SUMMER EDITION 2016
The Golden Burrs Events Committee members are pleased to
bring you this 28th edition of the Class of 1958's Newsletter.
this issue, under the "West Catholic Prep
Banner" you will find information
about the contract extension with The Faith in the Future Foundation; The
naming of a new WCPHS president; the awarding of a Gates Millennium
Scholarship; plans to rebuilt the Lourdes Grotto at West Catholic Prep; the
95th Annual Alumni Communion Breakfast report; the Golden Burrs of
'58's annual luncheon report; a great picture from Tom Sweeney of the St. Francis de Sales
Dance; the WCP calendar of events and, sadly, a report on the death of Akyra Murray, a June 6,
2016 graduate of WCP, who was among the victims in the Orlando
In the "News Features" there is a
report about the partnership of two Delaware County parishes; the planned
sale of the Shrine and Motherhouse of St. Katharine
Drexel; announcements of clerical changes affecting two of our
classmates; news of the appointment of a new Auxiliary Bishop for
Philadelphia; plans to relocate St. Charles Seminary and sell off the existing
property; and an update about what has happened to the artifacts from
The Transfiguration of Our Lord Church. As always we
close the newsletter with Rich Buzza's
The Websites of parishes in Pennsylvania, Virginia,
Arizona and Texas and other on-line resources were used to obtain pictures and
information about the relocated artifacts from Transfiguration Church. I took the pictures of the Stations of the
Cross and the stained glass windows now at St. Elizabeth Church, Upper Uwchlan Twp., PA. Early pictures of Transfiguration were
scanned from the 1955 Golden Anniversary Commemorative Booklet and a number of
pictures were scanned from my collection of old photos. During a July 2015 visit to St. Raymond of Penafort Church in Springfield, VA., I took the pictures of
the side altars, statues and main altar and the outdoor Blessed Mother's Statue
The Fall 2016 issue will
feature information about artifacts from Our Lady of
Victory Church that have been installed in two new churches;
one in Foley, Alabama and another in Pensacola, Florida.
PAST AND UPCOMING HAPPENINGS AT WEST
BETWEEN THE FAITH OF THE FUTURE FOUNDATION AND
ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
submitted by: FRANK
On February 23, 2016, The Faith in the Future Foundation,
that financially supports and administers the 17 Archdiocesan High
Schools and 4 Special Education Schools, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
announced the management agreement, originally signed in August, 2012 to ensure
the independent oversight and strategic management of the above mentioned
schools, will be extended through the year 2022. In other words, WEST CATHOLIC PREP and the other
catholic high schools will remain open through 2022 and longer if and when the
present agreement is extended. That
determination will be made 18 months prior to June of 2022. GO WEST!
SCHOOL PRESIDENT ANNOUNCEMENT
05/10/2016 @ 04:45PM
Paul Colistra - President of West Catholic Preparatory High
After an intensive search lead by those serving on West Catholic’s
Board of Directors in collaboration with administrators from the Office of
Catholic Education and Faith in the Future, Christopher Mominey,
President COO and Secretary for Education, announced the appointment of Mr. Paul Colistra as the new president of West Catholic
Preparatory High School (WCPHS) effective July 1, 2016.
Paul will succeed Brother Richard Kestler,
F.S.C, who has faithfully and honorably served as the school’s president since
2011. Earlier this year, Brother Richard had announced his plan to retire at
the end of the 2015-2016 school year. I know you join
me in extending prayerful best wishes to both Brother Richard and Paul during
this time of transition.
Paul has served WCPHS as Vice President for Institutional
Advancement since 2012. In that role, he
has worked with the President and Board of Trustees to advance the strategic
goals of the school and raised a record amount of almost $2,000,000 during the
2014-2015 school year.
He also overhauled the school’s admissions and recruitment plan, which
resulted in a 51% increase in enrollment over three years. Most importantly, Paul brings with him a deep
knowledge of the school landscape and we have great confidence that he possesses
the right leadership qualities to continue West Catholic’s growth and
development in the years to come.
Prior to his service at WCPHS, Paul was Director of the Annual Fund and
Alumni Relations and later served as Major Gifts Officer at La Salle College
High School. He holds a Bachelor’s
Degree in Applied Psychology from Ithaca College and is currently working
towards a dual Master’s Degree in Education and Educational Leadership from
Saint Joseph’s University.
