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".






Getting your class ring is a time of fun, reflection, and tradition.  It was important to us that we find a way that our students still had this celebration, even though it would look a bit different this year.  Our solution?  A walk through ring blessing ceremony!

The walk through ring ceremony honored our students and their families, while still keeping enough space between them all to be safe.  We welcomed them through the Chestnut Street door, and their experience began in the cafeteria.  They were lead in the alumni pledge, and watched a video of Principal Gen Torres ‘02 before seeing her later in the auditorium.  Principal Torres reminded the Seniors that when they put on their ring it is more than just an object, it is a symbol of “dignity, commitment, and a continuation of God’s creation.”  She also shared her hope that “when you slip this ring on your hand, I hope it reminds you to always use your hands for good, and of your commitment to faith, service, and community as a West Catholic graduate.”  Father Tim then blessed the Senior Class rings, and sprinkled them with holy water.  Next they heard from President Andrew Brady ’02 about what being a graduate of West Catholic means to him and to the families and parents he spoke directly, that as a parent “I appreciate how much it means to entrust your child to someone else’s care, I am grateful to you for entrusting us with your children.” He then reminded our students to thank their families for the sacrifices they’ve made to send them to West Catholic Preparatory High School.  

Next, our families walked their 2021 graduates upstairs to enter the auditorium, only to see their face on the big screen as their name was announced and they were given their ring. Our students are so deserving of this recognition and special time as children of God and people who have managed one of the most challenging Senior years imaginable with grace and strength.  As they exited the auditorium after receiving their ring, they were each given a yellow rose and a quick time to celebrate and take photos with their family, before the next family walked into the auditorium.  In the same way that their 2021 rings are circles that symbolize eternity, we are forever committed to the class of 2021 and we are so appreciative to those of you who are also rooting for them, both near and far.









Thursday, March 25, 2021

Giant Center, Hershey, PA

Gleaned from Jeff Reinhart, Sports Writer and The West Catholic Website


Ciani Montgomery. West Catholic's senior sniper turned the Giant Center's basketball court into her own personal playground, pouring in a career high 34 points on 14-for-18 shooting, leading the Burrs to a 67-56 win over Mohawk in the Class 3A finale.  West Catholic also reached the state finals in 2018, but were edged out by Bellwood-Antis 45-42.  The group of five starting seniors that fought for the title this time around were freshman in 2018.  Last year the Lady Burrs won two games in the state championship playoffs, but due to Covid-19 the games were ultimately canceled.  The Lady Burrs' left no doubt this time, out-rebounding the Warriors 33-18 and feasting on 13 turnovers on the way to the win. 

Mohawk's Hannah McDanel splashed a 3-pointer and the Warriors sliced West Catholic's lead down to 53-49 with 3:19 to go.  After that, it was all Burrs.  Montgomery scored on back-to-back trips, including a nifty pull-up jumper in traffic.  Destiney McPhaul, West Catholic's leading scorer and Virginia Tech recruit, quickly added a conventional three-point play and another hoop in the lane, and Montgomery went 4-for-4 at the line in the waning seconds to help the Burrs ice it. 

McPhaul, who was a thorn in Mohawk's side the whole night with 16 points and 11 rebounds, helped slam the door and bring a gold trophy back to Philly.  Teammate Daziy Wilson scored six of the Lady Burrs' 16 points in the opening quarter.

 "This is a big accomplishment because we've never won (a state title) in girls basketball," said Montgomery, a Lincoln University recruit. "This means a lot for our community and our families and our support system." 


 "I don't feel like this has even hit me yet, because I've wanted this for eight years," West Catholic coach Beulah Osueke said.  "I've worked and I've built and I've sacrificed and I'm so proud of everybody.  But yeah, I'm still in shock a little bit."

Congratulations to Coach Osueke and the LADY BURRS'





Dear Members of the West Catholic Preparatory High School Community,


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.




Irene Horstmann Hannan

Chief Executive Officer

Faith in the Future






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."


Be sure to follow the team on instagram

 and twitter to be ready to cheer them on next season!






Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will spend $10 million to buy a portion of Gwynedd Mercy University’s 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 Mercy’s 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 University’s 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 seminary’s 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.



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 FullmanThanks 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.

Robert, OCD


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.


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:


Bob Dowd:  4/25/2021
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 VernotFrank, 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. 


Bob Dowd:  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!










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.















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.   



































May Bill, Frank, Ed, Bud, Larry, Wayne, Fran and Mike Rest In Peace. 


Their obituaries can be viewed on our website at:





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.