This page is designed to keep our members and
friends up-to-date on what is happening within the Association.
For Catholic Education
Philadelphia North Catholic Schools
Hall of Fame
On October 2016, the Association and, by
extension, the Scholarship Fund were inducted into the Philadelphia
North Catholic Schools Hall of Fame. We were recognized for our
contribution of more than $5 Million Dollars in support of Catholic
Education. Also honored in the inaugural Class of Inductees were
Monsignor Charles McGroarty, former pastor of St. Matthew's Parish, and
Karen Creachen (widow of John, '67), a teacher from Mother of Divine
Grace School who has been teaching for 46 years.
the Association at the banquest held at the FOP Heroes Hall were
(clockwise from lower left): Thomas P. Morgan, '64, Past
President & Historian, Jeffrey W. Brown, '79, Past President &
Assistant Secretary, Father Neil F. Kilty, OSFS, '59, Chaplain,
Patrick J. Boyle, '49, Past President, Leonard F. Knobbs, '53,
Past President & Executive Secretary-Treasurer, John T. Musial,
'63, Past President, Stephen A. Cardullo, '72, Past President &
Secretary, Jeffrey C. Rzepczynski, '88, First Vice President,
Albert P. Waskiewicz, '79, President & Chairman of the Board of
Trustees, and John R. Hanejko, '65, Past President & Assistant
Executive Secretary-Assistant Treasurer. The past
presidents are also Trustees of the Association and the
Waskiewicz, '79, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, and Len Knobbs,
'53, wearing the medals they received upon induction, of behalf
of the Association. Father Kilty holds the lucite award
that was presented to the Association and it currently occupies
a place of honor in the Alumni House. President Waskiewicz
delivers acceptance remarks on behalf of the Association.
'53, Treasurer of the Scholarship Fund, expresses the gratitude
of the Fund upon being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
In a photo
after the ceremony, President Al Waskiewicz (2nd from left) were
Secretary Steve Cardullo, '72, Executive Secretary Treasurer Len
Knobbs, '53, 2nd Vice President Joe Pilawsky, '71, and Class
Representative Larry Keefe, '57.
We are happy to report that we have moved to our new home - 2700 Rhawn
Street (SEC Rhawn and Fairfield Sts. - one block east of Roosevelt
Blvd.) See photos below. All our equipment and some of the NECHS memorabilia
came with us. What we received when the school closed is now
proudly displayed. The Shrine of Our Lady Fatima
and the plaques honoring our members who died during World War II,
Korea, and Viet Nam, which was the property of the Association came with
us have been reconstructed at the site. The men pictured below -
alumni and friends and relatives - were responsible for getting us moved
Since June, 2010 when we
we've made a number of improvements to the building and property, not
the least of which, was installing the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in
the rear yard. Of course, the plaques honoring the memory of the
265 alumni who gave their lives for their country in World War II,
Korea, and Vietnam are next to Our Lady. The Shrine was dedicated by Father Kilty on
Memorial Day, 2011.
The office as you walk in from the
entrance on Fairfield Street is the nerve center of your Association.
On the walls are a number of mementos of accomplishments from years
past. The desk on the right belonged to the secretary to the
President of NECHS and was made by Frank Fedele, '64. Above the
mantle on the left is an original cartoon by Bil Keane, '40
Two views of the operations
center where all mailings are produced. It is also used for
committee meetings and meetings of the Board of Trustees of the
Scholarship Fund. On the far right is the plaque honoring those
killed in Vietnam which hung at the end of the first floor corridor at
North. It now graces a wall in one of our Memorial Rooms.
Something new was added in
the summer of '13. Thanks to Mariana Bracetti Academy, the charter
school that purchased the NECHS building, we were able to secure the
banner above which was the top the marquee on the corner of Torresdale &
Hunting Park Aves. With some expert craftmanship, we were able to
cut it to size, frame it appropriately and it now hangs in a place of
honor in our operations center.
Some the Catholic League
Championship shields given to us when school closed. Our Hall of
Fame which honors our Outstanding Alumni, Outstanding Achievement Award
recipients, Honorary members, and past Presidents and Chaplains.
Some of the sports memorabilia that were presented to us.
On the left some more sports
memorabilia. On the right, the NECHS Hall of Fame plaques and a
tapestry honoring the 1956 City Championship football team.
Between the Hall of Fame plaques are three items of interest. The
Crucifix is from the chapel at North. Just below is a school
shield which dates to 1932, and, finally, the podium which graced the
stage at North since it was presented as a graduation gift by the Class
A wall with the trophies we
were able to obtain from the school. Center is a number of the citations
the school received from local and state government over the years.
Some banners and pennants gathered over the years, in particular, one
honoring the basketball teams achievements.
Some more memorabilia, in
particular an autographed picture of honorary member, Pope John Paul II,
and a plaque honoring the legendary Father Thomas "Knobby" Walsh, Hon.
'66. On the right, plaques and photos honoring former alumni, an
original "Reds" Falcon cartoon by Jerry Buckley, '50, and a copy of the
recruitment poster emphasizing that the "right direction" was North.
Now that you've had glimpse, why not stop by and view the building first
hand. Give us a call at 215-543-1051 to make sure someone is
Some additional items have
been recently acquired by what we lovingly call the Northeast Catholic
Museum. The family of Father Dan McLernan, OSFS, '34, North's
long-time soccer coach donated the plaque the school awarded to
outstanding players in the 90's and his plaque commemorating his
induction into the NECHS Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008.
Another recent addition came
courtesy of Bill Maher, '53, shown as he presented to the Association.
It is the sweater awarded to the 1952 City Championship Football Team.
Bill was an end on that team. The sweater now proudly hangs in one
of our trophy rooms.
Anniversary Golf Classic at
Riverton Country Club
Our Chaplain, Father Neil
Kilty, OSFS, '59 and Golf Classic Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, chat over
lunch prior to the tee-off. This foursome included Billy Green,
James Boyce, Bill Woltjen, '82, and Allen Taylor.
Lunch is always enjoyable as
the participants - Andy Macready and Ken Olejniczak, '81 - stock up
prior to challenging the course. This foursome includes Charlie
McKee, Lloyd Feigenbaum, Judy Welde
and her son Patrick.
Enjoying lunch are (l. to
r.) Bob Carr, Charlie Hines, and Emmett Ruane, '55. The 80's were
well represented by (l. to r.) Tom Klingenberg, '81, Mike Ritchie, '84,
Mike McBride, '81, and Ken Olejniczak, '81.
Classic Chairman Tom Morgan,
'64, is surrounded by Jim Fenerty of Celtic Shirts, one of our very
generous supporters and Jim McCourt, '65. This foursome includes
the Silver Sponsors of Fairmount Pharmacy and McCafferty-Sweeney Funeral
Home and includes (l. to r.) Bob Woltjen, '83, Jerry Volgraf, '81, a
guest, and John Barnes, '89. Our ever popular Gold Sponsor Joe and
Friends includes Jason Pacetti, '91, Joe Gabor, '61, Ray Brown, '91, and
Tony Aspite, '61.
The putting contest for a
cash prize always attracts number of participants - unfortunately, this
gentleman missed. Gold Sponsor Real Marq foursome included (l. to
r.) Pat Woods, '68, a guest, Ed Pawlowski, '68, Jim Meehan, '67, and Jason Marquess, '67.
Brian Callahan, '84 (far right) led this foursome.
John Smith, '74, Joe Kaiser,
'66, Mike Egan, and Mike Kaiser, '73, comprised this foursome.
John Walls, '55, Jim Walls, Jr., Tom Walls, '70, and Jim Walls, '66 made
up this group. Chris Scattergood, Andy Macready, Dave Wilson, and
Joe Walls, '60, are all smiles for our photographer.
This group features Tom
McKenna, '66, Jim Bargull, '66, Charles Meloro, '66, and Jim Cirillo,
'64. Don Liebsch, '56, Larry Carnesi, Lloyd Feigenbam, and Jim
Kelly, '54, are this happy
foursome. The Devine Clan plus the Russian - Kevin, '75, Jim, '76,
Joe Pilawsky, '71, and Bob, '73.
Another table at the awards
dinner filled with convivial spirits. Chairman Morgan's daughter,
Rachel, who along with his sister helped all day - ran the putting
contest, bringing water and refreshments to the on-course participants
and finally by selling the raffle tickets.
