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Congratulations & Best Wishes to the Class of 2011

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Valedictorian Giavanna O'Neil

SENIOR MASS A CELEBRATION OF graduating students was held at St. Vincent de Paul parish in Albany recently, welcoming many students from The College of Saint Rose. At right, Carolyn Stallard speaks; below, Dan Gargaro sits with classmates; bottom, students are blessed by Rev. Christopher DeGiovine, CSR chaplain and dean of spiritual life and a presider at St. Vincent’s.


Salutatorian Maire Cunningham

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Maisie Orsillo never asked for help injecting insulin into her arms or stomach for her diabetes — even on the day she was diagnosed at the age of 11. Now 17, Maisie never complains if she has to leave class or take a break from dancing when her blood sugar level drops. She doesn’t mind counting carbohydrates, and she found puffy prom dresses to hide her insulin pump accessories. “There are so many people with it,” she said of diabetes. “Some people take it very hard, but I was never really fazed by it.” The expected salutatorian of Fort Plain High School, Maisie’s work ethic and activities got her accepted into Cornell University in Ithaca, where she will study human biology, health and society. She’s been awarded a slew of honors and scholarships — including the national, competitive Dell Scholars Program and a scholarship sponsored by the St. Isaac Jogues Youth Conference in Auriesville. Family and friends say Maisie’s faith keeps her grounded, and leaders at her parish, Our Lady of Hope in Fort Plain, worry they’ll feel a little lost when she leaves for college. “I can see her coming back and just jumping right in and helping” over breaks, said Debra DiVisconti, catechetical leader at OLH. In addition to being an altar server, lector, retreat team leader and Christmas pageant helper, Maisie has been a fifthgrade catechist for three years. “She’s got this wonderful idea of God,” Mrs. DiVisconti said. “This is a kid that knows to put God first. She puts so much of her life into His hands.” Maisie said her parish involvement stems from her “draw to God. I feel a friendship, a sort of comfort in Him and the fact that He’s always there and I can always turn to Him.” Her faith grew stronger, she said, after she was confirmed and attended the St. Isaac Jogues retreat, where 200 teens gathered for music, speakers, group discussions and eucharistic adoration. “Even complete strangers came over and sat with you,” she said. “The whole thing was very empowering.” Having a priest as an uncle hasn’t hurt, either. “If my brother

could convince her, maybe she would have been a nun,” said Maisie’s mother, Doreen. “She just belongs helping people.” Maisie immerses herself in service activities: educating children on nutrition as a 4-H “public health ambassador,” helping with a program that serves people on welfare, mentoring, joining antibullying projects and more. “A lot of people do [community service] obligatorily,” the teen remarked. “I’ve always liked doing it. I like going and helping other people and not getting anything back for it.” Maisie joined 4-H, a youth development organization, in elementary school and has stayed involved. She’s spent summers dabbling in needlework, photography and crafts to earn prizes at fairs. Her 4-H public health training with Cornell Cooperative Extension and 4-H college visits exposed her to Cornell University — which, she notes, has a chapel. Maisie wants to do biomedical research or public health education when she graduates from college. “She’s a very articulate person,” Mrs. Orsillo said. “I can’t see her getting stuck in a lab.” Matthew Soto, a friend and cocatechist, remembered attending basic catechist training with Maisie: “She’d go right up to someone and introduce herself, and I’d follow. I definitely think she should stay working with people.” In fact, Maisie’s alternative career choice is special education. When she’s at home, she spends time with her younger sister, Grace, who has autism. Outside of school, Maisie is all about dance. She’s taking intensive dance classes this summer and a ballroom dancing class with her boyfriend, who is valedictorian of her class. “My friends make fun of me because I don’t like sitting still for too long,” she said, laughing. Maisie’s family keeps calendars in every room of the house to keep tabs on her schedule. Mrs. Orsillo sees being involved and busy as Maisie’s way of dealing with her diabetes. “We named her right: She’s amazing,” said the proud mom.



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Amsterdam students study up on leadership BY CASEY NORMILE STA F F W R I T E R

Eleven-year-old Joaquin Pasco’s first big trip in the United States wasn’t to Disney World for a vacation or New York City for a field trip. It was a sojourn to Washington, D.C., for a week of meetings, tours, reading and writing. That’s not a typical sixth-grader’s idea of fun — but Joaquin hopes that his first Junior National Young Leaders’ Conference in April will be just the first of many such experiences. For the past four years, students from St. Mary’s Institute in Amsterdam have been attending the national leadership conference in Washington, as well as one held in Albany during the summer. The conferences invite students from all over the country to develop their leadership skills by learning about the leaders of the past; the gatherings also teach the youth how to have an impact in their own

communities. SMI’s involvement began when science and religion teacher Bernadette Pecora saw a mailing about the conference and thought some of her students might be interested. After their first experience, the students came home with enthusiastic reports. Now, each year, Mrs. Pecora elects a small number of her students to participate; each student gets at least one chance to attend during their time at St. Mary’s Institute. This year, along with Joaquin, Victoria Tambasco was chosen to attend the conference in Washington. Joseph Dylong will participate in the Albany conference this summer. “I think all of my students can be and are leaders. Each year, more and more students are willing to go,” said Mrs. Pecora. “I chose Victoria and Joaquin because I taught them in second grade and, since then, I’ve seen their growth and maturity. I knew they would be good exam-

ples for the other students.” “It was a really good experience. I’m glad she chose me,” said Joaquin, a member of the student council who’s active in extracurricular activities. “I was able to see a lot of things and make new friends that I still email.” He told The Evangelist that his daily schedule at the conference included meetings where the participants learned about aspects of leadership. After that, they would tour area monuments honoring leaders who exemplified that quality, from the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument to veterans’ memorials and the White House. “The conference was good because it wasn’t about brains or smarts. It was about the courage to stand up,” said Joaquin. The most important thing he learned, he said, was “respect. I had really been lacking that, but now I’ve learned to be the better person and not follow the bad behavior of others.

“There was a kid at school that was bugging me and we didn’t get along, but now I know to be the better person and things have gotten better. I told him about the conference and now he wants to go, too.” Once students move on to high school, conference organizers invite them back. Joaquin hopes one day to be one of those students. Mrs. Pecora told The Evangelist that she has seen the effect of the conference on her young charges and could not be more pleased with their personal growth. “They came back ready to take on leading roles and they have new goals and ideas in social advocacy. They also came back more focused on academics and with a new level of maturity that you can see in their faces,” she said. At St. Mary’s, social advocacy and faith already go hand-inhand. Every other month, Mrs. Pecora organizes community service opportunities for her sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-

DELIVERING SUPPLIES TO ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL graders, ranging from working at soup kitchens to a recent visit to the neonatal unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam. There, they handed out blankets they knit themselves and letters for the new mothers, all in wrapped packages. “Since they came back from the conference, they’ve wanted to do more, collect more, and to diversify what they do outside of Catholic charities,” Mrs. Pecora noted. “They’ve looked into AmeriCorps and Habitat for Humanity. We’re going to add at least one more project to the work we usually do.” “It’s an experience I’ll never forget,” declared Joaquin. “It taught me that anything is possible. I can’t wait to go back.”

