Cathedral Student Named Police Commissioner For A Day

June 10, 2015

Cathedral Junior Anthony Santagata, ’16, was sworn in today as New York City Police Commissioner for a Day.  A.J. won an annual essay competition organized by the Police Athletic League and sponsored by our local police precinct. 








Also, while at police headquarters today, Fr. Joseph Fonti, Rector-President, ’84, ran into his Cathedral Prep school mate, Mike Noone, ’85.  Mike works security at One Police Plaza and has been a police officer for 19 years.





Junior Leadership Day

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Junior Leadership Day

Fr. Joseph Fonti, ’84, Rector – President, celebrated Mass with the school community as well as with the parents and family members of the Junior Class, ’16.  Fr. Kuroly, ’98, Fr. Rodriguez, and Fr. Kevin Sweeney, ’88, concelebrated.  Transitional Deacon Chris Bethge, ’07, assisted at the Mass and offered an outstanding homily.

The Juniors were installed as lectors and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.  Additionally,
18 juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society.  Timothy Sullivan, ’16 and Alexander Matuszewski, ’16, were announced as the new student body president and vice president.

The juniors then enjoyed refreshments with their families and enjoyed a day of recreation.

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2015 Cathedral Prep Graduation

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On Friday, May 29, 2015, at the St. James Cathedral Basilica in Brooklyn, NY, Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn, Presided over the Commencement Exercises for Cathedral Prep Class of 2015.

The program began with the singing of America the Beautiful and the Invocation by Reverend James Kuroly, ’98, Assistant Principal. Fr. Kuroly led our Cathedral graduates and their families and friends in prayer: “Heavenly Father, we seek and we find your presence in this gathering; …. . With gratitude and grace we give thanks for all gathered here and those who are unable to be with us this day who have cared for these young men; for parents, siblings, friends, teachers, coaches, spiritual directors, and all who have been agents of your love. Most of all, we give you thanks for the gift of these graduates as they come with joy and gratitude for the gifts that they have shared for four years. …  In this time of commencement, may we find both celebration and challenge, and in that tension may we once again encounter the mystery of your Divine Love. For all that has been, we offer Thanks; For all that will be, we say Yes.”

Very Reverend Joseph Fonti, ’84, Rector-President welcomed the graduates, families, and guests, “…. While many are praying for the success of the New York Ranger team tonight at Madison Square Garden; here we focus on our team, thank you God for the many blessings that have been given to this team of greatness, these men have already scored the goal of a successful High School career, we honor them, we thank God for them, and support them. … In this centennial year, we are proud we have graduated such a fine class, while small in number – 35, we recall that the first graduation class of Cathedral in this 100th anniversary year was 34. …. As I welcome you to this night, I ask you to join me in continuing to say thank you to God for the gift that is Cathedral, the gift that has provided and continues to provide for the needs of our local Church and beyond; especially as a safe haven to forming men to enter the priesthood, and Catholic lay leadership, forming men for greatness.”

The Salutatory Address was given by Daniel DeBiase, ’15, who shared: “ … As I look out at my fellow graduates I recall many happy memories. The past four years we have learned academically and spiritually. We have worked hard and played even harder. Cathedral has provided the foundation that has transformed us from boys into men we are today. Our experiences at Cathedral have made us who we are today and prepared us for who we will be tomorrow.  …  Through Faith, Family, and Formation, we have become Men for Greatness thanks to the Administration and Faculty of Cathedral, and last but not least a special thank you to our parents for sacrificing so that we could have the benefit of a Cathedral Education.”

Daniel’s comments were followed by the granting of Diplomas and awarding of Honors by Mr. Richie Diaz, ’96, Principal. The keynote address to the graduates was delivered by Mr. Rocco Papandrea, Senior Vice-President-Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch and Cathedral Prep Board of Trustees Member.

