2018 Immaculata Award & Reunion Dinner
April 21, 2018
Congratulations to the 50th and 25th Anniversary Classes
of 1968 & 1993,
and a special congratulations to the Class of 1958 on their 60th Anniversary
and to our
Robert Podzius, ’70
Father Kevin Sweeney, ’88
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Cathedral celebrated our 20th Annual Alumni Reunion and Immaculata Award Dinner. We, alumni and friends of Cathedral, gathered at the Prep in Elmhurst, NY and enjoyed a special event that began with Mass at 5:00 PM in the Chapel celebrated by Bishop Sanchez and then followed by a cocktail hour and buffet dinner.
At this reception, we honored Father Kevin Sweeney, ’88, and Robert Podzius, ’70, as honorees for the Immaculata Award.
Additionally, we acknowledged the 50th & 25th Anniversary Classes (1968 & 1993).
Photos from the evening:
Copy of Journal:
2018 Immaculata Honorees
Fr. Kevin Sweeney, ’88, grew up in St. Luke’s parish, Whitestone. He attended Cathedral from 1984-1988. After graduation, Kevin entered Cathedral Seminary House of Formation (Douglaston) and studied at St. John’s University, receiving a B.A. in Philosophy in 1992. He then entered the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington and received a M.Div. in Theology. During his time at the Seminary in Huntington, Kevin spent a Pastoral Year at St. Agatha’s (Brooklyn). On June 28, 1997, Fr. Sweeney was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Brooklyn by Bishop Thomas Daily. Fr. Sweeney was assigned as parochial vicar to the parish of St. Nicholas of Tolentine (Jamaica) and then Our Lady of Sorrows (Corona). In 2004, Fr. Sweeney was named by Bishop DiMarzio as the Vocation Director. During his time as Vocation Director, under the direction of Bishop DiMarzio and with the assistance of Msgr. Vincent Keane, serving as Spiritual Director, Fr. Sweeney served as the first Director of the (St.) Pope John Paul II House of Discernment. In January of 2010, Fr. Sweeney was assigned as the pastor of St. Michael’s Parish in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where he continues to serve.
Robert Podzius, ’70, attended Cathedral from 1967 – 1970. After attending Douglaston for a year, Bob graduated from Pace University – Lubin School of Business with a BBA, Finance / Accounting. He began his Finance career in New York at CBS Publishing, then Philips Consumer Products, and eventually moved to California in 1985 to become Director of Finance at Plessey Semiconductors, and held several senior level management positions in Silicon Valley technology companies. He joined Apple in 2000 and was appointed Director of Finance for the Americas, with Financial responsibility for Apple’s Supply Chain, Logistics and Distribution for the entire Americas, spending extensive time in China. He retired from Apple at the end of 2011, after contributing significantly to Apple’s meteoric rise to the top of the business world.
During his almost 30 years in California, Bob was extremely active in his local Church communities, leading Parish Councils, Finance Councils, Eucharistic Ministry, teaching High School Religious Education, heading up fundraising activities for Church construction, and coaching basketball. Upon retiring from Apple and moving to Northern Virginia, Bob has been extensively volunteering within the small business and Veterans community in the DC area, assisting Veterans in achieving their entrepreneurial goals after military life. Recently, Bob stepped in and filled a need at Cathedral by supplying iPads to all the classrooms to help Cathedral furnish its students with the best education possible. He also established the Podzius Family Scholarship, in memory of his late brother John, Class of ’66. Bob has stated on several occasions that he believes in Cathedral’s mission to produce “Men of Greatness” and believes the school graduates men who contribute to their local community in so many ways. Bob embodies his philosophy that in life, one should “give of his time, talents, and treasury.” His generous support and personal investment in the lives of Cathedral students have provided resources to further enhance the education of today and tomorrow’s Crusaders.
Bob lives in Northern Virginia with Betty, his wife of almost 43 years. He has 3 children, all successful attorneys, two living in Virginia and one in Manhattan.
2017 Immaculata Award & Reunion Dinner
On May 6, 2017, at Cathedral Prep, we celebrated the 50th and 25th Anniversary Classes
of 1967 & 1992, and a special congratulations was announced to the Class of 1957 on their 60th Anniversary. Also, the evening recognized Immaculata Honorees Daniel Friel, ’73, and Father Robert Whelan, ’74.
Copy of our Immaculata Award and Reunion Dinner Journal – click on:
2016 Immaculata Award & Reunion Dinner
A Salute to Service
On May 14th, 2016 at Cathedral Prep in Elmhurst, NY, over 200 alumni and friends of Cathedral attended our 18th Annual Alumni Reunion and Immaculata Award Dinner. The Immaculata Award was awarded to 3 men, who have served our community in the field’s of the NYPD and FDNY. The following men for greatness honored were:
Frank Palombo, Class of 1973, served and passed away during the tragic event of 9/11.
Monsignor John Delendick, Class of 1968, serves as the FDNY Chaplain.
Monsignor Robert Romano, Class of 1968, serves as the NYPD Chaplain.
The 50th Anniversary Class of 1966, the 25th Anniversary Class of 1991 was acknowledged.
Please click on the following image to view a copy of our commemorative journal: