AN E-NEWSLETTER FOR BORGIA ALUMS
On Tuesday, April 24, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson came to Borgia to celebrate Mass. And this was no average monthly Mass celebrated at our high school! For this Mass, Borgia played host to over 1,700 students, 8 area priests and 2 deacons from 11 of our partner schools (Holy Rosary, Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Anthony's, St. Bridget of Kildare, St. Clare, St. Francis Borgia, St. Gertrude, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. John the Baptist, and St. Vincent de Paul.

The Archbishop brought with him a message that Catholic schools are of paramount importance today. In addition to his gratitude for the dedication of all Catholic School educators, he also commended parents for their commitment to Catholic Schools and encouraged our students to be grateful for the ability to receive not only a top notch education but also, the ability to pray. With him, Archbishop Carlson brought a check for $130,000, a gift to our high school, as a result of the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA).

In case you noticed that all the Mass attendees were in blue that day, we have a reason. The Knights of Columbus Seisl Council #1121 and the Fr. Martin Seisl Vocations Society provided shirts for all the students, staff, priests, and deacons. The front reads Catholic Schools...Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed. The back..The Tradition Continues. St Francis Borgia Regional High School, Knights of Columbus Seisl #1121, Fr. Martin Seisl Vocations Society.

What wonderful support we receive from our local Council! Thanks for your generosity!
Have you seen the beautiful Mustang parked outside school?

Don't miss out on taking a chance to win this 2013 maroon convertible Mustang. 56,500 miles, V6 w/ 6-speed Automatic. We hear it makes a great Graduation gift!

Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. Find your closest Borgia student and purchase a ticket today! Or, stop by the Advancement Office to purchase one. The drawing will be held Friday, May 11, 2018.

For our students selling these tickets, for every 9 tickets they sell, they get THEIR name placed on the 10th ticket for free, so they have a chance to win it too!
Need not be present to win. Winner responsible for all taxes, tags, fees, and delivery.
WE DID IT! 100% Faculty Participation!!
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By any definition, the commitment of our Faculty to the students and the life of our school is far reaching. We extend our deepest gratitude to the Faculty for their generous Annual Fund support and their support of the many special projects and needs of our school, always going above and beyond the call of duty. We are also proud to celebrate 100% participation from this outstanding group of educators.
March and April Mega Raffle Winners
Each year St. Francis Borgia Regional High School gives away $25,000 in prizes through our annual Borgia Mega Raffle. There are two $1,000 drawings each month, and an additional $1,000 drawing on October 10 to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis Borgia. In addition, the student who sells the winning ticket receive free lunches for one week.

March's Winners
March 1 - Judy Dunne (sold by Khloe Farmer)
March 15 - Katie Kluesner '15 (sold by Ryan Kluesner)

April's Winners
April 1 - Donna Wolff (sold by Alex Wolff)
April 15 - Eleanor and William Eckelkamp '56 (sold by Adam Bell)
Rev Kev Corner
The End of Another School Year Draws Near

April and May in a High School can get a little iffy.  Both students and faculty have been at work for eight grueling months, and even the most dedicated and steadfast amongst us gets a bit antsy as the academic year draws to a close.  Seniors are excited about graduation and moving on, but that excitement is often tinged with a bit of fear of what lies beyond the summer.  Everybody gets a bit of spring fever and are ready to call it a year.
 
So how do you keep from jumping out of your skin in this season?
 
Scientists say that the part of a trip that is usually the most memorable, the part of the trip that will make it enjoyable, are the highlights and the end.  The supreme moments tend to be the ones you remember and cherish the most.  The premier moments of any school will differ from person to person, but here are three of mine.
 
1.) A Total Eclipse of the Heart.  The school year started out strong with a minute and a half of darkness.  While all the other schools in the area cancelled classes for various reasons, SFBRHS decided to have a party.  And what a party is was!  Games, Food (Moon Pies and Sun Chips!!), Science experiments, and last but not least, a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle produced by God Himself.  I got a new catchphrase that the students love to imitate and mock: PERMANENT EYE DAMAGE. ‘Very funny, but this is a real thing!”  It was a real thing.  It was a blast!
 
2.) A New Principal. We recently completed an internal study of Borgia to examine our strengths and weakness.  One of the strengths, recognized by all three interview groups (parents, faculty and students) is our new principal, Pam (Ruether) Tholen.  She is thoughtful, funny, energetic, lively and brimming with new ideas.  She is wise beyond her years and she has to be because she works with three old men. Last summer, everyone was excited that Pam was the new principal.  This summer, we are grateful for her energy, drive and the joy she brings to us.
 
