Golden Jubilee Reunion
Class Golden Anniversary was held in San Francisco between 14 and 17 December 2014. We were the guests of our classmate, Harry
Schlitt. The recording of the College Toasts was courtesy of Charles Rooney, our classmate.
Harry Schlitt, Jan Schachern,
John Mulvihill, Marilyn Hardesty, Dakin Matthews, Ann Matthews, Charles Rooney, Geri Rooney, Michael Sheehan, Wayne Ressler,
Bard Zenson, Marilyn Zenson, Don Zanon, Geri Zanon, Jim Toner, Susan Toner, Don Schmitz, Jim Eblen, Joe Lynaugh, Martin Geraghty,
Paul Kwiatkowski, Harry Meyer, Bill McDonnell, Charles Mulligan, Jeri Mulligan, John Albosta, Tom Marlier, Barbara Marlier.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Register at Holiday Inn Express Fisherman’s Wharf, 1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133, where the telephone is
5:00PM Opening Prayer at
the PORZIUNCOLA (610 Vallejo
St) Opening Mixer at
the Shrine of St. Francis (15 min walk, 5 min taxi)
sweater or jacket suggested.
6:00 Dinner: IDEALe
(Chef Maurizio Bruschi, Roma) Hosted. 1315 Grant Street (between Vallejo and
Green Street). Phone: (415) 391-4129.
Suite OPEN: Holiday
DIES NON…free to explore the city,
the wharf, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Embarcadero.
3:45 Bus from Holiday
Inn to Shrine
Mass: Shrine of St. Francis (ALB/STOLE
5:00 Bus to Golden
Gate Yacht Club (Hosted
Cocktails) Bob Mulhern.
6:15 Bus from GGYC
to Capurro’s on the Wharf Restaurant, 498 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. Telephone: (415) 771-9371.
Restaurant opened in 1946, and is two blocks from your hotel.
Capurro’s on the Wharf Chef: Paul
Capurro, San Francisco…Hosted
8:30 Mass for DISCEASED CLASSMATES: at HOTEL
Breakfast hosted followed by Open Forum: Facilitator:
Miles O’Brien Riley
10:30 Depart by Bus “bum
run” to Healdsburg in the Wine Country.
12:00 Hosted luncheon at MARTORANA FAMILY
VINEYARDS; BOCCE Tournament.
4:00 Bus Returns to Hotel.
5:00 Hospitality room open
Evening FREE for individuals to
experience dining at your pleasure.
December 17, 2014
wished to remain made their own arrangements with the Hotel.
groups going to the airport, the hotel was happy to arrange transportation.
REUNION REGISTRATION: $200 PER PERSON, which covered the following six items:
1. Hospitality Suite: Monday/Tuesday
2. Opening Mixer:
Shrine of St. Francis
3. Opening Dinner IDEALe
Celebratory Dinner Capurro
5. Bus Transportation to Wine Country
6. Memento Gift
THE THREE TOASTS
Fr. Marty Geraghty, "TOAST TO POPE FRANCIS
I" 12/13/14 , on the occasion of the Reunion in San Francisco for the 50th anniversary
of the ordination of the 1965 class at North American College in Rome.
Last summer at Castel Gandolfo, a young guy named Stefano
from northern Italy, an engineering student 19 years old, handed a letter to the Pope.
Francis took it and put it in his pocket and read it that night.
The next day, Monday afternoon,
at 4 PM, Stefano in northern Italy gets a phone call. "Stefano, this is your
bishop Francesco.” Stefano doesn't believe it "This can't be." He says
"Stefano, I read your letter. It's a beautiful spiritual journey. I want to join you on your journey.” Stefan had used
the formal Italian "Lei,” the third person singular. This made all the
news in Italy. Francis said, "Stefano, Parliamoci del tu” the local way
of saying we will speak in the second person singular. "Say 'tu,’ don't say ‘lei’ Let us speak as friends; I am your brother.”
I'm going to toast three
things tonight. I'm going to toast, what he calls "go to the periphery, and
smell like the sheep, if you call yourself a shepherd." I would like to toast
would also like to toast which he calls the sense of hearing, an encounter. 50
years ago this year, when we were still in Rome, those of us who were in Rome at that time, we were there when Pope Paul VI
met with Patriarch Athanagorus at an encounter in Jerusalem, and said we have to get together East and West. Paul VI and Athanagorus said. "We have to heal the wounds." Then, two weeks ago, 50 years after we were there, Francis I met with Bartholomew
in Constantinople. Both of them used the words "full communion." It's taken 50 years, our 50 years, to get to where we are
talking about "full communion." And we're going to make it happen. As Francis said, "it can only happen by human encounter. We
have to look each other in the eye. We have to see each other. We have to embrace. That's the encounter, because Jesus
Christ himself is the encounter. If we do not encounter, we will not make this
next step.” I'm going to ask a toast to encounter.
