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President’s Message Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F. Dear Graduates and Friends, We have just concluded another remarkable school year at the Prep with every one of our 633 seniors graduating on June 3rd. Nearly every one of them (99.1%) will be attending college in September—including many of the most prestigious schools in the country. As a group, these seniors were offered more than $150 million in college scholarships! Thanks in large measure to YOUR involvement and support we continue to offer all our students a truly outstanding academic and extracurricular program that challenges them to SUCCEED. And they do! In my travels across the country visiting with alumni this past year, this has been my primary message: “Please know that your participation in our important work pays huge dividends as evidenced by the tremendous accomplishments of our students AND the beautiful new and updated facilities that are a reflection of these accomplishments.” With this in mind, we have taken the opportunity in this issue of Grad News to celebrate the involvement of so many of our graduates in our SPECIAL EVENTS (like the Red & Blue Terrier Ring of Honor Gala and the Annual Golf Classic), CLASS REUNIONS (especially the Spring Reunion and Alumni Hall of Fame festivities), ALUMNI CHAPTER RECEPTIONS, ANNUAL MEMORIAL MASS, and HOMECOMING WEEKEND. As I have stated many times in the past, we could never accomplish all the things nor could we provide all the resources we do for our students without your continued interest. You help us maintain our affordable tuition levels, fund special projects and programs (i.e. The Campaign for St. Francis Prep which continues to support our magnificent modernization efforts), and provide financial assistance and scholarships for many deserving students. So thank you very much for everything you do for this great school! Once again, these Grad News pages will provide a wonderful reminder of the numerous 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 always On for Ol’ St. Francis! Thank you again and God bless you! Yours in St. Francis,

Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F. President


Summer/Fall 2017 Edition THE SFP ALUMNI & DEVELOPMENT TEAM Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F. Alumni Director Robert T. Angeletti Director of Development Michael Graziano Associate Director of Development Sally Khan Associate Director of Development Kim Perinuzzi Assistant to the Director of Development ALUMNI BOARD EDITORIAL COMMITTEE John S. Pereira ‘62 Gerry Scales ‘76 PHOTO CREDITS Michael Graziano Vincent Dusovic Photography Bro. Leonard Conway, OSF MASTHEAD DESIGN Michele Schablin SPECIAL THANKS TO: Sal Fischetti ‘83 •Jill Verdi Ed Woods • Christian Sullivan Bro. Robert Kent • Phyllis Gambino PLEASE ADDRESS ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO: St. Francis Prep Office of Development Michael Graziano 6100 Francis Lewis Blvd. Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 Phone: (718) 423-8810 FAX : (718) 423-7813 E-mail:

St. Francis Prep Alumni Board 2016-2017

President Wally Bishop ‘80 Vice President Gerald Scales ‘76 Communications Nancy L. Demers ‘91 Ron Alama ‘86 Ryan Bacci ‘10 Diane Bertoli ‘81 John Brandes ‘82 Jean F. Coppola ‘82 Kirsten Corwin ‘11 Nancy M. Donato ‘76 Kristina (Dowling) Silvagni ’07 Alice Dunkak Quinn ‘79 Barbara Gillespie ‘82 Chirag Jethanadani ‘11 Michelle Kawka ‘95 Harold Kelly ‘56 Brother Campion Lally, O.S.F, ‘55 Eileen LeMonda ‘78 Mike Madden ‘77 Patrick J. McArdle ‘89 John McAree ‘50 Angelica M. McKessy ‘02 Chris Mendolia ‘87 Michael Mongelli ‘79 Meagan Molina ‘10 John Morana ‘07 Marlon Morris ‘84 Kevin O’Donnell ‘73 Joseph B. Pantaleo ‘03 John S. Pereira ‘62- Emeritus Margaret Polino ‘81 Donna Rodger ‘77 Jane Scandurra ’77 Lawrence Schiralli ‘80 Kathy Mackin Sciortino ’76 Judith Vincze Sheridan ‘85 Kristina Veljak ‘90 William A. Viscovich ‘79 As of August 2017


If this magazine is addressed to your son/daughter who longer maintains a permanent mailing address at your home, please notify us of the correct mailing address.

GRAD NEWS __________________________________ Contents

CALENDAR Alumni Events • 2 Football Schedule • 3 SPECIAL EVENTS Walk-a-thon • 4-5 Annual Mass of Remembrance • 6-7 St. Patrick’s Day Parade • 8-9 President’s Dinner • 10-11 Annual Golf Classic • 12-13 Annual Homecoming Weekend • 14-15 Red & Blue Ring of Honor Gala • 30-33 SFP Night at Citi Field • 34 ALUMNI CLASS REUNIONS Class of 2007 10th Anniversary Reunion • 16-17 Class of 20021 15th Anniversary Celebration • 16-17 Class of 1996 20th Anniversary Celebration • 16-17 Class of 2010 5th Anniversary Reunion • 18 Annual Spring Reunion & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony •20-23 REGIONAL ALUMNI CHAPTER EVENTS Washington D.C. Area Alumni Chapter • 24 Florida Area Alumni Chapter • 24-25 Philadelphia Area Alumni Chapter • 26 PROFESSION-BASED ALUMNI CHAPTERS Tech Alumni Chapter • 26 Healthcare Services Alumni Chapter • 27 Legal Services Alumni Chapter • 27 Arts Alumni Chapter • 28 Education Alumni Chapter • 28 Financial Services Alumni Chapter • 29 COVER STORY SFP Alumni Participation • 35-37 Campaign Update • 38-39 WHAT’S HAPPENING @6100 In the Footsteps of St. Francis • 40 Franciscan Focus • 40-41 Alumni Director’s Column • 42 Alumni News • 43-51 2016-17 Athletic Season • 51

In Memoriam • 52



St. Francis Prep’s 2017-18

Alumni Event Calendar _________________________



Wed. September 13, 2017 Technology Alumni Chapter Reception Registration required. Marbella Restaurant (adjacent to the Adria Hotel on Northern Boulevard) Contact Sally Khan: (718) 423-8810, ext. 335 ___________________________

Thurs. Oct. 19, 2017 Homecoming Weekend 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament In Memory of Jimmy ‘79 & James Prendergast H ‘11 3 Point Shooting Contest in Memory of Brian O’Connor ‘86 St. Francis Prep Gymnasium 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Admission fee. Raffles & Prizes Each year 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. ___________________________

Sun. Oct. 22, 2017 Homecoming Football Game Opponent: Xavier HS Location: Van Buren HS ______________

Fri. Oct. 20, 2017 Friends of SFP Football 2nd Annual Casino Night


Sponsorships & Tickets are available at: http://SFPFOOTBALLCASINONIGHT. EVENTBRITE.COM/


Thurs. September 21, 2017 Greater Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Dinner JNA Institute of Culinary Arts Philadelphia, PA ___________________________ Fri. September 29, 2017 7th 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 for this annual event! Last year we raised nearly $280,000 in support of the Capital Improvement Program. The twomile course (approximately) is flat and runs through Cunningham Park. ___________________________ Thurs. Oct. 12, 2017 Greater Washington DC Area Alumni Chapter Reception 6-8 p.m. Belle Haven Country Club 6023 Fort Hunt Road Alexandria, VA 22307-1204 Reservations required. Admission fee. Join us for a spirited gathering of alumni who live, work and attend college in the greater Washington D.C. area.


Remembering a True Friend of SFP Football -Royce Mulholland ‘79 Bourbon Street Restaurant 40-12 Bell Blvd, Bayside 7PM-10:30PM Entrance Donation: $125 Includes $200 play chips $25 Raffle Tickets Open Bar & Appetizers and much more….

For more info email:

___________________________ Sat. Oct. 21, 2017 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.


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. ___________________________ Fri.-Sun. Oct. 27-29, 2017 West Coast Terrier Alumni Reunion in Redondo Beach, CA Sun. Nov. 5, 2017 Alumni Memorial Mass Location: SFP Auditorium 11:00 a.m. Complimentary breakfast to follow. RSVP required. 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. Nov. 18, 2017 Class of 2012 Reunion 7:30-11:00 p.m. St. Francis Prep, Cafeteria Registration fee: $50 in Advance $60 at the Door ___________________________ Sat. Dec. 16, 2017 Christmas Party for Our Friends with Special Needs 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. St. Francis Prep Cafeteria Sponsors/donations welcome. Volunteers needed. When Sr. Joseph Agnes, S.C. 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. 20, 2018 Reunion of Classes of 1998, 2003, and 2008 Reunion 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. 15, 2018 Health Care Services & Legal Services Sector Alumni Chapter Reception The Friars Club (Midtown) 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. ___________________________ Sat. Mar. 3, 2018 Florida Alumni Chapter Spring Training Game & Reception Florida’s West 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 west coast for what promises to be another splendid gathering. Make plans to join us! ___________________________

Connect With Us

Sat. Mar. 17, 2018 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. ___________________________ Mon., Mar. 19, 2018 Alumni Arts Reception Location TBD All are welcome A gathering for all alumni pursuing a career in all areas of the arts. ___________________________ Thurs. April 12, 2018 Greater Boston Area Alumni Chapter Reception TBA A gathering of all our alumni and friends in the Greater Boston Area. ___________________________ Sat. April 21, 2018 Annual Spring Reunion & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony St. Francis Prep Registration fee: $60 in Advance $70 at the Door Join us as we induct new members into the SFP Hall of Fame. (Mass will be celebrated prior to the start of the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.) In addition, we will celebrate the anniversary classes of 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988 and 1993. Graduates of 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th, 70th and 75th anniversary classes will be inducted into the Golden Terrier Society.


___________________________ Thurs. May 3, 2018 Education Alumni Network Reception Time: TBA Location: TBA Registration fee ___________________________ Thurs. May, 10, 2018 Financial Services Sector Alumni Chapter Reception The Friars Club, Midtown 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 and it’s always a splendid time for one and all! ___________________________ Sun. May 20, 2018 50th Jubilee Celebration for Brother Leonard Conway and Brother Robert Kent. Complete details to follow this Fall!

(718) 423-8810 ext. 230/268


2017 VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Sunday, September 10th 1:00 pm vs Holy Trinity @ Van Buren HS

Website: Saturday, September 16th 1:30 pm vs Moore Catholic @Moore Catholic Friday, September 22nd 7:30 pm vs St. Joseph Sea @ St. Joseph Sea

October Game vs Holy Cross -TBA

Mon. Jun. 18, 2018 25th 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. Join us for a wonderful day with great friends on the finest golf course in the area!


Sunday, October 1st 1:30 pm vs St. John Baptist @ St. John Baptist

Mark your calendar! ___________________________

Sunday, October 15th 1:00 pm vs Mount St. Michael @ Van Buren HS or


Sunday, October 22nd 1:00 pm vs Xavier HS @ Van Buren HS Sunday, October 29th 1:00 pm

vs Fordham Prep @Van Buren HS

Our “official” SFP alumni Facebook page st.francispreparatoryschool 7,500 “LIKES” OR FOLLOWERS



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Sixth Annual

St. Francis Prep Walk-A-Thon 1.

On Friday, September 30th, the SFP Jazz Band (under the direction of Music Department Chair “Doc” Corbino) rallied the student body, faculty, staff and alumni as they embarked on a trek through Cunningham Park for the 6th Annual Walk-a-thon! The course was shortened this year due to the inclement weather, but it did not dampen the spirit and enthusiasm! All told, more than $280,000 was raised this year bringing the total proceeds of this annual event—to more than $1.7 million— all of which benefits special projects and programs at the Prep, most notably the current Capital Improvement and Modernization Project. The progress is quite evident: the creation of the new Physical Education and Art Education Centers, totally overhauled Science Classrooms and Labs. Additional phases of this modernization program will continue over the next several years, with the construction of new Music Education facilities now underway. The 7th Annual Walk-a-thon is scheduled for Friday, September 29th at the Prep.


Pictured: (1) Our cheerleaders bolstered the spirit and enthusiasm (2) Top Fundraising students with Bro. Leonard Conway. First Prize: Massimo Molina; Second Prize: Yasmeen Qureshi ’17; Third Prize: Joseph Shea ’17, (The Top Cors were 104, 215, 302, & 410.) (3) In the hallway before the Walk-a-thon (4) Throngs of excited Prepsters assembling at the start of the Walk-a-thon (5) Completing the Walk-a-thon! (6) Dr. Robert “Doc” Corbino and the Jazz Band (7) l-r: Bro. James McVeigh (Mission Coordinator); Boston Charles (Maintenance); Patrick McLaughlin ‘73 (Principal); David Ganci ‘88, (Faculty); Terry Marchia (Security); and John Pereira ‘62 (Trustee) pose with the Terrier Mascot. (8) Student Spirit runs high! (9) Faculty & Staff (l-r): JoAnn Wagner, Susan Sparanga ‘78, Becky Barell and Denise Stradowski-Heckleman ‘84 (10) Students on the Walk-a-thon course! (11) Coach James May ‘76 (12) Prepsters showing their Terrier spirit!






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The Church has a wonderful tradition of setting aside November as a special time for prayerfully remembering our deceased loved ones. Each year, on the first Sunday of November, the St. Francis Prep community celebrates a special Mass each year to remember deceased alumni and other members of the SFP family. We also take the opportunity to honor many others who have passed. Presentations are made to the student recipients of the several of the “named” and “memorial” Scholarship Funds. (See opposite page.) On November 6th, more than 500 alumni, family and friends gathered for the Prep’s for Mass and attended the buffet brunch which followed.

Prior to the start of mass, SFP Chaplain, Father Mark Simmons, presided over an outdoor ceremony to bless the newly added memorial bricks and other memorials on “The Pathway to St. Francis”. (Pictured above, left.) Immediately after that, the Prep dedicated the Patrick Butler Biology Lab (E -113) which was donated by Dorothy and John P. Butler ‘82. (See opposite page.) Immediately following Mass, family members and friends of the Giammona and Niedermeyer families gathered in the gym for the “Raising of the Banners of Honor”.

Raising of the “Banners of Honor” in the Gymnasium in honor of Vincent M. Giammona & Alphonse J. Niedermeyer II

The family of Alphonse J. Niedermeyer II pose for a photo under the banner after the ceremony.



The family of Vincent M. Giammona and other members of the Prep community gather as Prep’s Chaplain, Fr. Mark Simmons blesses the new banners.

Named and Memorial Scholarship Presentations Our heartfelt thanks to those who have started these funds and whose generosity continues this legacy. (1) The Bernice and James E. McHugh H’92 Scholarship presented to Alyssa Olivieri ‘17 (2) The Corbisiero Family (Anthony ’78) Scholarship presented to Mackayla Scarlett ‘20 (3) The Bayron Family Award presented to Camila Mantilla ‘17

Dedication of the Patrick Butler biology lab Donated by Dorothy & John P. Butler ‘82 On November 6, 2016, we dedicated our new Biology Lab (E 113) to the memory of Patrick Butler, devoted Prep parent who passed away on January 3, 2013. We are very grateful to the Butler family for their generosity! Two years ago, Phase III of SFP’s Modernization Program officially began with the complete dismantling, re-designing and re-construction of the science labs. The result is a thoroughly modernized array of classroom and lab facilities that are state-ofthe-art by a variety of measures. These new facilities now mirror the high-caliber science program offered by Prep. For other Memorial & Dedication Opportunities, please contact Robert T. Angeletti H’11, Director of Development at (718) 423-8810, ext. 269. Email: Pictured below: (l-r) Mrs. Patrick Butler, wife of the late Patrick; her son, John and his wife, Dorothy and St. Francis Prep’s President, Bro. Leonard Conway, OSF. Images of the bio lab E-113




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 or to get more specific information on any of these funds, please visit the SFP Alumni website at:

The Campaign for St. Francis Prep

The Next 150



Alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators and Franciscan Brothers marched up Fifth Avenue in the annual NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It’s a tradition that dates back to the days when SFP was located in Brooklyn. Revived during the Prep’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary in 2008, it has been growing stronger in both spirit and in the numbers every year since.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, March 17, 2018 RSVP on the SFP Alumni Website:





The 2017

Annual President’s Dinner Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F. hosted the Annual President’s Dinner on Saturday, April 9th in the Prep’s library. This annual event is the Prep’s salute to the loyal alumni, parents, faculty, staff, trustees and friends whose generosity at the “leadership” giving level helped St. Francis Prep in many wonderful ways during the past year. Nearly 200 guests were in attendance for cocktails and dinner. The St. Francis Prep String Orchestra, under the direction of Music Department faculty member, Robert Johnston performed. During dinner, Bro. Leonard delivered an update on all of the latest developments at the Prep. SFP Principal, Patrick McLaughlin ‘73 provided an overview on the many academic achievements of our students. Afterwards, two student representatives of the Class of 2017, Orlando Santiago and Renee Grasso, (pictured in photo #4) each spoke about how the experience at Prep helped inspire them to reach higher, strive and achieve. Both will be attending Binghamton University Honors College. Renee will be studying Business and Orlando will study Arts & Sciences.



3. Pictured (l-r): (1) Rev. Mark Simmons, (SFP Chaplain), Bro. Christopher Thurneau, OSF ‘79 (Superior General), Bro. Leonard Conway, OSF (President), (2) John Pereira ‘62, Arthur McMahon H’04, & Robert T. Angeletti H’ 11 (3) Rudy Funke ‘62, Susan Antonicelli, Thomas M. Laquercia ‘62, Bonnie Duran, Frances Funke, & Don Devane ‘61 (4) Brother Leonard Conway, OSF, Orlando Santiago, Renee Grasso & Patrick McLaughlin ‘73 (Principal) (5) Joan Prendergast H’11, Gerry Scales ‘76 & Eileen LeMonda ‘78 (6) Sandra & Stephanie Bayron ‘11 (7) Bill Dobranski ‘77 & Joseph B. Pantaleo ‘03 (8) Brother Robert Kent (Alumni Director), Joe & Lisa Donini ‘84 (9) Jackie & John Paguaga ‘78 (10) Danny Ryan ‘86 and Dana Hamlin ‘86 (11) Gerilyn Coccia, (Assistant Principal), Bro. Bill Boslet & Lisa M. Schaefer-Heuer ‘86 (Admissions Director) (12) Robert Cotumaccio ‘80, Robert A. Waegelein, CPA ‘78 & Peggy Bergin-Sementilli ‘81 (Religion Dept. Chair) (13) Rev. Bill Sweeney (former Prep Chaplain), Sonya & Jack Cahill ‘67











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24th Annual

Golf & Tennis Classic It was yet another banner year for Prep Alumni and friends. On Monday, June 19th, over 175 golfers gathered at the Cherry Valley Club in Garden City, NY to support the Prep and honor two distinguished members of the SFP community—Tennis Coach John Brennan H’03 and Robert A. Waegelein, CPA ‘78. The morning golf session was well attended and the afternoon golf session was sold out. A wonderful breakfast preceded the morning session and a barbecue lunch preceded the afternoon shotgun start. Over 250 guests attended the awards dinner that evening. Special thanks to the SFP Jazz Ensemble Alumni for providing entertainment throughout the day. 2017 SPONSORS LUNCHEON SPONSOR UnitedHealthcare


FRANCISCAN BROTHERS SPONSOR Lisa & Jeff Alter ‘80 LIVE & SILENT AUCTION SPONSOR CulinArt, Inc. GOLF CARTS SPONSOR Wally Bishop ‘80 Michael Mongelli ‘79 TENNIS COURTS SPONSOR Flynn & O’Hara School Uniforms, Inc.





DRIVING RANGE SPONSOR John Campo, Esq. Akerman LLP PUTTING GREEN SPONSOR BMS, Inc. Bankruptcy Management Solutions JOURNAL SPONSOR The Barasch Family RAFFLE PRIZE SPONSORS Eileen LeMonda ‘78 The LeMonda Family Joseph Pantaleo ‘03 Joseph B. Pantaleo, DDS, PC Waldorf Risk Solutions, Inc. Tom Gebert ‘79 Primary Land Services, LLC The Nolan Group

Pictured: 1. John Pantaleo, Joseph Pantaleo ‘03 & Luke Pantaleo ‘05 2. Brian Finn, Michael Mongelli ‘79, Wally Bishop ‘80 and Vincent Bruno 3. Jack Kiley ‘80, Jeannie Kiley ‘80, Matt Roberts ‘80 & Gerry Boeckhaus ‘80 4. Patrick McCarthy, Danny Ryan ‘86, Paul Carbone, & Andy Kaplin 5. Neil Butterklee, Larry Carbone ‘81, Joanne Persico ‘84 & Michael Egert.

Richard Mednick Medco Electrical Contracting, Inc. Eddie Slampiak ‘90 CRM Construction & Maintenance Corp. Harvard Maintenance Inc. Dan Duffy ‘03 HOLE-IN-ONE PRIZE SPONSOR Koeppel Mazda Hole #5 -Win a 2017 Mazda CX-5



(l-r) Joanne Persico ‘84 and Joseph Licata (Language Department Chair)

2017 Golf Classic chairperson, Joseph Pantaleo ‘03, with Gerry Scales ‘76, (Alumni Board Vice President) and Wally Bishop ‘80 (Alumni Board President)

(l-r): Jim White ‘78, Richard Barasch and 2017 Golf Classic honoree, Bob Waegelein ‘78.

Our 2017 Honorees

(l-r) St. Francis Prep Terrier Football Alumni: Paul Iacullo ‘68 and Dan Romanello ‘65.

Robert A. Waegelein, CPA ‘78

Long-time friends and Golf Classic sponsors Bob Adams ‘80 (l) and Jeff Alter ‘80 with Prep’s President Bro. Leonard Conway (center).

John Brennan H’08

Photos:Vincent Dusovic Photography & Mike Graziano

(l-r) John McGee ‘73, Patrick McLaughlin ‘73 (SFP Principal) and Joe McGee ‘78

Tanner Brandimarte ‘11, Father Bill Sweeney (fmr. SFP Chaplain), Lisa M. Schaefer-Heuer ‘87 (Admissions Director) and Gerilyn Coccia (Assistant Principal)

Tom White ‘80, Jeannie Kiley ‘80 and Bruno Mastropasqua ‘80

A very special thanks to the SFP Jazz Band Alumni who comprise the Jazz Combo & Cocktail Band “.188 Special”: Joe Barbieri ‘16 (Keyboard), Mike Brusca ‘16 (Sax), Chioke DeBrady ‘16 (Sax), Brent Reid ‘16 (Drums) and Oisin Corbett ‘18 (Guitar)



Homecoming Weekend 2016 Hoops Tournament in Memory of Jimmy ‘79 & James Prendergast H’11 Homecoming Weekend begins with a Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament on Thursday, October 20, 2016 in the Prep’s Gym. More than 100 alumni, friends and members of the Prendergast family participated. Raffles, prizes and refreshments were all part of this wonderful evening. A 3-Point Shooting Contest was held too! This year the contest will be held in memory of Brian K. O’Connor ‘86. For registration and information on the 2017 Tournament, please visit the SFP Alumni Website at

Photos: Mike Graziano

2016 Homecoming Day at the Races Alumni, family and friends gathered in the exclusive Turf and Field Club October 22, 2016 at Belmont Park for the Annual Homecoming Day at the Races. The weather was mixed and the races were exciting. A few intrepid members of our group braved the rain and the wind to get to the Winner’s Circle to meet the jockey who rode the winning horse—Strawberry Tequila—in the race dedicated to St. Francis Prep. In addition to the excitement of placing some lucky bets, one fortunate guest took home the proceeds of our 50/50 Raffle. The 2017 Homecoming Day at the Races will be held on Sat. October 21, 2017. Each year this event sells out quickly, so reserve early! Register online at:

Photos: Mike Graziano


Photo: Belmont Park

Homecoming 2017 5K Fun Run In Memory of our 9/11 Heroes

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament In Memory of Jimmy ‘79 & James Prendergast H ‘11 3-Point Shooting Contest in Memory of

Brian K. O’Connor ‘86 St. Francis Prep Gym 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Raffles & Prizes Refreshments to follow Register online:


A Day at Belmont

Friday Oct. 20, 2017

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

Friends of SFP Football 2nd Annual Casino Night Remembering a True Friend of SFP Football

Royce Mulholland ‘79 Bourbon Street Restaurant 40-12 Bell Blvd, Bayside, 7:00 PM-10:30 PM Entrance Donation: $125 Includes $200 play chips $25 Raffle Tickets Open Bar & Appetizers and much more….

Sponsorships & Tickets are available at: For more info email:

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. This event is sure to sell out. Reserve as early as possible. Advance registration only. Jackets required. Register online:

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

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:

Homecoming Football Game Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 vs Xavier High School

at Van Buren High School

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 owe special thanks to the members of the FDNY, Coach Jim May ‘76, the SFP Girls Track Team and Leo Nicholas H’13 for their help with this wonderful event.

Photos: Mike Graziano



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Classes of 1997, 2002 and 2007 Celebrate!! Twentieth and Fifteenth and Tenth Anniversary Reunion Alumni love coming back to the Prep to see all that is new and recall fond memories from the past! Delighted by the newly upgraded facilities, Prep alumni had a wonderful time on January 21st reconnecting with some classmates that they have not been with in 10, 15, or 20 years. It was an outstanding display of Terrier Spirit! Alumni Director, Brother Robert Kent provided tours of the new Science Classrooms/Labs, the Music Education Center and the Physical Education and Athletic Training Center. Along the way, everyone was able to see the outstanding enhancements in the corridors on the East and West bottom. (See images below.) Many more reunion photos can be viewed, downloaded and shared. Visit the St. Francis Preparatory School Facebook page: For a quick link, visit the SFP Alumni Website at http://alumni. and click on the photo gallery icon.


CLASS OF 2007 REUNION PHOTO FLASHBACK 5th Anniversary Reunion • 2012

10th Anniversary Reunion • 2017

Go Back in Time! View, share and download Prep Reunion photos! Visit St. Francis Preparatory School’s Official Alumni Facebook page: Photos: Mike Graziano You can also find links to the galleries on:



The Class of 2011 Returns for their First Reunion On November 19, 2016 an enthusiastic group of alumni from the Class of 2011 returned to Prep to celebrate their fifth anniversary of graduation. Bro. Robert Kent offered tours of the new Science Classrooms and the new Music Education facilities. Everyone had a wonderful time being back together at the Prep! High school is four years, but the Prep is forever!


The Pathway to St. Francis Honor those who Helped set you on your path.

Whether it was a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, classmate or a parent, we all know someone who helped set us on our path in life. They inspired us to be who we are today. We remember them in our hearts. Now you can honor some of your special memories in a permanent way on the “Pathway of St. Francis” at St. Francis Prep. The “Pathway to St. Francis” project is a 2,500 brick walkway (and other memorials) located around the statue of St. Francis in front of the Prep at the intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway. This is your opportunity to be a permanent part of Prep while supporting the school and keeping your special memories alive. You can place your order online at: Click “Donate” on the menu and scroll down to “Pathway to St. Francis”. You may also contact Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F. at (718) 423-8810, ext 230 for more information.

