Three Seminaries, One Brotherhood

The houses of Cathedral Prep School and Seminary, Cathedral House of Formation (Douglaston), and Saint Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) met in Douglaston on November 1st for All Saints’ Day. The day celebrated the common brotherhood and mission of forming men to live saintly lives. After a tour of the building, Bishop DiMarzio celebrated Mass and shared a meal with the three communities. The rest of the day was spent in fraternal bonding on the basketball court, on the football field, in the community room, and packing goods for the victims of the hurricane in Puerto Rico.

This day was an initiative for The Year of Vocation sponsored by The Office of Vocations. Cathedral Prep would like to thank Bishop DiMarzio, Bishop Chappetto, Monsignor Vicarri(Rector of Saint Joseph’s), Father Sears (Rector of Douglaston) , Father Suckiel (Vocations Director) and the facultys’ of the seminary institutions, for a great visit!


Passing of Monsignor Conrad Dietz

“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you…imitate their faith.” [Hebrews 13:7] 

Cathedral Prep mourns the loss of Monsignor Conrad Dietz. Msgr. Dietz, who was on faculty at Cathedral Prep from 1958-1964. The majority of his priestly service was spent in the classroom and at the pulpit preparing men for a life of service as diocesan priests, deacons, and dedicated husbands and fathers.

We are extremely grateful for his 60 years dedicated service to our diocese throughout his ministry. Please pray for the repose of his soul and the consolation of his family and friends.

The arrangements are as follows:


WAKE:                   Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Inc.

125 Hillside Avenue

New Hyde Park, New York 11040

Tel: (516) 354-0634

                                 Sunday, October 1, 2017

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

7:00 PM to 9:30 PM


FUNERAL:           Immaculate Conception Center

7200 Douglaston Parkway

Douglaston, New York 11362

Tel: (718) 229-8001

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM


BURIAL:                     St. Charles

                                      Farmingdale, New York

The Players Event

Last night, Alumni from Cathedral Prep Brooklyn and Queens, Cathedral Prep NY and St. Pius X (Uniondale) gathered at The Players Club in Gramercy Park. The Three Alumni Associations came together to celebrate their common mission and unique experiences in their respective high school seminary programs.

Msgr. Ed Weber of Cathedral Prep NY, John Ryan of St. Pius X and Fr. Joseph Fonti all spoke about their similar experiences and the benefits of establishing a relationship among the different alumni associations.

The bonds of our brotherhood were shared by all, and we look forward to next year!

Greatness for a Day Program for 8th Graders

Cathedral Prep has officially opened the Greatness for a Day Program for 8th grade students interested in becoming Cathedral Men for Greatness!

This day gives each visitor the true experience of the day-to-day happenings at Cathedral Prep. During his time here, he will understand the challenge, support, and love that each student is met with everyday throughout the year.

If you are interested in having your son attend Greatness for a Day, please call:

(718)592-6800 ext. 137


1. What time should my son arrive?

Arrival should be between 7:30am and 7:45am. Please come through the main entrance on 92nd street. Father Fonti will greet you at the door.


2. What  should my son wear?

If your son attends a school that requires him to wear a uniform, please have him wear that uniform.

If you son does not attend a school that requires a uniform, please have him wear a polo, dress pants, a belt, and dress shoes.


3. What should my son bring for the day?

Your son is not expected to take notes but he is more than welcome to bring a notebook and do so.

Cathedral Prep will provide a free lunch to our visitors, but if your son has severe food allergies, please have him bring an EpiPen and his own personal lunch (He is still welcome to our free lunch if there are food items that he can eat).


4. Who will be my son’s buddy for the day?

Each young man will be matched up with a freshman for the day. They will follow him throughout the day from homeroom till the last bell of the day. If he knows a freshman, he is more than welcome to spend the day with that specific freshman.


5. Where will my son put his belongings?

Each visitor is designated a locker on the 3rd floor. We ask that he puts his personal belongings in the locker, especially his cell phone, wallet, and keys.


6. What time should I expect my son to leave?

Cathedral Prep’s last bell is at 2:46pm. Then, announcements will be made then your son will be escorted to the Main Office and his day officially ends. Please note, Cathedral Prep will provide an absent note at the end of the day, proving that your son was a visitor.

24th Annual Cathedral Prep Golf Classic

On June 22nd, Cathedral Prep hosted the 24th Annual Golf Classic at North Hills Country Club in Manhasset, NY! With perfect weather, over 90 duffers, dedicated supporters, and alumni came out to enjoy a day on the links.