3.) A Little Kindness makes a Big Difference.  Sometimes it is the small things that make the biggest impact.  Our boy’s golf team recently completed a perfect season, winning every match. But what I will remember about those young men is that they are not only talented golfers, but genuine human beings as well.  At their last match they took on a team that was, how do I say this, inexperienced.  They were all new golfers.  Our boys could have embarrassed them.  They could have ended up frustrated with them.  Instead they were noble and kind.  They were patient and helpful.  They saw the situation and they transformed it into something life-giving.  The opposing coach (a former colleague of mine) wrote me a great email praising our team.  An email I then relayed to our coaches, administration and the team’s parents. 
 
Telling God thanks for these things is how I intend to make it through the next few anxious weeks.
 
                                                               Have a great summer.
The First Annual Alumni Basketball Games Hosted by the Athletic Association are in the Books
On Saturday, April 7, the SFBRHS Athletic Association hosted an Alumni Basketball Game for all former varsity Borgia basketball players. The girls game as held at 3 p.m. with the boys game following. Great fun and fellowship was had by all who attended, both players and spectators.
Please look for information soon about next year's event. We're looking for an even bigger and better turnout. LET'S CONTINUE THAT BORGIA PRIDE!!

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Caroline (Holtmeier) Meyers '90 at caroline2568@gmail.com.
Upcoming Reunions
Class of 1958
60th Class Reunion
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Class of 1968
50th Class Reunion
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Save the Date
You're invited to attend
THE CONVERSATION: A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE ON END-OF-LIFE ISSUES

May 19, 2018
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
(lunch provided)
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall
1014 Madison Avenue
Washington, MO 63090

The Conversation is an exciting new seminar that provides valuable guidance on the church's teachings on the end-of-life issues that Catholics face. By planning for these issues in advance, you can protect your family from many difficult decisions.

Topics include Principles of Catholic Bioethics, Estate Planning and Advance Directives, Charitable Gift Planning and Funeral and Cemetery Planning.

This event will be presented at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall on May 19, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (lunch provided). Click the flyer at left to register.
 Brendan Feldmann '12
Last June, Brendan Feldmann, a Borgia Alum from the Class of 2012, signed a Major League Baseball contract with the Houston Astros.

Prior to signing, Brendan posted commanding numbers from the mound at Lindenwood University where he was the most consistent arm for the Lions. He closed out his career at Lindenwood with a 13-5 record and two saves in 167.2 innings pitched. Brendan compiled six complete games with two shutouts and 166 total strikeouts. He also held his opponents to a .229 batting average and allowed just 145 hits and posted a 3.01 ERA.

Since signing with the Astros, Brendan has played at multiple minor league levels, playing as high up as with the AAA Fresno Grizzlies. Currently, he is with the AA Corpus Christi Hooks.

Congratulations and good luck Brendan. Know that your Borgia family will be rooting for you every step of the way.
2018-2019 Endowment Distribution
In 1989, with a strong vision for the future, St. Francis Borgia Regional High School established an operational endowment fund to secure the future of our high school.

Gifts to the endowment are pooled into a common fund and invested perpetually. The capital is never used. Only the annual income generated by these funds is used. Thus, gifts will support the school for many years to come.

Gifts to the endowment are immediately invested into a special and separate account managed professional by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The performance of the Fund is monitored and evaluated regularly by the endowment board.

The income generated annually from the fund is used to enhance the quality and ensure that our technology, curriculum, facilities, and a wide range of other areas remain strong.

Today, the Borgia Endowment Fund has over $3.6 million and has distributed over $2.7 million back to the school.

For next school year, the endowment fund will distribute $130,000 toward technology upgrades, campus enhancements, professional development and tuition assistance.
Mass N More
Every Sunday evening at 6 p.m. a student-led Mass is held in the chapel at SFBRHS. This weekly Mass is celebrated and led by one of our deanery priests. Come join us in this cozy setting, and give glory to God with other members of the Borgia Family.
Sports Schedule
  Click on the logo to the right to view all upcoming sports schedules. If you would like notifications on games, please click on the logo at the right and sign up under "notify me". You will receive game time changes, cancellations and game reminders if you are signed up .
Alumni Prayers
In thanksgiving for the sacrifices and contributions offered by those before us on our behalf, we at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School offer our afternoon prayer for different members of our alumni each day.
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Help us find our "lost" alumni! We live in a world of motion. Because of moves, marriages, and other changes, Borgia has lost track of some of our alumni over the years.

View the list of lost alumni (by clicking the logo above) and if your name is on the list, please update your information; or if you know an alum on the list, please let them know we are looking for them!
Recently married? New baby or job?
Let us know what's going on in your life so we can share
it with your classmates in this newsletter!
Send information and photos to donna.grahl@borgia.com.
St. Francis Borgia Regional High School 

1000 Borgia Drive, Washington, MO 63090
P: 636-239-7871 
F: 636-239-1198