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WebNews #24; Christmas Day Edition; Monday December 25th, 2006



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NewsAlert: "Robert Paul Merna, deceased": By Gerald F. (Jerry) Merna
NewsAlert: "George Fox, deceased": By Kelli Fox

House Kids: 2 More Names Added To Our "House Kids List": Robert F. Pulliza (1952-1953); Peter W. Pulliza (1953) Deceased September 2006 (67 yrs old).

Bio: Robert F. Pulliza (1952-1953):
I was one of the boys from Saint Agnes who would have graduated from Tappan Zee High School with the class of 1956. You will find me in the 1953 year book as a sophomore. I was on the Tappan Zee football team (played 1st string right guard and nose guard) and had been selected for the 1st string all county football team in 1953. Mary Ann Rechtorovic and I were dating." (Click Here for Robert's full Bio)

From: David T. Feliciano
Subject: Adopt a Sister send her a Christmas Card

[Let's make this suggestion an annual Christmas pledge.]

John Antonacci suggested that we show our appreciation by adopting a sister and sending her a Christmas card. A suggestion was also made that maybe someone may want to take the list to your church members or other organization that may want to help.

Following is list of 42 sisters and the address where you can mail your Christmas cards.

Stay Well, God Bless,
David (1945-1952)

Sisters in Siena Hall Infirmary 2006
Sisters: Maureen Archdeacon, Sheila Mc Carthy, Emily Azzolino, Rose Eileen Mc Ginn, Alberta Blasé, Joanne Theresa Maloney, Loretta Blasé, Regina Anne Melican, Catherine Brennan, Mary William Mills, Francis Xavier Broyles, Ann Paul Mollman, Marian Carolyn, Mary Normile, Marie Alexander Christensen, Catherine Florence O' Connor, James Francis Coffey, Marie Magdalen Pickles, Joseph Marie Cooney, Margaret Mary Rakin, Mary Jane Dinan, Rose Vincent Reilly, Rose Anthony Ewald, Jane Reynolds, Clement Marie Fay, Marcella Roeger, Mary Patricia Franz, Miriam Thomas Rychhlicki, Rose Anastasia, Rita Shea, Rosalie Gilson, Alice Mary Tighe, Joan Hearns, Alfred Marie O' Toole, Marian Louise Heinrich, Barbara Ann Tavers, Virginia Huels, Marcella Tucker, Anne Vincent Hughes, Marietta Walsh, Margaret Kavanaugh, Cecilla Mc Carthy

There Are Forty Two (42) Sisters at St. Agnes Home who are confined to Siena Hall Infirmary . They have 60 to 70 years of devoted service to God and the Community they served . When you write your Christmas cards this holiday season would you please pick one of the sisters name and send her a card.

Address: Dominican Sisters, Siena Hall Infirmary, 175 Route 340, Sparkill N. Y. 10976-1047
Christmas Videos:
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I wish you a Merry Christmas! A fun video! (By Unknown Author/Creator/Artists)
I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas! A fun video! (By Unknown Author/Creator/Artists)

From: Lauri Bono
Sent: Monday, September 18, 2006 10:38 AM
Subject: Our father was at St. Agnes

Hello, I'm writing on behalf of my father, Michael LaSalata. For many years he has told us of the convent he spent his young childhood in. While searching on line we found several websites about St Agnes. We believe he would have been there from 1925-1932 or so ...the dates are sketchy. We found his name in the 1930 census list but the name was misspelled (Sasalata) Two of my uncles were also there and are also listed on the 1930 census list...they were Frank and Anthony LaSalata...their names were also misspelled (Lasarata) ....My Dad is now 86 years old...when I showed him photos of St Agnes he was very you know if there are others in his age bracket that are still alive and well? ...I was trying to find a list of the nuns that were there at that time but could only find their names before they were nuns. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Lauri Bono

From: John O'Sullivan
Sent: Sunday, September 24, 2006 5:27 PM
Subject: House Kid Alumni

Wow! I just discovered this wonderful website. I was at St. Agnes from 1940 to 1948. I was in the grade school at St. Agnes for the 7th & 8th grades and then at TZHS from 1942-1946 then stayed at St. Agnes working there for two years. During the war, I typed all of Coach Faulk's letters for the World War II newsletters as a helper for Sr. William Vincent and Ms. Betty Herlihy who taught me typing in her class at TZ. I remember Coach's letters were pretty long at times but he wrote so clearly. To this day, I don't remember where those original letters are. I probably gave them to Sr. William Vincent - I hope they are archived somewhere. St. Agnes was wonderful for me and to me. Thanks to Sr. Ignatia, I became an altar boy and remember memorizing the latin prayer at the beginning of the Mass alongside Fr. Jorn. Also, I remember Sr. Ann Catherine giving a party for her choir and always inviting me and the other Altar boys to the party.
Well, that's all for now. John O'Sullivan

From: Gerald F Merna
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 1:18 AM
Subject: Re: House Kid Alumni

Hi All: I certainly remember John O'Sullivan's name who was there 40-48 (I was there 44-46 so we "overlapped') but I can't put a face with his name. And I do recall he worked on those Newsletters.

As for "all the letters he typed," I may have a clue here also. On June 19th, 1996 Joe Rosen and the "Executive Committee" sent me a written invitation to be the guest speaker at the Golden Jubilee Dinner on Aug. 24th, which I accepted in writing on June 24th. On July 10th Art Kingsley called me to offer his assistance and to discuss the remarks I planned on giving at that dinner. (I have my "notes" from that call). He was very helpful, said he was "pleased and honored" that I accepted the invitation, and gave me several suggestions. He mentioned he knew some people from "my generation" 44-46, adding that he was there from 1929 to 1941 when he went into the Air Corps from West Point (did not infer he was attending WP but rather enlisted there), which was the same year I arrived at St. Dominic's.

Here's the "clue" I mentioned above: he said if I thought it would help he would send me "xerox copies of all the original WWII Newsletters from the Sister's Archives." Of course I accepted, and he indeed did send me a big stack of all those old Newsletters, which I still have and use. So somewhere at the Sparkill Dominican Sisters there is indeed an "archive" of the records David asks about below.

In addition to all the help I got from my brother Jim, the Newsletter copies Art sent me were of immeasurable help in preparing my remarks for the Golden Jubilee story; I'm using them now to do that project I mentioned to you earlier about researching the military backgrounds of all of our alumni, and have begun that in earnest.

Interesting too from my "notes" of that call, which, until I just re-read them, I did not remember, nor do I recall seeing this printed anywhere. Art, to his great credit, told me "I'm not blowing my own horn, but I bought and paid for the memorial," referring to the plaques. He said he was "taking two plaques from the old building," including the one Joe Rosen found to Coach Faulk, and the one from the 'Boys to the Nuns' found in the attic of the American Legion building. (Of course the one with the names of the 39 dead servicemen was originally hung in the gym, and when they tore that down, it was "stored" in that "film building' on the grounds. (I remember having several notes back and forth with Red Rooney long before the plaques were placed where they are now trying to find out what they were going to do with that plaque of 30 names. I also remember "voting" on something from Joe Rosen as to where it should be hung, be it at the American Legion in Sparkill, VFW in Piermont, or another choice).

Hope this is of some help. Perhaps Art can tell you what and where the Sisters have any "archive" of Newsletters and whatever else they may have from the former St. Agnes Home and School for Boys.
Best, Jerry Merna

From: Peter Feliciano
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 8:09 AM
Subject: Re: House Kid Alumni

Since Sr. Catherine Tahaney, (845-359-6400 X218, Dominican Convent, 175 Route 340 Sparkill, NY 10976-1047), is the official archivist for the Convent, I believe contacting her would be a good starting point for determining the whereabouts of the letters. Since Art and the Committee have good rapport with the Nuns, perhaps he could be of assistance in this matter too. It just might be a great addition the our website to have a collection of Jim Faulk's letters available, don't you think?

From: William J. Bray
Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2006 9:02 AM
Subject: St. Agnes Records

Are the records for St. Agnes Home for Boys archived anywhere? My wife's grandfather, James Patrick Shannon, was there probably from 1909 to sometime in the mid-1910's. JP was born in 1900, and he appears in the 1910 census for St. Agnes, erroneously listed as age 7. It had been our understanding that JP was put in an orphanage with his three brothers, Michael/William/David, but they are not listed in the 1910 census. Perhaps they were placed in another orphanage in another location - who knows? I hope you can give me some guidance of what may exist as far as records for the orphanage. Thanks in advance!
Bill Bray
Midlothian, Virginia

Gaspar Cipolla Ricardo C. Colon Harry Connors
Caesar Feliciano Carlos Feliciano David T. Feliciano Pastor (Pat) Feliciano Peter (Pedro) Feliciano
Stephen J. Fromholz, Sr. Louis A. Lopez George Charles Merna Gerald F. Merna Thomes G. Merna
Robert F. Pulliza Frank Jacob Rosenstine Joseph R. Stanaitis Joseph (Joe) Wiska

Raymond (Ramon) Adames John J. Antonacci Joseph Antonacci Dennis Bailey Lorenzo Calderon
Robert Coyle William Doherty Benjamin Feliciano Bob Keane James Lawson
James Merna Richard Merna Robert Merna John (Sammy) Tolins

Golden Jubilee Celebration: (1) 'Online Golden Jubilee Booklet' (2) 50th Anniv. Remarks By Gerald F. Merna NewsAlerts New Stuff

'Home Kids' By Nancy Canfield: The story of St. Agatha Home for Children:
"We're going to take you kids,"
he pointed to each of us sitting on the couch and said our names in a sing-song voice "Jackie... Tommy... Hellen... David and Nancy," pausing between each name as if to prove he knew them, "to see a school tomorrow, a boarding school, see how you like it." He said this in a voice that implied it was temporary, like we'd have a choice about attending. With those words the Canfield siblings began a journey that profoundly shaped their formative years. Home Kids is Nancy Canfield's courageous retelling of her family's dramatic story and the inspirational story of St. Agatha Home for Children.  (More....)

Letters: 'Home Kids' By Nancy Canfield: The Story of St. Agatha Home for Children: Sent: 01/19/2006
Photos: St. Agatha Home Keepsake Photograph.
“Home Kids: The Story of St. Agatha Home for Children,” By Nancy Canfield:
By Pat Sherman UNION-TRIBUNE COMMUNITY NEWS WRITER, March 10, 2006. "Nancy Canfield knows how a single, immutable event can forever alter a child's life. In her recently published book, “Home Kids: The Story of St. Agatha Home for Children,” Canfield recounts the years she and four siblings spent at a Catholic orphanage in New York."  (More....)

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