Editors and Writers
Chris (Wilbert) FloodAudrey (VanBecelaere) DickeyTom Farmer
Fr. Tom StrootPat ForbesFrancis SmithWayne CichonBarbara BatemanChristie GillJohn MitchelsonChristi Garrison
© 2001 St. Mary’s-Colgan, 212 E. Ninth St.,Pittsburg, KS 66762
reetings! This past week I hadthe pleasure of spending timewith the Class of ’51. They werecelebrating a milestone in their lives – 50 years ago they graduated from St.Mary’s High School.I loved the stories and the “brag-ging.” I loved to hear of their fond mem-ories and even the painful ones. Theycame from California and Florida andfrom all parts in between.When they took a tour of our cam- pus, they were very impressed with the progress that has been made. I couldn’thelp but think how important these peo- ple were in establishing and handing onthe tradition, faith, and unity we so verymuch enjoy today at St. Mary’s ColganSchools.I only feel sad when I wonder whether our present student body canappreciate the history and tradition theyhave been given and the sacrifices thathave been made and are continuing to bemade for our schools. I trust they will,when out of school a few years, look back and understand and appreciate whatwas given and entrusted to them.I remember 1951 as the year of theflood. I was also going into the thirdgrade that next year. In May of 1951, Fr.Emil Kapaun, Army Chaplain and priestof our diocese from Pilsen, KS, died in a North Korean Prisoner of War Camp.Originally,the all-boysCatholic HighSchool on theeast side of Wichita wasnamed in hishonor – KapaunHigh School.Later in 1972,when the all-girlsschool (Mt. Carmel High School) on theeast side and Kapuan merged, they wererenamed Kapaun-Mt. Carmel HighSchool.The parish in Pilsen had a beautifulMass and ceremony this past month tounveil and dedicate a statute of Fr.Kapuan helping a wounded soldier. TheMilitary Ordinariate (Bishop of theArmed Forces) from New York was inattendance as well as some of Fr.Kapuan’s fellow prisoners, Korean War veterans, present Army Chaplains, Armyofficers, family, and people from hishometown and across the diocese.The Military Ordinariate is promot-ing Fr. Kapaun’s cause for canonization.Pray for that cause. He was a remarkableman, well liked and respected byCatholic soldiers and soldiers of allfaiths and even nonbelievers. He wastruly a witness of Christ.I share this with you because the priests and sisters have been significantin bringing to the present the CatholicSchool system we have in the diocese of Wichita. In our parish and school wecannot underestimate the tremendousinfluence of the Sisters of St. Joseph,whom we are recognizing in this issue.They have over the years served inall four of the Catholic high schools inthe Wichita Diocese – Bishop Carroll(Wichita), Kapaun-Mt. Carmel(Wichita), Trinity (Hutchinson), and St.Mary’s Colgan.In the early days, we at St. Mary’shad sisters for a majority of our faculty.With the conclusion of this past schoolyear we lost our last full-time sister, Sr.Patrice who is retiring. This marks theend of an era but a gift of service thatwon’t be forgotten.Obviously, many of the sisters haveleft their mark on our schools and stu-dents. We are grateful for their serviceand dedication. They too have con-tributed to the FAITH, TRADITION,and UNITYwe enjoy today. May theLord bless those who have served in our schools, and may the Lord grant eternal peace to those who have completed their earthly journey.
Fr. Tom Stroot
Fr. Tom Stroot
Every class has done its part at SMC
(’70) was recentlyelected President of the KansasAssociation of Insurance Agents. Tomand his wife Kim have two children andreside in El Dorado. Tom sends histhanks to Pat Forbes, Frank Crespino,and Colgan and says, “I put my life onthe right track in 1968.”
have announced the birthof their fourth child, Aubri LorenePiccini, September 11, 2000. Theyrecently moved back to Pittsburg whereRandy is the controller at Pitt Plastics.
(’86) has beennamed an assistant vice president atCommunity National Bank in Pittsburg.Dellasega graduated from PSU in 1990with a BBAin accounting and earned anMBAfrom the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1991. Prior to joiningCNB, Tony worked for eight years atPSU’s Business and TechnologyInstitute. Tony and his wife, Susan, havethree children, A.J., Erin, and Jacob,and reside in Pittsburg.
(’95) graduated fromMissouri Southern State College inDecember of 1999 with a BS inBusiness Management and is employedwith AG Edwards in Kansas City, KS.
Your class would like to hear aboutyou. Submit your information via e-mailat firstname.lastname@example.org or regu-lar mail, St. Mary’s-Colgan, 212 E. NinthSt., Pittsburg, KS 66762.