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WINTER EDITION 2018

 

 

This is the 39th edition of the Golden Burrs Quarterly Newsletter sponsored by the Events Committee Members.  All the committee members wish you and yours a very..... 

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year 

 

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Sts. Philip and James Church, Exton, PA

 

In this issue under the "West Catholic Prep Banner" you will find enrollment statistics from the West Catholic Prep Website; information from West Catholic 2017-2018 Financial Report; a save- the-date reminder about the next West Boys' Class of 1958 Luncheon and its tie-in to a planned three-day reunion of the men who entered the Christian Brothers' Novitiate in 1958; followed by the West Catholic Varsity Football Game reports by Jim Lynch. 

 

In the "News Features" section we commemorate the passing of Bishop Louis A. DeSimone, followed by a report by Frank Metzler on the History of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

 

Sadly, our classmate Thomas W. Mullen, who came to West from St. Carthage, passed away on November 14, 2018.  May Tom rest in peace.

 

We conclude this edition with Mail received from our Classmates and Friends; a "Remember When".... series of local historic pictures submitted by Frank Adolf;  prayers for classmates who are ill; remembrances and prayers for our deceased classmates; and Rich Buzza's "Final Thought".

 

EVENTS ASSOCIATED WITH WEST CATHOLIC PREP

 

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Statistics from the West Catholic Prep Website:

Out of 400 students...

Gender

·         Male - 52%

·            Female - 48%

Residence

·         Philadelphia - 92%

·             Outside Philadelphia - 8%

Race

·           Black - 80%

·               Hispanic - 11%

·         Asian - 6%

·         White - 3%

Elementary School

·         Catholic - 60%

·                Non-Catholic - 40%

Graduates

·                 Attend College or University - 93%

·         Other - 7%

Religion

·              Catholic - 42%

·            Baptist - 42%

·          Other - 10%

·          Muslim - 6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017-2018 West Catholic Financial Report

 

In the Fall Edition of WEST NOTES, the 2017-2018 Financial Report shows a total of $3,645.366 was donated to West Catholic Preparatory High School.  The Class of 1958 (both Boys and Girls) were among the top ten Classes by Participation and by Percentage.

 

 

TOP 10 CLASSES BY PARTICIPATION

 

Class of 1955 - 94
Class of 1959 - 86
Class of 1958 - 74
Class of 1950 - 65
Class of 1962 - 62
Class of 1952 - 62
Class of 1954 - 62
Class of 1957 - 61
Class of 1961 - 60
Class of 1956 - 60

 

TOP 10 CLASSES BY PERCENTAGE

 

Class of 1955 - 7.36%
Class of 1959 - 6.99%
Class of 1961 - 6.65%
Class of 1962 - 6.55%
Class of 1958 - 6.39%
Class of 1956 - 5.80%
Class of 1957 - 5.75%
Class of 1951 - 5.46%
Class of 1952 - 5.46%
Class of 1965 - 5.31%

The full annual report is available online at:  www.westcatholic.org/annualreport

 

 

61ST ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON OF WEST CATHOLIC BOYS'

CLASS OF 1958

 

Mark your calendar, the 61st Anniversary of the Class of 1958's graduation from West Catholic Boys' will be celebrated at a luncheon on Thursday, May 16, 2019.  The timing of this luncheon is a change from previous years because Frank Metzler is  organizing a reunion of the men who entered the Christian Brothers Novitiate in 1958.  Their reunion will be a three-day event at the Clarion Hotel running from Friday to Sunday, May 17, 18, and 19.    

 

Changing the Class of 1958's luncheon date to the third Thursday in May will provide an opportunity for those fellow West  classmates traveling to Philadelphia for the three-day Christian Brothers reunion to join us for lunch.  

 

Invitations will be sent out in early March, 2019.  Specific details will follow in the Spring 2019 Edition.

 

 

WEST CATHOLIC VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME REPORTS

 

submitted by:  JIM LYNCH

 

September 22 - Lansdale Catholic 7 - West Catholic 28

@ Drexel-Maguire Field

Gleaned from MaxPreps - Christopher Johnson reporting

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Lansdale Catholic

0

7

0

0

0

West Catholic

0

  7 

14

     7

28

 

West Catholic easily won this home conference game against Lansdale Catholic. 

 

The first quarter ended with a score of 0 - 0. 

 

Lansdale struck first in the second quarter on a 4 yard rushing TD and added the point after.  With less than a minute to go, West Catholic's QB Zaire Hart-Hawkins threw a 20 yard pass to Justin Griggs for a TD.  Natan Fantahun successfully completed the point after TD.  The score at half-time was 7 - 7.

 

In the third quarter, West's QB Hart-Hawkins scored a TD on a 1 yard rushing play. Natan Fantahun added the point after.

 

With two minutes to go in the quarter, Hart-Hawkins threw a 20 yard pass to Zahir Booker for a TD.  The point after was completed by Natan Fantahun.  The score going into the fourth quarter was 7 - 21.

 

In the fourth quarter with less than a minute to go, West intercepted a Lansdale TD attempt and returned the ball 100 yards for 6, and Natan Fantahun once again completed the point after.   It looks like West has found a quality kicker.

 

This was the fourth win in a row for West Catholic.

 

  

September 28 - West Catholic 21- Cardinal O'Hara 12

@Cardinal O'Hara

Gleaned from MaxPreps - Christopher Johnson reporting & Philly.com

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

West Catholic

7

0

6

8

21

Cardinal O'Hara

0

  6 

0

    6

12

 

West Catholic won this away conference game against Cardinal O'Hara.

 

In the first quarter, West scored a TD with 6 minutes to go on a 20 yard pass from QB Zaire Hart-Hawkins to Rasheen Brown.  Natan Fantahun's extra point was good.

 

Moving to the second quarter, O'Hara with 6 minutes to go  scored on a five yard pass.  The extra point attempt was blocked by Linebacker Kha'Jey Frazier.  The score at halftime was WC 7 - O'Hara 6.

 

In the third quarter with 7 minutes to go, West Catholic's Zahir Booker scored on a 41 yard rushing TD.  The extra point was missed.

 

In the fourth quarter with 6 minutes to go, Cardinal O'Hara scored on a 12 yard rushing TD bring the score to a one point difference in favor of the Burrs.

 

Two minutes later, Zahir Booker scored for West Catholic with a 25 yard rushing TD.  Zaire Hart-Hawkins threw a pass to Seth Degree for a 2 point conversion and a final score of 21-12. 

 

Booker finished with 155 yards and two scores on just nine carries.

 

Senior Linebacker Kha'Jey Frazier and the WC defense bailed out the Burrs several times during this game.

  

 

  October 5 - Bishop McDevitt 0 - West Catholic 41

@ Widener U.

Gleaned from MaxPreps - Christopher Johnson reporting

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Bishop McDevitt

0

0

0

0

0

West Catholic

0

20 

14

    7

41

 

West Catholic easily won this home conference matchup against Bishop McDevitt.  The first quarter ended at 0 - 0. 

 

A blocked punt with a 15 yard return for a TD put the Burrs on the board in the second quarter.  The point after attempt failed. 

 

With 4 minutes to go, the Burrs QB Zaire Hart-Hawkins threw a 2 yard pass to Troy Athill for a TD.  The point after attempt failed. 

 

With a minute to go in the quarter, Hart-Hawkins completed a 15 yard pass to Seth Degree for a TD and Zahir Booker rushed for a 2 point conversion. 

 

The game was essentially over at half-time with a score of 20 for West- 0 for McDevitt.  

 

In the third quarter with 7 minutes to go on the clock, Damen Studstill recovered a fumble on McDevitt's 48 yard line.  Three minutes later, Hart-Hawkins completed a 7 yard pass to #18 for a TD.  Hart-Hawkins passed to Julio Dasilva for the 2 point conversion.  

 

Near the end of the third quarter, Jacir Savoy scored on a 2 yard rushing TD and the point after attempt missed.  The score was now at 34 - 0.

 

In the fourth quarter with 10 minutes to go, West #33 scored on a 3 yard rushing TD and #86 made the point after attempt.  Final score West 41 - McDevitt 0. 

 

This is the second year in a row that West has beaten McDevitt having won in 2017 by a score of 46-6. 

 

October 12 - West Catholic 13 - Conwell-Egan 21

@ Harry S. Truman H.S.

Gleaned from MaxPreps - Christopher Johnson reporting

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

West Catholic

0

7

0

6

13

Conwell-Egan

7

  0 

7

     7

21

 

The Burrs traveled to the far Northeast for this away Blue Conference game against Conwell-Egan who has an undefeated record of 7-0 overall and 4-0 in their conference.

 

West failed to score in the first quarter, while Conwell-Egan put 7 points on the board.

 

In the second quarter, the Burrs Zahir Booker recovered a fumble on West 23 yard line.  With 4 minutes to go in the quarter, Booker rushed 75 yards for a TD.  The point after was good.  The game was tied 7-7 at halftime.

 

With three minutes to go in the third quarter, Conwell-Egan scored on a 5 yard rushing TD.  The point after was good.  West did not score in the third.  West 7 - Conwell-Egan 14. 

 

Moving to the fourth quarter with 7 minutes to go, the Burrs Zahir Booker scored a rushing TD on a 4 yard run.  The 2 point conversion attempt failed.  Conwell-Egan was ahead by 1 point.

 

Conwell-Egan responded with only 1 minute to go in the game with a 5 yard rushing TD and the point after was good.   

 

Final score:  Conwell-Egan 21, West Catholic 13.  This loss was the end of West Catholic's six-game winning streak, dropping the Burrs record to 6-2 overall.  Conwell-Egan is now at 8-0. 

 

 

October 19 - Neumann- Goretti 21 - West Catholic 23

@Widener U.

Gleaned from MaxPreps - Christopher Johnson reporting

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Neumann-Goretti

0

8

6

6

20

West Catholic

7

14 

0

   2

23

 

West Catholic skirted to a victory with a narrow margin against a team that they are ranked 156 places ahead of in the state rankings.

 

The match started off well for the Burrs whose offense put up 21 points in the first half against Neumann-Goretti's 8 points.

 

With 7 minutes to go in the first quarter, QB Zaire Hart-Hawkins scored on a 35 yard rushing TD.  West #86 made the point after.   Neumann-Goretti failed to score in the first quarter.

