Passing of a Former Shepherd, Bishop Thomas Vose Daily

Bishop Thomas Vose Daily, headed our diocese and guided Cathedral Prep from 1990-2003. On May 14th, the Bishop Emeritus passed away at the Bishop Maguvero Residence in Douglaston. The arrangements are as follows:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Immaculate Conception Center Main Chapel
7200 Douglaston Parkway
Douglaston, NY 11362

Viewing: 2 PM – 9 PM
Evening Prayer: 5:30 PM
Vigil Service: 7:30 PM

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cathedral Basilica of Saint James
250 Cathedral Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Viewing: 2 PM – 7 PM
Mass of Transferral: 7:30 PM



Friday, May 19, 2017

Immaculate Conception Center Main Chapel
7200 Douglaston Parkway
Douglaston, NY 11362

Viewing: 9 AM – 10:30 AM
Funeral Mass: 11 AM
Burial: Bishops’ Crypt, Douglaston, New York

The 19th Annual Immaculata Award & Reunion Dinner

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On the evening of May 6th, Cathedral Prep hosted the 19th Annual Immaculata Award and Reunion Dinner. This year’s Immaculata Award honorees were Daniel Friel, `73 and Father Robert Whelan, `74.

Cathedral Prep honored three distinct classes this year:

The Class of 1992 – 25th Anniversary

The Class of 1967 – 50th Anniversary


The Class of 1957- 60th Anniversary


Cathedral would like to thank everyone who supported this night! If you would like to read through our journal please click on the picture below.

Cathedral Prep Earns AdvancED Accreditation

News Release

Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary Earns AdvancED Accreditation

(Elmhurst, NY– 5/4/-2017) – Principal Richie Diaz announced today that Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary earned accreditation from AdvancED. This action was taken at the AdvancED Accreditation Commission meeting held in Elmhurst, NY on May 4, 2017.

AdvancED provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet AdvancED high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.

“Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” stated Principal Richie Diaz.

AdvancED accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.

Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, “AdvancED Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”

Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at


About AdvancED and NCA CASI

Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research and professional services, AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in more than 70 countries and serving over 16 million students. AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).


NCA CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary association of nearly 10,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools throughout the world.


A Calling Like No Other

The following are reflections from our young men, who attended Bishop DiMarzio’s Vocation Retreat over the weekend of March 24th. Hosted at Douglaston, these men for greatness received insight from their Bishop, alumni seminarians of Cathedral Prep, and other men discerning God’s Call.

“This past weekend, I went on the Bishop’s Vocations Retreat. Led by Bishop Dimarzio and former Cathedral Prep graduate, Fr. Sean Suckiel, ’03, approximately 30 people were on the retreat, but only around 15 were there for the entire weekend. Each day, we prayed the Divine Office (Morning and Evening Prayer). We also heard talks from Bishop DiMarzio on topics such as the sacraments and the challenges facing the Catholic Church today. There were talks from seminarians, including former Cathedral Prep graduates Brendon Harfmann, `12, and Michael Falce, ’10. Every night, there was a social which encouraged the fraternity among all the discerners. On Sunday morning, we gathered for Mass, Morning Prayer, and brunch with the seminarians who live at the Residence. Throughout the weekend, we grew in faith as we prayed together and discerned the possibility of the priesthood.”

~ Aidan Birth, ’17


“The Bishop’s retreat was a great experience. This time helped me realize that the Lord is always providing for us, especially when 30 men openly take time out of their schedules to pray, reflect, and discern the priesthood. It was nice to see that I am not alone, that there are others in Brooklyn and Queens who have this feeling that God might be calling them to serve as a priest. Bishop Dimarzio shared words of inspiration with us and personally met with each man so he could get to know us. It was a great experience to have a chance to pray not just with those on the retreat with us, but also with the seminary community. Being able to experience the seminary on a Sunday was something that will stick with me for years.”

~ Stephen Jankowski, ’18


“The retreat with the Bishop was very beneficial for me. Not only did it help me to further understand the meaning of the priesthood and priestly life, but it also helped me meet and and learn about other men, who are discerning the priesthood already in the seminary. The Liturgy of the Hours and talks given by Bishop DiMarzio were very helpful in my understanding of the different complexities of a priest’s life. The social hours helped me to see what other discerners, like myself, were thinking. Talking to the seminarians helped me relax and see that I don’t need to rush anything: if God wants me to be a priest then it will be clear to me; all I need to do is pray about it and explore the possibility.”

~Fernando Ronconi, ’18

Cathedral Prep Welcomes Douglaston Seminarians

Father Fonti and Mr. Diaz are happy to welcome back seminarians, Paul Pileggi and Lou Cona. We are also welcoming two new faces from Douglaston, John Castro and Carlos Germosen! This is a new initiative that has and will keep strengthening the bonds between our house and the Cathedral Seminary House of Formation in Douglaston.

These four men will be spending time with our students over this semester and will be aiding in our Campus Ministry Department!

Basketball Season Wraps Up

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The Crusader basketball program wrapped up its season with a brotherhood and family night. The evening included an inter-squad matchup, continued with a special thank you to the senior parents, and ended with a potluck meal.

We would like to thank all of the parents that have dedicated their time to our program and to this night!

1st Semester Academic Achievements

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After Mass, Bishop Raymond Chappetto, `65, witnessed the 1st semester academic successes of our Crusaders during the achievement assembly. In our Chapel, Mr. Diaz announced the young men who are honors recipients and those who have achieved an 85+ overall average for the semester. We are proud to announce that 84 out of 137 young men have achieved an 85+ overall average for the first semester.

The Academic Renewal Award is given to a student from each house, upper and lower, for his commitment to continued hard work and improvement over the course of the first semester.
We would like to congratulate senior, Ronan Walsh, from the upper house, and freshman, Andrew Chalmers, from the lower house, for receiving this award.
Below is the list of those young men, who have received honors this past semester:

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Immaculate Mary

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On Thursday, December 8th our school was closed for classes but open at night to celebrate the feast of our Patroness. With a full Chapel, Bishop Chappetto presided over the Mass talking about how we should draw our strengths from our most reliable Mother, Mary, and the Holy Spirit. After feeding our souls during the Most Holy Eucharist, we made our way to the gym for a family dinner. Thank you to our Cathedral family who attended last night’s Mass and dinner!

Crusader Fest

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Cathedral Prep hosted the first Crusader Fest of the year on November 10th. Fraternities battled in many sports and activities, including tug-of-war, football, ultimate frisbee, soccer, capture the flag, knockout, and an obstacle course. The Protectors of the Holy Father are looking to repeat last years victory with another strong showing.

Crusader Cross Country

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As the Crusader Cross Country season came to a close on Saturday, October 29th, our Crusaders ended their season on some high notes. Our varsity squad placed 5th in the Brooklyn/Queens Championship, our freshmen team placed 3rd in the Brooklyn/Queens Championship, and Daniel Berhan place 3rd overall in the Varsity Brooklyn/Queens Championship. With a solid foundation in our upper class-men and strong potential in our freshmen, the Crusaders look to crush the competition in the upcoming years.