photos on the right hand side of this page.)
Please make no mistake that it is your generosity and concern that will help to ensure that the Franciscan Spirit will forever burn brightly in our students and help them become the future outstanding leaders of tomorrow.
In addition, Brother Leonard and I were honored and humbled to be recognized on the occasion of our 50th Anniversary as Franciscan Brothers.
For more than 159 years, St. Francis Prep has remained true to the Franciscan tradition of peace, love, and respect for the individual, community, and environment, making these traditions the fundamental building blocks upon which a strong institution can endure in the contemporary world. Throughout its history the abilities and talents of the Prep students have been nurtured and strengthened in an environment centered on academic excellence and the teachings of Jesus Christ. The total interactive academic, spiritual, and social component parts that define the environment have been handed down as a legacy from its very beginning in 1858. The Class of 2018 will depart from within these walls and take with them the interior spirit of this tradition as an integral part of their lives in future years. It will help them to cope with all the challenges they will face as they journey forth in the world before them.
I would like to take the time to recognize some special individuals who have made such considerable contributions to our Prep Community and who are now retiring this summer. Let us bid a fond farewell to Andrea Ferranti for her 22 years of service in Programming; Robert Guthenburg for his 42 years of service in the Mathematics Department; and from our English Department Stephen Marino, Ph.D., for his 42 years, Jane Lynch for her 40 years, and Joseph Masselli for his 46 years of service. We also wish to salute George Anne Kotowicz for her 15 years of service in Campus Ministry and Kathy Carroll for her 26 years of service in the Medical Office. All together, this represents a combined total of 233 years of service to the Prep! We salute all of you for your commitment and many years of loyal service. We thank you for the profound impact that you have made on the lives of those in your care. Now it is time to smell the proverbial roses.
On Wednesday, October 4th, we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a liturgy offered by Bishop James Massa. The Canticle Citation was presented to Margarita Argueso and Gerilyn Coccia for their 25 years of service, and to Robert Angeletti, Robyn Armon, Gerard Kruger, Christian Sullivan, and Nancy Williams for their 15 years of service. The President’s
At this juncture, we would like to acknowledge that this year Ann Marie Rich received the faculty/staff Franciscan Spirit Award and Brianna Sheridan ‘18 received the student Franciscan Spirit Award. The Al Powers Student Athlete Award was presented to Matthew O’Donnell ‘18 and the Sheila Barrett Knudsen Student Athlete Award was presented to Sarah Williams ‘18. The
General Excellence Medal was presented to two students: Olivia Morris ‘18 and Chloe Sweeney ‘18. This year’s recipient of Faculty Recognition for Educational Excellence was Melissa Rafferty of the Math Department. Congratulations to all! These award winners truly exemplify the Franciscan ideals in all aspects of their lives. In that very spirit to actively participate in the life of the Prep, we appeal to you to make a firm commitment to support all of our sponsored Prep events. Let us begin with a great turnout for our Homecoming Weekend. This year’s weekend will commence on Thursday, October 18th with our 3-on-3 Hoops Tournament in memory of Jimmy Prendergast ‘79, James Prendergast H ‘11, and Brian O’Connor ‘86. It will continue on Friday, October 19th with the Friends of SFP Football Event at Bourbon Street in Bayside. This will be followed on Saturday, October 20th, with a Day at the Races at Belmont Park in the Turf and Field Club. Finally, on Sunday, October 21st, we will first offer our 5K Run in honor of our September 11th heroes, and then offer our Homecoming Football game against Holy Trinity High School at 1:30 p.m. at Martin Van Buren High School. In all these events, your support and presence will be invaluable, making a clear and powerful statement to all that you care deeply for your alma mater. As we move forward into the next 160 years and welcome our new Frosh, the
Class of 2022, we invite our Alumni, Benefactors, and Friends to be a part of this journey. Leave time in your busy lives to remember your roots and share your lives with us. As the Prep continues to move forward, it will steadfastly remain committed to fostering the intellectual and spiritual development of our students in the Franciscan tradition. Remember that this experience, while made possible for our students through the enthusiastic and dedicated efforts of our outstanding faculty, staff, and administration, can only reach its highest efficacy through your support. As always, I am grateful to members of the Alumni Board for all they have done in the past and will continue to do for St. Francis Prep in the future. May the blessings of St. Francis be with you and your family, now and all the days of your lives. “High school is four years; St. Francis Prep is forever.”
Andrea Ferranti Ms. Andrea Ferranti recently retired as our Director of Programming. Andrea worked at St. Francis Prep in a variety of capacities for many years; she finished her time at St. Francis as the Director of Programming for the past 11 years. "Every year, I was amazed with how efficiently Andrea programmed 2,500 students. In any school that would be an amazing feat. At St. Francis, it is even more impressive given the large number of electives we offer and the rotating schedule. But Andrea always made it work." said Dr. Joseph Castellano, Asst. Principal. Andrea always did her tasks graciously and with a smile. She truly exhibited the Franciscan Spirit in everything she did. We will miss Andrea greatly. Thank you for your many years of good work and service to the St. Francis Prep community. Enjoy your welldeserved retirement. God bless you.
Canticle Citation 25 Years of Service
Margarita Argueso and Gerilyn Coccia
Brother Robert Kent, O.S.F. Alumni Director
Canticle Citation 15 Years of Service
The President’s Award was presented to John Guilfoyle for his 50 years of service and to Kathleen Carroll for her 25 years of service. Pictured above: (l-r) Bro. Christopher Thurneau, O.S.F (Superior General), John Guilfoyle and SFP Principal, Patrick McLaughlin '73. Right: Kathleen Carroll (center) with Bro. Christopher and Patrick McLaughlin.
Kathy Carroll announced her retirement at the end of the school year. SFP School Nurse, Mary Pappas '78 said, "I had the pleasure of working with Kathy for over 10 years in the Nurse's office. She was so reliable and knowledgeable. Kathy was my "Constant North." In our many years together, the nurse's office could be such a whirlwind. She was always there for me to keep things in check; for that I am forever grateful."
Clockwise from top left: Robert Angeletti, Robyn Armon, Christian Sullivan, Nancy Williams, and Gerard Kruger.
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Franciscan Brothers Jubilee Celebration The Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on the occasion of the 70th Jubilee Brother Jude Byrne, O.S.F. 60th Jubilee Brother Labre Tallman, O.S.F. Brother Lawrence Makofske, O.S.F. 50th Jubilee Brother Etienne Jaeckel, O.S.F. Brother Robert Kent, O.S.F. Brother William Boslet, O.S.F. Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F. on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston, NY
Prep Welcomes New School Chaplain Please join us in welcoming our new chaplain, Rev. Ralph Edel. Fr. Ralph comes to us from St. Margaret’s Church in Middle Village and will be residing at Holy Family in Flushing. He grew up in Good Shepherd parish, Marine Park, where he was very involved in ministry. He holds a bachelor’s in philosophy from St. John’s University; a master’s in theology from St. Joseph Seminary and a master of divinity degree and the degree of bachelor of sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Pictured at left: Fr. Ralph and Br. Leonard pose for a photo during a basketball game in the St. Francis Prep gym.
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Vietnam POW reconnects with Hall of Famer Joe Torre, ahead of All-Star Game By Lucas Tomlinson | Fox News It’s been 49 years since Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game was played in the nation’s capital, but even longer since Navy Capt. Richard “Dick” Tangeman (SFP Class of 1958) spoke at length to his childhood classmate from Brooklyn, Hall of Fame New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre. One day before the All-Star Game at Nationals Park (8 p.m. ET Tuesday on Fox), Tangeman and Torre reconnected before a scheduled luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. Tangeman, a Vietnam veteran who endured torture and isolation during five years in captivity as a P.O.W., greeted his old friend by walking over with his hand extended.