It's very obvious these
gentlemen are enjoying themselves - Jim Meehan, '67, Jim Bargull, '66,
Tom McKenna, '66, Charles Meloro, '66, and Jim Cirillo, '64.
Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, during the awards ceremony.
Jerry Volgraf, '81, Mike McBride, '81, Bob Woltjen, '83,
and Ken Olejniczak, '81, pose for our photographer. Jerry captured
the putting contest and then donated his winnings to the Scholarship
Fund. Brian Callahan, '84, and Bill Woltjen, '82, relax prior to
These gentlemen are
certainly enjoying themselves and that's before they learned they
won the Classic - John Walls, '55, Tom Walls, '70, Jim Walls, '66, and
Jim Walls, Jr. Former Golf Classic Chairman John Barnes, '89,
skillfully conducted an auction that raised significant funds.
Highlight of which was the embroidered NC jacket which was donated by
Jim and Ann Fenerty of Celtic Shirts. The successful bidder was
Charlie Meloro, '66.
These gentlemen are
certainly enjoying their dinner - Ray Brown, '91, Tony Aspite, '61, Joe
Gabor, '61, and Jason Pacetti, '91. Our lone lady golfer - Judy
Welde - poses beautifully for our photographer.
Chairman Tom Morgan, '64,
and Association President Al Waskiewicz, '79, pose with the check
symbolic of the grants awarded this year by the Scholarship Fund.
Our annual Memorial Day services
at the Shrine of Our Lady of
Fatima located on the Alumni House campus honor the 257 alumni brothers
who gave their lives in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. The event began with
Mass concelebrated at Resurrection of Our Lord Church by our Chaplain,
Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, Resurrection's Pastor, Father Joe Howarth,
Mass we adjourned to our facility for the services. Father Kilty,
with the assistance of Bob Kensil, '74, and Bill Wenglicki, '91,
conducts the service. Association President Al Waskiewicz, '79,
places the wreath at the base of the Shrine.
Some of the families of the
deceased and alumni members gather in the yard in prayerful silence and
respond to Father Kilty's prayers on behalf of our deceased heroes.
Our bugler sounds "Taps" as
our members join in in respectful silence and salutes. Third VP
Bob Kensil, '74, recites the prayer of the Catholic War Veterans.
A dues paying member may apply for a grant for his child(ren)
and/or grandchild(ren). Grants are awarded to attend any of the
following colleges/universities: Cabrini College,
Radnor, Pennsylvania; Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania; Georgian Court University, Lakewood, New Jersey; Gwynedd Mercy
University, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania; Holy Family University, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania; Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pennsylvania; LaSalle
University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Neumann University, Aston,
Pennsylvania; Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania; St. Charles
Borromeo Seminary College, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania; St. Joseph's
University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Villanova University,
Villanova, Pennsylvania. The applicant must be a senior in high
school to be eligible. Four grants of $25,000 are awarded to
applicants who meet our minimum academic and financial need requirements. They are payable in equal semi-annual
installments over four years providing the applicant meets our minimum
are also awarded to attend an
(arch)diocesan or parochial high school operated within the
canonical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden,
New Jersey, and/or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, New
Jersey. The applicant must be in the 8th grade to be eligible.
The grants are awarded to applicants who meet our minimum academic
and financial need requirements. Five grants at $15,000, and five at $10,000 are awarded. They are payable
in equal semi-annual installments over four years providing the
applicant meets our minimum academic standards.
Finally, grants are awarded to
attend a parochial grade school operated by a parish within the
canonical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden,
New Jersey, and/or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, New
Jersey. To be eligible, the applicant must be in the 5th
The grants are awarded to applicants who meet our minimum academic
and financial need requirements. Four grants of $6,000 and four grants of $3,000 are awarded.
They are payable in equal
semi-annual installments over three years providing the applicant
meets our minimum academic standards.
The first step in applying for a grants is the qualified (dues
payer) parent or grandparent must complete our
request form and
return it to the Fund Office - P. O. Box 7005, Philadelphia, PA
19149-0005 - The forms will be accepted during the period 12/1/15
2017 Scholarship Fund Recipients
The Board of Trustees of the
Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. met on May 2 and selected
the following young men and women as the recipients of this year's grants.
Knellinger - Archbishop Ryan HS - St. Joseph University
Kendal Kanagie - John W. Hallahan HS - Rosemont College
Michael Airey, Jr. - Millville Senior HS - Immaculata University
Hannah Boggs - Little Flower HS - Holy Family University
Ms. Knellinger, Ms. Kanagie, and Mr. Airey declined
our grants. Alternate Marisa Murphy, John W. Hallahan HS accepted and will
attend Chestnut Hill College. Alternate Alec Rodriguez declined our grant.
High School Grants
Kathryn McCole - Immaculate Heart of Mary
- John W. Hallahan HS
Schultz - St. Jerome - St. Hubert HS
Allie Bofinger - Mother of Divine Grace - Little Flower HS
Szychulski - Our Lady of Calvary - Archbishop Ryan HS
James Brown - Our Lady of Port Richmond - Roman Catholic HS
Dever - New Foundations Charter - Little Flower
DeCastro - St. Rose of Lima - Paul VI HS
Padraig Gillespie - Alexander Adaire - Roman Catholic HS
Gerner - Bishop Schad Regional - St. Joseph
Hannum - Christ the King - Archbishop Ryan HS
Meadow Sedowsky - St. Laurentius - John
W. Hallahan HS
Rylee Kanagie - St. Laurentius - John W. Hallahan HS
Whitaker - Franklin Towne Charter - Roman Catholic HS
Christopher McKenna, Jr. - Our Lady of Calvary - Archbishop
Gallagher - Holy Rosary Regional - Archbishop Carroll HS
Woods - Independence Charter - Roman Catholic HS
Mr. Hannum declined our grant.
Ms. Sedowsky's grant was increased to $12,000 and a $4,000 grant was accepted by
Ryan Becker, St. Katherine of Siena, to attend Roman Catholic HS.
Grade School Grants
Allison Szychulski - Maternity B. V. M.
Luke Douglas - St. Jerome
Christopher McCole, Jr. - Immaculate Heart of Mary
Gavin Lamb - Our Lady of Port Richmond
Kevin Bagnell - Christ the King
Nicholas DeLuca - St. Katherine of Siena
Sean Rola - Christ the King
Marshall - Our Lady of Calvary
The concelebrants and
acolytes in the sacristy at St. Martin of Tours prior to Mass: (l.
to r.) Fathers Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, Robert Mancini, OSFS, '66, and
David Devlin, OSFS, Jum Henes, '61, Father Joseph Morrissey, OSFS,
'66, Frank Kelly, '50, Father Edward Dougherty, MM, '67, and Abbott
Edmund M. Boyce, OSB, '55. Stan Witalec, '66, former President
of NECHS, served as Lector for Mass.
Members of the
congregation listen intently as Fr. Edward Dougherty, MM, '67
proclaims the Gospel.
Father Joseph Morrissey,
OSFS, '66, delivered an inspiring, and to the point, homily.
The concelebrants at the Offertory, Fathers Kilty, Mancini, Devlin,
Dougherty, Abbot Boyce, and Father Morrissey.
The communicants receive
the Holy Eucharist from Fathers Mancini and Devlin as Bill Wenglicki,
'91, leads the singing.
The congregation joins
Wenglicki in singing the recessional hymn.
President Al Waskiewicz,
'79, conducts the annual general membership meeting. Among those
listening to his words were (l. to r.) Pete Pritz, '46, two gentlemen
not known to the photographer, Frank Nessel, '50, his son, Mark, Class
Rep. Frank Kelly, '50, and Vince Furlong, '50.
Local comic Pat O'Donnell
served as the Toastmaster. Our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS,
'59, delivers his usual short, snappy remarks which includes thanking
all of the participants in our annual Memorial Mass - the concelebrants,
homilist, lector, cantor, and altar servers. Father Joseph G.
Morrissey, OSFS, '66, the Homilist at Mass, and General Treasurer of the
Oblates of St. Francis de Sales brought us up-to-date on the Oblates and
thanked us for all the Association does for them.
Hall of Fame Committee
Chairman Len Knobbs, '53, explains the history of the Hall of Fame.
