DeSales Names Hall of Fame Inductees
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DeSales Names Hall of Fame Inductees

Author: Kim Knuutila/Monday, June 25, 2018/Categories: School News

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DeSales Catholic School is pleased to announce the selection of the sixth group of inductees to the school's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.  This recognition has been created to annually honor outstanding graduates of the Catholic schools in Lockport, living or deceased.  Hall of Fame inductees embody the teachings of the school's patron, St. Francis de Sales, through their numerous accomplishments in their professional, volunteer and family lives.  Bearing the motto "Enshrining Our Past, Ensuring Our Future," induction into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame serves as the highest honor bestowed by DeSales Catholic School.  

The 2018 inductees are:

The late Donald Murphy, Class of 1950

Karen Judge Rahill, Class of 1987

Matthew J. Murphy, Class of 1970

Michael E. McCarthy, Class of 1969

James P. Langton, Class of 1954

These deserving individuals will be honored at the 6th Annual Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Lockport Town & Country Club.  The following morning, the inductees will celebrate Mass with the current students and faculty at DeSales Catholic School, where the names of these five distinguished alumni will be added to the Hall of Fame display.  Tickets and sponsor information for the dinner can be obtained by calling the school's Advancement office at (716) 433-6422 ext 407.  Chairmen of the Alumni Hall of Fame dinner are Mark Jaekle and Mike Mullane.

Proceeds from this special event help to fund tuition assistance grants at DeSales Catholic School, providing an opportunity for current and future students to enjoy the benefits of a quality Catholic education. DeSales is a Regional Catholic Elementary School in the Diocese of Buffalo, with the mission to be a center of excellence inspiring individual students to reach their greatest potential inside and outside the classroom. 

Nominations to the Hall of Fame were submitted by alumni, parents, relatives, friends and members of the communities served by DeSales.   Graduates of DeSales High School, St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Mary's School, St. Patrick's School, St. John the Baptist School, Lockport Catholic School, and DeSales Catholic School are eligible for consideration.  Each nominee's credentials are carefully evaluated by a volunteer Hall of Fame selection committee, comprised of DeSales alumni from several different decades, as well as current and former DeSales faculty members. 

DeSales is Eastern Niagara County’s only Catholic School, serving students in Early Childhood Education through Eighth grade.  For more information call (716) 433-6422 or visit

Photo: (L-R) DeSales Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Co-Chairmen Mark Jaekle and Michael Mullane, DHS ‘ 74.




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