September 2018 - Issue No. 38
Sold Out 5th Annual "Fallen 51" Dinner a Huge Success!

Our 5th Annual "Fallen 51" Dinner was a great success, after selling out a week in advance. Guests e njoyed socializing at the bar upstairs at the Crow's Nest Officers' Club, while being treated to a sparkling wine reception. Special thanks to Newfound Resources Ltd. for sponsoring th is reception, as well as the dinner wine, in honour of Vincent Carew (1907 graduate) and Victor Carew (1909 graduate), who are both members of the "Fallen 51". 

Heading downstairs to the dining room, a delicious meal was served by Red Oak Catering as guests were welcomed by the Officers' Club President and Alumni Committee Member Gary Walsh '66. Thank you to Gary for doing an excellent job of hosting this event for the past 5 years. 

Michael Parsons '19 delivered a beautiful reflection, depicting what it is like to walk the same halls as the St. Bon's Boys who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War. Guest Speaker Larry Dohey of The Rooms showed guests how a trip through the archives proves that the "Fallen 51" boys kept their friendships strong both travelling over seas and directly on the battlefields. 

We wish to thank the staff for helping to make this unique event such a success. Though we do not yet have final numbers for this year's dinner, we expect that over the past five years, the total raised for our Bursary Fund will exceed $25,000. This is in no small part to the many guests who return each year and the Knights of Columbus Councils and Assemblies who made donations to the Bursary Fund in honour of the dinner. 
Don't Forget Your Ticket for the
2018 Alumni Dinner and Awards!
2018 Alumnus of the Year, Stan Cook '62. 

2018 Magis Award Recipient, Kieran O'Connell '10.

Tickets are now on sale for the  2018 St. Bonaventure's College Alumni Dinner and Awards . Come celebrate this year's award winners on Thursday, October 25th, while catching up with old classmates. Find out more about Alumnus of the Year Stan Cook '62 and Magis Award Recipient Kieran O'Connell '10  here

The evening will begin at 6:oo pm with a Mass in Our Lady's Oratory at St. Bonaventure's College. The Mass will be live streamed to the Aula Maxima for those who may not be able to reach the third floor. A reception in the Aula Maxima will follow, with drinks available for purchase at a cash bar, followed by a delicious turkey dinner and complimentary glass of wine served in the gym. Following dinner, Mr. Cook and Mr. O'Connell will receive their awards and deliver their remarks. 

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online  here or by contacting Mrs. Jessica Whalen '04 at or 709-726-0024 Ext. 228. 
Alumni Spotlight: 
Katie Harris '14 and Hillary Simms '12
                                                              After graduating from St. Bon's in 2014, 
Katie Harris kept her childhood dream
Katie Harris '14 with her team's rocket, designed during a recent rocketry workshop.
 of becoming an astronaut close to her heart. She went on to graduate from the University of Toronto this past spring with a Bachelor of Science (Honours). She double majored in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics and minored in Anthropology. 

After finishing up in Toronto, Katie left this summer for Strasbourg , Alsace, in North East France. There she is pursuing a Master of Space Studies degree from the International Space University. Katie will focus on 7 core areas throughout this program: Human Performance in Space, Space Policy and Law, Space Management and Business, Space Humanities, Space Science, Space Engineering and Space Applications. She is now working on courses, which will be followed by a team project, her individual thesis and an internship in industry. Recently Katie took part in a rocketry workshop, where in teams of 6-7, the Masters of Space Studies students built small rockets in less than two days. These rockets carried a vial of Russian vodka, a quail's egg, a camera and an altimeter to an altitude of 100 meters! 

We are thrilled to see Katie continue to shoot for the stars, and we can't wait to see where  she ends up next!

Hillary Simms '12 with the Beginning Band Low Brass.
Hillary Simms '12, an exquisite trombonist, completed a Bachelor of Music at McGill University before moving on to Ya le, where she graduated with a Masters of Music this past spring. The d ay after her convocation, Hillary joined the Yale Concert Band for their concert tour in Australia. 

Immediately following the Australian tour, Hillary went on to spend just under 3 months in Colorado over the summer, 3 weeks of which she spent studying with members of the American Brass Quintet at the Colorado Summer Music Festival.  This is a small, competitive music festival, which is fully funded by private donors who support the arts. Only enough musicians to make an orchestra are selected to attend, meaning Hillary was one of only two tenor trombones in attendance. 