Engraved Brick 4x8 3 Lines 14 Letters $200

Engraved Brick 8x8 6 Lines 14 Letters $500

Engraved Brick 12 x 12 8 Lines 16 Letters $1,000

Granite Bench 4 ft. Length $3,000 6 ft. Length $4,000



Annual Spring Reunion & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Hall of Fame Inductees

Patrick J. Carroll ‘60

Paul P. Iacullo ‘68

Hon. William A. Viscovich ‘79

Honorary alumni

Warren J. Hance, Jr.

Mary Kobel-Lamonte

Clare Walker

On Saturday, April 8, 2017 the Annual Spring Reunion and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honored some very special members of the SFP community, Patrick J. Carroll ‘60, Paul P. Iacullo ‘68 and Hon. William A. Viscovich ‘79 were inducted into the SFP Alumni Hall of Fame. Prep’s President, Brother Leonard Conway, OSF, conferred the title of “Honorary Alumnus” upon Warren J. Hance, Jr., Mary Kobel-Lamonte and Clare Walker. The Reunion was a wonderful celebration of the love and friendships that grew out of what many alumni frequently refer to as “the best four years of their life”. The reunion anniversary Classes of 1967, 1962, 1957, 1952, 1947 and 1942 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. Each of them was presented with a special medal and they enjoyed cocktails and dinner in the library. The 25th Silver Anniversary Class of 1992 along with the Classes of 1987 1982, 1977 and 1972 gathered in the cafeteria for cocktails and dinner. 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. Special thanks to Charles Benedetti, SFP Class of 1977, Head of Sales, Newburgh Brewing Company for arranging the generous donation of beer for the reception!


25th Anniversary Class of 1992

30th Anniversary Class of 1987

35th Anniversary Class of 1982 GRAD NEWS â&#x20AC;¢ SUMMER/FALL 2017


40th Anniversary Class of 1977

45th Anniversary Class of 1972

Photo courtesy of Bill Fornaro

50th Anniversary Terriers Class of 1967 22 ST. FRANCIS PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Golden Terriers 55th Anniversary

Class of 1962

Golden Terriers 60th Anniversary

Class of 1957

Photos: Mike Graziano

70th Anniversary Class of 1940



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Regional & Professional Alumni Chapter Events The Greater Washington, D.C. Area Alumni Chapter 2016 Reception The Greater Washington D.C. Area Alumni Chapter Reception was held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, VA. It was another spirit-filled gathering. Alumni Board President, Wally Bishop ‘80 and Alumni Director, Brother Robert Kent welcomed everyone. Robert Angeletti, the Prep’s Director of Development provided a overview about all of the wonderful developments at Prep. We would like to thank Aris McMahon, SFP Class of 1989 and a Principal with Advantage Inc., for sponsoring this event. Mark your calendar and make plans to join us this year on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Belle Haven Country Club.

Photos: Mike Graziano

Annual Florida Area Alumni Chapter Reunion: Pre-season Baseball Game The Annual Florida Area Alumni Chapter Reunion alternates locations between the east and west coasts each year. This year, nearly 50 Prep alumni gathered in Port St. Lucie on Florida’s east coast for a Mets spring training baseball game vs. the Houston Astros on Friday, March 3, 2017.

We will be gathering again next year on Saturday, March 3, 2018 on the west coast for the next Florida Alumni Reunion! Mark your calendar and make plans to be with us!


2017 Annual Florida Area Alumni Chapter Reunion

The Florida Area Alumni Chapter Reunion alternates locations between the east and west coasts each year. On Saturday, March 4th we gathered at the lovely home of Joanne & Bill Dunn ‘59 in Port St. Lucie. Prep’s President, Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F., provided an overview of the many exciting developments at the Prep. These included the new science classrooms and labs that were recently completed and the ongoing renovations to the music education facilities. Alumni Director, Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F. and Development Director, Robert Angeletti reported on the past year’s events and fundraising efforts. The evening wound up with alumni singing “On for ‘Ol St. Francis!”

Photos: Mike Graziano

We will be gathering again on the west coast on March 3, 2018 for the next Florida Alumni Reunion! Mark your calendar and make plans to be with us!



SFP Information Technology Alumni Chapter Reception The Tech Alumni Chapter held its first reception on the first official day of autumn—Wednesday, September 21, 2016 on the 14th floor rooftop terrace at the company headquarters of BCM One on 5th Avenue. Prep is extremely grateful to Frank Wassenbergh ‘95 (VP of Sales at BCM One) and his company for granting us use of the space. We are also indebted to Jane Scandurra ’77, our Tech Alumni Chapter leader for all the work that she did in planning and executing the event! (Thank you Jane Scandurra!)

Jane Scandurra ’77 moderated the Q&A featuring T.J. Costello, the Director of “The Internet of Things” at Cisco Systems. (Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells networking equipment worldwide and is the largest networking company in the world.) Several members of the Prep’s faculty and staff were present including Ed Woods ’73 (IT Director), Joe Sciame ’78 (Chair of Business Department), Brother Robert Kent, OSF (Alumni Director), Bob Angeletti (Director of Development) and Prep’s President, Brother Leonard Conway, OSF.

Photos: Mike Graziano

More than 50 alumni representing a wide spectrum of graduating class years and industries enjoyed views of the beautiful Manhattan skyline--the terrace afforded a view of both the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building! In addition to enjoying “networking with a view”, there was a moderated Q&A session about the “Internet of Things” (IoT) – which is connecting cars, homes, wearables, and everyday objects to the Cloud – and has the potential to radically change the way we live and work.

The Greater Philadelphia Area Alumni Chapter On Saturday, October 8, 2016 SFP Philly Chapter coordinators Danny Sosa ‘96 and Moises Young ‘96 rallied Prep alumni from the greater Philadelphia area to celebrate the autumn season at Winetoberfest in Skippack, PA. (Wintoberfest offers wine lovers the chance to savor the flavors of vintages at events big and small.) If you live, work or study in the Philly area, this alumni chapter is a great way to keep in touch with the Prep! The next Philly Alumni Chapter event will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at JNA Institute of Culinary Arts. (The restaurant will be closed to the public for the evening.) The cost for this four course dining experience is $45 per person per adult and $15 per child (children menu). Please register online or call the Alumni/Development Office at (718) 423-8810, ext. 335. Pictured (l-r): Danny Sosa ‘96, Moises Young ‘96, Debby Medaglia-Laserna ‘85 and Gus Laserna ‘84


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The Healthcare Services Chapter & Legal Services Chapter Alumni Reception On Thursday, February 16, 2017 the SFP Healthcare Services and Legal Services Alumni Chapter held their annual event at The Inn at New Hyde Park with 45 attendees. The reception offers an excellent opportunity for alumni to network with those who share the dual bond of the Prep experience and work in the legal and health care professions. In past years the reception was held in NYC and the change in venue provided an opportunity for alumni who work or reside in Queens, Nassau and Western Suffolk to participate more conveniently. Nancy Demers ‘91 & Joseph Pantaleo ‘03 are the chapter coordinators of the Healthcare Services Chapter. Felicia Varlese ‘79, heads up the effort on behalf of the Legal Services Alumni Chapter. The next reception will be held in New York City at the Friar’s Club on Thursday, February 15, 2018.



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The 3rd Annual Arts Alumni Chapter Reception

Photos: Mike Graziano

St. Francis Prep’s 3rd annual reception for alumni who work in the Arts (film, TV, photography, design, painting, drawing, theatre, dancing, music, architecture, fashion, advertising, journalism, writing, etc.) was held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in the Manhattan office of Aquent — an agency that specializes in procuring creative, digital, and marketing talent for many companies. Prep is grateful to Salvatore Petronella ’85 for graciously allowing us the use of Aquent’s office space for the event. Participants ranged from recent graduates to seasoned professionals. Brother Leonard addressed the group and spoke about all of the amazing things going on at St. Francis Prep! We owe special thanks to the chapter coordinator and venue host, Michelle Kawka ‘95 for all of her contributions in making this event successful! The next reception will be held on Monday, March 19th.

The 4th Annual SFP Education Alumni Chapter Reception ST. FRANCIS PREP


Alumni Chapter Network


The Financial Services Sector Alumni Chapter Reception Prep offers several profession-based alumni networking event opportunities. Each chapter event provides alumni an opportunity to meet and network with industry peers or potential mentors. A half dozen recent graduates were among the more than 50 alumni who attended the Prep’s Financial Services Alumni Networking reception on Thursday, May 18th at the Friar’s Club in NYC. Alumni Board President Wally Bishop ‘80 serves as the Chapter Chairperson. Please mark your calendar and make plans to join us on Thursday, May 10, 2018 for the next reception!

Photos: Mike Graziano

Photos: Mike Graziano

SFP Education Alumni Network Chapter coordinators Kathleen A. Mackin-Sciortino ‘76 and Dominick J. Vulpis ‘74 organized another well-attended reception at Donovan’s of Bayside on May 11, 2017. Participants ranged from recent graduates to veteran teachers and administrators. Prep’s President, Brother Leonard Conway spoke about the many wonderful things taking place at St. Francis Prep and introducted the guest speaker —Angela C. Cavanna ’82. Angela is a Clinical Assistant Professor and course Director at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Chair of the committee for education and evaluation in sports medicine for the American Osteopathic Association. She spoke enthusiastically about the great education she received at St. Francis Prep and how it has influenced her career choice, prepared her for her profession and for life! The next reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 2018. Register Online at:



This special event recognizes the outstanding achievements of our prominent athletes, coaches, moderators and athletic programs that have enhanced the spirit and reputation of the Prep. The most recent event was held on March 18, 2017 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. It was attended by more than 700 guests. (This very special event is currently slated to be held every three years.)

Patti Ann Browne ‘83 Master of Ceremonies

Bro. Leonard Conway, OSF President, SFP

Wally Bishop ‘80 Alumni Board President

Patrick J. McLaughlin ‘73 Principal, SFP

2017 INDUCTEES Coaches, Moderators & Athletic Directors John Barnes H’16 David Daly H’13 * John Jenkins H’16 Daniel Lynch* James F. May ‘76 John M. Prenderville ‘51 Bro. George (Majella) Roth ‘55 Margaret Stack-Lennon H’ 06 JoAnn Wagner H’10 Bro. Cyprian Zorskis*


Patrick I. Diamond ‘68 Joseph A. Donadio ‘84 Frank J. Doria ‘77 Brian P. Murphy ‘83 *


Thomas R. Bongiorno ‘62 John J. Murphy ‘75 Peter M. Murphy ‘82 Michael Tagliaferro ‘55 *

Women’s Track

Women’s Basketball


LeeAnn A. Canavan-Black ‘79

Softball Barbara Millard-Rederscheid ‘78 Virginia M. Peiser ‘79

Women’s Volleyball

Men’s Soccer

Nicole M. Dixon Remy ‘92 Danielle Eckartz-Spadavecchia ‘98 Barbara L. Grein-Napoli ‘80 Karen Kelly ‘98 Chantal G. Marneffe-Mastroianni ‘88 Edna C. Spaulding-Nedrick ‘82

Men’s Track

Charles J. Cain ‘55 Francis X. DeFontes ‘55 Darnel Degand ‘96 Francis H. Kabisch ‘55* Michael Lizzul ‘72 Vincent A. Male ‘55* Brendan B. Mullahy ‘91 Frank J. Nappi ‘55 Jeffrey J. Napolitano ‘80 Kevin E. O’Grady ‘61* James D. O’Neill ‘55

John Owens ‘71 Basketball

Frederick L. Christ ‘48 John E. Gibbons ‘62 Anthony W. Greer ‘60 Joseph M. Hughes ‘48 Bernard D. Pascal ‘55*

Christina A. Burke ‘81 MaryIrene I. Ilchert-Flynn ‘77

Women’s Swimming Ingrid M. Grein-Bailey ‘79 Helen McCarthy-Reep ‘76

Women’s Soccer

Teresa Petruccelli-Weston ‘97

Championship Teams Honored


• The 1966 Varsity Football Team • The 1956-57 Cross-country/Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field Teams • The 1980 Women’s Varsity Basketball Team • The 1984 Varsity Softball Team 30 ST. FRANCIS PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Lori Mitchell Costello ‘80 Maureen Dillon-Brennan ‘82 Rosemary Downing-McCullagh ‘80 Karen M. Haag ‘80 KathleenM.Monaghan-McCarthy‘76 Deborah A. Strack-Cregan ‘79

Mark E. Prizant ‘96

Men’s Tennis Paul N. Saputo ‘79

Women’s Tennis

Vania Yui-DeLosReyes ‘95


LeeAnn Canavan-Black, Class of 1979

SILVER LEVEL The Pascal Family

BRONZE LEVEL Richie Waitkus, Class of 1980





Red & Blue Terrier RING OF HONOR



SFP Night at Citi Field St. Francis Prep was recognized by The New York Mets at Citi Field on Tuesday night, May 30th as the Mets took on the Milwaukee Brewers. Our highly regarded Chamber Choir, under the direction of David Kobayashi, Esq. ‘93, was on the field to perform their own special rendition of the National Anthem. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by our Principal, Mr. Patrick McLaughlin ‘73 with the assistance of Patrick T. McLaughlin ‘07 (Faculty). More than 600 of our students, faculty/staff, and family members were seated just beyond the left field fence. It was a great night; a fine display of Terrier spirit! And, the Mets won, 5-4!

