JASPER JOTTINGS Week 43  - 2016 Oct 23    

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: Children with Autism need an accommodation



Kids With Autism Can Now Browse The Zoo Stress-Free 1 Hour Before it Opens
by McKinley Corbley - Sep 29, 2016

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For kids on the autism spectrum just trying to enjoy animals at the zoo, large crowds and noise can be too stressful to maneuver.
That’s why the Taronga Zoo in New South Wales, Australia will now open one hour early on special Access Taronga days so guests with autism can enjoy the park without the general public.

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How many times do our institutions fail to have the sensitivity to the needs of others.

It’s not just with and for children. We all can be sensitive to the needs of others. Don’t really need to know that the other person has a disability. Just assume that extra care needed with all our interactions.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JNEWS: Campion, Bill [MC1975] profiled in the Riverdale Press



Alma Mater opens her arms to former Jaspers star
Posted October 14, 2016
By Sean Brennan

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It was back in the 1970s, a decade that saw Manhattan College basketball flourish while playing before packed houses at Madison Square Garden and earn three straight trips to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). It was a time when the NIT was college basketball’s most prestigious postseason tournament and Manhattan was the talk of the town in college basketball.

It was also the time when “a guy from the neighborhood,” all 6-9 and 235 pounds of him, stood in the in the middle of all that success and hoopla in Riverdale. That guy is Bill Campion.

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Campion, Bill [MC1975]

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JOBIT: McGovern, Br. Robert [MC1975 RIP] on 2016-Oct-12



Br. Robert Cfc McGovern
1944 - 2016 Obituary

Rev. Brother Robert Baptist McGovern C.F.C. passed away on October 12, 2016. Brother McGovern was born on May 17, 1944 in Pottsville, PA, the son of Francis and Anna McGovern. He received a BA in History from Iona College and his MA in Theology from Manhattan College.

Brother McGovern entered the Congregation of Christian Brothers on July 5, 1962 and pronounced his final vows on June 27, 1969. His ministry took him to many positions including All Hallows High School, Blessed Sacrament High School, St. John's Indian Mission, Essex Catholic High School, St Mary's Parish, Louisiana, Rice High School, Our Lady of Assumption Parish, Bronx and Holy Child School, Mississippi. Brother McGovern also served as Superior at All Hallows and St. Joseph's Residence, New Rochelle where he was the Director of Pastoral Care. His most recent assignments brought him to Chicago where he died.

A wake will be held at St. Joseph's Residence, 30 Montgomery Circle, New Rochelle, NY 10804 on Tuesday October 18 from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Family Church, Mayflower Ave., New Rochelle, NY on Wednesday at 9:30 AM. Interment will be at the Christian Brothers Cemetery in West Park, NY. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to St. Joseph's Residence, 30 Montgomery Circle, New Rochelle, NY 10804.
Published in the The Journal News on Oct. 16, 2016


McGovern , Br. Robert [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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Dear John,

            I believe that Brother received his Masters in 1975.

                May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McGovern, Br. Robert [MC1975 RIP]

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) is disturbed by the revelations



         As a life long registered Democrat and Roman Catholic I found the attached article very disturbing.



The following article exposes the threat that the Catholic Church is under from non-Catholic progressives posing as Catholics.  Podesta, Clinton, Soros etc all are duping the easily led.
Arthur Schlesinger Sr. said that anti-Catholicism is “the deepest bias in the history of the American people.” I don’t know if that’s true anymore, as I don’t run into much anti-Catholicism from ordinary Americans.

Yet I can’t say I’m surprised by the noxious anti-Catholic bigotry contained in emails exchanged between leading progressives, Democrats and Hillary Clinton operatives. These WikiLeaks-published emails confirm what has been evident for years. Many elites, having embraced secular progressivism as not merely a political view but a religion, loathe traditional faiths that refuse to yield to its dogmas.

John Halpin of the Center for American Progress, writing in 2011 to Democrat bigwig John Podesta, was exercised over the fact that Rupert Murdoch and Robert Thomson, then-managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, “are raising their kids Catholic.” The horror!

“Friggin’ Murdoch,” Mr. Halpin went on, “baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.” He evidently has a problem with Mr. Murdoch wanting his kids to be baptized where Jesus was. But Halpin’s complaint went further: “Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the [Supreme Court] and think tanks to the media and social groups.”

Mr. Halpin also offers his half-baked theory of what draws people to Catholicism. “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and the severely backwards gender relations.” Surely something must be done about those backward Catholics.

Mr. Halpin, in another message, this one to his Center for American Progress colleagueJennifer Palmieri, continues the tirade: “They can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they are talking about.”

