SPRING EDITION 2017
The Golden Burrs Events Committee members are pleased to bring you this 32nd edition of the Class of 1958's newsletter.
We wish you and yours a very
HAPPY EASTER SEASON
In this issue under the "West Catholic Prep Banner" you will find information about the WC Centennial Gala to be held on May 6, 2017 at the Springfield Country Club and a listing of West Catholic related Calendar of Events.
In the "News Features" section you will find information about the Class of 1958's annual luncheon; a thank you letter from Brother Dennis Malloy for the Class of 1958's donation to the Christian Brothers; a thank you letter from Andrew Brady for our class donation to West Catholic; an obituary for Bishop Lohmuller; an update on the construction of two new facilities for use by the Christian Brothers - Ocean Rest in Ocean City, NJ and Anselm Hall at La Salle University.
We conclude this edition with Mail received from our Classmates and Friends, our "Remember When Tribute" and Rich Buzza's "Final Thought".
PAST AND UPCOMING HAPPENINGS AT WEST CATHOLIC PREP
WEST CATHOLIC GALA ANNOUNCEMENT
West Catholic will continue the Centennial Celebration with a Gala Event.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
6 PM - Cocktails and Silent Auction
8 PM - Dinner, Tributes, and Dancing
DRESS: Cocktail Attire
Springfield Country Club
400 West Sproul Road, Springfield Pennsylvania
RSVP by April 15, 2017
Tickets are $150.00 per person and include an open bar, a sit down dinner and dancing. There are multiple sponsorship plans available, including the opportunity to celebrate your family, friends, or business in a Centennial Tribute Book.
You can purchase tickets, become an event sponsor, or place a family or corporate ad on-line at: www.westcatholic.org
Proceeds from the event will benefit tuition assistance at West Catholic.
If you have questions regarding the event please contact Mrs. Jessica Wolf Dasher at email@example.com
For questions regarding the adbook please contact Lisa Hibberd at firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST CATHOLIC PREP CALENDAR OF EVENTS
96th Annual Alumni Communion Breakfast - Springfield Country Club - Sunday, April 23, 2017
For pricing information contact the Alumni Association at: 215-387-8560 or email them at email@example.com
Burrs at the Beach - Westy's Irish Pub, Wildwood, NJ - Sunday, June 25, 2017
WC BOYS CLASS OF 1958 - 59TH ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON - MAY 11, 2017
The West Catholic Boys Class of 1958 will celebrate the 59th Anniversary of their graduation from West Catholic at a luncheon on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Clarion Hotel (formerly the Ramada), Essington, PA.
Cost: Same low price of $20.00 per person, cash bar.
The overnight room rate for out-of-town travelers remains unchanged from previous years at $89.00.
Invitations have been sent out; please advise if you did not receive your e-mail invitation.
We encourage you to spread the word to friends of the Class of '58 as all are welcome.
Please submit your payment no later than April 30, 2017.
Late Fee: Add $5.00 if mailing a payment after April 30, 2017.
The invitation can be viewed on our website at: www.goldenburrs-1958.com
Questions: Contact Frank Adolf at: or call 610-761-4925 (cell).
THANK YOU LETTER FROM CHRISTIAN BROTHERS
THANK YOU LETTER FROM WEST CATHOLIC PREP
LONGEST SERVING CATHOLIC BISHOP IN THE U.S. DIES
BISHOP MARTIN N. LOHMULLER
information gleaned from CatholicPhilly.com
Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia Martin N. Lohmuller, 97, died Jan. 24. He was the longest serving Catholic bishop in the United States at the time of his death and the longest serving priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. An excellent student, he was just shy of his 25th birthday when he was ordained June 3, 1944 by Bishop Hugh L. Lamb at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul. He was immediately sent to the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., for a doctorate in canon law.
Born Aug. 21, 1919, one of two sons of the late Martin and Mary (Doser) Lohmuller, he attended the former St. Henry School in North Philadelphia and went on to Northeast Catholic High School. He left North after his sophomore year and enter what was then a minor seminary program at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was the youngest of 490 students at St. Charles.
After his return to Philadelphia in 1947, he taught for a year at the former St. James High School, Chester. This was followed by his temporary loan to Harrisburg where Bishop George Leech needed a canon lawyer to reorganize his tribunal.
His duties turned out to be much more involved than that, and the “temporary loan” stretched to 22 years.
His single greatest achievement during those Harrisburg years, in his own estimation, was leading the effort to establish Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill.
Because Harrisburg is the seat of Pennsylvania state government, it has always been a focal point for church and state dialogue. In an informal way, Father Lohmuller handled relations with the lawmakers but knew there was a need for a more organized effort. Through his urging, the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) was founded in 1958 with William Ball as executive director.
In February 1970, out of the blue, he received an extraordinary telegram from the Holy See. It notified him that the Holy Father desired to appoint him as an auxiliary bishop for his home diocese of Philadelphia. There were coded instructions in Latin for him to wire back whether he accepted or refused the appointment.
