The Lancer News: January 2024

Dear Malden Catholic Alumni,

I hope you had a great holiday with your family! It was fantastic to see many alumni from the Classes of 2020-2023 back at MC for the second annual Lancers in College Day and Senior College Panel.

You can view photos from the event here (password - maldencatholic99), and be sure to check back periodically as we update these albums with events throughout the year.

We have many exciting events coming up for alumni, and I am looking forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming gatherings:

  • Saturday, January 20 - Alumni Hockey Game - 2 PM
  • Friday, February 9 - HOOPs MC vs CM Alumni Gathering - 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 23 - Alumni Cornhole Tournament - 12 PM
  • Saturday, April 6 - Malden Catholic Gala - 6 PM
  • Sunday, April 7 - Women’s Day of Recollection - 11 AM
  • Friday, May 17 - Class of 1974 Class Reunion - 2:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 1 - Alumni Lacrosse Game - 10 AM

Thank you for your continued support! 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

Alumni Hockey Game - January 20 at 2 PM

MC's Alumni Hockey Game will be held on Saturday, January 20 from 2 - 4 PM at the Malden Valley Forum. This event is a celebration honoring all alumni who have ever laced up their skates for the MC Lancers, and players from all skill levels are welcome to participate! Please register through this link by Wednesday, January 17.

Once you have registered, game time and team assignments will be emailed to all players on January 19.

We look forward to seeing you on the ice!

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

Join us for the HOOPs MC vs CM Alumni Gathering on Friday, 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. The location is yet to be determined, and further updates will follow as we get closer to the event. Please register through this link if you plan on attending.

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 Spotlight

Joe O'Donnell ’62

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Joe O'Donnell '62, a long-time friend, advocate, benefactor, and unwavering supporter of MC.

Joe played a pivotal role as co-chairman of the successful $25 million Essential Campaign and was set to co-chair the upcoming Our Essential Future Campaign. His impact on Malden Catholic has been immeasurable, influencing significant decisions such as the implementation of the codivisional model in 2018 and the impending redevelopment of 50 Crystal Street.

In honor of Joe O'Donnell's memory, Malden Catholic will be reprinting an excerpt from the 2011 press release announcing his historic $5 million gift to the Essential Malden Catholic Campaign. Joe's generosity extended beyond a mere financial contribution as it represented a personal commitment deeply rooted in his profound connection to the school.

"It's personal," Joe once said, reflecting on his philanthropy. "I formed terrific relationships with the people at Malden Catholic, and the school was like an extension of my family. I benefited from a terrific education taught by the Xaverian Brothers. I really had a good time. As an eager eighth grader in the sixties, Joe originally had his sights set on Everett High School. “My dad told me I was attending Malden Catholic. Those were the days when your parents made those choices for you. So, with a heavy heart, I set out for my first day at MC, taking two buses and a transfer. After the first day, I fell in love with the place."

As a 1962 graduate of Malden Catholic, Joe O'Donnell continued his education at Harvard College and Harvard Business School, achieving remarkable success in business. He is the founder of Boston Culinary Group, serves as Chairman of Centerplate (a nationally recognized foodservice company), and is the owner of Allied Advertising Agency.

Joe's impact extends far beyond Malden Catholic, also serving as chairman of the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's $250 million Milestones Campaign. In 1986, Joe and his wife, Kathy, founded the Joey Fund in memory of their beloved son, who succumbed to the disease that year. Joe attributes his success to the foundation laid at Malden Catholic, stating, “In so many ways, Malden Catholic helped me to move forward – Exeter, Harvard, Harvard Business School — and to where I am today. Giving back is the right thing to do.”

Joe O'Donnell's legacy is engraved in the success he achieved and in the countless lives he touched through his generosity and support for education. His dedication to Malden Catholic and his belief in its potential for greatness will continue to inspire generations to come.

In The News

Malden Catholic High School Partners with Timberline Construction for a New Academic Building with Athletic Facility

Check out the press release from Timberline Construction detailing the exciting expansion of MC's programs at 50 Crystal St.

You can also track the progress of the building through this link using our time-lapse camera, which updates every 10 minutes.

Press Release: Malden Catholic High School Partners with Timberline Construction for a New Academic Building with Athletic Facility - Timberline Construction

The Demolition Ceremony Marked an Exciting Beginning of the School's Expansion Plan Malden, MA - Malden Catholic High School's (Malden Catholic) expansion plan for its academic and athletic programs recently reached a significant milestone with a demolition ceremony at 50 Crystal Street in Malden, MA.

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Alumni Updates

We love to stay in touch and follow the journey of our amazing alumni and alumnae! Please share your news with Malden Catholic and photos from your wedding, promotions and accomplishments and we will publish the information in the Malden Catholic Magazine!

Check out the digital version of the 2023 Malden Catholic Magazine through this link. The magazine features engaging stories, alumni interviews and updated information regarding the 2023 school year.

MC alum Nigel Marcellus '12 stopped by MC last month with his recently published children's book, "The Endless Possibilities with Nora & Vincent." Nigel is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication and Media Studies and is a podcast host and content producer. Congratulations, Nigel!

David DiGregorio ’97's musical performance was featured at the exhibition of Sung Hwan Kim at the Van Abbemuseum Museum for Contemporary Art in Eindhoven, Netherlands. This is an outstanding accomplishment!

MC alumni from the Class of 2013 gathered for a reunion at the Irish American in Malden which was organized by Joe Ahearne ’13 and Daniel Allen ’13. Nurse Paquette and Mrs. Maria Crotty were also invited to the event.

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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