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My Identity As a Marist: Humility, Simplicity, and Modesty

When I contemplate the virtues of humility, simplicity, and modesty, I recognize that humility is the foundation for the other two. A humble spirit opens your heart and mind to all other virtues. I also realized that in today’s materialistic world, the most difficult virtue to practice is simplicity.

All around us we see and hear messages that offer happiness if we consume endlessly and fill our lives with more possessions. The truth is, when we fill our lives with material and mental clutter, we alinate God and neglect people who truly matter, effectively dimming the light of Christ’s love. But when we commit to simplicity, Christ’ light burns bright and guides us to more fulfilling and meaningful experiences.

How often does society tempt us to turn away from humility, simplicity, and modesty? My encounter with members of the Marist family from around the world for celebration and prayer this past summer was a refreshing reminder that community is a gift. It is through this gift of community that we can hold ourselves accountable and challenge one another to grow in these Marist virtues.

Reflection Questions: What do these Marial values mean to you as a Marist? How do you live them out in your everyday actions with others?

— Irving Burbano
Alumnus, Mount St. Michael Academy
White House, Washington DC

Read about Stanners currently making headlines!

WTC Walk

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Moses Brown ’18 

Cole Anthony ’19 

Sundiata Gaines ’04 

Khalid Moore ’18 

Ros Gold-Onwude ’05 

Eric Van Zanten ’98

Karina Event 

Karina Event 

Karina Event

Maurice Stucke ’83 

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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Walkathon ’17

Harvey 5K Fun Run 

Walk/Run for Karina 

Graduation ’17 

Grad Breakfast ’17 

St. Ann Breakfast ’17 

Stanner Golf Classic ’17 

Stanner Hall of Fame

Evening w/ Ray Kelly

The Beehive – 5/19/17

Molloy Inducts Six into Stanner Hall of Fame

by Joe Sommo ’03, photos by Frank Bailey ’75

Earlier this spring, Archbishop Molloy High School inducted six distinguished individuals into its prestigious Stanner Hall of Fame. These are the first nominees to be inducted since November 2014. The Beehive congratulates our Class of 2017: Brother Zephiriny (posthumously), Brother Aquinas Richard ’48, Mr. Lou Santos, Mr. Richard Reilly ’63, Mr. Michael O’Neill ’71, and Capt. Liam Flaherty, FDNY, ’83.

Inductees and their families, as well as alumni, faculty, and friends gathered at Molloy for a special dinner in recognition of our new Hall of Famers. The evening began with a welcome from Alumni Development Officer Matt Rizzotti ’04, a prayer by Br. Patrick Hogan, and opening remarks by President Richard Karsten ‘81. “As we stand here today in the Jack Curran Gymnasium, a quote that Coach Curran used to say comes to mind,” Mr. Karsten remarked. “He said, ‘show me a man’s friends and I will show you who they are.’ In other words, you are the company you keep. When you are inducted into the Stanner Hall of Fame, you become part of a small, remarkable group of only 100 people who have set themselves apart by making a difference in the community and demonstrating unwavering loyalty to Molloy.” (Pictured: President Richard Karsten)

Br. Zephiriny, the first to be inducted, holds a distinct place in our school’s history: he was the founder of St. Ann’s Academy. After completing his Marist novitiate training in 1881 and teaching for 10 years, Br. Zephiriny was asked to found the first Marist school in New York in 1891. Just one year later, he went on to establish the community at St. Jean Baptiste School and then St. Ann’s Academy at Lexington Avenue and 76th Street. He directed the Academy for 12 years before he was appointed as the Marist Provincial for North America in 1905. He passed away in 1927. Br. Zephiriny’s efforts to found St. Ann’s have since paid dividends for generations of Stanners, and Molloy would not be standing today without his contributions. A large group of Marist Brothers accepted the late Br. Zephiriny’s nomination on his behalf (Pictured: Br. Roy George ’62, Br. Eugene Birmingham, Br. James Adams, Br. Bob Andrews, Br. Aquinas Richard, President Karsten, Br. Pat Hogan, Br. Mike Sheerin, Br. James Norton ’63, Br. James Maher, and Principal Penikas)

The next inductee was Captain Liam Flaherty, FDNY, ’83. After joining the FDNY in 1990, Capt. Flaherty was recruited to the Special Operations Command and assigned to Rescue Company 4 in Queens. He later became a member of the NYC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, where he was eventually appointed Band Chairman. “The Band” played for dignitaries and countless parades and ceremonies internationally. Perhaps most notably, in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, Capt. Flaherty coordinated and or performed in over 500 funerals and memorial services for fallen heroes. He describes it as a very trying time for the department, which he helped to restore by teaching at the FDNY Fire Academy to train new firefighters. Currently, Capt. Flaherty is the Commander and assigned as Lieutenant of the “Elite” Rescue Company 2 in Brooklyn. Upon accepting his nomination, Capt. Flaherty thanked his teachers, fellow firefighters, and the Emerald Society for their support. “The most important thing we learned as students at Molloy…we learned what ‘right’ is,” he said. “All that I am is because of my parents and my Catholic school upbringing. There is nothing that compares to a Catholic education. It puts out the most decent, caring, and the greatest people in the world.” Capt. Flaherty also shared a story about his interaction with Firefighter Michael Cawley ’87 on September 10, 2001. Sadly, Michael was killed the following morning in the attack on the World Trade Center. Capt. Flaherty praised Michael’s selfless actions that day and thanked the Cawley family for honoring Michael’s legacy through one of Molloy’s largest scholarship funds (see video at bottom of this article).

