September 2015 - Issue No. 12

St. Bonaventure's College

Alumni Dinner & Awards Tickets On Sale Now

October 15, 2015
St. Bonaventure's College

Join alumni from across the generations as they gather back at the school for a night of socializing, networking and celebration as we honour:

Alumnus of the Year
Dr. Gary Mooney  
Class Of 1960


Magis Award for Young Alumni
Charlotte-Anne Malischewski Class of 2008

For the first time this event includes an a Special Alumni Mass (optional) in the St. Bon's Chapel at 6:30 pm.

This is followed by a cocktail reception in the Aula Maxima at 7:00 pm and dinner and awards in the gymnasium. 

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at St. Bonaventure's College's President's office during business hours or you can buy them from the comfort of your own home or office at the link below

 For further information contact:
Jennifer Cummings

Alumni Affairs & Development Officer
709-726-0024 ext 214 

History & Symbolism Of The New School Logo
You may have noticed a new logo on top of the newsletter this month. This September St. Bonaventure's College unveiled a new brand. One that pays tribute to the long history of the school.  The school logo and seal contain the following heraldic elements:

Quadrant 1 - The Book: The open book represents our namesake, St. Bonaventure, and the founding administrators of our school, the Franciscans. The Franciscans administered St. Bonaventure's College from 1856-1899. St. Bonaventure is referred to as the Doctor of the Church, and is often depicted with an open book. The book is also a reflection of the academic excellence St. Bonaventure's College has been known for since its opening in 1856. As well the book can be interpreted as the Bible, a representation of our Catholic faith.

Quadrant 2 - The Celtic Cross: The Celtic Cross represents the second order to administer St. Bonaventure's College, the Christian Brothers. The Christian Brothers administered the school from 1899-1988. The Celtic Cross is a part of the Christian Brothers crest and is used by many of the schools administered by the Christian Brothers. The Celtic Cross has been a part of the St. Bonaventure's College crest since the early 1900s.

Quadrant 3 - IHS: This insignia represents St. Bonaventure's College today being an Ignatian/Jesuit school. St. Bon's has been an Ignatian/Jesuit school since 1999. In 1541, St. Ignatius of Loyola adopted IHS as his seal as General of the Society of Jesus. The three Greek letters are the traditional abbreviation for the name of Jesus, whose death and resurrection for us are represented by the three nails and the sunburst. It is still used as the symbol for the Society of Jesus and is used by most Jesuit institutions throughout the world.

Quadrant 4 - Seven Bars: The seven bars are derived from the Onaz-Loyola family shield. The seven bars commemorated the Onaz brothers, who were on the maternal side of St. Ignatius' family. The King of Spain in recognition of their bravery granted the seven bars to the brothers as a mark of honour. The bars are also used in many Jesuit schools' logos/crests, uniting us with the global Jesuit community.

Shield: The shield shape of the school logo represents the heraldic traditions of the great universities of Europe, where Jesuit education began in Messina, Sicily in 1548. It is also reflective of St. Ignatius' prior military service.

Center - Cross: At the center of the shield, connecting all of the elements together, is the cross. The cross is representative our Catholic faith and heritage It is at the heart of the mission of St. Bonaventure's College.

"Fallen 51" Dinner a Memorable Night

Fallen 51 Dinner guest at the Historic Crow's Nest Officers' Club.

It was a night of camaraderie, pride and remembrance at the Crow's Nest Officers' Club on September 23rd for the 2nd Annual "Fallen 51" Dinner.

This dinner is held each Fall in honour of the 51 boys from St. Bonaventure's College who made the supreme sacrifice during the First World War. 

Alumnus Gary Browne '63 gave an insightful speech on  college alumnus Lieutenant Colonel Padre Thomas Nangle C.F '1909  and his extraordinary contribution during the First World War. It gave all in attendance a great sense of pride and honour to be fellow St. Bon's alumni.

Student Jane Hutchings '17 delivered and delightful speech on the school song and its connection to the 51 boys who died. 

Proceeds from this event support St. Bonaventure's College Bursary Fund, t o ensure that no child is unable to attend St. Bonaventure's College because of inability to pay.

Support St. Bon's Through The United Way Payroll Deductions
Why should I consider payroll deductions in support of St. Bonaventure's College?

Payroll deductions are an easy way for employees to contribute dollars to local charities through planned giving of a set amount per paycheque. Your contributions will make a positive difference for the students at St. Bon's.

From an administrative point of view, your receipt for charitable donations at tax time is easily available as it is clearly included on your T-4 from your employer.

What do I do if I want to contribute?

To obtain a payroll deduction form, ask your Human Resources Department. Put St. Bonaventure's College as your charity of choice on the form. Our c haritable number is 866868086RR0001.

Return your forms to human resources and payroll will provide your donation to the United Way and the United Way will redirect your donation to St. Bon's. The amount of your donation will be recorded on your T4 slip for tax purposes.

For employees who already contribute to the United Way, your deductions will continue from one campaign to the next. You do not have to complete a new form unless you would like to change your contribution amount and or the charity that you are contributing to.

    Alumni Announcements             Volunteer Coaches Needed

We regret to inform you of the passing of the following alumni:

-Jim Holland '66

-Myles Dooley '45

-Christopher Whalen (Oct '14) '87

-Doug Anderson (2014) '60

-Kevin Walsh '60 

If you have any  announcements  or news to add to our newsletter, such as deaths, marriages, births, awards, career news and more, please email Jennifer at 

Love sports? Miss spending time shooting the hoops? Come back to the courts and  help students learn new skills. 

We are looking for volunteer Coaches, particularity basketball coaches, if you are interested in volunteering to help coach a sports team please let us know!

To Volunteer Contact:
Tommy Connors

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