Apr 12, 2014

Cathedral High School announces its 2014 St. Joseph Award recipients



Staff report

SPRINGFIELD – Eight alumni have been named recipients of the Cathedral High School St. Joseph Award, bestowed annually to honor graduates who have made contributions to society following their high school years.

This year’s honorees are: Richard C. Deslauriers, Class of 1978; Nicholas and Judith Fiorentino, both Class of 1957; Patrick J. Garrity, Class of 1981; Mary C. Janeczek, Ed.D., Class of 1969; Gerald M. Keavany, Class of 1948; Michael P. Warsaw, Class of 1982; and Sister of St. Joseph Joyce A. Wise, Class of 1959.

“These people truly are today’s leaders in our society,” said Ann Southworth, president of Cathedral High School, noting that they were selected for excelling in their professional life, making the community a better place through their service, making an outstanding commitment to Cathedral, exemplifying Catholic values in their life and their display of good citizenship.

Southworth said two of this year’s award winners have gained national recognition for their accomplishments.

Deslauriers recently retired from the FBI. He has served as the special agent in charge of the Boston Division since July 2010. In this position and in past roles, he oversaw many significant investigations, including the 2010 arrests of 10 illegal “sleeper” agents of the Russian government; the arrest of FBI Top Ten Fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger, a fugitive for 16 years; the terrorism convictions of Tarek Mehanna and Rezwan Ferdaus; the conviction of former speaker of the Massachusetts House, Salvatore DiMasi; the arrest and convictions of Anthony DiNunzio and Luigi Mannochio, former leaders of the New England La Cosa Nostra; and the significant progress made in the theft of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Warsaw is the chairman and chief executive director of Eternal Word Television (EWTN). He recently launched EWTN’s first evening news broadcast from Washington D.C., to raise its profile on issues where religion and public affairs converge, such as abortion, contraception and the death penalty.

“Cathedral has a tradition of developing tomorrow’s leaders and all of the honorees have become leaders,” said Southworth. “Remarkably, two of them have achieved on an international level. Michael Warsaw is an international leader in the world of Catholic communication and oversees the world’s largest religious media network. And Richard Deslauriers led the FBI in the solving of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy. He also was very instrumental in investigating and eliminating a Russian spy ring.”

The Fiorentinos have lived exemplary Christian lives and are very active in their parish. They are financially supportive of both the Sisters of St. Joseph and Cathedral High School. Nick was a founding member of CHS’s Board of Trustees. 
Garrity served as chairman of the board of trustees as well as on the golf committee and the wine tasting committee and has volunteered in the business office. 

Janeczek is a professor at Elms College and chairs the education division. She recently served Cathedral High School by running a session for the school’s faculty in-service day. 

Keavany is a retired pharmaceutical sales person and a benefactor of Cathedral. He is being honored for his generous support of the school and for living a truly Christian life.

As a Sister of St Joseph for more than 50 years, Sister Wise has served the greater western Massachusetts community. She is currently working with the homeless population, works at the Hampden County Correctional Center one night a week and is a police chaplain.

The winners will be honored during a May 17 dinner to be held at Cedar’s Banquet Facility, 375 Island Pond Rd. in Springfield. For more information or to obtain tickets, contact alumni director Terry Cosgriff at [email protected] or call 413-782-5285, Ext 4116.