Monthly Archive: May 2014

PACE Party

May 22, 2014

This coming Thursday, May 22, 2014 is the Senior’s last day of classes, and also one of the most memorable nights of the year, PACE party. PACE stands for Parents Against Chemical Excess. This party is given to show student how much fun can be had without drugs and alcohol.
The party begins at 6:30pm at Bishop Kearney. The seniors will check in and receive their PACE party shirt. Around 7:15pm, the students will leave Bishop Kearney and head to the YMCA. After they enjoy the YMCA and all that it has to offer, the students will leave and return to Bishop Kearney around 10:30pm to continue the rest of the party at the school.
The events occurring at Bishop Kearney will include music, games, and slideshow. There will be delicious food, prizes, but more important, time to make memories with friends before they graduate. Thank you to all of the parents who organized this great event!

BK Tuscany Trip 2014

May 15, 2014

We all landed in Milan and visited the huge Gothic Duomo is overwhelming and the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele. Then we went to visit the National Park of the Cinque Terre, five small villages perched on the edge of some rocky cliffs right on top of the blue Mediterranean sea and a UNESCO world heritage site. After then we drive to Pisa to visit the Field of Miracles with the famous leaning tower- and oh boy, does it lean! We took a trolley tour through Pisa before heading on to Florence, the capital of Tuscany.

We had one whole day to take in the beauty of Florence. And there is so much to see here! Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Boticelli… they all left masterpieces in this stunning city. We visited the Duomo with its stunning multicoloured marble façade, Giotto’s belltower and the baptistery with the “Gates of Paradise”. We also saw the Uffizi gallery, the Ponte Vecchio bridge and the church of Santa Croce, which houses Michelangelo’s tomb.

Our next morning we took a scenic drive to San Gimignano, a small town filled with ancient Medieval towers which from the distance we found to look like an ancient version of the Manhatten skyline! The views from San Gimignano are just as beautiful as the town itself – rolling hills with olive trees, cyprus trees and vineyards. After lunch we went on to Volterra, another hilltop city full of little winding streets with a great atmosphere. We learned more about the Etruscans and visited the 2000 year old ruins of the Roman theatre.

The next day we drove to Siena, a hilltop town known for its beautiful architecture and the famous Palio horserace. We saw the huge church of San Domingo which houses relics of St. Catherine. We then walked through the maze of narrow streets up to Siena’s Duomo with its black and white marble decoration and then on to the fan shaped Piazza del Campo and saw Italy’s second highest Medieval Tower.

We then had to say goodbye to Florence and drove to Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. Assisi is a lovely small hilltop town in Umbria with plenty of narrow alleys and stairways, a lovely atmosphere and lots of character. It is surrounded by olive groves and offers lovely views of the Umbrian countryside. We had lunch and time for a bit of souvenir shopping before we went to visit Assisi’s most famous sight, the Basilica dedicated to St. Francis. We were shown around the lower and upper basilica by a Franciscan friar, Father Brian. He showed us St. Francis’s tomb and the beautiful frescos by Giotto.

After the visit we drove on to Rome and got to see the beautiful view from Monte Pincio down onto Piazza del Popolo with St. Peter’s in the distance. We then walked on to the Spanish Steps. The highlight of Rome was next, when we went to see the Colosseum at night, a sight we will never forget. And there is so much more to see here tomorrow!!

We had one full day in Rome – it’s nowhere near enough to see all the endless sights this city has to offer. In the morning we took a walking tour up to the Capitol Hill overlooking the ancient Forum Romanum, on past Trajan’s Column and the monument to Victor Emmanuel II and on to the Pantheon. Then we walked on to Piazza Navona with its beautiful fountains before crossing the river Tiber at Hadrian’s mausoleum to head for the Vatican. We saw Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square, some of us even stayed on there and got blessed! After lunch we went inside St. Peter’s Basilica with our guide Marco. It was very busy but breathtakingly beautiful! We then had some free time for some shopping and a little rest before dinner. In the evening we took a panoramic bus tour of Rome by night and all tossed coins into the Trevi fountain to make sure we cone back to this beautfiul place one day.

