The Lancer News: February 2024

Dear Malden Catholic Alumni,

As I reflect on the past year, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for your unwavering support, active participation, and infectious enthusiasm. Your dedication has been instrumental in making this year's alumni initiatives a great success.

The 2024 Alumni Hockey Game was held last month, where the hallowed halls of nostalgia echoed with cheers as former Lancers laced up their skates once again for an unforgettable evening of camaraderie and competition. The ice was alive with the spirit of Malden Catholic, and it was evident that time had not dulled the skills or the passion of our alumni.

The game unfolded as a spectacular back-and-forth battle where eight goals each were netted by both the blue and gold teams by the end of regulation, leaving the crowd on the edge of their seats. It was a true testament to the competitive spirit and skill that has become synonymous with the legacy of Malden Catholic hockey.

As the clock wound down and the tension soared, the game transitioned into a shootout, adding an extra layer of excitement to the already intense match. In the end, it was the blue team that emerged victorious, clinching the win in a shootout showdown. The shootout hero was none other than Marc Lanzilli '02, whose precision on the ice was nothing short of remarkable.

Lanzilli not only scored the lone goal for Team Blue during the shootout but also proved to be a pivotal player during regulation, contributing crucial goals that kept the game tight and competitive. His performance showcased the enduring talent and dedication that Malden Catholic instills in its students, even years after graduation.

The atmosphere was electric, filled with cheers and laughter as alumni from various graduating classes came together to celebrate their shared love for the game and their alma mater. It was a heartwarming sight to see familiar faces reconnecting and creating new memories on the ice.

As the day came to a close, the Malden Catholic Alumni Hockey Game had not only brought together old friends but also reignited the competitive fire that burns within every Lancer. The spirit of Malden Catholic hockey lives on, and it's events like these that make it clear – once a Lancer, always a Lancer.

To those who missed out on this incredible experience, fear not! The call to lace up the skates and hit the ice will surely echo again next year. As the final buzzer sounded on this year's alumni game, the resounding message was clear – mark your calendars and join in on the fun next time. The Malden Catholic hockey tradition continues, and it's never too late to be a part of the legacy. Check out photos from the game here (password - maldencatholic99).

Once again, thank you for your continued commitment to our alma mater. We look forward to your continued presence and contributions in the upcoming events listed below.

Please feel free to contact me directly with any news or updates you'd like to share at 781.475.5334 or [email protected].

Ryan Layton '02

Director of Alumni Relations

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, February 9 at 6:30 PM - HOOPs MC vs CM Alumni Gathering
  • Saturday, March 16 at 11 AM - Alumni Cornhole Tournament
  • Saturday, April 6 at 6 PM - Malden Catholic Gala
  • Sunday, April 7 at 11 AM - Women’s Day of Recollection
  • Friday, May 17 at 2:30 PM - Class of 1974 Class Reunion
  • Saturday, June 1 at 10 AM - Alumni Lacrosse Game

HOOPs MC vs CM Alumni Gathering - Tonight, February 9 at 6:30 PM

Join us for the HOOPs MC vs CM Alumni Gathering tonight, February 9 at 6:30 PM, as MC's state championship basketball team takes on our longtime rival, CM. After the game, we plan to continue the celebration with a social gathering at the Pearl Street Station Restaurant at 53 Summer Street, Malden.

Please register through this link if you plan on attending. Tickets will be emailed to you.

The team has been on an incredible journey, and this game will not be just an ordinary clash but a battle for conference supremacy that will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come. The game promises to be intense, filled with skillful plays and the kind of sportsmanship that defines our school's legacy. We would be honored to have you join us to cheer on our talented athletes!

Alumni Cornhole Tournament - Saturday, March 16 at 11 AM

We are excited to announce that we will be holding the Alumni Cornhole Tournament in the Doherty Gymnasium on Saturday, March 16 at 11 AM.

To ensure an inclusive and enjoyable experience for everyone, we've decided to assign teams for the tournament. This approach will not only give you the chance to get to know a fellow alum better but also helps level the playing field for those who might stack a team.

If you are interested in playing, please register through this link.

Alumni Spotlight

Ryan Heffron '18

Ryan Heffron '18 comes from a family deeply connected to Malden Catholic. The matriarch of the family, his grandmother, Janet (Cornoni) Heffron GC'59, is a Girls Catholic graduate, and his father, Brian Heffron '83, served on the MC Board of Trustees and currently hosts one of MC's Business Internships at CTP in Boston, where he holds the position of EVP. The Heffron legacy also extends to his uncles Bill Heffron '80 and Bobby Heffron '85, his cousin Michael Heffron '07, and his two younger brothers Brendan Heffron '25 and Nolan Heffron '28.

Reflecting on his time at Malden Catholic, Ryan is profoundly grateful for the invaluable experiences he received as a student. This gratitude has fueled his desire to give back to the community that shaped him, and he joined MC as a Theology teacher last month.

How would you describe your MC experience as a student?

I cannot speak highly enough about my time at MC. I am sure it is cliché to say, but the brotherhood was absolutely real for me. I can proudly say I knew every kid in my grade, and if we saw one another on the street, catching up would make for easy conversation. The school did a wonderful job of encouraging that sort of environment: even if we weren't "friends," we respected each other enough to share a laugh (or some homework answers).

Were you involved in any clubs or sports during your time at MC?

I was fortunate enough to play four years of lacrosse and two years of soccer (I definitely excelled in the former). I also regularly participated in Model United Nations and Model Congress, going on multiple trips to UMASS Amherst and UPenn, respectively.

How has MC contributed to your overall life?

I wasn't the most organized student (nor the most prepared). I'm not sure if I improved in that regard in college, but MC definitely trained me how to write, how to think critically, and how to orient everything in life (whether work or play) towards the service of others. I am deeply grateful for the ethic of friendship instilled by the school's values. Additionally, MC served as a refuge for me; a place where I belonged and could grow into my authentic self. Without that time, I don't think I would be who I am today.

How would you describe your family history/legacy?

My dad, Brian Heffron, graduated from the Class of 1983. He was preceded by his brother, Bill, and succeeded by his other brother, Bobby. In addition, my cousin Michael Heffron attended MC in the early 2000s. We all followed in the footsteps of our matriarch, my grandmother: Janet Heffron Nee Cornoni. With such a robust family attendance, I was raised to love Malden Catholic, and I am grateful for that. As a role model, I have been able to extend that legacy through my younger brothers Brendan (who is currently attending) and Nolan (who will begin next year).

Why did you choose to come back and teach at MC? How does it feel being the one in front of the class teaching instead of being behind a desk?

I chose to come back because I wanted to be of service in some way! I had mentioned to Bobby Gregory that I'd like to teach, but initially, I considered it a backup plan. However, life had other plans. My job prospects for refugee response were not panning out; I was working online and hating it. When Bobby Gregory reached out to see if I was still interested, I said, "Sure, why not?" I thought I could work here for a few months and hopefully land a job abroad soon enough.

My friends had always encouraged me to become a teacher, insisting that I would be good at it and find great joy in it. I did not believe them (or maybe did not want to). However, within the first few days of being here, I fell in love with it. Teaching feels natural; it aligns with my energy level. The students are witty and far more intelligent than they give themselves credit for. I am excited to continue learning from this job; it is both rewarding and challenging.

I didn't choose to come back and teach at MC; I think it chose me. For my new vocation, and for many other things, I am profoundly grateful to this school.

In The News

Clifton Bonner-Desravines '08, an MC alum and now an award-winning digital media artist, also known as "Cliff Notez," was recently featured in the Boston Globe for his role in organizing the We Black Folk Festival. This festival celebrates versatile Black artistry, aiming to spotlight Black Folk artists often overlooked in the music genre.

Club Passim in Cambridge approached Notez in 2023 to organize the event for Black History Month, and within a month and a half, the event took off. The first night was scheduled for February 4, with a second night on February 11, and both are now sold out. Congratulations, Cliff! Check out Cliff's YouTube channel here.

We Black Folk Festival at Passim brings new voices into the club - The Boston Globe

For the next two Sundays, the sold-out event will gather local Black performers to expand listeners' understanding of folk music's past and present.

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Alumni Updates

Congratulations to Dennis Cataldo, Class of 1986, President and CEO of Cataldo Ambulance Service, for moving the Cataldo Education Center to a larger facility in Woburn. This new space will help developed and educate new EMS professionals as well as expand class sizes and offerings. Well done, Dennis.

Full story: Cataldo Education Center

Congratulations to Brian Meoli, Class of 2012 for completing the State Police Academy and becoming a Massachusetts State Police Trooper! Brian completed the academy after six months of rigorous training at the State Police Academy in New Braintree and was sworn in, along with 165 new members, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

MSPN News: 165 to be Sworn-In as New MSP Troopers Today After Nearly Six Months of Rigorous Training

Ways to Give Back

Purchase your tickets for Malden Catholic's 18th Annual Gala Celebration at Encore Boston Harbor!

Join us as we celebrate the past, present and future of Malden Catholic at our largest social event of the year! MC's 18th Annual Gala Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 6 at 6 PM and tickets can be purchased here.

For more details on securing your tickets, exploring sponsorship opportunities, or being featured in our Gala program book, please contact Sarah Hamilton at 781.475.5331 or [email protected].

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