In November, St. Charles Preparatory School held two very special liturgies at which it honored and celebrated the contributions seven special people have made to the Carolian Community.
The school’s annual celebration of the Feast Day of our patron, St. Charles Borromeo was held on Friday, November 4th. An all-school Mass was celebrated by Bishop Frederick Campbell and concelebrated by alumni and guest priests in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons. A reception was held afterward in the Campus Theater’s Cavello Center.
The school’s highest honors were presented during the liturgy:
Paul and Sheila Reiner, owners of Oakland Nurseries, were awarded The Borromean Medal for Distinguished Service for their long-time support and commitment within the Diocesan community, as well their support of Catholic education on all levels. (Photo below)
The Principal’s Award for Leadership and Service to St. Charles was presented to Craig and Lisa Tooker for their work at St. Charles to help create, maintain and manage our school’s vital technology infrastructure over the last three decades. (Photo below)
During the annual Thanksgiving Mass, three Carolians were honored as Distinguished Alumni. As always, the students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni and special guests were on hand. The liturgy, followed by a light breakfast reception in the Student Services Center’s Guidance Office, included the presentation of The Distinguished Alumnus Award, established to recognize alumni who have honored St. Charles Preparatory School by their outstanding professional achievements, volunteer activities, and community-organization advocacy. These alumni have shared their affection for St. Charles Preparatory School and its community, and been shining examples of high moral and ethical standards.
St. Charles specifically chose the Mass of Thanksgiving as the forum at which to honor these men because it enables the school to publicly acknowledge their achievements and to present them as visible role models for our student body to emulate:
Those who were recognized:
Michael M. Sullivan ’58 – to acknowledge his highly-respected reputation and professional success through his work as principal of Sullivan and Associates, L.L.C; for his leadership and support of Jesuit institutions such as John Carroll University, Holy Rosary St. John’s parish; Christo Rey High School; St. Vincent de Paul; and of St. Andrew and St. Agatha parishes; and to show our sincere appreciation for his years of leadership, service and generosity on behalf of the school as member of the St. Charles Advisory Board. (Photo below).
James M. Vonau ’74 – to acknowledge his professional accomplishments in more than three decades in the legal profession, especially as a founding member of the law firm of Decker Vonau, LLC; for having earned the respect of colleagues and clients through his work with the Columbus Bar Association (as Chair of Probate Court Committee and Small Firm and Solo Practitioners Committee), the Ohio State Bar Association; the Columbus Estate Planning Council; and the Worthington Estate Planning Council; to honor his generous involvement in numerous organizations, both civic and Church-related, including Charity Newsies and the Knights of Columbus-Council 5801; and to recognize his service to the Diocese of Columbus as a trustee of The Catholic Foundation, of which he has been a member since 2007. (Photo below).
The Honorable Frederick T. Moses ’87 – to acknowledge his professional accomplishments, achieved in courts and jurisdictions all across the State of Ohio in the Federal, mayors, municipal and common pleas courts; with special appreciation and recognition of his work in establishing and administering the Vivitrol drug court program in Hocking County which has had life-changing and life-saving achievements and become a model for other courtrooms across the state and country. (Photo below).
Congratulation to all seven of you. Thank you for your support and special examples to St. Charles Preparatory School, its students and families!
Photos from the Feast Day Liturgy:
Photo from the Thanksgiving Liturgy: