Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School hosted a candlelight dinner party on November 7, 2012 to honor their donors who consistently supported the school for multi generations. The event entertained arriving guests with the music of the Montgomery Catholic Jazz Band. Dinner was preceded with a social hour where guests mingled with old friends, browsed student artwork, and refreshed memories with a revolving digital collection of photographs dating back to 1927.
The inaugural event began with a welcome from Marc Starrett. Fr. Patrick Driscoll offered the blessing before dinner. Anne Ceasar presented an overview of the school highlighting student achievement.
Fr. David Carucci introduced the keynote speaker, Archbishop of Mobile, Thomas J. Rodi, whose remarks reflected on the longevity and excellence of Catholic education in the United States for more than 200 years. He commented on their traditional inclusiveness of children, which for low income and immigrant families was key in providing their future. Because of a rapidly changing society he acknowledged the ever increasing importance of Catholic school’s primary focus to develop what God has given each child.
Finally, Archbishop Rodi extended his sincere thanks to the donors for having recognized their value in moving Montgomery Catholic forward in spirituality and academics. He commended the school for the long history of shaping students for the future since 1873 and looks forward to their continued success.
Closing remarks were offered by Anna Lee Ingalls who acknowledged the faith of donors in supporting the school because of their faith in Christ.
The evening was concluded with a blessing from Monsignor Charles Troncale.