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Casey Eoghan Padraig Hladik Valedictorian

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GRADUATION 2011 HEADS OF THE CLASS CATHOLIC CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL in Troy announced its top students: Valedictorian Nicole Kujan of West Sand Lake NICOLE KUJAN has been involved in music, environmental, drama and Key clubs, plus mission trips to Guatemala and Mexico; she is a parishioner of St. Ambrose Church in Latham and plans to

attend Quinnipiac University. Keri O’Mara, CCHS’ salutatorian, was on the cross-country and track teams, student KERI O’MARA council, the retreat team and Future Business Leaders of America, plus the Ronald McDonald House teen board and Habitat for Humanity. She will attend the University of Notre Dame.

BANDING TOGETHER THE FATHER FLANIGAN marching band from St. Augustine’s School in Troy, pictured at right, stepped out for the city’s Memorial Day parade.

Students from St. Ambrose School in Latham banded together in a different way: Their “K-Kids” Kiwanissponsored community service club raised funds for victims of the recent natural disasters in Japan — and folded 1,000 paper origami cranes (pictured at right) to send to a Japanese school. A Japanese legend says completing the effort means being granted a wish; cranes are a symbol of hope, reconstruction and rebirth. Catholic Relief Services is coordinating the donations.

AT BISHOP MAGINN HIGH in Albany, Giavanna O’Neil (above left) has been named valedictorian and Maire Cunningham (above right), salutatorian.

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Last fall, I received a phone call from Rev. Ronald Menty, the diocesan administrative advocate for priests, asking if I would consider serving as chaplain to Bishop Maginn High School in Albany. I was busy enough as pastor of Christ the King parish in Guilderland, but I also felt drawn to the opportunity to serve the high school community: I was a high school social studies teacher for six years before I began studies for the priesthood, and much of my ministry since ordination in 1984 was as a school chaplain or campus minister. I have combined teaching and chaplaincy at Siena College in Loudonville and at high schools in St. Paul, Minn., and Boston. I’m also a graduate and former faculty member of Cardinal McCloskey High School in Albany, one of the schools from which Bishop Maginn High came. When meeting with the school administration last fall, I admitted that I didn’t have a lot of time to devote to the school, but would do the best I could to get to know the students and faculty. I began by visiting each religion class to introduce myself. It was a great two days; I felt welcomed at Bishop Maginn from the beginning and ever since. One of the main objectives for a chaplain at the school was to have someone to celebrate school liturgies on Holy Days of Obligation. The students help to plan each liturgy and assist as lectors, altar servers and members of the choir. What a blessing it is to celebrate the eucharistic presence of Christ with these young

people! It’s also important for the students to understand that Christ be made present not just in the Eucharist, but in their daily lives, and that they can be that presence for one another. I like to stress the importance of a “ministry of presence.” The role of the chaplain is different from a faculty member. The ministry takes place not in the classroom, but all over the school and at various school events: being present in the cafeteria during lunch, attending sporting events, visiting classrooms when invited, and being available to meet on a one-to-one basis with any student who is having a difficult time. These are all opportunities for me to share the joy of Christ with the students. As in many pastoral situations, those of us who are ordained find that we are ministered to, as well as ministering to others. I began my classroom visits by asking the students if there was ever anything they wanted to ask a priest. We had some great discussions, and I felt that my ministry to everyone would be strengthened by my experience that day. The students were full of questions that truly made me reflect on who I was and what was I doing. My priestly vocation was enhanced by this. I truly felt accepted when, after the Christmas liturgy, a student whom I had met only once gave me a simple Christmas gift. My experience this year has made me look forward to the next school year with enthusiasm — and a determination to make more time to be a high school chaplain at Bishop Maginn.

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Improved job outlook for grads BY CAROL ZIMMERMANN


Washington — The graduating class of 2011 is armed with something college graduates haven’t seen in the past four years: an improved job outlook. Employers are planning to hire 19.3 percent more new college graduates this year than last year — the highest increase since 2007 — according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The report shows an even brighter outlook than the 13 percent increase in the number of college-graduate hires it predicted last fall. Starting salaries also are better. In February, the Pennsylvania-based organization reported that the average starting salary offers for college seniors were up about 3.5 percent from the same time last year — a first since 2008. These glimmers of good news have not gone unnoticed on college campuses. Gillian Steele, managing director of the career center at Vincentian-run DePaul University in Chicago, said the market for this year’s 6,924 graduates looks even better than the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ prediction. He said the career center had nearly 50 percent more job postings listed this year than the pre-

vious year and more job postings in March than they had since January 2008. Of these job postings, 83 percent were for full-time jobs, primarily in professional services, technology, finance, accounting, banking and government and non-profit sectors. The national survey shows that hiring by industry has increased nearly across the board, except for government jobs. Recent college graduates are in demand at oil and gas extraction companies, chemical manufacturers and computer and electronics companies. The financial services sector — banks, financial firms, insurance and real estate companies — is also increasing its hiring of new graduates, rebounding after huge layoffs in recent years. For the past three years, the employment outlook for college graduates nationally has been in flux. During the recession, the job market for new graduates plummeted. Jobless graduates ended up moving home with their parents, looking for part-time work not in their career paths or going to graduate school to delay the job search. This year, the state of the U.S. job market improved slightly, with the addition of 192,000 jobs, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Job gains were in fields of manufacturing, professional and business services and health care. Still, the unemployment rate was at 9 percent in April and economists say it could take years for the job market to return to its former days. Louis Lamorte, director of career services at La Salle University, a Christian Brothers school in Philadelphia, said: “The bad news is competition is still very high, which means graduates need to make connections to have their resume avoid the ‘circular file.’” He advised this year’s grads to be persistent with their job search and to use all resources available, especially networks of friends and alumni through online sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. Jason Eckert, director of career services for the Marianist-run University of Dayton said students should use Twitjob or, which searches the web for job postings. Most college counselors advise students to prepare for the job search through involvement in clubs, organizations, volunteering and internships — anything they can put on job applications. As DePaul’s Steele put it: “For the class of 2011, internships are the new entry-level jobs.”

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RECORD NUMBERS of audience members attended Sacred Heart School in Troy’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” (top), staged by the Drama Club. Above, sixth- and seventh-graders at St. Mary’s Academy in Hoosick Falls performed “The Quest” and “Freya’s Golden Necklace,” respectively a story of King Arthur’s knights and a Viking myth.



