The most successful fundraiser in the history of All Saints Regional Catholic School not only earned precious resources for our school but also enriched the guests and hosts alike through a spectacular evening of camaraderie, entertainment and good cheer, in a couple of words, sehr stimmig! Thank you to everyone – guests, benefactors and supporters from near and far.
Arrival and Cocktail Hour
Guests were invited to arrive at 7 pm for a cocktail hour which gave way to an opening ceremony at 8 pm at the conclusion of which dinner was served and dancing began and ran throughout the evening, concluding at midnight.
The Opening Ceremony
The Grand Procession
The Teachers of All Saints Regional Catholic School
Barbara Peebles, Chair of the Inaugural Headmaster’s Ball Committee
Kathleen Deegan Dickson, Chair of the All Saints School Board
Sr Joanne Callahah, Superintendent of Schools
Dr Peter Schubert, Frau Hofmeister
Father Gabriel, Father Nicholas
Father Bob Romeo, Dean and Pastor of Saint Boniface
Mrs. Joanne Fitzgerald, the Academic Dean
Father Elias, the Headmaster
The Presentation of the Headmaster
Verehrte Gäste, meine Damen und Herren,
Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentleman,
it is my great pleasure to present to you
the Very Reverend Dom Elias Carr
Canon of Klosterneuburg
First Headmaster of All Saints Regional Catholic School!
The Presentation of the Musical Divertissement
A Viennese ball traditionally features a brief musical divertissement during its opening. Two alumni of All Saints provided vocal and instrumental pieces to delight the audience.
The Presentation of the Honorees
The members of the Executive Board of All Saints Catholic School have chosen men and women, representing each of the five parishes which make up our All Saints Family, whom we wish to honor this evening for their varied and wonderful support of the cause of Catholic Education on the Gold Coast.
You know them, or have come to know them and their deep love and unfailing commitment to our School and its predecessor schools, and to the ideal of a Catholic Education, which provides our children not only with excellent academic instruction but with a life-giving formation in all that it means to be Catholic, so that the Faith can be the true Foundation of their Future; and all this in a safe and loving environment.
We thank our honorees and we delight with them in seeing what they have made possible – a new, happy and flourishing All Saints.
His Grace, the Abbot Primate, wishing to express his support for our School and the work of the Canons Regular in it, will now present, together with the Headmaster, a Silver Leopoldi Pfennig to each of the honorees. The Leopold Penny, as it were, has traditionally been given to those who visited the tomb of our Founder, St Leopold, but throughout history, the handing over of a Leopoldi Pfennig has become a sign of gratitude for service rendered to the Abbey and to the Church.
The Presentation to Sister Joanne Callahan, OSU
Our next honoree is known to all involved in Catholic Education on Long Island and beyond. As superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Sister Joanne Callahan has tirelessly struggled, and succeeded, to make excellent Catholic Education possible on Long Island.
And in these present times, the manifold challenges of which are known to us all, when Catholic Education and the very Freedom of Religion for which our nation is rightly proud, are imperiled by many foes, Sister Joanne, working closely with Bishop Murphy, undertook the difficult yet wise and courageous decision to implement a Strategic Plan for the future of our Catholic Schools. One of the fruits of this bold decision is a renewed All Saints Regional Catholic School.
Without Sister Joanne’s openness to the changes and developments envisioned for All Saints which have marked this past year and without her confidence in and unfailing support for our School and for the Canons, we would not be celebrating this evening, nor would the future of our School be so grand.
As a sign of our deep gratitude for all she does and has done for Catholic Schools, and for her willingness to support our new venture, the Headmaster and the Abbot Primate wish to present her now with a statue of Saint Leopold. May his intercession and example accompany you, Sister Joanne, in all you do for God’s Church and for our Children!
The Presentation to Barbara Peebles
While this evening would not have been possible without the efforts, creativity, generosity and sacrifice of so many people, there is one person – whom you may not know, although that is unlikely – who has been the lynchpin of this event and whose indefatigable enthusiasm, ebullient optimism and seemingly limitless ability to convince people to do things which they would never have dreamt possible, have polished the raw talents of so many into the bright gem in the dazzling sparkle of which we now stand.
To take an idea and make it a reality, to give form to a dream, and to bring out in so many people a joyful exuberance which almost, but not quite, equals her own – these talents invite us now to thank this shy and retiring person who has motivated us all.
I give you Barbara Peebles, President of the Home School Association.
The Presentation of the Abbot Primate
It is a distinct honor and pleasure to present to you the guest who, I dare say, has come the farthest this evening to be with us.
The Provost’s presence here is a visible sign of his support for our School.
His fatherly encouragement of the Canons, who are grateful for the privilege of now belonging to the All Saints Family, is itself a great gift.
But there’s something else.
The Provost brings with him this evening to our Ball not only the flavor and charm of Old Vienna but a donation to All Saints of 10,000 Euros.
It is my pleasure to introduce to you His Grace, the Abbot Primate Bernhard Backovsky, Provost of Klosterneuburg!
The Allocution of the Abbot Primate
on the Occasion of the Inaugural Headmaster’s Ball
Translator’s Note: The Abbot Primate speaks, especially at formal events, a beautiful German – delightful, grandiloquent, folksy but at times even baroque – which transcends the banality of a literal translation! His evident joy and personal warmth, however, overcome any inaccuracy in translation.
[In English] My English language is very small!
[In German] And so I ask my Confrère, Father Nicholas, to translate, because our joy this evening should not be trampled down by my bad English.
In brevity lies the spice! So, thank you three times! All good things come in threes.
First: Thank you, Excellency, esteemed Bishop Murphy, for the allowing our Confrères, the Canons, to have a Foundation in your Diocese.
Second: Thank you to all those public officials in Glen Cove, who have been and are willing to work together to help realize our Foundation.
Third: Thank you to all the men and women, the parishioners [of the five parishes], you who are the ground who make possible the growth of this Tree [the School] with its Hope and its Shelter and its Joy – that we are Christians, belonging to the Church. I want to say: what you have done here [together for the School] is a visible sign of the joy which we have as Christians in being able to hand on the Gospel.
And fourth: Thank you!
Presentation of Bishop Murphy
Last but in no way least, it is my great pleasure to introduce the man, without whose vision and energy, none of what we celebrate this evening would be possible.
Bishop Murphy’s love of Catholic School is only the beginning.
Bishop Murphy brought the Canons to Glen Cove, gave us a home, trusted us, when it became possible for us to become more involved in the school, and supports us – especially in just having come all the way to Austria to ordain Father Gabriel! – in all we do.
We are more thankful to him than I can say and are delighted that he accepted our invitation this evening.
Ladies and Gentlemen, His Excellency, the Most Reverend William Murphy, who, I am most happy to say, is our bishop!
…and we shall certainly let you know as soon as we decide!