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Crusader Hall of Honor: Meet the 2017 Honorees

Holy Cross High School will induct nine of its' most beloved school members into the Crusader Hall of Honor on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at La Bella Vista at 6:00p.m. Alumni, teachers, administrators and friends are recognized in this prestigious group for their achievements and contributions to Holy Cross and/or their local communities. Tickets are $60.00 and can be purchased by calling 203.574.5422 ext. 264 or clicking here

We have a great group of inductees this year. Check out their bios below and get to know them a little better.

Salvatore C. Agati '75

Salvatore Agati is a proud member of the Class of 1975. Salvatore is currently a member of The Board of Directors at Holy Cross. He previously served as the President of the Board of Directors from 2010-2013.

After graduating from Holy Cross, Salvatore attended Fairfield University where he earned his B.A. in Political Science. In 1982, Salvatore earned his Juris Doctor from Temple University. Salvatore began his law career as a Superior Court Law Clerk from 1982-1983. He then worked at Feeley, Nichols, Elliott, Chase, & McDermott from 1983-1986. From 1986-2000, Salvatore was part of Rinaldi, Zipoli, Bruno, and Agati Law Firm. Since 2000Salvatore has been a Superior Court Judge for the State of Connecticut. Currently, he is serving a Civil assignment in Waterbury.

Patricia Conlan '89

Pat Conlan is a graduate of the class of 1989. In her years at Holy Cross, Pat excelled as a student athlete. Pat was a member of the Volleyball Team, Basketball Team, and Softball Team. In her senior year, Pat was named captain of the Basketball and Softball Teams, which won the Class LL State Championship. Pat was also heavily involved in student activities, such as Peer Ministry, Ophelia, Fine Arts, S.A.D.D., and Student Council. Upon graduating from Holy Cross, Pat continued her studies and playing career at The University of Connecticut. As a player at UConn in 1993, Pat earned All American status and was named Big East Pitcher of the Year, First Team All Big East, All New England, All –ECAC and All Northeast.

Sister Denise Conway, CND

Sister Denise Conway, CND served for many years as a teacher and administrators in some of the finest Catholic education institutions.

She was taught by the twenty Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame in Waterbury Catholic High School. She decided as a senior in high school that she wanted to follow in their footsteps. She pursued a BA and MFA from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Upon graduation, she received Novitiate training in Montreal, Canada, location of the Congregation of Notre Dame. Two years later, she made a profession as a Sister in the Congregation. She spent the next four years as a teacher at Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island. She returned to her roots at Waterbury Catholic High and taught Business classes to juniors and seniors. After one year, she was sent to Notre Dame College to teach Business Education and serve as the Registrar.

When she completed her time at Notre Dame College, she went back to Montreal for her final vows and made her final profession with the same group that she entered with. Shortly thereafter, she taught Stamford Catholic High School for two years. She was instrumental in beginning the Business Department at Notre Dame High School in Schnedtecy, NY. After six years there, she served as an administrator and teacher at St. Jean Baptist High School in New York City. She spent 17 years there. She then went on sabbatical program with Gonzaga College in Spokane, WA for one year.

After her sabbatical ended, she arrived at Holy Cross High School in 1985. She began as a Business teacher. After one year, she became the Director of Personnel. She was also the moderator of the National Honor Society (NHS) and the Mothers' Club.

After eighteen years at Holy Cross, she went to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish where she was a Pastoral Assistant. Two years later, her community asked her to go to Yonkers, NY to work with the sisters who had been retired and ill. Nine years later, she returned to Holy Cross High School and began her official period of retirement.

Ed Generali

Ed has dedicated his life to Catholic education as a Guidance Counselor for 44 years. Ed served the students and families at Holy Cross from 1984-2016 where he was the Director of Guidance and Senior Counselor. Prior to his arrival, Ed worked as a Social Studies teacher and guidance counselor at Sacred Heart High School. Ed earned his Bachelor degree at the University of Connecticut, his Masters in Counseling and 6th year professional degree in Supervision and Administration at Southern Connecticut State University. Ed also was heavily involved in the community, volunteering for The Special Olympics and St. Vincent DePaul Shelter.

