Father Troike Leadership Program

There are new forms up for the 2016 Father Troike Summer Leadership Program.

Please go to http://www.cathedralprep.org/troike/ to find the forms and more information.

Cathedral’s Junior National Honors Society Induction

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Remarks by Principal Richie Diaz, `96, from our first Junior National Honors Society Induction:

“Good morning, and a special welcome to the parents and guests of our sophomores this morning.  Today, we are proud to induct 15 sophomores into the first ever Junior National Honor Society at Cathedral Prep.  As the Gospel of Luke tells us, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

In turn, the idea to form a Junior National Honor Society here at Cathedral was born from many conversations that all focused on 2 realities –

First, the tremendously gifted and humble men that make up our sophomore class – men to whom our Lord has entrusted much.

And, second, the reality that these men are always willing to lead and give selflessly to our community. – men from whom, as our Lord says, still more will be demanded.

We are proud to recognize these men this morning.  Humble, intelligent, genuine, faith-filled, mature, and giving – gentlemen these are all words that have been used to describe you, and we take a special pleasure in acknowledging that they are true today.

When any school decides to give an honor or recognition, it takes a risk as much as a reward.  The risk is simple – will the honor inspire true growth and a sense of giving back, or will it be used as “just another label” or selfish accolade.

I am proud to say that these men have already proven and will continue to prove just how right we are as a school in choosing them as our first ever Junior National Honor Society.

Before any accolades, before any induction, they have already given freely and led our school.

Leading academically by taking on tutoring roles with their peers.

Leading spiritually by designing prayer cards for our Ash Wednesday and Lenten prayers.

Leading in service of others, by organizing and taking on service with the Little Sisters of the Poor before Christmas break and by even selflessly getting their hands dirty by working in the reorganization of the Studio.”

Congratulations to the following young men and their families on their induction into the Junior National Honors Society:

Emmanuel Ambroise

Daniel Berhan

Richard Cisneros

Nikola Fittisov

Stephen Jankowski

Rasheed Kelly

Joseph Krug

Daniel Maher

Peter Munoz

Michael Murphy

Fernando Ronconi

Sebastian Rosas

John Schilling

Jospeh Tuseo

Adam Zajkowski



PRs – Cross Country Team at the Xavier Invitational

Congratulations to the Cathedral Prep Cross Country Team.

There were several Personal Records and medal winners at the Xavier Invitational.



Cathedral Prep Open House September 19th


Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

For more information: http://www.cathedralprep.org/open-house/

Troike Program Trains Future Christian Leaders


Troike Program Trains Future Christian Leaders

August 5, 2015
By Maria-Pia Negro Chin

For 48 years, the Father Edward Troike Summer Leadership Program at Cathedral Prep, Elmhurst, has instilled Christian values and fostered leadership qualities in young men, and this year was no exception.


In keeping with its tradition of connecting cultural references with leadership, the theme for this summer was “Star Wars.”

“The idea was that just as the movie shows training to become a Jedi, these four weeks are training,” said Father James Kuroly, assistant principal. “They (students) are given the tools to go back to their communities and schools and be what they are called to be and that is Christian leaders.”

To continue reading The Tablet article, please click on the following link:


Cathedral Prep Launches Vianney Program for Academic Support

Article from the Tablet:


Cathedral Prep Launches Vianney Program for Academic Support

August 5, 2015
By Maria-Pia Negro Chin

Another way Cathedral Prep School is helping incoming freshman is through a new academic support initiative called the St. John Vianney Program. Launched this July as part the Father Troike Summer Leadership Program, about half of the incoming class of ninth graders will receive extra academic support.


Principal Richie Diaz said that the idea for the program came after two years of noticing that some incoming students needed a better foundation in math, English and other subjects.

To continue reading The Tablet article, please click the following link:


For more information regarding the Vianney Program at Cathedral Prep, please click on the following link: http://www.cathedralprep.org/the-vianney-program-for-incoming-freshmen/


Administration Letter to Parents & Guardians

July 2015

The Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary sent a letter to parents and guardians reflecting on accomplishments of the past school year and an update on what is in store for the 2015-2016 school year.

Please click on the link to read:  Parent Letter 2015-16

100th Anniversary Gala

Brooklyn Building

Brooklyn Building

Queens Building

Queens Building

Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary

100th Anniversary Gala

Celebrating 100 Years of Forming Men for Greatness

On Sunday, October 4, 2015, please join us as we conclude our centennial celebration.  We, alumni and friends of Cathedral, will return to Brooklyn to enjoy a gala event with the Bishop of Brooklyn, Bishop DiMarzio, at Gargiulo’s Restaurant, at 3:00 PM.

At this reception, we will honor past and present rectors, priests, and faculty as honorees for the Immaculata Award.

A commemorative journal making this noteworthy milestone will be available for well wishes.  Gather your classmates, family, and friends to help us celebrate our 100 years in Catholic education.

For more information: http://www.cathedralprepalumni.com or call the alumni office at 718-592-6800, ext. 137.

John O’Brien named Principal of Good Shepherd

June 11, 2015

Dear Cathedral Prep Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

We hope this letter finds you well.  In the spirit of looking forward towards next school year, it is with great pride and sadness that we inform you that Mr. John O’Brien, Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, teacher, and alumnus will be leaving Cathedral Prep to pursue his new role as Principal of Good Shepherd Catholic Academy in Brooklyn.  In his nine years of service to Cathedral Prep, Mr. O’Brien has served in many, varied leadership roles, all the while maintaining his genuine spirit, focus, drive, and love of Cathedral.  We are proud of him in his new role, thank him for all he has done, will miss him, and we ask that you join us in supporting him in his new endeavor.

In addition, Mr. Sean DeBiase, teacher and alumnus, will also be leaving Cathedral Prep.  Mr. DeBiase will be pursuing further graduate-level studies in Albany, NY.  We thank Mr. DeBiase for his one year of service, and wish him all the best in the future as well.

We are working diligently with Fr. Kuroly to recruit individuals to teach the affected courses and fill the vacated roles.

As always, we thank you for your continued support of Cathedral Prep and our outstanding teachers and staff, and we look forward to another great year in the 2015-2016 school year to come.


Rev. Joseph Fonti                            Mr. Richie Diaz

Rector-President                                   Principal

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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