The academic year ended on a high and celebratory note yesterday when faculty, students and family members gathered for our annual Convocation. Highlighting both the academic and athletic achievements of the past year, students received accolade, awards and trophies in recognition of their hard work and accomplishment. Bishop Ray Chappetto,’65, joined Father Fonti and Mr. Diaz in bestowing the awards as well as the diplomas to our seniors. Proud of all our students, we salute our graduating and returning Men for Greatness and wish all a restful and relaxing summer vacation.
Today we celebrated Junior Leadership Day. The Class of 2018 will always have a home at the Prep, but as they are headed to college, the Class of 2019 now assumes the role as the active student leaders in the building. At Mass, in the presence of the school community and family members of the Junior class, Father Fonti urged the members of the Class of 2019 to set a good example for their younger Prep brothers and to care for them in the manner of the Good Shepherd. After the homily Father Fonti blessed class rings and replicas of Pope Francis’ pectoral cross, displaying the Good Shepherd. The day ended with an open gym and lunch together.
On Graduation morning, Friday, May 25th, our community gathered with the proud parents and family of the Class of 2018 at the Prep to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving. Our Rector-President, Father Joseph Fonti, ’84, was the main celebrant. Father Christopher Bethge, ’07, con-celebrated and Deacon Philip Franco, ’93, proclaimed the Gospel.
Friday evening, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presided over our Graduation Exercises at St. James Cathedral-Basilica in Brooklyn. Father Fonti welcomed the family and friends of the Class of 2018 and thanked the 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.”
Adam Zajkowski gave the Salutatorian Address and Sebastian Rosas was chosen as the class Valedictorian. Both noted the unique bond that comes with the Cathedral brotherhood and the challenges that they and their classmates were able to overcome together.
Liz Faublas, Anchor of Currents News, was the commencement speaker. Ms. Faublas spoke about the unique role that women play in the Catholic Church. She noted the class’s unique diversity and urged our graduates to be true men for greatness by sharing their wisdom and being catalysts for the betterment of society whether as priests or dedicated Catholic laymen.
Towards the end of the ceremony after the bestowal of various awards, Father Fonti introduced Joseph Krug, Patrice Legoute and Stephen Jankowski to their new Rector, Father George Sears. All three of them have decided to continue discerning a call to the priesthood at Cathedral Seminary House of Formation in Douglaston.
Bishop Nicolas DiMarzio concluded the evening by praising the continued success of Cathedral Prep in producing a quality education in an environment where discernment is encouraged and fostered.
The Bronze Medal was presented to a young man who earned an overall Grade Point Average after four years of study of 97.15, ranking him third in the class. The Bronze medal was presented to Adam Zajkowski
The Silver Medal was presented to a young man who earned an overall Grade Point Average after four years of study of 97.63, ranking him second in the class. The Silver medal was presented to Peter Munoz.
The Gold Medal was presented to a young man who earned an overall Grade Point Average after four years of study of 98.83 ranking him first in the class. The Gold medal was presented to Sebastian Rosas
Proud of the Class of 2018, we applauded their accomplishments and ask the Lord to bless all their future endeavors:
Emmanuel Ambroise—Attending: SUNY Buffalo
Daniel Berhan—Attending: SUNY Buffalo
Yann M. Camara—Attending: Albright College
Dyango Andres Campoverde—Attending: Saint Francis College
Richard Cisneros—Attending: Pace University
Christian Faustin—Attending: Queensborough CC
Nikola Fitissov—Attending: SUNY Binghamton
Joseph John Foley, Jr. —Attending: Queens College
Anthony Haran—Attending: St. John’s University
Donal J. Harnett—Attending: Penn State
Neil John Hickey—Attending: St. John’s University
Stephen Mark Jankowski—Attending: St. John’s University
Rasheed James Kelly—Attending:SUNY Binghamton
Jospeh P. Krug—Attending: St. John’s University
Johan N. Larsen—Attending: St. Joseph’s College
Patrice Legoute—Attending: St. John’s University
Daniel Patrick Maher—Attending: St. John’s University
Peter Munoz—Attending: St. John’s University
Michael Henry Murphy—Attending: Fordham University
Steven Joseph Osojnak—Attending: St. John’s University
Michael Victor Remon—Attending: St. Francis College
Fernando J. Ronconi—Attending: Hunter College
Sebastian Adrian Rosas—Attending: University of Notre Dame
Christopher Saillant Velez—Attending: St. Francis College
John Joseph Schilling III—Attending: Brooklyn College
Jose Angel Solorzano—Attending: New York City College of Technology
Kyle Sumprer—Attending: Brooklyn College
Joseph N. Tuseo IV—Attending: St. John’s University
Loik L. Uddin Jr. —Attending: Molloy College
Cian Walsh—Attending: St. Francis College
Adam Daniel Zajkowski—Attending: Catholic University of America
Juan Sebastian Zapata Arenas—Attending: Queensborough CC
Joshua Nathaniel Zayas—Attending: Mount St. Mary’s College
Pictures from the Graduation Mass:
Pictures from the Graduation Ceremony:
To kick off our Graduation Week, the Class of 2018 was welcomed into our Alumni Association today at our Annual Senior Alumni Luncheon. The seniors were joined by Frank Dwyer, ’79, Artie Savarese, ’79, Arthur Vollmerhausen, ’88, Alumni Association President, Vinny LaPluma, ’01 and the faculty and staff. Each senior received a pair of crusader cuff links as a parting gift.
Today we held our Annual Walk-a-Thon at Juniper Valley Park. After morning Mass, our school community watched a slideshow – produced by senior, John Schilling – highlighting the 4 years our seniors enjoyed at Cathedral. After the viewing, the student body and the faculty walked to the park for a field day. The famed Senior v. Faculty softball game was played. The seniors rejoiced in a victory! A BBQ and an open gym finished off a day of Cathedral pride and brotherhood.
Pictures from the video, walk-a-thon, and field day:
Pictures from softball and lunch:
Today during Holy Hour, Cathedral honored “the lady of our house”, Mary, the Mother of God, with a May Crowning. The event was organized by the Brotherhood of Mary Immaculate, a student-run devotional group that fosters our Marian piety.
In order to form well rounded young men, Cathedral Prep had a special surprise planned for yesterday, May 2. The Stages on the Sound theater troupe held acting workshops, in which the students acted out scenes from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Afterwards, the students watched the professionals do their own performance of the play. Our Crusaders had a great day and learned a lot.
This past Saturday, April 21st, Cathedral hosted the 20th Annual Immaculata Awards Dinner. The Prep bestowed its highest honor upon two esteemed alumni: Mr. Bob Podzius, ’70, and Fr. Kevin Sweeney, ’88. The classes of 1968 and 1993 were also recognized for their 50th and 25th Anniversaries.Over 150 guests from a wide array of years gathered to reminisce about fond high school memories enjoyed at Elmhurst and 555 Washington Ave.
Yesterday, Sunday, April 15, Cathedral Prep celebrated an early Mother’s Day with a Mass and brunch. At Mass, Father Fonti spoke about the special relationship a mother has with her child. After brunch each student presented his mother with an image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, with Jesus in His mother’s arms. We thank all mothers and students who joined us for this event.