 

In the second quarter, West's Zaire Booker scored on a 25 yard rushing TD and #86 made the point after.

 

Neumann-Goretti's Christian Lott scored on a 35 yard fumble recovery and Jabrill Samuels rushed for a 2 point conversion.

 

With 1 minute to go in the quarter, Zaire Hart-Hawkins completed a 60 yard pass to Carl Smith for a TD.  Again, #86 completed the point after attempt.  The score at half time was West 21, NG 8.

 

In the third quarter with 6 minutes to go, NG's #42 ran 80 yards for a TD on a fumble recovery.  The point after attempt failed.  West did not score in the quarter.

 

At the end of the third quarter the score was West 21, NG 14.

 

With 9 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, NG Jabrill Samuels scored on a 50 yard rushing TD.  The 2 point conversion attempt failed. 

 

At 5 minutes left on the clock, West scored 2 points on a safety.

 

Final score:  West Catholic 23 - Neumann-Goretti 20.

 

This victory brought West Catholic's record to 7-2.

 

 

October 26 -  West Catholic 41 - Bonner-Prendie 0

@Bonner-Prendie

Gleaned from PA PREPLIVE

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

West Catholic

14

14

7

6

41

Bonner-Prendie

0

  0 

0

    0

0

 

West traveled to Drexel Hill for this away non-conference game.

 

The West Catholic defense completely shut down BP's offense allowing only 17  positive yards in the game.  BP gained 86 yards of offense, but penalties took away 69 yards.

 

In the first quarter, QB Zaire Hart-Hawkins scored on a 6 yard run.  The point after was good. 

 

Marcel Jackson fielded a punt and returned it 46 yards to the Friars 5 yard line.  Jackson scored on the next play and the point after was good for a 14 - 0 lead. 

 

On the next possession, West's Nelson Mandala Menash ran for a 47 yard TD.  After another West TD, the first half ended with a score of  28 - 0.  

 

West opened the third quarter with a failed onside kick, then went to the air for a TD putting the Burrs up by 35 points.  One more TD completed West scoring at 41 - 0.

 

The top scorer for the Burrs was Zahir Booker who finished with 148 yards rushing, 31 yards receiving and two touchdowns.  

 

This was the fourth high scoring win for West Catholic, with a record of 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the Blue Division.

 

The Burrs next game will be against Mahonoy Area with a record of 5-5.

 

 

November 3 - 

@ South Philly Supersite

Gleaned from MaxPreps - Christopher Johnson reporting

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Mahonoy Area

0

0

0

7

7

West Catholic

7

   28 

6

    7

48

 

West Catholic faced Mahonoy Area in this neutral playoff game in South Philly. 

 

West opened up the scoring in the first quarter with a 1 yard rushing TD by #33 with 5 minutes to go in the quarter.  The point after was good.  MAHS 0 - WC 7

 

In the second quarter with 10 minutes to go, Zahir Booker scored on a 22 yard rushing TD.  The point after was good.  MAHS 0 - West 14. 

 

With 2 minutes to go, #33 scored on a 10 yard rushing TD for the Burrs.  The extra point attempt was good.  MAHS 0 - West 21.

 

With under 1 minute to go in the 2nd quarter, West's #14 rushed 85 yards for a TD; the point after was good.  MAHS 0 - West 28.

 

On MAHS next possession West's Julio Dasilva recovered a fumble on their 25 yard line.  The Burrs QB Zaire Hart-Hawkins completed a 7 yard pass to Justino Griggs for a TD.  The point after attempt was good, ending the first half at MAHS 0 - West 35.   

 

In the third quarter with 11 minutes to go,  West Catholic's Carl Smith completed a 60 yard punt return for a TD.  The point after attempt failed.  MAHS 0 - West 41.

 

In the fourth quarter with 4 minutes to go in the game, Mahonoy's Tyler Clewell scored on a 2 yard rushing TD and the point after was good.  MAHS 7 - West 41.

 

With 3 minutes to go in the game, West's Justin Talington scored with a 80 yard rushing TD.  The point after was good.

 

Final score MAHS 7 - West 48.

 

November 10 - West Catholic 34 - Bishop McDevitt 33

@ South Philly Supersite

Gleaned from MaxPreps - Christopher Johnson reporting

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

West Catholic

0

7

7

6

20

Bishop McDevitt

13

    7 

0

    0

20

 

 

OT

 

 

 

Final

West Catholic

14

 

 

 

34

Bishop McDevitt

13

   

 

     

33

 

West Catholic went into this game at 9-2 and Bishop McDevitt was at 8-3.  West won a tough fought game that went into  overtime.

 

In the first quarter, McDevitt struck first with two TD's; the first was a 2 yard rushing TD by Jon Luke Peaker and the point after was good; the second was a 3 yard rushing TD by Kyeem Little.  The points after attempt failed.  West did not score in the quarter.

 

Moving to the second quarter, West Catholic's Jacir Savoy scored on a 40 yard rushing TD and the point after was good.  McDevitt responded with a 1 yard rushing TD and the point after was good. 

 

Halftime score WC 7 - BMcD 20.

 

In the third quarter with one minute to go the Burrs' Zaire Booker rushed for a 25 yard TD and the point after was good. 

WC 14 -BMcD 20

 

With under a minute to go in the fourth quarter, West Catholic's QB Zaire Hart-Hawkins threw a 5 yard pass to Kenroy Mills for a TD.  The point after was missed.  The game was tied at 20 - 20.

 

In OT Bishop McDevitt's Lonnie Rice threw a 5 yard pass to Richard Cotton for a TD.  The point after was good.  WC 20 - BMcD 27.

 

West Catholic's Zaire Hart-Hawkins responded with a 1 yard rushing TD and the point after was good.  WC 27 - BMcD 27.

 

With under a minute to go, the Burrs Zaire Hart-Hawkins scored a TD on a 1 yard rushing play and the point after was good.  WC 34 - BMcD 27. 

 

Bishop McDevitt's Tahmaz Gilchrist completed a 9 yard pass to #11 for a TD.  The point after was missed. 

 

Final score: West Catholic 34 - Bishop McDevitt 33.

 

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Congratulations to the West Catholic Varsity Football Team.  The Burrs will face Dunmore High School in the first round of the PIAA State Championship Series.  Go Burrs!!

 

November 17 - 

Gleaned from MaxPreps - Staff Reporter

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Dunmore

0

3

0

0

3

West Catholic

14

    0

0

     7

21

 

Dunmore came into this game with a 9-3 record vs. West Catholic at 10-2.  Dunmore averaged 35.75 points per game prior to this matchup, but their famed running game couldn't find traction against the strong West Catholic defense.

 

In the first quarter, the Burrs QB Zaire Hart-Hawkins completed a 12 yard pass to Seth Degree for a TD.  Natan Fantahun made the point after.  

 

Later in the quarter, Zaire Hart-Hawkins completed a 59 yard pass to Seth Degree for a TD.  The point after attempt by Natan Fantahun was good.  Dunmore failed to score in the first quarter.  Dunmore 0 - West Catholic 14.

 

In the second quarter, Dunmore completed a 41 yard field goal.  West did not score in the quarter.  Dunmore 3 - West 14. 

 

There was no scoring in the third quarter.

 

In the fourth quarter, Jacir Savoy completed a 9 yard rushing TD for West.  Natan Fantahun's point after attempt was good.

 

Final score:  Dunmore 3 - West Catholic 21. 

 

West Catholic's record is 11-2.

 

The Burrs will play against Richland High School from Johnstown, PA on Friday, November 23 in the State Quarterfinal Playoff.

 

November 23 - West Catholic 35 - Richland 7

PIAA Class 2A State Championship Playoff - Quarterfinal

@ Central York H.S.

Gleaned from MaxPreps - Christopher Johnson reporting

Philadelphia Inquirer - Aaron Carter reporting

The Tribune-Democrat - Mike Mastovich reporting

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

West Catholic

0

12

23

0

35

Richland

0

    0

7

     0

7

 

West Catholic came up strong against Richland High School, the top seeded team in District 6.  There was concern about the QB position as Zaire Hart-Hawkins, with 2,000  yards passing, was sidelined due to an injury.  Those fears were unfounded as Tre Johnson, a senior who played quarterback in middle school, stepped in and completed 8 of 17 passes for 98 yards with one interception.  

 

West defense who is known for causing turnovers, came into the game with a record of 31 turnovers in the season. Once again the defense came to play causing four interceptions, essentially ending Richland's chances.   

 

There was no scoring in the first quarter, although Richland  

 

In the second quarter, the Burrs Jacir Savoy scored a TD on a 40 yard rushing play.  The point after was missed.

 

QB Tre Johnson threw a 10 yard pass to Seth Degree for a TD with 6:17 left in the quarter.  A 2 point conversion attempt failed. 

 

At halftime the score was West 12, Richland 0. 

 

In the third quarter, the Burrs' Carl Smith recovered an onside kick.  Jacir Savoy scored on a 10 yard rushing TD.  A 2 point conversion attempt failed.  West 18, Richland 0.

 

Later in the third, Natan Fantahun kicked a 15 yard field goal putting the score at West 21 - Richland. 0

 

Richland's QB Joe Hauser hit junior Trevor Tustin for a 77 yard score to get the Rams to within 21-7.

 

With 54.2 seconds left in the quarter, Nelson Mandala-Mensah added a touchdown run, and Natan Fantahun made the point after.  West 28, Richland 7.

 

With just 38.8 seconds left in the third, the Burrs Hameen Carroll-Shaw, on a pick 6, added a TD with a 45 yard return.  Natan Fantahun made the point after.  

 

There was no scoring in the fourth quarter. 

 

Final score:  West Catholic 35 - Richland 7.

 

Jacir Savoy was the spark in the offense with 182 yards rushing and two scores on 21 carries.

 

The four interceptions were credited to senior Aaron Jenkins and juniors Hameen Carroll-Shaw, Shakur Smalls and Zahir Booker.  Booker's interception was a one-handed catch on a tipped pass by senior Damen Studstill.

 

November 30 - Southern Columbia Area (Catawissa)  42 - West Catholic - 6

PIAA Class 2A State Championship Playoff - Semi-Final

@ Northern Lehigh H.S.

Gleaned from The Philadelphia Inquirer Sports Rally - Aaron Carter reporting

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Southern Columbia Area

21

7

14

0

42

West Catholic

0

    0

6

     0

6

 

West Catholic, the PIAA Class 2A District 12 Champs, went up against the Class 2A District 4 Champs, Southern Columbia Area from Catawissa, PA.  Each team had to travel a good distance from their home turf to Slatington, PA  for this semi-final game; West traveled 69 miles and Southern Columbia traveled 76 miles.  Although West was the home team, according to the local radio game reporter, there were only about 30 fans in attendance. 

 

The District 12 Tigers, the defending PIAA Class 2A state champions, quickly added up the points with a score of 28-0 by the end of the first half.  The first quarter TD's were thanks to explosive plays by juniors Gaige Garcia and Julian Fleming.  Garcia started with a 67 yard TD run with nine minutes left in the first quarter.  Fleming followed with a 1-handed grab in the end zone about four minutes later.  The after TD kicks were good for both scores. 

 

Preston Zachman scored on a 13 yard pass from the Tigers QB Stone Hollenbach, and the extra point attempt was good.  

 

At the end of the first quarter the Tigers were on a roll at 21-0. 

 

In the second quarter, Fleming scored again on a 13 yard pass from Hollenbach.  The extra point attempt was good.  At half time the score was Southern Columbia 28 West Catholic 0.

 

West was expected to rally in the second half, but on the first play from scrimmage West's QB Tre Johnson was smashed to the turf by 6 foot-1, 285 pound junior defensive tackle Cole Schankweiler.  

   

The Tigers scored two TD's in the third quarter, one by Ty Roadarmel on a 51 yard run.  The kick after was good; the second on a 25 yard pass from Hollenbach to Fleming and the point after was good.

 

West's only score in the game came in the third with a 62 yard pass to Seth Degree from Tre Johnson.  The point after attempt failed.

 

Final score:  Southern Columbia 42, West Catholic 6

 

Johnson finished with 191 yards in 12 of 28 passes.  He was the emotional leader for the Burrs at linebacker and did a fine job stepping into the roll of quarterback when Zaire Hart-Hawkins broke his collarbone two weeks ago. 

 

Brian Fluck was quoted as telling the team: "Yo, we walk outta here with our heads held high, you understand me?"  "No one thought we would get here.  No one."

 

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THANK YOU BURRS FOR A GREAT SEASON!

 

ALL-CATHOLIC BLUE DIVISION ALL-STARS

 

The following West Catholic players were selected by the league as Blue Division All-Stars.

 

FIRST TEAM 

 

WR-TE:  Seth Degree, Senior

LINE:  Damen Studstill, Senior

LB: Kha'Jey Frazier, Senior


SECOND TEAM

 

LB & RB:  Zahir Booker, Junior

LINE: Rickquan Rivera, Junior

NEWS FEATURES

 

AUXILIARY BISHOP LOUIS A. DESIMONE

 

Excerpts from CatholicPhilly.com

Written by Lou Baldwin

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1922 - 2018

 

Early on the morning of October 5th, at the Monastery of St. Thomas of Villanova, Bishop DeSimone departed this life.  

 

Louis Anthony DeSimone was born on February 21, 1922 in Philadelphia, the son of Italian immigrants Anthony and Nicolina DeSimone.  Louis was the eldest of three sons, all of whom would enter the priesthood. 

 

Louis attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grade school in Bridgeport and Bridgeport High School.  Not being sure if wanted to be a lawyer or a priest, he entered Villanova College on a scholarship. 

 

In 1941, when the U.S. entered WWII, Louis signed up for a military program where he could enlist in any branch of the military he wished, but could stay in college until he were needed.  In 1943, just one year away from graduation the recruiter came back to school and told him there was a need for Italian translators.     

 

After basic training he was shipped overseas to Casablanca where he was assigned to the Fifth Army, working as a translator at the headquarters often with the chief chaplain.  After that it was on to Sicily, then up the Italian boot where there was hard fighting and bombing, including the historic monastery at Monte Cassino.

 

The Fascist government in Italy had fallen, but the German occupiers put up a stiff resistance especially at Anzio, not far from Rome.  Although he was not an infantry soldier, Sergeant DeSimone saw first hand the terrible destruction and loss of life in war. 

 

Rome was declared an open city and the American Army entered without incident.  Bishop DeSimone well remembered the reception they received, including a Mass for 10,000 soldiers and an audience with Pope Pius XII.  At that audience the pope went down the line shaking the hands and asking the soldiers what they did in civilian life.  When Pope Pius got to Louis he told the pope, " I want to become a priest," and his Holiness replied, " I'll pray for you."   

 

While in Rome as a translator he worked closely with Monsignor (later Cardinal) Francis Brennan, a Philadelphian and Vatican official.  Msgr. Brennan gave Louis a letter of recommendation for his seminary application. 

 

Meanwhile his brother Russ entered the Augustinians and later his brother Sal was accepted by the Diocese of Camden, where he was ordained and rose to the rank of monsignor.

 

At St. Charles Seminary, because of his prior college and military service, Louis was the oldest man in his class and was affectionately nicknamed, "the old man."

 

Louis DeSimone passed his seminary studies with flying colors and on May 10, 1952, he and 29 of his classmates were ordained by Archbishop John F. O'Hara a the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul.

