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					                                                        Summer 2004




                     the crusader

          CHRONICLE




                                       I N   T H I S    I S S U E

                                    The Class of 2004
                                      The legacy at Jesuit grew
                                     this year as 11 proud dads
                                    watched their sons join them
                                       as Strake Jesuit Alumni.



Strake Jesuit College Preparatory                      Houston, Texas
         the crusader                                             Table of Contents
  CHRONICLE      Summer 2004                                                 Features
Editor

                                                                 The Class of 2004
Rick Rivers
Director of Communications

Layout and Production                                     Awards, honors, speeches, reflections...
Rick Rivers                                          it’s all a part of graduation which represents
                                                                      both endings and beginnings.
Contributors
Fr. Daniel K. Lahart, S.J.
Richard Nevle                                                                                 p. 3
Fr. Mark Thibodeaux, S.J.
Ellen Orseck
Bill McDonald
Michael Wegenka ‘05
The Crusader Chronicle is published four times a
year by the Development Office of Strake Jesuit
             College Preparatory.

President
                                                    What Does it Mean to be a
Fr. Daniel K. Lahart, S.J.
                                                             Man for Others?
Principal
Richard Nevle

Director of Development
N.J. Santarcangelo ‘67
                                                                                            p. 11
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  Strake Jesuit College Preparatory                                    President’s Message 2
         Board of Directors                                                Development 8
     Mr. John Norkus Jr., Chairman                                   Principal’s Perspective 13
           Mr. Richard Agee
          Mrs. Carmody Baker                                         Armchair Reflections 14
           Mr. Thomas Bandy                                             Pastoral Ministry 15
         Mr. Alan Bergeron ‘77
            Mr. Allen Brown                                      A View from the Art Museum 16
        Mrs. Beverley Casserly
           Mrs. Karen Clifton                                          Crusader Athletics 17
      Dr. Harold Condara, Jr. ‘76                                          On Campus 19




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          Mr. Michael Cordua
           Mr. Vincent Foster                                             Alumni News 20
            Mr. Ron Girotto
          Mr. William Houston                                              Class Notes 22
          Mr. Greg Jungeblut                                              In Memoriam 23
         Fr. Daniel Lahart, S.J.
          Mr. James Lemming                                                   Births 23
        Fr. Michael Marco, S.J.
         Mr. T.J. Martinez, S.J.                                           By George 24
         Dr. Joseph McFadden
         Mr. Patrick Moran ‘66
         Mrs. Mica Mosbacher
           Mr. Ron Mucci ‘75                                 ON THE COVER: James West ‘67 and ‘new’ alum, son
         Mr. John Niemann, Jr.                               Christopher ‘04, proudly display their Strake Jesuit class
           Dr. John Seger ‘72                                rings.
          Mr. Richard Sheehy
       Mr. Thomas Standish ‘67


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                                                        Memorial Day 2004.




President’s Message
                                                        The campus is oddly quiet today.
                                                        Graduation was a week ago; underclassmen finished exams on Friday; most
                                                   faculty have already turned in grades that are due tomorrow; summer school is a
                                                   week away. Already people are enjoying the holiday.
                                                        Today as I walk the campus, beautiful and still as it is, I know the peace will
                                                   not last long.
                                                        Tomorrow the construction continues on the stadium project. Several faculty
                                                   will rush to turn in their grades. Brother Casey will walk the hallways preparing
                                                   for his reassignment of lockers. A variety of summer improvement projects will
                                                   begin. Mentor Mom groups will meet with new freshman parents.
                                                        Such is the lifecycle of a school.
                      Fr. Daniel K. Lahart, S.J.        Last week the Class of 2004 completed their years at Strake Jesuit. Steeped in
                             President             the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, they head off to a variety of outstand-
                                                   ing institutions of higher education well prepared academically, socially, civically,
                                                   morally, and religiously. Certainly there will be difficulties ahead, just as there
                                                   were problems along the way, but they have been given the fundamentals and the
                                                   foundations to deal with them. And they have made deep friendships to support
                                                   them so that they will never need to face problems alone.                                                     Valedictorian Felipe Serrano represented the Class of 2004 with a thoughtful address at
                                                        As rewarding as it is to see the wonderful achievements of our graduates, it is                       Commencement that included a reflection not just on the past year, but on their entire Strake
                                                   exciting to prepare for the Class of 2008.                                                                                            Jesuit experiences over the last four years.
                                                        We will begin the new year with 225 freshman boys who join us on their jour-             I am truly honored to say some last      contained the smiling face of our late      have described Jesuit as a protective
                                                   ney towards adulthood. We have four short years to help them understand what it          few things to close our very successful       brother and friend Kenneth McGregor.        cocoon in which we are growing wings to
                                                   means to be a Man for Others. Such a prospect is exhilarating and daunting.
                                                                                                                                            high school career. It is honestly a dream    As the picture came on the screen all of    be able to soar into the world. However,
                                                        Yet as I look to the new year and its rewards and challenges, I pause in this
                                                                                                                                            come true.                                    us fell silent and began a solemn and       our cocoon opened up before its’ set time.
                                                   quiet moment to give thanks for the gifts and graces of the year just concluded.
                                                                                                                                                 On the last official day of classes, we  respectful applause celebrating our broth-  We were confronted with the harshness of
                                                        As a school we are blessed with motivated and talented students and a com-
                                                   munity of faculty and staff, families, and alumni, all of whom are central to our        seniors watched a slide show of pictures      erhood with Kenneth and how deeply he       the death of one of our brothers before we
                                                   success and our mission.                                                                 that covered our time at Strake Jesuit. As    had touched all our lives. With his death   were supposed to. Yet we are living proof
                                                        In the pages of this issue you will see stories about the Class of 2004 and their   I watched the numerous pictures I was         in September 2002 we were thrust into an    that Jesuit education is all that it is hyped
                                                   achievements, and stories about our alumni who take their responsibility as Men          flooded not only by countless memories        abyss of pain and despair, yet I tell you,  up to be. With the help of God, the sup-
                                                   for Others seriously enough to volunteer for a Saturday PH, and other alumni who         but also by an admiration and amazement       my friends, I am still impressed by the     port of the school, our parents, and of our
                                                   come back to campus to mentor our students.                                              at how much we, as the Class of 2004,         way in which sadness and despondency        classmates, we pulled through beyond
                                                        You will read about support for the school through the Fantasy Auction, the         have changed.                                 brought us together. I am proud to be a     any expectations. Paraphrasing Richard
                                                   Jesuit Scramble, the Jack Koch Golf Tournament, Spring Fling, and even a student-             The change was deeper than any           member of the Class of 2004.                Toynbee, whom our own Mr. Nevle likes
                                                   run tennis tournament for an endowment fund honoring a deceased classmate.               physical aspect that an outsider could             Many graduates from Strake Jesuit      to quote, "We responded to the challenge
                                                        Articles chronicling the successes of our sports teams are complemented by          notice. The change was a growth in our        claim that the all-around education they    in excess of the challenge." The Kenneth
                                                   articles reflecting on the importance of our Pastoral Ministry program and some of
                                                                                                                                            relationship with each other and our mat-     received prepared them for what was to      McGregor Scholarship Fund is up
                                                   its new initiates.
                                                                                                                                            uration. I compared our reaction towards      come in the harsh world out there. Some     through the roof thanks to our dedication
                                                        These pages reflect the special nature of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory.
                                                                                                                                            this slideshow to the one we watched on                                                   in the senior gift and with events like
                                                        As the end of one year becomes the start of another, in this uncharacteristical-
                                                   ly quiet moment on campus, I pause again to give thanks for the wonders of this          our freshman retreat. We evolved from                                                     Chris Mackey's Tennis Tournament.
                                                   year.                                                                                    cheering for newly made acquaintances                                                     Kenneth has become a legend and an
                                                        Strake Jesuit College Preparatory is a community made up not only of young          to heart-felt applause for our fellow                                                     inspiration to all of us. And last but not
                                                   men in high school but also of so many others. As a community we come togeth-            brothers. As we saw the pictures we                                                       least, our camaraderie was tied with
                                                   er to support the education of the young, but our task goes beyond that, just as true    remembered the good times, the bad                                                        unbreakable bonds. We do not need to
                                                   education goes beyond the confines of a classroom.                                       times, and the ugly times that we have                                                    hope that our Strake Jesuit education
                                                        We recognize that education is of the whole person-Heart, Mind, Body, Soul-         shared. From our big brother-little broth-                                                might one day help us out, we already
                                                   that it is the product of many people's work over a young man's four years. And          er morning to the closing pictures from                                                   know it does.
                                                   we recognize that being a Man for Others continues a lifetime.                           our 5 Kairos Retreats, we watched how                                                          Yet this growth has not come from
                                                        I thank you for your support of our mission. Strake Jesuit College Preparatory      we have grown.                                                                            ourselves alone. True, we have put in the
                                                   is a special place because it is a community that cares for and supports each other
                                                                                                                                                 Yet the most emotion-filled moment                                                   effort, but what truly carried us through
                                                   in the context of our faith.
                                                                                                                                            was heralded by the appearance of a sin-                                                  was the support of the numerous people
                                                        Tomorrow will not be quiet on campus. That is fine by me. There is always
                                                                                                                                            gle fleeting picture that, while it seemed                                                who have cared for us.
                                                   much work to be done. But today I enjoy the quiet and celebrate my gratitude for
                                                   the past year's gifts.                                                                   to linger on the screen, disappeared as                                                        Of course, first and foremost a sin-
                                                                                                                                            suddenly as all the others. This picture                                                  cere thanks is in order for all of our par-

