Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary

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Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary
Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary.jpg
56-25 92nd Street
New York City (Elmhurst, Queens), New York 11373
United States
Coordinates 40°44′10″N 73°52′11″W / 40.73611°N 73.86972°W / 40.73611; -73.86972Coordinates: 40°44′10″N 73°52′11″W / 40.73611°N 73.86972°W / 40.73611; -73.86972
Type School and Seminary, All-Male
Motto Ad Jesum Per Mariam
(To Jesus Through Mary)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Oversight Diocese of Brooklyn
Principal Richie Diaz
Rector/President Joseph G. Fonti
Teaching staff 13.0 (FTE)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 132 (2013-2014)
Student to teacher ratio 10.2
Color(s) Navy Blue, Columbia Blue, White, and Black                 
Song Salve Regina
Athletics conference CHSAA Intersection A
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Cross Country, Outdoor Track
Nickname Crusaders
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; Top 50 Catholic High Schools- National Catholic High School Honor Roll
Publication The Literary Journal
Newspaper The Current
Yearbook The Annual
Tuition 8200

Cathedral Preparatory School 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.[3]


Cathedral Preparatory School and 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.[4]

A second campus in Elmhurst was established in 1963 at 56-25 92nd Street as Cathedral Preparatory Seminary. In 1985 the Brooklyn campus was closed and the Elmhurst location served both Kings and Queens Counties.[5] Currently, students from both the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Diocese of Rockville Centre attend the school, as well as one student from the Archdiocese of New York. Since 1968, each summer Cathedral has hosted the Father Edward W. Troike Leadership Program for young men of 6th and 7th grades, as well as incoming freshmen.[6]

Since 1914 nearly 4,500 students have received their high school diplomas from Cathedral Prep. The school alumni include Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, Religious and laity.[4]


The demographic breakdown of the 132 boys enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year was: [2]

  • Native American/Alaskan - 1.5%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders - 3.8%
  • Black - 3.8%
  • Hispanic - 34.1%
  • White - 53.8%
  • Multiracial - 3.0%

List of Rector-Principals of Cathedral Prep Seminary in Brooklyn[edit]

  • 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 School and Seminary in Elmhurst[edit]

  • 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- )

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Search for Private Schools - School Detail for Cathedral Prep Seminary". Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Brachear, Manya A. (June 3, 2007). "High school once known as a 'priest factory' will see its last students scatter as devout path of seminary gets few young followers, and fewer clergymen remain to guide them". Chicago Tribune  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). This month, Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in the Diocese of Brooklyn will become the only full-time high school seminary in the nation. 
  4. ^ a b Walsh, Kevin (2006). Forgotten New York: views of a lost metropolis. HarperCollins. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-06-114502-5. 
  6. ^ CPS. "History of Cathedral". Cathedral Preparatory Seminary website. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  7. ^ "BEVILACQUA Card. Anthony Joseph". Holy See. Archived from the original on 2014-09-09. 
  8. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (1998-06-19). "John J. Cardinal Carberry, 93; Led Archdiocese of St. Louis". New York Times. 
  9. ^ Goldman, Ari (July 13, 1991). "Francis J. Mugavero, 77, Is Dead; Was Bishop of Brooklyn 22 Years". New York Times. 
  10. ^ Kelley, Tina (2002-01-31). "Bishop John McGann, 77, Dies on Long Island". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ "The Most Reverend John C. Dunne". Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre. 
  12. ^ "N.Y. bishop to lead Palm Beach Diocese". St. Petersburg Times. July 2, 2003. 
  13. ^ "Auxiliary Bishops of Brooklyn". The Tablet. July 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Bishop Catanello Remembered as Gentle Servant of Diocese". The Tablet. March 21, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Bishop Peter Anthony Libasci". Diocese of Manchester. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ "New Bishop for Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany" (PDF). Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 28, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 

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