Thus does Mr. Halpin dismiss what Cornel West, a man of the left but one who is admirably critical of anti-Catholicism, describes as “a deep and powerful tradition of thought.” Mr. Halpin also tosses aside an idea, subsidiarity, that Catholic and non-Catholic political theorists have long found compelling. Though it isn’t shocking that progressives are threatened by a principle of decentralization which posits that decisions should be made where possible by non-governmental institutions of civil society or local rather than central governments.

Ms. Palmieri wrote, “I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.” Apparently it is inconceivable that people become or remain Catholics from honest reflection. The contempt Mr. Halpin and Ms. Palmieri exhibit for faithful Catholics is matched only by their loathing for the faith itself—and perhaps their maligning of evangelicals as uncouth bumpkins.

But what about Mr. Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman and himself a Catholic? Another email went to him, this one from Sandy Newman, founder and president of the liberal activist group Voices for Progress. “There needs to be a Catholic Spring,” the non-Catholic Mr. Newman ordered, “in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church.”

Was Mr. Podesta offended by Mr. Newman’s effrontery? Did he rise to defend the honor of the faith he professes to hold? Did he protest the proposal to subvert its teachings? To instigate a rebellion for political reasons?

Mr. Podesta endorses the suggestion and even assures him that organizations bearing the name “Catholic” (but, of course, unapproved by the church and outside its authority) have been created. He claims that the “Catholic Spring” Mr. Newman has called for is already being planned, though it’s not quite ready for execution:

“We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up.” Mr. Podesta and his associates had already set up and funded the front groups to foment the rebellion that they hoped would whip the Catholic Church into line.

Speaking to a trusted colleague, Mr. Podesta felt no need to hide the fact that these groups are political operations constructed to masquerade as organizations devoted to the Catholic faith. He and his allies created them to subvert the church’s teachings and witness—produce the rebellion—not advance them. The groups are progressive and Democrat—not Catholic.

Where do you suppose Mr. Podesta and his friends went to get the money to fund the phony “Catholic” groups? The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights discovered, to no one’s surprised, that the effort was backed by progressive billionaire George Soros, another non-Catholic.

The bigotry on display in the emails is that of people who claim to perceive bigotry everywhere, even where it does not exist. Some on the left have perfected the technique of smearing their political opponents by dismissing dissent from the dogmas of secular progressive ideology—on, say, abortion or marriage—as bigotry. This tactic has only bred more hatred toward traditions of faith that uphold traditional moral values, such as Catholicism, evangelical Protestantism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Mormonism and Orthodox Judaism.

Neither presidential candidate has an admirable record of respect for religion. Mr. Trump has been rightly called out for whom he associates with, and Mrs. Clinton should be held to the same standard.

She vowed in the second presidential debate “to be the president for all Americans,” regardless of politics or religion. Given her closest advisers’ animus toward faithful Catholics and evangelicals, millions of Americans ought to be skeptical—especially if they’re unwilling to put politics before faith and common decency.

Mr. George, a professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University, was chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (2013-14 and 2015-16).

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McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: I find that the D’s, in this particular case, have hit new lows. Hence, in “the prettiest horse in the glue factory coral” contest, you have to hold your nose when you vote.] 

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[JR: Comments from Mike’s friends.] 

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I'm still a life long Roman Catholic but not a life long Democrat. I didn't leave the Democratic Party, they left me.

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The unveiling of this latest round of e-mails from the Democratic camp only serves to confirm what many of us who have been paying attention have known for some time that our defense of life issues and other Christian values do not fit into the Democrat party's agenda and plans for our Country. This "revelation" is consistent with what we have seen for many years from the progressive media. We, as Catholics, need to speak out for our faith or our rights and values will remain under attack and at risk of being usurped.

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Well said John. Thank you. I am a Rebublican and I agree with your message. God Bless.

