The 2014 St. Albert’s Alumni Picnic was a great success! On Saturday, July 25, 2014, over 60 alumni gathered in the Picnic Grove at St. Albert’s. Former students of St. Albert’s Junior Seminary and the college formation program and their families gathered for hamburgers, hotdogs, and sausages but most of all to renew old friendships and visit the property that played such an important role in their formative years. Quite a few went over to the cemetery to pay their respects to former classmates, teachers and Carmelites they remembered from the past. Some had not visited St. Albert’s in over 50 years.
One highlight of the gathering was a mass celebrated by Father Romaeus Cooney, O. Carm. in the chapel at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, New York. Father Romaeus had taught at St. Albert’s a number of times and many remembered him as the one who organized the plays in the red building and prepared the students for the annual Mother’s Day concert.
After mass all went back to the picnic grove where many memories and stories were shared about former days at St. Albert’s Junior Seminary.This regular picnic helps to renew old friendships and continue the spirit of Carmel in the former students of the Seminary.
A special thanks to the organizing team who put the picnic together: Father Michael Kissane, O.Carm., George Angevine, John Evangelista and Mike Stec. All are invited to stay up-to-date about future alumni activities by visiting the alumni section of the Carmelite website www.carmelites.com regularly.