JASPER JOTTINGS Week 26 - 2009 June 28

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: Demolishes Wrong House


Georgia Contractor Using GPS Coordinates, Not Street Address, Demolishes Wrong House
Thursday, June 11, 2009

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CARROLLTON, Ga. — Turns out GPS isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

A crew using coordinates from a global positioning system demolished a 60-year-old home in Carrollton earlier this week, but it was the wrong house. The home’s owner, Al Byrd of Atlanta, said he heard about the mistake when a neighbor called him to tell him the house he grew up in — along with his family heirlooms — had been destroyed and thrown into Dumpsters. No one was living in the house at the time. Byrd said his father built the house by hand in 1950.

Byrd said he is talking with an attorney but hasn’t made any decisions on what to do. He said he’s gotten an apology from the companies who made the mistake.

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[JR: Much calmer than I would be. I guess the Universe is teaching us not to get too attached to "stuff". And, like the old George Carlin routine, it's all "stuff". Hopefully, I could learn that. I'm a pack rat at heart.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 21 2009 12:37 PM

JFound: Kenny, Roger Michael [MC1959]


PROFILE: Roger Michael Kenny

OCCUPATION: executive search consultant, writer

BORN: New York City, October 3, 1938


BBA, Manhattan College, 1959

MBA, New York University, 1961


With Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 1959-67, manager business operations, 1965-67; associate Spencer Stuart & Assos., New York City, 1967-70, vice president West Coast operations, 1970-77; senior vice president, partner Spencer Stuart & Associates, 1977-82, Boardroom Consultant, New York City, 1982-

Career Related

Managing director Boardroom Consultant

Creative Works

Co-author: E-Board Strategies: How To Survive and Win, 2000; contributor articles to professional journals


Board overseers Conrad N. Hilton College Hotel and Restaurant Management University Houston.


Mem.: Association Executive Search Consultant (board directors, Gardner Heidrick award 2001), Am. Society Public Administrators, National Association Corp. and Professional Recruiters, Westchester Country Club, Economic Club, Sky Club, Imperial Russian Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Knights of Malta)


Son of Michael F. and Mary T. (Glynn) K.; Married Carole Ann Smith, October 3, 1959; children: Glynn Scott, Lynn Marie.

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Kenny, Roger Michael [MC1959]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 21 2009 2:37 PM

MFound: 1 and 9 song?


Get caught up in the mischief and malarkey of Shilelagh Law
Irish Voice Columnist
Published Sunday, June 21, 2009, 10:26 AM
Updated Sunday, June 21, 2009, 11:00 AM

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“We play the song ‘1 and 9’ that Rich wrote. There are people in the audience that know all about the experience of hanging around 242nd Street under the train. A lot of Irish fans we have settled in Inwood, Washington Heights, and around Manhattan College in the seventies and eighties.

“We sing about them and their experience. Our neighbors and friends are in those songs.”

If the “1 and 9” song is the embodiment of the band’s spirit, then the following track captures the essence of seeing the band live:

“I had a rough night/to cap off a rough week/I woke up spitting blood and a couple of teeth/my swollen right hand ain’t got no more skin,” they sing on “Bare Knuckled Man.” “Whatever life throws at you, the booze will take away,” they advise on “The Liver Song,” a fantastic jug band ditty.

Like the city that birthed them, the songs on “1 and 9” offer a tasty musical melting pot of rock, folk, bluegrass and Irish traditional melodies, all served up with an attitude that would give a cranky Manhattan taxi driver a run for his money.

In fact, the original songs are so good that this reviewer would advise the band to dispense with parochial readings of trad songs like “The Parting Glass” on their next record. It’s the weakest cut in this collection, which is a testament to this great new CD of songs.

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This is a standup group of public servants that keep us safe, so let’s hoist a pint to that! With the great songs on 1 and 9 and their ferocious live performances, Shilelagh Law keeps a love of Irish culture and music alive in Yonkers, Woodlawn, and all of Manhattan. I’ll drink to that as well!

For more information on tour dates and to sample their music, check out http://www.halfthebottle.com/

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They will be playing the Brooklyn Irish Festival (Floyd Bennet Field on 3159 Flatbush Avenue) on June 27 and 28, along with Patty Smyth, the Wolfe Tones and the Pat McGuire band, and they can be found most Sunday nights hosting an open session at the Rambling House (4292 Katonah Avenue, Woodlawn).

“It’s madness in a pint,” jokes Kilkenny man and guitarist John Walsh. “It’s Irish music with an open attitude, or Irish music for the rest of us, if you like.”

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 21 2009 8:20 PM

JUpdate: Muldoon, Tom (MC1962)

Muldoon, Tom (MC1962)

   * Manhattan College ‘62
   * St. Augustine High School ‘58

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jun 22 2009 9:24 PM

JNews: Williams, Russ [MC1992] makes a unique charitable gift



His generosity rings true: Samaritan buys champion bands for basketball team denied playoffs
BY Jeff Wilkins
Monday, June 22nd 2009, 8:11 PM
Sunshine for News

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“I thought it was a crank call,” said St. Vincent Ferrer athletic director Claude Coleman about his first conversation with Williams of Queens Village.

Their Flatbush basketball team was barred from the playoffs, but one man’s generosity made the dreams of a championship ring true for this winning group of Brooklyn youngsters.

The Catholic Youth Organization’s 10-year-old boys basketball team at St. Vincent Ferrer school was disqualified from this season’s playoffs after team officials failed to file the proper paperwork. When their unfortunate story was highlighted in the Daily News, one reader decided to take action.

“When I read the article, it reminded me of when I was a kid playing CYO basketball in Queens,” said Russ Williams, 39. “I saw what happened to the Brooklyn CYO team, through no fault of their own, and decided to do something for them.”

Williams, who played basketball at Manhattan College and now works for Jostens Inc., a maker of high school and college class rings and other jewelry, paid $1,200 out of his own pocket to make championship rings for the players and their coaches mentioned in the article.

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“These are good kids,” said Fleischer.

“And maybe seeing someone they don’t even know being so charitable, they’ll do something nice for someone else down the road.”

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Williams, Russ [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Russ is a member of the Class of 1992.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

Williams, Russ [MC1992]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 23 2009 9:52 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Jun 25 2009 1:07 AM

MFound: Manhattan College Bill Beer Pong Slam Dunk shocking video


Manhattan College Bill Beer Pong Slam Dunk
posted on June 18, 2009 in Beer Pong Videos
YankeeManiac242 asked:

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At Manhattan College, my friend Bill did 90 minutes of power hour and tried to do a slam dunk in beer pong. He failed and broke the table.

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[JR: I am shocked ... ... "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" Captain Renault in Casablanca ... ... Shocked to find that there might be drinking going on at MC! And note their video only lasted 15 seconds! And, this may NOT be our MC. (But it looks and sounds like it might be!)]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jun 23 2009 10:42 AM

JObit: Kerins, Steve [MC1964] reported by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: June 24, 2009 12:09:04 AM EDT
To: Jasperfjohn68
Subject: Stephen J. Kerins, ‘64 RIP

Dear John,

   Tuesday’s NY Daily News at page 20 has an obituary for Steve Kerins, ‘64. I have a copy if you need it.

   May He Rest In Peace!


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

[JR: Note to everyone. Here's an example of one that DID NOT show up in any automated searches! Guess the NYDN doesn't allow Google to index their content! Argh!]

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KERINS-Stephen J. of Woodlawn – entered into eternal rest on Sunday, June 21, 2009. Beloved father of Tracie, adored PopPop of Alyssa Ponce, predeceased by his cherished wife, Eileen (nee Collins). Born Feb. 11, 1942 to the late Hugh and Dorothy C. Kerins of Woodlawn. A graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School and Manhattan College (’64), Stephen worked for Western Electric for nearly 20 years before becoming a teacher at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx. He will be remembered most affectionately for his sharp mind, his outrageous wit and for always leaving us laughing. He is deeply mourned by his 10 brothers and sisters, their spouses and Dave Ranalli, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation at Sinatra Memorial Home on Wednesday 2-5 & 7-9. Mass of Christian burial St. Barnabas Church 10:45 AM Thursday. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

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Kerins, Steve [MC1964]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 24 2009 4:31 AM

JFound: Thornton, Dan (MC1993)


Just added myself to http://alumtweet.com – Bergen Catholic High School ‘89 and Manhattan College ‘93 about 5 hours ago from AlumTweet

   * Name Dan Thornton

   * Location Rochester, MN

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Thornton, Dan (MC1993)


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MFound: MC … “reduce costs, ensure compliance, controls and improve efficiencies”


Schools Rely on Unimarket’s Collaborative Procurement Solutions to Reduce Costs and Drive Efficiencies

Unimarket, Inc., today announced 8 new customers in 10 weeks and well on track to reach the company’s target of 50 valued customers by March, 2010. Customers expect on line, on demand procurement solutions that can be deployed in days not weeks or months. Solutions that work and generate immediate returns on investment with the ability to link with suppliers and trading/ consortium partners.

Annapolis, MD, June 24, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Unimarket, Inc., today announced 8 new customers in 10 weeks and well on track to reach the company’s target of 50 valued customers by March, 2010.