 

After an assignment as a teacher at St. Thomas More High School with residence at Annunciation Parish in South Philadelphia, he served at a number of parishes that were either Italian personal parishes or parishes with a large Italian population.  The first assignment was at St. Donato Parish in West Philadelphia.  After St. Donato he was assigned as parochial vicar and then in 1968 pastor of St. Cosmas and Damian Parish in Conshohocken.

 

Additionally, among his secondary assignments he was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Catholic Charities Appeal and  in 1971 Archdiocesan Director of Catholic Relief Services.  In 1975 he was appointed Chairman of the Heritage Group Committee for the 41st International Eucharistic Congress held in Philadelphia in 1976, the same year he was name a domestic prelate to his Holiness with the title monsignor. 

 

That same year he was appointed pastor of St. Monica Parish in South Philadelphia, a position he would hold for 25 years until his 2001 retirement.

 

Also, in 1976, after a disastrous earthquake in Priolo, Northern Italy, he was sent by Cardinal Krol to that region to coordinate earthquake relief.  He returned, again to Italy in 1980, to assist coordination of earthquake relief in Southern Italy.

 

On June 30, 1981, Msgr. DeSimone was appointed as an auxiliary bishop by Pope John Paul II, becoming the first Philadelphia bishop of Italian decent. 

 

At the same time as his appointment it was announced that Msgr. Francis B. Schulte, a classmate of Msgr. DeSimone, was also named as an auxiliary bishop.  The two had stood side by side for their priestly ordination in 1952 and now on August 12, 1981 they again stood side by side in the basilica to receive their episcopal ordinations.  Msgr. Schulte would become Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia and  later Archbishop of New Orleans.

 

After his ordination Bishop DeSimone said, "Although I am a bishop I don't feel I have any special gifts or talents.  I feel God simply wants to state that an ordinary hardworking priest who has done his best to serve can indeed be exalted.  Even Jesus said, "If you want to be first you must be last.  If you seek a place of honor, you must serve the rest". 

 

During most of his years as an auxiliary bishop, Bishop DeSimone had a relatively low profile.  That was partly because Cardinal Bevilacqua wanted his auxiliary bishops to tend to mostly ecclesial duties, especially confirmations. 

 

During most of his retirement years Bishop DeSimone resided at St. Justin Martyr Rectory in Narbeth and then at St. John Baptist Vianney Rectory in Gladwyne.  His brother, Msgr. Salvatore DeSimone died in 1989.  After his retirement Father Russell DeSimone lived for a time with the bishop, but when his health began to fail he moved to the infirmary at St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery.  The bishop would visit his brother daily, helping with his care and saying Mass. 

 

After Russell's death in 2014, Bishop DeSimone kept up his relationship with the monastery, visiting often and when his own health declined that was where he opted to spend his final days. 

 

Father Michael DiGregorio, Prior for the Augustinians at Villanova, recommended Bishop DeSimone for the St. Augustine Medal.  The medal is an honor given to an individual who exemplify the teaching of St. Augustine, a deep commitment to the Order of St. Augustine and the Augustinian values of truth, unity and charity.  Bishop DeSimone certainly filled those requirements tracing all the way back to his student days at Villanova.

 

The medal was officially bestowed on Bishop DeSimone in absentia on the evening of October 4, 2018, the night before his death, when some 350 friends and admirers of the bishop gathered at the Philadelphia Country Club. 

 

"He was a priest above all," Father DiGregorio said.  "He was always personable and made every individual feel they were important.  He would go out of his way to do something to encourage people.  He was an obvious choice for us."

 

You don't have to be an Augustinian to see that, Philadelphia has lost a very good bishop, but it's heaven's gain.

 

 

THE HISTORY OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

submitted by:  FRANK METZLER

 

Pictures and Map of PA Dioceses by Frank Adolf

 

The history of the Catholic Church in the Philadelphia area dates back to William Penn, when Mass was said publicly as early

as 1707.  Philadelphia was erected as a Diocese in 1808 by Pope Pius VII from the territory of the Diocese of Baltimore.

 

The territory of the Diocese of Philadelphia included the States of Pennsylvania and Delaware, and seven counties and parts

of three other counties in New Jersey. 

 

The first Cathedral was Old St. Mary's on 4th Street in center city, and the first Bishop was Michael Francis Egan, OFM who served from 1808 until his death in 1814.

  

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Bishop Henry Conwell of Ireland was the second Bishop and was appointed five years after the death of Bishop Egan serving from 1819 to 1830.   He arrived in Philadelphia on December 2, 1820 at the age of  73

 

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Francis Patrick Kenrick was appointed the coadjutor to Bishop Conwell with the right of succession.  Kenrick was consecrated on June 6, 1830 and assumed full administrative powers from the aged Bishop Conwell.

 

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Bishop Kenrick was responsible for the opening of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in June 1832 in the upper rooms at his residence on 5th Street in Philadelphia, and St. John the Evangelist Church on 13th between Chestnut and Market Streets in 1830, which replaced St. Mary's as the Cathedral in 1849. 

 

Bishop Conwell died in 1842 at the age of 95 and Bishop Kenrick, as the coadjutor Bishop, automatically became the third Bishop of Philadelphia.

