Cathedral Man for Greatness and New York’s Bravest

CNN reports on alumnus, Frank Palombo, `73, who passed away on 9-11.

Click on the following link for the report put together by Anderson Cooper 360.

The Class of 1970 Reunites

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On Saturday, September 10th, members of the Class of 1970 came home to Alma Mater. Celebrating the 50th year of their start as freshmen, these wiser, more experienced Crusaders gave thanks to God for the gift of Cathedral. The night began with Mass in the chapel where they were formed to love and serve the Lord and His Church. It continued with dinner in the Student Leadership Room; the former Language Lab. Reminiscing about their mentors and teachers, their boyhood experiences, and the good times that inspired them to become Men for Greatness, the Class of 1970 at the conclusion of the night pledged to fund a yearly scholarship to allow one of today’s Crusader the benefit of a Cathedral education and spiritual formation.

24th Annual Thomas R. Moran, Sr.,`75, Memorial Scholarship

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Mrs. Susan Moran’s, wife of Thomas Moran, statement:

“My family and I would like to thank Father Fonti and all the staff at Cathedral, especially Tim McCleary and Lou D’Amico for helping us organize Tom’s memorial Mass today.

In July of 1992, 24 years ago, my husband Tom and I took our family on a summer vacation to Pennsylvania. Our children were 9, 7, and 2 years old at the time. We had a wonderful day at Hershey Park with our niece and her friends. We were heading to the Poconos to meet up with Tom’s sister and her family for more summer fun. That night changed our lives forever. We had a terrible, tragic car accident that took the life of my husband, Tom. He was 35 years old at the time.

In Tom’s memory, we set up a scholarship here at Cathedral. I chose Cathedral because it was here that Tom grew up. He made some amazing friends here that still share in our lives today. It was here that he built character, gained knowledge, learned compassion and had fun! He had a very special opportunity to deepen his relationship with God as he prepared himself for a successful and productive life.
More than anything, he became the man who would be my loving husband and an incredible dad to our three children. The most precious place in his life was his family, where we miss him tremendously.

As I look around men at all of you, young men, who are learning about yourselves, developing your God-given talents and realizing your potentials, I am thankful for a school like Cathedral. It is a school that will nurture your relationship with God while teaching you about integrity and humility. Two very special traits to carry you thru your lives!

In this loud world, being humble can be viewed as a weakness. I love the new son by country music star, Tim McGraw called “Humble and Kind’. It speaks of simple truths and ways that seen to be forgotten sometimes. His last words in the song are:

“Don’t take for granted the love that life gives you,

When you get where you are going, don’t forget to turn back around,

Help the next one in line… always be humble and kind.”

I encourage all of you to work as hard as you can to accomplish the goals you set for yourselves. Have the courage to praise God openly and freely and thank Him for the many blessings He bestows upon you. Realize how very precious and fragile life is and be sure to use the beautiful talents and gifts God has given to you. And do not forget to help the next one in line.

Be strong men and leaders in whatever you do. . . the world desperately needs you!

Today my family and I have the honor and pleasure of acknowledging one of your peers and encouraging him as he moves forward in his life.

With Tom’s spirit and strength, we present the 24th Annual Thomas R. Moran, Sr. Memorial Scholarship to Arthur Vollmerhausen.

I would like to thank the past scholarship winners for attending today in memory of Thomas.”

We are grateful to the Moran Family for the last 24 Years of support, the following men have been previously awarded the scholarship:

John Dietrich, `93

Dennis Hatzinger, `94

Donald Powell, `95

Christopher Otton, `96

Marc Canton, `97

John McCormack, `97

Lawerence Mohrmann, `98

Declan Howlin, `99

Father Daniel Champoli, `00

Craig Caruana, `01

Matthew Moloney `02

Brett Wierzbecki, `03

Brian Chambers, `04

Father Felix Herrera, `05

Matthew Zinser, `07

Nicholas Mendez, `08

Michael Knott, `09

Timothy Harfmann, `10

William Cassese, `11

Brendon Harfmann, `12

Ryan Quinn, `13

William Tarrant, `14

Mark Boodram, `15

Timothy Sullivan, ’16

Arthur Vollmerhausen, `17 



Alumni Championship

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Congratulations to the Knights of Cathedral Prep on their championship win in the Cathedral Prep Alumni Basketball League! They put on a dominating performance in the last game beating the Warriors of Saint Michael.

Along with this, we would like to announce that Cathedral Prep will be getting two new scoreboards for our gymnasium. We would like to thank Anthony Bonomo and Joe Harkins for their generosity to this project.

Saint Matthew Society

Saint Matthew Society 

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On April 7th, Cathedral Prep hosted the 9th Annual Saint Matthew Society Mass & Networking Dinner.