Torre, having none of it, gave him a big hug instead.“When I found out you were going to be here, your face stuck out to me because there was a picture [I found] of our grade. It was wild,” Torre said. “Because I’m handsome?” Tangeman quipped. “What else could it be? We went to grade school together,” Torre told his friends. I always felt baseball is the game of life. You play it every day. You have to eliminate highs and lows, and when you fall down, you have to get up and keep moving.’ The two former classmates played baseball together at St. Francis Prep in Brooklyn. Tangeman said his teammate and future Hall of Famer was “always very kind, strong
and quiet.” Tangeman called Torre a “very humble” teammate despite a .752 batting average and 14 homers in only 16 games. Torre would go on to play for 18 seasons in the major leagues beginning at age 19, spending half his playing career as an all-star. He spent another 29 years as a manager, including winning four World Series Championships as Yankees manager. Tangeman took a different path. After high school, he went to college nearby at N.Y.U and later become a naval aviator. Tangeman flew over 40 combat missions from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise into North Vietnam. On May 5th, 1968, Tangeman’s RA-5C Vigilante reconnaissance jet was shot down by anti-aircraft fire 200 miles south of Hanoi in Ha Tinh Province near the border with Laos. Tangeman, the 25-year-old navigator, ejected along with the pilot, Lt. Giles Norrington. Both would survive and become prisoners of war. Tangeman’s wife Lori said her husband had already been accepted to medical school at the University of Florida and had extended his time onboard Enterprise when he was shot down. Tangeman said after parachuting down, he was marched for 13 days north to Hanoi, the beginning of nearly five years in captivity, including time spent at the notorious Hanoi Hilton. Tangeman credits his years playing baseball to helping him survive repeated torture. “You need resilience, sharp leaders,” Tangeman told Fox News. “No matter what happens, come back fighting just as hard the next day. It’s like you lost the game before and then you come back tomorrow.” In 1969, the North Vietnamese allowed their American prisoners to attend Christmas Mass, Tangeman recalled. Despite fearing special treatment, a violation of the U.S. military’s Code of Conduct, which instructs prisoners to accept “neither parole nor special favors from the enemy,” Tangeman attended the service in order to learn the names of other P.O.Ws.
“They lost complete control at communion time because Catholics are used to running to the rail for communion, and there, we exchanged names.” Tangeman says his faith in God kept him alive. “I said prayers all the time,” he recalled. Tangeman also credits his fellow prisoners, many with advanced degrees, for sharing their expertise. During this period, he was completely isolated from news of back home, including his childhood friend’s success. Asked if he knew Joe Torre won the National League’s MVP award in 1971, Tangeman replied, “I didn’t know for a while that we were on the moon.” In 1973, nearly 600 American P.O.W.s returned home from Vietnam. Major League Baseball presented each with a “golden ticket” to see any regular season game in any stadium across the United States (including a guest) free of charge—with no expiration date. “It was great. It was a shock. It even came in a nice leather case,” said Tangeman. Tangeman used the pass to reconnect with his young son, Derek, born before Tangeman deployed to Vietnam. “We used to drive three hours down to Atlanta and go to see the games,” Tangeman recalled. While catching up with his old classmate from Brooklyn, Torre was asked why baseball brings people together. “I always felt baseball is the game of life,” Torre said. “You play it every day. You have to eliminate highs and lows, and when you fall down, you have to get up and keep moving.”
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Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade Honors Bro. Campion Lally, O.S.F., SFP Class of 1955
Coach Jim McHugh H’92 and a "Reunion" of Track & Field/ Cross Country Alumni
On Saturday, October 7, 2017, Manhattan College Track and Field and Cross Country reunited with former teammates and coaches for a Mass, Reunion Celebration, and Dinner honoring Coach Jim McHugh. Many people spoke of his positive impact on their lives not only on their athletic experience.
Jim with all the Manhattan College Track Coaches and the present Athletic Director. Pictured (l to r) is Joe Ryan (Associate Coach - Hurdles and Sprints), Lindy Remigino (Olympic 100 Meter Champion 1952 and USA National Track & Field Hall of Fame), Kerri Gallagher (Head Coach - Cross Country, Middle Distance and Distance), Marianne Reilly (Athletic Director), Fred Dwyer (former Coach), Dante Mecca (Head Coach - Track and Field)
Bro. Campion Lally, O.S.F. ‘55 was a Deputy Marshal at the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade. As the Franciscan Brothers celebrate 160 years of service and continue to minister to modern day immigrants, we salute Brother Campion for his service to God's people. He is pictured above with Maria Moloney, a fellow parade Deputy Marshal. Brother Campion currently serves the Franciscan Brothers as Business Manager and a member of the Congregational Finance Committee. He has also served as a member of the SFP Alumni Board since 1976.
Dick Brimley MC’61, Tom Greene MC ‘61, Bob O’Brien MC ‘61, Dennis Healy MC ‘62, Ed Kennedy MC ‘61 - SFP ‘57 , Glen Shane SJU ‘62, Joe Armstead MC ‘62 - SFP ‘58 and Les Pinder SFP ‘59.
Bob Torre '61 Reminisces about "SFP Brooklyn Days" Bob Torre often tells the story of how he went from Bensonhurst to Lynbrook to Williamsburgh and St. Francis Prep. Recently he shared this anecdote about how he came to lead the Bergen County Pipes and Drums in NYC's St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2012. "I first marched in the St. Patrick’s Parade in 1958 at the Prep, then with the army reserves, the 42nd Division, 69th Infantry (also known as 'The Fighting 69th')." And 54 years later he was back. Pictured on the left: Bob marching in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral at the parade.
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Tim Leary, Class of 1963
After a battle with cancer, the Prep lost another legend on February 13, 2018--one year after he coached his final home game. For 43 years, Coach Leary was on the sidelines and had amassed a staggering 646 victories — the second-most among Catholic school coaches and seventh-most among all coaches, public or private, in state history.
Ed Woods ‘73 enjoyed a long career in Information Technology in the Financial Services sector before returning to St. Francis Prep to teach Math in 2009. Within a year’s time, he jumped back into a role he was familiar with: serving as the Director of Information Technology, where he oversaw the school’s student information system and overall technology infrastructure. Ed also administered the emergency phone broadcast message system. He was appreciated by students and faculty because it was his voice we all heard announcing snow related school closings! Ed also coached both the Boys and Girls Track Team at different points in his tenure. This June, Ed retired from Prep, but won’t be idle. An avid runner and outdoors-man, he’s looking forward to spending more time traveling and hiking mountain trails (both near and far) with his wife, Maura, and four adult children.
Jodi Passarella Madden ‘77 and Mike Madden '77 Put their Franciscan Values into Action
As a player, he helped lead the Terriers to the 1963 Catholic High School Athletic Association city championship game, losing to Power Memorial and star Lew Alcindor — who would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. A few years later, Leary was hired by SFP to coach not just the junior varsity basketball team, but varsity baseball as well. Over 10 years on the diamond, Leary his teams won 199 games, five Queens titles and a city championship. In 1973, Tim was appointed the varsity basketball head coaching position, where he quickly earned a reputation for his acumen and his devotion to his players and fellow coaches. In 1992 Coach Leary “avenged his loss” in the city title game, and delivered St. Francis Prep its first CHSAA championship in 35 years. Upon his retirement last February, Prep honored him with a lengthy ceremony before his final home game. Dozens of former players, parents and local basketball fans returned to pay tribute to this beloved man and coach. Coach Leary was also a teacher and administrator for 30 years. He was the proud father of Kristen (Dan), Brian (Dorothy), Tara (Tori), and Timothy (Kelli); grandfather, of Rebecca, Daniel, Aidan, Jack, Grace, Mairead and Tatum; brother of Billy, Kevin and Danny Leary and a devoted husband to his late wife, Claudia.
For nearly 40 years Jodi Passarella Madden '77 has worked for the global biopharmaceutical company, Bristol-Myers Squibb. As the assistant corporate secretary to the board of directors, Jodi has many high-level responsibilities including facilitating meetings around the world and across many time zones. For the better part of a year, the company has been relocating employees in its NYC headquarters. As in many instances, it's cheaper to buy something new than pay a moving company. With the company's permission, Jodi and Mike devoted hundreds of hours of their personal time to collect, box up and identify organizations to accept the "re-purposed" office supplies which were left behind. If not for their efforts (and the company's generosity) these supplies would have ended up in a landfill. Instead, the Maddens shipped out hundreds of boxes of supplies to many deserving non-profit organizations and needy schools. SFP and some of our local Catholic grammar schools were the beneficiaries too! We are grateful to Jodi and Mike, as well as the members of the SFP Campus Ministry team and the SFP staff members who assisted in picking up, sorting and re-distributing these supplies. You all played a role in helping some organizations with tight budgets and, more importantly, prevented these items from unnecessarily adding to the landfill. That's an example of living out two Franciscan values: "Living Lovingly" and "Care for Creation". Grad News • Summer/Fall 2018 37
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Gerry Hevern ‘68 Named 2018 Family Physician of the Year Dr. Gerry Hevern, a Terrier Football standout has distinguished himself by adhering to the Franciscan values imparted at the Prep. The American Academy of Family Physicians awarded its highest honor to Gerard J. Hevern, MD, FAAFP, of Suncook, New Hampshire. Hevern was named the AAFP’s national 2018 Family Physician of the Year, which honors one outstanding American family physician who provides patients with compassionate, comprehensive care, and serves as a role model in his or her community and to other health professionals. (Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 131,400 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.) As the United States finds itself amid an opioid crisis, Hevern’s unique combination of excellence and experience as a family physician, an addiction specialist, and a pain management specialist make him an ideal and timely recipient for this year’s award, which he accepted during the AAFP’s annual meeting, the Family Medicine Experience.
member of the Manchester Cooperative Pain and Opioid Project, a joint effort by local hospitals, health care systems and physicians to effectively deal with the surge in overdoses, emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths due to the community’s opioid crisis. In addition, Hevern lectures at local and regional high schools, colleges and universities about substance abuse issues, and appears on local television programs to discuss prescription drug and alcohol abuse. Hevern also has long dedicated himself to helping children. He was a leader with the New Hampshire Youth Advocacy Project, where he provided education to foster parents about caring for children at risk for substance use disorders. As chairman of the medical advisory committee to the New Hampshire Easter Seals affiliate, he worked diligently to assist children with disabilities and special needs. Hevern currently serves on the board of directors for the Thompson Island Outward Bound School in Boston.
For nearly four decades, Hevern has practiced the full scope of family medicine in a medically underserved community of 5,000 people in southern New Hampshire. It is here that he continues to provide the full spectrum of care ranging from obstetrics to pediatrics Pictured with his lifelong friends and Terrier alumni (l-r): Patrick to hospital care and nursing home Diamond ‘68, Eddie Jenkins ‘68, Gerry Hevern ‘68, Paul Iacullo ‘68 care of his patients as part of the and Michael Grappone ‘68 Elliot Physician Network. Hevern recognized very early in his career the integral role of family physicians in treating chronic pain and substance use disorders. Since 2008, he has served as medical director of comprehensive pain management at the Elliot Hospital Pain Management Center at River’s Edge in neighboring Manchester, New Hampshire, where he employs a comprehensive treatment approach to help high-risk patients who suffer from chronic pain syndrome and addiction. Previously, Hevern served as medical director at Riverway Center for Recovery at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, where he helped develop a medical detoxification program for individuals voluntarily requesting safe detoxification from alcohol and drugs. He also served as medical director of CareUnit at Lakeshore Hospital in Manchester, where he implemented a substance abuse treatment model for the chemical dependency unit of the freestanding psychiatric hospital. And, from 1979 to 1985, he worked as a staff physician in the alcohol treatment unit of Catholic Medical Center, where he provided medical management and gave educational talks to people voluntarily admitted for help with their addiction. Hevern’s commitment to health and well-being extends beyond his practice to his community and elsewhere. He currently serves as a
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Hevern lectures extensively throughout New England to audiences of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, addiction specialists, students, law enforcement and people in recovery on a variety of topics, including prescription drug misuse in the elderly, opioid and heroin withdrawal, addiction pharmacology, America’s fascination with drugs, and multi-drug overdose, to name only a few.
Hevern earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in social relations (cum laude) from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his medical degree from the State University of New York in Stony Brook. He began his family medicine residency at the University of Western Ontario, St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario, Canada, and finished at the State University of New York’s family medicine residency program at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. He has earned many certifications related to pain and addiction medicine. Hevern is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education. Gerry has been an active and generous supporter of St. Francis Prep and it’s Greater Boston Area Alumni Chapter! In 2011 he was inducted into the SFP Hall of Fame. In 2014 he was inducted into the Inaugural Class of the St. Francis Prep Red & Blue Terrier Ring of Honor. Congratulations, Gerry! Your life’s work is a fine reflection upon our patron, Saint Francis and serves to enhance the fine reputation of the Prep!
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Franco Sagliocca ‘83 Earns Leadership Award at the Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) Summit Franco Sagliocca ‘83 was presented with the Supply Chain Leadership award at the Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) Summit in May 2018. Every year, GHX recognizes an elite group of its customers through our GHXcellence Awards. The goal of the awards is to recognize individuals for their exceptional achievements in cutting healthcare costs by working with GHX to automate purchase orders and invoices, take control of contract spending, and increase electronic connections to trading partners. The presentation took place at the 2018 Healthcare Supply Chain Summit. Congratulations, Franco!
Family, Friends and Teammates Gather at Prep to Honor the Memory of Brian O’Connor ‘86 at Pre-Game Ceremony SFP hosted a pre-game ceremony retiring the basketball jersey of Brian O’Connor ‘86 on Friday February 2nd before the Boys Varsity Basketball game vs. Holy Cross. A reception followed after the game and all of Brian’s family members, teammates, classmates and friends were invited. Brian O’Connor was an incredible father/husband/brother/son/friend to so many people for so long. Those who have had the privilege to know him were the better for it. Brian exemplified the qualities that we all admire; strength, kindness, loyalty, determination, and of course, humor. Brian passed away in March 2017 at the age of 48 after fighting a long battle with Cancer. He is survived by his wife, Trisha and their three children; Nicole, Stephanie and Ryan. Pictured below: SFP Principal, Patrick McLaughlin ‘73, speaks to a standing-room only audience. Inset: Brian O’Connor, San Fran Yearbook photo.