 

Kenrick petitioned the Holy See to separate Western Pennsylvania into a new diocese, and the Diocese of Pittsburgh was established in 1843.

 

Educational facilities were expanded including Villanova College in 1842 and St. Joseph's College in 1851.  Bishop Kenrick opened the first Catholic Hospital, St. Joseph and staffed it with the Sisters of St. Joseph.  

 

On June 29, 1846, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Bishop Kenrick announced in a pastoral letter his determination to build a cathedral.  Based on the intention to avoid running into debt, the building project was not completed until 1864. 

 

Bishop Kenrick was transferred in 1851 as the Archbishop of Baltimore and was succeeded by John Nepomucene Neumann, a Redemptorist, as the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia.

 

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During his tenure, Bishop Neumann established many parishes with elementary schools, directed the founding of the Sisters of St. Francis in Glen Riddle, PA, started the 40 Hours Devotion of the Blessed Sacrament in all churches in the Diocese of Philadelphia.  

 

In 1853, seven counties in western New Jersey were separated from the Diocese of Philadelphia to form the new Diocese of Newark.  Also, the Diocese of Erie, PA was created.

 

Bishop Neumann died on January 5, 1860 at the age of 48 and was canonized a Saint in 1977 by Pope Paul VI.

 

Upon the death of Bishop Neumann, Bishop James Frederick Wood, the Coadjutor Bishop, automatically became the fifth Bishop of Philadelphia. 

 

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In 1864 Bishop Wood dedicated the new Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

 

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During his tenure from 1860 to 1863, the Dioceses of Harrisburg, Scranton, and Wilmington were established. 

 

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In 1865 Wood bought the first of three parcels of land in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia, for the purpose of moving Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary to the site.  This would be the fourth location for the seminary.  The Overbrook property, consisting of 75 acres costing $42,000, was criticized by many as “Wood’s Folly” because the ground was considered to be located too far into the country to be a practical setting.  The seminary opened in 1871 with 128 students.

 

Archbishop Wood died on June 20, 1883 and was replaced by Patrick John Ryan, Coadjutor Bishop of St. Louis, Missouri. 

 

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Ryan established many charitable institutions, along with Cahill Catholic High School, later changed to Roman Catholic High School for Boys, Catholic Girls' High School, later renamed John W. Hallahan High School for Girls, the Archbishop Ryan Memorial Library at the seminary, and founding the mother house of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People in 1907. 

 

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1902 - St. Charles Seminary Professors with Archbishop Ryan and Auxiliary Bishop Prendergast

 

Seated left: Archbishop Ryan, seated right: Auxiliary Bishop Prendergast; Standing far left: Father Dennis Dougherty, who years later after serving as Bishop in the Phillipines and Buffalo, would become Archbishop of Philadelphia.  

 

Archbishop Ryan died on February 11, 1911.

 

May 27, 1911 - Edmond Francis Prendergast, Auxiliary Bishop to Ryan, was appointed the third Archbishop of Philadelphia.

 

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He directed the building of Misericordia Hospital, Archbishop Ryan Memorial Institute for the Deaf, St. Edmond's Home for Crippled Children, and THE WEST PHILADELPHIA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS. 

 

Archbishop Prendergast died on February 26, 1918.

 

Dennis Joseph Dougherty, Bishop of Buffalo, was appointed as the new Archbishop on April 30, 1918.  His appointment was unique as he was the first native son of Pennsylvania to be named Archbishop of  Philadelphia, having been born in Homesville, near Ashland, Schuylkill County, PA. 

 

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On March 7, 1921 he was elevated to Cardinal, the first Archbishop of Philadelphia to be so honored.

 

During his thirty-three years from 1918 to 1951 he established 112 parishes, 145 parochial schools, numerous high schools,

4 colleges, 12 hospitals and 11 homes for the aged, and in 1928 expanded the Seminary with a new building for the preparatory division that could house 400 seminarian.  He ordained over 2000 priests. 

 

On May 31, 1951, the 61st anniversary of his ordination, Cardinal Dougherty died after celebrating Mass. 

 

He was succeeded by John Francis O'Hara C.S.C., former President of Notre Dame University and Bishop of Buffalo, NY. 

 

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During his tenure he oversaw the establishment of 61 new schools, three women's colleges, and special schools for the mentally challenged, blind, and deaf.  He was responsible for the expansion and restoration of the Cathedral.

 

On December, 15, 1958, Archbishop O'Hara was elevated to the rank of Cardinal.  

 

He died after surgery at Misericordia Hospital on August 28, 1960 and is buried at Notre Dame University.

 

On January 18, 1961 the Archdiocese was further divided with the creation of the Diocese of Allentown from the 5 northern counties of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, with Philadelphia's Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Mark McShea as its first ordinary.

 

On February 11, 1961 John Joseph Krol, Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland, was appointed next and served for twenty-seven years.

 

Archbishop Krol, a participant of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), implemented the teachings of the Council, and he was instrumental in the establishment of the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in 1966 in Doylestown, PA. 

 

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Krol was elevated to the Cardinalate June 26, 1967.

 

He built the new Archdiocesan Office Building behind the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, which opened in 1971.

