Father James Ferreira, Secretary to the Cardinal and Master of Ceremonies accompanied the Cardinal and Bishop Peter Byrne, Monsignor James Sullivan, Father Richard LaMorte and Father Michael McLoughlin also joined Father Lutz as concelebrants.
Thursday’s Mass was celebrated in memory of Mr. Michael Gartland, OLL Class of 1965 who was a great friend and benefactor to our school. Mr. Gartland was a true Lourdean and a true Warrior who understood the value of Catholic Education. His work with the McCann Foundation, Inc. and the James J. McCann Charitable Trust, along with his personal commitment and dedication to our school was, without doubt, crucial in solidifying our school’s continued growth and prosperity in Dutchess County. Mr. Gartland passed away in April and his family and friends joined us for this special occasion. Honored guests, New York State Senator Sue Serino and Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro were also in attendance for this momentous occasion.
From the moment Cardinal Dolan arrived on our campus you could feel the excitement as he made his way through our hallways speaking to all he met along the way and even indulging our students with selfies. His message of prayer and patience resonated throughout, and his infectious smile and personality connected him to our students in an exceptional way. Cardinal Dolan provided special blessings to our senior class, even taking the time to take a special group photo with them. The Class of 2018 Valedictorian (Anna Gregory), Salutatorian (Joseph Scaglione) and Faculty Award Nominees (Mia Ardovini-Brooker, Mackenzie Farrell, Anna Gregory, Julia Schlottmann, Brandon Hoolihan, Roberto Leito, Daniel Ruiz, Joseph Scaglione) were also announced and experienced some informal time with the Cardinal.
Amongst the many memorable moments, Cardinal Dolan offered his “gift” of a day off from school to our students with Mrs. Merryman’s blessing. That day is now scheduled for Thursday, May 24th. Most definitely, the most popular moment of the morning!
Certainly a memorable day. Thank you, Cardinal Dolan. We are truly blessed!