He accepted and was ordained a bishop by Cardinal John Krol at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul on April 2, 1970.
As Vicar General in Curia, virtually everything in the administrative end of the diocese flowed through Bishop Lohmuller’s office. Francis Beatty, a former treasurer for the archdiocese, remembers him as “very forward-thinking, very good at administration and he expected you to do your job the best you could.”
An early task was overseeing the planning and construction of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, a more efficient, unified building which replaced the hodgepodge of small buildings and converted houses which had served as office space for the archdiocese over the previous century.
Another challenge was the International Eucharistic Congress held in Philadelphia in 1976.
“We had no instructions. The cardinal said, ‘Here, do it.’ It was a marvelous experience that exceeded all expectations,” he later recalled.
Three years later, there was the Mass celebrated by Pope-now-St. John Paul II on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the largest Papal Mass in America up to that time.
More modest but nevertheless satisfying accomplishments were overseeing the founding of St. Martha Manor, the first Catholic nursing home in Chester County as well as the joint pastorship of Old St. Mary and temporarily unused Holy Trinity Church.
The latter, the first ethnic parish in America, was founded for German Catholics and leading it satisfied Bishop Lohmuller’s sense of his own German heritage.
In 1980, Msgr. Powell was assigned to be Bishop Lohmuller’s assistant, helping him arrange his confirmation schedule among other things.
Bishop Lohmuller officially retired in 1994 at age 75, but nevertheless kept up a busy confirmation schedule. The last 12 years of his life were spent with Msgr. Powell at St. Cyril Parish in Jamison, Bucks County assisting in parish ministry until failing health curtailed his activities.
Funeral rites for Bishop Martin N. Lohmuller were held on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
The bishop’s body laid in state at the cathedral from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, followed by a Solemn Funeral Mass at 2 p.m. and immediately afterward the Rite of Committal and interment of the body took place in the cathedral crypt.
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UPDATE
submitted by: FRANK METZLER & FRANK ADOLF
Pictures of New Ocean Rest facility by: JOHN STAIBER
OCEAN REST IN OCEAN CITY, NJ
The Brothers historic summer retreat house on the corner of 31st and Central Avenue in Ocean City, New Jersey was purchased in 1898 from Department Store magnate John Wanamaker. According to the Christian Brothers' history of the property, the main building was built by developer George Langley and he called it: "The Ocean Rest Hotel". Grace Kelly, her family and other local Catholics attended Sunday Masses in the Brothers' chapel from the early 1930's up to the 1960's.
Old Ocean Rest
The state fire marshal had prohibited the Brothers from using the third floor of the buildings and in 2011 from using the second floors, all due to old 19th century plumbing, non-conformity to fire codes, the lack of Disabilities Act requirements, and no heating or air conditioning systems. The Brothers announced in 2013 that they could not afford the multimillion-dollars renovations that would make the buildings habitable.
In April, 2014 the two buildings were razed and the large property divided into 4 lots, each lot stretching from Central Avenue to the beach. The Brothers kept the corner lot at 31st and Central for their new "OCEAN REST" and sold the other three lots.
The main entrance of the new facility is located on 31st Street and two-one car garages and car ports were build under the home off Central Avenue. The home has 14 bedrooms, each with a full bathroom. There is a TV room on each floor.
Each floor has a large room and there is a large deck on each level facing the ocean. The first floor room will serve as a chapel. when completed. The second floor room serves as the dining room and kitchen, and the third floor room is the Brothers' living room, with large sofas, chairs, tables and chairs for card playing, newspaper reading, and/or letter writing.
Prior to the construction, several storms pushed the sand up to the Brothers' old facilities. The sand was pushed back toward the ocean creating a dune. Over the past several years bushes and trees have grown on the dune creating a large forest looking yard and privacy. From the second and third floors the Brothers have a clear view of the ocean over the dunes.
It was reported in an early edition of our newsletter that over the years the black robed Brothers walked the beach at dusk before their evening prayers and that they came to be known by the local community as "The Walk of the Penguins".
ANSELM HALL AT LA SALLE UNIVERSITY
As reported in the August 2016 issue of LASALLIAN VISIONS, the Christian Brothers District of Eastern North American began construction of a new Brothers' community house on the campus of La Salle University. This house will provide a central location and is designed to service the needs of both active Brothers and of semi-active retired Brothers who continue to serve in various capacities in Philadelphia ministries.
Currently, there are about 50 Brothers living in the area residing in 5 communities. Changes over the years and other factors in the area have necessitated the closing of 3 smaller houses and the accommodation of Brothers at other communities.
The average age of the Brothers has been slowly rising, and is now at 73 years. However, there are very few rooms in the current Philadelphia communities that are considered "senior friendly" and ever fewer that are truly "handicapped accessible."
The new community house is named Anselm Hall after Brother Edwin Anselm Murphy F.S.C., who was the first Christian Brother to serve as principal of West Catholic from 1926 to 1932 and who returned to West for another term as principal from 1941 to 1947.
The facility has 14 bedrooms, a chapel and meditation garden, as well as all living accommodations, and is senior friendly.
We have learned that Brother Richard Kestler, retired President of West Catholic, has been named Director of Anselm Hall and that he, our classmate Brother Steven Casale and Brother Don Algar from Calvert Hall in Baltimore, were the first three residents of the new facility.
MAIL FROM CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS
Joe Gavaghan: Once again, thank you for the love and effort Frank, Frank, Rich, etc. put into this newsletter. Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2017 to all. Joe Gav
Joe Murphy: Frank: Once again, another great job. Loved the pictures of Transy. Merry Christmas.
Don (Andy) Thompson: Thanks very much Frank for this 31st edition. As always, lots of interesting information and pics. I also appreciate the plug to gave for classmates to check out the "News Features" for Frank Metzler and my little articles.
I am in awe of your editing team's extensive contributions to the class of 58. Go team.
Vince Leonetti: Hi Frank… Great newsletter as always… Had signed up for the hundredth anniversary (luncheon) but a last-minute change interfered and I couldn't make it.... sorry too miss you guys…Wishing you all a Happy, Holy and Merry Christmas along with wishes for a Happy New Year…Thanks for all your hard work. Vince
Andy Jaskolka: Kudos once again to the two "Franks" and all the others contributing to the December 2016 Newsletter of the Golden Burrs. I especially want to express my appreciation to Frank Adolf for his images of the Transfiguration site. As one who lived for fourteen years a half a block from the Church and School, it was a bleak picture of the vacant lot where the Church and Rectory once stood. Frank didn't leave me there though. He promptly transitioned to the re-use by Saint Cyprian's church of the altar previously used in the lower church of Transfiguration. "Hope springs eternal." Again - THANKS!
John Staiber: Frank, Just wanted to give a big "thumbs-up" to you and all who had a hand in producing this latest edition of the newsletter. In particular, I enjoyed the beautifully written article "Tale of Two Cities and Schools" by Andy Thompson and also Frank Metzler's moving story of his great-nephew Aiden and Ryan Howard of the Phillies. Excellent !
And finally, speaking as a proud old "Victory kid", I loved that you chose to highlight your Merry Christmas greeting by showing the beautiful stained glass window from Our Lady Of Victory Church depicting the manger scene.
Brother Kevin Stanton: Frank, Thanks very much for another great issue. I sent it along to my sister, Rosemary. I'm sure she has already forwarded it to her '58 WCG classmates.
By the way, I came across an interesting piece of West Catholic trivia recently. A Brother here at the university asked me to check out a graduate from the 40s, a football player by the name of Francis 'Bud' Kane. He turned out to be the Class of '42, so he was playing against Harrisburg Catholic the day the news arrived about Pearl Harbor.
In addition to that, when I was reading through that section of the yearbook there was a picture of their football banquet that year, where the guest of honor was none other than one Humphrey Bogart.
Now, how did that ever come about? I had never heard about it, and I doubt we'll be able to find anyone to answer that question now.
Merry Christmas to you, Jim and Rich. All the best in the New Year. Br. Kevin
Editor's Note: In the January 15, 2017 Sunday Inquirer there was an article about the pre-war high school rivalry between West Catholic and West Philadelphia High Schools. Included in the article was a picture from the 1942 yearbook of Humphrey
Bogart which Brother Kevin mentioned.
Photo gleaned from Philly.com January 15, 2017 article by Frank Fitzpatrick.
Senior Prom - May 2, 1958
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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 and Jim Prendergast who recently underwent his third and hopefully final back surgery, and Tom Wallace aka German John, who is battling cancer.
At the end of this month, George Light who will be having surgery to remove blood clots on his lungs. The doctors expect George
to have a full recovery and his health should be back to where he was five years ago. George and his family believe in the power of prayer, so please keep George in your prayers during this difficult time.
Please remember in your prayers all of our classmates who have gone to their eternal reward, especially Hugh McGettigan.
Hugh J. McGettigan - February 11, 2017
submitted by: RICH BUZZA
Spring is coming and that means that the annual luncheon commemorating the 59th anniversary of our graduation from West is on for May 11, 2017.
Some of you may have noticed that we have kept the cost of the luncheon at the same low price as in past years. In order to do this a considerable amount of planning and upfront commitment to the hotel as to the number of attendees is required. In order to fulfill our contract with the hotel, it is important that we receive your payment postmarked not later than April 30, 2017. In the past, we have always tried to accommodate special situation late payers and pay at the door attendees, please understand this causes seating and food quantity preparation problems. This year our committee has voted to impose a $5.00 late fee, so that if you are mailing your payment after April 30 or paying at the door, your cost will be $25.00. So please save us all a lot of time and trouble and send your checks in on time.
I hope I did not offend anyone but sometimes people do not understand the work and personal time that goes in to planning a luncheon and the only thing that we ask is a little consideration. Let us hope that we will be able to plan accordingly and that you will be able to attend many more future luncheons.
God Bless WEST CATHOLIC! Live Jesus in our Hearts. Forever.
KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!
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