 

Krol retired on February 11, 1988 after exactly 27 years as archbishop.  On  the same day, Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua, Bishop of Pittsburgh, was appointed to succeed Krol.

 

 

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On June 28, 1991, Archbishop Bevilacqua was elevated to Cardinal.

 

Cardinal Bevilacqua made the spiritual renewal of the faithful in the Archdiocese a priority.  He made pastoral visits to every parish school and institution in the Archdiocese, as well as to other denominations. 

 

He was instrumental in starting the Saturday evening Mass (4 PM or later) to fulfill a person's Sunday Mass obligation.

 

Cardinal Krol died on March 3, 1996.

 

Bevilacqua retired on July 15, 2003 and on the same date Justin Francis Rigali, Archbishop of St. Louis, was named to replace him. 

 

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Archbishop Rigali was named a Cardinal on October 7, 2003.

 

Cardinal Rigali served as Chairman on many committees both here in the United States and in the Vatican.  Before going to St. Louis, Missouri as Archbishop and then to Philadelphia, he spent many years serving in Papal Offices in the Vatican.  In the US he serves as a member of the Board of Directors at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, and the Board of Directors of the Black and Indian Mission Offices to name a few.  He is a Knight of Malta, a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre, and a Knight of St. Peter Claver.

 

Cardinal Rigali served until he retired in 2011.  He now resides at the Bishop's residence in Knoxville, Tennessee.  

 

Cardinal Bevilacqua died on January 31, 2012 at age 88.

 

The present Archbishop is Charles Joseph Chaput, OFM, Capwho came to Philadelphia from Denver, Colorado on July 19, 2011.

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Archbishop Chaput is a professed Capuchin Franciscan and he has a reputation for conservatism.  He was the Provincial of the Franciscans before being made the Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota and then he was appointed as the Archbishop
of Denver. 

 

A member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, he is the second Native American to be consecrated a Bishop in the United States.  His name in the Nation is "Pietasa" meaning "rustling wind".

 

More information is available at ArchPhila.org.history

 

MAIL FROM CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS

 

Andrew Brady '02 - WCP VP for Institutional Advancement:  Frank, As always thanks for all your hard work on this.  It looks great.

Jim and Ann O'Malley: Hi Frank,  Another wonderful edition of WC '58 News.  You and your highly paid staff know how to do it!  Ann and I still talk about the great time we had at the 50th Reunion.

Thanks for newsletter info on Larry Dempsey and contact info.  He and Steve Casale and I were buddies in Good Shepherd and we lived only a couple of blocks apart.

 

Truly appreciate all your time and  effort on our behalf.  Your stories touch so many of us and make this newsletter so special !

 

Ann Cahill:  Thanks, Rich.  I was wondering which Brothers were going to West.

Jim Lynch:  Frank and all, another great job on the newsletter.

Joe Murphy:  Frank:  Another great job.  Thanks for keeping me informed.

Barbara Mullen: 

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EARLIEST MEMORIES FROM THE 1940's and 1950's

 

LOCAL HISTORIC PICTURES

 

submitted by:  FRANK ADOLF

 

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Launch of the Battleship New Jersey - 7/7/1942

 

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Babe Ruth and Connie Mack 7/28/47

 

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Governor Thomas E. Dewey - GOP Convention in Philadelphia 6/24/1948

 

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President Harry S Truman - Democratic Convention in Philadelphia 7/15/1948

 

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Del Ennis, Richie Ashburn, Dick Sisler 9/23/1950

 

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, Jim Prendergast who is recovering from several surgeries, Tom Henry who is fighting Hodgkin Lymphoma, Bob DiRita who has been sidelined for the past few years with health issues, Vince Reynolds who is suffering from Parkinson's disease and Rich Loftus who is recovering from heart-bypass surgery.

 

WE REMEMBER and pray for all deceased members of the Class of 1958, especially Tom Mullen.

 

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THOMAS W. MULLEN - NOVEMBER 14, 2018 

 

May Tom rest in peace.

 

 

FINAL THOUGHT

 

submitted by:  RICH BUZZA

 

This past week I found out that I am old.  How did I find out that I was old, well my grandson who is a sophomore at the Univ. of South Carolina asked if I would answer some questions for a history class that he is currently taking, thinking that it would be a few simple questions, I agreed. 

 

The few simple questions turned into 36 questions of major content which, in order to answer each, required some time and effort and almost an essay to fully answer each question. 

 

Here are some examples of the questions;

 

How do you remember the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's-1960's?  How did it affect you? 

 

What are your memories of segregation and integration in schools?  Did you attend an all-white school?  An all-black school?  Do you remember what year your school integrated?  What was that like for the community? 

 

What are your memories of the Cuban Missile Crisis?   Did you think that the United States and Russia would ultimately go to war during that crisis?  

 

Well, there were 33 more questions just like the above three examples anyway, I tackled each question and 7 hours later I finished.  That is when I discovered that I was old since all of these “history questions” occurred during my lifetime and the history being taught in college today, we actually lived through it. 

 

On a lighter note I got this final thought from Bobby “Doc” Dougherty:

Did you know that on the Canary Islands there is not one canary?  And on the Virgin Islands?  Same thing - NOT ONE CANARY THERE EITHER!  That’s enough of that, see you next issue, if you have any final thoughts send them to me.

 

 

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