Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Congratulations to Melanie Kanakis and Lexi Ippolito

Congratulations to Juniors Melanie Kanakis and Lexi Ippolito who were selected by Mercy College in New for this summer's Leadership Program.   This is a weeklong Business Leadership Academy with activities at both the Westchester campus on the Hudson River and the Mercy midtown Manhattan campus.  Melanie and Lexi will learn leadership lessons from faculty and leaders from top companies while participating in active learning and team-building opportunities. 

In addition students in this program have the opportunity to visit Fortune 500 companies. 

Each year over 2000 Juniors are recommended for the program and only 200 are accepted.  We are very honored and pleased that this year two Resurrection students were accepted.

Lexi and Melanie

Thursday, April 23, 2015

More Memories of Cardinal George

Two staff members shared their personal stories and memories of Cardinal George.  Both are beautiful statements of Cardinal George's humble demeanor and his warm shepherd's heart. Both Georganne Moreth and Carol Marchetti gave me permission to share these stories with you.

Ms. Georganne Moreth

Cardinal George was so kind and humble.  Sadly, I had the opportunity to meet Cardinal George when my uncle, Father Joseph O'Brien, passed away in 2012.  I expected him to come to my uncle's wake with an entourage, but he came in quietly and waited for his turn to pay his respects.  I was also struck by how small in stature he was.  I guess I just expected an archbishop to be larger than life!  When he talked about my uncle, we could tell he knew him well.  I just assumed my uncle would be one priest in a large number that the Cardinal supervised in the Archdiocese.  But, I am pretty sure he knew all of those in his "flock" very well.  Such a gentle man; he will be missed very much.

Ms. Carol Marchetti
I too had the privilege to meet Cardinal George and I have a similar story to share of his kindness.  A few years ago I was asked to sing for a funeral at Saint Paul of the Cross and I was told that Cardinal George would be the celebrant.  I was so honored that I invited my mom to attend the funeral mass so she could see the Cardinal.  After the mass I was able to introduce my mom to the Cardinal.  She was so excited.  My mom is a volunteer in the Adoration Chapel at Saint Paul of the Cross and keeps vigilance there on Monday afternoons.  She was therefore very eager to talk to the Cardinal about the Adoration Chapel and she asked him if he would like to see it.  I was feeling a little embarrassed and concerned about his busy schedule, but to my surprise he said he would love to see the Chapel.  So my mom, the Cardinal, his assistant and I all walked over to the Adoration Chapel next door with my mom proudly showing the Cardinal around.  He was so gracious, patient and interested in seeing the chapel and sharing my mom's enthusiasm.  He spent about 15 minutes of his busy day with my mom and me.  I will never forget how kind and genuine he was.  He was truly a good shepherd.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Cardinal George - Reflecting on a Humble, Gentle Shepherd

We were all saddened to learn of Cardinal George's death last week, but as Resurrection Women, we also trust that the Cardinal is now in an awesome place and enjoying his eternal visit with the "one" he waited his whole life to meet face to face, none other than the Risen Jesus!
Cardinal George is the only Cardinal I ever personally had the opportunity to meet with several times, and spend time in conversation with.  Those opportunities came to me when I was in health care ministry.  It was on those occasions that I came to realize and admire the truly pastoral side of the Cardinal.  He understood very well that his main role as bishop of the Archdiocese was first of all to be a shepherd to God's people. 
Leaders often get taken up with all the formal and business issues that come with their job, and rightly so.  But, I was so impressed by Cardinal George's presence to people and his willingness to stop and listen to others and to share a few words.  When we asked him to bless the new addition to Resurrection Medical Center he not only celebrated the Liturgy with us but he spent hours touring the hospital, stopping to speak with staff, patients and families.  He understood and cared about the pains others were feeling and he blessed them and promised his personal prayer for them.  He admired the doctors and nurses who dedicate their lives to helping others and he took the time to tell them so.
Perhaps my fondest memory is one that occurred just a few months after he became the Archbishop of Chicago.  It was the evening of the Resurrection Health Care Gala.  He was standing and waiting to give the blessing and prayer.  I was waiting to serve as the stand-in and give the welcome from our "head sister" who suddenly came down with the flu.  There were 1,000 guests and I was feeling quite intimidated.  I turned to the then Archbishop George and said:  "Your Eminence please say a prayer for me, I am scared to death of addressing this crowd."  Cardinal George looked kindly at me and said, "I'll pray for you if you pray for me.  Big crowds scare me to."  It was then that I knew he had the heart of a shepherd.  The brilliant man that he was, he was also humble and connected to others with his heart.
Thank you Cardinal George for all you taught us.  You have been a good shepherd!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Congratulations to Claire Travers on Being Awarded the Evans Scholarship

Congratulations to Claire Travers on being awarded the Evans Scholarship to attend Marquette University.  Claire caddied at Ridgemoor Country Club and was a member of the Resurrection Golf Team.

Claire has also received Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for her participation in Girl Scout projects.  One of her projects involved collecting and donating over 4,000 school supplies to students who were victims in a devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

With Claire's commitment to helping others it only seems natural that she is planning on studying Nursing at Marquette!

Congratulations Claire, we are very proud of you and happy for you!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thank You to the Resurrection Men's Club

Thank you to the Resurrection College Prep High School Men's Club for the ongoing support they so generously give to the school.  On Palm Sunday the Men's Club sponsored a wonderful Mass and Brunch for the Students, their Mothers, and Grandmothers.  At the brunch the President, Joe Janesku and other officers presented a check to the school for $1,500.

Throughout the year the members of the club sponsor a number of fundraisers such as the Fall Golf Outing all of which help sponsor scholarships and help support other needs of the school.  The men help at many of the school events as well as sponsor activities for their daughters.  We are deeply grateful for all the support of our Resurrection Men's Club.