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Christine Kelly ‘86 and Mark Smimmo ‘86 Reconnect and Marry 30 Years After Graduation Christine Kelly and Mark Smimmo from the SFP Class of 1986 were married on April 7th. The wonderful story that follows (as told by Mark) vividly illustrates why we say, “High school is four years, but St. Francis Prep is forever.”
We first “met” so to speak on “The REAL SFP Class of 1986!!!” Facebook page. Christine, living in Chandler, Arizona made a post on questioning the name of a former typing teacher at the Prep. I live in Maspeth, Queens and joined in on the comments and she recognized my last name as she knew someone with this unique name of “Smimmo”. So she messaged me asking me if I was related to them, and ironically I was! That got us talking and we realized that while we didn’t know each other in Prep (although I do remember her big hair), we did have many mutual friends. Some of these friends were from the Catholic grammar schools we attended. Christine attended Our Lady of Lourdes in Queens Village and I attended Our Lady of Hope in Middle Village. Friends included Janine Kelly, Ellen Reilly, Natalie Giarraputo, Bernadette Kamin, Linda Schifano, Joy Tumang, Johnny Santana, Leslie Orlovsky and Jim Cunningham. We continued to text from that day in November 2016 and then later we got to talking on the phone. The three hour time difference worked perfectly to allow us to
The Class of 1986 showed their love and support for Chrstine and Mark. Front row: Anne LaCascia Seifried, Christina Olson Miller. Middle row: Claudine Natale O’Neill, Janine Kelly-Salerno, Lisa Kowalinski Sanford, Joy Tumang, Johnny Santana Back row: Annie Tom, Anissa Picarella Mckechnie, Linda Donovan, Doris Milevo, Elizabeth Queren, Christine Kelly-Smimmo, Mark Smimmo, Fr. Jim Cunningham, Linda Schifano Mauro, Natalie Giarraputo Hammersley, Ron Alama, Leslie Orlovsky Hoover, Steven Guglielmo. Photo credit: Focco Visual
talk as Christine drove home from work each night. One day Christine told me about a beautiful place she had once visited called White Sands, New Mexico. I told her I had always wanted to visit that state so we made plans for me to visit her in Arizona in March 2017 with a road trip to White Sands included. On that trip we watched the first of our “Arizona Sunsets”. From there our love bloomed so naturally I visited Arizona a few more times. In July of 2017 Christine moved back to New York and in November we were engaged to be married. We announced that on our
class page and Johnny Santana, class of ‘86 mentioned that Jim Cunningham from our class was a priest. We decided to reach out to Fr. Jim, currently an Associate Pastor at St. Francis de Sales in Belle Harbor and he offered to unite us in Holy Matrimony. Many thanks to Doris Milevo ‘86 for creating the Prep Facebook page that brought us together, Lisa Kowalinksi ’86 who helped tremendously with our ceremony & reception design, and to Fr. Jim who made us Husband and Wife.
Jacqueline Guenego '84 Elected to Town Council in Haworth, N.J. On Sunday, January 7th SFP Class of 1984 alumna, Jacqueline Guenego was sworn in as Town Councilwoman in Haworth, NJ (Bergen County). After graduating from St. Francis Prep, Jackie went on to study at Queens College, graduating magna cum laude in 1988. She went on to Fordham University Law School where she earned her J.D. and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1994. Over the years Jackie has been an active community volunteer and operated her own business. Pictured: Jackie's swearing-in ceremony. She is pictured with her husband, Michael Devlin; her mother, Laura and her daughter. (Her son was away at college and missing from the photo!) Congratulations Jackie! 40 St. Francis Preparatory School
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Kelly Fitzpatrick-Mullahy ‘91 Inducted into the GCHSAA Hall of Fame Congratulations to Kelly Fitzpatrick-Mullahy! She was inducted into the Girls Catholic High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame on April 19, 2018 at a ceremony at Russo’s on the Bay, Howard Beach. As a Prep student athlete she excelled as a basketball player and as a member of the cross country and track and field teams. Kelly earned three varsity letters with basketball and ten varsity letters in cross country and track & field. She was selected First team All-City and First team All Brooklyn/Queens and was a 1,000 point scorer in basketball. Kelly was also selected First Team All Brooklyn/Queens in Cross Country and Track & Field twice for the 800 meter run and high jump! After graduating from Prep, she attended Fordham University on a basketball scholarship and was part of the 1993-94 team that appeared in the NCAA Tournament. She played international professional basketball and is currently the Director of International Partnerships and Strategy at WWE. Kelly is married to Brendan Mullahy '91, a Prep classmate and they have three wonderful children!
Pictured Top Left (l-r): Denise Hillig, GCHSAA-President; Kelly Fitzpatrick-Mullahy ‘91 and Sal Fischetti ‘83, GCHSAA Treasurer. Top right (l-r): Kelly, husband Brendan Mullahy ‘91, and their three children. Bottom left (l-r): Jeanne Fitzpatrick ‘83, Kevin Fitzpatrick ‘85 and Kelly Fitzpatrick-Mullahy '91
Jack Allen '93 and Fr. Bill Sweeney H '03 Serve as Deputy Grand Marshals in rd 43 Annual Rockaway St. Patrick's Day Parade In honor of their exemplary leadership roles and positive impact in the Rockway communities, the 43rd Annual Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee chose a great group of honorees to serve as Deputy Grand Marshals this year. Among them were two folks with ties to St. Francis Prep: Father Bill Sweeney H'03 (our former school Chaplain who is currently as the Pastor at St. Francis de Sales) and Jack Allen, SFP Class of 1993. Jack is a Major and Commanding Officer for the New York County Criminal Court. The honorees were celebrated at the Gala Installation Ball on February 17th. Congratulations Bill and Jack!! Grad News • Summer/Fall 2018 41
SFP Class of 1991's John Aherne, OFM, was ordained to the priesthood on June 23 at St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street. John, joined Holy Name Province’s postulancy program in 2010 and professed his first vows in 2012. Over the last few years, he has ministered at Sacred Heart Parish in Tampa, Fla., and at St. Anthony Shrine, in Boston, and he has worked with various communities — veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center, persons with intellectual disabilities and the poor. He professed solemn vows in August 2016 and in June 2017, he was ordained a transitional deacon. Before joining Holy Name Province, he worked at several publishing companies and also ran a small dancing school. John, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English from NYU and is a certified Irish dance teacher, lives in Chicago, where he is finishing studies at Catholic Theological Union for a Master of Divinity degree. “I have always felt called to the priesthood... I can think of no better way to serve God than to be present with people at these moments of life and share the sacraments with them,” said John, adding that “being able to celebrate the sacraments with people strikes me as a tremendous privilege.” Jack’s first job after graduating from St.
The George Dillman ‘00 Memorial Scholarship Fund George Dillman, SFP Class of 2000, was an employee of Con Edison performing routine electrical maintenance work when he was killed in a job related accident in 2008. His colleagues at Con Ed, together with friends and family members, organized an annual golf outing in his memory. Each year the event proceeds, along with other donations, are directed to the George Dillman ‘00 Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Prep. The May 2018 outing held at Douglaston Golf Course raised $8,000 for the fund and this will be “matched” by Con Edison.
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Keith Powers ‘01 won the Democratic nomination for New York City Council District 4 and went on to win the general election and took the place of Councilman Dan Garodnick on January 1, 2018. Keith received his B.A. in political science from the University of Dayton in 2005 and his M.A. in political science from the City College of New York Graduate Center in 2013. From November 2006 to January 2011, Powers served as the Chief of Staff for New York State Assembly member Johnathan Bing. He worked as the Campaign Manager for New York State Senator Liz Krueger during her 2006 campaign. Since January 2011 he has served as the Chair of the Business Affairs Committee of Community Board Six. From January 2011 to the start of his campaign in April 2017, he was the Vice President of Constantinople & Vallone Consulting, a government relations consulting firm. Congratulations, Keith!
