Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
September 2013
In This Issue
Grand Anniversary
'63 Celebrates 50 years
Phil Kukawinski '08
David Bonior '63
Fr. Eric Fedewa '00
Notre Dame News
NDPMA Hiring!
Class Reunions
Prayers for Alumni
Event Calendar
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Greetings to the Notre Dame Alumni Association! 

We are in a season of Grand Celebration at Notre Dame. Join us as we honor the 60-year anniversary of Notre Dame High School, the 45-year anniversary of Pontiac Catholic and the 20-year anniversary of Notre Dame Prep.
We hope to see you at Homecoming on Friday, September 27, and at Notre Dame's Grand Anniversary Celebration Weekend on October 19 and 20. 

Look for your copy of IRISH Magazine, Fall 2013 issue to come in the mail within the next week or two!
Irish Blessings,  


Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP)

Director of Alumni Relations


HOMECOMING 2013 - celebrating ND's 20th & 60th anniversaries 

Friday, September 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the alumni tent! 


Oktoberfest - Irish style!
Saturday, October 5  


Join Notre Dame Preparatory School for its annual Oktoberfest celebration! Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at NDPMA, Pontiac. $50,000 Super Raffle drawing to be held at 9:00 p.m. Tickets $30.00 per person. Includes barbeque dinner, beer, wine, live music, dancing and entry to door prizes. Adults 21+ only. RSVP by September 24. Call Joan Kopytek in the Advancement Office at (248) 373-2171 ext. 2. 

 anniversaryGrand Anniversary Celebration Weekend!

RSVP by October 1 - space is limited


Plans for Notre Dame's "Grand Anniversary Celebration" during the October 19-20 weekend are moving forward with commitments made for food, entertainment and drinks. 
This event will celebrate five different important milestones in the history of Notre Dame: the 150-year anniversary of the Marist Fathers' Apostolate in the United States; the 60-year anniversary of Notre Dame High School; the 45-year anniversary of Pontiac/Oakland Catholic; the 20-year anniversary of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy; and the 10-year anniversary of Notre Dame Marist Academy - Lower Division.

RSVP online by October 1


Saturday, October 19, 2013
All Alumni Reception   
6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dinner served at 7 p.m.
Alumni and guests are invited to a special reception in the cafeteria.
Pasta dinner, beer, wine and live music provided by Detroit band,The Real Deal, featuring Gerry Mattei '73 (NDHS) and Gary Ferro '76 (NDHS).
Cost is FREE. 18+ welcome. Must show ID to be served.
Space is limited to the first 300 who RSVP. 


Sunday, October 20, 2013
Family Mass and Pig Roast Lunch 
10 a.m. Mass in gymnasium
11:15 a.m. Blessing of the new lower division
Noon-3 p.m. pig roast and open house, entire school
Musical entertainment and activities for kids. Cost is FREE. All ages welcome.
Space is limited to the first 1,000 who RSVP. 
Class of 1963 honored at NDP football game  


On Friday, September 13, members of Notre Dame High School's Class of 1963 were introduced to Notre Dame Prep fans before NDP's football game vs. Ortonville-Brandon. The class celebrated its 50-year reunion this past weekend and activities included a banquet on Saturday, and Mass at Old St. Mary's Church (Greektown) and a Detroit Tigers game on Sunday.


The video below, which is from Friday night's football game, also shows the 1963 alums following NDP's football team onto the field before the game against Brandon.

To view photos from the reunion weekend, visit our Facebook page. 
NDHS Class of 1963
NDHS Class of 1963, celebrating 50 years, honored at NDP football game on Sept. 13. 
NDPMA President says Latin Mass at Old St. Mary's    

Class of 1963 recognized, celebrating 50 years 


Fr. Leon Olszamowski, s.m., '65 (NDHS), President of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, celebrated Latin Mass at Detroit's beautiful, historic Old St. Mary's Church on Sunday, September 15. 


In attendance and recognized in a special way were members of Notre Dame High School's Class of 1963, celebrating their 50-year reunion weekend. Alumni of all class years were in attendance to share in this momentous occasion. View more photos. 


NDHS Class of 1963 attend special Latin Mass at 

Old St. Mary's Church as part of its reunion weekend. 

NDP alum crazy about his radio job  


Phil Kukawinski '08 (NDP) hosts his own show on the popular Detroit (Windsor, Canada-based) radio station, 89X (88.7 FM). 


Kukawinski, whose on-air nom de plume is "PK", is on air Saturday and Sunday mornings from midnight to 8 a.m., and Sunday nights from 10 to 11 p.m. 


Read his interview with IRISH Magazine. 