When asked why companies are switching, Scott Blackwood (Unimarket’s founder and CEO) replied, “A new paradigm has emerged. Our customers expect on demand solutions that can be deployed in days not weeks or months. Solutions that work and generate immediate returns on investment.”

The University of Canterbury, Anne Arundel Community College, Otago Institute of Technology, The University of Waikato and Manhattan College are among the many well-known institutions who selected Unimarket to reduce costs, ensure compliance, controls and improve efficiencies.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 24 2009 9:14 AM

JFound: Stagnaro, Melissa [MC1997?] has a newspaper blog


To walk or not to walk

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In fact, without the intervention of a few of New York’s finest from the 50th Precinct, who made sure I got across Manhattan College Parkway safely every morning, I may never have made it through my sophomore year of college.

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Stagnaro, Melissa [MC1997?]


[JR: But no rss feed? Here's the one I'm using; courtesy of PAGE2RSS. You don't think I can do all this manually. Do you?]


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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 24 2009 10:26 AM

JNews: McKenna, Kevin [MC1994] Mg Dir, Sales Trading, FBR Capital Markets


FBR Capital Markets Announces Promotions within Its Institutional Brokerage

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ARLINGTON, Va., June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — FBR Capital Markets Corporation (NASDAQ: FBCM) (FBR Capital Markets), a leading investment bank serving the middle market, announced today the promotion of five members of its Institutional Sales and Sales Trading teams to Managing Director. Those promoted include:

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   * Kevin McKenna – Managing Director, Sales Trading, New York

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“We have an exceptional team of brokerage professionals at FBR Capital Markets and congratulate these individuals for their outstanding performance and dedication to client service,” said Richard J. Hendrix, President and CEO. “Their expertise and experience is a testament to the strength and breadth of our global brokerage platform and the 1900 institutional investors we serve.”

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Mr. McKenna has more than 13 years of sales trading experience. Having begun his career as a sales trader at Credit Suisse First Boston, he joined FBR Capital Markets in 2003. Mr. McKenna received a Bachelor of Science in finance from Manhattan College.

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FBR Capital Markets Corporation (NASDAQ: FBCM) provides investment banking, merger and acquisition advisory, institutional brokerage and research services through its subsidiary FBR Capital Markets & Co. FBR Capital Markets focuses capital and financial expertise on seven industry sectors: consumer; diversified industrials; energy & natural resources; financial institutions; insurance; real estate; and technology, media & telecom. Asset management services are provided by FBR Investment Management, Inc., and mutual funds are provided by FBR Fund Advisers, Inc.; both companies are subsidiaries of FBR Capital Markets Corporation. FBR Capital Markets is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with offices throughout the United States and in London. For more information, please visit www.fbrcapitalmarkets.com.

Website: http://www.fbrcapitalmarkets.com

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McKenna, Kevin [MC1994]

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James Curcurato at 2:26pm June 24


[JR: Thanks, James. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 24 2009 1:38 PM

JFound: Green, Ron [MC1962?] is in Dominican politiics


Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Dominica’s Opposition Leader Ron Green
BY Dr Emanuel Finn

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Opposition Leader Ron Green has faithfully served his community for more than three decades.

Hon. Green resides at the edge of the old family estate at Felicité in La Plaine along the banks of the Sari-Sari river with his wife, District Nurse Jocelyn Austrie Green. The Green’s have two daughters named Malaika (angel in Swahili) and Josina.

Malaika just completed a Masters degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Syracuse. The younger daughter, Josina graduated last year with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas.

Hon. Green was born in Roseau to a prominent Dominican family. He left the island at the age of 11 years to join his parents in New York City. After high school he received a bachelor’s degree from New York College City College in health and physical education then on to Manhattan College where he received a Master of Arts degree in education.

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Green, Ron [MC????]

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Dear John,

   There is a Ronald M. Green in the Class of 1962, but I am not sure if it is the right fellow.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. You're guess is better than mine.]

Green, Ron [MC1962?]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 24 2009 3:37 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Jun 26 2009 3:19 AM

MObit: Mazzei, Paul [MCxCoach] reported by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Dear John,

   FYI. He was a very nice man! May He Rest In Peace.


——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Sad news
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 15:40:34 -0400
From: Thomas A. McCarthy <>
To: Thomas A. McCarthy <>

Paul Mazzei, former women’s softball coach and 2007 inductee into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame, was reported to have passed away on Monday, June 22. Thanks to Bill Miller for bringing it to our attention in today’s Journal News. The obituary, including information about the wake and funeral is copied below and attached as well. We pray for Paul and his family and friends, may he rest in peace.

