Some REPORTING ... ABOUT LAWRENCE:
by David Kammer ('42)
I had long wanted to visit the monks in Lawrence, especially Conan,
my friend and faithful summer replacement. I had not stopped in the
last seven years, Judy and I found Ken Hogan '64 alone in the principal's
office of Central, going over enrollment and budget figures. Most gracious
in receiving us, Ken gave up his desk work, and we went out to lunch
at a local Lebanese restaurant. Ken insisted that we try several mid-eastern
dishes, while, out of respect for his recently lost twenty-eight pounds,
he satisfied himself on a fantastic parsley dish called tabooli ...
with water and a twist of lemon. And did we talk ...
The original wooden structure of CCHS had to be torn down several years
ago, and even though new facilities were built to the left and adjacent
to the gym around 1970, there is still serious need for more space.
Central is in the process of buying the Franciscan Seminary in Andover,
where renovating and building will be needed. Helping this process is
the fact that Essex Community College is anxious to purchase the entire
present CCHS property and facilities.
Meanwhile, the last of the Brothers are about to move out of the monks'
quarters on the top floor of the gym to temporary quarters. :Conan Vincent
'39, Ernest Beland '58, Richard LaRose '59, and Tom Petitte '64. In
his early seventies now, Conan is still doing some work with freshmen
and is taking care of attendance ... with many of the students fascinated
by him to the point of "imitation"; he still has his quick
and sharp wit. Though there are now no Brothers in nearby Mary Immaculate
Nursing Home, Conan continues in his spare time to go there to do what
he can for old folks.
Ernie Beland is teaching full time at CCHS, one of six Brothers now
on the faculty. Richard LaRose is temporarily in the chemistry department
at the Augustinian's high school in Reading, Mass.
Tom Petitte is yet another story. He came to Lawrence to teach at Central,
and eventually to be dean of discipline and to get involved with the
poor part time; now full time. He has founded Lazarus House, temporary
living quarters for those who have been put out, burned out, or are
otherwise poor, jobless, and without a place to sleep. His work is so
respected in Lawrence that after serious losses from a recent flood,
funds came in to recoup and to do even more. Tom also has a clothes
exchange center and a drop-in center for the poor. To help the neighborhood,
Tom bought up a junky bar next door to his center ... and tore the bar
down. (More on Tom, below)
Ken Hogan himself lives on Sheridan Street in a community of six Brothers
led by Gerry Doherty, class of '68, Also there and teaching at Central
are Ronnie Horbatiuk '62. Fred Sambor '64, and Tom Long '79. Completing
the group is Bill Lambert '57, who since leaving the post as principal
of CCHS, has been associate superintendent of schools for the Boston
We also visited Leeds Terrace, one of the retirement residences for
the Brothers. Tom Simmons '63 looks over that situation. There we also
saw Br. Francis Gerard (Izzy) '21, Daniel Emilian '38, procurator extraordinaire,
and Phil Bernard '31, erstwhile bus driver for our Tyngsboro groups;
and I was so happy to see Br. Ernest Mary Drolet '20. Ernest was always
so accomodating with his duplicating machine when I was teaching math
and doing Sodality work at old St. Ann's Academy from 1946 to 1957.
During that ten year stretch, Ernest circled my dome many, many times
with his barber's clippers and scissors. At the time of our visit to
Leeds, Br. Stephen Forgues (Bee) '28, Br. Emil Michael (Micky the golfer)
'29, and Peter Chanel '37 were visiting family. It was so nice to see
everyone and to share news. Thanks all!
FROM BOB O'HANDLEY ('61): This newsletter is a great idea. As I sit
down with pen in hand, already I feel less guilty for not having been
more responsive to the correspondence that Len has been so faithful
to for more than two decades.
After leaving Christ the King High School and FMS in '67, I returned
to graduate school at Brooklyn Polytech. I married Carol Delaney in
1969 and after I received my PhD in physics in 1971, we took off for
the Mojave Desert for two and a half years where I had a post doctorate
at a research lab. Our first two children, Kevin and Meghan, are California
I spent nearly seven years at a research lab in New Jersey, then at
IBM Research Center in New York. Our third child, Kara, was born in
Morristown in 1975. I've been on the research staff at MIT in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, since 1981, the longest I've lived in one place or stayed
at one job ... ever! My previous record was four years in Esopus from
9/58 to 8/62.