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ents. The fact that they are sitting in this   Macbeth. Thank you, Fr. Thibodeaux, for       from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory,
room proves how much your parents love         endlessly pushing us to come closer to        which is no small accomplishment by
you and care for you. All our parents, in      God, even on the last day of school.          itself. But, we cannot rest on our laurels.
one way or another, sacrificed a big part      Thank you, Coach Kerley, for turning us       As Heraclitus once said, "Nothing
of their lives to accommodate for us.          into lunatics. I can find no other explana-   endures but change."
                                                                                                                                                                          b     y            t        h      e             n       u     m          b    e     r     s
Thank you parents for waking us up             tion for how the cross-country team can            While most of us could not wait for
every day even though the only answer          run 13 miles in 90-degree weather. Thank      this exact moment when we would final-
you got was a grunt. Thank you for show-       you to all those who have seen us grow        ly be free, I confess that the end of my
ing your support in all we do, be it debate,   and have taken a part in our maturation.      high school career came a bit abruptly.
jazz ensemble, water polo, or even run-                                                      College will be an extremely fun, yet a
ning around in circles on a rubber sur-          We do not need to                           dangerous and challenging time in our
face, otherwise known as track and field.                                                    lives. It will probably be the biggest
You have been the backbone and encour-
                                                hope that our Strake                         change that most of us have ever experi-
agement in all our endeavors. Thank you           Jesuit education                           enced. Change will continue even when
                                                                                             we have settled in, as it has here in high
for your 18 years of unending care, love
and support.                                    might one day help                           school. We will become used to our inde-
     To the faculty and staff, you have                                                      pendence, and it will become easy to give                                           Class of 2004 Honors, Awards and Statistics
been the light that has guided our path
                                                 us out, we already                          up or to forget our principles. As Mr.        Valedictorian: Felipe Serrano                         National Merit Scholars: 36                            - Over 50% of the The Class of 2004
during our time at Strake Jesuit. You have         know it does.                             Haich advised us on the last day of           Salutatorian: Joseph R. Gochnour                        National Merit Finalist: 8                           earned a total of 296 scholarships and
had a great part in shaping us into the                                                      school, "I know it will be hard, but go to    Invocation: Nicolas J. Chambers                         National Merit Semi-Finalists: 1                     grants totaling over $9.6 million.
young men that we are today. You have               To you my friends, the past four         class." The future is coming, and with it                                                             National Merit Commended Students: 27
served as role models and have taught us       years have been very dynamic and some-        more change, and we must be prepared          JSEA Award: Andrew Wayne Clifton                      National Hispanic Scholars: 4                          - The SAT I score average for the Class of
not only subject matter, but also real-        times uncertain for the Class of 2004.        for that change if we are to succeed in our   JFK Award: Christopher James Mackey                                                                          2004 was 1283 which is 257 points above
world skills. You are more than instruc-       From our experience of 9/11 in a class-       lives. We have to retain what we have         Steven Brian McConnell Award: James                   - 48% will be attending private institutions           the national average. Six students scored
tors. You have become advisors, helpers,       room environment, to experiencing first-      learned from our parents, our teachers            Connor Booth                                      - 44% will be attending public institutions            a perfect 800 in verbal and 11 students
and friends. Thank you, Mrs. Dragoset,         hand the brutal competition of the UIL.       and our friends. We must strive to keep       Crusader of the Year: Felipe Serrano                  - 7% are undecided at press time                       scored a perfect 800 in math.
for showing us the importance of a class       The construction of the technology-ori-       the brotherhood alive and continue to be                                                            - 13% will be attending a Jesuit institution
policy and the problems that a lack in         ented 800 building to the creation of the     the Class of 2004 that we have become         Highest GPA: Felipe Serrano                           - 41% will be studying out of state                    - One member of the Class of 2004 will
communication can cause. Thank you,            Pastoral Ministry Center, we have seen        and that I am so proud to be a member of.     Second Highest GPA: Timothy Alexander                 - Students will be studying in 26 states and the       be attending the U.S. Air Force Acacemy
Mr. Jamerlan, for making me fear chem-         change after change come our way. We               So to my all of you my friends and           Gregor and Russell Charles Kampe                     District of Columbia                                and one will join the U.S. Marine Corps.
istry. Thank you, Mr. Cremins, for shar-       have overcome challenges and curveballs       brothers: Farewell and God bless you in
ing your enthusiastic readings of              that life has thrown at us and graduated      the rest of your lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Class of 2004 College Acceptances
                                                                                                                                           American University 3          Duke University 2                NYU                           Texas A&M-Corpus Christi         University of Pittsburgh
        The Strake Jesuit Legacy Keeps Growing                                                                                             Arizona State University 2     Embry-Riddle-Daytona Beach 2     Ohio Wesleyan University      Texas A&M-Galveston 8            University of Puget Sound
                                                                                                                                           Auburn University 2            Embry-Riddle-Prescott            Oklahoma State University     Texas State University           University of Redlands
     The legacy at Strake Jesuit received a boost with the Class of 2004                                                                   Austin College 3               Emory University 4               Penn State University 3       Texas Tech University 17         University of Rochester 3
as 11 members of this year’s graduates are sons of Strake Jesuit Alum.                                                                     Babson College                 Florida State University         Providence College            Trinity University 31            University of San Diego 2
                                                                                                                                           Barclay College                Fordham University 3             Purdue University 3           Tufts University 2               University of South Carolina 3
Pictured here at the Baccalaureate Mass are, left to right: Front row: Peter                                                               Bates College 2                Furman University                Regis University 5            Tulane University 13             University of St. Thomas 11
Willrich ‘04 and dad Steve ‘70, Kyle Gilroy ‘04 and dad John ‘74, Sam                                                                      Baylor University 9            Georgetown University 5          Rhodes College 3              UC-Riverside                     University of Texas 26
                                                                                                                                           Blinn College-Bryan 3          Georgia Tech 2                   Rice University 3             UC-San Diego                           (CAP Program) 22
Cashiola ‘04 and dad Samuel ‘72, Addison Bailey ‘04 and dad Tim ‘75                                                                        Boston College 10              Gonzaga University 3             Rochester Institute of Tech   UC-Santa Barbara                 Univ. of Texas-Arlington 2
and Josef McLean ‘04 and dad Jim ‘74. Middle row: Peter Rice ‘04 and                                                                       Boston University 2            Goucher College                  Sacred Heart University       UC-Santa Cruz                    University of Texas-Dallas 14
dad Mike ‘72, Jeffrey Frey ‘04 and dad Marcel ‘74 and Timothy                                                                              Brown University               Hampden Syndey College           Sam Houston State 4           UNC Chapel Hill 3                University of Texas-S.A. 7
                                                                                                                                           Bryant College                 Harvard University               Santa Clara University 3      Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst   University of the Pacific
Nonmacher ‘04 and dad Jack ‘71. Back row: Scott Mucci ‘04 and dad                                                                          Bucknell University            HBU 2                            Skidmore College 2            University of Arizona 3          University of Tulsa 7
Ron ‘75, Connor Booth ‘04 and dad James ‘67 and Christopher West ‘04                                                                       Carnegie Mellon University     Hendrix College                  SMU 14                        Univ. of Colorado-Boulder 9      University of Virginia 2
                                                                                                                                           Case Western Reserve Univ. 2   Hillsdale College                Southwestern University 7     University of Dallas 3           University of West Florida
and dad Jim ‘67.                                                                                                                           Catholic University 2          Johns Hopkins University         Spring Hill College           University of Denver 2           US Air Force Academy 2
     For eight of these families, their Jesuit legacy is extensive. Samuel                                                                 Claremont McKenna College 2    Lafayette College                St. Edward's University 10    University of Evansville         Univ. of Southern California
                                                                                                                                           Clemson University             Loyola Marymount University 5    St. John's College            University of Houston 37         Vanderbilt University 7
Cashiola is also the father of John-Paul ‘06, Tim Bailey is the brother of                                                                 Colby College 4                Loyola University 18             St. John's University         Univ. of Houston-Downtown        Villanova University
Bradley ‘71, Marcel Frey is the dad of Thomas ‘02 and brother of Claude                                                                    Colgate University             Loyola University-Chicago 4      St. Joseph's University       Univ. of Houston-Honors          Virginia Tech 2
                                                                                                                                           College of the Holy Cross 2    LSU 19                           St. Louis University 26             College 5                  Wake Forest University 3
‘72, Martin ‘77 and Roger ‘81, John Gilroy is the father of John ‘03, Jack                                                                 Colorado College               M.I.T.                           St. Mary's of California      University of Maryland           Washington University 6
Nonmacher is the dad of Edwin ‘00, Steve Willrich is the dad of Andrew                                                                     Colorado School of Mines 3     Marquette University 8           St. Mary's of Maryland        University of Michigan 2         Wheeling Jesuit University
‘02 and brother of Robert ‘82, James Booth is also the brother-in-law of                                                                   Cornell University             Marymount University             St. Mary's University         University of Mississippi 6      Widener University
                                                                                                                                           Creighton University           McGill University                St. Peter's University        University of New Orleans        Worcester Polytechnic Inst. 2
Frank Dirosa ‘73, and Jim McLean’s legacy includes son James ‘06,                                                                          CUNY-Baroch Honors College     McPherson College                Stephen F. Austin 3           University of North Texas 3      Xavier University of Ohio 2
nephew John ‘03 and brother John ‘71.                                                                                                      Dartmouth College              Michigan State University 3      TCU 14                        University of Notre Dame 7       Yale University
                                                                                                                                           Drew University                Millsaps College                 Texas A&M University 33       University of Oklahoma 5

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                                                                                                                                                       There is a toast by humorist and           might be attributable to the high bar asso-   nities, and challenges we would face dur-
                                                                                                                                                   author Kinky Friedman which I like to          ciated with a SJ education. Each of us        ing the transition to college life and even-
                                                                                                                                                   borrow: "May the best of the past be the       received all the tools needed to enter the    tual adulthood. In terms of personal
                                                                                                                                                   worst of the future." It won't happen by       grown up world and to succeed, lead, and      growth and maturity, my life seemed to
                                                                                                                                                   accident; we have to take responsibility       care limitlessly. SJ did such an excellent    speed up exponentially during college.
                                      r       e     f     l     e     c     t    i     o        n     s                                            to make it happen.                             job preparing us via challenging curricu-     There is no doubt that my experience at
                        Valedictorians from some of the 2004 Reunion Classes offer reflections                                                                                                    lum, teachers, coaches, and peers that it's   Strake Jesuit shaped me into the person I
                                       on their own Jesuit Graduation addresses.                                                                   Since Jesuit: John lives in Austin, Texas      probably only natural to think I could        am today. Nothing I learned in the class-
                                                                                                                                                   with Kristi, his wife of ten years, and        have done more over the last 10 years and     room compares to the values of true
                                                                                                                                                   daughter Cora. John and Kristi are             could always do more in the future.           friendship, service, and love that were
                                                                                                                                                   expecting their second child in July. John     Knowing this is a burden, but I feel          exclaimed and lived out in all aspects of
                                                  humor in your life and ensure that you            optimism and personal responsibility           is president of BusinesSuites, a provider      blessed for the opportunity to carry it.      our Jesuit experience whether it be the
                                                  keep your life in perspective.                    would remain the same, but I'd likely          of fully serviced office space and virtual           I am sure other classmates of mine      annual Freshmen Retreat, athletic prac-



                         ‘84
                         ‘84
                                                       And at the end of the day, when I am         emphasize the following based on my            offices with locations in three states.        have done remarkable things since gradu-      tices, service projects, or a school wide
                                                  stressed out and frustrated, I know that I        experiences over the past fifteen years:       John has a BBA and MBA from the                ation truly worthy of the man for others      worship service. These core values have
                                                  need my friends from Strake Jesuit to help             Our dreams don't have to be               University of Texas at Austin where he         title. I am eager to see all of them and to   been vital to my school work, activities,
                                                  me keep it all in perspective. They force         grandiose to be meaningful. We can             also teaches a course in entrepreneurial       hear their stories at our upcoming reunion    relationships, and faith life during my
                                                  me to remember that you can't really              make the future better through our love        finance.                                       in August.                                    time since graduation. More than any-
                                                  laugh until you can laugh at yourself.            for others, raising a family, helping to                                                                                                    thing Jesuit prepared me to begin the life
                                                                                                    build a business, and being involved in                                                       Since Jesuit: After Jesuit, Justin attended   long process of learning and growing in
                                                  Since Jesuit: David Cardenas has been             the community. Creating world peace,                                                          Texas A&M University where he studied         my goal of living a God honoring life. I
    DAVID CARDENAS                                married to Stacey for almost 15 years. He         becoming a billionaire, and curing cancer                                                     chemical engineering and graduated in         am confident my Jesuit education will
                                                  has 3 daughters: Lexi, aged 9; Keki, 7;           are lofty aspirations, but not prerequisites                                                  1998. Since then, he’s worked for             continue to guide me as I strive to
     In May of 1984, all the members of           and Phoebe, 4.5. He earned his degree in          for success.                                                                                  ExxonMobil doing a variety of things          become a true "Man for Others" in all