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The play’s the thing at Spa Catholic BY ANGELA CAVE


When two live bats flew into the performance space during a Saratoga Central Catholic High School musical last year, Sophia Lessard thought it was the work of a heckler. “I thought it was a shoe,” giggled Sophia, a junior who acted in the musical. “They were swooping around in the gym during the play,” recalled Gabriella Gurney, a freshman who participated in the production of “Cindy,” an adaption of Cinderella, as a middle-schooler. “Our science teacher caught them with a butterfly net.” Mishaps and moments of humor are a natural part of rehearsing and performing school plays. During the “Cindy” production, actors filled seven minutes with improvisational

comedy when a peer missed a cue. This spring at the Spa Catholic middle school musical, a tall 13-year-old’s cane prop knocked into an overhead microphone and blew out the sound system — or, at least, “we think that’s what it was. We heard this pop and the system went out,” said Pat Douglass, choir and drama teacher at the school since September. A 14-year-old sound technician took a couple of minutes to fix the problem. “The kids all started laughing on stage; and the parents did, too,” Ms. Douglass recalled. During a production at Academy of the Holy Names in Albany, a parent volunteer served as a prop, holding up a piece of broken scenery for half an hour. But “nobody else knew it,” said


AHN duo makes musicals BY ANGELA CAVE STA F F W R I T E R

Michael and Rosemary Edwards, married for 49 years, have directed 37 shows together at Academy of the Holy Names in Albany. It’s hard for them to choose favorites: “They’re all our favorites right after we do them,” Mrs. Edwards joked. She prefers some musicals for their orchestral richness. Since AHN is a girls’ school, the duo selects shows that feature only female parts for the lower school and mostly female parts for the upper school, so they some-

times do the same productions over again. “It’s a hard job,” Mr. Edwards said. Buying the rights to a show can cost $1,500 to $2,000, for example; but parent volunteers and the booster club help the performances turn a profit for AHN. Casting is important, too. Anyone who auditions in fourththrough eighth-grade receives a part; this year’s production of “The Aristocats” featured 47 girls. “You don’t put somebody where they don’t belong,” Mr.

Rosemary Edwards, musical director. “We don’t have very many mishaps,” chimed in her husband, Michael, who directs the plays. “Once they get to that first night, they’re so smooth and they’re so disciplined, it’s amazing,” Mrs. Edwards boasted of the students. The confidence level of the young actors at Spa Catholic is equally high. Before performances, sophomore Kevin Kortright gets “a really excited feeling — never nervous,” he said. Kevin compared performing to talking to a friend: “It’s like someone you haven’t seen in a long time.” Kevin has acted in every play since he was in sixth grade and every musical since his eighthgrade year. He usually gathers a Edwards noted. “The worst thing you can ever do is put a child where they can’t perform.” The two directors, a choreographer and two vocal teachers audition girls from the upper school and boys from other schools in the area. “You want somebody who can sustain a part,” Mr. Edwards said. “Some people are very good for one song, but they can’t go a whole show. Casting is key. If you cast well, your job is much easier.” Many AHN alumni have appeared in off-Broadway shows or have done costume or set design work on Broadway — but the Edwards’ goal extends beyond molding successful actors. “The most important thing is

group to sing a campfire song before shows to practice enunciating. A few of them sing the “Pokemon” theme song to stir up excitement. This spring, Kevin played KEVIN KORTRIGHT AS Schroeder and Lauren Fogerty as Schroeder in Lucy in Spa Catholic’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie the Spa Brown.” (Angela Cave photo) Catholic production of “You’re a Good Man, the school is so small. Sophia recalled, for her audition, preparCharlie Brown.” “The more I delve into ing a few bars from another Schroeder,” he told The musical, reading lines from difEvangelist before the show, “the ferent characters and learning a more I find myself in him. He is small dance routine. “I thought it was pretty fun who he is and he doesn’t care because it was just me and my what anybody else thinks.” Ms. Douglass cast 11 actors in friends,” said Sophia, who the musical, but she doesn’t usu- played Sally Brown. The actors think Ms. Douglass ally turn people away because knows what she’s doing; after all, that they get confidence and she helped found the Adironthey’re able to do public speak- dack School of Northeastern ing,” Mrs. Edwards said. “It just New York and has taught for 34 years. rounds out their lives.” “She’s so into it, it’s hard not to The choreographers ensure get into it also,” said Gabriella, that every child dances. “They’re who played Marcy in “Charlie never just standing up there Brown.” singing a song,” said Mrs. Practices run twice a week for Edwards. “There’s no back row three months so students can on stage. That makes them feel participate in other activities. special.” Matt Reichel, a sophomore who Mr. and Mrs. Edwards played Linus, also participates in received a lifetime achievement mock trial, the “green club” and a award from the Academy of the community service club. Holy Names this year. Mrs. He started acting last year. Edwards is a graduate and a “My mom said, ‘Join the musiretired AHN teacher; Mr. cal,’” Matt explained. “I loved it Edwards is a retired teacher and and thought it was the greatest state worker. thing since sliced bread. There’s Mr. Edwards predicted: “We nothing better than doing someplan to keep going until some- thing you love to do with people you like to hang out with.” how we stop.”

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Biogas project wins prizes BY ANGELA CAVE STA F F W R I T E R

After weeks of hearing power tools buzz through steel in an Albany backyard last summer, Katie Picchione’s neighbors grew slightly irritated. When she moved her science project to the garage, its rotten-egg stench irritated her family, too. Even Katie, a junior at the Academy of the Holy Names in Albany, sometimes questioned her homemade biogas digester: Was she using the right materials? Would her hundreds of hours of manual labor, design work and supply shopping pay off? Was it worth it to heat the digester in the garage, to ventilate the area so methane gas didn’t seep into the house and to “feed” her new “pet” every day? “There were times when I was ready to turn it off,” she told The Evangelist. Then, at 11 p.m. on a school night, the digester’s flame finally lit: Katie had successfully created usable energy out of food scraps and lawn clippings. “The fact that it worked was

really fulfilling,” Katie said excitedly. This spring, her experiment won first place at the Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair. She also received a $40,000 scholarship to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, a cash prize, a magazine subscription and a trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. The trip was “phenomenal,” she said. “You could walk around and hear people speaking five different languages. Everybody [there] has this universal fascination with science. It made me actually see my science research in a different way.” Katie thinks she won the local competition “because I’m so excited about it — and the fact that I can bring it down to a level that my [nine-year-old] brother could understand.” Katie’s passion for biogas bloomed after she attended a talk featuring Gregory Bell, consultant to BioEnergies of the Americas in Albany. Mr. Bell later became her mentor and partner.

“On a community scale, I think biogas is a very real possibility,” Katie said, explaining that cafeteria leftovers, landfill gas and grass clippings can fuel cars. “We have the potential to use the energy all around us — and instead of digging for fossil fuels, we can just use the things we have.” Mr. Bell has never actually built a digester. “It was really her idea,” he said. “I never really had in mind to do a backyard version of this anywhere.” According to Mr. Bell, there are 4,500 digesters in Germany, 3,500 in other European countries and only 150 in America. Seventeen of those are located in New York State. Katie’s research showed that families in developing countries use digesters to heat homes and cook food, but the gas isn’t fully compressed and stored, and the methane sometimes causes explosions. “I wasn’t able to find a safe way in my research, so I set out to find a safe way,” she explained. Katie applied for a permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation

KATIE AND HER biogas digester. Three out of the four scholarships awarded at the fair went to AHN students: Juniors Maura Desharnais and Aislyn DiRisio won $20,000 scholarships to Albany College of Pharmacy. and consulted with engineers about safety before starting construction. The project exceeded simply making a digester. Katie created filters to clean corrosive impurities found in raw biogas and built compression and storage systems to make the contraption safe and simple enough to use on small scales. She’s not done yet: She and Mr. Bell will design and build a new digester that will be energyindependent and use materials less vulnerable to corrosion. The Picchiones attend All Saints parish in Albany, where Katie was recently confirmed and commissioned as a

eucharistic minister. She says she expresses her faith through her environmental stewardship. This summer, Katie will write college essays. She’s considering RPI, but seems to favor Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts. She said she wants to be an inventor, “but since colleges don’t offer that as a major, engineering will do pretty well. I know that wherever I’m supposed to be, whatever God has in store for me, I’m going to end up there.” (To view a video on Katie’s project, see www.Facebook. com/evangelist.albany).