Over the past twenty years, contact with my MaristBrothers has been
too little. I have many fond memories of those nine years. This newsletter
will be a vehicle to affirm, validate, and rejuvenate all those good
relations.(3 Glenn Cove, Andover, Ma., 01810)
FROM DONALD (Chris Matthew) EDWARDS ('57): I was surprised at my reactions
to the first newsletters. Talk about mixed emotions; sort of like dealing
with a lifetime of unfinished business! Really enlightening to realize
that I spent twelve years of my life with so many wonderful people,
and yet I hardly knew them. Then their voices popped up off the print
in the newsletter. It was neat finding out what had happened to so many
wonderful guys over the years. So many have done so well!
Of late my only contact with monks has been an occasional letter and
Christmas card exchange with Br. Aidan Francis in Florida, and seeing
Br. Richard Rancourt, as well as college classmates John Wilcox and
John Trainor, at a Marist College reunion last year.
After Poughkeepsie I went to St. Helena's and then to Christopher Columbus
in Miami. Almost nineteen years ago, I left Miami to start things over
again. The first year I lived in Willimantic, Connecticut. Then Elaine
and I got married in July of 1971; got a new teaching job the following
September; bought a home in December; and Chris was born the following
July. A helluva lot of doings for the second year post-brotherhood.
My teenage son is an athlete personified. Hardly a chip off the old
block. He's into basketball, trying to get on the freshman high school
team, is on the track team, loves golf, and has been involved in little
league baseball. And I couldn't swing a bat without divine intervention;
didn't really give a damn about sports actually!
I got a second master's degree several years ago in counselling psychology.
My attempts to get into the counseling field did not work out, so I'm
still in teaching. Has its ups and downs; I'll say no more; at least
pay is improving. Elaine works in the library in Cheshire, and is taking
librarian courses at present. She also has an M.A. in Spanish. That's
how we met, on an NDEA grant via Fairfield University that brought us
to Spain in 1968. We've been living here in Cheshire since 1971, about
twelve miles southeast of downtown Waterbury. (84 Bayberry Road,
Cheshire, Ct. 06410... phone: 203-272-7397)
BILL BAKER ('77): Br. Dan Grogan sent me a copy of Marists All. Please
put me on the mailing list, and may I please have copies of issues #1
FROM ALBERT (Felix Michael) SHURKUS ('43): Mike phoned to ask about
Berky and to ask for the address of James (Chris Emile) Connelly ('43).
We are sorry that we do not have Jim on our mailing list. Can anyone
Mike has been teaching theology at Rivier College, Nashua, N. H., for
the past twenty years. However, he is now on total disability. Last
spring he was diagnosed as having cancer. His wife, a nurse, has had
him to Mass General often and everything possible has been done. Mike
asks for our prayers, and perhaps for a miracle. (4 Maryvale Iane, Burlington,
Mass., 01803; phone: 617-273-5455)
FROM MIKE (Michael Gerard) KRAEMER ('56): As I was raking leaves with
my children several weeks ago, I could not help reflecting on my Juniorate
days when the Master of Juniors, Brother Joseph Damian, would interrupt
the reading at breakfast with an announcement that today is annual Leaf
Day. Somehow the day perked up for all of us (despite the gruel that
passed for oatmeal and the ghastly peanut-butter, honey and butter concoction
that we used to whip up in a frenzy to get us through the day) because
that meant that we would have no classes and that Brother Joe and all
his Juniors, along with Berky, would don work clothes and rake every
blessed leaf from the old Juniorate grounds, now the southern portion
of the Marist campus.
What a great void I felt when I learned from Jimmy Maher ('53) about
the passing of our beloved Master of Juniors. Too few of the GMA knew
Joe well and fewer still had the privilege as I did of having him as
a Superior. Those of us who did learn under his tutelage will remember
the rigorous asceticism he imposed on his charges and the sterling example
he himself gave of religious life. Never did he ask anyone to do anything
he himself would not do and that included the most menial of tasks from
cleaning the johns to logging the trees in the forest that surrounded
St. Ann's Juniorate.