MILLENNIUM SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED
Congratulations to Jasime Mays on being
awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship.
Jasime is the 10th West Catholic student to
receive this prestigious award. Well
REBUILD THE GROTTO, ONE BRICK AT A TIME...
from the Spring 2016 Emissary
As part of the West Catholic 100th year Anniversary celebration;
The Veterans Committee of the West Catholic Alumni Association is planning to
rebuild the Lourdes Grotto that was located at the Boys school.
The Grotto was presented by the West Catholic Mothers Club after
WWII in memory of the West Catholic students who lost their lives in service to
their country. When the Boys School was
torn down the Grotto and Statues were salvaged with the hope that one day the
shrine and statues would be placed on display at the 45th and Chestnut Street
photo by Frank Adolf
The statues were
placed on display at the school but the Grotto stones were archived.
Now with your help and the help of the "One Brick At A Time Campaign" the Veterans Committee hopes to
raise enough money to reassemble the Grotto.
"PRO DEO ET PATRIA”
Please donate by using the following website: www.PolarEngraving.com/WestCatholicAlumni
or contact Johnnie Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
submitted by: FRANK ADOLF
The 95th Annual Communion Breakfast and Awards
Ceremony sponsored by The West Catholic Alumni Association was held on Sunday, April 17th, at the Springfield Country
This year, the Association was honored to have the Reverend Edward
Casey class of 1971 as the principal celebrant.
Father Casey, raised in Good Shepherd Parish, was ordained in 1979. Father has served the Archdiocese of
Philadelphia in numerous parish ministries, as a Faculty member and, as the
former President of Archbishop Carroll High School from 2001 to 2013. Currently Father is Pastor of Immaculate
Heart of Mary Parish, in Andorra.
The Communion Breakfast provided a perfect opportunity for the
Alums to begin the celebration of West Catholic's Centennial Celebration.
Brother Richard Kestler, who is retiring
this June, provided the attendees with a status report on the achievements of
his four years as President of West Catholic Prep.
A special award was presented to Brother Richard for having served
at West Catholic for a combined total of sixteen years over three separate
assignments. Brother was named a
Lifetime Honorary Member of the Alumni Association.
The Class of 1958 was represented by the following Golden Burrs:
Frank Adolf, Mike Bresnahan, Rich Buzza,
Jim Clark, Larry Doran, Bob Dowd, Anthony Evangelista, Charlie "W"
Johnson, Bill Kohlenberg, Bill Marella,
and Frank Metzler.
2016 Honorees were as follows:
BISHOP JOHN J.
JOSEPH T. MCCULLEN, JR.
BISHOP JOHN J.
FUSONIE, M.D. '53
GOLDEN BURR AWARD
JAMES D. HAY, JR.
BROTHER G. JOHN
ELIZABETH CUNNINGHAM '61
BLUE AND GOLD AWARD
GOLDEN BURR AWARD
REV. EDWARD CASEY
LT. CMDR. JACK
DALY, USN - RETIRED '76
ALOYSIUS LUMLEY AWARD
DAVID SAWYER '91
SILVER BURR AWARD
Edward Casey '71, Elizabeth Cunningham '61, Eleanor McCullen
'53, James D. Hay Jr. '60,
P. Fusonie '53, M.D., David Sawyer '91, Gregory Sanginiti '66, Craig J. "Sab" Sabatino,
LCDR. Jack Daly, USN
Retired '76, Joseph T. McCullen Jr. '52
GOLDEN BURRS OF '58 CELEBRATE THEIR 58th
2016 Class of 1958 Program Booklet
What is it about the boys of 58, that year-after-year, so many
find their way back to meet-up and reconnect with their old neighborhood pals
and fellow Burrs? Maybe part of the
reason is that some of the best times of our lives were in our youth and this
is a rare opportunity to relive, face-to-face, a bit of those memorable times. This class luncheon of 2016 was certainly a
memorable one as 50 Golden Burrs and their guests celebrated together at the newly
renovated Clarion Inn, Essington.
Over the past year, the Clarion folks performed a very nice
upgrade to our meeting room by replacing an entire plain solid wall with full
length outdoor facing windows which dramatically increased the brightness and
gave the space a nice, pleasant feel to it.