The evening’s third inductee was Br. Aquinas Richard ‘48, who many alumni will remember as a dedicated science teacher and enthusiastic track and field coach. Br. Aquinas professed his final Marist vows in Esopus in 1954 and earned his MA in Biology from Fordham University in 1959. Br. Aquinas began his long and distinguished career at Molloy in the early 1960’s. Student-athletes thrived under the leadership of Br. Aquinas as the Track & Field team won numerous city championships during his tenure. He was inducted into the CHSAA Hall of Fame for his coaching achievements. In the classroom, Br. Aquinas displayed a passion for education and science that continues today during his retirement, as he routinely maintains the biology lab and assists students with lab projects. As a special surprise for Br. Aquinas during his induction, President Karsten arranged for Brother’s favorite hot dog truck to park outside Molloy and serve up his favorite franks. “Brother Aq, I know that you are known to drive many miles for Walter’s Hot Dogs. Well, tonight, Rye New York’s best has come to you,” said President Karsten. Students then filed into the Curran Gym with hot dogs in hand, serving them up to family and friends. It was a memorable moment that Br. Aquinas later said he greatly enjoyed and appreciated. (Pictured: President Karsten, Br. Aquinas, and Craig Katinas ’93)

After a brief recess, the inductions continued with Mr. Richard Reilly ’63, a Newton, Massachusetts-based trainer and mediator. During his career, Mr. Reilly was an integral part of the American Arbitration Association of New England and nationally as a Senior Vice President of Labor and Insurance for 30 years. He was also a AAA liaison with the National Academy of Arbitrators, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and the Association of Labor Relations Agencies. He has served as the President of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (1985) and in New England as President of the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA) (1984-85), and the Fordham University Alumni Association. In addition to his extensive professional resumé, Mr. Reilly also holds the distinction of Army Veteran (cook) and as a professional Santa Claus. Mr. Reilly praised Molloy’s faculty in his acceptance speech. “Tonight you are putting me and my fellow honorees on Molloy’s Mount Rushmore, but the real people who did it are the faculty. None of us would be here without them.” Of note, Mr. Reilly now resides on the Stanner Hall of Fame wall next to his siblings, James Reilly ’61 and Robert Reilly ’68.

Our fifth inductee was Mr. Michael O’Neill ’71, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Communications for American Express. He is a member of the company’s Operating Committee, with responsibility for Public Policy, Employee and Shareholder Communications, International Government Affairs, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Mr. O’Neill is also Chairman of the American Express Foundation, which makes charitable contributions to efforts ranging from Disaster Relief to historic and environmental conservation. Currently, Mr. O’Neill is a member of the Board of Directors of The International Rescue Committee, which responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives are endangered by conflict and natural disasters. In addition to his professional resumé, Mr. O’Neill’s loyalty to Molloy through his philanthropic endeavors has improved the educational opportunities and quality of life of many of our students. (Pictured: President Karsten, Mr. O’Neill, and Matt Rizzotti ’04)

The last inductee of the evening was none other than Mr. Lou Santos, a distinguished teacher, coach, avid volunteer for over 40 years. Mr. Santos’ story is quite a long one, from his days attending Power Memorial High School, to teaching at numerous high schools (St. Raymond HS for Boys, St. Michael’s HS for Girls, St. Helena’s, Molloy), to coaching at the CYO, high school, and college levels, Mr. Santos has made a positive impact on the lives of literally thousands of young men and women. He is a dedicated and accomplished teacher, but moreover he is a caring and nurturing mentor for students and athletes alike. “Coach Lou”, as he is known by many, has amassed a coaching resumé that is hard to match. He has coached Molloy’s JV softball team to two city titles, 10 division titles, and playoff appearances in every season he has been at the helm. He is also the winningest baseball coach in the history of Queensborough Community College. His work with the Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Alliance has enriched many lives, while his volunteer and philanthropic efforts reach beyond the diamond. As a founding member of the Br. Ronald Marcellin Committee, he has worked with Molloy alumni to raise over $450,000 in scholarship support for one of our most critical need-based scholarships: the Br. Ron Marcellin Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship has made attending Molloy possible for intelligent, inspiring young men and women who are sure to make a positive impact on our world. (Pictured: Mr. Santos with some of his former softball players)

As part of the Hall of Fame ceremony, two of Coach Lou’s notable friends shared messages of support. The first was Omar Minaya, former General Manager of the New York Mets. A letter from Mr. Minaya was read aloud, which expressed much thanks and congratulations to Mr. Santos for his years of dedication to New York’s baseball youths. The second was from NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who sent in a congratulatory video (watch below). Mr. Santos and Mr. Jabbar attended Power Memorial High School together. Considering all that Mr. Santos has done for students and athletes all across New York, and especially at Molloy, there are few more deserving of the Stanner Hall of Fame than Mr. Santos.