The Valedictory Address was given by Brian McCormack. ’15, telling stories and memories of classroom lessons experienced with each faculty member, and events outside the classroom that helped shape the Cathedral experience, adding, “thanks to all our Cathedral Prep teachers and coaches.” He spoke of the retreats, highlighting, “…. the intimacy we had with God during the periods of spiritual reflection. We had to be open in order to ask God “what is it that you want me to do?” because the reality is that we may not always like His answer. But that’s where faith comes in. We must have faith in His plan and the willingness to be guided by it. This is what our formation at Cathedral has prepared us to do – to live out God’s will, relying on the faith and trust that has been instilled within us.” After Brian’s comments, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio gave the closing remarks.

The evening was concluded by the singing of the Salve Regina.

Notes from the evening:

Cathedral Prep is proud to announce that the thirty-five members of the Class of 2015 earned a total of eight million one hundred and seventy-two thousand ninety-two dollars in total scholarship money.

Cathedral Prep is extremely proud of these thirty-five men and their hard work over four years.

In total these thirty-five young men earned one hundred and ninety-four scholarship and award offers, and we are proud to announce that 100 percent of the graduating class will be attending college, university, or professional study next year.

Congratulations to all of our Graduates.

General Excellence Medals

Awarded to the top three academically ranked students of the Class of 2015.

The Bronze Medal is presented to a young men who has earned an overall GPA after four years of study of 96.34, ranking him third in the class. The Bronze medal is presented to Nicholas John Candela.

The Silver Award is presented to a young man who has earned an overall GPA after four years of study of 96.60, ranking him second in the class. The Silver medal is presented to Tyler James Flannery.

The Gold Medal is presented to a young man who has earned an overall GPA after four years of study of 96.67, ranking him first in the class. The Gold medal is presented to Tomasz Arturo Portela.

Subject Awards

Awarded to students excelling in academic subjects during their four years of study at Cathedral Prep.

English Award is presented to Anthony Francis Leo Coccaro.
Latin Award is presented to James Thai.
Mathematics Award is presented to Kevin Torres.
Modern Language Award is presented to Mark Anthony Boodram.
Science Award is presented to Andrew P. Mercaldi.
Social Science Award is presented to Tyler James Flannery.
Theology Award is presented to Nicholas John Candela.

We are proud to announce that every graduate of the Class of 2015 was 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: Nicholas John Candela, Anthony Francis Leo Coccaro, Tyler James Flannery, Tomasz Arturo Portela, James Thai, and Kevin Torres.

The Tablet All-Scholastic Award
Sponsored by our Diocesan Newspaper, the team is composed of students who exemplify not only academic excellence, but more importantly, Christian Leadership involvement, and responsibility.
Presented to: Brian Daniel McCormack

The Saint Dominic Savio Award
Given in recognition of outstanding dedication and unwavering effort to scholastic achievement and personal growth.
Presented to: Nicholas John Candela

The Saint John Bosco Award
Given in recognition of outstanding school service, personality, and interaction with others.
Presented to: Joseph D. Coverly

The Saint John Vianney Award
Given in recognition of outstanding academic improvement, excellence, and perseverance.
Presented to: Michael A. Joyce

The Saint Joseph Award
Given in recognition of outstanding character, loyalty, and commitment to school and community.
Presented to: James Thai

The Saint Michael The Archangel Award
Given in recognition of outstanding protection and outward representation of our school’s core Catholic values.
Presented to: Thomas Siano

The Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Award
Given in recognition of outstanding dedication to the Lord’s call to individual greatness and His call to always strive for the highest goal.
Presented to: Kevin Torres

Members of the Class of 2015

Daniel Arteaga, Maksymilian Bogusz, Mark Anthony Boodram, Nicholas John Candela, Joseph Anthony Capri, Anthony Francis Leo Coccaro, Joseph D. Coverly, Joel Cruz, Daniel DeBaise, Matthew J. Domagala, Kevin Duran, Tyler James Flannery, Miguel Angel Flores, Brendan Francis Gallagher, Michael A. Joyce, Hunter Dineen Lane, Michael Joseph LaPorta, Eric Robert Lesser, Marco Manciameli, Eduardo Martinez, Joseph Anthony Mastrolembo, Brian Daniel McCormack, Sean Matthew McQuail, Andrew P. Mercaldi, Andrew Picon, Tomasz Arturo Portela, Justin Robles, Richard Jose Rodriduez, Thomas Siano, William J. Taddeo, Patrick J. Tatano, James Thai, Kevin Torres, Christian Kenneth West, and Ethan Jared Williams.

