Claretian Alumni Profile | Spring 2022

Return to Claretville – Alumni enjoying the Reunion Picnic in June are (l-r) Bill Johnson ‘63, Barry Guimond ’64, John Crowe ‘64, Rudy Maldonado ’56, Bob Garretson ‘61, Pierre Forgette ’64, Fr. Matthias Nwaiwu, J.K. Smith ‘67, and Fr. John Raab ’63. Not pictured, David Fleckenstein ‘63, and John Alvarez ’67.

Companioning Launch

Don’t grow old alone. That’s the admonition of Bob Fargo ‘69 VP for alumni programs and a permanent deacon in Camarillo. Bob has started a Companioning Series of quarterly discussions for alumni, all over Zoom. “We Share, because of our Claretian formation, an outlook on life and aging,” Bob said. His sessions will offer spiritual direction and fellowship. To join a session or to learn more,contact Bob at deconbobfargo@msn.com

Claretians Keep Safe During Covid

All of the men are well, and all who are able have gotten second booster shots. The chapel is still closed to the public. But members may receive scheduled visitors who are fully vaccinated, and meet in designated area.

Museum tour are available by reservation on the Dominguez Rancho Adobe website. Regular school tours, and other educational activities, have also resumed.

St. Jude Seminary Class of ‘65 Celebrates 100 Zooms

On February 19th, members of St. Jude Seminary Class of ‘65 and friends celebrated the convening of their 100th consecutive-Saturday Zoom session (Excluding Christmas Day 2021 and New Year’s Day 2022). These remote gatherings were launched to keep classmates in frequent contact with each other and to help minimize the isolation resulting from the growing Covid pandemic. Additionally, a seventh in-person reunion then in the planning stage was cancelled. Originating on March 14, 2020, these Saturday gatherings have principally been convened and orchestrated by Charlie Idarola from his home in San Jose, CA.

Participants at the February 19 session included: John Papp, Charles Idarola, Gerry Burns, Bob Zeman, Bill Ryan, and Howie Harrington ‘65, Bill Jensen, Bill Wycisalo, Pat Reardon ’67, John Arnold, Fr. Mark Brummel ‘51 and Fr. John Raab and John Crowe, Claretville, ’63 and ‘64 respectively.

Attendees shared that the meetings had strengthened their unique bond by offering a forum for camaraderie, fraternity and great good humor based on mutual sharing and respect. John Crowe the recently elected president of the Claretian Alumni Association and invited guest gave a brief personal history of his life while a Claretian. Additionally, he discussed the history and current programs and initiatives of the Claretian Alumni Association.

As the Spring 2022 Issue of Profile goes to press, SJS Class of ‘65 and friends will have signed off from their 115 Saturday Zoom meeting and are currently planning their eighth in person reunion in Sister Bay, Door, County, WI from September 26 to 30.

Centenary Campaign Helping Retirees

The Dominguez Seminary Centenary Campaign and Celebration is being well-received by alumni and Claretian friends. In 2024, Dominguez Seminary will celebrate its founding with a year-long series of live and virtual programs. The Dominguez Family provided the acreage and homestead with the Del Amos building the seminary.

Built for young seminarians, the building has been modified over the years to accommodate its new role as Claretian retirement center. Alumni gifts in recent years have brought air-conditioning into the dining and community rooms, installed electronic door openers to accommodate those with walkers, increased security on the property. A gazebo was built and the old pool area is now the Upper Garden – all alumni projects.

As a first step, the Claretians have commissioned an architectural/engineering study of the historic building. This will provide an on-going and overall plan for sequenced improvements. The last major renovations were made 30 years ago. Consider making a pledge or gift before June 30, our fiscal year. More information is available on the website or by writing ClaretianAlumni@gmail.com

41st Reunion/BBQ Set for Aug. 27

After a Covid closure over the last two years, Dominguez Seminary will open its gates to welcome the Claretian Alumni Family for a very special Reunion on August 27. Following Mass in the Seminary Chapel, our traditional BBQ lunch will be served in the Upper Garden. And the afternoon will be spent catching up with friends and classmates. The Claretian residents of Dominguez Seminary will join us.

Spouses, kids, grandkids and guests are all welcome. Docents from the Rancho Museum will be providing tours throughout the afternoon. The grounds will be open for roaming.

Reunion Schedule:
10 a.m.Registration and Coffee
11a.m.Mass in the Seminary Chapel
Alumni Tribute Award Remembering Fr. Martin J. Kirk, CMF
1 p.m.BBQ and Classmate Conversations

The Reunion Registration Form is included in this newsletter. Fill out the coupon and mail it back with your check, reserving your place. For updated information on the Reunion, visit www.ClaretianAlumni.com It has been too long!

Still Virtual

Can’t get to the Seminary in August? We’ll be continuing out Virtual Reunion via Zoom with a special program planned for late September. Watch for information in the mail or visit the website, www.ClaretianAlumni.com

Time to Buy or Sell Your Raffle Tickets

Tickets for the Alumni Association Annual Raffle benefiting the retired Claretian priests and brothers were sent in May. Please buy or sell these tickets and return the stubs and proceeds in time for the drawing at the Reunion on Aug 27. Allow ten days or more for delivery. Maybe you will be the winner this year! For more tickets, please contact billj@wjaacc.com

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