Above and right: Members of the SFP Chamber Choir and their Director, David Kobayashi, Esq. ‘93



Pictured above and right: Patrick T. McLaughlin ‘07 with Patrick J. McLaughlin ‘73 on the field for the ceremonial “first pitch”.

Pictured above (l-r): (1) Alumni Board members, Gerry Scales ‘76, Wally Bishop ‘80, Brother Robert Kent (Alumni Director) and Marlon Morris ‘84. (2) The Bacci Family: Kelley Hughes-Bacci ‘83, Dan Bacci ‘82, Connor Bacci ‘15, Ryan Bacci ‘10 and his fiancée, Kerri Dodenhoff. (3) Gerilyn Coccia (Assistant Principal), Father Bill Sweeney (fmr. SFP Chaplain), Wally Bishop ‘80 (Alumni Board President) and Brother Leonard Conway, OSF (SFP President) (4) Event organizer, Chris Mendolia ‘87 (Assistant Principal) and Principal, Patrick McLaughlin ‘73.


St. Francis Preparatory School


Photos: Mike Graziano


SFP ALUMNI PARTICIPATION: The “Cor” of Terrier Pride and Tradition Since 1858, generations of Terrier alumni recognize the value of a St. Francis Prep education. They see that Prep strikes a wonderful balance between academic excellence, a caring and supportive community and many vibrant extracurricular opportunities. A tradition of generosity and pride in alma mater has vaulted alumni participation to where it is today with over 5,000 graduates and friends involved in advancement and and re-engagement activities at the Prep each year. Participation has become the rule rather than the exception—and it takes on many forms. It includes everything from Class Reunions and attendance at Alumni Chapter Events to supporting to the Prep’s Annual Fund and/or The Campaign for St. Francis Prep. Your Participation enables Prep to achieve many important things:

1. It creates networking opportunities that enable alumni to meet other professionals in their field at various events; provides opportunities for recent graduates to obtain internships and for current students to consider career paths and/or select a college that is right for them.

2. It enables us to

provide our students with outstanding academic and extracurricular offerings as well as financial assistance for many students who otherwise may not be able to afford a Prep education. n

3. It creates joyous

and spirited celebrations at alumni reunions and receptions when classmates and old friends re-connect and reminisce about “the best four years of their life.”

Why do we have such significant levels of support and participation? Perhaps it’s because so many alumni have formed meaningful and lasting bonds of friendship with their classmates and want to give something back to help insure that the Prep remains “a school of excellence in the Franciscan tradition” now and for generations to come.

“High School is four years; the Prep is forever.” Our motto has become:


It fuels the engine that has driven the Prep’s ongoing Capital Improvement and Modernization Program which has led to many grand improvements to the physical plant and learning environment. *

* Participation at the leadership level has raised millions of dollars in gifts that led to many grand improvements including a modern physical education and athletic training center, a dedicated wing for art education, state-of-the-art science labs and classrooms and a complete renovation of our Music education facilities that is currently underway.

Grad News • Summer/Fall 2017


SFP ALUMNI PARTICIPATION: The “Cor” of Terrier Pride and Tradition Giving back to the Prep, whether in actual dollars and/or involvement and participation, helps keep the school strong for future generations. Every monetary gift, regardless of size, influences the quality of education we offer, makes a difference in the lives of students, and helps maintain St. Francis Prep’s reputation as a “school of excellence.” The “call to service” is what has defined our Franciscan mission at the Prep for close to 160 years. Each year, the members of the Alumni Board of Directors help the Prep community in a myriad of ways. They support the Prep through their own means and also by soliciting the support of friends and classmates. Most importantly, they coordinate and promote the 25 alumni events and reunions that bring us in contact with more than 5,000 Terrier Alumni and Friends each year.

Class Reunions

Alumni Chapters

Reunion weekends attract over 1,000 alumni, family and friends each year! • 5 year Reunion Celebration

Regional and Professional Alumni Chapters provide alumni incredible opportunities to reconnect, especially if you’ve moved away from the area.

• 10th, 15th, and 20th Anniversary Reunion Celebration

Currently there are Regional Alumni Chapter events in:

• Annual Spring Reunion for the 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th & 70th Anniversary Classes.

• • • • •

• Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and recognition of Honorary Alumni is held in conjunction with the Spring Reunion each year.

Homecoming Weekend Cheer for the Terriers on the gridiron and enjoy other interesting alumni events geared to bring alumni with diverse interests back together in different settings: •3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Prep in memory of Jimmy ‘79 & James H’11 Prendergast • Casino Night in support of the SFP Friends of Football Fund

Philadelphia Boston Washington, D.C. Florida (East & West Coast) Arizona

Industry and Profession based Alumni chapters offer opportunities for thoughtprovoking conversation and professional networking. Several events feature alumni panels and/or inspiring speakers. Industry/Profession-based Chapter events include: • • • • • • •

• A Day at the Races at Belmont Racetrack • 5K Fun Run at Prep in Memory of our September 11th Heroes • Homecoming Football Game


Technology Healthcare Legal Services The Arts Education Financial Services Law Enforcement/Fire Fighting & Military

Special Events Annual Walk-a-thon Now in its seventh year, this event engages every member of the student body, parents and alumni. Thus far, it has contributed over $1.7 million toward the Capital Improvement and Modernization Program Annual Mass of Remembrance Each first Sunday of November we honor and celebrate the memory of all departed alumni, family and friends of the Prep. Prior to Mass, the chaplain blesses all of the new memorials on the “Pathway to St. Francis” and officiates the raising of the “Banners of Honor” in the Gym. Named and Memorial Scholarship Awards are also presented. The day concludes with a buffet breakfast. NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade This brings together hundreds of alumni, students, faculty/staff and parents to march as a community up Fifth Avenue representing the Prep. It also serves as a nod to our Franciscan founders’ roots in Mt. Bellew, Ireland. The Annual President’s Dinner Salutes the loyal alumni, parents, faculty, staff, trustees and friends whose generosity at the leadership level helped SFP in many wonderful ways during the year.

Annual June Golf Classic Going into its 25th year, the net proceeds of this event benefit the Prep and come from those who play as part of a foursome or as individual golfers or simply provide their contributions and sponsorships. Our honorees also draw many additional dinner guests who provide support through sponsorships such as journal ads, tee and hole sponsorships. Major Sponsorships from our loyal alumni and friends set the tone for support which we continue to grow and build upon each year. Red & Blue Terrier Ring of Honor Gala Recognizes the outstanding achievements of our prominent athletes, coaches, moderators and athletic programs that have enhanced the spirit and reputation of the Prep. The most recent event held on March 18, 2017 was attended by more than 700 guests. (This very special event is currently slated to be held every three years.)

Staying Connected with Prep The SFP Alumni Website allows us to connect us with more than 23,000 of our constituents (including current and alumni parents) through the Alumni Website’s broadcast email platform. We also connect with our constituents through the “official alumni” Facebook page. In addition, our alumni database (used internally) contains addresses and graduation info on more than 30,000 constituents—  including alumni, current and former parents, faculty, staff, vendors, businesses, foundations and friends!

Our “Official” Facebook page

Our Alumni Website

Our SFP Alumni Database

(Supported with Raisers Edge by Blackbaud)




(And an additional 10,000 email addresses)

Event Photo Galleries & Event Info

(Secure and for internal use only)

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! The Campaign for St. Francis Prep: The Next 150 (Stage Two of our Capital Campaign that benefits this Modernization Program) will continue through 2018, turning soon to the entire Prep community (alumni, parents, friends) to help achieve our goals.

Completed 2015

5 New Science Labs/Classrooms

Now Underway

Music Education Center

New Athletic Training Center

The Campaign for St. Francis Prep

The Next 150

New Art Education Center



“You’ve Made All the Difference!” 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 together with brand new student/athletic locker rooms. (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 as well as a new dance studio and modern locker room facilities.

Major Donor Pledges

Stage One

The Campaign for St. Francis Prep

$1 million and above Peter Callahan ’59 and Family (Dedication of The Coach Vince O’Connor Physical Education & Athletic Training Center) _________ Paulette H’08 and Vincent A. Toscano ‘53 (RIP) __________ Clare and Joseph P. Walker ’57 (RIP) $500,000 and above John J. Brown ‘76 $250,000 and above The Estate of Hugh Fredin ‘44 _______ Michael A. Henning ‘57 $150,000 and above Francis J. Aquila’75

The Sesquicentennial Campaign

$100,000 and above Anthony T. Corbisiero ‘78 (w/ The Soros Charitable Foundation) _______ The Estate of Robert J. Crimmins ’56 (w/ Ridgewood Savings Bank Foundation) The 150th Anniversary Gala _______ Harvard Maintenance, Inc. (Dan Duffy H’02) $50,000 and above

GOAL: $5 Million


Lisa and Jeffrey Alter ‘80 _______ Louis E. Marino, Sr. ‘52 _______ The Anna E. Gallagher Charitable Trust _______ The Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn _______ The Estate of William Ruggiero _______ Gerald P. Scales ‘76


Major Donor Pledges (thru 8/31/17) $1 Million and above The Administration, Faculty, Staff, Students and Parents of St. Francis Prep via the Walk-a-thon 2011-2017 _______

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph H. Pacifico $250,000 and above Lisa & Jeffrey Alter ’80 _______

Royce A. Mulholland ‘79 (RIP) _______

UnitedHealthcare Services, Inc. $200,000 and above Michael A. Henning ‘57 _______

Stage Two

James E. McGlyn ‘49 (RIP) $100,000 and above

The Campaign for St. Francis Prep

The Next 150

Elizabeth G. & Robert J. Adams, Jr. ‘80 _______

Susan E. Loftus ‘76 _______

Thomas Aylward ‘54 (RIP) _______

Lucille & Louis E. Marino, Sr. ‘52 _______

John P. Butler ‘82 _______

Vincent F. Pitta ‘68 _______

Eileen Corrado (In memory of Horace Cotter -the former Bro. Placid) _______

The Estate of Robert J. Stenger _______

GOAL: $10 million Nearly $7 Million Pledged to Date!


Donald P. Devane ‘61 _______

The Theresa & Edward O’Toole Foundation

John A. Fry ‘78 _______

Clare & Joseph P. Walker ’57 (RIP)


Harvard Maintenance, Inc. (Dan Duffy H’02) $50,000 and above Francis J. Aquila ‘75 Lisa & Walter Bishop ‘80 Anne M. Harnett-Coletti ‘90 & Thomas M. Coletti ‘88

In Progress

The Red & Blue Terrier Ring of Honor Gala

Paul V. DeLuca ‘51 The Estate of Anna T. Hughes John M. Jurgensen ‘60 Kathleen & Edward M. Kelly ‘59 John J. Lafond, Jr. ‘80 The Estate of William R. Lee ‘51 William D. Maroney ‘55 Martin G. Shannon ‘80 Robert A. Waegelein, Jr. ‘78

$25,000 and above Stephen G. Adams ‘85 Joseph E. Armstead ‘58 John J. Cahill ‘67 LeeAnn A. Canavan-Black ‘79 Peter M. Corritori ‘59 Terence W. Edwards ‘73 Louis G. Fellin ‘68 Eileen T. LeMonda ‘78 Michael F. Mongelli ‘79 John S. Pereira ‘62 Arlene & Thomas J. Prendergast ‘59 Gerald P. Scales ‘76 Raymond J. Smith ‘56 William J. Zuk ‘60



| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |In | | | | | the | | | | | | | |Footsteps | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | of | | | | | |Saint | | | | | | | | | | | Francis |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| by Brother James McVeigh, O.S.F., Mission Coordinator for our Franciscan Schools We are very fortunate to have so many in our Franciscan family follow in the footsteps of Saint Francis. This summer, we have already had many in our Prep community experience the beauty of our Franciscanism. Dr. Corbino created a course for a small group of our students to visit Assisi and Rome--two cities central to our Franciscan heritage. This experience gave them an opportunity to learn about our Franciscan heritage as well as the charism, mission and values so important to all of us at SFP. By visiting the actual sites so crucial to us, the students were able to “capture the spirit” of St. Francis as well as do research. Dr. Corbino, one of our Assisi Pilgrims shared his own love of St. Francis. The Franciscan Brothers have annually sponsored faculty/staff/administrators to participate in the Assisi Pilgrimage program. Ellen Schulyer and Sandi Vandermosten were our Assisi Pilgrims this year and had the blessing of spending extended time catching the Franciscan spirit in Assisi and Rome. As Assisi Pilgrims, they will assist in animating their students and colleagues in deepening our love for the Franciscan charism.

of Peace, conducted by the Little Sisters of the Poor is no stranger to us. Our Franciscan Youth Movement (FYM) under the direction of Brother James runs Service Retreats for any SFP student who wishes to participate in a Service Retreat. Learning about St. Francis and St. Jeanne Jugan, the students spend the day assisting the residents in their activities: sitting with them at lunch to chat and interact; serving the meals; moving the residents to the chapel, dining room, Bingo or any other activities. Queen of Peace along with Ozanam and other Nursing Homes for Religious Sisters, and Veterans Hospitals are the beneficiaries of FYM’s PROJECT JOY and receive seasonal Christmas letters from our students which are then delivered by FYM after school during FYM’s Christmas Visit to the Home.

Mrs. George Ann Kotowicz took a group of our students to The Notre Dame University for the Notre Dame Vision program which brought our students to develop an awareness of how teenagers can lead in our Church by reflecting on many of the role models we have in our faith.

Under the leadership of our Campus Minister for Service, Shawn Sempowich, several teachers traveled with a group of students on our Franciscan Immersion Trip to serve in an orphanage and other activities in Lima, Peru.

