Villanova names new president, prepares for 90th anniversary

The 1950 Villanova yearbook has a picture of Elizabeth Taylor at the annual BBQ.

As it prepares for its 90th anniversary celebration this summer, Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai has named Charles Roy president, effective July 1. 

Roy will succeed Augustinian Father John Keller, who has served as president since January 2013. Father Keller will return to his post as director of education for the Augustinians in the West.

Roy is completing seven years at Notre Dame High School in Peoria, Ill., an 800-student Catholic high school, where he was principal, an instructor and dean of students. He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Bradley University and a Bachelor’s in Religious Studies from Wabash College. He has been an RCIA team member at his parish and has presented at National Catholic Education Association conference. He and his wife Aimee have three children.

Villanova will launch its 90th anniversary celebration at the annual Alumni Weekend in July. Attendees will see a display of archival photos going back to 1924, the year Villanova opened, and see a 1953 promotional film produced by Walter Lance (who created the Woody Woodpecker cartoons) and narrated by football star and broadcaster Tom Harmon.

The July 25 luau (for alumni celebrating 10, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years) will be followed by a July 26 morning Mass in the Cantwell Hall Chapel, and BBQ — a tradition launched soon after the school opened in 1924. A young Elizabeth Taylor was once its hostess, Shirley Temple attended one year, and Fred MacMurry manned a coin-toss booth. 

Ahead of that celebration, a golf tournament to benefit Villanova’s athletics program will be held May 18 at Soule Park Golf Course, with tee-off at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided on the golf carts and a Santa Maria style BBQ dinner will take place 2-4 p.m. 

Last year’s tournament raised nearly $25,000 for new flooring, weights, and several fitness machines in the weight room. This year’s goal is to further upgrade the locker and training rooms in Clark Gymnasium. 

For information on these events, call (805) 646-1424; email jhill@villanovaprepadmin.org; or visit www.villanovaprep.org/golf


Voices

Seeking the face of God in the Scriptures

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Prayer is seeking the face of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church recalls the story of how St. John Vianney once found a peasant praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The saint asked him what he was doing, and the man replied: “I look at him and he looks at me.”

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February 13, 2016

  • Saturday, February 13

    World Day of the Sick Mass, Mass and Anointing of the Sick, 12:30 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels,  555 W Temple St, Los Angeles. Archbishop Gomez presiding with other bishops and priests. Special section designated for those in wheelchairs with volunteers available to help. Limited parking available for $8. Carpooling is encouraged. For more info: Chuck Huebner at cjhuebner @gmail.com or Jim LoCoco at flavialococ0@msn.com.

     

     

    Bosco Tech’s Yurak Memorial Run & Kids’ Fun Run, Check in begins at 8 a.m., Memorial Run at 9 a.m., Fun Run at 10 a.m., Bosco Tech, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead. Race registration is $35 per person. For school groups of 10 or more, the cost is $30. To register online, go to www.boscotech.edu/events or www.yurak.eventbrite.com; same-day registration available at check-in table. Included: racing fees, finisher medal, goodie bag and BBQ lunch. Plaques will be awarded to the top five male and female runners and to the fastest runner under 18.All proceeds to benefit Bosco Tech’s Yurak Athletic Center (YAC). 

     

    Cabrini Literary Guild “Sweetheart Bingo” Meeting, Sat., Feb.13 at Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale. Meeting starts at 11 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. ($30/person), and bingo social at 1 p.m. Bingo cards are $5 each, or $20 for five cards. For reservations, call (818) 790-3485.

     

    Footprints: Making Tracks for Neighbors in Need, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Bishop Amat High School track, 14301 Fairgrove Ave., La Puente. Catholic Charities San Gabriel Region will present this annual walk/run fundraiser to increase awareness about poverty, hunger and homelessness in the San Gabriel Region. Proceeds benefit those lacking basic needs, such as food, clothing, transportation and shelter. This is a come anytime, leave anytime event, with the first lap around the track to be led by Bishop David O'Connell. For more information, visit lentenfootprints.yolasite.com or contact Mary Romero at (213) 251-3582 or mromero@ccharities.org.

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