McQuaid Jesuit

Dear Members of the McQuaid Jesuit Community:

It is our sad duty to inform you of the death of John W. Crowe, former Chair of the McQuaid Jesuit Board of Trustees and a 2006 Member of the Knights of the Roundtable. Mr. Crowe was the father of five McQuaid Jesuit alumni, John ’86, Timothy ‘88, Patrick ’89, Mark ’94, and Michael ’97. He is survived by his wife, Mary Goldman Crowe, their seven children (five McQuaid sons, Mitch Goldman, and Marjie McKone), their families, a large extended family, and many friends and colleagues. He was predeceased by his first wife, Patricia O’Day Crowe.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s undergraduate college and law school, Mr. Crowe served as an assistant to the school’s legendary president, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., before pursuing a practice in real estate law.

Mr. Crowe was named Chair of McQuaid Jesuit’s Board of Trustees in 2003. At the time, he was Managing Partner at Underberg and Kessler, LLC. Among his many accomplishments as chair, he led the fundraising efforts to make the arts wing possible and helped establish Nativity Preparatory School of Rochester, which is sponsored by McQuaid Jesuit and the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Due to health issues, he stepped down as chair in 2010 but continued on as an honorary member of the board.

“John had a deep passion for McQuaid and its Jesuit mission,” said current board chair Phil Pecora, ’88, P ’21. “He was a kind, thoughtful, and dedicated leader who collaborated well with his fellow trustees in making decisions to enhance the school.”

Friends may call Friday, September 22, 4-7 PM at the Anthony Funeral Chapel (2305 Monroe Ave.). A Funeral Service will be Saturday, September 23, 10 AM at St. Mary's Church, 15 St. Mary's Place, Rochester, New York 14607. Interment will immediately follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 2461 Lake Avenue. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Nativity Preparatory Academy, 15 Whalin Street, Rochester, New York 14620.

Eternal rest, grant unto him, O LORD, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, he rest in peace. Amen.

McQuaid Jesuit held its annual Hall of Fame dinner Saturday, September 16, 2017 in the John H. Ryan Jr. Gymnasium. A sold out crowd of 330 attended the event in which awards were given across several categories. This year, two individuals, Peter Rodgers and Gerard Farrell, were inducted into McQuaid's Knights of the Round Table - the highest award given at the school.

Gerard Farrell (Posthumously)

"Gerry connected with everyone. And students trusted him because he was genuinely interested in them and valued them.”

These excerpts from the many tributes McQuaid received after former Director of Guidance and Counseling Gerard “Jerry” Farrell died in 2003 illustrate the significant impact he had on the McQuaid Jesuit community.

Students and faculty alike had a special fondness for Jerry, who was Director from 1988-2003. His office was welcoming and his presence conveyed caring and genuineness. He was a sensitive listener and his understated but astute manner was enlivened by a wry sense of humor that calmed anxiety, dissipated anger, and encouraged meaningful relationships between him and the students he cared so deeply about.

Jerry lived “cura personalis” through the many ways he worked with students in counseling. His familiarity with postsecondary institutions and especially their admissions procedures and personnel gave him a wealth of knowledge that he enthusiastically shared with students as he advised them on their post-high school options.

From his prior teaching experience at Bishop Kearney High School, Jerry also had a firm understanding of classroom dynamics and especially adolescent development. His pleasant approach and his interest in serving students, faculty, staff, and parents were always directed by his faith and by his strong sense of social justice, which manifested itself through his dedication to both his neighborhood and his parish. Jerry’s faith was clearly evident as he encountered and accepted several difficult challenges to his health. None of those challenges, however, ever diminished his cheerful and caring demeanor and he remained a source of insight and practical wisdom for countless students lucky enough to have met and been counseled by him.


Peter Rodgers

Jesuit education has played an important role in the life of Peter Rodgers for more than 50 years. Rooted firmly in his parents’ desire for and commitment to a quality education for their children, Peter entered Buffalo’s Canisius High School in 1967. Like so many young men who through the years have experienced the challenges of Latin, the companionship of friends, the deepening of faith, and the correction of Jug, Peter emerged prepared for success in college and in life. After his high school years, he continued his Jesuit education at Fordham University.

Peter’s relationship with Jesuit education began again when he and his wife, Pam, chose McQuaid Jesuit for their two sons, Stephen, ’98, and John, ’03. For more than a decade, Peter and Pam threw themselves into their sons’ experiences by supporting athletic events, homework sessions, Kairos retreats, and other social events, including BASH, which they co-chaired in 1999.

In 2003, Peter joined the McQuaid Jesuit Board of Trustees and became its chairman in 2010. His tenure on the board revealed steady leadership as the school went through the expansion of a sixth grade, renovation of the school cafeteria, and the transition of two presidents.

Peter’s latest, but probably not last, relationship with Jesuit education occurred when he was awarded a McQuaid Jesuit diploma and made an Honorary Member of the Class of 2016 at Commencement Exercises last year.

The value of a quality education was instilled in Peter Rodgers as a young man. Through his own experiences and by his commitment to his sons and their classmates, Peter has ensured the mission of Jesuit education has remained strong in the Rodgers family.

