Maintaining close connections to classmates and their alma mater has been a central theme in the efforts of the CHS Alumni Association. Led by Roger Scott ’64, the Alumni Association brought more than 150 alumni and their spouses together for the 37th Annual All-Classes Reunion on Sunday, September 23.
There is “a closeness among the students that followed them into their later years, and because of that there was a desire to get together again,” said Roger Scott, President of the alumni group. “Cathedral always had a feeling of family and so many come from afar to renew that feeling.”
Before the alumni gathered at the Tirrell Room in Quincy for dinner, cocktails, and dancing, a large group first stopped at Cathedral High School’s South End campus. Many had not been back to the school since their graduation 50 or more years ago.
Father William Schmidt ’68 and Father John Healey ’68, both celebrating their 50-year class reunion, offered Mass in the high school gymnasium in memory of their deceased classmates. Following the special Mass, the alumni and guests were able to tour the campus including the gymnasium and newly-opened Applied Learning Center — neither of which existed during their time as students.
Roger Scott emphasized that the alumni gatherings also serve a dual purpose: “the renewal of old friendships and the common goal of supporting the current students at Cathedral High School for a promising future.” Alumni help raise philanthropic funds which enable Cathedral High School to make a high-quality Catholic education affordable to everyone. With every CHS student receiving at least $10,000 in philanthropy-based assistance, the generosity of alumni and others is key.
“We are grateful our alumni see the connection with the opportunities they received and paying it forward to the students at Cathedral today,” said Ted Priestly, director of development at the school. “These alumni gatherings help us connect past, present, and future.”
Photographs by Adam Richins Photography.