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DeMatha Express- January 9th
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Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • Brother Josh was ordained as a Deacon last Saturday. He is scheduled to be ordained a Priest in June.
  • Congrats to these students who were named to the 2020 Senior All-State Band: Zachary Cheng (Clarinet), Jared Jefferson (Trombone) and Nick Taylor (Tuba)!
  • Congrats to these students who named to the 2020 Senior All-State Chorus: Lucas Arzayus (Alto), Nathan Bress (Tenor), Evan Knott (Tenor), Lincoln Teti (Tenor), David Adeleye (Bass), Worthy Beilman (Bass), Gabriel Diaz (Bass), Efrain Enriquez (Bass), Daniel Patino (Bass), and James Pike (Bass-Alternate)! An additional congratulations to Peter Macyko (Bass) for being named to the Junior All-State Chorus!
  • Junior Andy Brown has been named a finalist in the High School Organ Competition sponsored by The University of North Carolina-School of the Arts. The finals will take place at the UNC-School of the Arts campus in Winston-Salem, NC, from Jan. 31-Feb. 2.
  • Sophomore Cameron King placed 3rd in the Fairfax Challenge Fencing Tournament during the holiday break.
In Memoriam:
  • Rogers Alexander, father of Rogers '82. Viewing and Family Visitation will be held on Mon., Jan. 13 at 10am with a service at 11am at Second Baptist Church in District Heights, MD. Burial will take place afterwards at Cheltenham Military Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, MD.
  • Robert J. "Bobby" Morrissey, Esq., brother of Judge John P. Morrissey '82: Obituary.
  • Austin Yates '14: Obituary.
  • Emily McArdle, wife of Terry '94.
  • Nathan Cortes Peck '07. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Nathan Cortes Peck '07 next Thursday, Jan.16 at 10am at Jesus the Divine Word Catholic Church in Huntingtown, MD. A reception will follow after the Mass in Doran Hall at JDW.
  • The varsity basketball team is 9-2 on the season after a big 71-60 win over nationally ranked Mater Dei last weekend. The Stags have a tough stretch starting tonight at St. John's at 7:30pm followed by hosting McNamara on Saturday at 4:30pm, a rescheduled road matchup at Gonzaga on Mon., Jan. 13 at 7:30pm, and then hosting The Heights on Tues., Jan. 14 at 7:30pm. The squad is ranked No. 1 in the latest Washington Post power rankings: Link. For the Gonzaga game, don't forget to stop by the Stag Store for your DeMatha Rally Towel at just $5!
  • The prep hockey team is 11-8-2 after winning two of three contests at the Mount St. Charles Holiday Faceoff Classic and then a 6-3 loss last night to Georgetown Prep. The Stags host North Allegheny Senior HS tomorrow at 5:30pm.
  • The varsity swimming team finished third at the Robert Sawyer Invitational in North Carolina before Christmas! The Stags will compete tonight against Paul VI on the University of the District of Columbia campus at 7pm.
  • The varsity indoor track and field team will race this weekend in the Virginia Tech HS Invitational at the Virginia Military Institute campus. The Stags will then compete in the Georgetown Prep Invitational on Wed., Jan. 15.
  • The varsity wrestling team had an impressive showing at the Hub Cup last weekend with seven Stags placing Top-8 in their respective weight divisions. Senior Che Samuel had DeMatha's highest finish placing 3rd. The squad will next travel to face Randolph Macon on Saturday.
  • DeMatha football came in at No. 11 on Stadium Talk's Top 40 High Schools that have produced the most NFL players: Link.
  • Senior Harold Peters committed this week to attend and play lacrosse at UMBC.
Alumni News:
  • Peter Bay '74 recently received a great honor of becoming the longest tenured music director in the 108-year history of the Austin (TX) Symphony: Link.
  • Dr. Thomas Hibbs '78, president of the University of Dallas, wrote this op-ed for The Dallas Morning News on the topic of poverty: Link. Dr. Hibbs will be leading our faculty and staff retreat on Monday.
  • Mark Jefferson '87 is the Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Equity at Harvard Law School: Link.
  • Rodney McLeod '08, safety for the Philadelphia Eagles, was featured on NBC Sports Philadelphia about this year's past postseason run: Link.
  • Nate Darling '16 was featured in Delaware State News on his journey to becoming a star guard for the University of Delaware men's basketball team: Link.
  • Markelle Fultz '16 scored a career high 25 points in the Orlando Magic's 101-89 win over the Brooklyn Nets earlier this week.
  • Grant Donaldson '17, linebacker for Air Force Football, was named Defensive MVP in Air Force's 31-21 win over Washington State in the Cheez-It Bowl last month.
  • Chase Young '17, defensive end for Ohio State, officially declared last week for April's NFL Draft. Most experts currently have Chase pegged to be taken second overall by the Washington Redskins.
  • The next Purse Bingo to support the Crew program will be held on Sat., Feb. 8 in the Antler Room from 7-10pm. $20 for 20 games (cash only) and also including multiple raffles, door prizes and a jackpot. Must be 18 or over to attend. Always a great time so come out and support DeMatha Crew!
  • The Lux Choir, formed by several DeMatha alums, have a free concert this Friday (Jan. 10) at St. Jerome's Church in Hyattsville, MD, at 7pm. More information on the concert and registration can be found here: Link.
Misc. Information:
  • Catholic Charities D.C. has started recruitment for our 2020 summer internship program and the organization is interested in having DeMatha alumni apply for one of their available positions. Opportunities across the entire agency range from Development and Communications to Immigrant Support Services, and many others. Applications are due by March 13th. Students will serve from May 26 - Aug. 7. Those interested can apply here: Link.
  • If you are 70 1/2 or older you can make a gift directly from your IRA to DeMatha or another qualifying non-profit.You will not receive a tax deduction for your gift but your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) will not be added to your taxable income and will support the programs and students at DeMatha. The gift needs to come directly from the financial institution. Please check with your plan administrator or financial adviser.
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That is all.

