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Making Jesus Christ Known and Loved

As Marist educators, making Jesus known and loved is essential and central to our vocation. Beyond the concepts, beyond the theories, beyond the equations, we are called to be models of Christ in the world today to our students. I believe that making Jesus known and loved cannot be passive. We must be willing to take action, to commit to living the way Jesus had, with His arms and heart open to those around Him. As educators, we are granted a beautiful gift in journeying alongside our students. We serve as companions and walk alongside them: providing support in and out of the classroom, encouraging their gifts and talents, and reminding them that they are the hope, simply by being themselves, in a world so desperate for love and peace. How can we be the best companions that these students need? We are not required to make grand gestures, Jesus simply asks us, as we ask our students, to strive to do our best each day and reach out with our arms and hearts wide open.

Reflection Questions: In what ways do I make Jesus known and loved in my school community? How can I continue to be a companion on my students’ journeys?

— Sarah Rakauskas
Educator, Counselor
Marist High School, Chicago

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The Fund For Molloy is Archbishop Molloy High School’s annual giving campaign. The Fund is a vital part of the School’s finances. Tuition alone does not account for the full costs associated with receiving a Stanner education. To keep tuition affordable and accessible for all, income from Molloy’s endowments and The Fund For Molloy make up the difference. Each year, alumni, parents and friends make gifts that have a meaningful impact on the school’s budget. For over 122 years we have relied on our community to help fulfill our educational mission. We are grateful to all who have stepped up for Stanner High in the past and hope you will continue to support Molloy.

Every gift to The Fund For Molloy, whatever its size, makes a valuable and immediate difference for the school and its students. Contact alumni@molloyhs.org to learn about ways to give or make your gift online today.

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Stanner Hall of Fame

Evening w/ Ray Kelly 

Alumni Night ’17

Br. Ron Dinner ’17

Stanner Reunion ’16

The Beehive – 12/23/15

Merry Christmas from Archbishop Molloy High School

Artwork by student Michael Spedalle.

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Upcoming Events

Molloy has some great events coming up after Christmas break! Please read below or visit www.molloyhs.org/events for more information. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Badges Alumni Network Event / Molloy vs. Christ the King HS

  • When: Friday, January 8th, 2016 | 6:30pm
  • Where: Archbishop Molloy High School
  • Who: Badges Alumni + All Members of the Molloy Community
  • Admission: Adults $30 | Kids $15
  • Contact: Joe Sommo ’03 or Ed Shannon ‘84
  • REGISTER ONLINE

Badges Alumni Network Reception 2/6/15 Badges Alumni Network Reception 2/6/15

Calling all law enforcement, fire department personnel, and all in public service (active & retired)! On Friday, January 8th, Molloy will host a casual event for its Badges Alumni. The evening will include food and beverages as well as a Molloy’s Boys Varsity basketball team taking on rival Christ the King High School. The event will kick off at 6:30pm with a pregame reception. Tipoff in the Varsity game is scheduled for 7:30pm. Reserved seating for event guests will be available on the stage in the Jack Curran Gym. The reception will continue after the game as well. While this event is sponsored by our Badges Network, we would also like to invite ALL members of the Molloy community to attend! Please join us for our first event of the New Year to reconnect, socialize, and network with your fellow Stanners. (Pictured above: photos from our last Badges event, January 2015)

Br. Ron Marcellin Scholarship Dinner

Br. Ron Marcellin Scholarship Dinner & Raffle (2015) Br. Ron Marcellin Scholarship Dinner & Raffle (2015)

Archbishop Molloy High School is pleased to invite you to the Br. Ron Marcellin Scholarship Dinner on Sunday, January 17th, 2016. This dinner, which is hosted by our friends at Trinity Bar & Restaurant in Floral Park, pays tribute to the memory of Br. Ron Marcellin, one of the most caring and influential figures in Molloy’s history. Br. Ron’s faith, passion for education and music, and care of each individual student inspired many generations of Stanners. In fact, those who knew him continue to be inspired by him. The Br. Ronald Marcellin committee has hosted this event annually to raise money to help future Stanners in Br. Ron’s name. Funds raised by this event directly benefit students and families in need. We are humbled that the Br. Ron Marcellin Scholarship is currently awarded to two wonderful Freshmen, and we are excited that it will help two more outstanding young students next school year.

A 50/50 raffle and live auction will be among the festivities while dinner, beverages, and great company are also included. 50/50 raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the event or in advance by emailing ckatinas@molloyhs.org. Please spread the word to your classmates! We hope to have another full house on January 17th as we celebrate Br. Ron and introduce a whole new generation of Stanners to his wonderful legacy. (Pictured: Our last Br. Ron Scholarship Dinner, January 2015)

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Advent Reflection – “It Was a Night Like No Other Night” (Part 2)

by Br. Pat Hogan, FMS | Alumni Spiritual Director

Advent Display at MolloyThe Birth of Jesus was quite ordinary and unexpected – as far as the births of Saviors, Kings, Redeemers, and Messiahs go. One would have expected much more fanfare, but a stable, a manger, and animals all over made it such a “poor” place to be born. No splendor, no glory, just a humble manger. Mary and Joseph, however, were rich. They had something more precious than material wealth. They had a strong faith in God and in His Word. There were some extraordinary things that would support their faith such as the virginal conception, the arrival of the shepherds, and the wise men from the east. Their faith sustained them during the dark time of their lives.

We all go through difficult periods, but right off the bat Mary was told of the pain she would have to carry (“…She keeps all these thing in her heart…”). The Jews at the time were expecting the exuberance of Handel’s Messiah; they called him “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords” and proclaimed that he shall reign forever and ever. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. How wonderful this Prince of Peace must have been. How wonderful Mary must have been. I wish we knew more about her. She stayed with Jesus until the bitter end. Motherhood and peace – isn’t this what Christmas is all about?

In recent times we have had to deal with a lot of stress and sadness. This season is supposed to be a time of joy, so let’s switch to a simple, happy, joyous account of the birth of Jesus. I just love its simple beauty. Please read the following prayer by John Shea. Remember, Christmas is about a baby.

Sharon’s Christmas Prayer
by John Shea

She was five, sure of the facts, and recited them with slow solemnity, convinced every word was revelation. She said they were poor, they had only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to eat. And they went a long way from home without getting lost. The lady rode on a donkey, the man walked, and the baby was inside the lady. They had to stay in a stable with an ox and an ass, but Three Rich Men found them because a star lighted the roof. Shepherds came and you could pet the sheep, but not feed them. Then the baby was born.

And do you know who he was?

Her quarter eyes inflated to silver dollars. The baby was God. And she jumped in the air, whirled round, dove into the sofa and buried her head under the cushion, which is the only proper response to the Good News of the Incarnation.

I wish all alumni, families, and friends a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year ahead. Remember, this is a time when we should all work toward peace and reach out to the less fortunate in our world.

 Br. Pat Hogan | phogan@molloyhs.org

Students Collect Toys for Annual Drive

Students collected new toys for Molloy's annual Toy Drive

Molloy students showed their Marist spirit this month by participating in our school’s annual Toy Drive, coordinated by Campus Ministry Director Mr. Mike Germano ’93. Mr. Germano announced that Stanners collected 1,026 new toys as well as $2,500 in monetary donations through a mission collection. These toys and donations will benefit children and families through Make a Difference Christmas, HeartShare, Catholic Charities, and at the local Briarwood Shelter.

Solidarity Sleep Out Offers Perspective

Students and Faculty who participated in the Solidarity Sleep OutStanners recently took part in Molloy’s latest Solidarity Sleep Out. This event encourages students to “sleep out” at Molloy for one night, thereby actively engaging them in a national movement to raise money to end youth homelessness. “The Solidarity Sleep Out is an opportunity for our students to stand in solidarity with 2 million young people who will experience homelessness this year,” said event moderator Mrs. Daniela Jelcic. “I was very pleased with the turnout and the level of participation, and I feel that the students gained important new perspectives about youth homelessness through this experience.” Students also raised $650 for Covenant House, one of the largest privately funded childcare agencies in the US.

Sports Updates

Winter sports at Molloy are off to a great start overall! Here’s a look at the current records of our talented teams.

  • Boys Varsity Basketball: 2-0
  • Boys JV Basketball: 4-1
  • Boys Freshman Basketball: 2-3
  • Girls Varsity Basketball: 8-1
  • Girls JV Basketball: 5-2
  • Varsity Volleyball: 10-0
  • Girls Varsity Swimming: 6-0
  • Boys Varsity Swimming: 3-2

In Boys Varsity Swimming, senior Harry Ortof ’16 is a State Qualifier for the “500 Free” event. Track & Field results are covered in the story below. We would like to congratulate Harry and all of our athletes and coaches on their outstanding work so far. Here’s to more success in 2016!

Track & Field Athletes Impress at CHSAA Relay Carnival

Sarah Kowpak '16 Sarah Kowpak '16 signed with Northeastern University

Molloy’s Track & Field athletes have continued their great success this year as we transition from fall to the winter sports season. Senior Sarah Kowpak ‘16 (pictured above) is the returning New York State Champion in the high jump as well as the Molloy record holder. Sarah’s record is an unreal 5’9”, which she achieved earlier this year at the outdoor NYS Championships. She opened up her senior season with a win at the CHSAA Relay Carnival at Icahn Stadium on December 12th, jumping a solid 5’4″. On the heels of her outstanding high school career in both academics and athletics, Sarah recently signed to study and jump at Northeastern University. Family members joined Coach Kawan Lovelace ’94, Coach AJ Power ’84, Athletic Director Mike McCleary, and President Richard Karsten ’81 at the signing to show their support and congratulate Sarah on this outstanding achievement.

L-R: Oluwatomide Alao ’17, Liam Rock '16, and Joshua Titus '18.The Boys Varsity Shuttle Hurdle Relay Team, which includes senior Liam Rock ’16, junior Oluwatomide Alao ’17, and sophomore Joshua Titus ’18, won their CHSAA Relay Carnival event in impressive fashion. The team set both a meet and a school record with a time of 24.18 and are aiming to qualify for Nationals at the upcoming Stanner Games in 2016. Senior Urbi Tucker ‘16 won the triple jump event with a jump of 33’9″. The boys Track & Field team also won the Distance Medley Relay event with a fantastic team time of 11:03.30. (Pictured: Oluwatomide, Liam, and Joshua)

Molloy’s Track & Field athletes now look ahead to Stanner Games, which will take place Saturday, January 16th, 2016 at The Armory in Manhattan. One of the largest meets of the year, Stanner Games invites hundreds of students representing over 170 high schools around the tri-state area. If you are interested in attending the meet, or would like info on future opportunities to volunteer, contact ajpower@molloyhs.org.

218 Students, Faculty & Alumni Enjoy Private Screening of “Star Wars”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is arguably one of the most hyped films in the history of modern cinema. Drawing on the success of six previous installments, including three prequels released between 1999 and 2005, the seventh film in the beloved Sci-Fi series was teased for months in 2015 with promises of inspiring Star Wars fans of old and captivating a new, younger audience. In anticipation of this monumental release, members of the Sci-Fi Club at Molloy planned a private screening at UA Midway Theater in Forest Hills on Friday, December 18th to ensure their participation in a surefire record-breaking opening weekend.

Mr. Glenn DaGrossa and Mr. Chris Dougherty '91 were among faculty and alumni who accompanied students to a private screening of "Star Wars"“At 218 people, this was the largest after school field trip in Molloy’s history,” said Mr. Glenn DaGrossa, an art teacher, co-moderator of the school’s Sci-Fi Club, and avid Star Wars fan. “Molloy’s Sci-Fi club usually plans for 25 to 40 activities throughout the year, but this was a home run. It’s been 10 years since the last Star Wars film was released, and while some students have gone back and watched the original films, there are many students who are completely new to the Star Wars universe. They all came together with great enthusiasm and were absolutely thrilled with the new movie.”

The outing also attracted a record number of faculty chaperones, as well as alumni representing several generations. “The diversity of the turnout demonstrates not only the bond we in the Star Wars community share, but the Molloy community as well,” said Mr. Chris Dougherty ’91, co-moderator of the Sci-Fi Club, while reflecting on the screening. He went on to describe Star Wars as “a part of our culture as a society” and that the films “have the power to bring many different people together in celebration.” The Sci-Fi Club is currently planning a second field trip to see the movie as a group again in January, as well as a meeting to discuss the movie together in greater depth. “We educate our students based on the curriculum, but we also embrace opportunities to teach our culture,” said Mr. DaGrossa. “Exposing our students to the Star Wars saga is similar to reading books or plays in English or Drama. The films are fun, but there are many layers to them. It’s definitely an educational experience.”

Alumni Updates

Andrew Savino '85 (left) and Joe Savino '86 with "Thor" (Center)Andrew Savino ’85, now retired, recently paid a visit to his brother Joe Savino ’86 at the Rockefeller Center tree lighting. Joe, a member of the NYPD, was working the evening shift with his trusty equine colleague “Thor” when Andrew stopped by to share in ringing in the Christmas Season. Thanks for the photo, Andrew! (Pictured: Andrew [left] with Joe and Thor)

Rimas Vebeliunas ’70 retired from ExxonMobil in 2014 after 40 years with the company. He celebrated his retirement by backpacking across the Grand Canyon with his daughter and several friends. Rimas is doing fine in the days since, living in Houston, Texas, and starting his retirement years by traveling with his wife Anne.

Ivan Pereira ’03, a staff reporter for amNew York, was featured in his own article on December 15th in anticipation of the release of the new Star Wars movie. Ivan, a Star Wars fan, joined a group of Jedis in training at a “Jedi School” in Manhattan. Ivan was photographed taking part in the class, and in the article provided his review of the class as well as a list of the dueling skills he picked up along the way. You could say that the feature made Ivan’s day. | Read the full article (Photos courtesy of amNew York)

Ivan Pereira '03 of amNew York Ivan Pereira '03 of amNew York

In Memoriam

Catholic CrossWe are saddened to share the passing of Joe Franki ’66 following a brief yet courageous battle with cancer. Joe is survived by his wife Madeline, their three children,their seven grandchildren, and brother-in-law Greg Farrell ’74. Please keep Joe and the Franki family in your prayers.

Catholic CrossWe are saddened to share the December 15th passing of Jennette Markey, mother of James Markey ’77, grandmother of Gerard McAdams ’89, Matthew McAdams ’90, Daniel McAdams ’96, Terrence McAdams ’01, and Mark Gorman ’93, and mother-in-law of Pat Gorman ’69. “She was a kind, quiet lady whose primary concern in life was the well being of her large family,” said Pat. Jennette was 95 years old. Please keep Jennette and her family in your prayers.

Catholic CrossWe are deeply saddened to share the passing of John (Jay) Kennedy on December 7, 2015, father of John (Jack) Kennedy ’74 and Terrence Kennedy ’87, Grandfather of Jack Mangin ’16, and Thomas Mangin ’18, also the father-in-law to John Mangin ’83.  Mr. Kennedy was a resident of Richmond Hill for most of his life and was a big part of the sports association of Holy Child Jesus. He was a great man with a big heart, who loved all dearly; especially his family. The Kennedy family requests that you keep John Kennedy in your prayers.

Catholic CrossPlease pray for the repose of the soul of Richard Reddington ’72.

The Beehive – 12/11/15

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Stanners Connect at Inaugural Real Estate Networking Event, Hosted by RFR Realty LLC

Real Estate Networking Event

Stanner professionals in the real estate, construction, building engineering and maintenance fields gathered on Wednesday, November 18th for our inaugural Molloy Real Estate Alumni Networking event. The event, hosted by RFR Realty LLC in the open concept leasing and marketing center of their redevelopment project at 285 Madison Avenue, invited Stanners of all skill levels to attend. Whether a veteran of the real estate/construction industry or a college or entry level candidate, the networking opportunities available throughout the evening were beneficial for all attendees. Business cards were exchanged, stories were shared, and new professional connections were made.

Jerry Schumm '68, Executive Vice President at RFR Realty LLCThe event included a brief presentation featuring remarks from Molloy President Richard Karsten ’81, Alumni Development Director Craig Katinas ’93, and leadership at RFR Realty LLC including Executive Vice President Jerry Schumm ’68 (pictured left). “We have a powerful network,” said President Karsten. “We are here tonight with a sense of purpose – to connect with each other and to help create professional opportunities. Clearly we are all connected under the banner of ‘Not for school but for life,’ but there is an unwritten rule that Stanners will always help other Stanners. We will help a student or young alumnus secure an internship or mentorship. We will refer business to a Stanner colleague. A deserving kid from Queens may get the break that they need to create a great future for themselves.” Jerry supplemented President Karsten’s remarks by painting a broad picture of the real estate landscape while encouraging Stanners to continue to seek each other out in the professional world to create new and lasting business ventures.

Natalia Dudek-Malecki '08 speaks with President Richard Karsten '81 and Jerry Schumm '68Following the presentation, the floor was once again opened up for networking opportunities. Food and beverage selections were diverse while several young alumni volunteers helped to create a warm and friendly atmosphere. Molloy extends its sincerest thanks to RFR Realty LLC for the wonderful venue they provided, to Robert Falesto ’89 and Advanced Electrical Concepts Inc. for sponsoring the event by donating all beverages, and to all alumni volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to support their alma mater. If you would like to receive more info about the Real Estate Alumni Network contact alumni@molloyhs.org or search for our networking groups on LinkedIn.com.

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Alumni Gathering in Connecticut a Great Success

Group photo at Connecticut Alumni Event

Similar to its efforts in professional networking, the Stanner Alumni Center has endeavored to bring Stanners together regionally as well. Since 2010, Molloy has hosted successful alumni events in Washington D.C. and Chicago with plans for future outings in other diverse locales. New England has been on Molloy’s radar for quite some time, as many Stanners are known to make their year round homes throughout these states.

Mr. Karsten proposed a toast during the event.Recently, alumni from the Class of 1964 were inspired to help forge a New England chapter after attending a reunion at Molloy. They felt that Connecticut would serve as the perfect starting point. Bill Dunn ’64 and John DiGirolamo ’64 worked with Alumni Development Officer Matt Rizzotti ’04 to coordinate and host our first Connecticut event for all class years at Two Roads Brewery in Stratford on November 17th. We are pleased to share that about 20 alumni and guests gathered to meet other local Stanners. Those in attendance represented our graduating classes of the 1960’s through the 2000’s. Two Roads Brewery proved to be the perfect venue, offering ample space and great beer as well as a private tour of the on site brewing facilities. (Pictured: Mr. Karsten proposes a toast during the event)

L-R: John DiGiloramo '64, Richard Karsten '81, Bill Dunn '64.“It was a pleasure to work with Bill and John on the particulars of this event,” said Rizzotti. “The turnout was what we had hoped for, with others who couldn’t make it expressing interest in attending future events. Having Bill and John handle so many aspects of the event really helped, and I look forward to working with them again on our next Connecticut gathering.” President Richard Karsten ’81 echoed Rizzotti’s sentiments. “We were very pleased with the response from our Connecticut alumni. Bill and John are to be commended for working hard to reserve space at the brewery as well as to donate dinner for all. We are deeply appreciative of their efforts.” (Pictured L-R: John DiGiloramo ’64, Richard Karsten ’81, Bill Dunn ’64)

We look forward to hosting future events in Connecticut! If you would like to share thoughts and ideas with the Stanner Alumni Center, or express interest in getting involved with the Connecticut alumni chapter, please contact mrizzotti@molloyhs.org.

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Advent Reflection – “It Was a Night Like No Other Night” (Part 1)

by Bro. Pat Hogan, FMS | Alumni Spiritual Director

Br. Pat HoganMary was in her prayer room doing what she always did at this time of the day – and something very special happened there. Because of her strong faith and trust in God, her absolute obedience to the will to the Father, Mary was drawn into a very, very close relationship with Christ. Because of this perfect Mariel relationship with Jesus she is the perfect disciple. Her role in the church therefore is Mariel since she is our Mother. It is only logical that she would be our Ordinary Resource.

After Mary’s death it is Luke who reveals the events leading up to that most perfect night. Mary was visited by an angel and told, “Full of grace, you are a chosen one” (Every call is a gift). Mary was deeply troubled by the angel’s message. She was afraid to say the least. God’s response to her fear was simple. “Do not be afraid.” In His response God assured Mary that He would be there for her; that she would have all the strength she needed to fulfill the task ahead. Mary’s Response – Fiat – her unconditional love, her “Yes.”