Fall 2015-2016 National Honor Society Named

May 20, 2015

Congratulations to the new members of the National Honor Society – Fall 2015-2016

Fr. Joseph Fonti, ’84, Rector – President, and Richie Diaz, ’96, Principal, announced that the following Cathedral Prep students will be inducted into the National Honor Society:

1. Stephen Barbaro

2. Pedro Castillo

3. Kendryll Corpus

4. Jason DeSilvestri

5. David Gaskey

6. Daniel Goncalves

7. Connor Herrera

8. Alexander Matuszewski

9. Thomas Moore

10. Brendan O’Leary

11. Christopher Mahon

12. Matthew Panico

13. Paulo Salazar

14. Anthony Santagata

15. Timothy Sullivan

16. Nicholas Telesco

17. Shane Wynne

18. Christian Merchan

19. Kelvin Garcia

Walk-A-Thon – Thursday, May 21st.

May, 2015

Walk-A-Thon Announcement

On Thursday, May 21st, Cathedral Prep will hold our Annual Walk-a-thon to Juniper Valley Park.

  • The goal for each student is to raise $100.
  • The funds help defray the costs of Cathedral’s student activities and tuition.
  • Donors may make a flat pledge or pledge a certain amount or money per mile.
  •  The fraternity that brings in the most money (with 100% participation) will receive dress down for finals.
  • All pledge sheets and donations should be handed in to homeroom teachers by Monday, May 18th.

If you would like to make a donation to the Walk-A-Thon, please call the Development Office at 718-592-6800, ext. 120 or email:




Cathedral Prep Spring 2015 Blood Drive

Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary is holding its Spring 2015 Blood Drive with the New York Blood Center, scheduled for Friday, May 8, 2015, from 9:15am to 1:45pm in the Gymnasium.  Our goal is to donate 40 pints to be processed for the regional hospitals.

This blood drive is open to Cathedral’s Parents, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Administration.

Blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have donated blood within the last 56 days.  People age 76 and older can donate blood if they meet all criteria and present a physician’s letter.  In general, other medical conditions apply.

Please note: It is Cathedral Prep’s policy that ALL students 16 and older who pledge to donate must present a signed parental permission form available from school or from the link to obtain the form.

Please contact Mr. Jeremy Reyes, by either email or voicemail 718-592-6800 x602, if you have any questions about the blood drive.

Thank you for your generosity and support.


Forensics Teams heads to NYS Championships

Thursday, April 23, 2015

This weekend, members of our Forensics team will be competing at the New York State Championships at S.U.N.Y. Oneonta.

Good Luck to Aidan Birth, Jonathan Oscategui, Michael Younan, Brendan O’Leary, Nicholas Telesco, Brian McCormack, Tyler Flannery (who is competing in 2 events, Original Oratory and Varsity Extemp!), Max Bogusz and Mark Boodram.

School Schedule for Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March 31, 2015

Please be advised of the schedule for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1, 2015:

  • 7:45 am     First Bell
  • 7:55 am     Homeroom
  • 8:05 am     Mass
  • 8:40 am     Stations of the Cross led by the Faculty
  • 9:00 am     Lenten Conference led by Rev. Alonzo Cox
    • Report Card distribution
    • Dismissal

Students should expect to be dismissed before 12:00PM.  All students are expected to be in attendance tomorrow and please note that Report Cards will NOT be mailed to absent students.
Thank you for your continued support of Cathedral Prep.

Spirit Week Begins at Cathedral Prep

March 16, 2015

Cathedral Prep begins Spirit Week!

Go to the News Tab at top and click on Spirit Week drop down for more information or click on the link below:

SCHOOL CLOSED – Thursday, March 5, 2015

Due to the impending weather and unsafe travel conditions, Cathedral Prep will be CLOSED today, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Thank you for your continued support of Cathedral Prep.