It is official, Andrew Brady has been appointed President of West Catholic Prep.
Finally, there is a report on West Catholic's abbreviated spring football season.
In the "News Features" section there is an update on the plans to relocate St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
After the Spring Newsletter was sent out, we learned of the passing of our classmate Bill Corkery in February of 2020. Bill came to West Catholic from St. Clement Parish. Bill and his wife Jane (WC '61) were faithful attendees at Burrs at the Beach.
Later we learned that Arthur "Bud" Seeger passed away in August of 2020. Bud came to West from the Visitation Parish.
Also, since the last newsletter we learned that Frank McCarron passed away in April of 2020 that Wayne Furlow passed away in February of 2021 and Fran Beers passed away in March of 2021. All three classmates came to West Catholic from Good Shepherd Parish.
We also found an obituary for Larry Gillespie who passed away in February of 2021. Larry came to West from Transfiguration Parish.
Another search resulted in finding that Ed Butler passed away in June of 2020. Ed came to West from Our Lady of Victory Parish. Ed was among the 15 classmates who entered the Christian Brothers Novitiate and were pictured on page 21 of our 1958 West Catholic Yearbook.
Sadly, on April 25, 2021 we learned that Mike Bresnahan passed away early that morning. Mike was a regular attendee at the Alumni Communion Breakfasts' and our Class of 1958 luncheons. Since 2006, Mike attended the 50th, 55th and 60th anniversary dinners and 9 of the class of '58 luncheons. Mike's first 4 years of grammar school were at Transfiguration and the final 4 years were at St. Carthage. Angelo Sivieri, Bob Dowd and Frank Adolf attended Mike's viewing and Requiem Mass.
As best we can determine, 204 of our fellow classmates have gone to their eternal reward.
Rich Buzza closes this edition with his "Final Thought".
EVENTS ASSOCIATED WITH WEST CATHOLIC PREP
BLESSING OF THE RINGS: CLASS OF 2021
It is my sincere hope that this letter finds you and your loved ones well during this Easter Season.
I'm pleased to share with you that Mr. Andrew Brady has been selected as President of West Catholic Preparatory High School (WCPHS) effective Monday, April 12, 2021. Last May, we shared the appointment of Mr. Brady, as Interim President while a national search continued for the appointment of President. At the conclusion of that search process, it was clear Mr. Brady was the right choice to continue to lead West Catholic Preparatory High School. As you all know, he is a proud West Catholic alumnus (Class of 2002) and prior to serving as Interim President he served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
Mr. Brady served WCPHS first as a faculty member 2006-2010 and returned in January 2013 for a two year stint as Director of Annual Giving. He then served as Development Director for Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) before coming back to WCPHS in 2016.
Along with the WCPHS Board of Directors, we express sincere gratitude for the immense and extraordinary work he's done as Interim President, during a very challenging year, in the face of a global pandemic, and offer Mr. Brady heartfelt congratulations for this appointment. His exemplary leadership and collaboration with West Catholic administrators and faculty embodies the Lasallian spirit and work ethic. Over the last year, in his role as Interim President, accomplishments have included; partnering with the Office of Catholic Education (OCE) and Faith in the Future to recruit and hire a school Principal who began in August of 2020; coordinating a fundraising effort and awarding of Covid-19 emergency scholarships to families dealing with the financial impact of Covid-19, minimizing the effect of the pandemic on the school's enrollment; and the creation of the school's Health and Safety Reopening Plan. Mr. Brady has proven time and again his commitment to this school and its over 100 years-long history. This commitment will continue in collaboration with the school leadership team to further advance the mission of West Catholic Preparatory High School, preparing young men and women for their future.
We at Faith in the Future and the Office of Catholic Education are committed to the belief that every student should be provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed throughout their high school years and beyond.
Please know of my continued gratitude for the sacrifices you make to provide the gift of a quality education for your children and for your ongoing support of this historic and beloved institution of secondary education in West Philadelphia.
Our fall football season was canceled due to Covid-19.
Luckily, we were still able to have an abbreviated season this spring. Even though it was short, Junior Ethan Brown appreciated the ability to play.
"When the decision was made to cancel the season in the fall, I was bummed, but looking back I think it was the right decision. I'm glad we got to play this spring and I'm looking forward to next season."