Among those sitting at the table in the forefront are (l. to r.) Marty
McCormick, '52, (partially hidden) Bob McDonnell, '53, Vince Sesso, '58,
and unknown gentleman, and Father Edward Dougherty, MM, '67.
David Livewell, '85, our Hall of
Fame recipient in the field of Arts/Entertainment/Education, as he
prepares to deliver his acceptance remarks. This table includes
(l. to r.) Steve Magurn, '70, Jim Kelly, '70, Dennis Kelly, '67, Mike
Kaiser, '73, and with his back to the camera - John Peteraf, '70.
Len Knobbs, '53, presents
Abbot Edmund M. Boyce, OSB, '55, with a plaque emblematic of his
induction into the Hall of Fame in the category of Religion/ Science.
Abbott Boyce delivering his acceptance remarks. Thomas P. Morgan,
'64, our recipient in the field of Service expresses his gratitude for
his award. President Al Waskiewicz, '79, delivers his "state of
the Association" address.
Former US Congressman
Michael G. Fitzpatrick delivered the principal address and was the
recipient of our Annual Outstanding Achievement Award. 1966 Class
Reps Ray Rysak and Ed Jaskowiak present President Waskieiwicz with a
$3500 check for the Scholarship Fund. The check represents funds
raised in connection with their Golden Anniversary Reunion held last
Father Morrissey accepts a
check from President Waskiewicz for the Oblate foreign missions from
funds collected at the Breakfast and an added amount from the
Association. Immediate Past President Jeff Brown, '79, accepts a
plaque symbolic of his service from his classmate and current President
Mike Fitzpatrick accepts the
Outstanding Achievement Award from President Waskiewicz. Len
Knobbs, '53, presents Historian and former president Tom Morgan, '64,
with the plaque symbolizing his induction into the NECHS Hall of Fame.
Tom proudly wears the lapel pin given to all Hall of Fame members.
Knobbs presents Dave
Livewell, '85, with his Hall of Fame plaque and lapel pin. Our
Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, and Father David Devlin, OSFS,
'66, principal celebrant at the Memorial Mass pose for our photographer.
John F. Handley, '58,
accepts a plaque from President Wakiewicz honoring him for his 50 years
of service on the Associations Board of Governors. John is the
sixth man in the history of the Association to have served 50 years on
the Board. The current Executive Board poses for their inclusion
in the history of the Association. They are: (l. to r.) Tom
Morgan, '64, Historian; Jeff Brown, '79, Assistant Secretary; Jim
O'Connor, '61, 2nd Assistant Treasurer; Joe Pilawsky, '71, 2nd Vice
President; Len Knobbs, '53, Executive Secretary-Treasurer; Al Waskiewicz,
'79, President; John Hanejko, '65, Assistant Executive
Secretary-Assistant Treasurer; Jim Henes, '61, 4th Vice President; and
Steve Cardullo, '72, Secretary. Missing from the photo are Jeff
Rzepczynski, '88, 1st Vice President; and Bob Kensil, '74, 3rd Vice
Jim Kelly, '70, and Tom
Morgan, '64, greet "Great and Glorious St. Patrick" before the start of
the parade. Here we are stepping off - in the front ranks - Shawn
Frizzle, '90, Al Waskiewicz, '79, John Garson, '72, Joe Lamb, '93, Jim
Kelly, '70, Bob Kensil, '74, and Len Knobbs, '53.
Along the way, we are
greeted by North Catholic Alumni and supporters - Jack O'Neill, '66 and
his wife Marie. The Petaccio brothers - Jason, '95, Joe, '89,
And still more supporters -
John Colfer, President of AOH Division 22 greets member Len Knobbs - and
Tom Morgan, '64, exchanges greetings with Fox 29 TV reporter Bob Kelly,
Activities Chairman Jeff
Rzepczynski, '88, enjoying the food prior to the Comedy Show held at AOH
Division 39. The food and drink were great! We are indebted
to the Division for their hospitality. The show which was equally
great and highly entertaining featured comedians (l to r) John Kensil,
Mike Stankiewicz, and Tim Grill. The show was produced by Mike
Dougherty, '74 (far right).
