Close to 1,000 people converged on the Archbishop John Carroll High School campus Apr. 28-29, marking the successful conclusion to the Carroll50 celebration.
Alumni, current and former faculty and staff, and Carroll families, filled the gym Saturday night for a party that was months in the planning. Guests enjoyed dinner and dancing to live music performed by Chico’s Vibe.
“This really reinforced our Carroll identity,” said Jane Morro Mullany ’76, an event co-chair. “Everyone was such in good spirits and happy to be there. That was our number one goal, and we accomplished that.”
Co-chair Hank Mullany ’76, said the entire weekend was incredible, “Thanks to the team and President Frank Fox’s vision. “We engaged a lot of people, and the campus looked fantastic.” Kevin Connor ’78, also served as co-chair of the event.
Sunday’s Mass was celebrated by Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia. Among the priests concelebrating was Msgr. Bernard J. Trinity, founding principal of Archbishop John Carroll High School for Girls
Christian Brothers and women religious who have worked at Carroll were part of the procession and were seated on the stage, which served as the altar for the Mass. “It united everything,” said Carroll Campus Minister Father Michael Speziale. “They are the ones that built Carroll.”
During his homily, Bishop Fitzgerald (left) talked about the school’s namesake, Archbishop John Carroll. “(This school) was aptly named for the first bishop of the Church in America. A man of piety, patriotism and intellect, at a critical time in the founding of our nation, Archbishop Carroll promoted spiritual and cultural growth, which continue to be an essential part of the mission of Archbishop John Carroll High School today.”
Carroll president Francis E. Fox ’77, thanked the organizing committee and everyone who gathered in prayer, then read excerpts from the program of the 1968 dedication of Carroll: “The solemn blessing and laying of cornerstones of the Archbishop John Carroll High School, by his Excellency, The Most Reverend Luigi Romandi, Apostolic Delegate to the United States, Sunday April 28, 1968. His Eminence John Krol, Archbishop of Philadelphia, presiding. Assisting in that ceremony in 1968 were several dignitaries, and religious. We are blessed today to have one of those attendees with us, the very first principal of Archbishop John Carroll’s High School for Girls, Msgr. Bernard J. Trinity.”
Also speaking at the end of Mass was John W. Goldschmidt, Jr. ’76, president of the Carroll Board of Directors, who asked faculty and staff, past and present, to stand. He said, “You are on the frontline. You deliver God’s message of faith and education to our students. You are the ones developing the saints of the future. Thank you for the first 50. Now onto the next 50!”