Following the Color ado Summer Music Festival, Hillary went straight to the Aspen Summer Music Festival, where she spent two months as the Chamber Symphony Music Fellow, performing as principle trombone of the top orchestra out of 4 full orchestras. She also had the opportunity to study with Jim Miller of the L A Philharmonic and Tim Higgins of the San Fransisco Symphony. 

On a recent visit home, Hillary gave some of her time to do a workshop with our Beginning Band Low Brass Section. We thank her for sharing her talent and expertise with the new musicians!

We are proud to see Hillary take her love of music and the arts and develop it into a thriving and productive career!
What's Happening at SBC?
  • On Thursday, September 6th, we welcomed our students back with The Mass of the Holy Spirit at The Basilica, celebrated by Archbishop Martin Currie, DD, with the homily delivered by Jesuits of Canada Provincial, Fr. Erik Oland, SJ. Concelebrants for the mass were Fathers Critch, Smith, Schuck, Browne '43 and Bolton.
  • Congratulations to Jasmine R. '21 who recently returned from the Prime Minister's Science Fair at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Jasmine was one of only 38 students selected from across Canada for her project on NL soil.
Celebrants of the 2018 St. Bon's Opening Mass.

Jasmine R. briefing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan on her project. 
  • Our grade 10 students participated in their IgNite Retreat, an overnight retreat held at the school which fosters friendship, leadership, personal strength and spirituality in preparation for their high school years.  
  • The Parents' Auxiliary will hold their Annual Fall Fair this Saturday, September 29 from 10-12. Participate in the pie throwing contest, sample chilli from the Teachers' Chilli Cook-Off, shop for crafts and baked goods and much more! All are welcome!

Grade 10 students participate in icebreakers at the beginning of the IgNite retreat. 

  • On Wednesday, September 26 we welcomed two alumni into different classrooms to share their expertise. Judge Tim Daley '76 spoke to the Career Exploration class about his experience in the courts of Nova Scotia and how his experiences at St. Bon's helped shape who he is today. Ms. Melanie Hurley '08 conducted a creative writing and critical reading class with the Grade 12's in the same style she uses with her first year university students at Memorial. If you would like to share your talents with our students, please contact Jessica Whalen at to arrange a time. Alumni are always welcome through our doors!
Judge Daley '76 addresses our high school Career Education class. 

Melanie Hurley '08, is completing her Ph.D at Memorial University. 

Notice to the Class of 1979
It's coming up on 40 years, Class of '79! If anyone is interested in a 40   year  reunion/get together in the Summer of 2019, please contact Sean Hanrahan at . Pass this message along to all classmates you may be in touch with!
Alumni Announcements

We wish to congratulate the following Alumni on their accomplishments:
  • Michael Farrell '11, who recently completed the Master of Naval Architecture program at University College London in London, UK. 
  • Michael A. Smith '14, who completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Memorial University this past spring. Michael is now pursuing a Masters of Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa. 
  • Fr. William Browne '45 celebrated his 90th Birthday in July. A dedicated member of the Alumni Committee, Fr. Browne was treated to lunch by many member of the Committee and we celebrated with a cake at our summer meeting. 
Fr. Bill ready to blow out his candles.

We regret to inform you of the passing of:
  • Dee Murphy '51
  • Thomas Murphy '53
  • Monsignor James Doody '47
  • Richard Power '55
  • Dave Power '66
  • Rene Molloy 
  • We were unable to find Mr. Molloy's graduation year. If you know of Mr. Molly, please e-mail
If you have any alumni announcements such as births, marriages, accomplishments or deaths please send the information to Mrs. Jessica Whalen at

St. Bon's Partners with Munn Insurance to Offer Alumni, Parents and Staff Group Discounts
We are thrilled to announce that St. Bon's has recently signed an agreement with Munn Insurance to offer a dicounted rate to alumni, parents and staff. A portion of the premiums will also go directly to the school to support student programs. You can contact Munn for a quote, as per the below information. The group rate is open to new customers, as well as existing Munn customers upon renewal. 

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