Just prior to the start of our buffet lunch, Frank Adolf, filling
in for George Light, welcomed everyone and introduced Brother Steve Casale who offered the invocation and remembrance prayers
for our fellow classmates Frank Carey, Bob Gormley,
Jim English and Bill Gallagher who passed away since the last luncheon. And he also asked for prayers for those
classmates who are sick and suffering at this time, especially George Light.
Bro. Steve Casale delivering the Invocation
After a very
enjoyable lunch Frank Adolf took to the podium again to introduce our Honored Guests
Brother Steve Casale and Tom Wallace (aka Brother German John)
recognized Al Gresh, who has once again flew in from
Delray Beach, Florida for the luncheon and Des Butler who recently relocated
from Long Island to West Berlin, NJ.
was offer by Frank to Larry Signora, Frank O'Keefe, Denny Brennan and
Joe Gavaghan for their extra financial support.
announcing 50/50 winner Joe Inemer
Joe Inemer very generously donated his winnings back to the
Class of 1958.
As an added
surprise, all attendees received a complimentary "WC 1958 Golden
Burrs" souvenir car magnet.
Class of '58
"Events Committee" Members
Jim Clark, John Staiber, Frank Adolf, Rich Buzza,
Bill Marella, Jim Lynch, Frank Metzler
thanks to all the 2016 attendees:
Frank Adolf, Ed
Alioto, Jack Andiario, Dick Boyle, Joe Bradley, Denny
Brennan, Mike Bresnahan, Charlie Brett, Des Butler,
Rich Buzza, Jim Cahill, Bro. Steve Casale,
Jim Clark, Vince DiLoreto, Larry Doran, Bob Dowd,
Joe Gavaghan, John Gillespie, Al Gresh,
Tom Henry, Bob Houlihan, Tom Hughes, Joe Inemer,
Johnson, Joe Kady '59, Tom Koch, Bill Kohlenberg, Bernie Lawless, Vince Leonetti,
Jim Lynch, Bill Marella,
Charlie McClelland, Frank McDonnell, Frank Metzler, John O'Connell, Frank
O'Keefe, Dennis O'Leary,
Bob Schaefer, Joe
Semeister, Tom Shinn, Larry Signora, Angelo Sivieri, John Staiber, Joe Storniolo, Tom Sweeney,
(German John) and Bob Ward.
GOLDEN BURRS OF 1958 and GUESTS
very special thanks to John Staiber
for his photographic expertise.
are additional luncheon photos posted on our Golden Burrs website:
thanks to all. Hope to
see everyone again in 2017.
SWEENEY'S PICTURE OF DE SALES DANCE
Tom brought this
picture of the St. Francis De Sales Dance to the May luncheon. Thanks Tom for this great memory.
Find yourself or a
Tom is slightly
left of center next to the guy with his hand up; Jim Trainor is left of Tom;
Bill Schroeder and Ed Diamond are to
the right of
Dan Remy is at
bottom left; Jim McGrath bottom center; Walt Gallagher bottom right.
CATHOLIC PREP CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Annual "Burrs at the Beach" Celebration
Irish Pub, N. Wildwood, NJ
June 26, 2016
Tickets are $20.00 in advance, $22.00 on-line (will call)
or $25.00 at the door on the day of the event.
For tickets and/or information about bus transportation from the
Philadelphia area to North Wildwood, please contact any one of the following:
Tom Dorrian ‘61 -
Mike McHale - 609-263-3331
Marty Moran ‘56 - 610-356-6072
John McMurrough ‘60 - 610-328-0558
Charles “Bud” Tucker ‘61 - 610-494-21332
Peg (Sheffield) Panichelli ‘65 - 610-420-0987
WEST CATHOLIC PREP GRAD
KILLED IN ORLANDO SHOOTING
from WCP website and other news outlets
Prep was terribly saddened to report that Akyra
Murray, a graduate of the Class of 2016, has been confirmed as a victim in the
mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Akyra was on
a family vacation with her parents to celebrate her graduation and to visit her
Akyra was a superstar who was a leader amongst her
classmates and teammates. She was an honors student, graduating third in
her class of forty-five students, and a 1,000 point scorer on the Lady Burrs
basketball team. Akyra recently signed a letter of
intent to play basketball at Mercyhurst College in
Her mother Natalie Murray, reported that she was on the phone with
her wounded daughter as she took cover in a bathroom stall, hiding from the
shooter. Akyra sent a text message at 2
A.M. Sunday pleading for her parents to pick her up. Natalie tried to tell her to remain calm and
apply pressure to the wound. Moments
later, Akyra called her mother, saying she was losing
a lot of blood. It was their last
West Catholic principal Jim Gallagher said Murray carried herself
with "great character and dignity."