                                                                                                                                                                            ‘94
the Class of '84 realized that we were at a       Commerce from the Univesity of Virginia                Personal responsibility is critical. In                                                  including a current assignment in its Gas     aspects of life.
time in our lives filled with great uncer-
tainty and many opportunities. We had
many choices to make, and we knew that
                                                  and his MBA from the University of
                                                  North Carolina. He has been in Fairfield,
                                                  CT for the past 7 years. He works as a
                                                                                                    a world where more and more people
                                                                                                    seek to shift blame, an individual who
                                                                                                    takes personal responsibility for his/her
                                                                                                                                                                            ‘94                   & Power Marketing Company. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                  recently married Kaitlin Schoeffield and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  bought a home in West Houston.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Each day I am grateful for the bless-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ings of my teachers, coaches, administra-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tors and, of course, my fellow classmates
our lives would undergo tremendous                partner for Olympus Partners, a private           actions is truly unique. If you don't take                                                                                                  with whom I had the opportunity to share
changes in the ensuing years. I think we          equity investment firm.                           responsibility for the mistakes you make                                                                                                    my time at Jesuit.
also believed that in a period of a few                                                             (and we all make them), how can you
years we would be firmly entrenched on                                                              take responsibility for your successes?                                                                                                     Since Jesuit: Jeff Shaddix graduated
a particular path and that the remainder of                                                              Strake Jesuit has modeled these                    JUSTIN HOLY                                                                         from the University of Texas at Austin in
our lives would be clear. Twenty years                                                              ideals, not only through academics and                                                                                                      May 2004 where he received his BBA in
                                                                                                    personal relationships, but in its own his-



                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘99
later, I realize that a life fully lived is                                                                                                             Ten years ago, I was given the                                                          the Business Honors Program and


                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘99
always filled with a combination of                                                                 tory as well. As many of you know, in          opportunity to stand in front the Strake                                                     Masters in Public Accounting (MPA). He
uncertainty and opportunities for new                                                               the 1960's SJ started with grandiose plans     Jesuit class of 1994 and talk about going                                                    plans to move to Dallas, TX, where he



                                                                          ‘89
                                                                          ‘89
areas of personal growth. So, although                                                              and the resources to back them. In the         forth confidently into the world to be                                                       will begin work with The Boston
virtually every detail has changed in each                                                          1970's, the Sharpstown banking scandal         future leaders, servers, community                                                           Consulting Group.
of our lives, the themes remain the same:                                                           drastically reduced our land holdings and      builders…to be men for others. Now I
•When faced with tough life decisions, be                                                           financial resources. Even though our           look back on that day and wonder what,                                                        Keep in touch with all your Strake
willing to take risks with the full confi-                                                          financial position changed considerably,       if anything, I have done since then to be                                                     Jesuit classmates and other alumni in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the Strake Jesuit Online Community at
dence that God is leading you according                                                             and our dreams were dealt a major set-         that person I described. I can't point to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 www.strakejesuit.org. Just click on
to His plan;                                                                                        back, we never backed away from our            my college years, degree decision, cur-                JEFF SHADDIX                           Alumni.
•Though we each have different talents                                                              mission and purpose; we took responsi-         rent job, or typical weekends and say that
and abilities, live with the knowledge that               JOHN JORDAN                               bility, dusted ourselves off, and moved        any of these clearly testify to a consistent        As a recent college graduate, I have
in God's plan, all players have important                                                           forward. It has been phenomenal to             effort to be that man for others. I have       experienced enough of life to know we
roles;                                                 In 1989, I spoke at our graduation           watch the progress at SJ, especially in the    done plenty of things since SJ of which        (the Class of 99) were not as wise as we
•Combine the hard work we learned at SJ           about recognizing our dreams, taking              fifteen years since the class of 1989 grad-    I'm very proud, but I don't feel I've lived    might have thought as we received our
with your God-given abilities, and you            responsibility for shaping our futures, and       uated. Congratulations to the SJ commu-        up to the expectations I spoke of at grad-     diplomas just over five years ago. None
will be successful in your endeavors; and         acting to make things happen. If I were to        nity, students, and leaders for your           uation.                                        of my classmates could have fathomed
•Rely on your friends and family to keep          re-write my speech today, my themes of            achievements.                                       I believe some of this realization        the breadth of new experiences, opportu-
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                                                        development                                                                                                                                  development
                    2004 Fantasy Auction a “Night of Wine and Roses” to Remember                                                                         Strake Jesuit Receives ExxonMobil Foundation                                       Jack Koch Golf Tournament
                                                                                                                                                             Volunteer Involvement Program Grant                                            Benefits Jesuit Financial Aid
     On Saturday, April 17, Strake Jesuit history was made at the
beautiful Westin Oaks Hotel. More that 450 Jesuit supporters                                                                                                                                                                                     The First Annual Jack Koch
attended the 24th Annual Fantasy Auction, “A Night of Wine and                                                                                                                                                                              Memorial Golf Tournament was held on
Roses” and, although the final numbers are not in yet, all indica-                                                                                                                                                                          Monday, April 26, 2004 at Country Place
tions are that this will be a record year.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Golf Course in Pearland,Texas. Proceeds
     Naturally, on a night like this, the highlights were too numer-                                                                                                                                                                        from the event were donated to the Jack
ous to list. After a ‘warm-up’ of sorts with a trip (or two) through                                                                                                                                                                        Koch Memorial Scholarship Fund at
the wide variety of items up for bid in the Silent Auction, it was                                                                                                                                                                          Jesuit which supports the school’s finan-
time for a delicious dinner. Then, the excitement was kicked-up a                                                                                                                                                                           cial aid program. Mr. Koch was a long-
notch as Auctioneer Monte Sneed opened the floor for a fast-mov-                                                                                                                                                                            time supporter of Jesuit and the father of
ing trip through the Live Auction.                                                                                                                                                                                                          no less than five Strake Jesuit graduates.
                                                                                                                                                   Strake Jesuit College Preparatory          coordinators Mrs. Bonnie Loudin and           In addition to a great day of golf with
     There was no shortage of thrills or magnificent items on which
                                                                                                                                              recently recognized the many volunteers,        Mrs. Trish Calvo, nearly half of the          family and friends everyone enjoyed an
to place a bid with the simple wave of a hand (or were you just
                                                                                                                                              including many students, whose efforts in       donated time was contributed by current       Awards Dinner afterwards at the home of
scratching your nose). Some of the most hotly contested bidding
                                                                                                                                              2003 resulted in the school receiving           Strake Jesuit students.                       Nancy Koch. Check the Strake Jesuit
came over exciting trips and one-of-a-kind specialty dinners. Trips
                                                                                                                                              $22,000 in grants from the Exxon Mobil              The volunteers were recognized at a       web site for information about next
included a ‘Rockies Retreat’ to beautiful Telleuride, Colorado, a
                                                                                                                                              Foundation's Volunteer Involvement              luncheon on the school campus on              year’s event.
‘Paradise Island’ getaway in The Bahamas, ‘front row’ Penthouse
                                                                                                                                              Program (VIP). The ExxonMobil                   Thursday, May 6. In addition to many of
Seats for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500, and flight on a
                                                                                                                                              Volunteer Involvement Program seeks to          the students and parents who donated
private jet to a Notre Dame football game.
                                                                                                                                              encourage employees, retirees and other         time during the year who were on hand,
     For those who preferred to stay a little closer to home, the bid-
                                                                                                                                              eligible participants including spouses         also attending were Strake Jesuit
ding was equally exciting over ‘Hot Stuff’ which offered a back-
                                                                                                                                              and children to actively contribute their       President Fr. Daniel Lahart, S.J, Principal
yard barbeque with Jesuit’s own President, Fr. Daniel Lahart, S.J.
                                                                                                                                              time and talent to non-profit organiza-         Richard Nevle, Assistant Principal Carlos
manning the grille. The bidding was equally as contested for
                                                                                                                                              tions.                                          Roman and Don Jacobsen, the Exxon
‘Community Spirit’ which featured a private Mass celebrated by Fr.
                                                                                                                                                   Nearly 30 volunteers donated over          Mobil District Science Ambassador for
Mark Thibodeaux, S.J. followed by cocktails hosted by Fr. Billac                                                                                                                                                                            The Koch Family: (left to right) sons Tim
                                                                                                                                              600 hours of service to the school as a         the Galveston-Houston Diocese.
and then dinner all in the newly renovated Jesuit Community                                                                                                                                                                                 ‘84, Jim ‘82, Steve ‘76, wife Nancy, son
                                                                                                                                              part of the program. According to the                                                         Mark ‘75, daughter Nancy and son Mike
House on campus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘73.
     The evening concluded with open donations taken from the
floor for the purchase of an additional school bus for the school.
This much needed vehicle will be used to transport Strake Jesuit                                                                                                  Strake Jesuit Scramble Brings Golfers Together for Jesuit Athletics
students to many of their off campus games and competitions.
                                                                                                                                                   A large group of Jesuit supporters
Donations of any size toward the purchase of this bus are still being
                                                                                                                                              gathered Sugar Creek Country Club on
accepted by calling Sharon Venables at 713.490.8107.
                                                                                                                                              May 10 for the 28th Annual Strake Jesuit
     Success of this magnitude would not have been possible with-
                                                                                                                                              Scramble. Despite dodging a few Spring
out the efforts of an army of almost 100 volunteers. Thanks go out
                                                                                                                                              raindrops, a great time was had by all.
to everyone who worked to make this evening a reality, especially
                                                                                                                                              Under the direction of Chairman Mark
Debbi Schindler and Jim Hull, Chair Couple and Sharon Venables,
                                                                                                                                              Sacra, the annual event benefits Jesuit
Auction Coordinator. Next year’s auction chair couples, Lori and
                                                                                                                                              athletics.
David Hessel, and Janet and David Hinners, are already busy plan-
                                                                                                                                                   With a mixture of current parents,
ning another spectacular evening for 2005.
                                                                                                                                              past parents, alumni and other Jesuit sup-
                       MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!                                                                                                porters in the field, the first place for low
                                                                         From top: Strake Jesuit President Fr. Daniel Lahart, S.J. and
                          2005 Fantasy Auction                           2004 Auction Chairs Debbie Schindler and Jim Hull.....The bid-
                                                                                                                                              gross was won by the team of Sam                     As usual, a host of Jesuit supporters    port and efforts of Melissa Sacra, Debbie
                         “Crusaders in Camelot”                          ding is heavy for ‘Community Spirit’ dinner in the Jesuit
                                                                                                                                              Adamo (father of Sam ‘98), Robert               stepped forward to ensure the events suc-     Sacra, Teri McAfee, Jackie Kamel and
                              Saturday, April 16, 2005                   Residence.....an early preview of the Live Auction to plan strate-   Upton, Rodney Vannerson and Arthur              cess. Among those were Winston and            Dianna Atchison are appreciated.
                                       at the all new                    gy was key.....The Big Boards proved as popular as ever.....just     Washington. First place for low net went        Maxfield McKenzie of McKenzie                      All members of the Strake Jesuit
                         Marriott Sugar Land Town Square                 one of the rooms where Silent Auction activity was non-stop.
                                                                                                                                              to the team of Mike Cronin ‘72, Dick            Galleries and Commerical for the dona-        community are encouraged to watch their
                                                                                                                                              Schneider ‘72, Mike Taetz (father of            tion of the beautiful trophies that were      mail box, e-mail and Jesuit publications
                                                                                                                                              Andrew ‘07) and Charles Hightower.              presented. In addition, the continued sup-    for information about next year’s event.

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                                              Food, Fun and Music Highlights
                                              a Successful Spring Fling 2004
     By any measure, the 33rd Annual
Strake Jesuit Spring Fling was a huge
success. If food was your thing, then you
had a virtual buffet of International cui-
sine and boiled crawfish as well as a host
of traditional fare. If games were more to
your liking, there was games for every
age. From the Casino to inflatables to
CrusaderLand for the tykes, there were a
wide variety of diversions and activities.
And, if just sitting under a shade tree and
with an ice-cold beverage and enjoying




                                                                                                                                         Man for Others?
live entertainment was more your style,
you certainly were in the right place. The
outdoor stage hosted a continuous and
varied stream of bands, including a spe-
cial appearance by the Strake Jesuit
Guitar Club which provided a rousing
rendition of The Eagles’ ‘Hotel
California’.
                                                                                                                                         On the occasion of Holy Thursday Mass this past spring, another school year was winding down and Strake Jesuit once again pre-
     And, most importantly, if raising
                                                                                                                                         pared to send a group of young men out into the world. Fr. Daniel Lahart, S.J. took the opportunity of his homily to remind the stu-
money for a good cause is your ‘thing’,                                                                                                  dents what it meant to be a Man for Others. His words, which follow, serve to frame for everyone at Jesuit the goals and aspirations
this year’s event contributed a record                                                                                                   that lie behind this often used phrase.
$118,500 to Jesuit’s financial aid pro-
gram.                                                                                                                                                                               If I were to ask you what our school
     Congratulations and a big SJ ‘thank
                                                                                                                                                                                motto is, I bet that most of you would not
you’ this all of those helped make the
event such a huge success. In particular,                                                                                                                                       point to the Latin inscription on the school
thanks to this year’s event Chairs Liz                                                                                                                                          seal: Sic Deus Vult ("God wills it so") but
Bernica and Suzanne Werner as well as to                                           Left to right: Lori Hessel, Suzanne Werner, Maureen                                          would instead mention Men for Others. The
Raffle Chairs Lori Hessel and Maureen                                              Clark and Liz Bernica present a check for $118,550
Clark.. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
                                                                                   to Fr. Daniel Lahart, S.J. and Jesuit Principal                                              phrase Men for Others comes from a Jesuit
                                                                                   Richard Nevle.
                                                                                                                                                                                who died just a few years ago, Fr. Pedro
                               First Annual Charity Tennis Tournament Succeeds                                                                                                  Arrupe, who was for many years the head of
                                              in Spite of Weather
                                                                                                                                                                                all the Jesuits in the world. Fr. General, as
    Due to the galant efforts of Jesuit         Tennis Express, Solar & Associates, the                                                                                         we call him, was sometimes referred to as
senior Chris Mackey ‘04, the success of         Armand Family, the Badum Family,                                                                                                the "Black Pope," because his influence was
the First Annual NexPlayer Charity              UBS, the Strake Jesuit Booster Club, the
Tennis Classic benefiting the Kenneth           Strake Jesuit Dad’s Club, Tennis
                                                                                                                                                                                once thought to be second only to the
McGregor Scholarship was realized,              Warehouse and Brown Bag Deli.                                                                                                   pope's.
despite a rain-out of the inaugural event.           Mackey, who served as Tournament                                                                                               In a talk to a group of Jesuit alumni from
    Bolstered by support from the Jesuit        Director, had a fun-filled event planned
                                                                                                                                                                                around the world back in the 1970's, Fr.
and St. Agnes communities and the               that included tennis clinic, exhibition,
Strake Jesuit Alumni Association, the           free refreshments and, of course, some                                                                                          Arrupe challenged alumni from Jesuit
event’s resilient success was due in no         fun on the court. Not to be diswayed by                                                                                         schools to be Men for Others.
small part to the support of its many           the weather, Mackey has similar plans for                                                                                           What does it mean to be a Man for
sponsors. Among them were NexPlayer,            next year’s event, so stay tuned.
                                                                                                                                                                                Others?
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It means to look beyond yourself, to con-    to address them. Sure, it means doing           us, sometimes in jest, sometimes not. To
sider some one else's good, even at the      more service projects than required, put-       be a Man for Others, is to refrain from
cost of your own self at times-that's not    ting in more service hours than Mr.             such remarks; it is to stick up for the per-
something normally associated with an        Romano is counting. But it means more           son who needs someone, and that person
adolescent male. Yet it is the mantra of     than that.                                      might be the student next to you in class.
Jesuit schools across the world. We want           What does it mean to be a Man for         And it doesn't matter whether he's a                  There's a special pleasure that comes with talking to sen-      close to paying the cost of their new beginnings.
you to be Men for Others. It's not some      Others? It means that you treat others          friend of yours or not.                         iors who have just strolled out of their last exam. Often they             For some graduation is almost an escape–not only will they
5th Avenue slogan thought up by an           with respect. We are a privileged people.             What does it mean to be a Man for         seem to move without direction; there are no papers due, no lab       be leaving their old school, they will be leaving their homes and
advertising agency. It is at the core of     Regardless of whether you have an               Others? I think you know. I hope it is          reports to write, no problem sets to keep them up half the night.     their hometown–the world as they know it. They ought to be
who we want you to be, who we expect         allowance to burn or work long hours to         the person you are, or at least the person      It's a great feeling, but only for an instant is there a feeling of   afraid, but they seldom are anything more than anxious. There
ourselves to be.                             buy your books, you are privileged. You         you hope to be.                                 something having been completed. Many have already mental-            is nature to thank for that–that some place in the genetic code
     What does it mean to be a Man for       have many talents, and to those to whom               Now the question for today - why be       ly moved on to university; in spite of having just finished up        there is a series of responses, or in the culture a set of reflexes
Others? It means that we ask freshmen        much has been given, much is expected.          a Man for Others? Service is a good             their classes they are anxious to begin anew. They are ready for      that says it is time to move on. It is because graduates are so
to visit the aged during their retreat. It   We are expected to treat others with            thing to do. Loving your family is an           the coming graduation ceremonies, but not quite certain they          focused on the next step that they often find it difficult to appre-
means that we ask sophomores to run the      respect, especially those who have not          appropriate response to their love.             want to waste time with all the fanfare that goes with getting out    ciate what they have accomplished or what it is that their par-
toy drive at Christmas. It means that in     had the opportunities that we have had.         Caring for your classmates, it is a kind,       and on with their lives.                                              ents are so proud of.
the fall we ask juniors to spend a day in    Caring for the poor, the sick-the lowly         charitable thing. But that doesn't answer             We call them Commencement exercises, which is to say                 The fact of the matter is that our graduates do have a great
service throughout the city working at       freshmen-that is what it means to be a          it. Why be a Man for Others? Why is it          "beginning" exercises, even though they are about what hap-           deal to celebrate. Finishing the four years at Jesuit is a signifi-
places like San Jose Clinic, Project Care,   Man for Others.                                 part of who we are called to be?                pens at the end of the year. The Commencement tradition began         cant accomplishment. Some of the graduates who skirted aca-
Casa Juan Diego, Magnificat House,                 But if it stops there, you have failed.         "Master, are you going to wash my         with the first western universities in Europe. In those medieval      demic disaster on their way to graduation have an idea of how
Loaves and Fishes, Houston Food Bank,        We have failed.                                 feet?"                                          schools commencement exercises did in fact take place at the          challenging the academic program is at Jesuit. They are glad to
Open Door Mission or Star of Hope. It              How do you treat members of your                "So when he had washed their feet         beginning of the academic year–new students arrived to see            have survived and more glad to have graduated. Many of them
means that we ask seniors to perform 100     family? Sometimes it can be easier to           and put his garments back on and                their fellow students celebrating the acquisition of their            will come to realize how challenging the program was only
hours of service in programs like Spike      love the stranger on the street than the        reclined at table again, he said to them,       degrees, the installation of new teachers and the elevation           when they begin their careers in colleges and universities across
'N Wave, Amigos, Shine, Second               younger brother you just borrowed your          'Do you realize what I have done for you?       (graduation–stepping up) of the more experienced ones.                the country.
Blessing, or this summer in the              bike. It can be easy to say, "I love you"       You call me "teacher" and "master," and         Medieval "commencements" generally took place on                           While we may find ending the year with a commencement
Dominican Republic.                          to your mom as you head to bed, but dif-        rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore,   Michaelmas, the feast of St. Michael in late September. By this       ceremony–a celebration for beginning out of place–the gradu-
     What does it mean to be a Man for       ficult to pick up your room, feed the dog,      the master and teacher, have washed             time the crops were in, and young men returned from the har-          ates better understand that what happens at Graduation is far
Others? It means that we ask seniors to      put your plate in the dishwasher. What          your feet, you ought to wash one anoth-         vested fields of Europe, to school to finish one term and start       more about beginning than it is about ending; it is not about fin-
be big brothers to freshmen; it means that   does it mean to be a Man for Others? It         er's feet. I have given you a model to fol-     another. There were theses to defend, and courses to sign up          ishing up, but about moving forward, it is about being open to
over 100 upperclassmen work on the           means to care for the members of your           low, so that as I have done for you, you        for. New students had to be put on the matrix–the "mother list"       growth and that kind of openness is one of the things we have
freshman retreat. It means that a variety    family-quite possibly one of the most dif-      should also do.'"                               and thus today we say "they matriculated" It was a time of            been trying teach them when they began their careers at Jesuit
of sports teams go to do service work at     ficult tasks you face at this time in your            Why are you asked to be a Man             coming together, and like today, only after all of the ceremonies     as freshmen.
a wide variety of needy areas in the city    life.                                           for Others? Because Jesus, the Son of           were done, a time for leaving. Academic processions were                   But that beginning comes in August–when the freshmen
like Colonial Oaks. It means that our              What does it mean to be a Man for         God, washes your feet. He says, "I have         hardly restricted to the university–the whole town was part of        arrive. While those freshmen may appear to have that same air
alumni come together to do a special         Others? It means that you care for your         given you a model to follow, so that as I       the parade.                                                           of not knowing exactly what to do next, their gait is far more
"Brother Casey Saturday PH Service           classmates and your school. It means            have done for you, you should also do."               The sense of newness about even end of year commence-           anxious than that of the strolling seniors who have only recent-
Project" at a poor inner city school.        that you work to remove from your con-          Jesus washes the feet of those around           ments is palatable–outright visible–there are a lot of fresh hair-    ly departed. Some of them can barely disguise the fact that
     What does it mean to be a Man for       versations things like, "I hate that kid."      him, even his betrayer, and asks you to do      cuts the week after finals. These tonsorial                                                inside they are downright terrified. There is
Others? It means that we no longer need      "He's such a homo." "That girl is so            the same. Pedro Arrupe calls it being a         adjustments are in part to honor visiting                                                  no way to tell them that in a very short four
to ask you to think of others; it becomes    stuck up." "I bet that guy stays home           Man for Others. So do we. That is why           grandparents, in part because Brother Casey                                                years, this will be completely behind them;
second nature. It means that you are         every Saturday night; he's such a loser."       we ask you to be a Man for Others. And          told them to get a haircut for graduation, but                                             there is no way to convince them that they
aware of others' needs and do something      It is so easy to be vicious to those around     that is what it means.                          for many that haircut is their first step in get-                                          will not be terrified, but only a little anxious
                                                                                                                                             ting a really good summer job. Unlike their                                                about their new beginning, but they will be
                                                                                                                                             medieval counterparts they don't have to                                                   very good in giving the appearance of com-
                                                                                                                                             bring in the harvest, but most of them do                                                  plete confidence and ease.
                                                                                                                                             have to work and they are well aware that                                                  Peace,
                                                                                                                                             the thick admissions packet they just got
                                                                                                                                             from college, even when there is a generous
                                                                                                                                             scholarship to go with it, seldom comes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Richard Nevle


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                                                                                                                                                                                             pastoral ministry


                                                                                                                                           I was starving......
                                                                           by Fr. Mark Thibodeaux, S.J.                                                            by Michael Wegenka ‘05



                              A Midsummer Night's Respite                                                                                       In the rush to get to school on time, I
                                                                                                                                           had managed to miss breakfast for the
                                                                                                                                           second time that week, and it looked like
                                                                                                                                           I wasn't going to be able to eat lunch
                                                                                                                                           either.
                                                                                                                                                I was late to the meeting. Somehow I
                                                                                                                                           always managed to be late to these things.
                                                                                                                                           Father Thibodeaux had asked me several          to come in the prayer assign-                                      from my prayer. It was
                                                                                                                                           days before if I would be interested in         ments for the next week.                                        very frustrating for me to
          The apostles returned to Jesus and reported to
                                                                                                                                           going on a retreat unlike any other.                 As Father Thibodeaux was                              want something so badly and
          him all that they had done and what they had                                                                                     Intrigued by the possibility of participat-     bringing the meeting to a close, I went        yet lack the ability to calm myself and
                                                                                                                                           ing in something new, I agreed to attend        over in my mind all the retreats that I had    ignore the world around me enough to pray.
          taught. He said to them, "Come by yourselves to
                                                                                                                                           the lunch-time meeting. Little did I know       ever been on. I remembered the                      Over the course of the Eighteenth
          an out-of-the-way place and rest a little."…So                                                                                   at the time how difficult and rewarding         Freshman Retreat and the crazy feeling of      Annotation Retreat, I slowly began to
                                                                                                                                           the next several weeks would be.                becoming aware of God's love for me for        combat these distractions and they came
          Jesus and the apostles went off in the boat by
                                                                                                                                                Trying desperately to ignore my            the first time. I remembered the remark-       to be much less of a problem. Because
          themselves to a deserted place.                                                                                                  grumbling stomach, I began listening to         able joy of leading that retreat two years     my Faculty Guide accompanied me on
                                                     Mark 6:30-32                                                                          what Father Thibodeaux had to say. He           later, and I recalled the camaraderie and      this spiritual journey, I had the benefit of
                                                                                                                                           explained that this eight week retreat          spiritual growth that I experienced on the     knowing someone who could relate to
                                                                                                                                           would begin during the first week of Lent       Junior Retreat.                                my struggles in a very intimate and pow-
     I really love the scene from the Bible    Three of them have fallen asleep. Peter       with Jesus and our mutual friends. There
                                                                                                                                           and end during the first week of Easter.             One of the things that all the retreats   erful way. It was wonderful to sit down to
passage above. Earlier, Jesus had sent the     can't resist putting a line in the water.     is no greater feeling then to "come away"
                                                                                                                                           Unlike every other retreat that is offered      had in common, though, was an intense          pray in my bedroom and know that on
apostles off on their first mission by         Matthew hates being on the water and          to dinnertime with friends or family at the
                                                                                                                                           at Strake Jesuit, the Eighteenth                spiritual high-point and a gradual decline     that same day there was someone else
themselves. And things went well, very         sits in the middle of the boat, nervously     end of a long and productive day. I've sat
                                                                                                                                           Annotation Retreat would not be a few           from that high after the retreat had come      praying diligently for my success. I real-
well. The apostles returned exhausted but      telling the others not to rock it too much.   on many a porch or patio on such an
                                                                                                                                           days of prayerful reflection at a retreat       to an end. I always failed to pursue a con-    ized the power of someone else's prayer
thrilled with all of the wonders God           James and John are teasing him about          evening and allowed the cicadas and fire-
                                                                                                                                           house. Saint Ignatius had realized while        tinuation of the relationship once the         and, for the first time in my life, I found
worked through them. They can't contain        this and rock the boat even more, which       flies to lull me into a quieter state.
                                                                                                                                           writing his Spiritual Exercises that many       retreats ended and I eventually always         myself being able to ignore the world
their joy and all of them are talking at the   makes Jesus laugh out loud. And all the       Watching the sun begin to droop sleepily,
                                                                                                                                           people would be unable to get away from         returned to the spiritual low that I lived     around me and focus on my relationship
same time as they tell Jesus all about         while despite their exhaustion, they can't    it seems the whole world is at peace and
                                                                                                                                           their lives for a month in order to go on       before going on each retreat. Calling to       with God.
their adventures. Jesus is smiling a pater-    help telling each other stories about all     content. A friend of mine was fond of
                                                                                                                                           his retreat, so he noted in his list of twen-   mind some of my experiences and the                 Looking back at my journey with
nalistic smile. He's very proud and            the ways God worked through their             saying, "Even the hands of the clock are
                                                                                                                                           ty annotations at the start of the Spiritual    frustrations that accompanied them, I          Christ since the retreat began, I can see
happy. "Come by yourselves to an out-          hands and feet and words and actions.         resting-just hanging there-at 6:30 in the
                                                                                                                                           Exercises that the retreat could be modi-       decided to go on the Eighteenth                that the physical hunger I felt at that first
of-the-way place," he says. I can imagine      They are drunk on joy.                        evening."
                                                                                                                                           fied to the various needs and time con-         Annotation Retreat in hopes of receiving       meeting in February is the same type of
the intimacy shared between them in this            I can easily imagine this scene                And always Jesus is there, sleepily
                                                                                                                                           straints of a certain group of people.          the strength to maintain an intimate rela-     feeling I now have during my prayer. The
scene and the bond that now exists             because I've had many similar evenings        sitting next to me on the swing. Together,
                                                                                                                                                Taking from this annotation, the           tionship with God even after the retreat       more that I prayed and came to know
because of the accomplishment of com-                                                        without even trying and sometimes not
                                                                                                                                           Eighteenth Annotation Retreat was cus-          had ended.                                     God on this retreat, the more I came to
mon mission. The story in Mark goes on                                                       even conscious of it, we praise the Father
                                                More information about the                                                                 tomized for the specific needs and desires           One of the things that had always         hunger for a personal relationship with
to say that the people loved them so                                                         who blessed our labor of the day and who
                                                                                                                                           of the Juniors and Seniors who were able        held me back from the type of prayer life      Him. There is beautiful irony in knowing
much that they ran ahead to the not-so-         Pastoral Ministry at Strake                  blesses the peace and stillness of this
                                                                                                                                           to participate. Those who chose to go on        that I wanted was distractions. Every time     that I am forever hungry for that which is
hidden hiding place and were waiting for        Jesuit and resources to learn                evening.
                                                                                                                                           the retreat would be provided a grace to        I ever attempted to pray more than an Our      forever filling, and, although my walk
them when they arrived. But at the very
                                                more about Jesuit spirituality                                                             pray for each week and daily bible pas-         Father or two, I was distracted by the         with Jesus has only just begun, I am grad-
least, Jesus and the apostles had that
                                                                                                                                           sages to help lead them to that grace and,      world around me. Whether it was my             ually coming to understand what it is to
quiet boat ride in the sunset. I can easily     are available at www.strake-                 Sun and moon, bless the Lord,
                                                                                                                                           once every week, the retreatant would           mom asking me to take out the trash or         find fulfillment and comfort in my daily
picture them drifting along on the placid       jesuit.org                                   Stars of heaven, bless the Lord.
                                                                                                                                           meet with his Faculty Guide to talk about       the noisy air-conditioning unit coming         prayer.
waters, in no hurry to get any place.                                                                                  Daniel 3: 62-63
                                                                                                                                           the progress he was making and what was         on, I was somehow always drawn away