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Once again, we would like to congratulate all of our Stanner Hall of Fame inductees. We would also like to thank all the friends and family who came out to support them, as well as the Selection Committee for giving the nod to these six outstanding men. The next Stanner Hall of Fame induction will take place in 2019. If you would like to nominate a deserving candidate, please send your nomination in writing to President Richard Karsten ’81 at president@molloyhs.org.

Full Bios: Br. Zephiriny | Br. Aquinas | Mr. Santos | Mr. Reilly | Mr. O’Neill | Capt. Flaherty


Molloy Announces The Lou Santos Scholarship

During our Stanner Hall of Fame Induction ceremony earlier this spring, Alumni Development Director Craig Katinas ’93 proudly announced the establishment of The Lou Santos Scholarship. In honor of a respected teacher, coach, and mentor of over 40 years, this scholarship will benefit deserving Catholic students with economic hardships in New York City. Mr. Santos has always been a champion of providing the gift of education, and we hope you can continue his legacy for education by providing a gift to support this wonderful scholarship in his name. If you read our preceding article, you are no doubt aware that Mr. Santos has been a remarkable presence at Molloy for decades. From his leadership in the classroom, to his dedication on the field of play, to his tireless philanthropic efforts, Mr. Santos truly embodies Molloy’s motto “Not for school but for life” and is a prime example of St. Marcellin Champagnat’s mission in action. For more information about this scholarship, please contact the Stanner Alumni Center at 718.441.9210 or alumni@molloyhs.org.


Send Your “Alumni Update” for Stanner Life Magazine

It’s that time again! The Alumni Center is currently working on its new issue of Stanner Life Magazine, our annual printed newsletter serving the St. Ann’s / Molloy community. We are excited to share your Stanner stories in our Alumni Updates article. Have you recently gotten engaged? Married? Graduated from college? Have you earned a new degree, reconnected with old friends, gotten a new job, or traveled to a distant land? Has your family gotten larger? We’d love to hear about it. In addition, we are looking for volunteer writers and other story contributions. Your work could be prominently featured in our publication.

If you would like to be included in Alumni Updates in the next Stanner Life Magazine, please submit a one paragraph update along with a relevant, high resolution photo to Alumni Communications Director Joe Sommo ’03 at jsommo@molloyhs.org. Please also contact Joe if you are interested in learning more about other story contribution opportunities. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS FRIDAY JUNE 16.


Download Molloy’s 2015/16 Annual Report

The Stanner Alumni Center, on behalf of Archbishop Molloy High School and St. Ann’s Academy, is pleased to share our Annual Report for the 2015/16 fiscal year (September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016). Each year, your charity allows Molloy to fund scholarships, technology enhancements, facility upgrades and renovations, and a variety of other campus priorities. When you give to Molloy, you enhance our Catholic Marist mission of faith and excellence in education. You create opportunities for students who work hard to achieve their goals and make the most of their education. By giving to Molloy, you join a group of individuals who are gratified by being part of the Stanner family of supporters. It is your example that encourages others to give and helps countless students realize their goals. Depending on the amount or designation of your gifts, we are very pleased to induct our generous benefactors into the giving societies within our 2015-16 Annual Report.


Download the Stanner Golf Classic Digital Journal

In our last Beehive, we noted that this year’s Stanner Golf Classic was a great success. We would like to once again thank all of our golfers and sponsors for their tremendous work in supporting AMHS scholarships. As we continue to tally up all the numbers for money raised, we encourage you to download a digital copy of this year’s Golf Journal. The journal contains information about the history of our outing, this year’s honorees, and many ads from Stanner-owned and Stanner-friendly businesses. Click the button below to download the PDF today.


Around the School

All-Time ACC Home Run Leader Visits JV Softball Team

Earlier this spring, Molloy’s JV softball team enjoyed a visit from an athlete at the top of her game. Kristen Brown, daughter of Bobby Brown ’83, is the all-time home run leader in the ACC and at the University of North Carolina. In four seasons, Kristen hit 66 home runs, including 24 in her junior year alone. She is a 3-time Academic All-American and a 2-time Softball All-American. She played on the USA National Softball Team and currently plays professionally for the Chicago Bandits. “She is a great role model for our players, and we were honored to have her spend time with our team,” said Coach Lou Santos.