Notre Dame alum gives keynote at Veterans' Convention 
Notre Dame High School alum (1963) David E. Bonior gave the keynote address last month at the 16th National Convention of The Vietnam Veterans of America, which took place in Jacksonville, Fla.,  August 13-17. 

Over 800 delegates and guests attended the opening ceremonies as former U.S. Congressman Bonior spoke to over 800 delegates from across the country. Bonior served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Bonior, who in 1985 published a book called, "The Vietnam Veteran: A History of Neglect," is also the man responsible for giving the Vietnam Veterans of America organization its founding principal: "Never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another.

Alum named associate pastor at St. Hugo, Bloomfield Hills


Fr. Eric Fedewa, a 2000 Notre Dame Prep graduate, has been named associate pastor at St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic Church in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The pastor of St. Hugo is Msgr. Anthony Tocco. 


Fedewa, who previously was an associate at St. Anastasia in Troy, was ordained to the priesthood by the Archdiocese of Detroit in June 2011.


Irish football ranked 8th in state, volleyball 16th in nation    


NDP's Irish varsity football team, which is 3-0 after Friday's win over Ortonville Brandon High School, is now ranked no. 8th (from 10th) in the state by the Associated Press. The team plays at Flint Powers this Friday, September 20. 


The Irish varsity girls volleyball team began the month of September ranked no. 16 in the nation. NDP's volleyball record is now 18-1 with a match coming up tomorrow.  


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NDP teacher, Pete Riley, interested in the "how and why"    


At Notre Dame since 1999, Pete Riley loves that the school never rests on laurels.  


Riley, an upper-school social studies and political science teacher, thinks one of the most important parts of his job is making sure his students understand how and why, not just what they learn in the classroom. "To me education is more about the 'process' of learning than the results," he says.


Riley was interviewed and published in Notre Dame's Blarney Stone. 

Read the article here.   

Middle schoolers get lesson on Five Habits of the Heart


As part of a continuing effort by the Marist Fathers and Brothers to make sure every student, staff, administrator, board member, alum and parent walks away from their Notre Dame/Marist experience living the three-part mission of the school, pastoral minister and religion teacher Fr. Jim Strasz, s.m., brought the Marist charism to life this week to middle-school students of Notre Dame.
"We would like to invite people to follow the Marist way," says Strasz. "That is, the way of Mary, especially as she was present in the early Church. And in today's world, we would like our colleagues and students to learn to think as Mary, judge as Mary, and act as Mary in all things."


Demonstrating humility, Notre Dame Pastoral Minister Fr. Jim Strasz '70 (NDHS), washes the feet of sixth and seventh graders. 

NDP students "Stuff-A-Bus" with supplies for needy schoolchildren 


Notre Dame students volunteered September 7-8 at the 33nd Annual Michigan Renaissance Festival and collected thousands of supplies for area schoolchildren as part of a local Stuff-A-Bus program. 


An ND school bus was bursting at the seams as patrons of the Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly brought in school supplies for the needy in the area. NDPMA transportation coordinator Larry Jack worked with Lighthouse of Oakland County and Genisys Credit Union (Auburn Hills) on this initiative. NDP students on hand during the weekend made sure donors were well taken care of and that the bus was filled as efficiently as possible.


"More than 1,060 adults and 520 children brought in school supplies for the cause," Jack said. "This was a big increase over last year's Stuff-A-Bus, which also was very successful." Full Story

At this year's Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly, Mich., 
Notre Dame Prep seniors helped officials load a Notre Dame 
bus with school supplies for area children.


NDPMA seeking substitute teachers  

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is looking for substitute teachers to work periodically throughout the school year. Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree. If you are interested, please contact vice principal Shari Derico at

List of  upcoming class reunions:


If your graduation year ends in a 3 or 8, your class should be celebrating a reunion in 2013.


Considering planning a reunion for your class?  The alumni office can help you get started. Call (248) 373-2171 ext. 3 or email for details.


NDHS Class of 1965, 50-year

Contacts: Dennis Berger,, (909) 223-4483; Fr. Leon Olszamowski,


Pontiac Catholic Class of 1973, 40-year

Reunion will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at The Shark Club, located at 6665 Highland Rd., Waterford, MI. 7:00 p.m. Reunion contacts are Nancy Mazza at and Joan Connell at (248) 666-8171.  


NDHS Class of 1978, 35-year 

In lieu of a class reunion event, classmates are encouraged to attend Notre Dame's Grand Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 19. RSVP at Don't forget to indicate your class year, as tables will be reserved for the Class of '78. Contact: Ron Yanik at 


NDHS 1983, 30-year

30-year reunion on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at The Rochester Mills Beer Co., downtown Rochester, MI. Invitations have been mailed. Contact Mark Gaynor at  


Pontiac Catholic 1988, 25-year

Will be planning a 25-year reunion for 2013. Plans are underway and committee is trying to locate all classmates. For more information, please contact Michelle Harkins at    


NDHS Class of 1989, 25-year 

Reunion is in the early planning stages for a TBA date in 2014. Reunion committee in formation. If you would like to help, contact Gregory Simon at, or Frank Castronova at

NDP Class of 2003, 10-year
Friday, November 29, 2013, from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at Star Lanes / Emagine Theatre, located at 200 North Main Street, Royal Oak, Mich. More information to follow on Facebook and invitation to be sent to all classmates. Reunion contacts: John Putnam,; Bridget Maher,; Aaron Bozicevich,; Erin O'Brien,; Cindy Kraus,; Kristi Lewandowski,; and Nick Giacona,

NDP Class of 2008, 5-year

Reunion is in the early planning stages. Reunion contacts: Shannon Bartlett,; Katie Berlin,


St. Michael All Class Reunion 2013

24th Annual All-School Reunion will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2013. 11 a.m. Mass at Shrine of St. Joseph in Pontiac, MI.  1:00 p.m. reunion luncheon at Scott Lake Banquet Center, Waterford, MI. For more information, contact John Martin '51 (SM) at  


St. Michael Class of 1963, 50-year

50-Year Reunion to take place on September 28, 2013, at "It's a Matter of Taste," located at 2323 Union Lake Road, Commerce, Mich. Invitations have been sent to most classmates, but the committee has not been successful in locating everyone. If you did not receive an invitation, please update your contact information. Contact Gary Kraft at

For a complete list of reunions and event details, visit

We pray for those who have died:    
Esther M. von Hatten, mother of Lynn von Hatten '63 (NDHS) and James von Hatten '65 (NDHS). 9-4-13

Patrick Nagel '88 (NDHS). 9-2-13

Dawn Housey, 
wife of Gregory Housey '69 (NDHS). Mother of Erin Housey '01 (NDP) and Nicole (Housey) Alves '06 (NDP). Sister-in-law of Gerard Housey '77 (NDHS) and Gary Housey '67 (NDHS). 8-30-13

Marino DiMambro, grandfather of Jeff DiMambro '03 (NDHS). 8-25-13

Harry F. Pochmarafather of former ND teacher David Pochmara '65 (NDHS), Patrick Pochmara '67 (NDHS) and Paul Pochmara '75 (NDHS). 8-21-13. 
Evelyn Ricci, daughter-in-law of Joe Ricci '67 (NDHS). 8-11-13
We pray for the sick:    


Dennis Gornic '69 (NDHS), has been diagnosed with early-stage cancer and underwent surgery on August 7. Dennis will begin treatment in August.

Christopher Havrilla '97 (NDHS)
underwent an emergency donor cornea transplant for a work-related accident in the Coast Guard. Chris is recovering from a serious infection in his right eye is being treated at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.  Prayers for Chris are appreciated
by his family.

Barbara Boiteau
, sister of Frank Roche '67 (NDHS).

Dorothy Hier,
mother of Ronald Hier '66 (NDHS).

Lisa Denardo,
wife of Frank Denardo '89 (NDHS) who is battling cancer. Lisa is the sister-in-law of Tony Denardo '90 (NDHS) and Joe Denardo '96 (NDHS).

Carol Stencel,
grandmother of Katrina Stencel '11 (NDP) and Kayla Stencel (current student) who is undergoing a stem cell transplant for lymphoma.

Nicholas Ureel, 16-year-old grandson of John Ureel '58 (NDHS) and Joan Ureel, who is undergoing treatment and surgery for cancer.


Elaine Just, wife of Ed Just '66 (NDHS), who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment for stage 3 ovarian cancer.

Joey Caretti,
the 12-year-old son of Joe Caretti '84 (NDHS) and Lisa Caretti (Regina HS). The family asks for prayers as he continues to recuperate from various side effects related to his cancer treatment and bone marrow transplant.

Marne Housey, wife of Michael Housey '84 (NDHS). Marne received a second MRI in July and has continued to show no signs of her brain tumor or cancer. The family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, and asks that you continue to pray that Marne remains cancer-free.  


Email your prayers and petitions to


NDP = Notre Dame Prep; NDHS = Notre Dame High School; OC = Oakland Catholic; PC = Pontiac Catholic; SM = St. Michael; SF = St. Frederick.   


You are invited!      



27 - Homecoming     



5 - Oktoberfest at NDPMA  

8 - Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 p.m.  

19 & 20 - Grand Anniversary Celebration Weekend

27 - Open House at NDPMA, all divisions