Twenty-five years ago, St. Joseph’s opened its doors – or rather one, red door – with thirteen students with a mere eight hundred dollars in the bank. What began as a small movement of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of four women has grown into a vibrant community of students and alumni, parents and teachers, volunteers and staff members dedicated to providing the best Catholic education possible. St. Joseph’s truly has a great deal to celebrate!
On Saturday, February 3, 2018, the school hosted our largest party ever to celebrate this tremendous milestone in our history. The evening was begun with Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and concelebrants Fr. Jonathan Duncan, our chaplain; Fr. Andrew Fryml, SJCS Class of ’08; and longtime friend of the school Fr. Jay Scott Newman, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville. Fr. Fryml delivered the homily, during which he spoke of the role that St. Joseph’s played in helping him discover his vocation, particularly his classes with Mr. Karl Orbon, our Theology Department Chair.
After Mass, nearly 850 visitors toured the school in groups, many seeing portions such as the Middle School wing for the first time. As a special treat, our returning Knights were also able to get the first glimpse into the brand new UKnight Building, the latest edition to the campus which joins the academic buildings and gymnasium.
After tours, the party really began with food trucks lining the sidewalk outside the gym, filling the air with the delicious smells of street tacos, smoked BBQ, burgers, and many other gourmet options. Inside the gym, the crowds were entertained by a fabulous line up of St. Joseph’s affiliated bands: Descent, Laura Gragtmans, Randomonium, InsideOut and Backwards, and The Winter Sounds, featuring familiar faces from our community, including a member of the founding class, Patrick Keenan. St. Joe’s librarian and stage sensation Rod McClendon served as MC for the evening, as well as providing a little entertainment of his own. The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Joby Moon, husband of the late Margaret Ann Moon, the founding Board Chair. Dr. Moon has been an invaluable member of St. Joseph’s from the very beginning, giving generously of his time, talent, and treasure. Most recently, he donated the keystone gift of $1 million to the UKnight Building campaign.
A much-anticipated portion of the evening was the presentation of the first ever St. Joseph’s Alumni Awards. With our first graduates not being out of their thirties yet, it was truly an honor to recognize how these men and women have impacted the world in such profound ways during the early part of their lives. The awards were as follows:
Juliane Laskowski, ’06 – The Mind Award
For significant contribution in the area of intellectual development, whether in education, academic research, commerce, social services, or the arts. The Mind Award rewards creative thinking and the implementation of new ideas in the community.
George Patrick McLeer, ’06 – The Heart Award
For dedication to improving the lives of others through significant contribution in their chosen field. Areas of contribution can include social services, non-profit work, family life, professional services, business, athletics, and the arts.
Fr. Andrew Fryml, ’08 – The Soul Award
For a significant and tangible contribution to building up the faith in the lives of others. This could mean someone who has entered vocational ministry or someone who has, through lay leadership and service, benefited their local parish, church, or parachurch organization.
The awards were presented by former Board of Trustees, Bishop Guglielmone, and Headmaster Keith Kiser.
The faculty, staff, and Board of St. Joseph’s would like to thank everyone who came to share this wonderful evening of celebration! We look forward with great anticipation to what God has for us over the next twenty-five years!