We look forward to seeing you again next year on June 21, 2018!

This year’s winning foursome shot 9 under par and had two alums lead the way.

Congratulations to:

Rich Donovan, `79

Kevin Murphy, `79

Chris Strand

Chris Strand, Jr.

The second place foursome shot 7 under par.

Congratulations to:

Michael Fallon, `79

James Kelly

Jerry Magaldi, `74

Steve Reinhardt

Congratulations to the following Nearest to the Pin winners:

Hole #6 – Rich Paio

Hole #12 – Rich Donovan, `79

Hole #16 – Tom Early, `74


Congratulations to the Longest Drive winner:

Hole #17 – James Kelly

Thank you to the following main sponsors for making this event possible:

Cocktail & Dinner Sponsor:

Tim Reynolds, `73

Brunch Sponsor:

Kenneth Yashian – President, Ben-Jo Trucking

Program Sponsors:

Francesco Serravalle, `79

Universal Builders Supply, Inc.

Woodworks Construction Co., Inc.

Golf Cart Sponsors:

Picciano & Scahill – Frank Scahill, `76

Island Acoustics, LLC

Lunch Sponsor:

Vocations Office, Diocese of Brooklyn – Father Sean Suckiel, `03



Convocation 2017

Junior Leadership Day

Our juniors have taken the next step to becoming leaders within our house. Today, in the presence of family and friends, school rings were blessed at our daily Mass. Each junior takes the role of a leader through humble service to Cathedral Prep and others. At the end of Mass, Father Fonti presented every junior with an icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. He told the juniors that he frequently prayed at her shrine in Rome where her icon is housed as a seminarian during difficult times. He encouraged them to deepen their devotion to Our Lady especially in time of need.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help… Pray for us.

Congratulations to our Junior Leaders!

Emmanuel Ambroise

Daniel Berhan

Yann Camara

Dyango Campoverde

Richard Cisernos

Nathaniel Espidol

Christian Faustin

Nikola Fitissov

Joseph Foley

Anton Haran

Donal Harnett

Neil Hickey

Stephen Jankowski

Rasheed Kelly

Joseph Krug

Johan Larsen

Patrice Legoute

Daniel Maher

Peter Munoz

Michael Murphy

Steven Osojnak

Michael Remon

Fernando Ronconi

Sebastian Rosas

Christopher Saillant

John Schilling

Jose Solorzano

Kyle Sumprer

Joseph Tuseo

Loik Uddin

Cian Walsh

Adam Zajkowski

Juan Zapata

Joshua Zayas


The Graduating Class of 2017

On Graduation morning, Friday, May 26th, our community gathered with the proud parents and family of the Class of 2017 at the Prep to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving. Father Joseph Fonti was the main celebrant and Father James Rodriguez was the homilist. Several priests concelebrated: Msgr. John Casey `57 (former rector), Msgr. Regie Pamposa (traveled from the Philippines / uncle of a graduate), and Father Robert Kuznik (Pastor of Saint Isidore, Riverhead). Deacon Ron Ronacher from St. Rita’s (Brooklyn) proclaimed the Gospel.

In the evening Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presided over our Graduation Exercises at St. James Cathedral in Brooklyn. After singing America the Beautiful, Father Rodriguez, called the community to prayer. Our Rector-President, Father Fonti, `84, welcomed the family and friends of the Class of 2017 and thanked their parents for entrusting Cathedral with their son’s intellectual and spiritual formation. He reminded his spiritual sons that “they can do all things in Christ who strengthens them.”

Arthur Vollmerhausen gave the salutatorian address and Aidan Birth was the class valedictorian. Both men mentioned the “uniqueness” of their class not only in size, “21” but in character. They also highlighted the great gift of the Cathedral brotherhood and the importance of striving for greatness in all things and the need of each member of the class to remain open in future years to the Lord’s call to serve.

Father Chris Bethge was our keynote speaker. A graduate of the Class of 2007, Father Bethge spoke about how his time at Cathedral laid the foundation for his priestly vocation. In his address, he mentioned the ‘the toughness of the world’ and how our graduates will be challenged on the college campus and in life itself. Like a Yankee at Fenway Park he told his fellow Crusaders “to stand confidently at the plate and swing.” Cathedral has prepared them. They are not alone. The Cathedral brotherhood stands with them.

