Alumni News & Events
Fr. Bernard's 50th Anniversary
On August 20, the Cistercian community will gather for a very special morning! Please join Fr. Bernard Marton for Mass to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Mass will begin at 9:00 a.m., and a reception will follow immediately after in the Abbey courtyard.
This day will provide a wonderful opportunity for us to express our gratitude to Fr. Bernard for his ministry and his service to the School. We hope to see you there!
Literary Club Summer Book Selection
Saturday, August 26, 7:00 p.m.
We hope you are planning to join James Kahn '01 and Br. Francis Gruber '01 to discuss Samuel Butler's autobiographical novel, The Way of All Flesh, originally published posthumously in 1903 but written almost two decades earlier.
"Beginning with the life of John Pontifex, a carpenter, the novel traces four generations of the Pontifex family, each of which perpetuates the frustration and unhappiness of its predecessor largely as a result of parental repression. Only Ernest Pontifex, the great-grandson of John, is able to break the cycle. After being ordained a minister, serving a prison term because of a naive misunderstanding, and unwittingly entering into a bigamous marriage with the family's sluttish servant girl, Ernest providentially inherits enough money from a favorite aunt to change his life and become a writer."-- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Andrew Kahn '95 will host the meeting in his home on Saturday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. Don't miss an opportunity to discuss a great book with even better company!
Also, if you are interested in what is required and recommended for our students' summer reading, please visit Summer Reading on our website.
An Afternoon with Fr. Bernard
Instead of our usual fall happy hour at The Old Monk, we have an opportunity to spend a little more time with Fr. Bernard before he returns to his duties in Hungary. As an added bonus, he will have copies of his book available for sale if you missed getting one during Reunions Weekend.
We will meet in the newly-renovated Guest House at the Abbey at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 27. Make plans to join us for a great afternoon! Refreshments will be served.
Space is limited, so please RSVP to Brigitte Gimenez to reserve your spot.
North Texas Giving Day
Thursday, September 14
On Thursday, September 14, from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, Cistercian will participate in North Texas Giving Day which is run by Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) with the support of The Dallas Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit Management. For the past several years, this has been an extremely successful and uplifting day for the Cistercian community, and we would love to keep that momentum going.
On this day, we will receive bonus funds from CFT for every donation of $25 or more that is made to the School through https://northtexasgivingday.org/. The bonus percentage will be calculated by taking the total amount of matching funds available (over $1,000,000) divided by the total amount donated to all nonprofits on North Texas Giving Day. The resulting bonus percentage will then be added to the total dollar amount given to Cistercian.
Last year, our response from current parents, alumni, and alumni parents was absolutely overwhelming with $638,141 raised from 691 donors. We received $45,195 in bonus funds because donors gave on that day!
This is an easy way to make your Alumni Scholarship Drive gift go a little further. If you have questions, please email or call Erin Hart, Director of Development, at (469) 499-5406.
Little Hawks and Junior Hawks Cheer Camp
Friday, September 22, 4:30 -- 6:30 p.m.
CHEER at the Little Hawks and Junior Hawks Cheer Camp!
The Cistercian Cheerleaders are excited to announce the date for this year's cheer camp - Friday, September 22! In addition to our Little Hawks Camp (PreK-3rd grade), we will have a new camp for Junior Hawks (4th-6th grade).
Cheer Camp will be held in the Cistercian Gyms from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and then participants are invited to perform during halftime at that evening's football game. Junior Hawks will also cheer the players onto the field with a spirit line.
The cost is $50 per participant and includes a pizza dinner and a t-shirt. To register, please click here.
Thank you for your support and GO HAWKS!
Class Agent Happy Hour
LG Taps on lower Greenville was the perfect spot for this year's class agents to gather, hear updates on the School and get ready for the new year. We appreciate Alec Kemp '03 for hosting us at his establishment and our class agents for keeping the alumni classes connected to the Abbey and School throughout the year!
Date Time Event 8/20/2017 9:00 a.m. 50th Anniversary Mass - Fr. Bernard Marton
8/27/2017 2:00 p.m. Fr. Bernard's Get Together
9/14/2017 6:00 a.m. North Texas Giving Day
9/29/2017 All day Online Auction 9/29-10/6
10/3/2017 8:30 a.m. Admissions Open House
10/6/2017 7:00 p.m. Homecoming Game & Dedication of Science Building
11/6/2017 6:00 p.m. Alumni Scholarship Drive Call Night
12/1/2017 8:30 a.m. Advent Retreat - Current & Alumni Moms
12/16/2017 6:30 p.m. Alumni Christmas Party
1/3/2018 1:00 p.m. Alumni College Day
1/20/2018 7:00 p.m. Jim & Lynn Moroney Award Dinner
2/28/2018 8:30 a.m. Middle School Open House
4/25/2018 7:00 p.m. Abbots' Circle Dinner
6/1/2018 1:30 p.m. Golf Tournament
6/2/2018 8:30 a.m. Reunions Weekend Alumni Picnic and Activities
6/3/2018 10:30 a.m. Reunions Weekend Mass and Brunch
LinkedIn to Connect for Jobs/Internships
As we begin a new year, many of our alumni will be looking for internships and/or jobs. If your company has internships or permanent positions available, please consider posting this information on Cistercian's LinkedIn page. If you are an alumnus looking for a position in a certain field or city, feel free to use our Linked In page to post your information to see if any other members of the group (alumni or alumni parents) can help. Stay connected to the community - there are lots of great resources there!
Alumni Literary Anthology
Available for Online Purchase
The first-ever Cistercian alumni literary anthology, My Heart Shall Muse, is now available. Click here to place an order. Thirty-seven Cistercian alums representing 20 different graduating classes are featured in the book, which contains poetry, short stories, spiritual reflections, and creative non-fiction. This unique, inspiring, and historical collection was printed in February and will make you proud of your alma mater. It demonstrates the high quality of creative, intelligent work being produced by our talented alumni.
Send us your old photographs, programs, or any other Cistercian memorabilia for the school archives. Direct items to Mrs. Jacqulyn Dudasko at the school.
Looking for a way to bond with future Cistercian alumni? Consider volunteering with current students at one of the many upcoming community service projects. Contact Fr. Justin McNamara for other community service projects or to propose some of your own.
"Like" us on Facebook!
Another way to stay in touch with Cistercian throughout the month in addition to this newsletter is through the Cistercian Prep School Alumni Association Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/CistercianAlumni
Alumni Key Chain
Click here to order the exclusive Alumni key chain!
Questions? Contact us!
Email Erin Hart or call 469-499-5406.