Cathedral Preparatory Seminary (Queens)
|Cathedral Prep and Seminary|
|56-25 92nd Street
New York City (Elmhurst, Queens), New York, 11373
|Motto||Ad Jesum Per Mariam
(To Jesus Through Mary)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Oversight||Diocese of Brooklyn|
|Teaching staff||3 priests;12 laypeople|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue, Columbia Blue and White|
|Accreditation(s)||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; Top 50 Catholic High Schools- National Catholic High School Honor Roll|
|Publication||The Literary Journal|
|Alumni||Alumni Association link|
|Assistant Principal of Academics||James Kuroly|
|Assistant Principal of Academics||John O'Brien|
|Assistant Principal of Student Life||Joseph Russo|
|Athletic Director||John O'Brien|
|Business Manager||Louis D'Amico|
Cathedral Prep and Seminary is a private, Roman Catholic high school and seminary in Elmhurst, Queens, New York. It is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. It is the only full-time high school seminary day school in the United States.
Cathedral Preparatory Seminary was established in 1914 in Brooklyn at 555 Washington Avenue as Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception, a six-year minor seminary, with a four-year high school track and a two-year college track. Upon completion of the six-year program, students still discerning a priestly vocation would be assigned to a major seminary. This six-year program was in place until 1967, when Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception was established as a four-year college seminary in Douglaston, New York. The college would continue as a four-year independent academic institution until 1988, when it changed to a college seminary residence and pre-theology program titled Cathedral Seminary Residence of the Immaculate Conception.
A second campus in Elmhurst was established in 1963 at 56-25 92nd Street. In 1985 the Brooklyn campus was closed and the Elmhurst location serves both Kings and Queens Counties. Currently, students from both the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Diocese of Rockville Centre attend Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, as well as one student from the Archdiocese of New York. Since 1968, each summer Cathedral Prep has hosted the Father Edward W. Troike Leadership Program for young men of 6th and 7th grades, as well as incoming freshmen.
Cathedral Prep and Seminary is a secondary school for young men who have expressed a desire to consider priesthood as an option in discerning a vocation. For this purpose, the school was established in 1914 by the Bishop of Brooklyn, and continues today under the auspices of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio. In 1963 the Elmhurst division was opened. In 1985 the original Brooklyn school was closed, leaving the Elmhurst school to serve students from both Kings and Queens Counties. Since 1914 nearly 4,000 students have received their high school diplomas from Cathedral Prep. The school alumni include Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, Religious and dedicated laity who serve the Church and society.
List of Rector-Principals of Cathedral Prep Seminary in Brooklyn
- George Mundelein (1914–1915)
- James Higgins (1915–1918)
- Anthony J. Reichert (1918–1922)
- John R. McCoy (1922–1926)
- Edward P. Hoar (1926–1931)
- John D. Wynne (1931–1936)
- Richard B. McHugh (1936–1952)
- Charles B. Mulrooney (1952–1960)
- Robert E. Welsh (1960–1967)
- Daniel O'Connell (1967–1971)
- John Casey (1971–1975)
- Joseph Martusciello (1975–1979)
- Thomas F. Brady (1979–1985)
List of Rector- Principals of Cathedral Prep Seminary in Elmhurst
- Robert Welsh (1963–1967)(Rector of both Brooklyn and Queens Cathedral)
- George Fogarty (Vice-Rector in charge of Queens Cathedral)
- John Egan (1968–1973)
- Vincent A. Keane (1973–1979)
- Joseph L. Cunningham (1979–1984)
- Philip J. Reilly (1984–1991)
- Ignatius Anthony Catanello (1991–1994)
- Richard E. Marchese (1994–1998)
- Joseph P. Calise (1998–2008)
- Fred Marano (2008- 2013 )
- Joseph G. Fonti (2013- )
- Vince Lombardi, football coach (did not graduate)
- Rocco DiSpirito, star of The Restaurant (did not graduate)
- Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop-Emeritus of Philadelphia
- John Cardinal Carberry
- Francis John Mugavero, Bishop of Brooklyn (1968-1990)
- John Francis McGann, Bishop of Rockville Centre (1976-1999)
- John Dunne, Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre
- Gerald Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach
- John Snyder, Bishop-Emeritus of St. Augustine, Florida
- Ignatius Anthony Catanello, Auxiliary Bishop-Emeritus of Brooklyn
- William Flynn, Chairman-Emeritus, Mutual of America
- Edward Bernard Scharfenberger, Bishop-Elect of Albany
Notes and references
- MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-27.
- Walsh, Kevin (2006). Forgotten New York: views of a lost metropolis. HarperCollins. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-06-114502-5.
- CPS. "History of Cathedral". Cathedral Preparatory Seminary website. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
- Maraniss, David (1999). When pride still mattered: a life of Vince Lombardi. Simon and Schuster. pp. 40–42. ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3.