Gallagher was named principal last year and he recalled that Akyra had
gone out of her way to welcome him when the academic year began. Gallagher said "She made me feel I
A memorial gathering was held on Monday evening at Philadelphia's
City Hall, and the Lady Burrs basketball team, wearing their WCP uniforms,
paraded in honor of Akyra.
The statement on the school's website about the tragedy closed
with: "May God bless Akyra's soul and provide comfort to all family and friends
during this very troubling time."
DELAWARE COUNTY PARISHES TO PARTNER
In June 2016, Sacred Heart Parish in Clifton Heights, founded as a
Polish National parish,
and St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Drexel Hill, will enter into a
partnership. Just eight-tenths of a
mile's drive separates the two parishes.
Each parish currently has a resident pastor. Sacred Heart had 520 registered households in
2014 and St. Charles 2,220 for a total of 2,740 households.
Under the partnership arrangement one parish administration will
serve both parishes and both churches will remain open.
ST. KATHARINE DREXEL
SHRINE, MOTHERHOUSE PUT UP FOR SALE
The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the congregation founded by
St. Katharine Drexel, has announced it will sell the historic Motherhouse of
the congregation in Bensalem. The 44-acre
property also contains the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel and her
At a future date, St. Katharine's tomb will be moved to the
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.
For the full report click on:
CHANGES FOR TWO CLASSMATES
of Philadelphia announced the following clerical changes concerning two members
of the Class of 1958:
J. Hughes, O.S.A., to Parochial Vicar, Saint Thomas of Villanova Parish,
effective June 1, 2016.
Retirement: Reverend Richard J. McAndrews,
from Parochial Vicar Saint Isidore Parish,
Quakertown, and Pastor Emeritus, Epiphany of Our Lord, Norristown, effective
June 20, 2016. Father McAndrews will reside at Regina Coeli
Residence for Priests, Warminster.
AUXILIARY BISHOP NAMED BY POPE FRANCIS
named Spanish-Speaking Msgr. Edward M. Deliman as a
new auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia.
Chaput introduces Bishop-elect Deliman
Deliman who is of Slovakian ancestry, committed himself to learning
Spanish as a young priest and has devoted much of his 43-year career to urban
and Hispanic ministry.
Currently the pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensalem, the
69-year-old bishop-elect was ordained in 1973.
He has been pastor of five parishes that have a significant Hispanic
population, including Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. He also has served extensively in youth
ministry, priestly formation and as a mentor for younger priests in their first
Bishop-elect Deliman will be ordained a
bishop on August 18 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
Archbishop Chaput said the
administrative role for the bishop-elect would not be determined for some time
after his ordination this summer. But he
added, Bishop-elect Deliman
would visit all the parishes of the archdiocese with Hispanic populations.
CHARLES SEMINARY SEEKS TO MOVE ALL OPERATIONS OFF SITE
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary’s Board of Trustees has called for
scrapping the planned consolidation of seminary operations on one 30-acre
section of the campus and to “affiliate with a local Catholic college or
university and relocate the entire seminary operation” to that location,
according to a statement released by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Tuesday,
A plan to move the College Division seminarians to unused portions
of the upper side, which now houses Theology Division seminarians in formation
for the priesthood, was announced in 2013 as the best way to allow for the
But a feasibility study by the Catholic Foundation of Greater
Philadelphia recently looked at alternative models to that plan, which was
presented to the trustees in May.
In an interview with CatholicPhilly.com, Bishop Timothy Senior,
the seminary’s rector, said the estimated $50 million cost for renovating the
buildings that would have housed the college seminarians was the key
factor. The massive three-story stone
structures were built between 100 and 145 years ago. The newest residence and
classroom facility, Vianney Hall, is 40 years old.
