Following Your Dreams After High School: Forensics



Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a crime investigation? 


At TMHS, a course in forensics is offered, taught by Mr. Edge. He is a loved teacher among many students and may just show you another option for what you may want to do in life. Recently, I visited my older sister at Anna Maria College and she told me how and why she wanted to get into forensics.

 Right now, she is a junior in college and is part of NHS for her major in forensics criminology and currently studying for a minor in victimology, as well. Some people are just not that interested enough in basic courses, such as english, history, or math to want to take it beyond high school. If you are one of those students, remember to find something that you love in order to pursue your dream job, no matter how gruesome or weird it may be.


For as long as junior year in high school, forensic science has interested my sister. Forensic scientists aid investigators by collecting and analyzing data found at crime scenes. In high school, she picked this class just out of pure curiosity and as a filler because she had an extra spot open to fill in her schedule. As the year progressed, she began to realize that she was absolutely in love with the subject. Soon, she began to visit colleges that offered courses in forensics, such as Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. My family and I toured the small college, surprised at how tiny the classes and dorms were. After a long discussion with my parents, my sister decided that this is where she would go.


Anna Maria is a small, private college located around multiple farms in Paxton. It may not seem like a lot, but the programs and opportunities offered to their students make up for its lack of size. If you are looking to pursue a similar subject as my sister, many chief and police and renowned investigators attended and graduated from Anna Maria. The forensics criminology program is constantly growing with new opportunities to take in order to make the most of your college experience. Professors are also there to help because of the small amount of children in each class. These small classes help students get ready for a job in the real world while also offering internship opportunities outside of the classroom.

You may be wondering what exactly goes on in the classroom to prepare students for their real life jobs. So far my sister has taken many courses, including classes on child abuse, social work, crime scene forensics, anatomy and physiology, psychology, leadership, and policing methods. In crime scene forensics, a fake crime scene is set up and the students must investigate it. In the science building at the school, many tubs can be found filled with body parts from different crime scenes ready to investigate. My sister often times comes home with new stories of who’s brain she got to dissect today. Another fun subject she is learning is police methods. They train like real police officers and learn how to shoot guns safely. One day, my sister called me and told me about how she had been pepper sprayed in class in order to prepare them.


Though I know that this subject is not for me, it’s nice to learn about other career options. It just goes to show that not everyone has to be an english or math major; you could go more in depth with what you would like to do. Maybe you could pursue a career in forensics and investigate crime scenes. Whatever interests you, no matter how weird or gruesome, should be pursued to your greatest extent in order to achieve your dreams. Remember, if you need a filler class for your schedule and pick a random class, you may just find the subject of your dreams.


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Spring 2019 Dean's List

Deans List

Congratulations to the students who made the 2019 Spring Dean's List:

Deyarna Achille   Raymond Konde
Alexis Albin   Brooke Kresco
Stephanie Allen   Nicholas Kukuris
Megan Alves   Sabrina LaMountain
Emily Alves   Yvonne Lamptey
Britnee Angell   Jordin Laraia
Alex Angelo   Maugline Laurent
Phillip Antonucci   Connor Lavin
Felicia Appiah-Kubi   Marc LeBlanc
Hannah Audibert   Alexandra Lewandowski
Kirsten Avery   Makenzie Lewis
Jackee Banfill   Stephanie LoCascio
Kathryn Barnes   Jennifer Lopez
Brendan Bartlett   Maria Julia Losi Gil
Robin Baxter   Tatyana Lugo-Gardner
Kaitlin Beaulieu   Pearl Lutta
Derona Beckford   Kayla Magierowski
Darren Belliveau   Juliet Maglitta
Sarah Benites   Kaitlyn Magner
Tyler Benjamin   Tiana Maldonado
Kaylee Besse   Alyssa Mancini
Adam Black   Jarrod Marifiote
Nicholas Blood   Vathsana Marques
Colleen Bogonovich   Catherine Martin
Grace Bond   Emily Martin
Rebecca Botteri   Christine Martin
Cheyenne Boyle   Javier Martinez
Hayden Braga   Jonathan Marx
Bailey Braga   Rachel Matloff
Matthew Braz   Mario Maturi
Celia Brown   Anna McCormack
Karlyn Brown   William McGoughran
Lauren Burns   Kayla McGrady
Rachel Burwick   David McIntosh
Perqusia Caldwell   Patrick McKenna
Abigail Campbell   Morgan McKenney
Sabrina Carneiro   Georgia McLellan
Brett Carpenter   Jennifer McNally
Sabrina Carreira   William Mehigan
Nadia Carrillo   Anne Melanson
Bianca Cassanelli   Krystal Melendez
Abigayle Celata   Zion Mercado
Louis Chaix   Justin Mercurio
Abygail Chapdelaine   Abigail Merow
Angelica Chavez   Flori Micani
Caleb Cimini   Maria Mironidis
Nellda Clark   Hannah Mitchell
Matthew Clark   Hayley Morin
Amanda Clewes   Noah Morning
Sarah Coley   Sabrina Moroney
Joseph Collins   Jonah Myers
Brittany Cook   Alex Myers
Darrin Cooper   Robert Napolitano
Peter Costa   Kai Nero-Clark
Riley Cote   Emily Ngo
Isabella Cotto   Jacob Nichols
Jacquelyn Cournoyer   Phylicia O'dell
Chelsea Cove   Nathaniel O'Lari
Laurie Cowgill   Anthony Oliva
Richard Craver   Anianjolice Oquendo
Andrew Cucci   Priscilla Oti
Samuel Cyr Ledoux   Amanda Pachico
Carly D'Amato   Abigail Packard
Rachel Davis   Nicholas Palermo
Noah Day   Marylee Panient
Ryan Dean   Anthony Pappoe
Jennifer Delcompare   Matthew Parizo
Christine Je Delma   Otto Pellegrino
Brianna Desimone   Audhinn Pelletier
Kevin Diaz   Sierra Pena
Korey Dillon   Ian Perla
Sonya DiPietro   Tyler Perron
Diandra Doble   Meaghan Peterson
Ardlley Docanto   Amy Pham
Konstantinos Drosidis   Jason Phillip
Keannah Dunsmore   Alexis Phillips
Marisol Durango   Julia Piscione
Yvonne Dwomoh   Meghan Pope
Peter Dziergas   Gavin Proeh
Serena Eastwood   Michael Rapoza
Elizabeth Eldridge   Azadoria Ray
Connor Enberg   Samantha Reed
Destiny Esparra Monfreda   Delia Regan
Maria Espinal   Jessica Rey
Cherie-Ann Extra   Briana Riley
Victoria Falco   Natasha Rivas
Jaime Fernandes   Michael Roberge
Alexis Fischer   Amy Roberts
Shannon Foley   Mark Robinshaw
Zachary Foley Cox   Camila Rodriguez
Regan Forss   Jaeda Rose
Tabitha Franceschet   Katelyn Sable
Connor Francis   Andreas Sacripante
Maria Franco   Bradley Sampson
Monica Frew   Dolapo Sanni
Alexander Friend   Barbara Santos
Sabrina Gabriele   Erika Semedo
Camryn Gallagher   Samantha Seniti
Madelyn Gannon   Amanda Servis
Frances Garcia   Annalise Sherman
Ashley Garcia   Karleen Shorette
Jacey Garron   Mark Siegel
Jessica Gelineau   Jack Sitzman
Meghan Gillis   Joshua Slaney
Eric Glover   Jacob Smith
Anna Golemo   Edward Smith
Mellany Gomez   Isabelle Smith
Joao Goncalves   Kara Spence
Susan Gonzalez   Ariel Squier
Drew Goupille   Celina Stacy
Bailey Gray   Eric Steeves
John Green   Lisa Stefanick
Jessica Grindell   Doriela Stoja
Naomi Griswold   Liam Stone
Theresa Guidotti   Daniel Stout
Xavier Harrelle   Nichole Streete
Nancy Hernandez   Shane Sutton
Sarah Hesselton   Christine Swain
Courtney Hile   Mary Tanona
Journey Hineline   Kelley Tarani
Hunter Hoag   John Terranova
Taylor Hoffstedt   Hunter Tetreault
Shannon Hofmiller   David Tmej
Noah Holland   Zoi Traiforos
Joseph Holmes   Jennifer Tucker
Jonas Hostovecky   Quinton Tucker
Helza Howland Cassim   Adam Twitchell
Samantha Hume   Alanis Vazquez Colon
Julius Huset   Catherine Verostick
Danielle Huston   Meghan Vieira
Emily Ierardo   Sophia Wackell
Wasfa Jaffri   Matthew Waite
Simran Jakhu   Meaghan Walsh
Stephanie Jimenez   Peter Walsh
Camylle Johnson   Tami Warner
Emily Johnson   Liza Welch
Melina Johnson   Alyssa Wentworth
Alicia Johnston   Dream Whitaker
Deborah Joseph   Katahdin Whitney
Jenna Karl   Nicholas Whittemore
Christina Katsogridakis   James Wieliczko
Matthew Kelley   Brett Willson
Patrick Kenary   Joshua Wozniak
Joseph Kessler   Alexandra Zajko
Bryan Kiley   Ariana Zecco
Bridget Kissi   Emilee Zuidema
Henrietta Konadu      
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Congratulations to the Class of 2019