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                                  Luis Jimenez' ‘Cruzando el Rio Bravo’ Represents                                                Golfers Post Strong Showing
                                   the Courage and Striving for a New Beginning                                                        in First UIL Season                             Jesuit Baseball Has Strong Showing In First UIL Season
by Ellen Orseck
                                                                                                                                        A total of 27 golfers saw action for            The Varsity baseball team made a          spot, but dropped a close game 2-1. The
Strake Jesuit Art Museum Curator
                                                                                                                                  the Jesuit golf team during this year’s          strong run at a playoff spot in its first sea- Crusaders then defeated Alief Taylor 9-3
                                                                                                                                  season. The Crusaders played in 20               son in UIL District 19-5A.                The  and needed a Cinco Ranch win over
                                                                                                                                  Varsity tournament and 17 JV/Freshmen            Crusaders were very competitive in             Mayde Creek to force a 3-way playoff for
     Barrio and border issues infuse Luis       in Mexico City and being exposed to the                                                                                                                                           3rd place, but Mayde Creek defeated
                                                                                                                                  tournaments and had success on all lev-          every district ball game and finished with
Jimenez' fiberglass sculptures as well as       murals of the Mexican masters, Jimenez                                            els. The Varsity squad finished 2nd at the       a 7-7 district record which was one victo-     Cinco Ranch to earn the 3rd playoff spot.
his printmaking. His artwork celebrates         chose a different path. "I finally made                                           26th annual Strake Jesuit Invitational at        ry shy of a playoff berth.                          It was an exciting first year in UIL
the passion of Hispanic culture and com-        some peace with myself by feeling I could                                         Sugar Creek, 3rd at the Willis tournament             After opening district                                  competition       for     the
memorates the suffering Mexican                 work in art and through art, I could help                                         held at Bentwater and 4th at both the            play with two tough, late                                    Crusaders as they learned
Americans have endured. Cruzando el             affect change in the larger society by                                            Klein      and    Lamar        Consolidated      inning losses to Katy and                                    what to expect in district
Rio Bravo, installed in the Student             affecting the way people think." The                                              Invitationals. And, in the first UIL golf        Cinco        Ranch,       the                                play    at     this    level.
Center, is a poignant representation of         process of separation, for college-bound                                          action in school history, the Crusaders          Crusaders reeled off three                                   Congratulations to Jesuit’s
courage and striving for a new beginning.       graduates or for a young artist stepping                                          were tied for third after the first day of the   consecutive wins over                                        2nd team All-District mem-
In this season of transition from high          away from the family business, is not an                                          19-5A district tournament before sliding         Alief Elsik, Alief Hastings,                                 bers:     Senior pitchers
school to college, and new frontiers in the     easy one.                                                                         to fourth after the second round.                and Mayde Creek. Another                                     Christian Loeffler and Matt
lives of Strake Jesuit students, this work            Jimenez attended the University of                                                The top golfer was freshman Eugene         late inning loss at the hands                                Hudec, Senior outfielder
is particularly significant.                    Texas-El Paso, and graduated from the                                             Terry who finished the year with a 78            of Katy Taylor but Jesuit                                    Evan Dubay, and Junior
     Reflecting his own Hispanic her-           University of Texas- Austin, in 1964, with                                        tournament average, 5th best in the              then posted a come-from-                                     3rd baseman Andrew
itage, Jimenez pays tribute to the plight of    a degree in art and nearly enough credits                                         school's history. He was 4th in the dis-         behind, late win over Alief                                  Miller. Other Seniors that
Mexican workers who make the crossing           for another degree in architecture. After                                         trict meet, where he qualified to play in        Taylor to end first round                                    will be sorely missed are
to the United States for a better life, risk-   graduation, Jimenez, worked in New York                                           the UIL regional tournament. Eugene              district play.                                               shortstop Brett Lindeman,
ing life and limb. In this ten-foot tall        City during the rise of Pop Art from 1966                                         also had top 10 finishes at the Huffman-              The second round of                                     pitcher Nick Cobler, out-
sculpture, a man carries his wife and           to 1971. There he created his first fiber-                                        Hargrave, Katy and Strake Jesuit tourna-         district play went much Senior Christian Loeffler was fielder Chris Petty, pitcher
child on his back. His march to freedom         glass sculptures including an inebriated                                          ments. Other top 10 finishes include             like the first. Jesuit needed one of four Crusaders to earn Addison Bailey, and man-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Second Team All-District hon-
recalls the Trail of Tears, and other exo-      Statue of Liberty and Man on Fire, a sub-
                                                                                                                                  Andrew Maryan at Katy, Patrick                   a win over Mayde Creek to ors in the school’s first season ager Kyle Gilroy.
                                                                                                                                  DiCosimo at Strake Jesuit and Alex Poor          all but clinch a playoff of UIL competition.
duses where impoverished and oppressed          ject that developed from seeing a protes-
                                                                                                                                  at the District tournament where he,
people struggle to find a better life by the    tor bearing a Molotov cocktail. He
                                                                                                                                  along with Terry, earned All-District hon-
sheer will of physical endurance. In            employed techniques previously used to                                                                                                            Varsity Soccer Team Makes UIL Playoffs
                                                                                                                                  ors.
Jimenez' fiberglass figure, the lives of the    make airplane fuselages, racecar bodies,
wife and child are totally dependent on         and carnival figurines.                                                                                                                 The Strake Jesuit varsity soccer team     were selected to the All-District first team
the strength of their husband and father, a           When he returned to the Southwest,                                                                                           finished its’ first UIL soccer season in       for 19-5A. Additionally, Akwari was
monumental task not unlike the depend-          Jimenez turned his attention to working                                                                                            exciting fashion, making it to the Bi-         named to the Houston Chronicle's All-
ency of a student on his parents.               class heroes and the stereotypes between                                                                                           District playoffs. Competing in a very         Area team.
     Jimenez explains, "I wanted to make        the Mexican and US border. Whether                                                                                                 competitive District 19-5A, Jesuit outdu-          Next years team will be led by
                                                                                                                                                                                   eled Alief Hastings, Mayde Creek, and          returning
a piece dealing with the issue of the ille-     sculpting or printmaking, Jimenez' art-
                                                                                                                                                                                   2003 playoff team Alief Elsik for the final    veteran var-
gal alien. People talked about aliens as if     work takes on mythic proportions and his
                                                                                             Artisit: Luis Jimenez (American,                                                      playoff position.                              sity mem-
they landed from outer space, as if they        themes illuminate the Hispanic way of
                                                                                                  1940 - )                                                                              The Crusaders met Fort Bend Austin        bers Scott
weren't really people. I wanted to put a        life.                                        Title: Cruzando el Rio Bravo                                                          in the first round, where the team battled     Macbeth,
face on them; I wanted to humanize them.        Jimenez has completed over 20 public              (Crossing the Rio Grand),1985                                                    after surrendering two early goals. Jesuit     J o h n
I also wanted to deal with the whole idea       commissions, participated in more than       Media: polychrome fiberglass -
                                                                                                                                                                                   came back with a second half goal by           Michael
of family…I went back to my experience          75 solo exhibitions, and has pieces in the        127 x 34 x 54 inches
                                                                                             Source: On loan from Frank Ribelin                                                    Junior Greg Arbogast to cut the lead in        Aguerre,
in El Paso where this is a common sight."       collections of numerous museums,
                                                                                             Location: Student Center Foyer                                                        half. Despite numerous attempts in the         and Ricardo
     Born in El Paso, Texas, to an illegal      including the Metropolitan Museum and                                                                                              final fifteen minutes, they were not able      Sutherland
immigrant father in 1940, Jimenez was           the Museum of Modern Art, in New York,                                                                                             tie the game.                                  who each
                                                                                                                                  Freshman Eugene Terry was the
raised to take over the sign shop, where        as well as in the National Gallery in                                                                                                   The team posted a record of 10-6-6        have seen Senior Stephen Akwari was
                                                                                                                                  Crusaders’ top golfer this year posting a                                                                     one of the Crusaders to
his father made neon and painted signs.         Washington. He lives and works in                                                                                                  and 6-4-4 in district play. Seniors Stephen    two years of earn First Team All-District
                                                                                                                                  tournament average of 78, 5th best in
However, after visiting his grandparents        Hondo, New Mexico.                                                                school history                                   Akwari, Connor Booth, and Luke Juist           varsity play. honors.

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                                                            athletics                                                                                                                                 on campus
                     First UIL Track and Field Season                                             Tennis Team Earns District                                   Construction on New Multi-Purpose Stadium Shows Daily Progress
                        For Crusaders a Challenge                                                 Honors in First UIL Season
                                                                                                                                                After the groundbreaking in mid-            The Crusaders football team will open         synthetic fields. The only other facility in
     The 2004 track season                                 team scored well in the district        The 2004 Spring Tennis campaign          March, construction on the new multi-                                                         the Houston area that utilizes the Field
                                                                                                                                                                                            the new facility when they host St.
was an eye opener for the                                  meet with a one-two sweep of       provided several highlights and medal         purpose stadium at Strake Jesuit has                                                          Turf surface is the practice facility of the
                                                                                                                                                                                            Thomas on September 10, the first home
Crusaders. In their first year of                          the mile.                          winning moments for our young netters.        steadily progressed. The project, which                                                       NFL's Houston Texans.
                                                                                                                                                                                            game against the Eagles since 1996.
competition in the UIL, the                                       Greg Casar finished 1st     They only lost one match all season and       is being undertaken as a part of The                                                               The increased seating capacity will
                                                                                                                                                                                                 The new facility will include a new
Varsity finished 8th, the Junior                           with Jake Delouche right on        handed out two losses each to St. Thomas      Greater Glory capital campaign, is                                                            be a tremendous benefit, particularly for
                                                                                                                                                                                            synthetic running track and field events
Varsity finished 7th, and                                  his heals for 2nd. Jake also       and St. Pius. That, coupled with several      scheduled for completion in September.                                                        football. Next year, the Crusader football
                                                                                                                                                                                            area, increased seating capacity to 5,000
Freshman team finished 7th.                                won the two-mile with Blake        stellar individual performances during                                                                                                      squads will be joining the rest of the
                                                                                                                                                                                            and a state-of-the-art Field Turf playing
The highest individual finish                              Triplett finishing 4th. Greg       tournament play, saw the team show                                                                                                          school's athletic teams in UIL competi-
                                                                                                                                                                                            surface. Field Turf is the latest innova-
in the Varsity division was a                              added a 2nd place finish in the    noticeable improvement this season. In                                                                                                      tion as a member of District 19-5A. In
                                                                                                                                                                                            tion in artificial playing surfaces that
4th place by Jeff Lindsay in                               800 meters with James Penn         addition, the Crusaders made the most of                                                                                                    addition to football, the Crusader soccer
                                                                                                                                                                                            replicates a natural grass surface, but
the mile and two-mile and by                               coming in 6th.                     their inaugural UIL season capturing                                                                                                        and lacrosse teams and the track and field
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       offers the dura-
Carlos Castillo in the 800                                        Individually in the         awards in both the Freshmen and Junior                                                                                                      athletes will benefit from the new facili-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       bility and cost
meters. Jesuit also managed a                              Varsity field events Norbie        Varsity district-wide competition. On the                                                                                                   ty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       benefits      of
4-5-6 finish in the mile with                              Juist placed 6th in the discus     freshmen level, Tucker Shields won three                                                                                                                       Follow the progress
Carlos Castillo placing 5th                                and Josh Hilbe 6th in the 400      straight matches to advance to the                                                                                                                    through to completion at
and Scott Mucci 6th coming                                 meters.                            District 19-5A finals before losing a close                                                                                                           www.strakejesuit.org and click
in behind Lindsay.                Jesuit Senior Carlos            District 19-5A is one of    match. He was awarded a 2nd place
                                  Castillo  led       the                                                                                                                                                                                           on the link to the CrusaderCam.
     Junior Varsity highlights Crusaders with a 4th the toughest districts in the             medal for his efforts.
included Joey Bernica earn- place finish in the 800- state of Texas. The Crusaders                 The Junior Varsity captured two of
ing district champion honors meters in the team’s first faired well in comparison to          the top three medal spots at the district     Steady progress on the multi-purpose stadium has shown
                                  UIL meet.
in the 400 meters and Chris                               many other districts in the         level. Sophomore Will Thorseth placed         steady progress from initial demolition of the stands in late
Weber placing 3rd and Trey Perry 4th in        state, and could have perhaps won many.                                                      March (far left), turf and track removal in mid-April (middle
                                                                                              third in singles play, while junior Paul
                                                                                                                                            left), field leveling and preparation work in early May (mid-
the 800 meters. The freshman distance                                                         Bedi won three straight matches to            dle right) and foundation work for new stands and further
                                                                                              advance to the JV finals. Bedi's loss in      playing field preparation work in late May (far right).
                                                                                              the finals earned him district runner-up
                 Lacrosse Team Qualifies for Playoffs                                         honors.
                  in First Season at State’s Top Level                                             Departing from the team are senior           Blood Drive Generates                            Book on Fr. Harry                         Parsley Center Dedication
     The Strake Jesuit varsity Lacrosse                                                       co-captains Chris Mackey and Tyler                    Big Response                               Tompson, S.J., Available                        Set for August 22
team completed their first season in                                                          Kirchoff who will be missed.
                                                                                                                                                 The Gulf Coast Blood Center came               Before      he                                At the time of it’s original dedication
THSLA Division 1 competition this                                                             Spearheading next year's team will be 14
                                                                                                                                            to Jesuit this spring for the annual Blood      went on to                                    in March, 1998, the intent had been to
spring. Overall, Jesuit fared well in                                                         returning players eager to improve upon
                                                                                                                                            Drive and the school’s students, faculty        make        his                               name the new Student Center for Robert
adjusting to the top division of Lacrosse                                                     this year's record.
                                                                                                                                            and staff responded in typical Crusader         impact on the                                 H. and Georganna Strake Parsley. It was
in the state of Texas.                                                                                                                      fashion. A total of 165 people donated          children       of                             to serve as a tribute of their endearing
     Led by seniors Matthew Berkes,                                                                                                         blood in what most said was one of the          New Orleans,                                  support, not only for the building itself,
Connor Booth, Sammy Cashiola, Nick                                                                                                          smoothest drives ever. No doubt this was        Fr.          Harry                            but for the entire school. In typical hum-
Chambers, Casey Doherty, Nick Fordes,                                                                                                       due in large part to the efforts of many        Tompson,        S.J.                          ble fashion, Mr. Parsley would hear none
Grant Jungeblut, Robbie Keogh, Daniel           Holcomb, and J.J. Darling ignited the                                                       Mom volunteers who were on hand.                touched many at                               of it.
Kuper, Mark Monroe, Tommy Van der               offense. Jesuit then took a 5-3 advantage                                                                                                   Strake Jesuit while                               On August 22, 2004, a special cere-
Heydt, and Roy Wygant Jesuit made the           before Kinkaid came on to eventually                                                                                                        he served on the faculty and staff in the     mony will be held to formally dedicate
playoffs in the inaugural season at the top     win 12-8.                                                                                                                                   early 70’s.                                   the building as the Parsley Center, postu-
level. Each of these players were instru-            The Crusaders have plenty of talent                                                                                                        His wonderful story, as told in “The      mously in their honor.
mental in beginning this program in             returning for next year. Juniors Parker                                                                                                     Shepherd of New Orleans......Essays in
2001, along the way earning two                 Holcomb, J.J. Darling, Will Callegari,                                                                                                      Honor of Rev. Harry W. Tompson, S.J.”,
Division 2 State Championships.                 Clay Dalton, Ryan Souls, Ryan                                                                                                               is now available in the Strake Jesuit
     Jesuit culminated the season with an       Gammage, Corey Layne, Charlie                                                                                                               Spirit Store for $20. Proceeds from the
exciting first round play-off game at           Schwartzel and Thomas Monroe all                                                                                                            sale of the books will go directly to The
Kinkaid. After falling behind early, some       return along with a handful of experi-                                                                                                      Good Shepherd School which Fr.
                                                                                              Tucker Shields (l) and James Cornett (r)
key plays by goalie J.P. Cashiola, Parker       enced sophomores.                             display their medals with Coach Kenny.                                                        Tompson founded in New Orleans.

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                                                      alumni news                                                                                                                                alumni news

                       Second Annual Brother Casey                                           Alumni Tour Hits Chicago,                          Senior Class Gift Sets
                       Saturday PH Project a Success                                         California Swing Up Next                               Record Mark                                        Reunion Weekend 2004 Fast Approaching

     The Second Annual Brother Casey                                                             On Thursday, May 13th, Strake                 The Class of 2004 is very pleased to            Reunion Weekend 2004 will be here      Alumni Family Fun Day on Saturday that
Saturday PH Community Service Project                                                       Jesuit held it's first ever Chicago Alumni    announce to the Strake Jesuit Alumni            before you know it. This year’s classes     will include games, food, refreshments, a
was held on March 13, 2004 and was                                                          Reception. The reception was hosted by        Association that their Senior Class Gift is     being honored are 1969, 1974, 1979,         tour of the campus and a Mass celebrated
once again a great success!                                                                 Joe and Kathleen Messina (Parents of Joe      a total of $18,680 to the Kenneth               1984, 1989, 1994 and 1999. If you were      by Fr. Chris Billac, S.J. Alumni are
     For the second year in a row, mem-                                                     '02) at their home in downtown Chicago.       McGregor Financial Aid Endowment                in one of these classes, mark your calen-   encouraged to bring the whole family,
bers of the Strake Jesuit Alumni                                                            Four Alumni attended including: Ed            Fund. This is record participation and a        dars now for August 13-14, 2004 and         including parents, to this very special part
Association performed their project at St.                                                  Stuart '66, John Windlinger '71, Joe          record total amount for the Senior Class        make plans to be in                                         of the weekend. More
Christopher's Parish & School. Working                                                      Kubicek '83 and his wife Monica, and Joe      Gift - with 89% of the Class of 2004 mak-       Houston.                                                    details will follow so
alongside members of the St.                                                                Schmitt '86. The Strake Jesuit Alumni         ing pledges.                                         It’s sure to be a great                                watch your mail box and
Christopher's Men's Club, the Jesuit                                                        office wishes to thank those who attended          At Baccalaureate Mass, the Class of        weekend of fun, remi-                                       your e-mail.
Alums replaced ceiling tiles and painted                                                    for their participation, and thank the        2004 presented the school with its Senior       niscing and reflections of                                    If you would like to be
and repaired the grid work in the two-                                                      Messina family for being such gracious        Class Gift. Now an annual tradition at          Jesuit days gone by.                                        a part of the effort of
story elementary school building. About                                                     and generous hosts.                           Strake Jesuit, the Class of 2004 is the         Events already planned                                      organizing the events or
20 alumni, family and friends worked                                                             On Wednesday and Thursday - June         third class to participate in the Senior        include a President's                                       coordinating the 2004
from 9am to 3pm under Brother Casey's                                                       29th and 30th Strake Jesuit will be hold-     Class Gift. It is an opportunity for the stu-   Reception hosted by                                         Reunion Gift please con-
ever present guidance and "supervision"                                                     ing Alumni Receptions in California. On       dents to make the transformation to alum-       Jesuit President Fr.                                        tact Tim Scalzitti '90,
to complete the task. The Alumni                                                            June      29th      Bellarmine     College    ni, and to leave a parting gift to a school.    Daniel Lahart, S.J. on                                      Alumni Director at
Association would like to thank St.                                                         Preparatory in San Jose will be the first          Over the Spring Semester, represen-        Friday night, individual                                    713.490.8153 or at tscalzit-
Christopher's Parish - Rev. Paul                                                            stop for Fr. Daniel K. Lahart, SJ -           tatives from each Senior homeroom               Class Parties, and an                                       ti@strakejesuit.org.
Chovanec - Pastor, and the members of                                                       President, NJ Santarcangelo '67 -             worked with their classmates in a three
the parish that assisted us in this project.                                                Development Director, and Tim Scalzitti       step process. First, all members of the
                                                                                            '90 - Alumni Director. On June 30th           senior class had the opportunity to submit
                                                                                                                                                                                             Jesuit Alumni Service Corps Program and ASC Member
                                                                                            Loyola Marymount University in Los            three ideas for a class gift. Secondly, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Receive National Recognition
                                                                                            Angeles will be site of the second recep-     votes were tallied by the representatives,
                                                                                            tion. Both events will be from 6:30PM -       and then the whole class had the opportu-
                                                                                            8:30PM. Please go to www.strakeje-            nity to vote to choose one of the top three         The Strake Jesuit Alumni Service
     Final Lunch & Learn Program of the Year Focuses on                                                                                                                                   Corps, began this past school year,
                                                                                            suit.org and click the link for "Alumni" to   ideas. Overwhelmingly the senior class
      Legal Profession, Plans for Next Year in the Works                                                                                                                                  and one of it’s inaugural mem-
                                                                                            read more details, or to register to attend   voted to have their gift increase the
                                                                                            either of these events. We hope to see        Kenneth McGregor Financial Aid                  bers has been featured in a
     The final Lunch & Learn Program of        for the many alumni who have volun-
                                                                                            you there.                                    Endowment Fund, in honor of their friend        national     Jesuit    magazine.
2004 focused on careers in law. Several        teered their time. The program kicked off
                                                                                                 Other planned President's Alumni         and classmate who passed away suddenly          Company, published in Chicago
Jesuit Alumni visited with intersted Jesuit    with the topic of General Business, then
                                                                                            Receptions for 2004 are:                      last year.                                      and devoted to covering Jesuits in
students, covering the various aspects of      moved on to a program on Engineering,
                                                                                            Austin, Texas - August 23                          In the last part of their process, the     the United States, included a story
a legal profession.                            followed that with a Lunch & Learn
                                                                                            San Antonio, Texas - August 24                representatives solicited their classmates      about the ASC Program and, more
     Overall, response to the changes in       event on the Medical profession before
                                                                                            Dallas, Texas - September 28                  for a pledge to the class gift. The gift will   specifically, Trip Norkus ‘98 in the
the program this past year have been very      closing with Legal.
                                                                                            New York City, New York - November 8          be paid off over the next four years and        Spring issue.
positive, both from the students as well as         Plans for next year to further
                                                                                            Fairfield, Connecticut - November 9           counts as their contribution to the Annual          The article was written by Fr. Mark
                                                                    enhance the program
                                                                                            Boston, Massachusetts - November 10           Alumni Drive.                                   Thibodeaux, S.J. who also serves on the
                                                                    include adding more
                                                                                                                                                                                          magazine’s Board of Trustees. It details
                                                                    events and getting
                                                                                                                                                                                          Trip’s journey from student to alumni to
                                                                    feedback from the
                                                                                                                                                                                          ASC member as well as those of fellow
                                                                    students regarding
                                                                                                                                                                                          ASC members Matt Hoffman ‘99 and
                                                                    any particular career
                                                                                                                                                                                          Colin Butler ‘99.
                                                                    tracks that they
                                                                                                                                                                                              The article is available on the
                                                                    would like to have
                                                                                                                                                                                          Company magazine web site at
                                                                    included.
                                                                                                                                                                                          www.companymagazine.org.



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                                                            class notes                                                                                                                                             class notes



60’s
                                     John Bradley ‘77 is serving as                                                                                                                         Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.                                       Mr. Harold Bowerman
                                     District Attorney in Williamson                                                                                   James Bilnoski ‘95 enlisted in       He is currently serving as a                                       Father of Ed Bowerman ‘79
                                     County, Texas. This past April he                                                                                 the U.S. Army in 1998 and recent-    Meteorologist and is stationed at
                                     was asked to provide expert testi-                                                                                ly completed a 10-month tour of      Scott AFB in Illinois where he                                              Mrs. Mary Gilmartin
                                     money before the New York                                                                                         duty in Iraq with the 3rd ACR as a   lives with his wife, Annie, and
Martin Kramer ‘68 is living in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mother of David ‘75




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In Memoriam
                                     Senate on drug sentencing reform.                                                                                 tank gunner and Sergeant. He is      their daughter Caitlyn (3). They
Sugar Land where he operates the                                                                                                                       now a volunteer firefighter in       are expecting a second child in
Brother & I Printing Company. He                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mrs. Laverne Hogan
                                     REUNION 2004                                                                                                      Ellicott, Colorado where his lives   September of 2004.
graduated from Texas A&M in                                                                                                                            with his wife, Catherine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mother of Christopher Hogan ‘94
                                     Mark Prasatik ‘79 has started
1973 with a BS in Agricultural


                                                                                                                                                                                            00’s
                                     his own business in Houston,
Economics and has a daughter,                                                                                                                          Patrick Dixon ‘95 recently                                                                                         Mr. Van T. Moon
                                     Tejas Technical Solutions, pro-
Brittany Sullivan, and grand-                                                                                                                          received a promotion and is now                                                                    Father of Bruce ‘74 and Brad ‘76
                                     vide e-learning and performance
daughter, Haleigh Alexis.                                                                                                                              serving as a Field Vice President
                                     improvement solutions. He earned
                                     a    degree     in  Information                                                                                   for American Express in their                                                                                  Mrs. Eugenia Skarke
Paul Van Osselaer ‘68 has                                                                                                                              Clear Lake (Texas) Financial         Ryan Foresman ‘00 recenrtly                              Mother of Michael ‘00 and Stephen ‘04
                                     Technology from the University of
opened his own law firm after                                                                                                                          Division.                            graduated Summa Cum Laude
                                     Phoenix in 2003. He has three        The Marco Twins (Chris ‘84) Julia Marie and John Anthony.
practicing for 27 years with large                                                                                                                                                          from Texas Tech University and                                              Ms. Jeanne Steele
                                     children, Justin (17), Courtney
firms. Van Osselaer, Cronin &                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mother of John ‘67 and Patrick ‘74

                                                                                                                90’s
                                     (14) and Faith (7).                  and his wife recently celebrated                                             Kenneth Kingdon ‘95 has been         will be attending UTMB Medical
Buchanan LLP is a litigation bou-                                                                                                                      accepted to the General Surgery      School in the fall.
                                                                          the birth of twins, Julia Marie and


                                     80’s
tique in Austin. After opening in                                                                                                                      Program through 2008 at the                                                                                       Mr. C. Jim Stewart
                                                                          John Anthony on March 1, 2004.
June, 2003 they are now up to                                                                                                                          Naval Medical Center in San          Aaron Sokolik ‘01 has been                                      Father of C. Jim Stewart III ‘67,
                                                                          They join sister Madison and
eight attorneys.                                                                                                                                       Diego.
                                                                          brother Christopher in the Marco                                                                                  invited to join the Class of 2008 at                                   Richard Stewart ‘68 and
                                                                          household.                            Tony La Matta ‘90 owns and                                                  Georgetown University Law                                                     David Stewart ‘69