In case it’s difficult to read, the details are as follows:

Wednesday & Thursday, June 24 & 25
From 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
At Joseph W. Sorce Funeral Home
728 West Nyack Rd.
West Nyack, NY 10994

Mass celebrated on Friday, June 26 at 10 a.m.
At Sacred Heart Church, Suffern, NY
Internment to follow at Ascension Cemetery, Monsey.

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Mazzei, Paul [MCxCoach]

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Paul Anthony Mazzei Jr.

Paul Anthony Mazzei, Jr. of Airmont passed away on Monday June 22, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital with his wife by his side.

He was born in the Bronx on February 4, 1935 to Paul Anthony Sr. and Angelina Mazzei.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Rose Purcell, his son Ray & wife Holly and his three daughters, Patti Vesce, Dena & husband Jim Wanamaker and Denise Mazzei. He is the loving Pop Pop of 7 grandchildren, Anna, Robert, Heather, Dakota, Paul (PJ), Aidan and Jake.

Paul worked for the NYC Fire Department for 24 years before retiring. After retiring he dedicated his time coaching girls softball. He began assisting with the OTB Fillies, an amateur summer 18 and under traveling team and after a few years he started the OTB Yearlings 16 and under traveling team. He also held softball clinics in Rockland County to teach young girls the fundamentals of windmill pitching. He then moved onto coach JV soccer and varsity softball at Suffern High School. His final accomplishment was coaching Manhattan College Softball for 8 years, which earned him an induction into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame for being the “Winningist Coach” in the history of Manhattan College Softball.

If he wasn’t coaching softball, he could also be seen on the field umpiring which he did for over 20 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed. He touched us all in a very special way.

Friends and family may call on Wednesday and Thursday, June 24 & June 25 from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 pm at the “Family Owned” Joseph W. Sorce F.H. Inc.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 am at Sacred Heart Church, Suffern, NY.

Internment will be in Ascension Cemetery, Monsey.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations may be sent to American Heart Association, 3020 Westchester Ave., Purchase, NY 10577-2525

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jun 24 2009 11:33 PM

JNews: O’Reilly, Genevieve [MC????] named the New Jersey Rose


Roses in bloom
New York Rose Ashling Colton (left) and New Jersey Rose Genevieve O’Reilly celebrated their victory on Saturday night.
By Eileen Murphy

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June 24, 2009 The selection committee had their work cut out for them last Saturday night, as 18 of the tristate area’s loveliest young women vied for the honor of representing New York and New Jersey in the 2009 International Rose of Tralee Festival this summer. This year marks the festival’s 50th anniversary.

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Genevieve O’Reilly, 22, a graduate of Manhattan College, was named the New Jersey Rose.

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O’Reilly, Genevieve [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jun 25 2009 7:33 AM

JHQ: Thursday, July 24 New Jersey Shore Alumni Luncheon

From: alumni@listserv.manhattan.edu
Date: June 25, 2009 3:07:04 PM EDT
To: alumni@listserv.manhattan.edu
Subject: Jersey Shore Alumni Luncheon
Reply-To: x@manhattan.edu

New Jersey Shore Alumni Luncheon
Thursday, July 24, 2009 12:00 noon
The Spring Lake Manor
415 Route 71
Spring Lake, NJ 07762

$25 per person

Price includes choice of three entrees and a complimentary beer or wine. With nearly 500 Jaspers in the surrounding area and more visiting during the summer months, the luncheon should be a great opportunity to have a gathering. For directions, visitwww.springlakemanor.com.

Click here to register https://dnbweb1.blackbaud.com/OPXREPHIL/EventDetail.asp?cguid=BD8D7F35-BCE7-4118-815E-107513F6111A&eid=22871&sid=6AA37B4A-C9EB-4C7C-9861-94560D9EA68D

Should you have any questions, contact the alumni relations office by phone at (718) 862-7454 or e-mail alumni@manhattan.edu.

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jun 25 2009 4:07 PM

JNews: Schanberger, Fr. James Lawrence [MC1950] celebrates 60th jubilee


Maryknoll priest celebrates 60th jubilee
Father James Lawrence Schanberger
By Vince Fitzpatrick
Special to The Review

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Maryknoll Father James Lawrence Schanberger, a Baltimore native who encountered Blessed Mother Teresa during a priestly career that took him to Asia and South America, where he continues to minister, marked the 60th anniversary of his ordination June 11.

Raised in a Forest Park family that produced three Mercy Hospital nurses, a physician, a psychologist and an officer in the U.S. Air Force, Father Schanberger graduated from All Saints School in Forest Park.

