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   DWS 2011 Reunion !!!!!  -  October 1st, 2011 -  Click Here!

 

Hello Alumni of Divine Word Seminary Bordentown,

There is going to be another Alumni get together this coming Oct. 1, 2011 – a Saturday – here on the Divine Word grounds.  It is our hope that it will be as successful a turn out of alumni as was our last gathering in 2005.  We are  informing everyone  early so that  you can set this date aside on your calendar to once again walk the grounds and buildings where once you spent your high school years and meet up with former classmates, teachers, priests and Brothers.

 Fr. Mark Swope , of the Archdiocese of Phila. and of the class of 81 is the coordinator who will run the preparations for the day. He already held his first meeting of the Committee this past Wednesday, Janaury 19th, 2011.  His committee members are John Sikorski, class of ’75, Rich Peterone, class of ’82, Mike Hanlon, class of ’83, and Jeff Elzer, class of ’84.  I am serving as a liaison with the SVD and I am a proud member of the class of ’54.

 The Committee is preparing an interesting agenda for the day and is hoping to have some of your former teachers and staff here –just as they came for the 2005 gathering.  Mr. and Mrs. J. McCullough,  Fr. Vic Butler, Fr. Elmer Nadicksbernd, Fr. Tom Griffith, Fr. Martin Padovani, Fr, Leo Dusheck, Mrs. Maggie Bessette,  Bro. Jim Zabransky, Fr. Charles Heskamp, etc. .

 Let me update you on the priests and Brothers presently assigned to our Bordentown Community.  Most of you remember Fr. Victor Butler, Fr.Martin Padovani, and Fr. Patrick Connor, Bro. Xavier Eshman, and I from your days here.  Presently we are some 19 priests and Brothers assigned here.  We were thrilled to get Bro. Xavier back from having spent some 27 years in Paraguay ….and he looks the same as he did when he left. He continues to be the hard worker that he always was.  The other priests and Brothers generally have come from the missions or our parishes are semi-retired.  They are a wonderful group of men who have spent their lives serving the Lord throughout the world. Our Rector is Brother Patrick Hogan who spends a good part of his life teaching at our Fu Jen University in Taiwan .

 Since our last gathering in 2005, the Lord called to heaven Fr. Paul Connors, Fr. Norm St. John, Bro. Rich Morrill,   Fr. Francis Mahon.  Just recently Bro Bob Zalikowski’s Mother passed onto eternity.

 Many of you remember Fr. Dave Striet.  He continues on in Rome at our SVD Generalate doing a phenomenally wonderful work as secretary. Although he has been there since the late 1980s, he enjoys his work and knows Rome and the Vatican well.  It would be great if we could get him back for the reunion.  We will surely invite him to come.

 Let me sign off for now and assure you that we here in the Divine Word Community keep all of you and your families in our daily prayers.

 I hope to see you all in October at the gathering.

 Peace,

Raymond T. Lennon, SVD
Bordentown Class of 1954
Principal DWS Bordentown 1975 - 1982