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‘Dr. Sous’ earns the title BY ANGELA CAVE


It took several careers and a few moves across the northeast, but this May, Kathie Sousa finally earned the doctoral degree she first sought 38 years ago. Back then, she didn’t know that her degree would be in ministry, or that she’d become the parish life director at Blessed Sacrament parish in Bolton Landing — a town in the Adirondacks she’d never even heard of. “God called and I answered,” Dr. Sousa concluded. The new title wasn’t required for her job at the parish, but parishioners have expressed an outpouring of support. “I think they see me in a different light, which improves my confidence,” she said. “They’re just so proud of me. They call me ‘Dr. Sous.’” The 72-year-old grew up in North Attleboro, Mass., a middle child and a mediator. “In high school, all the kids would always come to me with their problems,” she recalled. Naturally, Dr. Sousa studied psychology when she earned an associate’s degree in California. In 1985, she switched gears and earned a business degree from Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I., then opened a real estate office. Returning to her psychology roots, she earned a Master’s degree in pastoral care and counseling from Boston College in 1996 and trained as a chaplain for a year. After supervising chaplains in Boston, she became spiritual care director for St. Mary’s

Hospital in Troy. “They were in a vulnerable situation,” she said of the patients, “and I hoped I could make a difference listening and bringing God back into their focus.” Dr. Sousa moved into the rectory in Bolton Landing in 2007 and immediately felt welcomed and an important part of parish life. “I could finally be outspoken about God,” she said. “I was treated as the leader of the parish.” Along the way, she racked up the five years of ministry experience necessary for a doctorate in ministry and applied to the Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, Ind. Dr. Sousa’s chaplaincy training covered a chunk of the academic work, and she enrolled in online classes and two week-

long classes in Indiana. “It was a lifelong dream,” DR. SOUSA she said of graduating. Looking ahead, she mused that “I’ll be [at Blessed Sacrament] until I retire at 75. I imagine I’ll continue studying in some way, shape or form. It’s just part of who I am.” These days, fine art and classical music capture her interest. Dr. Sousa believes that older adults shouldn’t be discouraged by the young faces on college campuses. “You’re never too late” to further your education, she said. “Never let go of your dreams. With God’s help, they’re always possible.”

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COMMENCEMENT WAS AN emotional time for graduates and families at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School in Schenectady last weekend: top row, Grace Nealon beams as she receives her diploma from Bishop Howard J. Hubbard during the ceremony, held at St. John the Evangelist Church in Schenectady; and Alex DeMarco hugs assistant principal Patrick Moran. Middle row, salutatorian Alexandra Gosh receives her diploma and students embrace after the ceremony; at left, the class of 2010 tosses their caps into the air. The class’ creed included the line, “I believe that things would have been entirely different if I went to another school, and I’m glad I didn’t.”


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ALBANY Academy of the Holy Names Grade 12 Sarah Agan Yelena Alashkevich Christine Amodeo Ali Arduini Carissa Arduini Lauren Ashley Tayla Baldauf Elizabeth Barrella Flannery Bowman Sabrina Burke Lauren Castellana McKenzie Chainyk Arianna Constantakes Katherine Corsaro Marina Cumoletti Alexandra Czerwinski Victoria DelSignore Alyssa DiDonato Michaela Dollar Bridget Dunne Erika Edlund Patricia Erickson Morgan Fallati Sarah Ferritto Emily Frany Martina Glab Lisa Goldfarb Isabella Hertz Julia Hess Schuyler Keimer Dana Kelley Connor Kennedy Kimberlyn Kenney Paige Kopp Kaitlin Kramer Zoe Kresler Emma Lasch Katherine Leyden Christina Lombardi Leah Mall Shea Maney Christina Martinelli Taylor McKenna-Mantica Emily Mitchell Hannah O'Brien Valerie Ohm Carolyn O'Keeffe Nicole Palmiotto Christina Paratore Michelle Polacinski Julianne Quinn Klarrisa Ricks Emily Riedy Kathryn Rogers Amanda Rosati Katherine Sawicki Brittany Schneider Jessica Serfilippi Karissa Shumway Amanda Stark Jennifer Stodgell Margaret Taylor Jessie Tobin Elizabeth Tryon Lauren Walsh Alexandra Walton Shelby Wood Margaret Zarcone Academy of the Holy Names Grade 8 Emily Gower Barranca Jennifer Rose Bowles Kaitlin Elizabeth Close Mackenzie Anne Costigan Cori Ajee Dobbs

Victoria Marie Fioravanti Kayla Jaania Daesha Ford Hannah Isabelle Friend Sharon Elizabeth Greene Cassidy Lynn Griffin Deepali Haldar Lauren Elizabeth Hardman Lisa Christine Hunter Hladik Sarah E. Hummel Isabelle Grace Lombardi Sarah Mitchell Claire Hanxi Poole Annie Reilly Christine Ann Tremblay All Saints Academy Grade 8 Stephanie Avalos Zerish Bhatti Cassidy Chainyk Michael Daniel Barbara Dillon Genevieve Dominiak Anthony Evola Conor Farley Jessica Furlong Clifford Hartman Conor Haughney Tyghe McCoy Olivia Michalski Julie Miller Kerry O'Sullivan Julia Pettit John Henry Phillips Lily Regan Kevin Roy Elaine Thornton Julia Zak Bishop Maginn High School Grade 12 Quintin Marshall Alexander Tashara Anya Birmingham Eric Lamont Brabham Jr. Zachaty John Cook BradQuan Dashawn Copeland Gregory Page Crawford Mรกire Eilis Cunningham Brittney Alexandria Davis Steven Ryan Fisher Sofia Rome Gaetano RรกSean Singh Gill Clifford Jabreay Graves Daniel Edmond Hill Meaghan Carleen Hupe Nadia Amani Ibrahim Stanislav M. Kaganovich Kelvin Devรณn Kennedy John David Kiernozek Mitchell Riley Landers Adriana Elizabeth Lanese Madaya Latyonia Frances Lee Janae Francena Lyde Rebecca Marie Lyons Tinasia Lynae McNeil Antonia Teresa Miller Phuc Vinh Nguyen Giavanna Choppa O'Neil Matthew James Petruccione Isaiah Phillips Ambar Liliana Quelis Adrianna Monika Sanford Mariah Ann Scott Brittany Lenise Stinson Kyle Lance Valderrama Dion Cariel Williams Frank Marquee Wilson Cammeron Richard Womack-Buish