Annual Baby Shower for needy infants and their Mothers

Franciscan Youth Movement (FYM) continues to distribute our various collections to Bridge for Life, Hour Children, etc. from our Annual Baby

All of these programs attest to our Franciscan mission and charisma being alive internationally and locally. With a grateful heart we commend all in Our Franciscan family (named and un-named) students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, administration and campus ministry who LIVE OUR FRANCISCAN VALUES.

Christian Sullivan and Shawn Sempowich ran our Christian Service Academy (two sessions) training our students of the importance of service learning, participating in various service projects throughout Queens and Long Island. Each day after prayer, and an orientation, the students would have opportunities to serve in a soup kitchen, The INN etc. Dr. Sullivan and Brother James accompanied the students to Queen of Peace Residence. Queen

Shower for needy infants and their Mothers, Our FYM Eye Glass Project has sent several hundred pairs of eye glasses to be re-calibrated and made available to the poor for free through a non profit organization .

May each of us reflect a bit on how we can be involved in modeling and mentoring others in our Franciscan mission and charisma. FYM Nursing Home visit at Christmas

God bless and keep smiling!

FRANCISCAN FOCUS || Brother Lawrence Boyle, O.S.F. • St. Francis Prep Class of 1962 Brother Lawrence Boyle, O.S.F., was raised in Glendale and is a graduate of St. Pancras School, (Glendale), and graduated from St. Francis Prep when it was located at 186 North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He entered St. Francis Novitiate, in Upper Brookville, L.I., in 1962 and professed vows on Aug. 2, 1964. Brother Lawrence earned a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Francis College; a masters in education from St. John’s University; and also a professional diploma in educational administration and supervision from Fordham University, Lincoln Center.


Before coming to St. Francis Prep in 1971, he taught at Our Lady of Angels, Bay Ridge; and St. Joseph’s School, Babylon, L.I. He taught at Prep and was chairman of the Social Studies Department. Beginning in 1977, he served as an administrator at various schools, including: St. Bartholomew School, Elmhurst; St. Mary Star of the Sea School, Carroll Gardens; and Fort Greene Catholic School, Adelphi Street. He also served as assistant to the academic dean at St. Francis College. In 1984, he joined the faculty of St. Anthony’s H.S, when it relocated to South Huntington, L.I., assisting in student services and teaching social studies.

He joined the staff of the Superintendent of Education in the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1988, and he served as a district superintendent for Brooklyn East. Brother Lawrence returned to St. Anthony’s H.S. in 1998 as a teacher and then school treasurer. He then rejoined the staff of St. Francis Prep in 2004 as the Registrar and currently serves in that position. He is known for his tireless work ethic, attention to detail and dedication. This past April, he celebrated his 55th Anniversary of graduation from St. Francis Prep. We are grateful for all that Brother Lawrence does for the students and their families at St. Francis Prep!

Celebrating Our Jubilarians


for 50 Years of Dedicated service

From: John [] Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 10:43 AM To: Alumni: Br. Robert Kent; Robert Angeletti; Subject: “Come From Away”

Brother William Boslet, O.S.F.,

Brother Bill was a parishioner of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Hicksville, L.I., when he entered the Franciscan Brothers on July 1, 1966 and professed first vows on Jan. 6, 1968. He taught French at the Prep, when it was located in Williamsburg in the 1970s before being named director of youth ministry in the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT. He returned to the Prep when he served as vocation director (1983-86) for the Order. From 1992 to 1998, he served as the alumni director and student activities director at St. Francis Prep. In 1999, he was appointed vicar for religious in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, a post he held until his election as superior general of the Franciscans in 2007. Since leaving that office in 2015, he has been assistant to the president of St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights.

Dear Brother Robert, Bob, and Fellow Classmates, Many of us still carry deep sadness from the 9/11 attacks that harmed and scarred close relatives, friends and Prep Alumni. Much healing is to be found in the new play, “Come From Away,” currently performing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. Many rave reviews have been written about this inspiring model of loving our neighbor in a time of maximum danger and disconnected need, but I have not yet seen a review which describes how this magnificent play is, at its core, the dramatic articulation of the way St. Francis lived his life and treated his neighbors.

Jack Cahill ‘57 is a wonderful friend of St. Francis Prep and one of the leaders in his class, the great Class of 1957. He is truly a Franciscan at heart and his loyalty to the Prep and his school spirit are unwavering!

Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F.,

Brother Leonard entered the Franciscan Brothers from Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Windsor Terrace, on July 1, 1966 and professed first vows on January 6, 1968. He taught mathematics at the Prep at North 6th Street beginning in 1971. Each summer from 1977 to 1989, he was director of Camp Alvernia, L.I. In 1979 he was appointed director of computer services St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, a position he held until 1983 when he became Principal of Prep in 1983, a post he held for 30 years. He currently serves as President of St. Francis Prep.

Looking forward to seeing you at our 60th[reunion ]on April 8th! Best, Jack Cahill ‘57

From: Sandra X Martin [] Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 3:39 PM To: Br. Robert Kent; Alumni Subject: graduated in ‘97 and reconnecting for potential event opportunity Dear Brother Kent, My name is Sandra X Pradas Martin and I graduated from SFP in 1997. I attended the reunion and really enjoyed reconnecting with former classmates, my alma mater, and seeing the incredible progress the school has made!

Brother Robert Kent, O.S.F.

Brother Robert entered the Franciscan Brothers from Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Windsor Terrace, in 1966 and professed first vows on Jan. 6, 1968. He taught in the social studies department at St. Francis Prep, Williamsburg, beginning in 1968. In 1971, he was appointed Director of Athletics at St. Francis Prep, a position he held until 1998. He currently serves the Prep’s Alumni Director. Appeared in the June 15, 2017 edition of The Tablet

Other Brothers Celebrating their Jubilees Bro. Jude Byrne, O.S.F.— 70th Anniversary Bro. Jude Labre Tallman, O.S.F. —60th Anniversary Bro. Lawrence Makofske, O.S.F. —60th Anniversary Brother Etienne Jaeckel, O.S.F. — 50th Anniversary

The authors have even set the words of the prayer based on the life of St. Francis to music in the most touching and compelling way. “Come From Away” is the story of that prayer come to life on the Broadway stage. One cannot help but feel that St. Francis himself, who – as we know -- was one of the greatest dramatic superstars of all time and arguably the most highly regarded person in the West in the last thousand years, would have applauded this play himself. I hope that one of the gifted writers of our Grad News will write a review of this wonderful dramatization of the Prayer, “Lord make me an instrument of Your peace….”

As a student at Prep, Sandra Martin ‘97 was involved in the San Fran Yearbook Club and the Seraph Newspaper. She continues to do amazing things as an entrepreneur. We’d like to invite any alumni who may be interested in joining the “conversation” or helping to develop this event idea (see the message to the right) to contact us at or reach out to Sandra directly at: Sandra@SelfBalancedSolutions. com

20 years later I am an entrepreneur with my Mindful & Conscious Parenting business – Self Balanced Solutions, LLC. Last year launched the release of Today’s Inspired Latinas, Vol 2 – a book collaboration of which I am one it’s 26 featured authors. The book is a collection of stories that highlights Latinas who are making a difference as they share personal experiences of triumph, success and perseverance. I welcome you to check out a brief review in May 2016 Inc. Magazine. (Search for: 26 Quotes on Perseverance From Inspired Latina Leaders) I have one high school friend who has reached out to me and interested in creating a small event/panel/ discussion/q&a/ etc for October’s Hispanic Heritage Month. This made me think of my alma mater in the event that this too might be of interest for SFP and it’s community. The thought is to inspire, motivate and share “ real” everyday women’s stories who are making an impact with the young impressionable high school women who are smart, motivated, ambitious and navigating their own deluge of information that can easily steer them off course. I look forward to hearing from you and welcome a conversation to discuss any ideas further. Warmly, Sandra



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A Message from Brother Robert Kent, O.S.F., Alumni Director Dear Alumni and Friends, It is hard to believe that another school year has come and gone and that we will soon be welcoming the new incoming class of 2021. Once again, our school year concluded successfully with the last day of regular classes occurring on June 7th. With the largest crowd ever assembled for a St. Francis Prep graduation, all of our 633 seniors received their diplomas at a ceremony held at St. John’s University. Each year it seems that the outstanding accomplishments of our graduation class grow ever more impressive. This claim is easily justified by the fact that this year virtually every graduating senior will attend college in the fall. Moreover, members of the Class of 2017 have been accepted to a total of 308 colleges and universities. These include Ivy League Universities and a variety of prestigious institutions throughout the country. As a group our graduating seniors have been offered more than 158 million dollars in scholarship funds. We welcome them as part of our Prep Family in a new capacity, for they have now made the official transition from graduating seniors to alumni of St. Francis Prep. It is virtually impossible to overstate the depth of our pride in all they have accomplished. Of course, we must acknowledge that credit for their success has its origin in the outstanding and dedicated work of the faculty, staff and administration of the school. Their unfailing commitment to impart their knowledge, and use their expertise and guidance for the greater good of our students has produced such a rich harvest. While we certainly all take pride in the past accomplishments of the Prep and its alumni, we are also bound to look forward towards the future and willingly accept the challenges it holds out to us. Today the challenges loom ever more menacingly, and now, more than ever before, it is essential that our alumni rise to the occasion, taking an active role in securing the future of the Prep for the years ahead. In the very spirit of that commitment to actively participate, let us begin with a great turnout for our Homecoming Weekend. This year’s weekend will commence on Thursday, October 19th with the 3-on-3 Hoops Tournament in memory of Jimmy Prendergast ’79 & James Prendergast H ’11. It will continue on Friday, October 20th with the friends of SFP Football Event at Bourbon Street in Bayside. This will be followed on Saturday, October 21st, with

a Day at the Races at Belmont Park in the Turf and Field Club. Finally, on Sunday, October 22nd, we will first offer our 5K Fun Run in honor of our September 11th Heroes, and then offer our Homecoming Football game against Xavier High School at 1:00 pm at Martin Van Buren High School. The Prep Southern California Alumni Group is being reborn from the ashes, like the phoenix. How fitting that the Phoenix Arizona “Prepsters”, lead by Bob Caccamo ’59, have joined forces with Pat Cashin ’59 to organize an area reunion in Redondo Beach, California for October 27th, 28th and 29th, 2017. Please understand that their reunion comes with a money back guarantee that you will have the best time ever, and even be given the opportunity to recapture your New York accent. On Friday, October 4th, we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a liturgy offered by Bishop Paul Sanchez. The Canticle Citation was presented to Robert Corbino, Ed.D, Robert Guthenberg, Stephen Marino, Ph.D and Sister Mary Ann Napier, C.S.J, for their 40 years of service; Jean-Patrick Devesin, Joseph DiSomma, Laura Hassett, Gregory Madama, Xenos Novoa and Lorna Pietryga-Park for their 15 years of Service, the President’s Award for 15 years of service was presented to Vesna Vulin. In addition recognition was given to Brother Adrian Fannon on the occasion of his 60th anniversary as a Franciscan Brother. This was a great time to celebrate all that was accomplished by the faculty and staff of St. Francis Prep. I would like to take this 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 Gerry Bryan for his 24 years of service in the English Department; Pat Cinque-Maher for 35 years of service as an Administrative Assistant to the Admissions Office; Joe Licata for his 43 years of service as a teacher and chairperson in the Foreign Language Department; Agnes Pappas for her 10 years of service as an Administrative Assistant to the Medical Office; Don Sileo for his 37 years of service in the Guidance Department. Finally, we recognize Betty Pietromonaco for her amazing 42 years of service as the Coordinator of our Volunteers Staff. All together this represents a combined total of 191years of service to the Prep. At this juncture, we would also like to acknowledge that this year Phyllis Gambino ’90

received the Faculty/Staff Franciscan Spirit Award and Marcel Avril ’17 received the student Franciscan Spirit Award; both awards were presented at the graduation ceremony. They truly exemplify the Franciscan ideals in all aspects of their lives. We salute all of you for your commitment and 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. The entire Prep community values and acknowledges the faculty and staff members for their many dedicated years of loyal service. We are grateful that they are partners in our Franciscan Mission. As we begin a new era, our 159th year, we look back and acknowledge the myriad ways in which our students have risen to the level of excellence in the diverse fields of science, music, art and athletics. But we also wish to acknowledge the whole range of selfless acts of school related and communal services performed, all of which exemplify and manifest the spirit of the Gospel and spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. Let us hope and pray that God’s blessings will continue to shower down upon all of us and that with the combined talents of our administration, faculty, staff and alumni the Prep will be able, in even more creative ways, to respond to the needs of the students of tomorrow. I hope that you will continue to support our fundamental mission: to provide an outstanding, well-rounded education in the Franciscan tradition to all the diverse students in the Prep community. Finally, I would like to offer congratulations to Father Bill Sweeney, for his appointment as Pastor at St. Francis deSales in Belle Harbor. As always, I am very grateful to the 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. Thank you for your unfailing support. May the blessing of St. Francis be with you and your family, now and all the days of your lives. “High School is for 4 Years; The Prep is Forever” In gratitude,

Brother Robert Kent, O.S.F, Alumni Director Pictured (l-r): Gerry Bryan-24 years/ English Department; Pat Cinque-Maher-35 years/Admissions Office; Joe Licata-43 years/Foreign Language Department; Agnes Pappas-10 years/Medical Office; Don Sileo-37 years/Guidance Department. Betty Pietromonaco-42 years/ Volunteer Staff Coordinator


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Alumni In Print and On-the-Air John “Jake” McNicholas ‘74 brings the dangerous world of narcotics enforcement in New York City to life like no other. The cops are gritty, witty and sometimes giddy. Readers tag along with main characters, Detective Jimmy McTigue and his partner Bobby Washington onto the narcotics sets, the borough office and afterhours hangouts feeling as if they’re part of the team. The banter between the cops, who simultaneously seem to love and hate their job, is brutally honest. McNicholas knows their work as well as anybody, and politics be damned, does not hold anything back. It might be fiction, but one thing is for certain, McNicholas give readers an insider’s view of the ‘God’s work’ being performed everyday by the brave men and women assigned to the NYPD’s Narcotic Division.” (Source: Amazon Review)

Bob Martin ‘67 served the NYPD for 32 years in a wide variety of commands. These include the fabled Tactical Patrol Force (TPF), the Street Crime Unit, Mounted Unit, the 72nd, 69th, 6th Precincts, Queens and Bronx Detectives, and finally as the CO of the Special Investigations Division. Martin was a charter member and played for a dozen years with the NYPD’s Finest Football Team. He served for twelve years on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) “Committee on Terrorism” and traveled extensively, in this country and abroad, speaking on the subject. He retired as a Deputy Inspector in 2000 and began writing. His stories have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers. Bronx Justice, based on an actual case, is his first novel.