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Pictured: Bill Gallow of Con Edison (center); SFP Alumni Director, Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F. (right); SFP Director of Development, Robert Angeletti (left); Inset: George’s Class of 2000 graduation photo.
Markos Papadatos ‘03 was inducted into the Hellenic News Hall of Fame which honors Greek-Americans. On November 12, 2017, the acclaimed journalist and editor was honored at their GALA awards ceremony which was held at The Merion in Cinnaminson, NJ. The Hellenic News of America is one of the country’s largest bilingual Greek-American newspaper and online publications. Markos proudly included a mention of the great education received at Prep in his acceptance remarks. In an email message to Patrick McLaughlin, and Dr. Joe Castellano Prep's Principal and Assistant Principal respectively, he said, “It all started in SFP! Thank you both for your support for the past 17 years since I was a student.” Congratulations, Markos!
Terrier Athletics Season Round-Up
Boys Basketball Brooklyn/Queens Division 1 5th Place Play-offs - Quarterfinalist
Christian Guthenberg ‘18 said it was a really interesting experience seeing his grandfather (Mr. Bob Guthenberg) in school everyday. What makes it even sweeter is the fact that he graduated at the same time his grandfather retired (after 42 years of teaching math). Bro. Robert Kent (a friend and former colleague in the Math Department) joked, “What is the probability that a faculty member would retire at the same time his grandson graduates?” The media picked up on the story's "poetic value" because Bob taught statistics! Christian joins the "Guthenberg Prep family" consisting of Michael '94, Christina '98, Ann '01 (RIP), and Kathleen '03! Christian will be studying at St. John's University. Congratulations to Christian and Bob!
Girls Basketball Brooklyn/Queens Division 1 3rd Place Play-off - Finalist Baseball Brooklyn/Queens • 3rd Place Intersectional Play-offs 2nd round Bowling Varsity 5th Place Football AA Division Semi-Finalist Golf A Division 1st Place City Play-off - Quarterfinalist Handball 2018 City Champs Hockey B Division -2nd Place Play-off-Semifinalist
Terrier Basketball’s Emily Engstler ‘18 Commits to the Syracuse Orange
After the last class bell sounded on October 19th, throngs of students poured into the Prep’s gym. There was a palpable buzz of excitement as a crowd of more than 100 friends, classmates, teammates, coaches and family stood in excited anticipation of learning what the athletic and academic future of Emily Engstler ’18 would hold. Engstler, the 6-foot-2 senior at St. Francis Prep has racked up scores of Division I offers, including her top three -- Syracuse, Ohio State and Miami. She is recognized as one of the most versatile prospects in the 2018 class. Congratulations, Emily!
Girls Lacrosse B Division – 5th Place Boys Soccer Brooklyn/Queens Division 1 1st Place 2017 City Semi-Finalist
Girls Soccer Division 2 – 2nd Place Play-off - Finalist Softball Division 2nd Place Diocesan Finalist Boys Swimming Division 1 - 4th Place Girls Swimming Division 1 - 4th Place Girls Tennis 2017 Nassau/Suffolk League Champs Boys Tennis A Division 3rd Place Boys Track & Field Brooklyn/Queens 2nd Place Girls Track & Field Brooklyn/Queens Outdoor Champions 2018 Boys Volleyball Division 1 – 2nd Place Play-off Finalist Girls Volleyball 2017 Brooklyn/Queens Finalist
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The retirement of a special teacher/coach/staff member is watershed event for a generation of students. We associate our favorite teachers with the excitement of our youth—a time when the days of each year were only structured from September until June. They provided us with understanding, affirmation and inspiration to become who we are today. They instilled the joy of learning and faith in us. They helped shape our lives. This year is unique in that we celebrate the culmination of the careers of these four esteemed, veteran faculty and staff members whose combined length of service is 182 years. Each brought their own very unique style and personality to the Prep community. We wish them a fond farewell and look forward to keeping up with them at alumni reunions and through social media. Their individual legacies are far too complex to be expressed in a short biographical sketch. Therefore, we thought that it would be far more meaningful to share “your words” — some of the comments from the retirement announcements that were posted on the St. Francis Preparatory School Facebook page. These are by far the most reflective and genuine! The following are a mere sample of the hundreds of heartfelt sentiments that were posted on our Facebook page. You can scroll through them, add your own reflection and share them with friends at: https://www.facebook.com/st.francispreparatoryschool To each of you we say, “Thanks for the memories and congratulations on your retirment!”
Alumni Tributes to our Retirees MR. BOB GUTHENBERG • Began Teaching Math at SFP in 1976 Pat Cedat '11 Had him for Calculus Honors. He is a LEGEND!!!!! Best of luck Mr. G! Thank-you for being a fantastic role model to sooooo many of us students who dream to be half as great as you, including myself!! You set such a milestone achievement and I’m so grateful and honored to have been one of your students #Classof2011 Caroline Furmanski '10 Congratulations Mr. G. Homeroom was great thanks to you. You made understanding math much easier. Thanks for those short tutoring sessions during homeroom!! Suzanne Clay-Pechtol '80 Learned so much in his class. Breezed through many college math courses because of what he taught me. Long and happy retirement! Andrea Rose '95 So many memories! And not all involving a TI 82! A wonderful educator- one who influenced my decision to become a teacher. And a cool one at that! Be smart. Be kind. Be funny. Care. Congratulations on your retirement! Andrea (Bellinger) ‘95
Debbie Paralemos Kaloudis '82 Had Mr. G for Calculus. Great teacher! That was 36 years ago and I still remember how he inspired students Ann Hefferon Kilcarr '88 Mr G was the absolute best Homeroom teacher and Math teacher! Congratulations, you will be missed! Kerri Jannotte-Hinkley '88 Mr. G was my homeroom teacher for 4 years and we adored him. Congratulations Mr. G you've earned some time off! Al Herman '85 Congratulations! Loved your stats class and your WLIR stories! Shannon Stevens '11 Congrats Mr. Guthenburg!!! A great teacher and most importantly, truly kind man! Joyce Morris Sheridan '79 Congratulations, Mr. Guthenberg! What an AWESOME Math teacher...He was the best Calculus teacher and I enjoyed every minute in his class when I was a Senior ‘78-’79!!! Because of him, I majored in Math in SJU!!!
MS. JANE LYNCH • Began Teaching English at SFP in 1978 Gisela Claveria '11 When I hear Beowulf (and Canterbury Tales) I think of Mrs. Barricelli.. I still remember her JOY emanating as she read passages to us. And though I understood almost NOTHING of it (at the time), her love of what she taught helped me develop a greater appreciation for it. Thank you!
Lisa Schulz '90 I had her for Freshman and Sophomore year. She started the trend of amazing English teachers I had at the Prep. Nothing made me happier than when I got my sophomore schedule and saw that I had her again.
Suzanne Elaine Schimatz '93 Thank you so much Jane Lynch Barricelli for being one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, and for being a sweet, kind caring person who so obviously truly loved teaching..... and all of us. You treated your students like we were your own kids- and you were exactly the kind of teacher we would all hope and expect to find in a Catholic school. A lot of students got through freshman year because of your kindness and empathy and I hope you know how much that will always be remembered and appreciated. I STILL have my red British lit textbook from sophomore year. Wishing you a truly happy and very deserved retirement!!
