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SUMMER EDITION 2016

 

The Golden Burrs Events Committee members are pleased to bring you this 28th edition of the Class of 1958's Newsletter.

 

In 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 shooting. 

 

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 "Final Thought".

 

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 from Transfiguration. 

 

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 PREP

 

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AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FAITH OF THE FUTURE FOUNDATION AND

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

 

submitted by: FRANK METZLER

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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!

 

 

NEW SCHOOL PRESIDENT ANNOUNCEMENT

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Paul Colistra - President of West Catholic Preparatory High School

 

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.

  

GATES 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 done, Jasime.

 

 

HELP REBUILD THE GROTTO, ONE BRICK AT A TIME... 

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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 Campus. 

 

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2008 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 fstsgtwalker@comcast.net

 

 

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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 Club. 

 

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. 

 

 

The 2016 Honorees were as follows:

 

CRAIG J. "SAB" SABATINO

BISHOP JOHN J. MCCORT AWARD 

 

JOSEPH T. MCCULLEN, JR. '52

WILLIAM H. MCGARVEY AWARD

 

ELEANOR MCCULLEN '53

BISHOP JOHN J. MCCORT AWARD

 

DOUGLAS P. FUSONIE, M.D. '53

GOLDEN BURR AWARD

 

JAMES D. HAY, JR. '60

BROTHER G. JOHN OWENS AWARD

 

ELIZABETH  CUNNINGHAM '61

MARGARET PORTER BLUE AND GOLD AWARD

 

GREGORY SANGINITI '66

50TH ANNIVERSARY GOLDEN BURR AWARD

 

REV. EDWARD CASEY '71

BROTHER EDWIN ANSELM AWARD

 

LT. CMDR. JACK DALY, USN - RETIRED '76

BROTHER D. ALOYSIUS LUMLEY AWARD

 

DAVID SAWYER '91

25TH ANNIVERSARY SILVER BURR AWARD

 

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Seated: Rev. Edward Casey '71, Elizabeth Cunningham '61,  Eleanor McCullen '53, James D. Hay Jr. '60,

Standing: Douglas 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

 

 

THE GOLDEN BURRS OF '58 CELEBRATE THEIR 58th ANNIVERSARY

May 12, 2016

 

submitted by: JOHN STAIBER

 

 

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 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.

 

 

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Ballroom Window View

 

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.

 

 

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Bro. Steve Casale delivering the Invocation

 

After a very enjoyable lunch Frank Adolf took to the podium again to introduce our Honored Guests

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Brother Steve Casale and Tom Wallace (aka Brother German John)

 

Frank also 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.

 

Special thanks was offer by Frank to Larry Signora, Frank O'Keefe, Denny Brennan and Joe Gavaghan for their extra financial support.

 

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Frank Adolf 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.

 

 

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Class of '58 "Events Committee" Members

Jim Clark, John Staiber, Frank Adolf, Rich Buzza, Bill Marella, Jim Lynch, Frank Metzler

 

Many 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, Anthony Evangelista,

Jim Gallagher, Joe Gavaghan, John Gillespie, Al Gresh, Tom Henry, Bob Houlihan, Tom Hughes, Joe Inemer,

Charlie W. Johnson, Joe Kady '59, Tom Koch, Bill Kohlenberg, Bernie Lawless, Vince Leonetti, Jim Lynch, Bill Marella,

Chuck Martini, 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,

Tom Wallace (German John) and Bob Ward.

 

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2016 GOLDEN BURRS OF 1958 and GUESTS

 

A very special thanks to John Staiber for his photographic expertise.  

 

There are additional luncheon photos posted on our Golden Burrs website:

www.goldenburrs-1958.com

 

Many thanks to all.  Hope to see everyone again in 2017.

 

 

TOM 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. 

 

 

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Find yourself or a classmate opportunity.

 

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 Tom. 

 

Dan Remy is at bottom left; Jim McGrath bottom center; Walt Gallagher bottom right.

 

 

WEST CATHOLIC PREP CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

29th Annual "Burrs at the Beach" Celebration

Westy's Irish Pub, N. Wildwood, NJ

Sunday, June 26, 2016

 

Tickets are $20.00 in advance, $22.00 on-line (will call) at www.westcatholicalumni.org 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 - 484-431-0781
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

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West Catholic 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 brother.   

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 Erie.

 

West Catholic 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 brother. 

 

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 Erie. 

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 conversation.

 

 

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 belonged here." 

 

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."   

 

 

NEWS FEATURES

 

TWO DELAWARE COUNTY PARISHES TO PARTNER

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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

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By Lou Baldwin

May 3, 2016

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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 tomb. 

 

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:  http://catholicphilly.com/2016/05/news/local-news/st-katharine-drexel-shrine-motherhouse-put-up-for-sale/

 

 

CLERICAL CHANGES FOR TWO CLASSMATES

 

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the following clerical changes concerning two members of the Class of 1958:

 

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Reverend Michael J. Hughes, O.S.A., to Parochial Vicar, Saint Thomas of Villanova Parish, effective June 1, 2016. 

 

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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. 

 

 

NEW AUXILIARY BISHOP NAMED BY POPE FRANCIS 

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Pope Francis named Spanish-Speaking Msgr. Edward M. Deliman as a new auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia.

 

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Archbishop Charles 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 pastorships.

 

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.
 

 

ST. CHARLES SEMINARY SEEKS TO MOVE ALL OPERATIONS OFF SITE

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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, June 7.

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 seminary’s growth.

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.

Since 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.

The 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.

He 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 Transfiguration Church.   

 

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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 Church.

 

Next, 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.

 

Notice 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. 

 

 ST. ELIZABETH 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. 

 

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Transfiguration’s Stations of the Cross and three windows at St. Elizabeth Church 

 

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 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 Church. 

 

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Left to right: Jesus before Pilate, Jesus being taken down from the Cross and the Resurrection.

 

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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 Austin, Texas.

 

 

 

ST, 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 Transfiguration.

 

 

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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 of Penafort.

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1955 - Original Transfiguration Side Altars and Statues

 

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2015 - Transfiguration Side Altars and Statues at St. Raymond of Penafort

 

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2015 - 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.

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Transfiguration’s “The Last Judgment” at St. Raymond of Penafort

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 Transfiguration’s “Triumph of the Church” at St. Raymond of Penafort

The Blessed Mother’s Statue, that once stood between Transfiguration’s convent and school, is now installed at the front entrance of St. Raymond of Penafort.   

                                                                      

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1947 - Blessed Mother's Statue at Transfiguration

Who remembers praying the rosary or getting their First Communion picture taken at this statue?

 

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2015 - Blessed Mother's Statue in front of St. Raymond of Penafort Church

 

 

 

IMMACULATE 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. 

 

Based 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.

 

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 Immaculate 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.

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        Left:  Raphael’s "Transfiguration" in Choir Loft at Transfiguration Church

 

Center & Right: Raphael’s “Transfiguration” behind the main altar at Immaculate Conception Church

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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 anniversary.

February 6, 2005 - Groundbreaking was held for a new addition to the sanctuary that included a 300-seat adoration chapel.

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 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.

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1955 – Transfiguration Upper Church Main Altar with "Angel" Windows

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1955 – Transfiguration Upper Church – Close-up of two of the seven “Angel” Windows

 

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  Transfiguration’s “Angel” windows at St. Louis Church

 

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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.

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Four of the 8 six-paneled Stained Glass windows from Transfiguration at St. Louis

 

 

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Truly the spirit of Transfiguration parish is alive and well at these four churches around the country.

 

 

MAIL 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 you, Joe

 

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, Rich.  Another wonderful issue.  I appreciate you sharing it with me.  Hope you are well.

Regards, Bob

 

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 Insane Asylum.

 

Brother Steven Casale:  Steve sent Frank Metzler the following information about our classmate Brother Robert Sentman.

 

    Brother 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 communications and 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.    

 

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Tom 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.

 

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submitted by:  FRANK ADOLF 

 

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Senior Prom - May 2, 1958

 

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR REMEMBRANCES OF THE 40'S AND 50'S, ESPECIALLY YOUR PARISHES AND NEIGHBORHOODS?  SEND THEM TO US FOR PUBLICATION IN A FUTURE NEWSLETTER AT: fjapfa1539@comcast.net

 

 

PLEASE 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.

 

 

 FINAL THOUGHT

 

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".

 

 

God Bless WEST CATHOLIC!   Live Jesus in our Hearts.  Forever.

 

 KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!

 

THIS E-MAIL IS BEING SENT TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE WEST CATHOLIC BOYS' CLASS OF 1958 AND FRIENDS OF THE CLASS.  IF YOU NO LONGER WISH TO RECEIVE OUR COMMUNICATIONS OR IF YOU ARE RECEIVING UNSOLICITED E-MAILS FROM ANYONE PERTAINING TO THE CLASS OF 1958, PLEASE NOTIFY FRANK ADOLF AT:  FJAPFA1539@COMCAST.NET

 

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