Many know Ed as Coach "G" as he was one of the most successful basketball coaches in the state. In 35 totals season, with the Sacred Heart boys, and Holy Cross girls and boys, Generali totaled 638 victories, 13 NVL titles and three state titles. Coach G guided the Crusaders to State Championships in 1995 and in 2000. The 2000 Crusaders finished ranked #1 in the State of Connecticut.

Joseph Jacovino, Jr.

Joseph Jacovino, Jr. was the Music Director at HCHS for 35 years (1979-2014). He directed the concert band, intermediate band, jazz band, student orchestras for the spring musicals, and taught piano class, guitar and string ensembles, handbell choir, and music theory. During this time, he had the privilege of working with many very talented students, many who have gone on to professional careers in music and musical theater. He also enjoyed working alongside several talented choral directors in the music department. A firm believer that participation in the arts can be a life-long activity, he enjoys keeping in touch with many former students, who experienced the joy of participation in the arts as students at HCHS, and now are enjoying and nurturing that same love in their children. Vivat Artes!

Joe has been the Music Director/Organist/Cantor at St. Rose of Lima RC Church in Newtown for the past 17 years, and Music Director of the Waterbury Chorale for the past 12 years. He is also the accompanist for the Connecticut Master Chorale in Danbury, the Collegium Choir at the Taft School in Watertown, and the choirs at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School. He is also active as a free-lance pianist throughout the CT area.

He holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music (B. Music, Piano Performance) and the Manhattan School of Music (M. Music Education).

Brother James Kane, C.S.C.

Brother James graduated from St. Dominic's High School, Oyster Bay, LI, in 1960 and joined the Congregation of Holy Cross immediately afterwards. He graduated from Stonehill College, North Easton, MA, in 1965, and from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, in 1975 with a Master of Arts and Liberal Sciences degree.

In 1965, Brother James was assigned to teach math and science at Mt. Carmel Grade School in the Bronx, NY. His next assignment was to teach math at Holy Cross High School, Flushing, NY, soon followed by two years at St. Leo's College, a secondary school in Fort Portal, Uganda, East Africa, where he taught English and math, and coached the St. Leo's basketball team. In 1970, Brother James was assigned to Holy Cross High School, Flushing, NY, where he taught math. In 1972, Brother James was assigned to Holy Cross High School, Waterbury, CT, where he spent the next 23 years teaching math and computer science, and coaching the track and cross country teams. Brother James wrote nine editions of student computer lab manuals covering Computer Science, Pascal, and FORTRAN. He also compiled sixty-six editions of seasonal results for his cross country, winter and spring track teams. In 1981, Brother James began assisting the Director of Academic Studies, Mr. Amadeo Rinaldi, in managing the school academic schedule as well as grade reporting duties.

In 1995, Brother James was hired by St. Edward's University, Austin, TX, where he spent three years helping the IT Department set up a technology help line for students and staff. Before retiring in March, 2013, Brother James spent the previous 15 years as the Technology Director at Holy Cross High School, Flushing, NY, where he managed the school's web page, and coached track and cross country.

Fran Marrello '72

Fran is a member of the first graduating class of Holy Cross High School, 1972. Fran grew up in the Town Plot section of Waterbury attending Mt. Carmel School. After graduating from Holy Cross, Fran attended Southern Connecticut State College. At Holy Cross, Fran played freshman baseball, intramural basketball, and was member of the golf team. In 1972, Fran was an All-State golfer for the Crusaders.

Fran has worked in golf or played golf since starting as a caddie at The Country Club of Waterbury in 1965. His career has taken him to Palm Springs, CA where he worked winters for the Bob Hope Desert Classic and Colgate Dinah Shore golf tournaments as well as Canyon South GC and to South Florida working at Turnberry Isle CC in North Miami and Hunters Run CC in Boynton Beach. Locally, Fran has been at East Mountain GC, Farmingbury Hills CC, Pomperaug GC, and The Country Club of Waterbury. He is currently at Canaan CC where he has been the Head Professional for 11 years. He has been a PGA Professional for 35 years. He has served on the CT PGA membership committee, tournament committee, and has been a rules official for the CT PGA Junior Golf Tour.

David Martin '83

Chief David Martin was born in Burbank, California and raised in Naugatuck where he attended St. Hedwig's school. He graduated from Holy Cross in 1983, and started his career in public safety in 1988 when he joined the Waterbury Fire Department. He worked his way up through the ranks starting with his promotion to Lieutenant in 1995, followed by another promotion to Captain in 1999. In 2001, he became Battalion Chief, and in 2005 rose to the rank of Deputy Chief. In 2011, he was named Department Chief and remains in that position today. Through his career, Dave has had various assignments and responsibilities within the department and has been involved in many of the department's charitable efforts.

During his 28 year career, his service to the community wasn't limited to the Fire Department. He is a strong supporter of many local charities and non-profit organizations. He is a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and currently a member of the following Boards of Directors; Francis Xavier House, Waterbury Youth Services, The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury, St. Mary's Foundation, and The United Way of Greater Waterbury where he sits on the Community Impact Committee and the Community Leadership Council.

Kevin McSherry '75

Kevin McSherry, a 1975 graduate of Holy Cross High School and 1979 graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, MA, returned to Connecticut to attend the University of Bridgeport Law School (now Quinnipiac University Law School), from which he graduated in 1983. A talented football player himself, who made significant contributions to his high school and college teams, Kevin accepted a position as the Holy Cross football team's Head Freshman Coach while still in law school, working with his good friend and mentor Jim Shove. Kevin contributed his time and knowledge to Holy Cross football teams for the next twenty years, until his retirement as Assistant Varsity coach of the team led by Jerry Ciarleglio.

Also a basketball player and fan, Kevin was instrumental in getting the Naugatuck Basketball Association, informally known as the Friday Night League, off the ground 35 years ago. Since that time Kevin has been the Director/Commissioner and the driving force of an organization which has provided thousands of high school-age boys and, more recently, girls as well, with the opportunity to experience the rewards, both physical and developmental, of participating in a team sport. Over the course of 16 years Kevin personally coached the league's Sweeney's Insurance team to several championships, and he currently sponsors the McSherry Law team.

League participation is open to all Naugatuck residents between 14 and 18 who are not members of a school team, regardless of skill, and no player is turned away due to an inability to pay the nominal dues. Players must be currently enrolled in school to be eligible to participate, and Kevin instituted a Mentoring/Community Service Program to allow struggling students to earn credits towards their high school graduation requirements. Disrespect for coaches, fans or other players is not tolerated, and players quickly learn that poor sportsmanship or coarse words will earn a technical foul, or ejection.Despite the discipline, or perhaps because of it, players return to the league after their playing days are over, to coach, officiate, or simply enjoy the games as fans. The Friday Night League accommodates more high school students than any other extra- curricular organized activity in Naugatuck.

Kevin has been an active member of the Holy Cross Board of Directors since 2005, and he is a 30-year member of the Naugatuck YMCA Board of Directors, whose Board of Trustees he chairs. Kevin also volunteers for other area organizations, including but not limited to Griffin Hospital, the Naugatuck Education Foundation, Family Services of Greater Waterbury, Inc., the St. Francis School Foundation and the Midwestern Council on Alcoholism and Addiction. Kevin has also held public office as a member of Naugatuck's Planning Commission, Zoning Commission, Inland Wetlands Commission and Charter Revision Commission.Kevin has been a member of Naugatuck's Democratic Town Committee for 20 years, and he is a justice of the peace.Kevin practices law in Naugatuck with his wife, Atty. Marianne D. Smith, with whom he is the co-founder of Flora's Pet Project, an animal rescue charity.