Claretian Alumni Keep Zooming in 2022

          The Association will be using video-conferencing to bring programs to alumni on the new year, following the success of two Virtual Reunions using Zoom.

          Deacon Bob Fargo ‘69/’71, a member of the Alumni Council, will lead a spiritual discussion on generational issues this winter: letting go, grief, adjusting to life after the pandemic, etc. More information will be available on the alumni website in January.

          An alumni gathering and tour at Claretville this spring will link in others through Zoom. The former Gillette Mansion is now the headquarters for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area. A date has not been set, but the visit will be captured for out-of- area alumni.

          The Alumni Council is looking at ways to provide both in-person and video-conference experiences for the 41st Annual Reunion on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. The Alumni Council has been meeting monthly with Zoom since March 2020, with the technology now allowing Council member participation from Honolulu to New York City.

St. Jude Seminary Class of '65
Estravaganza 56

          Members of St. Jude Seminary’s Class of ’65 plus spouses and friends reunited in Nashville, IN from July 12th to 15th for their 56th high school reunion. The event was billed “Extravaganza 56”. Participants included: Bill Ryan, Bob Zeman, John Papp, Sam Di Gregor, and their wives Nancy, Annetta, Debbie and Marsha respectively; Dan Boggs, Gerry Burns, Howie Harrington, Bill Jensen ’64 and Marcel Van Camp ’66.

          Nashville (Brown County), IN, is located about an hour’s drive south of Indianapolis. Attracted by the area’s natural beauty and its residents’ rustic lifestyles, an artist community developed in the area during the 1920’s to 1940’s. Demand for the artists’ work generated tourism that remains active today. Small craft and workshops, ice cream parlors and eateries line historic downtown streets.

          Event participants traveled to Nashville from homes in States including, Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, Nevada, New York, and Wisconsin.

          Activities included: sightseeing, shopping, wine and distillery tours, ping pong, board games, daily communal breakfast and dinner and nightly social gatherings. Additionally, eight souls braved a 2-hour zip line adventure in a heavily wooded landscape, culminating in a series of two-person, parallel, quarter-mile zip line races.

          Class of “65, comprised 12 graduates one classmate, Jim Ruder is deceased; seven members remain in regular contact. The Nashville gathering marked the 6th time the Class of 65 “Judeans” have met in person since the all-school St. Jude Seminary Reunion in 2010. Prior meeting locales include, Momence/Kankakee/Shorewood, Il; Stonington, CT; Lake Geneva, WI; Galena, IL, New York City, and a road trip to Western States, including Idaho and Montana’s Yellowstone National Park.

          Beginning with the onset of the Covid pandemic in 2020, members of the Class of “65 and guests began meeting in weekly Zoom sessions; these virtual gatherings continue.

Howie Harrington – SJS ‘65

Claretian Alumni Website

          Our website has been operational for a few months with the assistance of IT professional, Chris Aguilar and Alumni Council member Jude Lopez ’64.
Now, we have the desire and opportunity to add content to the website reflecting information and news of the Claretian Alumni Association, Claretian Missionaries and friends of the Order.

          We are seeking your help in accomplishing this goal. We request that those interested to submit stories and photos of seminary life as well as articles regarding the lives of alumni and Claretian Missionaries. This can include tributes to members, past and present or general news about the Claretian Order. Alumni from St. Jude’s Seminary in Illinois have a publication titled “The Stepping Stone” which has a number of articles by alumni which will soon be appearing on the website.