Blessed Sacrament School Grade 8 Marianna Achlaoug MaryElle Arduino Amari Cady Erika Cardin Catherine Chamberlain Kendalyn Cossart Sarah Cotrofeld JuQuavis Dabbs Saed Dobbs Ishia Fraser Brenda Freeman Sophia Ilardo Lynesa Jerome Destiny Lanza Karl McMullen Tyishije Nicholson Jeril Reyes History Robinson Noelia Santamaria Abu Taleb Sidig Keadeara Smith LaRae Terrell Armani Vyent Christian Brothers Academy Grade 12 Nicholas Antoinette Zachary Baron Stephen Basile John Becktoft William Bernhoft Maxwell Birch Faulkner Curtis Boynton Jeremy Bult Galal Aldeen Cancer William Cassin Michael Chiocchio Keron Coffin Adam Coleman Conor Colfer Casey Crotty Cody Crounse Richard Cummings Brendan DalCol Michael Dougherty Paul Dubois Brendan Dufort Elijah Dukes Cameron Fisher Dominick Fredericks Logan Frese Evan Gallitelli Matthew Gallup Rasi Grady Nicholas Grant Daniel Grennon Griffin Guarino Connor Heid Donald Henzel Casey Hladik Maxwell Kerber Theodore Koniszewski Trevor Lacosse John Lapishka Mark Lounello Robert Macari Isaac Mall Malik McKnight Thaddeus Meybaum Daniel Mosher Jack Moulton Taylor Mulvey Yaroslaw Myshchuk Max Nagelsmith Justin Nevins Christopher Ottati Christopher Paul

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AMSTERDAM St. Mary's Institute Grade 8 Giovanni Dominick Aleman E. Cole Badu Amissah Kelly Ann Auricchio Reyers P. Brusoe Michael N. Capovani Anna Li Cortese Bridget Rose Fitz-James Anne Bryan Riley Gwyneth Simone Sise Kelsey Ann Rose Thompson

BALLSTON SPA St. Mary's School Grade 5 Schuyler Arnold Caleb Bashant Kaylyn Baxendale Angelina Calbrese Grace Costa Allison Dickinson Bridget Edgerly Thomas Gentile Mary Hamilla Samuel Haraden Tyler Haraden Sean Hove Lauren James Olivia Lawrence Alexandra Lay Brent Lucas Kyle McDonald Shawn Morse Rachel Murphy

Moriah Nichols Jeremy Obrecht Noelle Olszewski Ashley Osterander Sarah Panareillo Jack Pribis Conley Reiter Rachel Richmond McKayla Shainberg Maura Smith Colin Treacy Joshua Van Patten Brandon Wight Madeleine Vogel Regan Zlotnick

DELMAR St. Thomas the Apostle School Grade 8 Shahan Younas Azad Mary Grace Barada Charles Chung Brian Liam Donnelly John Robert Graham Rachel Inglis Rebecca Inglis Whitney Alecia Jones Meghan Kathleen Kane John Randall Karl Lily Killar Lauren Elizabeth LeClair Carolena Ann Mariconti Morganne Alexandra McClement Benjamin McHugh Briannah JoyMarie Monroe Camilla Azenda Moze Noah James DeTurris Poust JoAnna Maria Riven Abigail Marie Serfilippi Alyssa Bre Shufelt Thomas J. Stanton Kately Adrianna VanAntwerp Joseph S. Venie Maxwell Casey Williams

EAST GREENBUSH Holy Spirit School Grade 8 Alyssa Abaire Christina Balli Cole Bowerman Jean Busta Sarah Davis Ethan DiMura Stephen Jordan Christian Laderas Jacob Leverone Althea Meer Logan Rieth Lucy Rudat Kathryn Secor Amelia Stapleton Dominique Stavis

GLENS FALLS St. Mary's/St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School Grade 8 Melody Elizabeth Ashline Thomas Burr Austin Elizabeth Susan Baker Sarah Isabella Baker Catherine Elizabeth Barton Alanna Gabrielle Belanger Rebecca Hayes Castonguay Kerienne Fitzgerald



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GRADUATION 2011 Austin Ford Gillian Grace Hiscox Jacqueline A. Hogan John Chistopher Lynch Larissa Rose Hughes Madilynn Leland Marjolaine Elizabeth Loiselle Amanda Joan McCarty Macie Ellen McGuire Mary Kate Magner Nathan Markwood Elizabeth Ann Miele Duncan Thomas Persons Patricia Ann Rabine Jene'e V. Smith Camille Valenza Tristan Loren West

HERKIMER St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School Grade 6 Nicholas Ferri Andrew Fitzer Keri Manne Brandan Parks Alexandra Pawlusik James Petucci Christopher Ward Laura Wind Nathan Zambri

HOOSICK FALLS St. Mary's Academy Grade 8 Erica Lynn Bridegroom Abigail Grace Brown Sarah Katherine Burdge Scarlett Courtney Campbell Paul R. Dallemagne Taylor Elizabeth Hayes Catherine Irene Jones Emily Elizabeth Martin Maeve Siobhan McAuliffe Alexis Menneto Jacob James Nolan Summer Sutton Madison June Woodley

LATHAM St. Ambrose School Grade 8 Gabriela Britos-Gutierrez Joshua Capitula Kyaira Coffin Shannon Donovan John Duffy Christopher Goes Hannah Hurley Nicholas Kowalchyk Joseph Levesque Caleb Owens Caroline Rusch Lauren Wemett

LOUDONVILLE St. Gregory's School Grade 8 Peter Gerard Campito Nico Jiovanni Carello Brendan Harry Carr Peter Gaynor Crummey, Jr. Max William Dunsker Christopher John Rigel Feeney Christian Hogarty Fontenot Scout Nicholas Oatman-Gaitan Alan Harry Perrotti Ryan Timothy Zielinski

St. Pius X School Grade 8 Philip Adikes Monica Almodovar Alexa Alston Camara Azubuike Nicole Barnes Kayla Barry Gabrielle Bazinet Leah Behm Joseph Berg Matthew Bonanni Jenny Buchanan Rachel Carney Clare Criscione Claire Dignum Rebecca Ehrlich Danielle Epting Colleen Felt Jack Fouracre Ramzy Hajnasr Anthony Jonas Garrett Klahr Alexis Klopfer Wade Lacey Mai Linh Le Tyler Lyons Mariah Macary Stefano Mainella Dominique Martinez Samuel Matthews Samantha McFee Matthew McMullen Maria McQuade Madison Mendel John Nguyen James O'Neill Allegra Padula Lauren Patterson Michael Paulsen Nathan Putnam-Roulier Marisol Ramirez Meaghen Sausville Matthew Sawicki Victoria Schaefer Andrew Semmes Julia Smith Morgan Smith Meaghan Snyder John Venditti Joseph Vita Lauren Yerry

ONEONTA St. Mary's School Grade 6 Kira Gileza Nathanael Moon Jenessa Place Marin Shepard Andrew Stanton

SARATOGA SPRINGS St. Clement's Regional Catholic School Grade 5 Mark Barry Alexis Bell Joseph Bokan, III Scaia Calderon Jillian Casey Noah Companion Alexander Franco Jacquilene Hayes Kyle Hennessey Anna Kelly Emma Kerr Benjamin Koppi Maxwell Korenowski Jacob Lenz Mark Leuchten August Mahoney