Dear Members of the McQuaid Community:

For my birthday, my brother and sister-in-law gave me an "Ancestry DNA" kit. Ever since my parents died in 2011 and 2012, my siblings and I have been dedicated to preserving family memories, and have been working on understanding the roots of our family heritage. Knowing my family background is an important way of keeping connected with my forebears, parents, brothers and sisters, and ultimately with myself. I look forward to receiving my Ancestry DNA report this fall.

Having an identity rooted in a family is one of my richest blessings. I am grateful for this beyond measure. However, with time, I have realized that even in my own tightly knit family, each of us is unique. For example, my siblings have married spouses from different backgrounds, with different expectations and traditions. As a result, my nieces and nephews, while bearing a heritage similar to mine, all have their own special “touches” based on my family's ever-expanding "in-law traditions" and heritage lines. They are my family and I really love them; yet, I continually have to step back and remind myself of how differently my nieces and nephews are knitted together. We are one; we also are very different.

When celebrating Mass, I always try to imagine the various places from where the women and men in front of me come. On a typical weekend, a congregation can be comprised of people of every age, coming from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, holding varying educational and professional experiences, and maintaining different relationship statuses. I sometimes imagine they are grains of wheat or individual grapes once scattered, who have come together in faith to comprise the Body of Christ and reveal Him to the world. As Vatican II reminds us, Christ is present in the Eucharist in four essential ways: in the bread and wine shared, in the word proclaimed, in the priest presiding, and in the people assembled. Regarding the fourth part, the Constitution on the Divine Liturgy states, Christ truly is present "when the Church prays and sings, for He promised: 'Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them,'” (Matthew 18:20).

Bishop Salvatore Matano has proclaimed this a “Year of the Eucharist.” In so doing, the bishop reminds us that the Eucharist is “the source and summit” of our lives of faith. In the Eucharistic celebration, diverse women and men are gathered, blessed and broken, and then poured out into the world, revealing Christ among us. Like the particles of wheat and the individual grapes that make up the Eucharistic bread and wine, we humans are unique; yet, in faith we are gathered into one, and we reveal Christ alive.

As we begin another academic year, let us recall the truths revealed deep within these two most fundamental aspects of our lives - our families and our faith. Let us rely on what they teach us. Our families, while unique to each of us, also are comprised of women and men who are very different from one another. We may be one family, but we also are individuals. The same is true within the community of faith. Every grain of wheat and every single grape is different, yet when they are gathered together in faith and love, they become one in the Eucharist, the Body in Christ.

In this time of alarming division - from Charlottesville to Barcelona - Jesuit schools like McQuaid must become even greater exemplars of community and communion. In his now famous speech in which he summoned alumni and alumnae of Jesuit schools to become “men and women with (and for) others,” Fr. Pedro Arrupe concluded by saying:

Today our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce. (Arrupe, Valencia, Spain, 1973)

While we have our own challenges to face, by treating those who are “least” among us, those who are different than we, with dignity and respect, we have the unique opportunity of demonstrating what “one family” and "one body" really mean. Let us together pray for our nation, community, school, and families. May we always keep in mind the words of the Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation, which entreats us, “May we become one body healed of all divisions.”

Sincerely yours, 

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Robert E. Reiser, S.J.


McQuaid Jesuit held its annual Hall of Fame dinner Saturday, September 16, 2017 in the John H. Ryan Jr. Gymnasium. A sold out crowd of 330 attended the event in which awards were given across several categories. This year's volunteers of the Year are current parents Connie DiFelice and Lisa Courtney-Holmes. 

In spring 2014, Connie DiFelice, P ’19 launched an idea to help new mothers at McQuaid meet one another. As a “Catholic school mom,” she was accustomed to being a room parent, helping with lunch duty, and setting up student/teacher lunches. After her son, Frankie,
started seventh grade at McQuaid, she realized how much she missed these opportunities and decided to create a way for McQuaid moms to socialize with one another while engaging in community service projects.

From Connie’s vision, “Mothers for Others” was born. Monthly outings to local non-profit groups and charities matched the moms’ skills with a number of activities, including sorting, sewing, cooking, building, and more. Mothers for Others enabled the McQuaid community to develop a partnership with our neighbors, model service for students, and allowed mothers — and fathers ― to get to know their peers who were also engaged in raising their sons as McQuaid Knights.

Seeing the need to communicate the good work of Mothers for Others, Connie teamed up with Lisa Courtney-Holmes, P ’17, to create a website defining, highlighting, and pictorializing all the great work Mothers for Others was accomplishing.

“Connie has a compassionate way of working with people,” says Katy DiMarco, who has participated in Mothers for Others. “She is very good at letting people know they are appreciated, and helps cultivate relationships. She helped bridge the gap between elementary school and middle school with parent volunteering.”

Thanks to Connie’s and Lisa’s great work during the past three years, Mothers for Others has participated in nearly two dozen projects at, among others, St. Peter’s Kitchen, Saints Place, Foodlink, Alternatives for Battered Women, Sanctuary Village, and Catholic Family Center.

Connie and Lisa have created a community for McQuaid parents to demonstrate their talents, meet other people, and advocate for McQuaid, all while highlighting McQuaid’s mission of being Men and Women for Others.

The photos below were taken Thursday, August 17. The Wegman Family Science and Technology Center is on schedule to be completed this fall with classes starting in the building in January.

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