The mission of the society is to encourage people to come together and share their talents, whether personal or business, with our Cathedral alumni and friends. Our second objective is to raise funds for tuition assistance and scholarships for students attending Cathedral as each year the need for tuition assistance and scholarships grows.

The evening started off in the Chapel at our “Table of Plenty.” Mass was said by Fr. Joseph Fonti, Rector – President, ’84, and concelebrated by Fr. Sean Magaldi, son of alumnus, Gerry Magaldi, `74, followed by a cocktail hour and a homemade gourmet dinner. The meal was prepared by several alumni, including master chef Billy Caruana, ’72, Fr. Fonti, ’84, Ana Reagan, Allen Spiro, ’75, Leon Terrano, ’74, Tom Powers, Jerry Magaldi, ’74, Matt Dybus, ’11, and 15 of our current Cathedral students.

Deacon Ralph Edel, ’08, gave a blessing, and then a short video produced by Tim Harfmann, ’10, was shown on the history of Cathedral.

This dinner could not have happened without the generous support of our alumni and friends, especially sponsorships by George Jathas, President of Card Processing, and Steve Davis, President of EFT Network.

Fr. Fonti, ’84, and Gerry Magaldi, ’74, Chairman of the St. Matthew Society, spoke of the wonderful tradition, success, and servants Cathedral Prep (established in 1914) has helped form for the church and community, and thanked all those who attended and support our Men for Greatness.

This event is one of our biggest fundraisers, and everyone who joined us was impressed not only by the food, but also by our mission and the character of our Cathedral men.

If you have not already given, please consider giving to the Saint Matthew Society Tuition Assistance Fund (click: Donation to make an online gift). Your generosity is appreciated and each gift makes a difference in the life of our Cathedral young men.

Also, please feel free to contact Tim McCleary, Director of Development at the Advancement Office at 718-592-6800, ext 120, Email:, or by mail: Cathedral Prep, 56-25 92nd Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373, if you would like to discuss establishing a scholarship or help fund a Cathedral student’s tuition.

Thank you.


Bishop Ignatius Catanello,`60C, Scholarship

The Bishop Catanello Scholarship was awarded this past year to Raphael Silva. Raphael is a freshman in the honors section, who has proven to be a worthy recipient by meeting his academic requirements and portraying great leadership qualities.

Raphael is pictured with Mr. Sammarco, `10, his history teacher and knight from the Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council. This council is hosting a dinner celebrating the life of a man of greatness, Bishop Ignatius Catanello, This night will be in support of the scholarship in his memory.


The information is as follows:

The 3rd Annual Bishop Ignatius Catanello Memorial Dinner

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Immaculate Conception Center

7200 Douglaston Parkway

Douglaston, NY 11362

Tickets: $75 per person

Open Bar

Raffles & Prizes

DJ & Music

For more info, contact: Peter Petrino, Grand Knight 

                                           (347) 267-7614

                                           RSVP by March 7, 2016

Make checks payable to Holy Family Knights of Columbus – 

Memo- Bishop’s Dinner

Address- Holy Family Parish, 175-20 74th Avenue, Fresh Meadows, NY 11366

Cathedral Prep ranked 7th Best All-Boys HS in NY State

Absolutely INCREDIBLE news coming to Cathedral in 2015. We were ranked the 7th best All-Boys HS in New York State out of 31 by Niche.

We are not stopping until we get to #1; the only way we can do this is through your support. Please help us grow our educational endowment by supporting Cathedral.  More information can be found by visiting:


Thomas R. Moran, Sr., ’75, Memorial Scholarship Awarded

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Thomas R. Moran, Sr., ’75, Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Junior Timothy Sullivan, ’16 at the conclusion of Mass. Susan Moran, joined by her family, presented Timothy the scholarship for 2015-2016.

Additionally, three prior recipients of the scholarship attended the Mass and reception at Cathedral:  Ryan Quinn, ’13, William Tarrant, ’14, and Mark Boodrum, ’15.

Named in memory of alumnus Thomas Moran, and established by his family to honor his love for Cathedral Prep, this academic scholarship is awarded to a promising Cathedral Prep student entering his fourth year of studies who is seriously discerning a vocation to the priesthood. Each year, the family of the late Thomas Moran, ’75, gathers at Cathedral to celebrate the life and legacy of Tom.

The student honored by the Moran family has to be a man of service to the Cathedral community as well as the greater area.  This year the family granted the award to a deserving student, Timothy Sullivan, ’16.

After Mass, the Moran family, Sullivan family, Cathedral administration, and past scholarship award honorees shared a meal together in the student leadership room.


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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: