Saint Leo Celebrates Its Heritage
November 02, 2011
The Saint Leo Alumni Association once again hosted the annual Saint Leo College Preparatory and Holy Name Academy Reunion during the weekend of October 28-30. Although a smaller than normal gathering, those who attended the weekend enjoyed seeing familiar faces and gathering with friends. Each was also amazed with the continued transformation and improvements being made to University Campus.
The weekend began with several alumni enjoying lunch in the Student Community Center Dining Hall alongside current students Friday afternoon. As each enjoyed the various food choices as well as the activity around them, stories were exchanged about the dining experiences at both Saint Leo Prep and Holy Name. Friday evening, the festivities included dinner in the Greenfelder/Denlinger Boardrooms and some even stayed on in the Student Community Center to watch World Series Game 7.
The Prep/Holy Name Luncheon was held on Saturday afternoon, which included a welcome and update on the University from President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., and the unveiling of a portrait of James Joseph (JJ) Carroll ’55. Posthumously, Captain Carroll was awarded the Navy Cross, a citation second only the Congressional Medal of Honor. In recognition of his extraordinary bravery and leadership, the Marine Corps named one of its installations in Vietnam, Camp Carroll, to honor his memory. The portrait, which was made possible through the work of Jim Booth ’52, will hang in the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library.
Before the Saturday Luncheon ended, Mickey McLinden ’47 took a moment to recognize and honor Father James Hoge who will celebrate his 95th birthday at the end of November. A standing ovation was followed by the singing of Happy Birthday and a few brief remarks from Father James.
Saturday evening, a group shared a meal and memories at Kafe Kokopelli in Dade City. The weekend concluded on Sunday with several attending Mass at the Abbey Church and others celebrating Mass with the Sisters at Holy Name Monastery.