Emily McCarty Ryan McFadden Amanda McGinn Sam Morrissey Katherine Munn John Naughton Dawson Nigro Kaitlyn Rockwood Jacqueline Sauer Liam Shea Caleb Smith Randi Stark Austin St. Peter Gregory Vagnini Saratoga Central Catholic High School Grade 12 Sarah Amico Dylan Anderson Joshua Bhatti Courtney Brimmer Patrick Joseph Bunk Rosemary A. Chaszczewski Brandon D'Ambro Weylin H. Garnett Patrick R. Hall Tanner J. Hill Sean M. Hobbins Justine Marie Jasper Nicholas Robert Jiampetti Jack W. Keller Kyung Mi Kim Alexandra Kaelin Kirby Krista Marie Linehan Dale C. Long Jaclyn Lynch William F. McDonough, Jr. Corey Ronald Mitchum Hoa kim Thai Nguyen Christopher J. Pescetti Peter W. Pofahl Timothy Andrew Pompa Spencer David Sautin Bradley H. Scammell Harry John Sears Andrew Thomas Spicer Cody Christopher Stevens Nick Valenze Timothy Dooley Wincowski Natalie A. Zeunges

SCHENECTADY St. Helen's School Grade 5 Robert Amm Christina Arnachellum Francesca Asmus Taylor Barber Alejandro Brown-Romero Drew Califano Skyler Chotkowski Zoey Herrera McKalie Koonce Treasa Kozakiewicz Robin Kraus Preethi Kumaran Angelica Matoske Jula Megyeri William Salavantis Sydney Smith Ryan Stone Charles Williams Austin Zullo St. John the Evangelist School Grade 6 Jonah Allard Noah Allard Brittany Bailey Grace Canty Christian Decker

Clare Kilinski Julianna Maddalone Jarell Mann-Fonder Corina McCracken Jack O'Brien Erin O'Keefe Charles Ross Gianluca Salvioli St. Madeleine Sophie School Grade 5 Brendon Cain Maria Dobkowski Ryan Eddy Alexis Gibbs Kristen Hanley Mikaela Jeffers Harrison Lindman Aidan Pacifico Sarah Readdean John Schickedanz Zachery Squires Madison Sullivan Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons Grade 8 Daniel Asselin Samuel August Lucas Barros Michael Belcher Terrell Bell Shawn Berard Allison Caron Elizabeth Chico Matthew Chico Jazmin Colon MacKenzie Conlen Lyric Cook Erin Denison Shakora Domingo Anthony Esposito Bryanna Farrell Alexandra Feller Christine Guidarelli Emily Hard David Haskell Victoria Hogan Alexis Knapp William Lupi Victoria Maddalone Nicola Maggi Joseph Malinowski Brendan Maloney Michael Mattice Jaylen McIntyre Perrie Rose Megyeri Montana Morrison Mitchel Myslinski McKenzie Rivenburgh Anne Ryan Victoria Schickedanz Ashley Sickles Mark Tatlock Daniela Uribe-Cano Jason Vrolijk Clinton Wagner Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons Grade 12 Samantha Lynn Ambrose Raymond Arquette Kevin Aziz Daniel Bacchi Tyler Matthew Banks Cassandra S. Basile Alexis Katherine Bastiani Savitrie Devi Boodram Julianne Marie Bouchard John Robert Bowman William Thomas Burns Matthew Butrym Kristina Cappuccitti Jacob D. Chico

Alex William DeMarco Meghan Elizabeth Corrigan Ferrucci Michael George Gallagher Kaitlyn Elizabeth Gargiulo Alexandra Noel Gosh Ashanti Harper Nirvanand Lawrence Ly Vinh Hung Amanda Kathleen Maguire Dulce Tany Martuscello Erin Marie Murray Grace Nealon Colin Petramale Patrick Daniel Reilly Mylique Rivera Meredith K. Shields Thomas Frederic Sinkora Thomas Sise Caroline R. Staccone Reynaldo Stec Mary Marguerite Suttie Malcolm A. Toffolo Adam Tracy-Ireland Kyle Trimper Santiago Uribe-Cano Brian Van Wagner Gina Marie Villano Elizabeth Volks Bernard Kabombo Mukendi Anne Wehrenberg

TROY Catholic Central High School Grade 12 Taylor Adams Michael Alexander Danielle Audette Kristen Bania Kaylee Behm Kylie Benoit Nana Yaw Boamah-Mensah Paige Borden Cogan Brickley Alexander Bruno Catherine Buser Christian Capitula Nicholas Carpenter Nicholas Cherniwchan Amanda Chromik Francesca Cioffi Madeline Coneys Robert Connors Daniel Curry Nicholas Curry Michael Doyle Nolan Driscoll Richelle Drowne Brendan Duffy Bridgette Duffy Andrea Fisher Alanna Fitzpatrick Rita Foley Hailey Frament Matthew Fuller Taylor Gamache Andrea Glogowski Jiwon Go Kathleen Gorman Christopher Haas Kelly Halusic George Harrienger, III Kristin Hartman Nicole Hensler Christopher Herbs Ashley Howell Alexi Howland Leah Hyldelund Alessandra Ianniello Keela Joels Nicole Kujan Zachary Langford Amanda LaPlante



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GRADUATION 2011 Lauren LeRoux Kiana Levesque Kathryn Mainello Anthony Marchese Michael Matrese Madison McCurley Michael McFerran Kerry McNamara Julie McNeff Rose Meehan Kaylee Messier Matthew Miller Kathryn Moore Taylor Murphy Erica Norton Keri O'Mara Nicholas Paulsen Matthew Phelan Taliah Pounds Sydney Rebne Lilly Regan Terrance Ruso Theresa Russman Gena Russo Catherine Russomanno Alicia Sansone Molly Scanlon Kevin Scorsone Neil Sedlak Gianna Sergovich Krista Shoemaker Alexandra Smith Matthew Stanton Carly Stewart Allyson Tremblay Jalen Turner Lauren Van Auken David Vanderzee Kylie Welsh Jenna Yager Grade 8 Melissa Barber Andrew Barnes Isabella Barone Emily Beebe Timothy Buell Claire Chaisson Louis Cioffi Mary Rose Clark Justin Collins Calogero Corina Adam Dahl Thomas Dame Natalie Doyle Madeline Duncan Brianna Durkee Anthony Eaton Julia Engster Kevin Favaron Hannah Gauthier Jeremy Glazer Devon Gratton Deborah Hedley Steven Herbs P. Anthony Holzer Christopher Hoyt Reilly Job Robert Jones Luke Korkemaz Christos Kotsonis Emma Lammon Paul Mainello Julianna Marchese Connor McGrath Jalena Noakes Angelica Oliveri Daniel Passonno Joseph Perniciaro Dylan Pollock Madison Purcell Patrick Richards John Santos

Michaela Scorsone Aaron Setlow Kristen Skriptshak Mia Swalsky Izabella Von Fricken Samuel Walczyk Alex Weeden Leah Wilk La Salle Institute Grade 12 Tyler Christian Baldwin Mackenzie Drislane Baler Jacob Andrew Barbato Samuel Robert Bellafiore Anthony Dominic Belmonte Garrett Murphy Bernardo Zachary Edward Bombard Stephen O'Neill Brady Gregory A. Brewer Robert Kenneth Brisson Jonathan Joseph Clemente Anthony Michael Compe Eamonn M. Coughlin Damian Mark Crisafulli Nolan Osborn Crowley Ryan Neil Curtin Nicholas R. Davis Martin Andrew Degutis Michael Francis-Parker DeSorbo Liam Nicholas Doyle Peter Maximilian Drucker Patrick Michael Forgea Timothy A. Gagan A. Kent Gilchrest Malcolm Xavier Good Justin James Houser Roger Yeomans Kardys Patrick Timothy Knerr Andrew P. Loffredo Adam Conrad Lowe Ian Jesse Macks Colin L. Maneen Eric Markiewicz Trevor Joren Colton Martin Ryan James McCall Peter J. McKenna Matthew T. McNally Tahir Frenchman McQueen Samuel David Moore Daniel H. MulĂŠ Ryan James Murphy Christian Michael Musial Yasir J. Nasir Joseph Francis Nasner Taylor Allen Niles Gavin M. O'Brien Dane Owens Nicholas A. Pakatar Paul James Parsons, Jr. Brendan Lombard Philbin Evan Daniel Quinn Stephan Eric Roccario Charles Michael Scott Francis Dylan Seitz Michael Patrick Sleasman Charles Philip Tebbetts John Joseph Tremblay Alexander Joseph Verchereau Joseph D. Weiler Andrew David Worgan Adam T. Yonkers

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Course to help educators train healthy priests BY SARAH DELANEY


FOR 10 YEARS, Sister Deborah Timmis, CSJ, has taught technology — with a focus on computers — for 10 years in the Albany Diocese. This year, at Blessed Sacrament School in Albany, she’s been helping 20 students in the computer club refurbish and build computers from parts donated by the diocesan Pastoral Center and several schools. “I wish those who have been part of this project could see the joy on the faces of the children. It’s wonderful to have a computer at home....All of you made that possible,” she reported.


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Vatican City — A Rome-based Catholic foundation is offering a course to help educators ensure the spiritual and psychological formation of candidates for priesthood and consecrated life. Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, who served for many years at the helm of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said that the crisis in the Church over the problem of the sexual abuse of minors by priests was an important factor in establishing the course, but not the only one. The cardinal is president of the Ut Vitam Habeant Foundation, which is working with the Camillianum International Institute of the Theology of Health Care to offer the course in Rome in November. Canossian Father Amedeo Cencini, a psychologist and expert in religious formation, said the course is designed to ensure candidates for priesthood and religious life are formed as whole people, with healthy and deep relationships with God and others. Classes listed in the prospectus address the spiritual and

psychological development of candidates. Sexuality is discussed from cultural, biological and psychological points of view. A section on immaturity and psychological problems will include a discussion of masturbation, homosexuality and pedophilia. Dr. Manfred Lutz, who heads the psychiatry department at a German hospital and has acted as a consultant to the Vatican on the sex abuse issue, said the formation of a candidate for the priesthood or religious life is essential, but those responsible for preparing candidates also need to understand when a candidate is unfit. “There are people who cannot become priests, and it’s not just a question of the right formation,” he said. Lutz said that future priests and religious need to be well prepared for a life of celibacy, but insisted that celibacy was not the cause of sexual abuse of minors. Instead, celibacy “renders a priest free to develop his pastoral relations” and put all his energy and enthusiasm into his pastoral work, he said. Helping candidates learn to live happily in celibacy, he said,

is much easier than helping a candidate overcome a tendency toward narcissism — a pathology he said was very difficult to eradicate, even with good formation. Cardinal Sgreccia said the course is the first of its kind to be offered to Catholic educators and “if the course is good and effective, others may follow” in other parts of the world. The course was designed as two intensive, three-week seminars in a two-year period. It is open to priests, religious and laypeople who educate candidates in seminaries or religious communities, as well as psychologists, doctors and others who support their work. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a letter May 16 ordering bishops’ conferences around the world to draw up guidelines to protect children from harm. The letter reiterated the need for bishops and religious communities to exercise special care when accepting candidates for priesthood or religious life and to provide them “healthy human and spiritual formation” and understanding of the value and meaning of chastity.

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GRADUATION 2011 Newest priest took roundabout route to religious life AWARD NEWEST PRIEST TOOK ROUNDABOUT ROUTE TO RELIGIOUS LIFE, FROM PAGE 1

refugees. The 21-year-old Kosovar matriarch and mother of three couldn’t leave home to learn English because she nursed a child. She spoke Albanian, Romani and Macedonian, but couldn’t read or write in any language. “I had no idea what I was doing,� Deacon Atherton admitted. He taught the woman to write her children’s names and her own, babysat the kids and chauffeured the family to appointments with social service organizations.

Focused elsewhere Along the way, he lost interest in his thesis. “It was just so clearly more important,� he said of his work with the family. “I said to myself, ‘What is it that I need? What is it that’s going to help me grow? I can write about it or I can actually do it.’� Upon graduation, he ditched the idea of professorship and entered Philadelphia Redemp-

torist Volunteer Ministries out of “sheer confusion and existential angst.� For a year, he tutored men in the Philadelphia Prison System; many had dropped out of high school to sell drugs or were battling addiction. “I found that tug at my heart,� he said. “I loved those moments in teaching when you get to watch the light bulb come on.�

Finding himself The inmates often told him secrets they couldn’t tell the guards. He turned into a confidential counselor — and initiated conversations about God. “In those moments, I felt the most myself,� he said. “I felt I was the most alive, that I was the most Jay Atherton.� During the next year of his service, at a homeless shelter, people routinely assumed he was a seminarian. He attended an eight-day retreat, intending to determine his vocation. “By day two of the retreat, I

knew,� he said. “It was just crystal clear.� Deacon Atherton applied to the Diocese of Albany in 2006, finished his philosophy studies at Siena College in Loudonville and entered seminary at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill. He was ordained a transitional deacon last year and spent a summer doing chaplaincy work at Albany Medical Center.

Cheers for chaplains Being a chaplain “affirmed for me how much you can accomplish in a pastoral situation just by listening,� he said. “If you create the space where it’s okay for somebody to talk, it just makes all the difference in the world.� After his priestly ordination by Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, June 11 at Albany’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Deacon Atherton looks forward to hearing confessions and anointing people — but, most of all, to celebrating his first Mass

“as a way of returning the love that I have received throughout my life, throughout my formation.� In the Albany Diocese, he may take on the role of pastor within two years. “It makes me nervous when it makes everybody else nervous,� he noted. But “I’m sure by the time that it comes, I’ll have what I need.� One of Deacon Atherton’s goals will be to entice more young adults to get involved with Catholicism; his understanding of both “generation X� and the “millennial generation� will help him teach older parishioners new ways to evangelize. Deacon Atherton’s highest wishes for the priesthood can be explained through the Bible story of the workers in the vineyard. As a priest, “you stand in the place of the master, saying, ‘You’re going to get that full day’s wage,’� he said. “That’s what I look forward to most: standing in the relationships.�


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THIS YEAR, THE Diocesan School Board created the Sister Maureen Joyce, RSM, Social Justice Award. Named in memory of the former head SISTER of diocesan MAUREEN Catholic JOYCE Charities, it is given to a graduating senior in each of the four diocesan Catholic high schools. Each receives a plaque and a donation to a Catholic Charities agency in their county. This year’s recipients are Daniel Hill of Bishop Maginn High School in Albany, Natalie Zunges of Saratoga Central Catholic High, Nicole Kujan of Catholic Central in Troy and Dulce Martuscello of Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School in Schenectady.