Brother Joe's daily conferences and his Sunday Gospel studies almost
invariably lasted forty-five minutes to an hour, but what an inspiring,
reflective, and insightful Religious that man was. I still recall many
of his daily lessons on practical spirituality and his equanimity on
all occasions. Many of you knew of him as a superb geometry teacher,
which indeed he was, but Brother Joe was an intellectual who dispensed
the fruits of his wisdom and life in his words and example.
Those daily jaunts to the cemetery saying the Rosary for the deceased
Brothers and the trek across the Marist Campus to attend Mass at the
Scholasticate in all kinds of weather saw Brother Joe leading his flock
like the Pied Piper; and all of us who were fortunate enough to share
in this man's life know that he is at peace with Our Lady to whom he
prayed and dedicated all his life and energy. Rest in peace, Joe, and
Delighted.to have been included in the mailing list of GMA. Have kept
in touch with Rich Shea, Jim Maher, Declan, Hugh Crowe ... over the
years, but have lost contact with many whom I still consider friends
even though time and geography have separated us. Married Pat O'Connell
in the Esopus Mansion Chapel in October of 1971, and since then have
moved seven times in three states, being blessed by Providence with
six beautiful children: Nora, Michael, John, Matthew, and twins Catherine
and David. Now serving as an administrator for the Marianists in the
Baltimore Provincial House. Best wishes to so many friends out there
especially ... well, there are just too many! (4621 Wards Chapel Road,
Owings Mills, Md., 21117)
FROM FRANK MORAN ('50): For the record I'm the former Br. Peter Michael.
I have been living in Ireland since 1983 with my wife and four kids,
three boys and a twenty-one month little girl. We live just south of
Dublin, about eight miles from the city center.
People over here always ask the same question: "Why did you move
to Ireland?" I'm sure others in the states also wonder why. To
begin with, I married an Irish girl and as a result, we spent many summers
here on holiday and grew to love the pace of life and the people. I
suppose you could say I was able to sit back and compare lifestyles
and definitely found myself more at home here in Ireland than in my
native U.S. Even the kids seemed happier in this place, and it certainly
is an easier place to raise them than in the environs of New York.
However, it was a combination of circumstances which finally made the
difference. In 1980 I was one of many school administrators who lost
their jobs due to dropping enrollment, and I had to choose between finding
another field of work in New York and moving elsewhere in the U.S. to
continue in education. Ireland was a viable choice because of family
ties and new opportunities for employment.I am happy I made the move,
even with the cultural adjustments I've had to make.The most difficult
one, believe it or not, is just slowing down and not living by the clock.
My career has taken a slight turn, in that now I am a human resources
development consultant with particular emphasis on career development
and man problems, working on my own. I have recently ventured into the
English market and have teamed up with an enterprising young training
firm in London. Since Dublin is only fifty minutes away from London
by air, the commute is quite simple.
Many thanks for your unexpected yet thoroughly enjoyable newsletter.
It was the most welcome piece of mail I've received from the states
in a long time. Please do send on any back issues of the newsletter
issued since #1.
And if anyone wants to search out his Irish roots, let me know and
I'll reserve a stool at a local pub where we can start the search in
a civilized manner. In keeping with the spirit of the times, may the
peace of Christ be with you and yours. (6 Hainault Grove, Foxrock, Dublin
18, Ireland; phone: (O1) 894364)
FROM FRANCIS GUDYANGA: I am from Zimbabwe, and am currently finishing
a doctorate in mineral technology at the Imperial College of Science
and Technology, London, England. If all goes well, I will be joining
the academic staff in the department of metallurgy at the University
of Zimbabwe in March, 1988. I left the community in 1974 but have maintained
very fruitful and meaningful ties with some of the Marist Brothers in
Zimbabwe and elsewhere. I value their friendship which is priceless.
I am married to Sarah, and we have two sons: the first is seven years
old and was born on the 4th of July! I believe I am still a Marist at
heart, and all matters Marist still interest me. I intend to get involved
in some apostolate in Zimbabwe, along with such developmental projects
as one might expect in a developing country. I hope I can do some justice
to the valuable Marist education and training I am grateful to have
You might have gathered that I am not very conversant with the U.S.