Commencement 2019


Congratulations to the Class of 2019


“Today you graduate as responsible, ethical and service-orientated leaders. There is a call for you in this ever-changing and complicated world. Embrace that call as there is a vital need for you to do something greater.” – President Mary Lou Retelle


On Saturday, May 11th, Anna Maria College proudly held its 70th Commencement Exercises in Worcester, Massachusetts. Under a bluebird sky, 190 exuberant undergraduate students with brand new bachelor degrees in hand, along with 82 newly minted master’s degree recipients, poured out of the Hanover Theatre and into their future. We are so very proud of you and all of your accomplishments. We will miss the privilege of seeing your shining faces, hearing your laughter, and enjoying your company on a daily basis. As the newest members of our strong alumni network, we hope that you will come back often so that we can say with a knowing smile that “we knew you when.”


Honorary Degree Recipients

Claudia Margret Nassef Paul, Doctor of Human Service

Francis R. Carroll, Doctor of Public Administration


Special Awards

Bishop Timothy Harrington Award

Kristan L. Richardson, Tewksbury 

BS in Nursing


Sister Yvette Bellerose Award

Kaylee Elizabeth Marshall, Ware

BA Psychology


Dr. Bernadette Madore Award

Colleen Rose Bogonovich, Athol

BA in Social Work; 4.0 GPA


Click here for images from the 2019 Commencement Services




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You didn’t run that hard just to stay in place

 Commencement Student Speaker 2019

Comparing life to an 8-mile battalion run from her time in the U.S. Army, newly minted Anna Maria College graduate Deborah Joseph told her fellow students to help each other keep on running, walking, or - as the case was for her, low crawling - to reach their goals. “Life is like a battalion run; it is not a race,” Ms. Joseph said. “Keep the pace and support each other. You didn’t run that hard just to stay in place.” Ms. Joseph was the student speaker at the 70th commencement exercises for Anna Maria College, held at The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts on Saturday morning. Her speech followed an address by college President Mary Lou Retelle, who emphasized the Anna Maria commitment to producing students who are “active participants in their community.” “In every encounter, help is always right,” Ms. Retelle said, listing off observations for graduates. “Compassionate human interaction, however brief, is beautiful ... and the (world’s) problems are great and your talents are desperately needed.” Ms. Joseph continued the themes of compassion and teamwork, noting that students had shared much during their Anna Maria days - from 8 a.m. classes to late-night studying interrupted by fire alarms for burned popcorn. “We must uplift the people around us, make a genuine connection,” Ms. Joseph said. “If a door opens up for you, don’t forget to hold it open for the person behind you.” But much of her speech focused on her time in the U.S. Army, a sojourn after her junior year in college that culminated in a deployment to Germany. “Some things might just be harder than nursing school,” Ms. Joseph joked. Ms. Joseph said the experience taught her that “life is not a checklist” but rather a constant progression toward goals. And like a battalion, graduates should always work together to achieve these goals. “You are able to accomplish something as a team,” Ms. Joseph said.