This was a full table of
revelers - down the left side - Maryellen and Bob Kensil, '74, Steve
Cardullo, '72, John Garson, '72, who is hiding Jerry Hanejko, '70, John
Hanejko, '65 - and up the right side - Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, Vince
Rzepczynski, '11, Joyce Hanejko, Janet Hanejko, Kathy and Jeff Brown,
'79. The ladies and gentlemen at this table really look like their
having fun. Unfortunately, our photographer didn't get their
The comics at work -
John Kensil - Tim Grill - Mike Stankiewicz. Their humor was funny
and contagious. A great night!!
Joe Pilawsky, '71,(4th on
the left) and Jack Devine, '69 (4th on the right) and Brian Devine, '80
(3rd on the right) are joined by a number of Russian Joe's Painters'
Union buddies and their wives. Counter clockwise from right:
John Handley, '58, Ron Kliniewski, '62, and Frank Kelly, '50, are joined
by two gentlemen.
Lined up at the door waiting
to greet our guests are (l. to r.) Chairman John Hanejko, '65, Tom
Morgan, '64, and Bill Smith, '53. Gary McNulty, '59, entertains
the ladies - Joyce Hanjeko and Barbara Knobbs.
themselves are these two trios. Left - Joe Lamb, '93, Mark Toner,
'80, and friend. Right - Ray Rysak, '66, Bob Birney, '64, and
A number of long time attendees -
Jerry, '51, and Mrs. McCool, Ramiro, '60, and Mrs. Yabor.
The photo on the right features Jim Dugan, '63 (center) and friends.
This corner of the bar
features Charlie O'Donnell, '53, friends, and Charlie Meissler, '71
(green shirt). John Hanejko and '65 classmate Jim Fogarty.
Another group of long time
participants, the Nilan Family - Rich, '76, Rich, '02, Grandpop and Mrs.
Nilan. We didn't get the names of this lovely couple - sorry!
Something our photographer
said or did really tickled the Musial's - John, '63, Margaret Mary, and
Wanda. Immediate Past President Jeff Brown, '79, and his wife
Ann & Ed McKenna, '63
(center) and friends. Another lovely couple whose names our
photographer neglected to obtain - Sorry!
Bill Pellegrini, '71 (red
shirt) and friend had a great time. Left to right: Bernie Grill, Len Knobbs, '53,
Jack Devine, '69.
54 Alumni and friends
journeyed to Trenton to watch the Reading Fightin Phils lose to the
Trenton Thunder. Despite the rain and cold weather everyone had a
great time - so they say! Brian Devine, '80, and his wife.
Tom Morgan, '64, and his grandchildren and then Steve Cardullo, '72, and
his wife. Mrs. Peteraf, Ron Kliniewski, '62, and John Peteraf,
At this table enjoying the
buffet which was part of our admission package are Kathleen Knobbs-Coleman,
Barbara Knobbs, Robert Knobbs, and Frank Kelly, '50. John Garson,
'72 and his wife are stretching their legs.
Jim Kelly, '70 along with his wife and
father-in-law. A view of the picturesque park as darkness descends
John Malone, '47, and
his wife smilingly pose for our photographer. Obviously
enjoying themselves are President Jeff Brown, '79, John Cassidy,
'44, and John Malone, '47.
Joe Muffler, '49, Frank
Kelly, '50, and his lady friend Jean; standing are Walt Kirwan, '56, and
his wife. At this table we have (clockwise from lower left)
Nancy McCormick, Matt Fasbinder, '52, Jim Foley, '52, Bill Degnan,
'52, Frank Noonan, '51, and Marty McCormick, '52.
Some of the Class of '49
- Bill Hettel, Joe Kain, Jerry Murphy, Stephanie Hettel, and Pat
Boyle. This contingent from the Class of '53, had one outsider
and he (Joe Pajak, '50) has his back to the camera. Clockwise
from left - John Pajak, Barbara Knobbs, Dolores and Bob McDonnell, Tom and
Patricia Gilligan, Frank and Jean MacLeod, and Bill Smith.