Finally, I'm going to ask you to toast the
third thing about this wonderful person that I like and I hope you like. He's
talking about "Synodality.” He's using this word in a new way, because,
it means, and it meant with Bartholomew, that we can have different marriage disciplines, and we can still be in full communion. You can do it that way and we can do it our way.
Maybe in our communion the Filipinos can feel one way and the Asians can feel another. And
we can still be the same church.
Then he brought back an old word that we all love, "parousia”, "speak the truth with courage." He said, "Don't be afraid to say it, he told the bishops at the Synod, "don't hold
back because you think I'll be offended. Speak as the disciples spoke, with
frankness. Say what you believe that the Spirit has given you to say, even if
you think folks are going to disagree with you. Say it! And then listen humbly.” A whole new way of engaging
all the bishops of the world, and all of us as disciples. I invite you all to
toast this wonderful Francis I.
Jim Eblen, "Toast to The
North American College" 12/13/14
, on the occasion of the Reunion in San Francisco for the 50th anniversary of
the ordination of the 1965 class at North American College in Rome.
I toast the
college as a gateway. For me and
for many of you, as a young man the College told me what was Roman about the
Catholicism I practiced. It told
those years what an ecumenical council looked like for real.
I toast the college as a gateway to what
theology can become with 27 different Jesuits putting their stamp on it.
I toast the
college for the diversity of ecclesial geography that I learned there, that
exists in America, and which has given me a sense always that, whatever our
diocese may be, I was able to know people all across the country in other
situations. Somehow that strengthened and gave hope to my faith, that it was
bigger than anything I knew, still, when we were back in this country.
North American invited me and encouraged me to know the likes of all of you,
about as diverse a crowd as I could ever meet.
That has opened my mind and my heart in wonderful ways that can never
close again because of all those gifts that have been received.
I am only thrilled that we can be here to
celebrate them, 50 years later.
Dick Matthews, "Toast
to The NATION." 12/13/14
the occasion of the Reunion in San Francisco for the 50th anniversary of the
ordination of the 1965 class at North American College in Rome.
I want to toast not so much the United States of America, as
the idea of the United States of
America. The deep contradiction
exists at the heart of our republic, which is not just unity in diversity, but
also the crazy idea that our government is built on the consent of the
governed, not a consent once given that can be withdrawn, but an unwithdrawable consent to be in a union -- an idea pretty
much invented by Abraham Lincoln
principle behind the Civil War. It
not just that no state is so different from any other state that it cannot be
included in the union-- why we expanded from 13 to 50 states -- but also that
no state is so different that it ever has to be removed from the union or even can be removed from the union or can
even remove itself from the union. We
are bound together for life like galley slaves, lashed together, even to our
deepest enemies. Perhaps because
whatever our differences, we have to go together or the ship of state will
What the idea of the union represents
is the simultaneous
acknowledgment and celebration off necessary unity and necessary diversity,
which is a macrocosm of our familial, social and even intimately personal
lives, riddled with contradictions, which we spend our lives trying to
reconcile. We are imperfect and
on going. So yes, our country was
colonized on the crime of genocide, our economies grew on the crime of slavery,
the state of our union now exists on the crime of social and economic inequality.
We have the burden of not one but many original sins. We almost never live up to our ideals, but
the ideals are still there in our founding documents, in our secular
Bible. Even when sometimes like
seems to be more division than unity, that crazy idea and ideal is still there in
the words that we are “all created equal.”
We have God-given rights that cannot be taken from us. We are entitled to govern ourselves and we
are indeed ultimately capable of it. And
though many we must still strive to become one without ever losing our
diversity. To which I add we will be judged as a nation and as a people by how
we help the helpless, and how we embrace into one the different.
So here's to us, always struggling to be
united as one America.
The first Apostolic Exhortation of
Pope Francis is entitled Evangelii Gaudium, and was issued on 24 November 2013. You can access the 85 page
document by a click on the address below:
This morning, Sunday 24 January 2010, the Chicago Sun Times had an article on page 18A.
I give the exact citation in case you think that this may be an Urban Legend! You may be interested, because I believe that
our class is the only class, certainly from Europe, with its own Blog Web Site
in operation since 2004, in addition to a regular Web Site.
POPE URGES PRIESTS TO BLOG
Vatican City --
Pope Benedict XVI gave priests a new commandment: Go forth and blog.
pope has stepped up his presence on the Web, and now he's urging priests to use the multimedia tools to preach the Gospel
and engage in dialogue with people of other religions and cultures.
Just using e-mail or surfing
the Web is not enough: Priests should use cutting-edge technologies to express themselves and lead their communities,
Benedict said in a message released by the Vatican. Priests are "challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the
latest generation of audiovisual resources," he said.
He suggests priests use images, videos,
animated features, blogs and Web Sites. Benedict said young priests should become familiar with
new media while still in the seminary.
Click: North American College Class of 1965 Blogs
Click for the latest Papal Documents, including Spe Salvi (30 Nov. 2008).
Click for Cultural Awareness link
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