Volume V | December 2020
Alumni News
We wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2021!
A Message from Fr. Norman Fischer Jr.,
Resident Chaplain

Dearest Alumni Family of Lexington Catholic,

Christmas Blessings upon each of you! My name is Fr. Norman Fischer Jr. and I serve as the full-time chaplain (15 years) of Lexington Catholic High School.

As you can imagine, I maneuver between being “present” in creative ways to our students, faculty, and administration! The daily chapel Mass has largely been virtual on social media, meetings are all virtual, and my LCHS alumni weddings were all rescheduled at least once and looked way different than imagined beforehand due to the pandemic. (Indeed their love couldn’t be masked 😇).

I am grateful that despite all that we have had to endure this 2020 at LCHS and beyond, we have been blessed to renew friendships, support each others’ hopes and dreams, and find our faith lifting one another up in prayer. Due to the coronavirus, we had to fight against the fatigue of Zoom meetings, the stress of hunkering down (quarantines), and the sadness of isolating ourselves from those who matter to us. But I say, it’s not too late to “breathe in the Holy Spirit” and courageously use this Season of Light & Love to serve others, believing that “We All Belong and are Sacred.”

This reminds me of the term, “Sawubona”. It is typically an ancient Zulu greeting of welcome, but it literally translates to, “I see you.” Will Scott challenges us to, “think about what it means to greet someone in this way. When you truly see someone and give full acknowledgment of their presence, you open up yourself. And by doing so, you receive a wholehearted recognition of the full person in front of you and what he or she brings to the world.” How good it is for us to see one another as God sees us and share in this greatness.

Lexington Catholic, over the recent years, has opened wide the eyes of our hearts to this Truth. We have learned to be more fully cognizant of the diversity and needs of our community and form many allyships with those who need voice and recognition. Special support groups were formed and professional development experienced over the past 5 years that leaves no child behind. We are now seeing more clearly with the heart, as Christ taught us.

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such as these the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Now, when your favorite teacher/s at LexCath teach you, they expect you to learn well, but they also learned a lot from you! May our Lexington Catholic family truly grow together in “Mind, Spirit, and Body” as we know just how to “see one another” this Christmas and beyond!

We hope that you share your gifts and hopes for our school with our LC Alumni Association so that we can together leave a lasting legacy of Christ’s Mission of Excellence in both education and spiritual formation! If you need a prayer contact me: nfischer@cdlex.org.

With Christmas joy and blessings,
Fr. Norman Fischer Jr.
LCHS Chaplain
Lexington Catholic Alumni Social Media Contest
Alumni Social Media Contest Drawing Winners!

Thank you to all the alums that updated their information during this contest and tagged their fellow alums too! This helps us keep you connected and receiving our alumni news and initiatives! We want you in the know about your alma mater! We held the live Facebook drawing Tuesday, December 15, at noon. 

Congratulations to our drawing winners! 

Ellen Green ‘84
Adele Flanery ‘88
William Roche ‘40
Anne Sevilla ‘97
Taylor Johnston Staples ‘08
Molly Buchignani Mattingly ‘14

