August 2021 Newsletter
A Message From Our Alumni President
I hope you enjoyed a safe and happy few months as the beginning of the school year closes the summer of 2021. Your alumni committee remained active and sponsored an alumni social on July 18, and as a true mark of success, we had nearly all decades of Xavier alumni represented, and everyone stayed until the end of the event.
We have a great year ahead and I hope you will take an active part. As we commit to bringing alumni together this year, we will sponsor social events and reach as many interests as possible. To that end, on Sunday, Sept. 19, we will have a motorcycle tour beginning and ending at Perkatory Coffee Roasters in Middletown (alumni-owned business). We will meet at 7:30 a.m. for a 50-mile ride, arriving back for coffee at around 9 a.m. You are welcome to ride or join us for coffee. We are open to your ideas and energy, and you are always welcome to let us know your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Brian Farrell '86, Alumni Association President
Our Simplicity Prayer
The Xaverian value for this school year will be “simplicity,” and Brother Philip Revell, C.F.X., has written a prayer to be utilized throughout the 2021-2022 academic year:
“Loving God, look upon us with kindness and draw our hearts to you, that we may treasure your love and goodness above all else. In simplicity of heart and mind keep us in the way of your beloved Son who taught us to seek your Kingdom above all created things. Fill us with the generosity that sees the face of Jesus in all whom we meet. Give us a spirit of generosity to respond to the needs of the poor and afflicted and help us to live simply so that all people may share in the bounty of your creation. Amen.”
Thirty-Eight Years Later ...
Two 1983 grads recently caught up with each other: Paul Kostacopoulos and Michael Lombardo. Kostacopoulos is the head baseball coach at the U.S. Naval Academy and Lombardo is a 1987 Naval Academy graduate. Kostacopoulos will begin his 17th season as the Navy coach in 2022; he is the program’s second-winningest head coach with 481 victories. In 30-plus years as a head coach at the college level he has a record of 985-652-7 (.601). Lombardo's son, who is in high school, was playing in a travel baseball tournament and had games at Navy. Lombardo is an Assistant Vice President at Valkyrie Enterprises, in the Washington, D.C., area.
Around The Campus
More than 100 incoming seniors attended the The 50th Xavier Leadership Institute (XLI). The banners they built to welcome the freshman class hang in the gym. Last week, our freshmen came here for the annual Falcon Blast in which seniors participated. This week orientation for sophomores was Monday, for juniors on Tuesday. Tomorrow (Sept. 1) freshmen and seniors are here. First day of classes for everyone is Thursday (Sept. 2).
Xavier senior Drew Kron represented high school students and student-athletes by speaking at a recent joint press conference between the CIAC, the state's high school sports governing body; and the Connecticut Department of Health. The press conference was to promote vaccinations for all high school students and was attended by many dignitaries who also spoke, including Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz. Part of Kron's message: "To all my fellow student-athletes out there who have not been activated yet, I encourage you to sign up and stay in the game." Kron, 17, who plays football and baseball at Xavier, has already accepted a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Connecticut.
Gabe Chavez '23 has made the U-17 Peru National Soccer Team. Chavez played at Oakwood in Glastonbury and then for an NYCFC program. NYCFC is New York City Football Club, a pro team in MLS (Major League Soccer), which has various youth programs and academies. From there he caught the eye of the soccer federation in Peru and made their U-17 National Team.
After one year of “retirement,” Ms. Jayne Vitale is back. She will be teaching art classes in a part-time roll and moderating the art club. She retired after the 2019-2020 school year after 34 years at Xavier but has returned, a benefit to the school and its students. She impacted a lot of lives in those 34 years. Wrote one person on Facebook after we had written a story in 2020 on her retirement: “Hands down, one of the best souls I have ever encountered!” Always present and always involved in all things Xavier. She has shaped many young men over the years and each of us is better for having her as a teacher and mentor.”
Sept. 10: Alumni Golf Classic, Portland Golf Course. ... First football game, vs. Norwich Free Academy, 7 p.m., Larry McHugh Field, Xavier.
Sept. 12: Grandparent's Mass, 10 a.m., reception, 11 a.m., at Xavier (all are welcome; please RSVP to Suzanne Berry at 860-346-7735, Ext. 737, or to email@example.com.
A Few Reminders
July 2021 Newsletter
Remembering Brother Houlihan
This is from a eulogy by Brother Robert J. Green, C.F.X., who was at Xavier from 1979-1985 and is the Director of Xaverian House in Danvers, Mass., where many Xaverian Brothers now reside. "Living with Bob Houlihan was as you'd imagine it to be: not particularly quiet and monastic, but welcoming, and marked by energy and laughter and disagreements and discussions. Houli was never unkind nor a man of few words, and he would have us believe his opinions were most often correct. He loved being with the Brothers, and relished times at home on Orchard Street and at other North Shore sites with family members, neighbors and friends."
Click HERE for Brother Houlihan's obituary.
Walk-A-Thon & Other Campus Happenings
Upgraded Furniture, Thanks To Class Of '21
Each year senior class representatives reach a consensus on a senior gift idea that will help students for years to come. A letter is then sent to all seniors and their parents. Since this was the Class of 2021, the request was for each student to contribute $20.21.
This year the money went toward new furniture to replace the existing furniture that needed upgrading. Due to the generosity of the senior class and the students' parents, there are 17 new chairs in the front foyer and outside the Dining Hall to serve students as a place to study and socialize before and after school. The furniture has power outlets and USB ports.