Dr. Peter Rappa ‘79, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, takes a holistic approach to rehabilitation and recovery. He primarily treats patients with brain injury, stroke, or traumatic injury. Peter released his second book, A Hero in Time, which is a love story, wrapped in adventure with an unexpected ending, all the while delivering an uplifting message. The story begins at Steward Township Hospital in Meza, Texas, when an unidentified patient dropped in, namelessly, to the medical program. The backstory develops as the reader watches the medical team slowly discover not only the identity of the trauma victim but also the engaging synchronicity of how he came to be there. A medical theme and a complex plot take the reader back in time to the inception of young love and romance, while moving forward in time to touch on the concepts of the essence of selfless love, integrity, dedication and soul work. The underpinnings of the novel are spiritual without trying to be, and the plot is engaging as the mystery of Trauma Victim 14406 is knitted together.

Richie Burriesci ‘72 has published an extraordinarily light-hearted science fiction drama that he wrote 12 years ago as a screenplay entitled ONTARIO ROSE. In June 1972, Richie was a member of the last graduating classes of our Brooklyn campus. Bro. Ed Kent and Bro. Thomas Grady were two of his English teachers who noted his creative writing possibilities. They would be

proud of this accomplishment. Prepsters young and old will thoroughly enjoy this extraterrestrial adventure that commences in 1947 Roswell, New Mexico and culminates in Toronto, Canada. A limited edition of this book is available through THE LINCOLN STUDIO for fine arts and film production, ( The letter size paperback costs $17 and includes postage and handling.

Shannan Ferry ’10 is a journalist from Queens who reports for NY1 News. She interned at NY1 in 2012, and returned in 2014 as a reporter. You’ll typically find Shannan out in the field covering stories around the city, but she also fills in behind the anchor desk and in the traffic studio. Prior to NY1, Shannan worked as a College Associate for Fox News Channel. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2014 where she studied broadcast journalism and political science. Shannan graduated from St. Francis Prep in 2010, and was involved a wide range of activities including the tennis team and student government association. Shannan’s mom, Donna DeLuca Ferry is also a graduate of St. Francis Prep--the Class of 1976!

Kevin Westly, T.M.R.F. ‘65 is the host of “That’s How I Spell Ireland” on WRHU 88.7 FM and on Saturdays from 5-8:00 PM. Over the years Kevin has been active in several Irish organizations and has received awards from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Society of the Musicians of Ireland) and others organizations. He has won numerous singing competitions. Kevin has performed voice recitals and is often asked to sing the Irish and American Anthems at sporting and social events.

There are many Facebook pages that use the Prep’s name in one form or another. But there’s only one where you will find all of the “official” Alumni News, Event information and photos and videos.

Find the “Official Prep alumni” Facebook page here: GRAD NEWS • SUMMER/FALL 2017


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Prep Alumni are well-known for their enduring loyalty, Franciscan spirit and willingness to go to great lengths to stay connected to their fellow Prepsters in between class reunions. The Class of 1960 “Meets, Greets and Eats!”

Rest in Peace

John Mullane ‘45 Brother Leonard visited with John and his wife, Madeline in February at their home in the Charlotte, NC area (pictured above) and presented them with some Prep apparel. Unfortunately, we learned that John then passed away in April. May he rest in peace!

The Class of ‘60 started Spring with a brunch at the Bridgeview Diner in the Motherland (Brooklyn, of course). The group also wanted to welcome their own Bobby Costanzo ‘60, who was visiting from Los Angeles (Hollywood). Pictured (l-r): Danny Grimaldi, actor and friend of SFP who had an ongoing role in the Sopranos; Bobby Costanzo ‘60, long time Hollywood star with a great number of parts to his credit; Robert O’Rourke ‘60; Brother Garry, O.S.F. recently retired from SFC; Bill Spadola ‘60; Ben Ruggiero ‘60; Brian Wickham ‘60 retired TV audio mixer; and Ray Iannicelli ‘60, well known TV actor and acting instructor.

Edward Mulvihill, SFP Class of 1954 passed away on October 3, 2016. Ed and his lovely wife, Elsie attended nearly every one of our Florida Area Alumni Chapter events since 2008. Ed will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him. May he rest in peace!

“Red and Blue Through and Through”

Members of the SFP Class of 1960 also brunched at Cafe Une, Deux, Trois in Manhattan. Pictured (left to right): Jimmy Dunphy, Lou Alba, Brian Wickham, Ray Dudzinski, Jack McCormack, Peter Swist, Joe Scalia, Bill Spadola and Ben Ruggiero.

James Caravella ‘46

“The Spirit of ‘76”

James Caravella, Class of 1946 is enjoying the SFP gear given him by Alumni Director, Brother Robert Kent. James now resides at The Bristal in East Northport, NY.

Five members of the Class of 1976 planned their own min-reunion at the Annual Greater Washington DC Area Alumni Chapter Reception in Alexandria, VA this past October. Pictured (l-r): Gerry Scales, Gloria Federico, Maureen Shanahan Anderson, Filomena D’Elia and Nancy Donato.


Tim Leary, Class of 1963 Retires After 42 Years

A pre-game ceremony was held at his last home game in front of a standing room only crowd!

Surrounded by current and former players, his family, fans, faculty & staff, Coach Tim Leary ‘63 capped off a stellar 42-year career with the Terrier Basketball program. Both sides of the bleachers were filled with Prep “family” wanting to bid their former teacher, and coach, a farewell. Tim spoke of many experiences, the great players and his esteemed fellow coaches. He graciously thanked everyone for their support and for the tremendous privilege to be able to say that he played and coached at St. Francis Prep. The only one he said he wished could’ve been there was his lovely wife Claudia, who passed away over the summer after a lengthy battle with cancer. The ceremony was held at the team’s last home game vs. Holy Cross on February 12th. A reception was held after the game in the cafeteria which Coach Leary preferred because he could personally sit and talk with everyone; something he would not be able to do at a larger, more formal dinner. Tim will remain in the hearts and minds of everyone who loves the Terriers. Longtime assistant coach, and former Terrier player, Jimmy Lynch ‘99 was named the new head coach. (See pg. 50.)

Photos: Mike Graziano

Above: Surrounded by his family, friends, current and former players and members of the SFP Administration, Coach Tim Leary addresses the crowd at the final home game of his coaching career. Inset: San Fran yearbook photo of “Timmy” playing for the St. Francis Prep Terriers in the 1960s. Below: Former players, classmates, fellow coaches, and members of his family gathered in the cafeteria for a post game reception where Coach Leary had an opportunity to speak to them all.



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Veteran Faculty member, Joe Licata H’00, Retires; Classroom Dedicated in his Honor by Benefactor and Assistant Football Coach Robert A. Waegelein ‘78 Joe was named an Honorary Alumnus of St. Francis Prep in 2000. In 2006, he was presented with the Franciscan Spirit Award by the SFP community and he was the recipient of the Teacher Recognition for Academic Excellence in 2012. Joe was also honored by the St. Francis Prep Alumni Board at their 22nd Annual Golf Classic in 2015. In his remarks, Joe expressed how grateful and blessed to have been a part of the St. Francis Prep community for such a long time. “I’ve been teaching at St. Francis Prep for 43 years,” he said. “I’ve never had a bad day. I don’t think many people can say that if they’ve been working at any place for 43 years and not have a bad day. I walk inside that building with a broad smile. I walk out of that building with a smile.” Congratulations Joe! We thank you for your many years of faithful and joyous service and wish you all the best in your well-deserved retirement! Joe and his family (l-r); Gabriella ‘13, Giusepina ‘04, Angelina ‘06, Joe, Carmelo ‘05, Graziella ‘08, Pierangelo ‘14, Salvatore ‘10 and his wonderful wife, Rose. On January 28, the Prep community gathered at the Annual Football Awards Dinner for a special ceremony to honor Joe Licata H’00 who has retired after 43 years teaching at the Prep. He served as the Terrier football moderator since 1977. Hundreds of current and former players were present. Former SFP Chaplain, Father Bill Sweeney gave the homily. Joe was presented with some well-deserved retirement gifts including a Fitbit; a St. Francis Prep football jersey with the No. 7, (representing his seven children); an autographed helmet by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo; and tickets for a Cowboys game and private tour of AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

Pictured (l-r): Bro. James McVeigh, (Franciscan Mission Coordinator); Fr. Mark Simmons, (SFP Chaplain); Bro. Leonard Conway (President); Robert “Bob” Waegelein ‘78, (Asst. Football Coach); Joe Licata H’00; former SFP Chaplain, Fr. Bill Sweeney and Patrick J. McLaughlin ‘73 (Principal)

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The most meaningful gift however, was the announcement that Prep is naming the classroom in which he taught all 43 years in his honor. It will be completely overhauled as part of the Prep’s ongoing Capital Improvement and Modernization Program, and will also be used as a study hall for football players. The costs of the renovation were underwritten by Robert Waegelein ‘78, who also serves as the Assistant Coach of the Varsity team.


Hon. William A. Viscovich ‘79 Elected to Queens County Supreme Court Congratulations to William A. “Bill” Viscovich, SFP Class of 1979. Bill was elected as a judge for the Queens County Supreme Court in the 11th Judicial District of New York. He was sworn in on January 5, 2017. He was previously a judge on the New York City Civil Court of Queens County, New York from 2008 to 2016. Bill began his career in 1989 as Counsel to Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn. He then served as counsel to the Queens County Clerk from 2001 until his judicial election in 2007. He joined the civil court in 2008. Bill received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1983 and his J.D. from the Albany Law School of Union University in 1986.


As a loyal and dedicated alumnus, Bill has served on the SFP Alumni Board of Directors since 2005. In addition, he is a judge on the Prep’s Mock Trial program and provides Prepsters with invaluable advice, opportunities for internships and encourages them to become involved in their communities. Bill is also an enthusiastic supporter of the annual SFP Legal Professions Alumni Chapter Reception. In April of this year, Bill was inducted into the SFP Hall of Fame! (See page 20) Married to classmate and “soulmate” Felicia Varlese ‘79, they have two children: Adam, (SFP Class of 2015) and Erica, (SFP Class of 2017). They are dedicated and generous to the Prep. Bill’s two siblings, Diane Viscovich-O’Sullivan, (Class of 1989) and John Viscovich, (Class of 1981) are also members of the Prep “family.” Diane’s twin, Linda Viscovich-Ledbetter, blazed her own trail by attending St. Mary’s High School and later graduating from Herricks High School in New Hyde Park. Bill’s sister-in-laws, are also part of the Prep family; Laura A. Varlese-McCormack, Class of 1985 and Doris R. Varlese, Class of 1981.


Pictured: (1) The swearing-in ceremony. (2) (l-r): Bill, Adam, Father Gerard Sauer, Felicia, Father Italo Barozzi, Erica, Diane & Linda. (3) Bill’s and his siblings (l-r): Linda, John ‘81, Bill ‘79 and Diane ‘89 (4) Bill and his wonderful parents, Gloria and Bruno Viscovich. Photos: Mike Graziano


Joe Miccio ‘77 Inspires a Love for the Game of Chess

As a New York City firefighter, Joe Miccio has saved scores of city residents. Now, he’s saving children from getting checkmated. The retired cop turned firefighter is bringing the centuries-old game of chess to a new generation of children by digitizing QuickChess, a variation he created that teaches people how to play within 10 minutes. Miccio, 57, created QuickChess when he was a firefighter at Ladder 127 in Jamaica, Queens, and a friend asked him if he would teach their kids how to play chess. “I’m not a chess expert, but I am pretty good at teaching and have a knack with working with young kids,” said Miccio. In order to teach the children, he designed a game with a smaller board and fewer pieces. It didn’t take them long to master the game and want to try the bigger board. “The kids don’t even realize they’re learning to play chess as they play this game,” Miccio said. “At a time when most people are playing zombie-shooting video games, these kids are learning not to pounce on a play,” Miccio said. “Because if they do, they will probably lose the game a few moves down the line.” Good work Joe! Thank you for all that you do to serve the New York City community. You are a fine reflection on SFP! _____________ Story by Thomas Tracy of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. Photos: New York Daily News, Monday, November 21, 2016.