All would need significant upgrades.
the estimated proceeds of selling the lower-side property would amount to about
$45 million, a gap of at least $5 million would have to be raised just to
complete the project. That also would not account for additional fundraising to
build a long-term endowment fund to support future needs of the seminary.
seminary’s trustees have called for the development of a new plan for seminary
operations that may include “newly constructed buildings on or near the campus”
of an area college.
also confirmed what seemed certain with Tuesday’s announcement: the entire 76-acre seminary campus will at
some point be sold.
LOCATING ARTIFACTS FROM THE TRANSFIGURATION OF
OUR LORD CHURCH
submitted by: FRANK ADOLF
Finding the location of artifacts from Transfiguration Church was
an interesting project and one that took many months of research to
complete. The Transfiguration Parish
report that was in featured in the Fall of 2013
Newsletter included information about artifacts that have been installed at St.
Elizabeth Parish in Upper Uwchlan Township and in
Cottonwood, Arizona at The Immaculate Conception Parish.
Since writing that report, I have visited St. Elizabeth each year during
Holy Week and have taken pictures of the Stations of the Cross and the Stained
Glass windows that came from Transfiguration.
Also, I found more pictures on the Internet of Transfiguration artifacts
at the Cottonwood, Arizona church.
Additionally, I learned of two recently constructed churches in
Springfield, VA and Austin, Texas, where Transfiguration artifacts have been
installed. This report will provide an
update on the four locations.
Let us begin by first attempting to understand and itemize the
various types of stained glass windows from the world famous Zettler Studios in Munich that were installed in
This exterior pictures of Transfiguration shows
the positioning of the upper and lower church windows.
Moving from left to right on the exterior, the transept of the church (arms of the cross) had a total of eight beautiful
windows, four on each side of the upper church, situated above the three side
entrance doors. As you will see later in
this report, these eight windows have been installed at the new St. Raymond of Penafort Church in
Springfield, Virginia. Also, the side altars from the
Transfiguration upper church, including the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph
statues, and the main altar facing the congregation, have been installed at St.
Raymond. Finally, the Blessed Mother’s statue
that was situated in the school yard has been placed in front of St. Raymond
there were four sets of three windows in the upper Church, again two sets on
each side of the church, each consisting of a large seven-paneled center window
featuring scenes from Christ's passion and death, and two six-paneled windows
on each side of the larger window featuring religious scenes and symbols. Three of the four center windows have been
installed at St. Elizabeth
Church in Upper Uwchlan, PA. Unfortunately,
I have not found any information about the disposition of the fourth window. All eight of the six-paneled windows have
been installed at St. Louis King of
France Church in Austin, Texas. Finally, there were seven "Angel" windows behind the main altar of
the upper church, these windows have also been
installed in St. Louis Church.
the two "bump-outs" on the side of the church, which housed side
altars and statuary in the upper and lower churches. These smaller windows in
the bump-out, and the large center window over the front doors which depicted
Raphael’s Transfiguration in stained glass, have been installed in the Immaculate Conception Church in Cottonwood, Arizona.
PARISH, UPPER UWCHLAN TOWNSHIP, PA
As previously reported, Msgr. Thomas M. Mullin, who in June of
2000 was named the founding pastor of a new Chester County parish, rescued the
mosaic stations of the cross and three stained glass windows from
Transfiguration that are now beautifully displayed at St. Elizabeth's
Church in Upper Uwchlan Township, PA.
Stations of the Cross and three windows at St. Elizabeth Church
One of the Transfiguration Stations of the Cross
at St. Elizabeth Church
The three stained glass windows depicting scenes from Christ's
passion and death at St. Elizabeth.
These original windows were modified to fit the design at St. Elizabeth
Left to right:
Jesus before Pilate, Jesus being taken down from the Cross and the Resurrection.
Left: Jesus being taken down from the cross in
the original seven paneled setting at Transfiguration. Right: The same center window modified to
four panels for St. Elizabeth Church.
The two side panels, along with six other side
panels from Transfiguration are installed at St. Louis King of France Church in
RAYMOND OF PENAFORT PARISH, SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA
The new church of
St. Raymond of Penafort in Springfield, Virginia was
completed in 2006 after three years of construction. It was built in a traditional cruciform style
with high ceilings, shrines, stained-glass windows and a bell tower - complete
with a bronze bell weighing nearly 3,000 pounds. Much of the intricate art was taken from
Transfiguration Church and dates back more than a century. The result is a church that is brand new,
with an old soul and a deep sense of tradition.