James Patrick Abulencia '93All the best as you move on from The Prep. You were my favorite English teacher (happily had you twice). I still read the Science Times to improve my vocabulary, and try to use juxtaposition, ennui, and onomatopoeia as my lucky words. Richard Rojas Jr. '16 She is an amazing teacher and I’m glad to have met her before I graduated. She gave me some wise advice heading into college, wish her all the best.
Michelle Khine '94 Congrats! Thank you for being such an inspiring teacher! You brought such joy to your classroom, it’s impossible to think about you and not smile.
Jessica Schatz Brennan '95 Such a great teacher!!! Still love the Science Times and world literature thanks to you! Happy retirement. You made such an impact.
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Helmut Kump '83 Thank you Jane Lynch Barricelli! You were a great teacher and had the best Eliza Doolittle accent that I have ever heard before or since 1980!
DR. STEPHEN MARINO '71 • Began teaching English at SFP in 1976 Veronica Chavez Lancin '96 Amo, Amas.... H period Latin by Dr. Marino was classic! Thank you for sharing your love of Latin & the English language. Wishing you an amazing retirement & thank you for great memories. FYI- I still have my Latin book from your class on my bookshelf.
Jill Svendsen Manning '93 I’ll never forget your lip sync of Love Shack at the Dance-a-thon back in 1990. You were a wonderful teacher and I was fortunate to have you for one week in Freshman year( schedule change) and then for honors English Junior year. Enjoy every minute of your retirement, God Bless!!
Marc Toulon '85 One of few teachers at Prep who understood, identified with and shared my love of the B-52’s! God Bless Mr. Marino and wishing you all the best in retirement. I’m proud to be 1 of many students you influenced over your long and prosperous career! You were loved by many in “my time” and I’m sure that has and will continue! SFP is losing a great educator! - Marc Toulon, Class of ‘85.
Mary Jane Nathan Hart '89 Congratulations, Mr. Marino! I will always remember all the hours the yearbook crew spent listening to WLIR with you while cropping photos and drawing layouts on carbon forms. Best wishes in your retirement !
Daniel Ryan '86 Congratulations on an unbelievable career and your retirement. Class of ‘86 and greatest class of your many years there. As a teacher you don’t always know the students you have made an impression on. I was probably one of those. I hated English class and reading until I took your class. You were def one of my favorite teachers. You treated us like young adults ‘even when we didn’t act like them’. I hope your next chapter is as rewarding as your first was. God Bless!
Jill Cirino Seyfert '80 I remember when Mr. Marino first began teaching at Prep and taking over the Alvernians with Sister Louise. I was in the first production, Cheaper by the Dozen, followed by Our Town and then Father of the Bride. What a fun experience with many wonderful memories with many classmates. Mr. Marino, thank you for your passion, patience, and dreams. Enjoy!
MR. JOSEPH MASSELLI • Began teaching English at SFP in 1972 Anthony Lamonaca '79 Congratulations Mr. Masselli. My memories of Mr. Masselli are all from a championship season of varsity baseball years ago. It was my senior year and Mr. Masselli’s first season assisting with whatever needed to get done to help us all succeed. As unofficial team photographer he expertly chronicled in pictures our ups and downs. His fiery leadership will never be forgotten. Thank you for all you’ve given to the students and faculty of St. Francis. Roy Pastor '75 Mr. Masselli - I graduated in 1975 and I can still picture you and hear you reading Shakespeare to the class. Your passion and obvious love of teaching was inspirational. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being my teacher. Edward Conlon '96 Catch-22, Moby Dick, Streetcar Named Desire - no better steward than you through these classics, Mr. Masselli. Thanks for making it so fun and making your classroom an oasis for us. All the best to you.
Victoria Girardin '14 The absolute best. The way he taught A Streetcar Named Desire made it my favorite piece of writing to this day five years later. His teaching was one of the reasons I decided to become a teacher myself. Thanks Mr. Masselli! John Mullahy '89 I recall his genuine passion and his love of literature; his exposing us to great works and simplifying complex themes; his emphasizing “the White Whale” and “Gloucester”; his advising of the chapters in “Moby-Dick” to skim and the dialogue in “Emma” to skip; and his requiring us to work really hard to get a 49/50 on his quizzes and tests. Thanks for being one of my favorite teachers! Gwendolyn Herrarte Rodriguez '92 “CALL ME ISHMAEL!” I will never forget reading Moby Dick in your class and your passion for teaching. God bless you and enjoy your retirement! Class of ‘92
MRS. GEORGE ANNE KOTOWICZ • Began her Ministry at SFP in 2003 Monique Atherley '04 I can never thank God enough for the life, energy, compassion, and ministry of George Anne Munro Kotowicz! I’ll never forget when Sr. Diane left, and everyone was so concerned about who was going to come in and fill her shoes. But by the grace of God it was Mrs. K. And she came in ready to shake the Holy Spirit back into the community; and she did! Her efforts to increase the impact of the music ministries, overall religious education, and the mindfulness of how we are walking, living, and serving Christ have had an indelible mark on the St. Francis Prep community. Michaela Lammens '15 Mrs. K will always have a special place in my heart. Truly helped make St. Francis Prep a wonderful place and a great 4 years for me. Thank you for everything! Enjoy your retirement! Krista Buccellato Mrs. K!! You are the absolute best... I can’t even begin to tell you how you shaped my life. Sending you all the love as you move on to this next great adventure.