Advent Display in first floor hall.So overjoyed at the prospect of this event, she broke out into her Magnificat. Elisabeth was her best friend and she couldn’t wait to share these events with her cousin. Such excitement was generated Mary had to shout it out from the roof tops. Elisabeth’s encounter with God generated that similar joy. So here we have two women having extraordinary encounters with God through the presence of an angel. What incredible strength and courage these two women had as they ventured out into the unknown. Once the angel left, the women were left with no angel – only themselves. They faced the same human uncertainties of daily life that we face every day. They turned to faith, for there were no more angels, no more visions, and no more apparitions. So as we have to do, Mary moved forward alone with only her faith in God to sustain her.

In this Mariel Church our call is similar to that of Mary, but not in quite so dramatic a fashion. “I chose you; you did not choose me.” (Mk.3; 13) Every call has its own fear and anxiety, but we must remember that our Mother and her Son are constantly reassuring us, “Do not be afraid! I will give you the necessary strength to fulfill yourMadonna statue located outside Molloy's William J. Murphy Library. mission.” (Pictured: Madonna statue located outside Molloy’s William J. Murphy Library)

So as we prepare for that night of nights we will have to walk in faith like Mary and Elisabeth. We will be alone like Mary, but our fear is greater than her fear. We need to believe that our call is from God and with that comes an inner peace and joy that enables us to bear everything that comes our way when we stand in front of injustice, violence, and the many other ills of our society. Today, more than ever before, we are called to be counter-cultural. We are Christians, however, so please make an effort to remember that the reason for the season is Jesus Christ and his birth. Don’t lose focus on the birth of Jesus…

Part two of Br. Pat’s Advent Reflection will be published in the next Beehive on 12/23. If you would like to contact Br. Pat directly you can email him at phogan@molloyhs.org.

Molloy’s Christmas Concert is Next Week!

  • Freshman/Sophomore/Band Performance: December 14th | 7:00pm
  • Junior/Senior Performance: December 15th | 7:00pm
  • Where: Jack Curran Gym at Molloy
  • Tickets: $10 for adults | $5 for students & children
  • Tickets can be purchased at the door

Christmas-Wreath-2015Archbishop Molloy High School is excited to once again present its Christmas Concert series. Molloy will offer two evenings of music provided by our talented school band and choruses to help ring in the Christmas season. The performance on Monday, December 14th will feature our freshman/sophomore chorus and Molloy’s full band, while the performance on Tuesday, December 15th will shine the spotlight front and center on our junior/senior chorus. Please note that Molloy’s full school band will perform on Monday evening only. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Please come out to celebrate and support the talents of our students this Christmas season!

Upcoming Events

Badges Alumni Network Reception

Photo from Badges Alumni Network Reception in January 2015 Photo from Badges Alumni Network Reception in January 2015

Calling all law enforcement, fire department personnel, and all in public service (active & retired)! On Friday, January 8th, Molloy will host a casual event for its Alumni Badges Network. The evening will include food and beverages as well as a contest between Molloy’s Boys Varsity basketball team and rival Christ the King High School. The event will kick off at 6:30pm with a pregame reception. Tipoff in the Varsity game is scheduled for 7:30pm. Reserved seating for our badges alumni will be available on the stage in the Jack Curran Gym. The alumni reception will continue after the game as well. Please join us for our first event of the New Year to reconnect, socialize, and network with your fellow Stanners. (Pictured above: photos from our last Badges event in January 2015)

Br. Ron Marcellin Scholarship Dinner

Br. Ron Marcellin with Molloy Students in 1981Archbishop Molloy High School is pleased to announce the Br. Ron Marcellin Scholarship Dinner to be held on Sunday, January 17th, 2016. This dinner, which is hosted by our friends at community favorite Trinity Bar & Restaurant in Floral Park, pays tribute to the memory of Br. Ron Marcellin, one of the most caring and influential figures in Molloy’s history. Br. Ron’s faith, passion for education and music, and care of each individual student inspired all who knew him. In fact, those who knew him continue to be inspired by him. The Brother Ronald Marcellin committee has hosted this event annually in hopes of raising money to help future Stanners in Br. Ron’s name. Funds raised by this event will directly benefit students in need, giving them the opportunities they need to succeed as the leaders of tomorrow. A 50/50 raffle and live auction will be among the festivities while dinner, beverages, and great company are also included. 50/50 raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the event or in advance by emailing ckatinas@molloyhs.org. Please spread the word to your classmates! We hope to have another full house on January 17th as we celebrate Br. Ron and introduce a whole new generation of Stanners to his wonderful legacy.

Alumni Updates

Alum’s Artwork Featured in Children’s Book

Joanne Raptis '12Joanne Raptis ’11 is a senior at Barnard College. She is pursuing a degree in Psychology with hopes to study clinical psychology in the future. “The work would place me with adults with depression, mood and anxiety disorders,” explained Joanne. In the meantime she is enjoying her time at Barnard. Though she is not as involved with theater and song as she was at Molloy, she does enjoy dancing with a focus on ballet and swing dancing. “It’s just something fun. Ballet and swing contrast nicely. The former is focused inward, while swing is very loose and social.” In addition to dance, Joanne has honed her artistic skills. She was asked to join three classmates to paint a permanent mural in Barnard’s student life building. The theme: celebrating campus life.

After completing the mural, Joanne was approached about an even bigger project – on a smaller canvas. The author of a book series for children stumbled on Joanne’s personal website and was impressed by her art portfolio, particularly the featured cartoon drawings. The author contacted Joanne and the two quickly struck up a working relationship. Joanne was commissioned to create the original artwork for the first of a new seven book series. “I actually work really well with the author. I have plenty of artistic freedom and look forward to her suggestions and feedback,” said Joanne. “In general our styles are well aligned. We have a similar idea of what the book should look like.” The book, titled My Dream For You is Happiness, Work from the portfolio of Joanne Raptis '12is a children’s story that features content that is geared toward all audiences. “For example, one page in the book reads ‘my dream for you is happiness’ and shows the different ways happiness can manifest itself. Another idea in the book is you don’t have to be tall, or any certain ethnicity, or be a certain age; everyone can find happiness. The author wants you to read the book to someone you really care about and let them know they can find happiness no matter who they are.” Joanne says work will begin on the second book soon. “It is a challenge to complete the work around my college courses, but I enjoy it.” For more information on the book series you can visit www.mydreamforyou.org or click here for more info on Joanne and her portfolio. (Pictured: a colorful, fun piece from Joanne’s portfolio)

Class Updates

Aminta Kilawan '06 & Rohan Narine '02Aminta Kilawan ’06 and Rohan Narine ’02 co-founded Sadhana four years ago. A New York based Hindu group, Sadhana’s goal is to spread environmental awareness and best practices among fellow believers. “Since 2011, our grassroots advocacy has truly impacted local areas in New York City, including Jamaica Bay,” said Aminta. Aminta and Rohan’s efforts were recently profiled in a feel good article in the New York Times. “We’re both proud to be Stanners. We definitely acquired our love for selfless service as students at Molloy,” Aminta said proudly. On a personal note, Rohan and Aminta are also engaged to be married!

Dr. Samuel Williams, III, M.D. ’89 is an accomplished child psychiatrist with Total Health Care. Dr. Williams’ work has been referenced in an article published in the Baltimore Sun titled, “When Violence Leads to Sleep Problems in Children”. The article includes quotes and insights from Dr. Williams in regards to how witnessing or experiencing real life violence can negatively affect a child’s sleep patterns and cause much unneeded stress. | Read the full article.

In Memoriam

Catholic CrossMary De Pinto '19We are deeply saddened to share the passing of Mary De Pinto ’19, sister of Michelle De Pinto ’07 and Deborah De Pinto ’11. Mary began her Freshman year at Molloy this past September while continuing her courageous battle against cancer. We are humbled that Mary had the opportunity to enjoy the Molloy experience and befriend our students and faculty during her time here. We express our deepest condolences to the De Pinto family. Mary will always be a part of our Stanner family. Please keep Mary and the De Pinto family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Catholic CrossWe are saddened to share the passing of Thomas Iovino ’76 on November 25th. He was a friend to many in Molloy’s baseball community and will be deeply missed by all. Please pray for Tom and the Iovino family.

Catholic CrossWe were recently informed of the passing of George Balbi, father of Howard ’73 and Kenneth ’81. George passed away in late December 2014 after a courageous battle against prostate cancer. Howard shared the following about his dad: “He was an amazing man whose strength through this battle only increased our great admiration for him. He is greatly missed by all of us.” The Balbi family asks that you please keep George in your prayers.