Towards the end of the ceremony after the bestowal of various awards, two special presentations were made. Mr. Mestrandrea, father of freshman, Robert, and owner of Majestic Funeral Home, gave Cathedral a gift in memory of our recently deceased brother, Markus Kotnik. He asked that in some way it be used at Graduation. Father Fonti and Mr. Diaz chose to divide the gift. They selected 4 graduates who were Markus’ “Big Brothers” at Cathedral: Daniel Dugan, Christopher Kircher, Jonathon Oscategui, and Tyler Sharma. Each was reminded to pray for Markus’ parents, Frank and Tina, and to keep his spirit, “Have a great day”, alive. Father Fonti also introduced Christopher Kircher to his new Rector, Father George Sears. Chris has decided to continue his discernment at Cathedral Seminary House of Formation in Douglaston.

Bishop Nicolas DiMarzio concluded the evening by encouraging our young men to be “beacons of love in the world.” By acts of love they will “show this world what God truly looks like.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

The Bronze Medal is presented to a young man who has earned an overall Grade Point Average after four years of study of 95.51, ranking him third in the class. The Bronze medal was presented to Arthur Vollmerhausen.

The Silver Medal is presented to a young man who has earned an overall Grade Point Average after four years of study of 95.54, ranking him second in the class. The Silver medal was presented to Aidan Peter Birth.

The Gold Medal is presented to a young man who has earned an overall Grade Point Average after four years of study of 97.10 ranking him first in the class. The Gold medal was presented to David Vincent Brancale.


The English Award was presented to Arthur Vollmerhausen.

The Latin Award was presented to Aidan Peter Birth.

The Mathematics Award was presented to David Vincent Brancale.

The Spanish Award was presented to Daniel P. Dugan.

The Science Award was presented to David Vincent Brancale.

The Social Science Award was presented to Adrian Grzybowski.

The Theology Award was presented to Connell Friel.

 We are proud to announce that every graduate of the Class of 2017 is awarded a New York State Regents Diploma.

An Advanced Regents Diploma was awarded to those students who have successfully passed the Regents examinations in English, Global Studies, U.S. History, and all required sequences in Science and Mathematics. The following students were recognized:

Aidan Peter Birth, Joël Jean Benard Edouard, Connell Friel, Adrian Grzybowski, Christopher Michael Kircher, Daniel Pintor, Arthur Vollmerhausen, Ronan Walsh, and Michael Younan.



Sponsored by Our Diocesan Newspaper, The Tablet All-Scholastic Team is composed of students who exemplify not only academic excellence, but more importantly, Christian Leadership, involvement and responsibility.

The Tablet Annual All-Scholastic Award was proudly presented to the Valedictorian Aidan Peter Birth.


THE SAINT DOMINIC SAVIO AWARD is given in recognition of outstanding dedication and unwavering effort to scholastic achievement and personal growth.

This award was proudly presented to Arthur Vollmerhausen.

THE SAINT JOHN BOSCO AWARD is given in recognition of outstanding school service, personality and interaction with others.

This award was proudly presented to Jonathan Victor Oscategui.


THE SAINT JOHN VIANNEY AWARD is given in recognition of outstanding academic improvement, excellence and perseverance.

This award was proudly presented to Justin Collado.


THE SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL AWARD is given in recognition of outstanding protection and outward representation of our school’s core Catholic values.

This award was proudly presented to Daniel Pintor.


THE BLESSED PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI AWARD is given in recognition of outstanding dedication to the Lord’s call to individual greatness and His call to always strive for the highest goals.

This award was proudly presented to Joël Jean Benard Edouard.


THE FATHER DULANEY AWARD is being given for the first time this year in recognition of Father Dulaney, a long-time teacher, assistant spiritual director, and supporter of Cathedral Prep. Fr. Dulaney sadly passed away this year, and we are proud to honor him and his legacy with this award. The Fr. Dulaney Award is given in recognition of outstanding character, loyalty and commitment to school and community.

This award was proudly presented to Aidan Peter Birth.

Congratulations to all the members of the Class of 2017

Benjamin W. Balcarcel

Aidan Peter Birth

Michael Christian Bodé

David Vincent Brancale

Justin Michael Carreras

Justin Collado

Daniel P. Dugan

Joël Jean Benard Edouard

Benjamin Paul Edwards

Freddie Feria

Connell Friel

Adrian Grzybowski

Christopher Michael Kircher

Jonathan Victor Oscategui

Manuel Joseph E. Pamposa

Daniel Pintor

Tyler Joshua Sharma

Jose Orlando Velazquez

Arthur Vollmerhausen

Ronan Walsh

Michael Younan