Rest in Peace Royce A. Mulholland ‘79 On March 3rd we lost a special member of the Prep “family” when Royce Mulholland ‘79 passed away suddenly. Royce had a big heart and a winning smile. His desire to make the world a better place was evidenced in his advocacy for affordable housing. His company, The Mulholland Group, developed, managed and was lauded for creating modern, multi-family housing in upstate New York as well as in Texas and Virginia. Royce, a childhood friend of former Governor Mario Cuomo’s daughter Maria Cuomo-Cole ‘80, worked on his 1982 Campaign for Governor. Royce was a natural politician, serving as class president at Prep. After Royce’s graduation from Ohio Wesleyan University, he went to work for Governor Cuomo. It was there he first learned of his love for housing and helping those less fortunate that gave him direction and shaped the balance of his life’s work. Royce loved St. Francis Prep and was a loyal and generous supporter of the various alumni events and fundraising programs at the school. He was also a longtime supporter of Providence House--Brooklyn, a non-profit shelter run by the Sisters of St. Joseph to help transition women who are homeless and recently released from prison back into society. He was a loving husband and father who embodied and believed deeply that “the value of a man is not measured by what he does for himself to make his life easier, but measured by what he does for others to make their lives easier.” Royce is survived by his wife Lauretta; daughters, Noelle, Shannon, Annie and Blair; and his son Royce Jr. He is also survived by his mother Dorothy Mulholland (his father, Joseph Mulholland ‘46, passed in 2002), brothers Sean and Josh (SFP Class of 1984), sister Raissa Petracca, and many nieces and nephews. May he rest in peace!



| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | ALUMNI | | | | | | | | | | | | | |NEWS | | | | | | | | |& | | | NOTES |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Jim Gannon ‘83, founder of the Common Sense Program, mentored four Prep students and guided them in their participation in the The High School Fed Challenge. It is a competition designed to bring real-world economics into the classroom. Teams play the role of monetary policymakers by analyzing economic conditions and recommending a course for monetary policy. It’s an unforgettable experience in economic analysis, monetary policy decisionmaking, public speaking and teamwork. Fed Challenge participants develop skills—the ability to think analytically, to make effective presentations, to work as a team, to think on their feet—that are valuable in both their academic and professional careers. To compete, teams of three to five students offer a 12-minute presentation on the economy and participate in a 13-minute Q&A with the judges. Judges are New York Fed economists and staff who are experts on economics and monetary policy. Pictured are: Jewel Chavis ‘17, Brandon Florez ‘17, Mark Milian ‘18 and Tyler Hartman ‘18.

Congratulations to Claudia DeFrank-Guinness ‘84. Her son, Robert McGuinness ‘17 officially signed for baseball at Fairleigh Dickinson University! Pictured (back row, l-r): SFP Athletic Director, Sal Fischetti ‘83; Director of Guidance and College Counseling, Robyn Armon; Alumni Director and Baseball Coach, Brother Robert Kent; SFP Principal Patrick J. McLaughlin ‘73.

Congratulations Salvatore G. Gangemi ‘86! “Best Lawyers”, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has announced that the attorneys from his firm, Murtha Cullina LLP have been selected to be included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Sal is among three Murtha Cullina attorneys selected as 2018 “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practice areas. Sal practices in the area of employment law and litigation. He has devoted his entire career to the area of employment law, and has successfully represented clients in employment discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, and compensation cases and matters. He argued the case of Pachter v. Bernard Hodes Group, Inc., before the New York State Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court. His advocacy succeeded in the New York Court of Appeals recognizing that all employees, including highly compensated individuals, are protected by New York’s unlawful wage deduction statute. Since 2010, Mr. Gangemi has served on the Board of Advisors of the St. John’s School of Law, Labor and Employment Law Center. Since 2009, he has served on the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association - New York. In addition, in 2008, he was Chair of the Employment Law Committee of the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association.

FDNY Capt. Thomas Regan, SFP Class of 1990 was among three of NYC’s Bravest in Ladder Company 163 who rescued a 43-year old marathon runner from a fire that ripped through her Woodside home in October 2016. She was unconscious on the 6th floor when they found her in the burning building, the Daily News story reported. In an emotional firehouse reunion a day before Thanksgiving she visited the firehouse to say thank you. “They saved my life” said Claudia Hernandez. “The main thing that we’re proud of [is] that Claudia made such an outstanding recovery, because you kind of lose track of a victim of a fire. You don’t know if they made it or not,” said Regan. Capt. Tom is the second from the left in the photo on the cover NY Daily News.

Rutgers University Names New Practice Facility in Honor of Marco Battaglia, SFP Class of 1990 At St. Francis Prep, Marco Battaglia starred as a wide receiver and free safety for the Terrier football team. As a junior, he totaled 31 receptions for 542 receiving yards and six touchdowns, which earned him a berth on the All-City team. The following year, he was voted Player of the Year after compiling nine interceptions and three fumble recoveries as a free safety. However, he said his greatest memories of playing football at the Prep were being part of back-to-back CHSFL city title teams in 1989 and 1990. After Prep, Battaglia went on to play his college football at Rutgers University. As a junior, he led the BIG EAST with 58 receptions for 779 yards. But it was his senior season of 1995 that alerted the country’s college football scene to this tight end’s talent. That fall, he led the nation’s tight ends with 69 catches for 894 yds. and 10 touchdowns – which set a single-season Rutgers record. He was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and became the first-ever consensus First-Team All-American in Scarlet Knights’ program history. Years later, Sports Illustrated would name him as the top college football tight end on the All-Decade Team of the 1990s.


In the 1996 NFL Draft, Battaglia was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals. He spent six seasons in orange and black before playing stints with the Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his final season in 2003, he played for the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVII. Coincidentally, the offensive coordinator on that team was Dan Henning, a 1960 St. Francis Prep graduate. After a successful college and professional career, Marco has yet another great memory to cherish. On August 6th, Rutgers unveiled a new $8.5 million dollar Practice Complex, named in his honor. It features two new Kentucky Bluegrass fields equipped with a state-of-the-art drainage and irrigation system

and a separate FieldTurf playing surface. “I’ve played a lot of football in my life,” said Battaglia, who spent eight seasons in the NFL, “and I can honestly tell you, the places I’ve been, my travels in the NFL, the different universities that I’ve been to visiting, this is the best in class by far.” Athletic Director, Pat Hobbs noted the significance of connecting the history of the Rutgers football program with Marco Battaglia’s name on it: “Going back to Marco Battaglia, you saw the effort of one individual on that football field and it’s a message to our team today that everyone has to exert themselves, everyone has to own their own piece of the 100 yards.” Marco is the assistant athletic director for development at Rutgers. His responsibilities include fundraising, athletic development and engaging former Rutgers’ athletes and alumni to get recommitted to the sports program. For the current St. Francis Prep team, Battaglia serves as the perfect example of a local guy who worked extremely hard to achieve his football dreams. Through it all, the tight end has always remained true to his roots. “I try to go back [to St. Francis Prep football games] because the program means a lot to me,” Battaglia said. “The coaching staff means a lot to me.” Pictured (top left): SFP Terrier Football Team photo; (Center): Marco and his family at the ribbon cutting ceremony at Rutgers and the artist’s rendering of the new practice facility.

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 2017 outing held at Douglaston Golf Course raised $8,000 for the fund and this will be “matched” by Con Edison. Pictured: Prep alumni parent Jack Tully of Con Edison (seated right); SFP Alumni Director, Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F. (seated left); SFP Director of Development, Robert Angeletti (standing left); and SFP Principal, Patrick McLaughlin. Inset: George’s Class of 2000 graduation photo. Joseph Marziliano ’08 will take over as district manager of Community Board 11. Joe was an employee for Community Board 8 between 2014 and 2016. After that, he took a position as a community liaison for the city’s Department of Health in Queens, where he worked all across the borough—including with CB 11—to connect Queens with health services. When he saw the opening for district manager, he thought that it could be an opportunity to help Queens residents be better connected with local government. “I’m really looking forward to maintaining the really great neighborhoods that we have out here in terms of quality of life, delivery of city services and government transparency,” he said. “It’s really important that people know when and where they can connect with city government to have better city services” he told the Queens Tribune. Good work, Joseph! We applaud your service and dedication to the community.

The Daniel Apicella ‘00 Memorial Scholarship Fund award was presented to Constantino Kosmidis ‘18 on August 14th at the annual golf outing held in Dan’s memory. Pictured (l-r): Dan’s parents, Costantino, Kevin Wagner ‘01 and Jim Lynch ‘99.

Brittany Baldwin ‘09 received her MFA from Pratt Institute and BFA from Adelphi University where she received the Hugh A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Abstraction. Solo exhibitions include “Serious Fun” at Pratt Institute and “Brainsugar” at Adelphi University. She has participated in several group exhibitions at Pratt Institute, Con Artist Gallery, Adelphi University, and See Exhibition Space. This past October she completed a mural for the Department of Transportation through their Barrier Beautification initiative. She also hosted a solo show at Adelphi University from late January through mid-March. Excellent work, Brittany!

Justin Guerre ‘14, a junior at LaSalle University, was tabbed with Atlantic 10 accolades after his performances at the Jack Pyrah Invitational at Haverford College. Guerre was named Performer of the Week by La Salle University Athletics. He broke two school records in the 60m and 300m and finished first over 29 other runners in the 300m, shattering the school record with a time of 35.21, which had gone uncontested since 2006. He also placed first in the 60m sprint, with a time of 6.89. Congratulations Justin!

Nick LoPrinzi ‘13 Named Skyline Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year After concluding his career with First Team Skyline AllConference honors, Nicholas LoPrinzi, Jr. ‘13 has been named the Skyline Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year as the league office announced the Scholar-Athletes of the Year for the winter and spring sports in July. LoPrinzi helped St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) to a 9-9 record in league play and a 14-19 mark overall, suffering eight losses by just one run. The Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award is presented to the first-team All-Conference performer who carries the highest grade point average for the semester in which the student-athlete competes. LoPrinzi was selected as the first-team catcher after batting .308 for the Bears, scoring 23 runs and driving in 29. He concluded his senior campaign on a 17-game reached base safely streak and defensively he committed just one error in 157 chances. The St. Joseph’s College alumnus finished as the program leader in games played and started (154) and second alltime in at bats (525), hits (181) and runs batted in (113). Joseph is the son of Nicholas LoPrinzi, Class of 1987. Congratulations, Nick!

Natalie Diaz, ‘04 was active in the Alvernian Drama Society, the Dance Team, Gymnastics, Cheerleading and the Chamber Choir at Prep. In her senior year she played the role “Sandy” in Prep’s production of Grease. Chamber Choir and the Drama Society were “the two big things that contributed to my performing arts training at Prep” she said. In the spirit of coming back and giving back, Natalie was also served as a guest judge for Prep’s Talent Show this year.

has significant training and experience in both vocal and aerial performance in addition to dance. Her background in gymnastics sparked her specialization as an aerialist in silks, hoop/lyra, hammock, and straps. She received bicoastal training at the New England Center for Circus Arts, and Circus Center in San Francisco. Her domestic and international performance locales include: Los Angeles, Canada, Dubai, and throughout New York City. She has performed in regional productions of West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Hairspray and Joseph...Dreamcoat. She was also an anthem singer for the NY Rangers, Mets, Islanders and Nets!

This summer Natalie performed at the Hammerstein Ballroom for Broadway Bares which features 150+ performers, (the majority come from Broadway shows) with all of the proceeds donated to Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. (The production is in its 27th year, being produced by Jerry Mitchell and directed by Nick Kenkel.)

In her spare time, Natalie enjoys rooting for her favorite sports teams, participating in NYRR races, and is a huge fan of Scottish Terriers.

At a young age, she became active in competitive gymnastics, and later incorporated classical ballet into her repertoire training in the Vaganova method. She later expanded her dance pedigree to include the styles in jazz, hip-hop, and theater through studies at Broadway Dance Center. A true triple-threat, Natalie

Natalie proudly says, “I loved attending Prep, and am so grateful for the opportunities that it allowed me to explore my interests. This is where it all started for me in my career in the arts! Prep gave me the confidence and determination to do what I love, and still continue to do today. Special thanks to the teachers who inspired me along the way: Denis Sugrue, Marla Krowlikowski - who helped create my first vocal demo—and Donna Mejia —who always supported me!”



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2017 Franciscan Spirit Awards

At the Class of 2017 Commencement, Phyllis Gambino-Skody ‘90 was presented with the Franciscan Spirit Award 2017. During her time at the Prep (as both a student and a faculty member), Phyllis has also been the recipient of the Gold Medal in Religious Education (1990) and the Recognition for Educational Excellence (2009). Pictured (l-r): her sister, Patricia Gambino ‘86; her parents, Sam and Stella Gambino; Phyllis and her husband, William Skody. She currently serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Director at Prep. Congratulations Phyllis! Marcel Avril ‘17 was the student recipient of the Franciscan Spirit Award at the 2017 Commencement. Marcel’s contributions to the Prep community are numerous and varied. He was a National Honor Society student, an active participant in the SFP Talent Show and the “Save Our Planet” Club. He also served as a Eucharistic Minister and participated in many Campus Ministry activities. Marcel served as a mentor to underclassmen and most importantly, his energy, enthusiasm and kindness made him a role model for other students. Perhaps his most prominent role at Prep was as “The Voice” for the morning announcements. Retired faculty member, Rudy Zientarski ‘63 and his son, Rev. Nicholas Zientarski ‘90 dropped by SFP for a visit this past Spring. Prep’s President, Brother Leonard Conway, gave them a tour all of the recent improvements that have been made as part of the Capital Improvement and Modernization Program. They visited the new Music Education Center, the new Science Labs and Classrooms and the new graphics on the East and West Bottom which serve to reinforce our Franciscan values and our Terrier spirit.