I traveled to
Springfield, Virginia on July 14, 2015 and saw first-hand the artifacts from
St. Raymond of Penafort Church
The beautiful side altars and statuary from the upper Church of
Transfiguration are among the artifacts installed in the Church of St. Raymond
1955 - Original
Transfiguration Side Altars and Statues
Transfiguration Side Altars and Statues at St. Raymond of Penafort
- Transfiguration Main Altar facing the congregation at St. Raymond of Penafort
As noted earlier, located in the transept of St.
Raymond’s are two sets of four stained glass windows which were removed from
the upper church transept of Transfiguration.
Transfiguration’s “The Last Judgment” at St. Raymond of Penafort
of the Church” at St. Raymond of Penafort
Mother’s Statue, that once stood between Transfiguration’s
convent and school, is now installed at the front entrance of St.
Raymond of Penafort.
1947 - Blessed
Mother's Statue at Transfiguration
praying the rosary or getting their First Communion picture taken at this
2015 - Blessed
Mother's Statue in front of St. Raymond of Penafort
CONCEPTION PARISH, COTTONWOOD, ARIZONA
In the late
1990’s there was a rapid population growth in Cottonwood, AZ, and the Diocese
of Phoenix purchased enough land to build a new church, a grade school and a
high school. A temporary church in
portable buildings was constructed and opened in 2002.
on the results of a survey of its parishioners, Immaculate Conception decided
to build a traditional cruciform church designed by C.C.B.G. Architects,
to accommodate 1,500 people for $5.4 million.
Ground breaking for the new church of the
Immaculate Conception took place in December 2007 and construction started in
the summer of 2008. The church was
dedicated and the first Mass was celebrated at the new church on December 8,
2009, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Conception Church, Cottonwood, AZ
The stained glass window depiction of Raphael's
Transfiguration, which was once over the front doors of Transfiguration's upper
church (in the choir loft) and the smaller windows from Transfiguration's lower
church, are now installed at the Immaculate Conception Church.
Left: Raphael’s "Transfiguration" in
Choir Loft at Transfiguration Church
Right: Raphael’s “Transfiguration” behind the main altar at Immaculate
Interior of Immaculate Conception Church with smaller windows from
Transfiguration Lower Church which include: The Corporal Works of Mercy, The
Seven Sacraments, and The Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
ST. LOUIS KING OF FRANCE PARISH, AUSTIN, TEXAS
January 1952 - St. Louis King of France Catholic Church was established.
2002 - St. Louis Parish celebrated its 50th
February 6, 2005 - Groundbreaking was held
for a new addition to the sanctuary that included a 300-seat adoration chapel.
January 2007 - The new
Adoration Chapel and narthex was placed in use by the parish, culminating 14
years of study, fundraising and almost two years of construction.
The stained glass window
consisting of a total of seven "Angels" that were once behind the
main altar, and all 8 of the six-paneled windows from the upper church of
Transfiguration, are now beautifully displayed in St. Louis Church.
Transfiguration Upper Church Main Altar with "Angel" Windows
1955 – Transfiguration Upper Church – Close-up of
two of the seven “Angel” Windows
Transfiguration’s “Angel” windows at St. Louis Church
Below on the left is one of the 8 six-paneled
windows at Transfiguration which are now installed in the sides walls of St.
Louis King of France Church.
If you look closely, you will see that the same
window is the first one on the left at St. Louis.
Four of the 8 six-paneled Stained Glass windows from
Transfiguration at St. Louis
Truly the spirit of Transfiguration parish is alive and
well at these four churches around the country.
FROM CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS
Al Kern: Hi Frank, I would
like to echo Rich Buzza's Final Thought. You have done a marvelous job. I so enjoyed the
St. Barnabas and St. Clement articles especially. Thank you for all your hard work and
dedication. Al Kern
Jim White: FRANK, THANKS FOR YOUR WORK CREATING THIS
NEWSLETTER! I WAS VERY HAPPY TO FIND OUT
Tom Wallace aka "German John" CANCER HAS BEEN CURED. THANKS AGAIN, JIM WHITE
Joe Gavaghan: Hey Golden Burrs
Staffers, another stellar edition. Thank
Joe Semeister: Frank: These get-togethers are fantastic. Please convey my thoughts to everyone working
on these luncheons. Stay well, Joe Semeister
Bob Giampietro '68: Thank you,
wonderful issue. I appreciate you
sharing it with me. Hope you are well.
Tom Wallace aka "German John": Thanks, again for the newsletter, Frank. It is a lot of work but I'm sure many of the
guys appreciate it.
John Staiber: Thanks
for another enjoyable and informative read.
I really appreciate the considerable effort and research that goes into
all these newsletters. The recent
feature on St. James parish showed a picture of Kirkbride
Insane Asylum at 49th & Market which triggered many personal
memories. I worked weekends & full
time summer months there in my frosh & soph
years. These days I have fun telling my
wide-eyed grandkids that, back-in-the-day, I spent a couple of years in an
Brother Steven Casale: Steve sent Frank Metzler the following
information about our classmate Brother Robert Sentman.
Robert M. Sentman is celebrating his ruby jubilee (40
years) in religious life as a member of the Order of Discalced Carmelites. He earned a bachelor of arts in
education/social studies from La Salle College and attended DePaul University,
Cardinal Stritch College and Mount Mary College for
further studies. Brother Robert has
served as a teacher in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Louisiana, and he has also
served as a treasurer and vocations director for his community and worked at
their retreat house. Over the years, he
has been assigned at several Province Advisory Committees and Provincial
Chapter Planning Committees. Brother is
currently serving as assistant superior for his community in Washington D.C.
and is the assistant for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Discalced Carmelite Secular
Order. He serves as sacristan and as
part of the Provincial Office for the O.C.D. Mission in Kenya, East Africa.
Frank Cubbage: An amazing newsletter, I am sorry that the
parish history has ended. You could teach
history courses at WC.
Skip DiGuiesppe: Frank, I've been meaning
to tell you what an excellent job you are doing with the West Catholic Alumni
activity coordination. Everything is so
informative and detailed. It's a
pleasure to read. Thanks again for
everything you do.
Joe Grimley: Frank, in April, I
went on a Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and met 2 WC Grads. There were only 32 people on the tour. This picture was taken at the Western Wall
of the three of us. You may know the
other two people in the attached picture.
Castaldi WC '58 Green shirt, Joe Grimley
WC '58 Blue shirt, and Eugene Ott WC '59 White shirt.
Frank Metzler: I went back to rereading the newsletter draft
as I was really impressed with the resurrection of Transfiguration artifacts in
the various parishes in the U. S. Just
to look at the old pictures and see the stained glass placed in the new
settings was heartwarming. The old adage
came to life "nothing
is wasted". The refurbished
windows, altars and statues were truly brought to life. What a heartwarming edition to the
newsletter. Hopefully other classmates
get a similar reaction. Great job Frank.
submitted by: FRANK ADOLF
Senior Prom - May
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REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
WE REMEMBER and ask for your prayers for those who are ill,
especially Dave Crines who is
recovering from a stroke, George Light who is dealing with a significant health
issue and Jim Prendergast who is scheduled for back surgery.
Please remember in your prayers all of our classmates who have
gone to their eternal reward.
submitted by: RICH BUZZA
Well our annual
luncheon is over for another year and the summer is upon us and graduations and
weddings are currently on some of our schedules. Our class luncheon has become somewhat of an
annual tradition, as we have held it for the last eleven years, and it never
ceases to amaze me as to the loyalty of our members of the class of 1958. We have a core group of about 50 to 60 guys
who, every year can be depended upon to attend our event. One of our most loyal is Al Gresh, who jumps on an early flight from Florida and then
returns on the same day. Al called me
the very next day after the luncheon to tell me what a great time that he had
and to be sure to thank the committee on his behalf for a wonderful event. All during our luncheon, many of our guys
thanked me and our committee members for their year long
effort promoting the spirit of the Class of '58 and the annual luncheon. We do, as a committee, appreciate the
recognition but it is we, who should be thanking each and every one of you
wonderful guys for your support and loyalty over the years in attending our
annual reunion, and with God's blessing, we will continue doing it for many
more years to come.
Have a wonderful
and safe summer and you guys are truly "THE GREAT
CLASS OF 1958".
Bless WEST CATHOLIC! Live Jesus in our
THE SPIRIT ALIVE!
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