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will spend $10 million to buy a portion of Gwynedd Mercy Universitys campus to establish a new home, Gwynedd and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Monday.
The seminary, which sold its palatial Wynnewood property in 2019 for $43.5 million, continues to occupy the site under a lease.
The new campus will cover 15 acres on the northern border of Gwynedd Mercys property. The university occupies 314 acres on Sumneytown Pike between Routes 309 and 202 in Lower Gwynedd Township. The parcel being sold has two buildings, including a 204-bed resident hall.
Gwynedd Mercy Universitys Alexandria Hall is part of the property that St. Charles Borromeo Seminary has agreed to acquire for its new campus.
As part of the agreement the Maguire Foundation, a West Conshohocken based private foundation that supports education here with no emphasis an Catholic institutions, will donate $3 million to Gwynedd Mercy.
The Saint Charles Seminary community is thrilled to have found such a wonderful new home, and grateful for the generous support of the Maguire Foundation in making this transaction possible, said Bishop Timothy C. Senior, the seminarys rector. St. Charles Borromeo and Gwynedd Mercy are not merging, and the extent of their affiliation will be worked out in the future, Senior said. The goal is for the move to be completed in time for the 2024-25 academic year.
St. Charles Borromeo had 147 seminarians at the beginning of the spring semester, Senior said. Its students come from 14 dioceses, mostly in the Mid-Atlantic, and from six religious congregations, such as the Vincentians.
The agreement with Gwynedd Mercy brings the seminary closer to a goal set in 2013 to reduce its footprint from the 75 acres it has occupied for generations at the intersection of City and Lancaster Avenues in Lower Merion. The seminary was founded in 1832 and moved to that location in 1871.
The seminary said it plans to build a new chapel and student life center, which will include a dining hall, classrooms, library, administrative offices and fitness center, plus additional housing for seminarians and resident faculty. But it had no estimate of the cost.
At the end of June, the seminary had more than $50 million in cash and investments, but will need to raise additional money to fulfill its plans for the new campus and to build its endowment.
MAIL FROM CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS
Bill Marella: Frank, Excellent Newsletter.
Jim Clark: Thank you Frank for the Spring Edition of 2021. - Clarkie
Msgr. Gene Driscoll: Frank, Keep up the good work. I enjoyed hearing the news about the seminary and the parishes. I grew up in St. Clement's and was ordained there in 1970. I have lived here in Lubbock, Tx. for 32 years. It was nice to hear about the old neighborhoods.
Andy Marino: Frank, Bob Bell's photo was delightful - so many high-school and college (Joe McCandless) classmates. I remember flipping cards with Bob Bell in 1953 (I won, and if he denies it he's wrong!). Thanks for all the hard work you and our other classmates do to keep us award of people and events that were so much a part of our lives. Like our classmates, I was 17, now I'm 80, and I have no present sense of so much past time. Your work helps the remembering - that's why I appreciate it so much. Please tell Prendo he is in my thoughts and prayers. He was the guy who taught me how to cup a cigarette so that Brother Dennis wouldn't see it as we walked around the block after lunch. Andy
Dick Boyle: Dear Frank, thanks for your publications. They bring back great memories of growing up and attending West.
Also, memories of lifetime friendship. A special thanks to Bob Bell for the cards. I truly forgot all about them. Now I have to go up into the attic and see if I can find them.
Bob Giampietro '68: Well done! Thank you, Frank. I appreciate your sharing this fine newsletter! Regards.
Jack Fullman: Thanks Frank and as always a terrific job. The best and be safe.
Jim O'Malley: Frank, Thru thick and thin, Covid and recovery, you and your team deliver a fact based newsletter that is
both thoughtful and engaging. Ann (Ascension Parish and Little Flower) and I look forward to receiving every edition.
Thanks for all you do and for keeping us up to date. Be safe.
Joe Stubblebine: Jim, It was a pleasant surprise to see you this morning. Thanks for the news letter. Joe
Jack Neuschel: Frank, Thank you for your well wishes and prayers. I am grateful to be alive after the head on collision. A young man tried to pass a car and pulled into my lane and we hit head on. I had two bowel surgeries. Spent 4.5 days in ICU and was discharged on the ninth day from the accident which happened on February 9. I am recovering well at home although I still have weight restrictions until April 10. The Lord was with me. I was fortunate not to have any facial injuries nor broken bones. I look forward to returning to the Y for a walk the track and use the weight machines.