Wayne McKeever, '53,
Luncheon Chairman Tom Dougherty, '51 and his wife Ellie, Arline McKeever,
Matt Berenato, '51, and Jack Bonner, '51, along with a couple of
gentlemen are photographer couldn't capture in the photo fill this
table. Among the Class of '56 in attendance were Joe Mulcahy,
Gene Mather, Tom O'Rourke, Ron Secoda, Dolores Mulcahy, Mrs. Secoda,
Jack McErlean, Bill Chase, and Walt Rider.
We got the photographer
to take another shot of this table so Joe Pajak, '50, could prove he
was there! That's him at the head of the table making the OK
The Class of '10 enters Holy
Innocents Church for the last Baccalaureate Mass for NECHS.
Families and friends of
graduates filled Holy Family University field house to overflowing.
The graduating class processes in under the watchful eye of Father
Vincent Smith, OSFS, school president.
Joining the Class of '10 in
singing the Alma Mater are: Father Robert Bazzoli, OSFS, '77
(Pastor of Our Mother of Consolation parish; Father Michael Murray, OSFS,
former NECHS principal and president; Father John Fisher, OSFS, teacher
at NECHS; Father Nicholas Waseline, OSFS, North's principal; Father
James Greenfield, OSFS, Provincial of the Oblates'
Wilmington-Philadelphia Province; Most Rev. Robert Maginnis, auxiliary
bishop of Philadelphia; Father Vincent Smith, NECHS president; Michael
McCall, '10, Valedictorian, and Robert Franco, '10, Salutatorian.
Sadly, this was the last
time the NECHS banner will fly over a graduation ceremony.
Class of '11
The young men pictured above
left: (1st row l. to r.) Robert Dunphy, Matthew Dugan, Thomas Goodyear,
Dylan Marnoch, Raymond Kolakowski, (2nd row l. to r.) Jeremy Reith,
Michael Negroni, Thaddeus Meyers, Patrick Bradley, and Andrew Mitchell
returned to North on May 7, 2011 to celebrate their Senior Prom.
On the right the boys pose with their dates for posterity.
Abramson, Jeremy Reith, Joseph Janda, Thomas McGowan, Ray
Kolakowski, and Justin Zarzycki on the steps at their Alma Mater
after their graduation from Judge on June 8, 2011. These
young men are eligible to join the Association and some already
have. We look forward to hearing from this year's
graduates from other schools who spent at least one year at
Brendan Bradley, '11 (l.)
and his best friend, Erik Crudele, '11, pose on the steps of NECHS which
they specially decorated for their graduation pictures (albeit from
Ryan). As you can see they altered the marquee outside North to
reflect their sentiments.
On Sunday, June 6, 2010, the
School and the Association combined to host a closing Mass and luncheon
for alumni and friends of the school. At the concelebrated Mass,
Jeff Brown, '79, Association 1st Assistant Treasurer and Len Knobbs,
'53, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, proclaimed the readings.
Hank Stahl, '66, Association
2nd V. P., read the intercessions. Father Vincent Smith, OSFS,
'74, NECHS president delivered an inspiring homily. After Mass,
Association President John Hanejko, '65, welcomed the crowd and advised
them that the Association would continue and would maintain all of the
Executive Secretary Ed White, '55, and 2nd Assistant Treasurer Joe
Mulawka, '51, presented the gifts. At the conclusion of Mass, the
entire assemblage rose as one and sang the Alma Mater.
Three classmates from '59 relax
and enjoy the luncheon (l. to r.) Helen and Ed Alegado, Kathleen and Tom
McAvoy, and Bill FitzPatrick. Another table of alumni enjoying the
Someone got the bright idea
of taking a photo of everyone on the front steps. Needless to say
by the time a ladder was found and the photo was snapped total chaos
Keep this picture and the
memories it invokes forever alive in your hearts and minds!
Prior to the 82nd Annual Northeast
Catholic - Frankford Thanksgiving Day Classic, a number of alumni
gathered in the LaSalle University Student Union Ballroom for our
version of a super box. Among those in attendance were John
Cutsavage, '70 (2nd from left) and friends. A crowd totaling 9000
or better were present. This photo taken 20 minutes before game
time shows the NC crowd extending to the goal line.
at the Brunch were immediate past president Ed White, '55, Class Rep Joe
Pilawsky, '71, and former Daily News reporter Frank Dougherty, '59.