College Athletic Scholarship Signing

May 12, 2014

On Wednesday May 7th at Bishop Kearney High School, seniors Sheila Hawkes and Tyler Hughey- Kirton signed their letters of intent for athletic scholarships. Sheila will be attending Monroe Community College on full scholarship for basketball. Tyler will be attending Eastern Arizona College for football. These are both Division 1 Junior Colleges.
Sheila and Tyler have both participated in a variety of sports while at Kearney, while maintaining the high academic standards set for student athletes. Today, both Sheila and Tyler’s families shared this great moment, along with coaches, faculty, team mates, and administration.
Tyler said, “He wanted to thank God who has given him the abilities and opportunities, his parents who have helped, supported, and invested their time and money into him, Coach Long for the opportunity to play at Bishop Kearney, his team mates who have been there to keep him level headed, and everyone who have been here supporting him from Day 1 at Bishop Kearney.
Both schools are phenomenal colleges and Tyler and Sheila are extremely excited to attend their future schools. One college is not too far from home and the other is miles away. Both students are nervous but feel comfortable with their choices. Sheila said, “I am so excited to be part of an amazing program at MCC. I’m hoping to accomplish many things there, and come back and show my old teammates some of the new things I will soon learn. I will miss Kearney when I graduate. It’s been such a great experience and I believe my Kearney education has prepared me for college. I can’t wait to put my education to the test. Thank you Kearney!”

Kearney Purchases its Irondequoit Campus

May 7, 2014

Bishop Kearney High School Completes Purchase of its Irondequoit Campus

IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y., MAY 6, 2014 — The Board of Trustees at Bishop Kearney High School has announced that the school formally purchased the property at 125 Kings Highway in Irondequoit, which has served as the school’s home for more than a half century. The announcement came during a news conference held on campus today.

Bishop Kearney acquired the school building and 42 acres of surrounding land from The Christian Brothers Institute and the Christian Brothers of Ireland for a price of $3.4 million.

Financing for the purchase has been provided by Main Street Fishers LLC. The entire transaction was facilitated by B. Thomas Golisano, founder and chairman of Paychex Corp. and a longtime Bishop Kearney benefactor. The purchase by Bishop Kearney is a critical step toward ensuring the school’s long-term stability.

“For 52 years, Bishop Kearney High School has been preparing students for success in college and beyond, and we are now in much better position to secure our destiny,” said Tom O’Neil, Bishop Kearney president. “This purchase will allow us to serve many more generations to come, and we can’t say enough to express our gratitude to Mr. Golisano for his unwavering support.”

Golisano first partnered with Bishop Kearney in 2007 to establish the College Prep Plus curriculum and provide each incoming student with a free laptop computer. The program has helped Kearney achieve a 100 percent graduation rate over the past five years, and each of those students earned college acceptance. And last year through Golisano’s support, the school established the Golisano Scholar Fund, which ensures scholarship assistance for every newly enrolled student from the Rochester region.

“What is extraordinary about Bishop Kearney is its ability to achieve significant levels of success at a cost that is one-half to one-third of public education,” Golisano stated. “Some of the school’s students come from a challenging environment, so I am overwhelmingly proud of the opportunity to renew my investment in Bishop Kearney’s future. It is the unsung hero of Rochester education.”

As a result of the purchase, school officials are now in the process of forming committees to investigate potential improvements to the property including a variety of ‘green initiatives’ and upgrades to the athletic facilities.

About Bishop Kearney High School
Bishop Kearney High School, a Golisano Education Partner (, is a private, Roman Catholic, co-educational school located in Irondequoit, N.Y. The school currently educates students in grades 7-12. It is nationally recognized for providing a quality college preparatory program in a values-based family environment.

Feast Day of Blessed Edmund Rice

May 5, 2014

On Monday, May 5th, Bishop Kearney will celebrate the Feast Day of Blessed Edmund Rice. Blessed Edmund Rice was born in Callan, Ireland in 1762. He is a man who made it his mission to give an education to the poor in Ireland. He established an Order called the Christian Brothers. In the 1820, Pope Pius the VII recognized the brothers as a papal Institute. Bishop Kearney High School is a Christian Brothers school, and so Alum from the class of 1969, Father Lanzalaco, CSB, will offer the Mass at 9:20am in the school auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

Family Mass and Brunch

May 4, 2014

This Sunday, May 4th, will be the Family Mass and Brunch. The mass will be offered by Father Al Cylwecki CSB. Mass begins at 10:00am in the Auditorium, and will kick off our week of celebrating the Feast of Blessed Edmund Rice, who is the founder of the Christian Brothers, our sponsors. There will be a brunch served in the school cafeteria directly following the Mass.

Talent Show Fundraiser

May 2, 2014

The Bishop Kearney Spirit Team is hosting Bishop Kearney’s 6th annual Talent Show this Friday, May 2, 2014. The event will include acts of students and teachers alike, Acts include singing, performed as duets and solos. There will be rapping acts, poetry recitation, and a variety of instruments being played! The acts will be judged, and a winner will be declared. There will also be a variety of refreshments that will be provided in the Foyer during intermission. All proceeds from this event will go to the Missions.