Spring Sports Update

In Track & Field, the freshman and sophomore boys have both won Brooklyn/Queens Sectional Championships. In addition, the girls varsity Track & Field team captured the B/Q Sectional Championship on May 17th. The girls finished with a top score of 77.5 points, while TMLA and St. Francis Prep tied for second place with 66 points. B/Q Individual Champions include: Shauna D’arcy (Shot Put & Discus), Nicoletta Ziozis (Javelin), Kristen Mardenborough (Pole Vault), Meesha Samuels (1500 Meter Run), and Paige McDade (3000 Meter Run). Looking ahead, the boys varsity Track & Field will compete in the NY/BQ City Championships (old sectionals) on May 20th, while Molloy will compete in the CHSAA Intersectional State Championships (old “cities”) on May 27th.

In softball, the JV squad defeated Xaverian HS 4-2 on May 17th to advance to the B/Q Championship game on May 22nd versus St. Francis Prep. Molloy’s Nicole Werner threw a 2 hit, 13 strikeout complete game, while Mary Kate Meade and Riley O’Connor provided timely hitting for the victory.

Congratulations are also in order for Mr. Bill Niklaus ’80 and Molloy’s golf team, who recorded the program’s 300th victory on May 10th. Mr. Niklaus has coached the team since its inception and boasts a 300-45 career record. This season they earned a record of 7-2 with playoffs upcoming.


Upcoming Events

Walk/Run Relay & Vigil in Memory of Karina Vetrano ‘04

  • When: Friday, June 23rd & Saturday, June 24th| Times: See Flyer
  • Where: Archbishop Molloy High School
  • Who: All members of the community
  • Contact: Matt Rizzotti ‘04
  • Use #RunForKarina on social media

Please join us on June 23rd and June 24th, 2017 as we celebrate the life of Karina Vetrano ’04 a member of the school’s first coed graduating class who was tragically killed in August 2016 while on a routine jog in Howard Beach, Queens. Molloy, with the support of the Vetrano family and friends of Karina, will remember her with a vigil and relay walk/run event. Those in attendance can participate in the walk/run vigil Friday evening, overnight, or early Saturday morning. Catholic Mass will be held at 10:00am Saturday with brunch ($25 per person) to follow at 11:00am. After brunch, the Marist Brothers will dedicate a permanent memorial for Karina. All activities will take place on school grounds. We are also raising money to establish a scholarship in Karina’s memory. Download the flyer to the right for signage and sponsorship opportunities.

Please share and read the flyer above for full details, or visit www.molloyhs.org/karina to sign up for the event or donate to the Karina Vetrano Memorial Scholarship. If you’d like to volunteer, or if you have any questions, please contact Molloy’s Stanner Alumni Center at (718) 441-9210 or alumni@molloyhs.org.


St. Ann’s Communion Breakfast

  • When: Sunday, June 4th, 2017
  • Where: Archbishop Molloy High School
  • Who: Graduates of St. Ann’s Academy, Classes of ’63, ’64, ‘65
  • RSVP to: Ms. Merl Doyle | mdoyle@molloyhs.org | 718-441-9210

Molloy invites St. Ann’s graduates and members of the Classes of 1963, 1964, and 1965 to join us on Sunday, June 4th, for our St. Ann’s Communion Breakfast. The celebration of the 125th anniversary of our founding provides us an opportunity to share our gratitude with you – Stanners whom have laid the groundwork for our traditions of faith, service, and excellence in academics and athletics.

We will celebrate Mass together, then enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, all here at Molloy. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive by 10:00am. Mass will begin promptly at 10:30am with breakfast to follow. In gratitude for your leadership and serving as an example for succeeding generations of Stanners, admission to this year’s St. Ann’s Communion Breakfast is once again complimentary of President Karsten ‘81 and the Stanner Alumni Center. Please RSVP to Mrs. Merl Doyle at 718-441-9210 or mdoyle@molloyhs.org by May 30th.


Fundraiser for Sean Harrison ‘11

  • When: Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 12PM
  • Where: Woodhaven House (63-98 Woodhaven Blvd, Queens, NY 11374)
  • Program: Live Music, Raffles, Food, 50/50, Cash Bar
  • More information: Facebook Event Page

Please join alumni and friends on Saturday, June 10th as we come together to help a Stanner in need. Sean Harrison ’11 was seriously injured in a car accident in July 2016. As a result of the accident, Sean remains paralyzed and in need of continued rehabilitation. The event at Woodhaven House will help raise funds for the Harrison family’s ongoing medical expenses as they help Sean through this challenge. As a young alum, Sean had been a frequent volunteer at Esopus and in the Stanner Alumni Center. He selflessly gave up his time on many occasions to help his alma mater, and is considered to be a wonderful and caring friend by many in our community. Please join us in giving back to Sean now. Visit the Facebook Event Page (link above) for more information or download and share the flyer to the right.

Ryan Steege ’89 is currently teaching at the American School in London (ASL), where both of his children are enrolled. Ryan has also continued his Track & Field coaching career at the school, and last year his combined boys and girls team won the International Schools Championship (ISST Title). One of the members of the team was Ryan’s daughter, while another happened to be the son of a fellow Stanner. Pictured right is Ryan with three other parents of students at ASL who are all Molloy graduates. In Ryan’s words, “It’s always great to get together and share stories from our days at Molloy.” Pictured left to right: Kevin Nealis ’79, Ryan, Richard Nevins ’78, and Mike Ferragamo ’86.


John Florio ’78 has released his latest book, One Nation Under Baseball. The book covers “the intersection of race, politics, social issues, and sports during the 1960s and includes comments from Jim Bouton, Bill White, and Andrew Young as well as a foreword by sports anchor and analyst Bob Costas. Kirkus Reviews notes, “Careful, pointed writing shows us that professional sports should not be viewed in isolation from the society in which they function.” Learn more about this and other works at https://www.florioshapiro.com/

 

 


Paul Galbraith ’74, an actor based in the Hudson Valley, will appear in the movie Megan Leavey, due out June 9th. Paul is credited as “MLB Umpire” in the film, which shot scenes at Yankee Stadium. “Hopefully the film editors were kind,” Paul shared with The Beehive. | Learn More about Paul at IMDB.com

 

 


Peter McCrave ’69 submitted a brief update to The Beehive. He’d like to share with his classmates that he has been married for almost 40 years, has a son named Brendan, and is retired in the Village of Southampton. His hobbies these days include collecting music, reading, walking his dog, and cheering on the Giants, Rangers, and Yankees.

We are saddened to share the passing of Anthony C. Giambra Jr. ’91 on May 9th, 2017. Anthony was a longtime member of the NYPD. He enjoyed many years serving and protecting his city, most notably when he selflessly rose to the call of duty in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001. Sadly, in recent years Anthony had battled 9/11-related health complications that have now tragically taken his life too soon. Anthony is survived by his parents, two brothers, and nephews. His nephew, Frank Giambra, is currently a senior at Molloy. Please keep Anthony and the Giambra family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

We are saddened to share the passing of Raymond M. Schulz ’83 on May 8th. Please keep Raymond, his family, friends, and classmates in your prayers.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Quigley, grandmother of Kevin Garlan ’06 and Rosie Garlan ’10. Wake arrangements will take place Sunday, May 21st from 2-5pm and 7-9pm at Conway’s Funeral Home, 82-19 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights, NY 11372. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, May 22nd at St. Joan of Arc Church at 9:45am.

We were recently informed of the passing of Lewis G. Rocco ’65 on September 29, 2016. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Lewis and keep his family in your prayers.

We were recently informed of the passing of William Parchen ’60, who passed away in 2011. Please keep William in your prayers.

We were recently informed of the passing of Thomas Walsh ’43, who passed away on April 27, 2016. Please keep Thomas in your prayers.

 

The Beehive – 5/5/17

Former NYC Police Commissioner Hon. Raymond Kelly ’59 Headlines Spring Networking Event, Kicks off Celebration of 125th Anniversary of St. Ann’s / Molloy


Earlier this spring, a very special networking event, hosted by RFR Realty LLC (www.rfr.com), kicked off our celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the founding of St. Ann’s Academy / Archbishop Molloy High School. Over the span of our school’s history, there have been countless distinguished alumni who have made a positive impact on our world and who have lived out our motto, Not for school but for life. One such alumnus, who has dedicated many years to public service and has built an impressive resumé of leadership, is the Honorable Raymond W. Kelly ’59. Molloy’s President Richard Karsten ’81 and the Stanner Alumni Center were very humbled to welcome Mr. Kelly, former NYC Police Commissioner and currently Vice Chairman of K2 Intelligence, to serve as the evening’s keynote speaker. Joining him at the event was his son Greg Kelly, co-anchor with the Fox 5 news program Good Day New York. (Pictured above: L-R: Bill Farrell ’72, Br. Pat Hogan, Hon. Ray Kelly ’59, President Richard Karsten ’81, & Eric Zielinski ’90)

After brief introductions by Alumni Development Director Craig Katinas ’93 and Jerry Schumm ’68 (Executive Vice President, RFR Realty, LLC), and an opening prayer by US Provincial Br. Patrick McNamara, the Kellys took center stage. Greg prompted his father to talk a bit about his life and career, including his days at St. Ann’s and Molloy (Mr. Kelly attended both before and after our school’s relocation and renaming). Mr. Kelly recalled the influence of Marist Brothers like Br. Wilfred, Br. Victor, and Br. Eugene, as well as the revered Mr. Lou Carnesecca ’43 and the highly touted St. Ann’s basketball program. Ultimately, he highlighted the school’s values during his retrospective reflection. “When I think back…I received a tremendous education – a foundation both academically and in terms of Catholic teaching and morality. I always appreciated that, and what I see going on at the school now, with all the new facilities and upgrades, makes me proud. In my mind, it’s one of the top 100 high schools in the country,” said Mr. Kelly. Greg Kelly later facilitated a Q&A session, which featured questions about his father’s career as well as the current political and security landscape of New York City.