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How do you feel being chopped liver?  Today’s Times has a headline, Clinton Hopes to Woo White Catholic Voters.    This after Hillary 's surrogate, podesta (lower case) called Catholics medieval gender biased fools. I guess he  takes us for fools, also. It' s ironic that he references Aquinas and leaves out  St. Theresa of Avila also a Doctor of the Church who just happens to be a woman.
Has anyone heard of our Catholic hierarchy challenging these statemets?  Are the Little Sisters of the Poor the only ones defending the faith?
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You are absolutely right. There has been no call to arms from our leadership and that is sad. In the more or less recent past, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia was one that spoke out, however, it would seem that he has been silenced. Cardinal Dolan, NY, has become more of a politician in his words and actions, that too is sad. No one in our leadership is calling out the vote to defend and protect our beliefs. Our so called Catholic Colleges and Universities are so quiet as to be almost somnambulant. And that is probably looked upon as O'K because they too are at the Government window for financial support and Politically Correct thinking seems to carry the day.  We did nothing about that Jackass in the Whitehouse (Catholics as a group were supportive, not sure of this). In fact, in a recent group, someone that I care about and respect was referred to as out of control by a priest whom I also respect. Why was he deemed out of control, because he said we, Catholics, were being attacked and at war and were doing nothing about it. This good man and faithful servant of God is one of the most centered catholics I know who has time and time again spoken up and defended his faith and its' beliefs. But that is another story that I will privately address. The Little Sisters Of The Poor are in the forefront and God protect them.
Saturday's Wall Street Journal, 10/15/16, Opinion, had an interesting Article, 
' Trump And The Emasculated Voter.' As one of my dear friends said, in this election, vote your poison.
Sorry for my rant folks. {Privacy Invoked}, thank you for triggering the thought process once again from a life long Republican Catholic. God Bless.
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COMMENT: O'Connell, Bill (MC1976) shares another wedding "save"


Re: Refugee.

This may not be a refugee story, but 30 years ago when planning our wedding, my wife was trying to find the perfect wedding dress. A neighbor of my best man was an Iranian gentleman (his wife was Guatamalan) had a dress shop in Manhattan. He offered to make my wife a custom wedding dress as a wedding gift. I knew him as an acquaintance, but I wouldn’t say he was a close friend. One of the features that my wife wanted was a long train on the dress, longer than Princess Diana. Done. Now, having a long train might be fun for the wedding, but it can be a bit of a pain for the reception. He included a hidden zipper so that after the wedding ceremony, the train could be removed for easier dining and dancing. Needless to say he and his wife were guests at the wedding. It was a very touching gesture.
O'Connell, Bill (MC1976)

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JUPDATE: Samuda, Antoine Douglas [MC2007] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Dear John,

            I believe that Antoine is a member of the Class of 2007.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Bethany Heitman, Antoine Samuda
OCT. 9, 201

Bethany Ann Heitman and Antoine Douglas Samuda were married Oct. 8 at 501 Union, an event space in Brooklyn. The ceremony was officiated by Storm Heitman, the bride’s brother, who was ordained by American Marriage Ministries for the occasion.

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JUPDATE: O’Leary, Richard [MC1982] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


Dear John,

               I believe that Richard is a member of the Class of 1982.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Leary, Richard [MC1982]

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JNEWS: O’Leary, Richard [MC1982] EVP & CFO of IFF2016-Oct-12


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JUPDATE: Scarano, Sr. Peggy A. [MC1974] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Dear John,

           I believe that Sister Peggy is a member of the Class of 1974.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Scarano, Sr. Peggy A. [MC1974]

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Bulletin Board
ST. Thomas Aquinas College to Honor SR. Peggy A. Scarano, O.P.ST.
By STAC News (Open Post) - October 10, 2016 7:14 pm ET

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JUPDATE: Zizolfo, Robert [MC2002] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


Dear John,

              I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 2002.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Zizolfo, Robert [MC2002]

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JNEWS: Zizolfo, Robert [MC2002] promoted to Lt. Colonel
Robert Zizolfo, Rock Tavern resident and Afghan and Iraq Vet,promoted to Lt. Colonel in Army National Guard

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JFACEBOOK: Clark, Jeffrey [MC????] reports Old Tappan HS needs asst coach



Jeffrey Clark

13 hrs
Old Tappan High School in Bergen County is seeking an assistant indoor jumps/hurdles coach for this upcoming indoor season and a LJ/TJ coach for the outdoor season. For more info please contact head coach Pete Dunn at dunnp@nvnet.org.

Both coach Dunn and I are Manhattan alumni and would love to add a third Jasper to our ranks!

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Clark, Jeffrey [MC????]

Dunn, Pete [MC????]

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JHQ: October Alumni Connection page



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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Frank


Good Evening All,

Our prayers are requested for Frank who is recuperating in Rehab. He developed an Aortic Valve infection. We pray for a complete and quick recovery and healing free of any complication. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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[JR: Very slow news for the past few weeks. Sorry, but I can only collect what I find. Your input is welcome.] 

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ENDNOTE: 40% of all Catholics in a parish are not registered, or don’t vote?


from a “catholic vote” email

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Dear CV Friend,

We’re just hours from the first presidential debate. Over 100 million people are expected to watch.

We’re also approaching another deadline.

Many states require citizens to be registered as many as 30 days before an election. That means time is running out for many people to get registered. Or their votes won’t count.

Did you know that approximately 40% of all Catholics in a parish are not registered, or don’t vote?

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Stunning, if true!

Sounds like Jaspers need to get busy?

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