Lina Baiardi Lodico'91 All the best to Mrs.K who has been a blessing to my daughters at SFP as well as my wonderful 8th grade teacher! We will deeply miss her and can’t wait to hear how much she enjoys her retirement!! She truly deserves it! Kristen Nicole One of the most beautiful souls at SFP! Her enthusiasm and joy is truly contagious and I am so lucky to have had her support all throughout and after my years at Prep. Love you so much Mrs. K happy retirement !!! Jessica Diaz '14 So happy I got to know Mrs. K during my time at prep. She is such an amazing woman with a beautiful voice and big heart. May the Lord guide you and bless you. I hope you enjoy your retirement ! Loretta Horvath Del Vecchio (past parent) Congratulations Mrs. K~ Wishing you all the very best for a long, healthy & happy retirement. Your goodness and faith has touched the lives of so many. I am glad my daughters were an integral part of your dedicated service at SFP. Thank you for being such an inspiration!️ We are sorry to see you go. Pray~ Live~ Love~ Laugh
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In Memoriam Alumni
John J. Ryan ‘42 John E. Ambery, Jr. ‘50 Richard J. Witt ‘50 John DeRiso ‘52 Louis E. Marino, Sr. '52 Emanuel B. Congedo '54 Edward C. Ehrenberg ‘54 John "Jack" Monaghan '54 John F. Gangemi ‘56 Harold F. Kelly ‘56
Thomas R. Forge ‘58 Thomas M. Gowrie ‘58 Coach Tim Leary ‘63 Louis Savery ‘63 Thomas Zinkand ‘63 Thomas Knabe ‘65 Marty Meaney ‘71 John Owens ‘71 Michael J. Gorman ‘74 Fr. Thomas D’Angelo ‘76
Maureen Gottimer ‘76 Bruce M. Kotzky ‘76 Robert A. Prior ‘76 Donald A. Markowski ‘78 Jean F. Coppola ‘82 Arecyrios Getsios ‘82 Elise A. DeMasters ‘83 Louis A. Ramos ‘ 85 Lt. Edward J. McDonagh ‘86 Danielle DeAngelis ‘90
Fred J. Ledoux ‘91 Kevin Harloff ‘99 Paul Russo ‘02 Daniel O’Malley ‘11 Coach John E. Burns H’16 Kimberly Bernadel ‘17 Madeline Sershen ‘19
SFP Family and Friends Joseph Alessandro, father of Anthony ‘88 and Joann Ganiec ‘85 John F. Ahlstrom, brother of Ann Ahlstrom-Saxer, ‘76 Alfred Angeletti, father of Robert T. Angeletti, Development Director Barbara Burke, mother of Theresa BurkeYarri ‘79 Melvin Byrd, father of Justice Allah-Byrd ‘21 Angelo Carella, father of Bernadette ‘76, Stephen ‘19 and Regina ‘82 Marilyn Cashen, mother of Clare Cashen-Castro ‘00 Domenico Chiodi, father of Anthony ‘83, grandfather of Chris ‘17, Matt ‘18, and Catherine ‘20 Father Louis Chiusano, O.F.M., CAP, friend of SFP Michael Clendenin, father of Michael ‘77 Kathleen Clune, grandmother of Nicole May, Technology Coordinator at SFP Ethel Cornish, mother of Eileen Cosgrove, SFP Experience Group Leader Michael Deangalanos, nephew of Kim Perninuzzi, Assistant to the Development Director Mary DeMeo, mother of Diane DeMeo Bordeman ‘81 Gerrard Dempsey, father of MaryEllen Bechtle, fmr. Religion Department Chairperson, and grandfather of Marisa Torreblanca, frm. Religion Faculty Joseph DeReinzo, father of David (SFP Benefits Cooridinator) and Glenn DeRienzo (SFP Friary Staff) Augustine DeSimone, father of Phyllis DeSimone-Dalton ‘78 and Angela Desimone-Carbone ‘82, and son-in-law of Kevin Dalton ‘78.
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Marie Ditizio, mother of Ann Marie Rich, SFP Science Teacher and Softball Coach Jack Dumas, formerly known as Brother Blaise, O.S.F. Louise Jean Falabella, mother of Mike ‘72, Larry ‘76 and mother-in-law of Bob Bacchioni ‘79 Dr. Leonard J. Fliedner, brother of Patrica Murray, Religion Teacher (ret.) Felix Fico, father of Anthony Fico ‘77 Cheryl Gardiner, mother of Ryan ‘16 (Assistant Rugby Coach) and Kelly ‘09 Vivian Garguilo, grandmother of Fr. Ralph Edel, SFP Chaplain Dorothy Genna, mother of Carolyn M. Genna-Testani ‘82, mother-n-law of Ernesto ‘82, grandmother of Matthew Testiani ‘12, and Stephanie ‘09 Catherine Hartnett, former Secretary in the General Office, mother of Daniel (former Faculty) Henry Herte, father of Brother Phillip Augustine Herte, O.S.F. (fmr. SFP Faculty) Kewlamaty Harkisson, grandmother of Luncey Conyers, Jr. ‘18 Verna Hoszowski, mother-in-law of Jack Cahill ‘67 Peter Keane, father of Mileni Casal ‘19 Kevin Kelly, father of Tara Kelly ‘93, grandfather of Trinity Aken ‘18 Sally LaMarca, mother of Patricia LarcaFrank ‘77 Sheldon Lewis, father of the late Guila ‘06 and husband of Maria Lewis Stephen Livecchi, husband of Donna Franz-Livecchi ‘81 Vita Maltese, grandmother of Graziella Zerelli ‘97 (SFP Administrative Assistant)
Theresa Ryan Mansfield, mother of Teresa Mansfield Donohue ‘77, Catherine Mansfield-Swanton ‘97; mother-in-law of Thomas Swanton ‘79 and Maureen O’Connor Mansfield ‘84 and grandmother of Maggie Mansfield ‘17 and Tara Mansfield ‘21
Joseph Sciannameo, father of Daniel '74
Dorothy Milano, mother of Frank Milano (fmr. Guidance Counselor), grandmother of John Milano ‘93, daugher-in-law of Christine DeRoseMilano ‘93
John Tallman, father of Kevin Tallman, Math Dept.
Miklos Nagy, father of Adrienne E. Nagy ‘91
Maurice "Alan" Whelan, fmr. SFP Rugby coach, husband of Frances.
Doris Nastro, wife of former football coach, Frank Nastro and mother of Paul Nastro ‘75
Margaret White, grandmother of Bro. Mark Waldmann, O.S.F.
Phillip O’Reilly, brother of Benjamin O’Reilly, O.S.F. (fmr. faculty) and father of Dylan O’Reilly ‘08
Joy Serrette, mother of Jordan Tomiye '18 Patricia Shannon, mother of Marty '80 Cleo Smith, mother of Aqiylah Collins '76
Cordell Turner, father of Justina TurnerBey '18
Elisa Williams, sister of Chris Kennedy '99, Jame Kennedy '85, and mother of Erica Cerino '02
Diana Pecini, mother of Raymond ‘78, Sandy ‘81 and Laura ‘82. Nicholas Pennetti, husband of Carol, father of Nancy DeStefano, grandfather of Nick ‘99 Danny Phelan, father of Leonard ‘84 and of fmr. basketball and baseball coach, the late Jack Phelan. Hector Ramirez, father Kevin ‘18 Clara Randazzo, mother-in-law of staff member Donna Randazzo, grandmother of Gina ‘18, Nicolas Randazzo ‘14. Alise Riche`, mother of Dr. Willisie Riche` '82 Mary Ruane, widow of Jack Ruane '40, mother of Kenny Ruane '65, grandmother of Lauren Ruane '95, mother-in-law of Dom Vulpis '74 Chris Ryan, brother of Daniel F. Ryan '86 Enrico Saviano, brother of Susan D'Andrea (Finance Dept.), grandfather of Enrico Saviano '19, grand-uncle of Gia D'Andrea '19, and Dominic D'Andrea '20
ANNUAL MEMORIAL MASS OF REMEMBRANCE Sunday, November 4, 2018 All alumni, family, friends of the Prep community are welcome to join us as we come together to remember those who have departed in the past year. St. Francis Prep Auditorium 11:00 a.m. Complimentary Breakfast to follow. RSVP required. alumni.sfponline.org (718) 423-8810, ext. 330
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Jack Monaghan '54 John Patrick “Jack” Monaghan, passed away on September 6, 2017 at the age of 82. He was a member of the Prep faculty from 1956-1970 and taught English and served as the Speech and Debate coach. He also coached football and Varsity (B) basketball. During the summers he worked as a cook at Camp Alvernia in Centerport. He was inducted into the SFP Hall of Fame. Jack’s first job after graduating from St. Francis College in Brooklyn was writing for NBC. He started as a college intern and was offered a full-time job writing news, special events and sports, primarily for radio. Much as he enjoyed it, something was missing that he discovered through teaching and the connection he made with students in a classroom. He earned a master’s degree at Columbia University and came close to completing a doctoral degree at New York University. Several years later, NYU bestowed an honorary doctorate on Jack. In retirement, Jack lived on Shelter Island and was asked to participate in the local high school mentoring program, and that subsequently led him to become a substitute teacher and assisting with the annual school play.