Later in the evening, Molloy President Richard Karsten ’81 provided a thought-provoking presentation encompassing three key eras in Molloy’s history and a look into the future. “I believe history will recognize Molloy in three main chapters: The St. Ann’s Days, Molloy in the 20th Century, and Molloy in the Information Age,” Mr. Karsten began. “For 125 years, the Marist mission of teaching young people has thrived because our school has evolved with ‘the signs of the times.’ Marist Brothers, lay teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, administrators and students have contributed so much to the successes at Molloy, and this will continue for generations if we can move with the demands of the times.”

Despite the ever-changing world around us, Mr. Karsten believes there is one central theme in St. Ann’s / Molloy history. “Our school’s focus, no matter what era, has always been on What Matters: building character through discipline and compassion, and the formation of young people of faith.” Mr. Karsten referenced the heavy influence of the Marist Brothers throughout our history, the creation of programs like Peer Group Counseling and SMILE in the 1960’s, and the transition to co-education in the early 2000’s among many other changes that represent the school’s continuous efforts to stay ahead of the ever-changing needs of our students. The implementation of one-to-one computing is the latest step in Molloy’s mission to focus on What Matters in a time when technology is vastly important to the growth of our world. “What hasn’t changed is the lived experience at Molloy. Every day, our faculty use the Marist facet of presence to work with our students, to challenge them, and to nurture them. Molloy is still a place where parents sacrifice so their children can have more opportunities and a better life for the next generation. Many people have come and gone, but the school’s academic standards and focus on mission – the pillars of hard work, service, humility, and love of Mary – are here to stay. Every day at Molloy, we focus on What Matters,” President Karsten said proudly.

Following President Karsten’s remarks, the celebration continued as alumni chatted and networked. Mr. Kelly was also gracious to take photos with alumni and speak directly with our student volunteers. Alumni in attendance represented leaders from each of Molloy’s active professional networks (law, finance, alumnae, real estate, badges). In all, it was a wonderful evening and an exceptional beginning to our celebration of “125 Years of What Matters”. More events throughout the year will continue the celebration and pay homage to our school’s history while looking ahead to the next 125 years of excellence. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Alumni Communications Director Joe Sommo ’03 at jsommo@molloyhs.org. You can also check out our photo gallery from this special evening below or on Facebook. (Pictured above: Representatives of Molloy’s Alumnae Network pose with President Karsten and Hon. Ray Kelly)


Download the Stanner Golf Classic Digital Journal

We are happy to share that the 31st Annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic, which was held on Monday, May 1st, was a great success! Everything from the hard work of our staff, volunteers, and Golf Board, to the enthusiasm shown by our alumni, parent, and corporate golfers, to the presence and leadership of our honorees, Paul Krische ’81 and Coach Lou Carnesecca ’43 (pictured together), created what was an incredible and memorable event. The rounds went off without a hitch at North Hills and Plandome Country Clubs, as a cool, overcast morning quickly gave way to a warm, sunny afternoon. We also saw great participation in our prize holes contests, raffle, and live and silent auctions. Over the next few weeks, the Stanner Alumni Center will be hard at work tallying up all the numbers. A full recap is upcoming as well. In the meantime, we encourage you to download a digital PDF copy of this year’s Golf Journal, which contains information about the outing as well as many advertisements from Stanner owned and supported businesses. Click the button below to download. Special thanks and congratulations to Alumni Development Officer Matt Rizzotti ’04 for his hard work as the main coordinator of this wonderful event.


Alumnae Paint & Sip Honors Karina

On Saturday, April 22nd, alumnae and friends gathered here at Molloy for our first ever Paint & Sip event. Led by professional artist Melissa Goscinski, participants enjoyed a few glasses of their favorite wine as they were instructed on how to paint unique interpretations of a butterfly. The butterfly was inspired by the memory of Karina Vetrano ’04, who held a special affinity for them. Several of Karina’s classmates from the Class of 2004 participated in the Paint & Sip, which saw proceeds go toward the establishment of the Karina Vetrano Memorial Scholarship. Each participant also donated their finished artwork to be displayed during an event honoring Karina that will take place in June (see upcoming events). The Stanner Alumni Center extends its sincerest thanks to everyone who came out to help support the event and scholarship. We look forward to hosting our next Paint & Sip event in the future. | Donate to the Karina Vetrano Memorial Scholarship


Mr. Sheehan Leads Tasting of Bordeaux Wines

We had a great time on April 6th as Mr. Jim Sheehan ‘75, Molloy’s in house wine expert, led a “spirited” tasting of Bordeaux Wines for a group of alumni, parents, faculty, and friends. Mr. Sheehan has a vast and impressive knowledge of wines from all over the world. Whether bargain hunting, shopping for a special occasion, or looking to branch out, Mr. Sheehan’s insightful tips will help you in your quest for the perfect bottle. A bit about Bordeaux from Jim: “Bordeaux is among the oldest and most elite wine regions in history. It’s likely the Romans first produced wine there in the mid First Century.  A number of the most sought after–and expensive–wines in the world are blended in Bordeaux, priced prohibitively for all but a few. But what many people don’t know is that the region produces hundreds of excellent wines which lack the name recognition of Rothschild and Latour, but are widely available for reasonable prices.”