70’s
                                                                                                                operates Raily, Inc., a medical and    Frank Santos ‘97 has been a          Center. He was accepted under the
                                     J. Matt Brown ‘80 and his wife,      REUNION 2004                          phamaceutical distributuion cor-       Licensed Residential Appraiser       Early Assurance Program for                                                    Mr. Fred Tarcza
                                     Janienne, live in Sugar Land with    Kirk White ‘84 just completed         poration. He earned his degree in      since 2001. In October 2003 he       Georgetown juniors, which pro-                                             Father of Robert ‘74
                                     their children Ayla (10) and Jack    his second year as Director of the    Political Science from the             opened an independent appraisal      vides selected top undergraduates
                                     (5). He is currently serving as      healthcare continuing education       University of Houston and mar-         fee shop with classmate Alex         the opportunity to pursue a less                                         Mrs. Patricia Truxillo
                                     Vice-President for SHW Group         department of Austin Community        ried his wife, Larissa, in 1999.       Massa ‘97 and spent the last year    conventional curriculum during
Shawn McShane ‘73 hosted                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mother of Terry Truxillo ‘91
                                     Architects.                          College. He frequently presents       They have two children, Umberto        opening two         Real Estate      their senior year.
Strake Jesuit President Fr. Daniel                                                                                                                     Appraisal Branches in San
                                                                          nursing contiuing education pre-      (2) and Vittoria (1).                                                                                                                                     Mr. Arthur Wilson
Lahart, S.J. in March in Portland,                                                                                                                     Antonio and in the Texas Valley.
                                     REUNION 2004                         sentations around the state and the                                                                               Eric Olson ‘02 is a sophomore at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Father of Sam ‘81
Oregon. The McShane family has                                                                                                                                                              Texas State Univesity in San
                                     Chris Marco ‘84 is living in San     country.                              Alejandro Maher ‘90 works in
strong Jesuit ties with Shane,                                                                                                                         TJ Chambers ‘98 is living in         Marcos, Texas majoring in
                                     Antonio with his wife, Susanne                                             the area of securitizatrion of mort-
Shawn’s brother also being a ‘73
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Births
                                     where he is President of Gigawave    Ryan O’Hara ‘86 lives in Katy,        gaged-backed        securities    at   Sugar Land, Texas and is a Chief     Geography with a minor in
alum as well as brothers Michael                                                                                                                       Market Analyst and Head of           Mathematics.
                                     Technoligies, a company that he      Texas with this wife, Kyle and        Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft,
‘68 and William ‘77.                                                                                                                                   Residence Life Policies for Asset
                                     started several years ago which is   daughters Taylor (10) and Erin (6).   LLC in Manhattan. He wants all
                                     a worldwide distributor of wire-     He is currently serving as a Public   those who him to stay in touch.        Campus Housing, a commerical         Peter Andrews ‘02 was named                Daisy Michelle Halaszyn on October 7, 2003
                                     less networking technology. He       Finance Investment Banker Vice                                               real estate firm in Houston. He      1st Team All-American - Big 12                    Sean and Jennifer Halaszyn
                                                                          President for RBC Dain Rauscher       David Jansen ‘92 has been per-         earned his degree in Finanace/       golfer at Texas A&M University.
                                                                          Inc.                                  forming with the Covenant              Real Estate from Texas Tech in                                               Caroline Marilyn Thames born on December 5, 2003
                                                                                                                Players International Christian        2003                                 Brandon Dybala ‘03 is a fresh-                   Davis and Katherine Thames ‘85
                                                                          Jim Spurr ‘87 is living in Dallas     Drama Ministry for over six years                                           man at St.Louis University and is                             Davis
                                                                          with his wife Julie and daughters     and is currently serving in China,     REUNION 2004                         part of the Society of Automotive
                                                                          Gibson (2) and Lauren (10 mths.).     Hong Kong, MaCao, Taiwan and           Bryan Baralt ‘99 is concluding       engineers and on a team that is        Cameron Mitchell Schryver, born on February 10, 2004
                                                                          He earned a degree in Latin           South Korea. He is engaged to          his studies at St. Edwards           building a radio controlled model                 Bryan and Sara Schryver ‘95
                                                                          American Studies from the             marry Sigrun Rangl with a wed-         Univesity in Austin, Texas and is    airplane from carbon fiber for                       Cameron and Jennifer
                                                                          University of Texas in 1991 and is    ding planned at her home in            moving to Denver, Colorado           competition.
                                                                          currently a Financial Advisor for     Berlin, Germany.                       where he will serve as the                                                      Cristian Parker Luna, born February 13, 2004
                                                                          the Harris Financial Group in                                                Southeast Regional Sales Manager     Lawrence Garcia-Reyes ‘03 is                         Jorge and Micki Luna ‘86
                                                                          Dallas.                               REUNION 2004                           for the Sweet Leaf Tea Company.      serving as an intern this summer at
                                                                                                                Christopher Chung ‘94 moved                                                 the University of Columbia.                      Julia Marie & John Anthony Marco
                                                                          Andrew Mihalick ‘89 graduated         away from Texcas about four            REUNION 2004                                                                                 born March 1, 2004
                                                                                                                years ago to Northern California       Alexnader Hoon ‘99 earned a                                                             Chris and Susanne Marco ‘84
                                                                          from the South Texas College of
                                                                                                                where he is working in the semi-       degree in Atmospheric Science                                                              Madison and Christopher
                                                                          Law in May, 2004 after earning a
                                                                          BA in History from the University     conductor industry for KLA-            from Texas A&M University in
                                                                                                                                                       December, 2003 while also serv-                                                 Lauren Elizaberth LaRue born April 23, 2004
                                                                          of Texas. He is currently studying    Tencor as a prodcut marketing
                                                                                                                                                       ing in the Corp of Cadets. He was                                                     Patrick and Juliana LaRue ‘88
                                                                          for the bar exam and is engaged to    engineer and “Specials” engineer-
Shawn McShane ‘73 and his wife Kathleen dined with Fr.                                                                                                 commissioned        a      Second
                                                                          be married in February, 2005.         ing distributor.
Lahart in Portland, Oregon this past March.

22 Summer 2004                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Crusader Chronicle 23
In praise of parents                                                                                                                         CALENDAR OF EVENTS

                                                                                                                                             June
                                                                                                                                              1-4
                                                                                                                                              7
                                                                                                                                                     Jesuit Football Camp
                                                                                                                                                     Summer School Begins
                                                                                                                                                     Jesuit Athletic Camp Begins
     Parents       take     heart.                                                                        Before long, they had brought
Someday, an article very much                                                                                                                7-10    Jesuit Wrestling Camp
                                                                                                          civilization to the little shack
like this one will appear in the                                                                          of a cafeteria. For added meas-    7-11    Jesuit Soccer Camp
Strake Jesuit student newspa-                                                                             ure, the moms also found time              First Jesuit Basketball Camp
per. You will live to see that day                                                                        to "civilize" quite a few of
                                                                                                                                             14-18   Jesuit Baseball Camp
and that's a promise from this                                                                            their sons along the way. Once
Olde Crusader! Some say it                                                                                the cafeteria situation had been           Second Jesuit Basketball Camp
may not happen until these                                                                                handled, the moms turned their




                                                                                                                                             July
boys are grown and have chil-                                                                             attention to other needs and
dren of their own. So in the                                                                              there were many. The dads
meantime, let me now offer                                                                                soon joined in and virtually
these few heartfelt words of                                                                              overnight parental volunteers       16     Summer School Ends
praise and gratitude for your                                                                             were an important part of                  Jesuit Athletic Camp Ends
efforts on behalf of this, our                                                                            every aspect of this communi-
                                                                                                                                              31     Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola
beloved Strake Jesuit.                                                                                    ty. We would be lost without




                                                                                                                                             August
     We get some great kids                                                                               our ubiquitous loving legion of
here at Strake Jesuit. There's no                                                                         volunteer moms and dads. So
question about it. But along                                                                              many have been involved for         2      Used Book Turn-in
with every terrific new group of                                                                          so many years.
freshmen we are also blessed                                                                                                                  3      Used Book Sale
                                                                                                              And so, dear parents, I
with an eager new group of                                                                                come to praise you. Thank you       7      Freshman Football Camp
dedicated and hardworking                                                                                 for all of your help. I am wit-     9      New Teacher Orientation
moms and dads. Sometimes I                                             ness to your every effort, and I appreciate each and every one
                                                                                                                                              10     Matriculation Day
cannot help but simply marvel at all that you do. You are so gen-      you. Trust me when I say that the boys appreciate you too. You
erous with your time and you are always there to answer the call       are an integral part of campus life and a very large part of what     11-12   Faculty Orientation
for help.                                                              makes Strake Jesuit special. You are true Crusaders in your own        13     Mothers’ Club Welcome Brunch
     Parents began to "roll up their sleeves and pitch in" as early    right. You are true to your sons and true to this school.             13-14   New Student Orientation
as the very first days of the school's existence. Our Strake Jesuit         If this Olde Crusader had his way, I think that I would find
parents have always been committed to help in any way that was         a way to award each of you the equivalent of a green student let-             Alumni Reunion Weekend
needed. As I remember it, the first call for help came from            ter jacket. That would be fun! For every year of service I would       15     Jesuit Vow Day
Father Coles, the school's first principal. Back then, these prem-     see to it that you received a letter to add to your jacket. And for    16     Classes Begin
ises were pretty much a man's world - a world very much in             every time you volunteered, I would present you with a chevron
                                                                                                                                              19     Godspeed Mass
need of the feminine touch. The first cafeteria was no more than       for your jacket sleeve. On second thought I doubt if there would
a wood frame shack and, as you can probably guess, the place           actually enough room on those green jackets for all those letters      20     Orientation Dance
was always a mess. Fortunately for us, in those days Marvin            and the many chevrons you would earn. I suppose a simple and           21     Parsley Center Dedication
Zindler was on patrol for the sheriff's office and not yet on patrol   sincere "Thank You" will have to do for now.
for roaches and dirty kitchens. Well, Father asked the moms to              And so I say to the greatest parents of all, to you I pledge
help and, as quick as that, an army of moms answered the call          my shield and my sword.                                                 For up to date event information,       This statue of St. Stanislaus Kostka, S.J., the patron Saint of Strake
and came to the rescue. They were armed with brooms, mops,                                                                                        go to www.strakejesuit.org           Jesuit, stands next to the Lowman Theater. The circa 1963-64 granite
cleansers and a seemingly never ending supply of elbow grease.         George                                                                                                          sculpture was produced in Italy.

24 Summer 2004
PARENTS, if you are still receiving your    Strake Jesuit College Preparatory    Nonprofit Org.
son’s Crusader Chronicle although he no     8900 Bellaire Blvd.                   U.S. Postage
longer lives with you, let us know so we                                             PAID
                                            Houston, TX 77036                     Houston, TX
can change our records and send the mag-
azine directly to him. If you enjoy read-                                       Permit No. 11441
ing the publication but do not receive a
copy of your own, let us know that too.
We would be glad to send a copy to your
son’s new address and continue to send
you one.
      Contact the Alumni Office at
     tscalzitti@strakejesuit.org or at
               713.490.8153

				
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