Harold F. Kelly '56
Louis E. Marino '52
Dr. Jean Coppola '82
Harold Kelly was a dedicated and spirited long-time member of the Alumni Board and a graduate of the Prep Class of 1956. He attended so many of the Prep's annual alumni events, and he did so consistently year after year. Harold was a "regular" at the Annual Homecoming Day at Belmont Racetrack where always could be seen donning his distinctive "kelly green" Masters golf sport jacket complimented by a panama-style hat. He also attended the Annual Florida Alumni Reunions where he so often made new friends while keeping up with his peers and classmates. At the Annual June Golf Classic, Harold would often be found working the registration desk or presiding over the "betting hole". In sum, Harold was a hardworking, dedicated alumni volunteer and always fun to be around. Alumni Board President, Wally Bishop said, "He was always willing to help the Prep in whatever way he could and did it with such great joy." Harold was devoted husband of the late Catherine and beloved father of Christopher (Julie), and Michael (Alison). Cherished grandfather of Meaghan, and Kate. Loving brother of Sr. Mary Louise Kelly, C.I.J. and Robert (Barbara).
Lou Marino '52 passed away on July 22, 2018 in Canyon County, California. He started his own copier business in 1968 from his garage with $500 and the unwavering support of his wife of 58 years, Lucille. With hard work, dedication and later, the entry of his son into the business, he built it into a very successful enterprise. That success allowed him to travel, coach Little League and spend time supporting the youth charities he loved so much. He loved people. And, he took great pleasure in playing Santa Claus at the LA Children's Hospital, the YMCA and later visiting shut-ins with St. Vincent de Paul's Meals on Wheels. On every occasion he impressed on each child the importance of gratitude because he knew it to knew it to be the roots of happiness. Lou often spoke about growing up poor in Brooklyn and regaled in the "advantage" he had over others because of that upbringing. He loved his family and in spite of the demands of operating his own business, he was always home at 6:15 pm for dinner. He also loved St. Francis. For decades he proudly wore his St. Francis Prep ring and would proclaim the blessings of a Catholic school education. He even saw to it that each of his grandchildren had those same blessings. He kept a statue of St. Francis, in his home and office. In 2009, he took his family to Assisi and fulfilled a lifelong quest of his. During the Prep's 150th Anniversary, Lou made a very generous gift to The Campaign for St. Francis Prep that is being earmarked for the construction of the The Lucille and Lou E. Marino '52 Orchestra Room.
We are deeply saddened to share that our much loved Alumni Board member and friend, Jean Coppola '82, passed away on Sunday October 29, 2017 after a year-long battle with cancer. She was a professor of information technology at Pace University for over 30 years. She was also a recognized leader in the emerging field of gerontechnology research, defined as the study of technology to promote the cognitive health of older adults. She won numerous awards, received significant press coverage, and granted modest research monies for her work. She was also one of the first members of the Pace University Community to receive the Jefferson Bronze Medal Award for sustained commitment to community service. She was a dedicated member of the Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament and St. Mel's Church Choirs. Jean was also an active and talented athlete playing softball in a few different leagues. In softball as well in her professional career, Jean was always a mentor and friend who encouraged others to get involved and hone their skills. As a student at Prep, she played in the Concert Band, Marching Band and the Orchestra. She was a member of the National Honor Society, and worked on the Seraph Newspaper, and was involved in the Science Talent Search. As an alumna, Jean volunteered to assist SFP faculty members with techbolgy, participated in the Career Day for students and always organized the SFP Golf Classic raffle drawing with great skill. In 2016, Jean was inducted into the St. Francis Prep Hall of Fame.
As we were going to press, we were informed of the passing of Catherine Lynch, loving wife of Daniel F. Lynch, SFP Class of ’47, and the matriarch of the well known and esteemed Lynch clan which includes, among many others, Prep grads and children Barbara Lynch McManus ’79, the late Michael F. Lynch ’86, and grandchildren Michael F. Lynch ’16, John R. Lynch ’19 and Michaela McManus ’20. May she rest in peace!
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The Pathway to St. Francis Undergoes an Expansion and Beautification The “Pathway to St. Francis” project is a brick walkway around the statue of St. Francis in front of the school at the intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway. Over the past decade, hundreds of bricks and other memorials have been purchased to honor the special people and memories. A major expansion and renovation of the pathway has been completed this past summer. (See images below.) This will allow for many more memorials in the future. For more information, contact Brother Robert Kent, O.S.F. at (718) 423-8810, ext 230 or email: email@example.com
4 x 8 Engraved Brick
3 Lines • 14 Letters per line
$200 8 x 8 Engraved Brick
6 Lines • 14 Letters per line
12 x 12 Engraved Brick
8 Lines • 16 Letters per line Top: The Pathway to St. Francis looking south on Francis Lewis Boulevard. Bottom: The newly expanded pathway facing north (Horace Harding Expressway).
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It’s Easy to Lend Your Support to St. Francis Prep Gifts of any size are appreciated and will help make a Prep education more affordable for a deserving student. There are many ways to offer your support:
Online Giving Gifts made with a credit card help the Prep benefit almost immediately. You may donate to Prep using your American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card on the St. Francis Prep Alumni Website at: alumni.sfponline.org. (Click on the “Donate to the Prep” menu item.)
Check or Money Order If you wish to make your gift by check or money order, kindly forward it to: St. Francis Preparatory School, Office of Development, 6100 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Fresh Meadows, NY 11361. Checks or money orders should be made payable to St. Francis Prep.
Pledged Gift You may pledge a gift and arrange convenient payment installments. You will soon be asked to consider your “pledged” support for The Campaign for St. Francis Prep to help fund the Prep’s modernization program.
Gifts of Stocks and Bonds Donating appreciated securities is another way of helping Prep while also providing potential tax advantages for you. For further information on how to transfer stock, please call Robert Angeletti at (718) 423-8810, ext. 269.
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For more information... The SFP Alumni/Development Office is dedicated to securing the support for the programs and students of St. Francis Preparatory School. For more information on how you can become involved, please contact us. Robert T. Angeletti Director of Development (718) 423-8810, ext. 269 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brother Robert Kent, O.S.F. Alumni Director (718) 423-8810, ext. 230 email: email@example.com
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Homecoming Weekend 2018 Dedicated to the Memory of Coach Tim Leary '63
5K Fun Run In Memory of our 9/11 Heroes
Friends of SFP Football
Night of Champions Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
3-on-3 Basketball Tournament In Memory of Jimmy ‘79 & James Prendergast H ‘11 St. Francis Prep Gym 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Raffles & Prizes Refreshments to follow Register online: alumni.sfponline.org
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 Friends of SFP Football
Night of Champions Bourbon Street Restaurant 40-12 Bell Blvd, Bayside, 7:00 PM-10:30 PM
Sponsorships & Tickets are available at: Sfpfootballcasinonight.eventbrite.com/ For more info email:
A Day at Belmont
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
A Day at the Races Arrive at Noon First Race: 1:00 PM Belmont Park, Elmont, NY Watch the races from the exclusive Turf and Field Club. A delicious buffet lunch will be served. Reserve as early as possible. Advance registration only. Jackets required. Register online: alumni.sfponline.org
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018
Annual 5K Fun Run in Memory of our 9/11 Heroes
at St. Francis Prep Mass: 8:00 AM Check-In: 8:00-9:15 AM 5K Start: 9:30 AM RAIN OR SHINE Advance Registration: $20 per runner Day of Race Registration: $25 per runner Post-race breakfast included
Register online: alumni.sfponline.org
Homecoming Football Game Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at 1:30 PM vs Holy Trinity at Van Buren High School