Anna Maria College Graduates 2019

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies

Worcester: Kelly E. Fitzgerald, Lonah Kabiu

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study - Psychology

Paxton: Ryan T Fleming

Worcester: Juan Eric Gomez

Jefferson: Lauren Griff

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Charlton: Brian Turnbull Faust

Leominster: Vanessa Alexandra Reid

Shrewsbury: Tiffany Welsh

Woodstock, Conn.: Casey LeBlanc

Worcester: Kate A. Hennigan, Estela Maria Merced, Tarnue Mulbah, Nana Gyamfuah Owusu, Teresa Ryan

Master of Arts Pastoral Ministry

Charlton: Lisa Saverese-Burkitt

Master of Business Administration

Auburn: Matthew Erhartic, Veronica M. Villacis

Clinton: Maura D. O’Toole

Oxford: Jon Thomas Belanger, Jacqueline A. Rodriguez

Sturbridge: Michelle Matte

Westminster: Alex Mowatt

Worcester: Roger Foster, Aldo Juka

Master of Education

Leominster: Kayla Elisabeth Kathleen Robillard

Rochdale: Jillian Margaret Falvo

Shrewsbury: Molly Bridget Farrell

Spencer: Kristyn Mangini

Sutton: Nicole Sarkisian

Master of Public Administration

Douglas: Kelly Gazzano Manning

Holden: Michael J. Borowiec

Hudson: Justin M. DeMarco

Jefferson: Robert Connor

Marlboro: Sean Michael Horman, Janica M. Pierre

North Grafton: Christopher Atchue

Oxford: Bridget Mae Lever

Wales: Earl Dessert

Webster: Karyn E. Clark

Worcester: Grant C. Ellerbe

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Ashburnham: Chad J. Parry

Hudson: Shelby L Ferreira

Jefferson: Karlie Bove

Paxton: Julian Angel Diaz, Joseph L. Ford

Spencer: Christopher E. Inzerillo

Templeton: Guy Bibeau

Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology

Worcester: Daniel Gyamfi

Master of Social Work

Auburn: Molly Colleen Foley-Foster

Holden: Lisandra Rodriguez-Pagán

Oakham: Jennifer Tourtellot

Rutland: Lucy K. DelRossi

Shrewsbury: Jacklynne Nicolette Kelley

Southbridge: Samantha Dacey

Spencer: Ashley Jean O’Hara

Templeton: Jessica M. Filleul

West Boylston: Katelyn M. DePatsy

Whitinsville: Desiree Liz Ayala

Worcester: Doretha Frias, Paula J. Kneeland, Yvonne Aku Sika Markham, Christina Rose Murphy

Bachelor of Arts

Athol: Colleen Rose Bogonovich

Bolton: Meagan E. Menegus

Boylston: Brittany Nicole Cook

Charlton: Michael W. Rapoza, Mary Jane Tanona

Cherry Valley: Amy Louise Roberts

Clinton: Maria Franco, Jennifer Suseli Lopez

Holden: Joseph Ruggieri Collins, Nancy Ann Dowd

Hubbardston: Brett Alan Carpenter

Hudson: Theresa Marie Guidotti

Leicester: Chelsea M. Cove

Leominster: Andrea Marie Valente

Marlboro: Victoria L. Falco

North Brookfield: Kara McKay Spence

Oxford: Sabrina Louise LaMountain

Paxton: Jerica Darleen Washington, Sarah Dumas

Shrewsbury: Ariana Marie Zecco, Trizah M Njoroge

Southbridge: Jennifer Susan Tucker

Spencer: Korey L. Dillon, Tiana Marie Maldonado

Sterling: Emma K. McGrath

Sturbridge: Jacquelyn J. Cournoyer

Ware: Natalie Freida, Kaylee Elizabeth Marshall

West Boylston: Hannah Percilla Flynn

Worcester: Felicia N. Appiah-Kubi, Jackee Rae Banfill, Sarah Elizabeth Coley, María Elizabeth Espinal, Nancy Hernandez, Camila Rodriguez, Dominique Marie Nicholas, Bertha Oppong, María Elizabeth Espinal

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Holden: Jack R. Morgan

Hudson: Joseph David Kwiatkowski

Leominster: Daniel Sean Grammel

Rutland: Leslie Lyn Lafferty

Spencer: Danielle Elizabeth Huston

Worcester: Javier A. Martinez

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Blackstone: Kaitlin Elizabeth Beaulieu

Lunenburg: Paul A. Riley

Marlboro: Eric Matthew Kanavos, Luis Andres Varela Hernandez

Worcester: Erica O’Leary, Anianjolice Oquendo, John Christopher Terranova

Bachelor of Science in Fire Science

Douglas: Aaron Roy

Holden: Jerome Ball

Marlboro: Michael J Quinn Jr.

Orange: Nathaniel Russell O’Lari

Shrewsbury: Bailey Ryan Correia

Spencer: Michael Gadbois

Uxbridge: Andrew Morris

Worcester: Colin Ray Pipkin

Bachelor of Science in Forensics Criminology

North Brookfield: Tami Elizabeth Warner

Paxton: Patrick Connor Adams, Anna Golemo

Southbridge: Anekah Shaye Ellis, Christina Nicole Katsogridakis

Worcester: Yarelis Marie Rivera

Bachelor of Science in Health and Community Services

Brimfield: Kayla Marie Magierowski

Dudley: Sabrina Mae Moroney

Milford: Sabrina G. Carneiro

Milford: Lexey Elise Lutz

Paxton: Tanyaradzwa Mararike

Worcester: Victoria Boakye, Yvonne Dwomoh, Camylle Adrienne Johnson, Henrietta Owusu Konadu, Eunice Menyah, Anthony A. Pappoe, Angela Paige Rossi

Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration

Hudson: Christine Swain

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Ashburnham: Cassandra Benes

Berlin: Katelyn M. Ryan

Brookfield: Kiana Ela Libiszewski

Charlton: Aubrey Lynn Fuhrmann, Ashlee Marie Jarominski, Emily J. Guinee

Douglas: Angela Marie Pinto

Dudley: Abigail Rose Packard

East Brookfield: Lindsey R Pronovost

Fitchburg: Kelly V. Armstrong

Gardner: Sophia Ahmad Yasin

Hubbardston: Shawna Lyn Pizzarella

Jefferson: Catherine Russell

North Brookfield: Allissa Lauren Goldsmith

Northboro: Danielle Rolfe

Oxford: Bailey Colleen Pickett, Meghan Anne Smith

Princeton: Emelia Kathryn Follansbee

Rutland: Maxine Anne Gleason, Stephanie Katinas

Shrewsbury: Gina A. Ursoleo, Meghan Valery Vieira

Spencer: Casey Renee Lacaire

Sturbridge: Ashley Lynn Whittaker

Templeton: Brian Berard

Uxbridge: Kathleen M. Morrow

Webster: Mackenzie Marie Adams

West Boylston: Laura Anne Postale

Westminster: Joan Curtis

Worcester: Ellen Annor, Esther Amo Apeah, Dejá Renee Barber, Dalina Hanna, Daniel Mensah-Frimpong, Sandra Ntim Bachelor of Science in Sport Management

Worcester: Jamika Townsend


Written by Cyrus Moulton from the Telegram & Gazette Staff

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2019 Athletic Awards Winners

2019 Awards Night Winners

The Annual Athletic Awards Night recognizes student athletes for a variety of contributions including academics, sportsmanship, leadership, dedication, perseverance, and performance. This year’s ceremony was held on May 1, 2019 in the Zecco Performing Arts Center. A photo album is available for your viewing here.