Marist scene, though some of my teachers and confreres did their scholasticate
at Marist College, Poughkeepsie. I am still speculating on how you came
by my address. I am immensely glad, however, that someone passed it
on to you. The newsletter was a pleasant, surprise communication. (410
High Street, London Colney, St. Albans, England, AI2 1HN)
FROM DAVID HEALY ('63): After leaving the monks in August of 1970,
I was classified 1A for the Vietnam draft and thus found it tough trying
to get a job. Once the lottery was introduced, my number was way down
on the list, and several offers of employment came in. However, I decided
to emigrate to Australia, arriving in February, 1971. I've lived here
ever since, and am now an Australian citizen.
In 1975 I moved to Perth, Western Australia, where I met my wife Kay.
We have four daughters: Gina (11), Meg (9), Anne (7), and Terri (5).
I did a graduate course in Computer Education between 1983 and 1985,
and will be taking up a position next year as a computer teacher at
Prendiville Catholic College, a new secondary school in the northern
Perth suburbs, about fifteen minutes drive from home.
Len Voegtle has kept us in the picture regarding things Marist for
many years, for which I'm very grateful. I've read and re-read the two
newsletters you've sent, and will have contacted at least one old classmate
by the time you receive this note. Congratulations on your initiative,
and keep up the good work. (48 Adare Way, Kingsley, Australia, WA6026)
FROM JACK RYAN ('60): We drove up to Flint, Michigan, yesterday to
get together with John and Beth Reynolds ('60) and other old teaching
buddies from Luke Powers Catholic High School; we have continued to
get together at least annually with the Reynolds and with Mike and Pat
McGonigle ('60). Mike and John have both stayed in Catholic education
as administrators. My path has led me into selling foundry equipment.
After leaving Powers High in 1974 I taught for a year at St. Ignatius
Prep in Chicago. Elaine and I were married in June of 1975, and we moved
to Detroit. Maureen was born in July, 1977. I had an opportunity to
join Elaine's Dad in his manufacturers' rep agency-. He represented
three foundry equipment companies that chose not to establish their
own sales office in Michigan. The world of manufacturing and engineered
equipment was both interesting and frustrating. Gradually I learned
what I was selling and have gotten to enjoy it. We have managed to expand
the business to representing ten companies. Elaine's dad retired five
years ago, and we have since hired another salesman. There is a lot
of traveling, but fortunately most of it is by car, and it is rare that
I am gone from home more than one night.
Maureen, Jack (8), and Patrick (6) keep Elaine busy driving them to
various activities. I am quite often able to pull up just before game
time, pull off my tie, and join the coaching staff. After doing soccer
and hockey, it was refreshing to coach baseball, a sport I at least
understood. Following our first practice with seven and eight year olds.
I commented to the other coach that we had no one who could throw the
ball from third to first; he said, "Why does that bother you. We
have no one who can catch the ball at first anyway."
Reading Marists All. is a real nostalgia trip, comparable only to going
through my old baseball cards: Phil Rizzutto, Otto Krueger, Sal Maglie,
Frank Sutton ... ... I can't imagine there is anyone who doesn't finish
an issue, take off his glasses, sit back and return to those thrilling
days 15, 20, 25 years ago. Thanks for the memories! (1238 Berkshire,
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 48230)
DONALD MULCARE ('57): It is nice to be remembered and to be able to
share in the news of people who are important forces in my life. I ask
that my father, Joseph A. Mulcare, known to many Marists, be remembered
through the newsletter. He died on 15 March '87. His date of death was
appropriate; he liked Latin and Julius Caesar.
FROM WILLIAM (David Marcellin) QUINN ('44): Many thanks for all three
issues of Marists All; it is great reading. After I left Poughkeepsie
in 1948, I went to work for the Postal Service. In 1950 I was drafted
into the army for two years; I was in the states all that time. In 1952
I returned to the Postal Service and remained there until my retirement
in '81. I had many good positions, working with the indoctrination of
new employees and with postal inspectors, but never with the general
I have always lived with my parents; I now care for my mother who is
96. I have to say that I have been blessed by having a good kinship
with the Brothers from the time I left to the present. Many have been
so supportive of me. I don't know what I would do without the wonderful
letters from Br. Leonard Voegtle, the friendship of Brothers Henry Charles,
Aidan Francis, Simeon Arthur, and Brothers Louis Mary, Louis Omer, and
Roch Anthony of happy memory.(146-18 24th Ave., Whitestone, N. Y., 11357-3518;
FROM RONALD MULHOLLAND ('60): Taken from promotional literature ...