From 1936-42, he attended St. Charles College, a former minor seminary in Catonsville. After studying at St. Mary’s Seminary, he entered the Maryknoll Seminary in New York in September 1943.

He began his Maryknoll novitiate in Bedford, Mass., in September 1944. He received a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College in 1950 and earned a Masters of Arts in Christian Spirituality at Creighton University.

In 1953, Father Schanberger was assigned to the Maryknoll Agricultural School in Molina, Chile. From 1960-68, he served at Assumption Mary, a Maryknoll parish in Talcahuano, Chile. From 1968-74, he served as the regional superior of the new Maryknoll region of Venezuela and Colombia.

His mission gave him the blessing of giving priority service to the poor, the sick, the abandoned and marginalized. His parishioners struggled to raise families while confronting unemployment, drugs, alcoholism, divorce, teenage pregnancy and social unrest.

From 1974-79, he served as rector of the Maryknoll Major Seminary in New York.

In October 1979, Father Schanberger arrived in Calcutta, India, where he waited 14 months for a visa to Bangladesh.

While in Calcutta, in what he describes as the “high point of his mission,” he met Mother Teresa and assisted her work. He remains extremely grateful for the “the great blessing of working with her community in their efforts to serve the very poor and abandoned.”

From 1980-94, Father Schanberger served at the Holy Spirit parish in rural Tuital, Bangladesh.

In Bangladesh, he enjoyed the “wonderful experience of serving Catholic families and witnessing their desire to live in peace with and have respect for the Muslim and Hindu communities.”

Father Schanberger continues his mission today in a parish of 45,000 outside Santiago, Chile.

His life as a priest was celebrated in ceremonies at Maryknoll, N.Y., June 28-29. A Mass in his honor will also be celebrated at Stella Maris in Cockeysville July 19, at noon.

Fitzpatrick, the nephew of Father Schanberger, lives in Towson.

Jun 25, 2009

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Schanberger, Fr. James Lawrence [MC1950]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jun 25 2009 8:48 PM

JHQ: Friday, July 31 Saratoga Day At the Races

Saratoga Day At the Races
Friday, July 31, 2009

Chairman: Bill Chandler ’70
Paddock Tent, Saratoga Race Track
Saratoga Springs, NY
$95 Per Person includes admission to track, program,
buffet and reception at the Saratoga Inn.

Luncheon – 1:30 p.m.
Post Time – 2:45 p.m.
Reception – 6:00 p.m. at the Inn at Saratoga (231 Broadway)

Bill Chandler ‘70 Cordially invites all alumni and their guests who are going to the racetrack to attend a reception at the Saratoga Inn after the races. This event is sold out annually. We are limited to 150 guests at the racetrack and the reception at the Inn. Please make your reservations early.

Register Here


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    * Posted on: Thu, Jun 25 2009 10:15 PM

PRAYERREQUESTED: Do we have a “headache” prayer?

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“Not like something bumped it; it just hurts” I grew a tad nervous since those two symptoms together are what they tell me to be on the lookout for

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OK, Jaspers, we need some more specific “prayer action” for our fellow Jasper’s daughter.

Now as an injineer, the only headaches I’m familiar with were Prof Zia’s exams and hangovers, the prayers used for them — they usually ended with a lame promise “never again” — are probably not appropriate for this case. But, I’m sure you can find one that’s suitable for cute little girl who caught the … … “soiled” end of the stick. And, doesnt’ complain like I would.

May I have a “headache” prayer?

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jun 26 2009 10:21 AM

MFound: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a MC connection


The Arc of a Skyhook
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hasn’t seen a 3-on-3 tournament in half a century, but he still knows a little about the game
Michael Bowen

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Which of your coaches would really emphasize blocking out on rebounds?

Well, my first coach, in elementary school — he coached [four sports]. He was a busy guy [laughs]. So the college kids in my parish, they would work with us on stuff. They’d gone to Manhattan College, and they showed me the Mikan drill, and the importance of footwork. And some of the parents would help out in track and baseball.

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jun 26 2009 11:08 AM

ENDNOTE: One Jasper’s modest proposal


Health Care You Can Believe In?

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A Modest Proposal

Before attempting to overhaul one-sixth of the U.S. Economy, why doesn’t the Obama Administration fix Medicare and Medicaid? Show us your stuff Mr. President. Not your charm, not your winning smile. The campaign is over. Prove that you can make these government programs work before you take on any more massive health care undertakings.

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[JR: I'd add the VA into that "modest proposal"!]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jun 27 2009 6:37 PM

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"Bon courage a vous tous"

"Dona Nobis Pacem"