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T H E E VA N G E L I S T Holy Spirit School East Greenbush continues the Legacy of Faith and Excellence with the graduation of our 2011 8th grade.

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June 9, 2011

GRADUATION 2011 ROTARY HONORS SIX ABDUL KARIM, PICTURED at right, is one of six local youth in foster care being recognized by the Rotary Club of Albany for courage and perseverance. Albany Catholic agencies like LaSalle School, St. Anneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institute, St. Catherineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Children and Catholic

Charitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Community Maternity Services had student winners for the awards. Rich Ward, LaSalle campus minister, called Abdul â&#x20AC;&#x153;a compassionate and motivated young man who has overcome numerous barriersâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;a model student who continues to excel in all aspects of treatment as well as academically.â&#x20AC;? Abdul plans to study mechanical engineering. Olivia Ballard of CMS is also an award winner â&#x20AC;&#x153;because of her dedication to achieving her parenting and educational goals,â&#x20AC;? said CMS staffer Gina Middleton. COLLEGE-BOUND

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TRANSFER â&#x20AC;˘ DEGREE â&#x20AC;˘ ENRICHMENT SCCC offers more than 40 Transfer, Career Degree and Certificate programs in Schenectady or online. Registration for the Fall term is now underway. Classes begin September 6. Call 518-381-1366 or visit us online at

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Advice for freshmen from new sophomores BY CASEY NORMILE STA F F W R I T E R

After the first year of college, a student has not only survived one of the biggest transitions of his or her life, but has also learned a thing or two: where the best coffee is on campus, which professors to avoid, what belongings simply take up space in a dorm room and how to live with a complete stranger. Fresh out of their freshman year of college, The Evangelist asked local students, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you wish you knew before starting college?â&#x20AC;? Anthony Grieco, a 19-year-old from Saddle Brook, N.J., is a finance and management double major at Siena College in Loudonville. He first looked at Siena because its president, Rev. Kevin Mullen, OFM, was once the pastor at his parish in New Jersey and is a friend of his father. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I expected the school to be harder to get around and I expected everyone there to be more introverted,â&#x20AC;? said Mr. Grieco; â&#x20AC;&#x153;but everyone was really friendly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wish I had known to be more open when I first came to the school, to ask more questions, and to be more open with the people I live with rather than just the people I had class with. At the end of the year, they all become your friends and your group.â&#x20AC;? He admitted to The Evangelist that he only used â&#x20AC;&#x153;about one-fourthâ&#x20AC;? of the things he was told to bring with him to school: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The list said to bring an ironing board, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even open the plastic on it until the day before my parents came to visit. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want them to think I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t using it.â&#x20AC;? He added that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d thought the cafeteria food would be better and expected his courses to be easier. The latter is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a huge misconception about Siena,â&#x20AC;? he said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like a community college and not as academically challenging, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the real deal.â&#x20AC;? The student is now working with Sienaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s admissions department on a marketing campaign, highlighting the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s academics. Regarding the Franciscan presence on campus, Mr. Grieco shared some words of wisdom for incoming Siena freshmen: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid of the friars. I know when you first walk on campus, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to make of them, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an amazing group of guys and just everyday human beings like us.â&#x20AC;? For Kevin Horan, a religious studies major at Hartwick College in Oneonta, the first year of college was the chance to challenge himself and try new things he never would have before. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the most important things to do freshman year is to get involved, even in the things you werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too sure about in high school,â&#x20AC;? he said. For Mr. Horan, this included playing a lead role in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wait Until Dark,â&#x20AC;? serving as treasurer for the Newman House and joining the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Though Mr. Horan thrived in his first year of college, there are still some things the Connecticut native wished he had known a year ago: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went in undeclared but still thought I would become a history or psychology major eventually,â&#x20AC;? he said; â&#x20AC;&#x153;but I randomly took a class in Buddhism, which prompted me to look into religious studies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For those unsure about what they want to study, take classes in what you think you will major in and take classes you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too sure about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also wish I had known there was an easier math class I could have taken,â&#x20AC;? he joked.



June 9, 2011


OFF TO THE CITADEL to take the path behind High school graduates have a it,” he exlot to worry about. Diplomas in plained. “When they get to the hand, they now face college academic buildings, they have roommates, cafeteria food, dorm to go in the side door, never the rooms, a larger courseload and a main entrance.” He’ll also expected to rise campus full of people they don’t early every morning to sweep know. But for Collin Sponable of the barracks, do push-ups, and Our Lady of the Assumption be standing in formation when parish in Latham, a recent grad- his superior enters the room for uate of Christian Brothers inspection. This is part of what Academy in Albany, those are the “knobs” are expected to learn trifling matters: He’s more wor- during summer training. Despite these intimidating ried about being a first-year cadet in military school, The circumstances, Collin is eager for the competition in his major Citadel in South Carolina. There, they firmly believe in at The Citadel, civil engineering; and excited about the Arabic earning your place. “They call the freshman course he plans to take, about ‘knobs’ because they buzz our possibly trying out for their heads and we all look like door- NCAA Division I baseball team, knobs. We have to stand at atten- about life in Charleston and tion when an upperclassman about getting involved in camaddresses [us], always address pus ministry. “They have services on camthe upperclassmen as ‘sir’ and be willing to act like an idiot,” pus every Sunday and I’m defisaid Collin. “But I kind of like it. I nitely going to make it a point to go every week,” Collin told The find it amusing.” In a few days, Collin will leave Evangelist. “It’s especially imporfor a month of training, where he tant to keep your faith down and fellow first-year cadets will there. You need something to not only be physically condi- hold onto and believe in.” He also believes his first year tioned, but also introduced to the way things run on the “will be great, because all of us knobs will all be going through Citadel campus. “The students are broken up the same experience. At night, in 40 Thompson St., Ballston Spa, NY into companies and each com- our barracks, we’ll be laughing pany has their own barrack. And and remembering the kid who I know already that a knob is not messed up that night and had to allowed to walk in front of anoth- do push-ups and the look on his er company’s barrack; they have face. We’ll form a bond.” BY CASEY NORMILE


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Congratulations graduates!! Now what? Are you thinking about graduate school?

Classes begi August 2n 9th

Why not begin the new academic year at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry?

MONDAYS — LITURGICAL SPIRITUALTY. Rev. Richard Vosko, Ph.D. An interdisciplinary exploration of Christian spirituality as expressed and formed by the Church in liturgy and sacrament. TUESDAYS — ORIENTATION TO THEOLOGICAL STUDIES. Katherine Hanley, CSJ, Ph.D. This course orients students to the various aspects of theological studies and the way theology functions in a faith community. WEDNESDAYS — THEMES IN THE HEBREW BIBLE. Marcus Gigliotti, SSL. Study of related issues, social matrix, and theological significance of some major themes in the Hebrew Bible. THURSDAYS — CHURCH OF THE REFORMATION. Mary Meany, Ph.D. An examination of the Reformation an event at once inevitable, profoundly Christian, and tragic in its divisive effect.


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