Thomas Ponton '78
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
E-mail we received before Christmas from a member of the class of '72. Congrats Wendell! Happy retirement!

I am writing today for two reasons: first, to thank you for posting the information about the honor I received from Mariners Inn here in Detroit, naming their new campus after me. "Mariners Inn serves as an anchor for those struggling to navigate the treacherous waters of homelessness and substance abuse through a wide range of social service programs that achieve the best possible outcomes for adults, families and youth affected by addiction."

Throughout my tenure as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, we have continued a long standing relationship with the Inn and are now engaged in helping the facilities to be refurbished and rebuilt to offer more services and shelter to those who need it most. We believe that recovery is possible and real...and begins at Mariners Inn.

The second reason I am writing is to give testimony to the quality education of DeMatha. Many men have come through the doors of this fine institution - some Catholic and some not! One thing I have noticed is that there have been more than a few men who have embraced ordained ministry as their life's vocation.

I did, and am now coming to the end of 32 ½ years of ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church; twenty of those years I have served as a Bishop, serving in the Diocese of Michigan. Effective January 1, 2020, I will step down as the 10th Bishop of this Diocese and begin the new adventure of retirement.

The years of confirmations, ordinations, administrative duties, parish visitations and advocating for justice for all people in Southeast Michigan has been a great joy. I firmly believe that my preparation as a student at DeMatha prepared me well for this ministry and I give thanks to God for that opportunity; faith and knowledge do indeed complement each other. May God continue to bless the mission and ministry of DeMatha and the Trinitarians.

Thanks for keeping us all informed about life at DeMatha. I continue to be humbled and honored to have been formed to be a "Faith-Filled Gentlemen and Scholar."


The Rt. Rev'd Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr.
10th Bishop of Michigan
God Bless,

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