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.

Junior Leadership Day

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:

Senior Alumni Luncheon

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:



May Crowning

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.

The Theater at the Prep

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.

20th Annual Immaculata Awards and Dinner

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.

Senior Retreat

At today’s daily Mass, Bishop Chappetto, ‘65, blessed our seniors as they headed out east to Huntington for their final high school retreat. Please remember them this week with a prayer.

Mothers’ Event

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.