I appreciate your newsletters that you sent out to keep the class of 58 informed of what is happening. Keep up the good work. Enjoy the rest of Lent. Jack
Andy Jaskolka: Thanks to all responsible for another great issue!
Brother Robert Sentman, OCD: Dear Frank, Thanks for sending the SPRING NEWSLETTER. Another excellent job. Special thanks to Frank Metzler for getting my new email address to you. I had several problems with AOL, so I had to switch to gmail. I have to use a walker now, and travel only to doctor appointments. I appreciate all the prayers, and know that I keep all of our classmates, both living and deceased, in daily prayer.
Frank Metzler: Joseph Kelly, the former Brother David Hilary, passed away on May 29, 2021 at the age of 91. Brother David taught Freshmen classes when we were in our Junior year. He transferred to La Salle College in 1957. Here is a link to his obituary. https://obits.nj.com/obituaries/starledger/obituary.aspx?n=david-h-kelly&pid=198861262
His natural brother was Brother Geoffrey Benilde Kelly, who also taught at West Catholic and La Salle College and is now deceased. May they both rest in peace. Please pray for them.
Comments received about the passing of Bud Seeger:
Joe Grimley: Thanks Frank, Bud and I were good friends.
Jim Gallagher: Thanks Frank, one more Viso/Burr guy gone. Keep The Faith.
Comments received about the passing of Mike Bresnahan:
Sad to report that Mike Bresnahan has died.....his cousin Nancy Schumaker Beck called me a few minutes ago and said Mike died early Sunday morning. Funeral arrangements are pending. He and wife Trish live near Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. I think the parish is Saint Patrick.
Charlie W. Johnson: Frank, Thank you for letting me know this very sad news. I really thought a lot of Mike, "Sleepy" and I went the hospital after we both were injured in the West Catholic / Father Judge football game. We spent a week together, two beds in the same room. Mike was a decent man, a good player, more importantly a genuinely wonderful human being. I am sure his family will miss him dearly. God rest his soul and give his wife and family some comfort. Best, Charlie.
PS please advise details.
Tom Hughes: Hi Frank, Just saw your e-mail about the death of Mike Bresnahan. I am so sorry to hear about Mike. The last time I saw Mike was at our 58 luncheon a couple of years ago. We talked about some football teams and had a couple of laughs about the West days and playing football together. Mike was a great team mate and was a tough center. The team really missed him and Charlie Johnson when they were injured in the Judge game. Lost a few good football players our senior year. Best Regards, Tom Hughes
Jim Clark: Holy Cow ! Unbelievable ! So sorry to hear this Tragic news. Mike is in my prayers and may Mike be with Our Lord right now amen. - Clarkie
Gerry Vernot: Frank, So sorry to learn this. May he rest in peace. Gerry
John Salvey: Sorry to hear about Mike.
Bob Drill: Thanks Frank.
Dick Boyle: Frank, I am sorry to hear the news. Mike and I had several classes together.
Frank- 4/29/2021 FYI - Mike's brother Patrick
called me this morning to tell me about Mike. He was surprised when
I told him I knew about his passing and then told him about you sending out the
notice to all in our WC '58...more than 200 still active from our class.
He was elated and said Mike told him about the newsletter going out every
quarter for many years. I have not spoken with Patrick in many
years-sounded just like his brother. Just wanted you to know how much
good communications can mean to everyone-keep it going Frank Adolf.!
Jim Gallagher: Frank, could you send me Mike's address. Thanks for all you do for the class of "58". Go Burrs!
THANK YOU NOTE FROM TRISH AND PAT BRESNAHAN TO FRANK ADOLF
THANK YOU NOTE FROM TRISH AND PAT BRESNAHAN TO
CHARLIE AND KATHY JOHNSON
Charlie Johnson: Frank, Bumped into Bobby Dowd at a local shopping center. It was great to see him, he is the same as always, upbeat and fun to be around with! Point, we got to speaking about Mike B, thought I would send you his wife and family's note. Mike was a special guy. Hope you and your family are well, Charlie
John Staiber: Appreciate your considerable efforts in finding and sharing these obituaries. Our school and particularly our class of 58 are fortunate to have you.