Ronald is Executive Director of Youth Services, Inc. serving Wheeling
and the northern panhandle of West Virginia. The system provides shelter
for youths ages 12-17 caught up in crisis situations where the alternative
is incarceration in county jails or juvenile detention centers. An independent
living program offers older adolescents training in practical skills
in dealing with daily life, and prepares them to assume responsibility
for the daily conduct of personal life. The Ohio River project is designed
for delinquent boys and girls ages 15-18 to use the river through boating
and various related activities as a base upon which to build positive
attitudes toward life and each other. "Because we believe that
children are our greatest natural resource and that we, as a cormunity,
have a responsibility to care for one another, we have established a
network of services that sustain and advance human dignity, particularly
among abused and abandoned children." (702 North Front Street,
Wheeling, W. Va., 26003)
FROM GERALD (Patrick Stephen) GALLAGHER ('55): As you know, I'm running
my own business providing services and training to law enforcement agencies
and public officials and risk managers.The travel season is upon me,
and training sessions with different police departments will take me
to California four times, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Tennesee, Oklahoma,
and a couple other places.through my work with policing in Britain,
I have now been named a columnist for a British police review, and I'll
be turning out articles for them on a regular basis.
I had some British police chiefs to my home for dinner, and one of
them, a deputy commandant at the Police Staff College, told me about
his fond memories and experiences with the Marist Brothers in England.
My nephew a recent graduate of St. Joseph's College in Philly, has
chosen to make a two year commitment to a Jesuit program teaching in
a high school in Samoa; well, it turns out that the school is a Marist
Brothers High School. All I could remember was Br. Geranus Gerard, in
the accent that included remnants of four or five languages telling
us in the novitiate about his beloved Samoa.
I am happy to see that you are now putting the addresses in the newsletter
of those who write in. I would appreciate Gene Zirkel's address ...
6 Brancatelli Court, West Islip, 11795. (2328 Malraux Drive, Vienna,
FROM BILL GILLIGAN ('39): The most recent copy of Marists All was most
welcome, much news on old timers whom I knew. Many thanks! Some Marists,
present and past, may have known my brother, Father Declan (Joe) Gilligan,
S.A. Joe died Thanksgiving, 26th of November. That might be worth passing
on to others; a prayer or two ...
FROM GENE ZIRKEL ('53): Dear Lenny and Dave: It is 10 p.m. I just returned
home, tired from teaching a night course. Pat is away in Boston at a
theology conference; she is presently writing her thesis in theology,
Fordham, and will be Doctor Pat next fall, we hope. My son George, 17,
is working at the local Carvel store. And so the house is empty. When
I opened the mail and found the Marists All newsletter, I sat down and
read the entire ten pages. It was great. It buoyed my feelings of loneliness,
and I had to sit down and write to you. Lenny, you were mentioned so
often; it reminded me that I owe you a letter. I was jolted by the number
of young guys who are principals. And I was surprised to see that Kevin
O'Neill ('53) is back in the states from the Philippines. Even the lists
were interesting. The newsletter was just superb.
Recently I went to Dick Masterson's liquor store'and bought a bottle
of scotch; Dick was Luke Francis, ('53). He's one block away: He located
me via a previous newsletter.
As for me, a few years ago I was meditating on my life. I was a full
professor with a good job. No promotions in sight. Life seemed as if
it had no more hurdles for me. Suddenly all that changed. I was invited
to make an "Investment in Excellence" seminar. I did, and
the world changed. Now I myself have been devoting every spare minute
to running these personal development seminars both at Nassau Community
College and in the local community. The seminars are wonderful. I have
used the technique to lose over thirty pounds, improve my teaching,
get over my fear of ladders, etc. Now I can easily do anything. I'd
be glad to give such seminars to the monks or to anyone in the GMC.
Right now I am selling stuffed animals to raise money for our parish
outreach program. I walk around campus with a teddy bear under my arm.
When questioned about it, I respond with something like: "Oh, I'm
selling it to you to help feed and clothe God's poor." It usually
By the way, send my brother Vic a copy of the newsletter. He and his
wife Kathy and their two sons are at 218 West Kathleen Drive, Park Ridge,
Illinois, 60068. He was in clocks and watches for years managing the
world's largest clock store. Now they run a White Hen grocery franchise.
He was Brother Jogues Michael. Finally, does anyone know how to say
Ordinary Resource in Spanish? ... (6 Brancatelli, West Islip, N. Y.,
FROM JAMES GAFFNEY ('49): Thanks for your Marists All #3. It is great
to hear that Bill Cowie, Br. Luke Driscoll, Emil Denworth, John Tobin,
Ed Castine, and other friends are doing well. I am on a leave of absence,
and currently teach French, Spanish, and Italian at Iona Prep in New
Rochelle. Please ask all my friends to pray that I make the right decision
and that all goes well for me. (3131 Grand Concourse, Apt. 11E, Bronx,
N. Y. 10468)
JIM MORRISSEY ('54): I thoroughly enjoyed reading the latest edition
of the news on the older monks in and out of the order. Please keep
me on the mailing list. I will forward an entry shortly.
ABOUT BR. TOM PETITTE ('64): From Reader's Digest, December 1987, p.
"Mother Teresa's Work of Grace", by Courtney Tower.
"One who came to Calcutta was Marist Brother Thomas Petitte, a
high-school teacher from Lawrence, Mass. He often cried himself to sleep
at night because of the suffering. At the end of his third su'mmer's
stay in Calcutta, Mother Teresa thanked him and eight others but said,
very seriously, 'You should stay home and find the poor in your own
neighborhoods ... 'At first I was disappointed, Brother Tom says, but
he returned to Lawrence, a mill town of 59,000, and found its hidden
poor, people who had been the working poor, and had fallen off the edge
and become the very poor. Determined and eloquent, he sold Lawrence
on the need for a temporary refuge for homeless people.
Melchite Eastern rite Catholics raised $10,000 for the down payment
for a 15-room Victorian home at 48 Holly Street. Service clubs donated
money. Merchants and institutions gave food and materials. Carpenters,
plumbers, electricians volunteered to refurbish the building, and Lazarus
House opened in the spring of 1983. 'It's been one miracle after another,'
says Brother Tom. 'We survive through the generosity of God's people,
the grace and intervention of the Holy Spirit, and plain.old hard work.'
What Brother Tom and the people of Lawrence have done serves as an
example of what co-workers and followers of Mother Teresa do in many
hundreds of towns and cities around the world. Today Lazarus House shelters
people referred by (any denominations) and by social-service agencies.
It feeds them and many others who come during the day seeking food.
It helps them find lodging, sometimes jobs ... Brother Tom, now 42,
still tramps the streets in his habit, walking under the Central Bridge
to find homeless outcasts huddled there and in abandoned cars and burned
out buildings, as he did to start Lazarus House."
FROM TOM KIRKMAN ('61): Like so many others who have already written,
I have many fond memories of my Marist years, and it's good to know
that the Marist family is interested in how we are doing. I was fortunate
to serve in both provinces, having taught in Roselle, Chicago, and then
When I left in 1977, I was able to secure a fourth grade teaching position
in a local grammar school. In 1978 I was hired as Personnel Manager
at Mary Immaculate Nursing Home where I am still employed. I became
actively involved with a local community theatre group, and in 1985
became Resident Artistic Director of the Merrimac College Dramatic Society.
So recruiting during the day and rehearsing at night keeps me busy.
I would like to thank the many Brothers who took the time to ask for
me when they were visiting monks who were patients at MI. You should
know the tremendous witness value hour visits have on our staff. Many
are aware of my Marist roots, so they take the time to comment on the
many visitors the sick Brothers have.
A special thanks to Dave and Gus for making this newsletter possible.
I have included help to defray expenses. I also support the idea of
starting a Marist Retirement Fund. We have received much from the Marist
family, a good education and communal support to name just two. I'm
sure that we can do something for those from whom we learned and with
whom we taught and lived.(118 Byron Avenue, Lawrence, Ma., 01841; phone:
EDITORS' NOTE: As a follow-up to Tom's last thought ... It is
known that some are in a position to have written their wills to include
the Marist Brothers.