Stay tuned for another competition in January 2021!
Make sure to follow us on social media so you can participate.
Where Are They Now
Martha Purdue Monroe ’01 earned her PhD in Nursing in August of 2020. She is currently working as a research consultant in the Nursing and Allied Health Research office at Baptist Health Lexington. She and her husband, James, have three children; James ’25, Chris, and Mary. Her mother, Susan Purdue, was a science teacher at LCHS from 1992-2004. Mrs. Purdue is currently living in Cincinnati with her husband, Gary, and enjoys spending time with their six grandchildren.
Kate Cosgrove Bauman ’03 is a teacher at St. Leo School in Versailles where she has been teaching for 10 years. She and her husband, Tim, live in Lexington and have two children Porter, 3, and Rylan, 11 months.
Lucinda McGrath Keil ’10 works for FIS, a financial technology leader, in the Investor Relations department as the Corporate Access Lead. She recently moved with her husband to Boulder, CO from San Francisco.
Patrick Maronde ’10 is living in Atlanta, Georgia and is the Manager of Inside Sales with the Atlanta Falcons. Patrick manages a team of Inside Sales Representatives responsible for generating revenue by selling Personal Seat Licenses and Season Tickets for the Atlanta Falcons.
Paige Ezell ’14 is a third-year law student at the University of Louisville. She will be graduating in May and then working in Louisville at Stites and Harbison in their Torts and Insurance Practice group. Paige also swam at U of L all 4 years during undergrad, where the team was top 10 in the nation.
Grant Maddock ‘14 resides in Huntington, New York and is currently the Director at OBCR: a 501c(3) nonprofit athletic club on the North Shore of Long Island. He is also an art broker with BowenArtReserve.com
Ru-an Yang Williams '94 and her husband, Len Williams, were married on June 6, 2020. Ru-an is in the middle of her 17th year as an elementary school counselor in South Carolina.
Michael Hickey ’62 volunteers at Meals On Wheels. He was widowed in 2003 and retired in 2018 as a manager at PDX (Portland Airport). He was also a business owner for 22 years prior to PDX. Michael has a son, Rian, who lives in Germany.  
Linda Reckelhoff Bratcher ‘79  is a physical therapist at the Cantrell Center in Warner Robins, Georgia.  She is semi-retired and works 3 days a week in an outpatient physical therapy clinic. Linda and her husband, Mike, enjoy travelling. After a few longer trips to New Zealand and Europe, they now travel around the country for several weeks at a time, 1-2 times a year, in their camper van.  
James Wellman ’82 worked in Information Technology at UK Medical Center for over 22 years before taking a job as a Chief Information Officer for Comanche County Memorial Hospital and moving his family to Lawton, Oklahoma in 2010. James and his wife, Amy, moved to Findlay, Ohio in 2019 and they have two daughters, Emily (23) and Hannah (21) who remained in Oklahoma to attend college. He is currently the CIO and VP of Support Services for the Blanchard Valley Health System. During his employment with UK, James was fortunate enough to coach boys' soccer at LCHS from 1999-2007 and he maintains relationships with the amazing players and families to this day. 
Logan Otto ’06 and Danielle Corbett Otto ’09 were married on August 31, 2019, and are thrilled to announce they are expecting their first child in February 2021. Logan works as the associate head men’s lacrosse coach at Transylvania University and also enjoys running a local club lacrosse program called Commonwealth Kings in his off-season. Danielle graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2016 and now practices as a clinical pharmacist at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. She specializes in the management of genitourinary and neuroendocrine tumor patients and serves as an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.
School News
LCHS Christmas Concert Goes Virtual
Making music during a global pandemic has been challenging, but the band and choir students at Lexington Catholic have adapted very well to our COVID protocols. Vocalists are masked when singing, while instrumentalists wear surgical masks with slits that allow room for the mouthpiece. In addition, woodwind and brass players use specially designed bell covers which help to diffuse the aerosol plume. Due to space and time constraints, we have been very creative with our class time, including breaking into smaller ensembles for sectionals and utilizing tented outdoor classrooms.

Students have not been on campus in over 6 weeks, however, because Lexington Catholic was able to bring students in for targeted instruction, the Band and Choir programs were able to proceed with our planned recording session for a Virtual Christmas Concert. 

Students came to school in their class groupings and had a small window of time to warm-up and record selections for the Christmas Concert video. They looked professional in their concert attire and there were lovely musical moments throughout the concert. It was definitely a joy to fill Lexington Catholic with music once again!
Fall Semester Wrap Up
Our students have done a fantastic job in the last weeks of the first half of our school year. From hybrid learning to all virtual, they have met the challenges of learning in today's environment. Lexington Catholic will be closed for the holiday break from December 21, 2020 –
January 4, 2021.  
Virtual Wine Tasting Event
Have a wonderful evening of wine tasting and fun with your fellow alums and the Lexington Catholic Community with this Virtual Wine Tasting Event. Purchase your tasting kit below.
You must 21 or over to participate in this event.

This is a great Christmas Gift for your family and friends.
Raffle Tickets Make Great Stocking Stuffers
Support Lexington Catholic student activities and athletics by purchasing a Champions Raffle Ticket. The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000. Chances are only $20 each. Thank you for supporting our Knights!
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If your fellow alums aren’t receiving this newsletter,
have them send in their name, email, and class year to Pam Schneider.
Please send any information, updates, and exciting celebrations to Pam Schneider.

Pam Schneider
Director of Community and Alumni Engagement
859.277.7183 Ext 306