Participants inspected each of six wines (see photo gallery for bottles) in terms of aroma, color, transparency, taste, and other characteristics. Those who were astute during the tasting and answered questions correctly during a Q&A were rewarded with bottles of the evening’s featured wines. Thank you to Mr. Sheehan, all of our participants, and Culinart for the delicious food they prepared. Be sure to read future Beehives for information about next year’s Wine Tasting!


Upcoming Events

St. Ann’s Communion Breakfast

  • When: Sunday, June 4th, 2017
  • Where: Archbishop Molloy High School
  • Who: Graduates of St. Ann’s Academy, Classes of ’63, ’64, ‘65
  • RSVP to: Ms. Merl Doyle | mdoyle@molloyhs.org | 718-441-9210

Molloy invites St. Ann’s graduates and members of the Classes of 1963, 1964, and 1965 to join us on Sunday, June 4th, for our St. Ann’s Communion Breakfast. The celebration of the 125th anniversary of our founding provides us an opportunity to share our gratitude with you – Stanners whom have laid the groundwork for our traditions of faith, service, and excellence in academics and athletics.

We will celebrate Mass together, then enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, all here at Molloy. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive by 10:00am. Mass will begin promptly at 10:30am with breakfast to follow. In gratitude for your leadership and serving as an example for succeeding generations of Stanners, admission to this year’s St. Ann’s Communion Breakfast is once again complimentary of President Karsten ‘81 and the Stanner Alumni Center. Please RSVP to Mrs. Merl Doyle at 718-441-9210 or mdoyle@molloyhs.org by May 30th.


Run/Walk Relay & Vigil in Memory of Karina Vetrano ‘04

  • When: Friday, June 23rd & Saturday, June 24th| Times: See Schedule
  • Where: Archbishop Molloy High School
  • Who: All members of the community
  • Contact: Matt Rizzotti ‘04

Archbishop Molloy High School has announced a memorial event that will celebrate the life Karina Vetrano ‘04, a member of the school’s first coed graduating who was tragically killed in August 2016 while on her routine jog in Howard Beach, Queens. Molloy, with the support of the Vetrano family and friends of Karina, will remember her with a vigil and relay walk/run event beginning June 23rd and concluding June 24th, 2017. Molloy alumni, friends, and members of the school and greater Queens communities are invited to participate in this celebration, which will highlight Karina’s vibrancy and passion for life.

The vigil and relay will begin on Friday night at 8:00pm and continue through to the next morning. A Catholic mass at 10:00am and brunch will follow. At the conclusion of the event, the Marist Brothers will dedicate a permanent memorial at the school to celebrate and remember Karina’s life. All planned activities will take place on school grounds. Money will also be raised to help Molloy establish the Karina Vetrano Memorial Scholarship, which will provide scholarships for deserving young women who are entering Molloy in her memory.

Individuals interested in signing up for the memorial event or donating to the Karina Vetrano Memorial Scholarship are encouraged to visit www.molloyhs.org/karina or call Molloy’s Stanner Alumni Center at (718) 441-9210. All other inquiries can be forwarded to alumni@molloyhs.org.


Around the School

Students Perform in Citywide Music Honors Festival

In April, five Molloy students performed in the Honors Music Festival for high school students, presented by the Music Educators Association of NYC and the Office of Arts & Special Projects. Over 30 schools participated in the festival, which was held at Brooklyn’s Grand Street Educational Campus. Our students performed the following: Guarev Srivastava ’17, Timpani, Concert Band | Tyler Pearce ’18, Saxophone, Jazz Ensemble | Odalis Guaman ’17, Mixed Chorus | Juliana Giacone ’19, Mixed Chorus | Juliana Mayor ’20, Mixed Chorus

In addition, Freshman/Sophomore Chorus Director Ms. Ya-Ting Yang conducted a sectional rehearsal for the chorus, while Junior/Senior Chorus Director Mr. Jim Sheehan ’75 also participated in the day. “It was truly an honor for Molloy to be represented in this Festival,” said Ms. Yang.