Pictured (l-r) are: Gerry Scales ‘76 (Vice President), Br. Robert and Nancy Demers ‘91 (Communications Director).

On April 8th, Alumni Director, Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F., (center) recognized several members of the SFP Alumni Board for their years of service and dedication: Nancy Demers ‘91 15 Years Alice Dunkak-Quinn ‘79 15 Years Eileen LeMonda ‘78 30 Years Gerry Scales ‘76 25 Years


Poet, editor and Prep English teacher, Eric Hafker ‘91 has released the second edition of his critically acclaimed poetry book “Bare” via Moving Poetry Press. A review on Digital Journal states, “He is able to paint a vivid picture in the minds of his readers with his verisimilitude, free verse and eloquent verbage.” Congratulations Eric!

On Friday, June 2, 2017, St. John’s University’s College of Professional Studies bestowed the Distinguished Alumni Award upon four special SJU graduates--most notably among them our very own Development Director, Robert T. Angeletti H’11. Bob has served the Prep since 2004. The award serves to recognize and celebrate the many distinguished alumni who have achieved professional excellence. Congratulations Bob!

Former long-time SFP Chaplain, Rev. William F. Sweeney, was appointed Pastor of St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor, effective June 30. (He was formerly served as a parochial vicar in the same parish.) The installation ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Congratulations Father Bill!

SFP Math Department veteran math department faculty member, Robert “Bobby” Guthenberg is a radio personality on the Rock Show at WCWP-LIU-Post Public Radio. (You can listen over the air in northern Nassau County at 88.1 FM or live stream on your computer or smartphone.) Prior to teaching, Bob enjoyed a career in radio and served as the Program Director at WCWP (1967-70) and as a DJ/Producer at WLIR 92.7 FM from 1971-73. Over the past 17 years Bob has promoted many SFP music and drama events on his evening radio show. With a teaching career spanning 42 years, he and his lovely wife, MaryEllen have four children who graduated from Prep: Michael ‘94, Christina ‘98, Ann ‘01, and Kathleen ‘03. (Sadly, Annie lost her battle to Colon Cancer in 2010.) Bob’s grandson, Christian ‘18 is studying at the Prep. And while we have had many faculty/staff members who have enrolled their children and grandchildren at Prep, Bob just may be the first to have children and a grandchild graduate from SFP while still actively serving on the faculty!

James “Jimmy” Lynch ‘99 was named Head Coach of the Prep’s Varisty Basketball Team taking the reigns from legendary coach and NYS High School Basketball Hall of Famer, Tim Leary, SFP Class of 1963, who retired this year. (See story on page 45.) He served as Coach Leary’s assistant for four seasons. Prior to that he coached the Freshmen and JV basketball teams each for five seasons before moving up to serve as a coaching assistant under Coach Leary. Jimmy has been teaching mathematics at Prep for 10 years. He has been happily married for four years. He and his wife, Gianna have three wonderful children. Best of luck, Jimmy! Pictured (l-r): Patrick McLaughlin ‘73 (Prep’s Principal), Coach Lynch and Athletics Director, Sal Fischetti ‘83.


Terrier Athletics Season Round-Up BOYS BASKETBALL Brooklyn/Queens Division I Fifth Place Play-offs - Quarterfinalist

GIRLS BASKETBALL Brooklyn/Queens Division 1 Fourth Place Play-offs - Semifinalist


Coach Brother Robert Kent was proud to report that the SFP Baseball student athletes had a wonderful year! Several seniors signed on to play with the following schools: Garrett Crowley ‘17 • Fordham University

Brooklyn/Queens Division 1 Third Place 2016 City Quarter-Finalist

Salvatore Ferro ‘17 • Long Island University, Brooklyn


Iset Maldonado ‘17 • St. Michael’s College, Vermont

Division II - Second Place Play-off - Division Champions


Division I- 3 Place Play-off Semi-Finalist rd


Brooklyn/Queens Fourth Place Intersectional Play-offs 2nd round



Shane Epps ‘17 • St. Michael’s College, Vermont Robert McGuinness ‘17 • Fairleigh Dickinson University Preston Milano ‘17 • Queens College Michael Nacinovich ‘17 • Molloy College Also, we’re proud to report that Miguel Gonzales ‘17 will be attending Princeton University.

Division 1 - Fourth Place


Varsity Fifth Place


AA Division Quarterfinalist

GIRLS SWIMMING Division I - Fourth Place


SFP Handball Continues its Incredible Winning Tradition

2016 Nassau/Suffolk League Champs 2016 NYS CHAMPIONS


A Division First Place City Play-off - Quarterfinalist

BOYS TENNIS 2017 City Champs

GYMNASTICS 2016 Nassau/Suffolk League Champs

BOYS TRACK & FIELD Brooklyn/Queens

Second Place


2017 City Champs

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD Brooklyn/Queens Second Place


B Division Second Place Play-off - Semifinalist

BOYS VOLLEYBALL Division I Fourth Place Play-off Quarter-Finalist

GIRLS LACROSSE B Division - Second Place Play-off Semifinalist

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Division I Second Place 2016 Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan Champions

Data compiled by Ms. Phyllis M. Gambino ‘90, Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Director

The SFP Varsity Handball Team won the Catholic High School Athletic Association’s New York City Championship for the 15th consecutive time — all 15 years going undefeated —a feat accomplished by no other CHSAA Handball Team. What an amazing record! Additionally, our Junior Varsity Handball Team won their 14th consecutive CHSAA JV City Championship, with this year being the 13th consecutive undefeated season --- a feat accomplished by no other CHSAA JV Handball Team. “Anthony (Tony) Grimm is an excellent coach who brings out the best in our players” a Prep colleague said. Coach Grimm, continuing the winning tradition established by Bro. Alan Zodda, has not only nurtured so much talent, but he has also retained it. There are a number of alumni from the team who currently serve as assistant coaches--including Richard Pelliccia ‘14. We congratulate them all on a job well-done and thank them for their loyalty and dedication to the Prep! Pictured (l-r): Billy O’Donnell ‘05, Coach; Richard Pelliccia ‘14, Assistant Coach; Thomas Tinghitella; Nicholas Kerastos; Matthew O’Donnell; Michael Nunziata; Jonathan Cen; Sean O’Leary; Daniel Lee; David Rodriguez ‘14, Assistant Coach; Mr. Anthony Grimm, Coach GRAD NEWS • SUMMER/FALL 2017


In Memoriam Alumni William Cashin, 1941 John P. LoSardo, 1942 John Mullane, 1945 John F. Ryan, 1945 Paul (Gangi) Desalvo, 1947 Alfred Roberts, 1948 Edward Goate, 1949 James McGlyn, 1949 Harry Bolten, 1952 Patrick J. Judge, 1952 Arthur J. Lettieri, 1953 Mike Tagliaferro, 1955

Brother Michel Bettigole, O.S.F., 1957 William Carmody, 1957 James T. Fay, Jr. 1957 Michael Jewell, 1957 Joseph Davis, 1958 Daniel Flaherty, 1959 Alfred Sumsky, 1960 Angelo Baldi, 1960 Stanley Tecza, 1960 Joseph Forlenza, 1961 Austine Aversano, 1964 Richard Rudakiewich, 1965

Thomas J. Curtin, Jr., 1966 Kevin M. Kenny, 1970 Carmen Campisi, 1977 Robert Koster, 1977 Robert Kalenderian, 1978 Vincent Agusta, 1979 Royce Mulholland, 1979 Maria Sanchez, 1979 Joseph Gumber, 1980 Michael Smith, 1981 Eric Pate, 1983 Mary Joyce Ollen, 1983

John Marzano, 1985 Brian O’Connor, 1986 Johanna Lynch, 1997 Leo Duque, 2000 Joseph Savoca, 2004 Anthony Copelli, 2005 Jamie Thornton, 2006 Julia Ozelski, 2014 Mary Millus, 2015

SFP Family and Friends Louis Andriano, father of Mary Ellen ‘81, Mary Rose ‘82, Clare ‘86, father-in-law of Paul Annitto ‘81, grandfather of Andrew Gluck ‘15 and Annette Bosko ‘19 Msgr. Gerard Arella, friend of St. Francis Prep Richard Chapman, father of Richie Chapman ‘83 Bishop Thomas Daily, Most Reverand Bishop Emeritus of Brooklyn. Muriel Daly, mother- in-law of James Kobel ’84 Catherine Davenport, mother of Tony ‘76 and John ‘79 Sr. Doris Claire Dawson, sister of the late Brother Peter Dawson, O.S.F. Joseph DiMartino, father of Steven ‘80, Rena ‘82 Marie Dillon, mother of Maureen ‘80 Mary Doherty, mother of Nan, former chairperson of our Religion Dept.

Thomas Kelly, brother-in-law of Carl Frey, (SFP IT) Walter Kent, brother of Bro. Robert, Alumni Director, Brother Ed, former SFP English faculty and Don ‘62 Michael Kispert, husband of Helene (retired from the SFP Medical Office), father of Karen ‘83, Linda ‘83, William ‘85 and Kevin ‘88 Roger Kobel H’90, father of Peter ‘72, Andrew ‘73, (deceased), Joseph ‘75, John ‘77, Anne ‘79, Tom ‘80, Catherine ‘81, Paul ‘83, James ‘84, Stephen ‘85, Matthew ‘87, Phillip ‘94 and Mary Kobel-Lamonte H’17

Patricia Mitchell, mother of Lori ‘80 and Lynne ‘81

Margaret Morely, mother of Peggy ‘80

Mary Jane Dunkak, mother of Mary Beth ‘76, Christopher ‘78 and Alice ‘79

Frances Olexa, mother of Francine O. Olexa-Benshi ‘80 and mother-in-law of Scott N. Benish ‘80

Michael Fannon, brother of Bro. Adrian, OSF (SFP Attendance Office)

Sharon Qureshi, mother of Yasmeen ’17

Hazel Harrington, wife of the late James ‘39 Kathleen Hart, mother-In-Law of Michael Tubridy ‘68 Stephanie Herbert, mother of Joe ‘84, Donald ‘85 and Theresa ‘86 Caroline Jaeckel, mother of Brother Etienne Dorothy Kaatze, mother of Brian (SFP Security)


Alicia Mayor Young-Diaz, mother of Moises Young ‘96

Jeanette Manzione, grandmother of Marc Racioppo ‘94 and Matt Bonuso ‘98

Hartun Dulgerian, grandfather of Christopher Conti ‘19

Peter Flynn, father of Mary Anne ‘87 and Eileen ‘89

Hannah Yi (Yu Sin Park), mother of Samuel Yi ‘19

Mary Madden, mother of Mike ‘77 and mother-in-law of Jodi Passarella-Madden ‘77

Consuelo Moreno, mother of Connie Sayago ‘83 and Suzanne Sayago ‘84

Bernadette Fitzpatrick, mother of Dennis ‘76

Andrew Usischon, grandfather of Ryan ‘09, Tom ‘07 and Nicole ‘00

Kenneth Kruger, father of Gerard, (retired faculty)

Brendan Dugan, President of St. Francis College

Doris Fitzpatrick, mother-in-law of Diane, former Prep Employee and grandmother of Heather ‘99 and Kimberly ‘03

Francine Trupiano, cousin of Graziella Zerilli ‘97, Assistant to the Principal

John “Stymie” Rafferty, Bishop Reilly HS, Class of 1969 and brother-in-law of the late Michael Lynch ’86, and son-in-law of Daniel Lynch ‘46. He was a wonderful, fun-loving man and a true friend of the Prep. Jose Rivera, father of Monique, (an assistant at the Franciscan Brothers Generalate) Lydia Sovia, mother-in-law of Paul Iacullo ‘68 Ray Schulz, brother of Michael ‘90 Alfred Sileo, father of Don, (Guidance Department) and Lorraine ‘78 Brother Labre Tallman, OSF, Franciscan Brother David Treccagnoli, uncle of Susan D’Andrea, SFP Finance Office

Alumni Memorial Mass Sun. November 5, 2017 All alumni, family members, and 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 Brother Ralph Clifford Auditorium 11:00 a.m. Complimentary Breakfast to follow. RSVP required. (718) 423-8810, ext. 330

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 while also fostering the Prep’s academic and extracurricular programs. 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: (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. Next year you will be asked to consider your “pledged” support for the campaign 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 example: If you purchased stock many years ago for $1,000, and it is now worth $10,000, an outright gift of that stock to St. Francis Prep would result in a charitable deduction of $10,000. You also avoid paying capital gains tax on the $9,000 of appreciation. For further information on how to transfer stock, please call Robert Angeletti at (718) 423-8810, ext. 269.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Double Your Gift!

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees, and in many cases, even retirees and/or spouses. A matching gift allows your donation to go further. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your company’s Benefits department. Complete and sign the form and send it in with your gift. We will do the rest. *********************************************************

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:

Brother Robert Kent, O.S.F. Alumni Director (718) 423-8810, ext. 230 email:

Michael Graziano Associate Director of Development

Kim Perinuzzi Assistant to the Director of Development

Sally Khan Associate Director of Development

St. Francis Preparatory School Office of Development 6100 Francis Lewis Boulevard Fresh Meadows NY 11365

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Celebrating Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F.

Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F.



Alumni Director

Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn St. Francis Prep is grateful that their entire ministry in Franciscan education has been at St. Francis Prep! Save the date: Sunday, May 20, 2018 for a special celebration! Details will be forthcoming

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SFP Alumni Participation: The "Cor" of Terrier Pride & Tradition