Bob Dowd: Frank - Thanks for letting me know about Eddie Butler's passing. This picture is of three WC guys who first met at OLV. We were in 6th grade at the time and my sister was getting married. My family had moved from the parish to St. Carthage, but she wanted to be married at OLV and the pastor there gave his Ok. She then said: "Can my brother and two of his friends be the altar boys"? He also said OK. Pictured is Jimmy Bloomer, me, and Eddie Butler. Jimmy and Eddie were still at OLV; Jimmy lived down my street and Eddie around the corner on Hoopes St. That was on October 6th, 1951. My sisters marriage lasted 64 years. The three of us met up again at West Catholic!
MEMORIES FROM THE 1940's and 1950's
Below are the remaining Class of 1958 Calling Cards submitted by Bob Bell. Thanks again Bob.
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
Care for the Sick -Transfiguration Church
WE REMEMBER and ask for your prayers for those who are ill, especially Dave Crines who is recovering from a stroke, Tom Henry who is battling Hodgkin Lymphoma, Brother Robert Sentman who is dealing with back problems, Father Richard McAndrews who has Parkinson's disease and now resides at Little Flower Manor Nursing Home, and Barry Carey who suffered a heart attack in May of 2020.
Our Webmaster Jim Prendergast is continuing his battle with cancer. On June 9th he began a new round of Chemo treatments to stop the spread. Jim has a very positive attitude considering all that he has gone through. Please keep your prayers coming. PS: While all this is going on in his life, Jim continues to maintain the Website by uploading the obituaries for our most recent deceased classmates and by posting the quarterly newsletters.
Two former teachers from West are in need of prayers; Brother Gregory Cavalier has moved to the nursing home in Lincroft, NJ, and former Brother Gratian Joseph (John Gardiner) is in the beginning stage of Alzheimer's disease.
WE REMEMBER and pray for all of our deceased classmates who have gone to their eternal reward, especially
Bill Corkery, Frank McCarron, Ed Butler, Bud Seeger, Larry Gillespie, Wayne Furlow, Fran Beers and Mike Bresnahan.
WILLIAM B. CORKERY - FEBRUARY 18, 2020
FRANCIS L. MCCARRON - APRIL 15, 2020
EDWARD P. BUTLER - JUNE 22, 2020
ARTHUR W."BUD" SEEGER - AUGUST 29, 2020
LAURENCE W. GILLESPIE - FEBRUARY 5, 2021
WAYNE J. FURLOW - FEBRUARY 13, 2021
FRANCIS J. BEERS - MARCH 24, 2021
MICHAEL J. BRESNAHAN - APRIL 25, 2021
May Bill, Frank, Ed, Bud, Larry, Wayne, Fran and Mike Rest In Peace.
Their obituaries can be viewed on our website at: www.goldenburrs-1958.com
submitted by: RICH BUZZA
This is the story of a man who I knew and loved. He was a kind and gentle man, that is, when he was not drinking. All year long he would drink to the point where he could forget, but come Lent he would not touch a drop, but come Easter Monday all hell would break loose and he would be on a tear. Living in a small town where everyone knows each other he was tolerated and simply known as the town drunk. If you saw him on a drunk and did not know him you might wonder what makes a man do this to himself. Well, I am going to try to answer this question.
You see this man like many other men of his generation served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged and put back into society, but these were the days before PTSD and the man simply could not handle the stress caused by his wartime experiences. His drinking to forget sometimes had the opposite effect and he would relive the horror of war. You see, he was in the June 6, 1944 Normandy Landing in France. He drove a landing craft transporting the G.I.'s to the beach. The man witnessed the mass slaughter of humanity first hand as he lowered the door and the troops hit the water for the assault onto the beach. On his second trip after unloading his troops his boat took a direct hit and was blown out of the water leaving him to swim for the beach. In the chaos of the landing he was declared missing in action while surviving on the beach for two days.
On his many drunks he would relive this landing and cry for the many good men that he drove to their death and falsely blamed himself. Many other men went through the war and coped with their experiences, but this man could not handle the alcoholism and the PTSD and the guilt which he carried in his soul to the day of his death. I was honored to hand salute his military honors at his internment
I am proud of my uncle Gerard A. Rubright USN as he was part of THE GREATEST GENERATION and will always be my hero. Amen.
God Bless WEST CATHOLIC! Live Jesus in our Hearts. Forever.
KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!
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