Posing for our photographer were two members of the 1952 City
Championship team - Bill Maher, '53, and Pete Gibbons, '53, who proudly
displays the sweater awarded to team members. He notes, with due
pride, that he still fits into it. Prior to kickoff Father
Nicholas Waseline presented a framed NC jersey to the Pioneers Coach,
Mike Capriotti, and the team captains..
Rand proudly wearing Falcon red leads the crowd in the singing of our
National Anthem. To her right, our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty,
'59, who delivered the invocation. Coach Charlie Szydlik rallies
his team prior to kickoff. And the game is underway - notice the
gaps in the crowd on the Frankford side.
Frankford scored first, near
the end of the first quarter, on a 68-yard punt return by Taron Mills.
The try for the extra point was wide. They scored again in the
second period on a 16-yard run by Tyrell Martin and he ran for a two
point conversion to put the Pioneers up 14-0. That was the story of
the first half.
Falcon fans view the game from our version
of a Super Box while in the stands we spot a smiling Joe Glackin, '73
with his family and friends.
Attending the game from the Super
Box were three outstanding alumni - Paul Hondros, '66, and brothers,
John, '62, and Bob, '67, Doman. The Falcon crowd is on its feet at
halftime to sing the Alma Mater.
The Falcons came out
determined in the second half and marched down the field on a 16-play
70-yard drive that consumed eight minutes and thirty-four seconds capped by a
1-yard plunge by junior quarterback Anthony Reid. John McCarthy's
kick for the extra point was good and North trailed 14-7.
Early in the fourth stanza,
North scored on a 5-yard run by back-up sophomore tailback Taishan
Tucker. Then Coach Charlie Szydlik made a gutsy move and went for
the lead and potential win in what to then had been a tight game.
The Pioneers stopped the attempt for a two-point conversions and led
14-13 with a little more than eight minutes on the clock.
Surprisingly, this turned out to be the most exciting eight minutes of
Falcon - Pioneer football this writer has observed in sixty years of
watching the games.
After our defense forced a
three and out, the offense took over once again. Senior tailback
Eugene Byrd broke loose on a 45 yard scamper that set up an eight yard
TD pass from Reid to Julian Huggins and Reid carried it in for a two
point conversion and the Falcons led for the first time with 2:28 left
in the game.
The Falcons stands
anticipation of victory was short lived. A little over a
minute later, Frankford running back Jeffione Thomas took off on an
electrifying 55-yard cutback run to put the Pioneers ahead with 1:11 on
the clock. Then he ran it in for two points to put Frankford up by a
point. North was not to be outdone. Frankford, for some
unknown reason, made an on side kick which gave the Falcons the ball on
their 38 yard line with 67 seconds remaining. What happened next
will go down in the annals of Philadelphia High School Football as both
dramatic and historic. Reid engineered a seven play drive that
would have made some pro quarterbacks jealous. Using the sidelines
to march down field, He ended the drive with a pass
over the middle to tailback Eugene Byrd who took it in from twenty yards
out. McCarthy added the point and the Falcons were in front 28-22
with 13 seconds left. The defense held true on Frankford's one
play and that was all she wrote.
As the game ended and players
milled on the field, the crowd exploded from North's stands onto the
field to congratulate the team who afterwards saluted the stands.
And the crowd responded by standing and
saluting the team and singing our Alma Mater.
On Saturday, June 7, 2014, a mural of
Petty Officer 1/C Michael J. Stange, '04, was dedicated at
Belgrade & Clearfield Streets. Michael, a member of the
prestigious Seal Team Six, was killed in Wardak Province,
Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. The morning gegan with a
Memorial Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Fishtown celebrated by
the pastor, Father Michael Zingaro. The family was ecorted
from the church to the dedication site by a motorcycle escort
bearing our flag and led by the Philadelphia Fire Department's Engine
28 and Ladder 16. The invocation was delivered by our
Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59.
Among the speakers were U. S.
Congressman Bob Brady, State Representative John Taylor, '73, and
Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon, '87.
The chairman of the event, Tom
Hanson (son of Mike, '52) spoke of the many people involved who
donated their time and talent to create the mural. Mike's Dad,
Charlie, spoke eloquently of his son and his love of his family,
friends, North Catholic , and his country.