". . . I had heard and digested the urban legend of the Jesuits…. The order had a reputation for intellectual ferocity and suffering fools lightly or not at all. They were a warrior caste of the intellect, famous for the rigor of both their training and their teaching."
My Losing Season by Pat Conroy
In September of 1967, we converged at 18th and Thompson by “C” Bus and “2” Bus; by the Paoli Local and the El; by the Broad Street Subway and the “15” Trolley (and sometimes by extending our thumbs, or in the case of our Jersey friends, by ferry and horse and buggy). We shed our grade school and neighborhood cocoons and were thrust into the demanding world of Jesuit tradition and pedagogy.
We met the challenge and forged life-long friendships during the most formative years of our young lives. When we were graduated, the City of Philadelphia was ours, and we made claim to all that lay beyond.
During those four years, we were nurtured by the most dedicated faculty: (Fathers: Ayd, McGinty, Fay, Donahoe, Reese, Bradley, Lynch, Ryan, Garber, Mullen, Schnorr; Watters; Brother Mulroe; Scholastics: Phillips, Meehan, Muldoon, Rauber, George; and Laymen: Doyle, Dugan, Kuenys, Kling, Hart, Barton, Brennan, Dr. Bender, Burke, DeHoratius, Fitzpatrick, Gallop, Gaffney, Malcarney, Murphy, Murray, Mullen, Vespoli, Wright.)
Let us converge again to celebrate our 50th reunion ( although a year late). This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, an opportunity for us to join together, remember and relate, mourn those we have lost, and renew the spirit we all cherish.
We have worked with The Prep to make our reunion memorable. We hope many will come from far and wide, and we have taken care to organize events that will encourage the most time together. The highlight of our weekend’s activities will be Saturday’s gathering at the Prep (to which wives and significant others are invited). We are fortunate and proud to call ourselves Preppers. We look forward to seeing you!
As always, Go Prep!