Siblings Awarded for Engineering Research Project

We are proud to share that Esmeralda Montas ’17 and her brother Enrique Montas ’18 have been recognized for the presentation they submitted at this year’s NYC Science & Engineering Fair (NYCSEF). Esmeralda and Enrique’s research project titled The Effect of an External Wind Diverter on a Wind Turbine impressed judges and landed them the Sarah and Morris Wiesenthal Science Award. This award is “given to projects that promote the objectives and mission of Environmental Quest; to bring awareness to the man-made and natural environment.” Thanks to Esmeralda and Enrique, Molloy was one of four engineering projects to receive this award. Nearly 600 students participated in this year’s NYCSEF. Congratulations Esmeralda and Enrique, and thanks to Ms. Mary Mallia for working with the students on this year’s fair.


Sports Update

After earning the Brooklyn/Queens championship and advancing to the city title game this past season, the boys varsity basketball team recently enjoyed a few more noteworthy honors. Sophomore guard Cole Anthony ’19 and 7-foot junior Moses Brown ’18 were both named First Team All-Stars by the Times Ledger after leading Molloy to one of its most memorable seasons of the past 30 years. Junior Khalid Moore ‘18 was named Second Team, while senior John Herring ’17 received an Honorable Mention. In addition, the publication honored Coach Mike McCleary with their Coach of the Year award. Ask anyone around the CHSAA and we believe they’ll tell you that this honor is well-deserved. Congratulations to Coach McCleary and our First Team, Second Team, and Honorable Mention athletes!

Elsewhere in Stanner Sports, early results for the varsity softball team have been excellent. They have started out a perfect 10-0, good for first place in the league. The Varsity squad is also currently ranked 19th in New York State. They will play in the Mudville Tournament in Utica this weekend against some of the other best teams in the state. The team was also featured in a complimentary article in last week’s Times/Bayside Ledger. | Read about Varsity Softball in the Times/Bayside Ledger

Well Wishes to Marist Bayonne

Several weeks ago, the Marist Brothers of the US Province announced that Marist High School in Bayonne, NJ, would close after 63 years in operation following the conclusion of the current school year. As is the case with many Catholic schools in the New York metropolitan area, the challenge of balancing the needs of a modern education with meeting the rising costs to educate each student played a heavy role in the initial decision. The Brothers and administrators at Marist Bayonne announced that $1.5 Million would need to be raised to keep the school open for the 2017-18 school year. This announcement sparked an outpouring of support from students and alumni of Marist Bayonne, as well as students from other Marist schools. Several schools, including Molloy, went on to hold modest student fundraisers to help our fellow Marist school. The results of the campaign are in, and we are happy to share that, although falling just short of the goal, Marist Bayonne received enough donations to continue operating through next school year. A statement from the US Provincial Council reads:

“The Provincial Council recognizes the tremendous hard work and effort the school put forth in its recent Save Marist NJ campaign. Marist High school will continue to serve the amazing and well motivated students it educates. The school offers a dynamic academic program, a nurturing Catholic community, and the unique spirit and heritage of the Marist Brothers. Marist assists students in forming their consciences by emphasizing the dignity of the individual and Christ’s call to serve others. The faculty of Marist High School is committed to the charism of the founder of the Marist Brothers, Saint Marcellin Champagnat: “To make Jesus known and loved through the Christian education of youth.”

Sound familiar? Everyone at Molloy is thrilled for the faculty and students of Marist Bayonne, and we wish them well as they head into next school year.

Artwork created by Robert Chirico ’70 was recently featured in The Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library. The exhibit is called Landscapes of the Mind. Robert is a freelance writer and artist based in western Massachusetts. According to the Forbes Library website, Rob “marries traditional methods of glazing in oil with present-day polymers to give his paintings their characteristic luminosity.” The former art history professor at FIT holds a master’s degree from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts and has advanced knowledge in Renaissance and Baroque art. For more information, visit www.forbeslibrary.org/gallery. In addition, Rob’s latest book, Poor Robert’s Almanac, was featured in The Beehive on March 3rd. Rob describes the book as “a type of calendar that features facts, trivia, and humorous tidbits for every day of the year. There is something for everyone.” | Learn more about “Poor Robert’s Almanac” | Learn more about Rob Chirico


Alexandra Klesin ’15 has been named as a Mount Saint Mary College Ralph Scholar for 2016-17. This honor is given to selected members of Saint Mary’s sophomore class through a faculty vote. Ralph Scholars are recognized for their intellectual involvement in the life of the College and their overall excellence in academic areas. She is set to receive the award at an upcoming event in May.


Congratulations to Chris Kane ’91, who completed the Scranton Half Marathon earlier this month. Chris finished the race in 2 hours 43 seconds. He also represented his alma mater proudly by wearing Molloy gear during the race. Great job, Chris!

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Anna Mae Smith, mother of Kenny Smith ’83. We offer our sincerest condolences to Kenny and the Smith family, and pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Smith. Please keep Mrs. Smith and her family in your prayers.

 Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Mary L. Dantini McNamara, mother of Br. Patrick McNamara, FMS. | Click Here for More Information

 It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Randolph C. Baird, father of current senior Megan Baird ’17. Please keep the Baird family in your prayers during this difficult time.