Leadership/MVP Awards

Sport   Leadership   MVP
Women’s Basketball   Shannon Hofmiller   Sierra Johnson
Equestrian   Gina Houghton   Ella Smith
Field Hockey   Sarah Coley   Chayna Bingham-Hendricks
Women’s Ice Hockey   Niamh Cote   Julianne Nelson
Women’s Lacrosse   Bryce McDonald   Emma Walsh
Women’s Soccer   Courtney Hile   Shannon LeBlanc
Softball   Victoria Falco   Sabrina Carreira
Volleyball   Abby Chapdelaine   Sarah Lathrop
Men’s Basketball   Chris Contento   Mike Rapoza
Baseball   Jake Crevier   Kosta Drosidis
Football   Paul Robitaille   Kai Nero-Clark
Men’s Ice Hockey   Pat Manning   Jack Sitzman
Men’s Lacrosse   Michael Lopez   Brandon Pavoni
Men’s Soccer   Ryan Todesco   Jeffre Donahue


Four Year Commitment Award

Sarah Lathrop

Sarah Coley

Danielle Huston

Ashley Reyes

Dan McElhinney

Mark Robinshaw

Bailey Braga

Paul Robitaille

Dan Stout

James Wieliczko

Kai Nero-Clark

Chris Contento

Shannon Hofmiller

Victoria Falco

Kayla Magierowski

Sabrina Carreira

Ryan Rockwal

Nicholas Estey

Paul Schwarz

Kai Nero-Clark


SAAC Award

Danielle Huston


Sister Rollande Quintal Award

Anil Desai and Robert “Beau” Sharry


Team GPA Award

Men’s Ice Hockey


Female Senior Scholar Athlete Award

Danielle Huston


Male Senior Scholar Athlete Award

Mike Rapoza


Nancy Naroian Award

Shannon LeBlanc


Ray LeBoeuf, Jr. Sportsmanship Award

Abby Chapdelaine and Sabrina Carriera


Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

Chayna Bingham-Hendricks and Bobby Perette


Female First Year Athlete of the Year

Amber Wilson


Male First Year Athlete of the Year

Eric Glover


Stephen C. Washkevich Award

Mike Rapoza and Julianne Nelson


Len Smith Award

Bailey Braga and Johanna Burke


Female Senior Award

Kayla Magierowski and Victoria Falco


Male Senior Award

Kai Nero-Clark and Paul Schwarz


Male Athlete of the Year

Brandon Pavoni and Kosta Drosidis


Female Athlete of the Year

Ella Smith

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For Mother and Son, a College Dream Fulfilled

Jakai Alexandre
Heidi Beaulac wanted to give her son the best education and saw the Catholic school system as an opportunity to do that. She sold her car and found her way to work on foot or by using public transportation to pay for her son's tuition at the former St. Anthony School and later St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School.
More than a decade later, her sacrifice paid off. Her son, Jakai Alexandre, now 17, is captain of the basketball team and will attend Anna Maria College in the fall on a full scholarship. "Every single thing I could have sacrificed, I have," said Beaulac, who is a single mother. "I never considered what I'm doing as anything special. It's just my job." Alexandre will be the first in his family to attend college. He considers his mother a role model and has made the most of his education by focusing on sports. "I'm grateful because I know everything she does, and I don't take any of it for granted," Alexandre said. Tuition at St. Bernard's is $9,750 for the current school year before financial aid. Beaulac often works two jobs six days a week and up to 17 hours a day. Sometimes she runs into Alexandre when he comes home from basketball practice, but other days her landlord downstairs keeps an eye on him when Beaulac isn't there. Working multiple jobs and not having a car aren't the only ways she has saved money to put toward her son's school tuition. There have been times were Beaulac has skipped meals to make sure Alexandre had enough, she said, and she went a year without health insurance to have money for school. At St. Bernard's, Alexandre found a sense of community and considers his friends and teachers family. He spends most of his time in athletics as a member of the school's football and basketball teams. St. Bernard's won the football state championship at Gillette Stadium in the fall, which he calls a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The team previously played a championship game there when he was a freshman, but they didn't win. On Thursday Alexandre showed off his championship ring with his name engraved on the side and the school's initials sparking in gold and black. He also has football trophies from other seasons displayed in his room. On the basketball court, Alexandre had his best season this year and was about 30 points shy of reaching 1,000 points scored during his four years with the varsity team. He has been playing basketball since childhood on city courts at Green Street Park, which is four blocks away from his home, and Cooldige Park. Coaches from nearly 10 colleges -- including Anna Maria -- scouted him to play for their basketball teams. Some wanted him to play football too, but Alexandre decided to stick solely to basketball. He considered which college would be the best fit for him and his mother and they looked closely at the financial aid offers the schools made. "I didn't want to feel like I busted my butt to come this far and have college not be an option," Beaulac said. Receiving the scholarship to Anna Maria was a surprise, Alexandre said. Beaulac couldn't believe it and remembers breaking down at the banquet where the announcement was made. "It was a lot of weight off our shoulders," Alexandre said. "It was crazy seeing my mom's reaction ... and knowing that she didn't have to stress." The scholarship is on display in the family's sitting room in a red folder bearing the school's name. It's surrounded by years of Alexandre's basketball photos, which Beaulac calls a shrine. Some might have said it was foolish for her to take on the financial challenge to send Alexandre to St. Anthony and St. Bernard's. Looking back, Beaulac said it was the right decision. "If I had to do it again, I would," she said. "The journey has been worth it." Article Written by Mina Corpuz from the Seninel & Enterprise Local News

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Anna Maria Reopens Pastoral Ministry Masters Program


Anna Maria College in Paxton has launched a master's degree in pastoral ministry.


According to the college, the program is designed to help students seeking to deepen their faith and learn the skills necessary for faith leaders.


In a statement, Marc Tumeinski, assistant professor of theology at the school, said the college was reopening the graduate program to carry on the charism of Anna Maria's founders, the Sisters of St. Anne.


Already, 12 candidates are taking courses this spring and summer. The group is preparing for ordination as deacons in the Worcester diocese, and the program could be opened for catechetical leaders in the diocese, Tumeinski said.


The degree will allow graduates to teach religious education in a parish setting or theology in a school, work as a chaplain or pastoral associate in a medical setting, direct a campus ministry office, lead adult faith formation programs or work as a pastoral associate within a parish.


Students in the four-year program can be eligible for tuition discounts for serving in parishes or Catholic schools in the Worcester Diocese.



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Senior Art Exhibition: Senior I & Senior II

Senior Exhibition I 2019

Senior Art Exhibition: Senior I & Senior II

The Department of Art & Design at Anna Maria College presents two group installations of the Senior Art Exhibition 2019; Exhibition 1 from April 17 through April 26, and Exhibition 2 from May1 – May 10 in the Art Center Gallery at Miriam Hall. Exhibition 1

Senior Art & Design majors who are celebrating their exhibition, 17 April thru 26 April 2019:

Robin Baxter: Graphic Design/Studio Art,

Abigail Campbell: Art Therapy,

Natalie Freida: Studio Art,

Alicia Johnston: Art Therapy/Studio Art

The work displayed links well with each student and their respective major, lending the exhibit a rhythm unique to this class, diverse in media and content.  Anna Maria College exhibits graduating seniors each year as part of their capstone experience, which also includes a publication of their work and related website.  The Senior Art Exhibition exposes the college and community to the diverse range of contemporary art and ideas flowing from these students.  All are invited to attend the Opening Reception of Senior I on Wednesday, April 17 from 5 – 7 pm to celebrate this culmination of undergraduate study and accomplishment.

Anna Maria College

School of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Department of Art & Design

Art Center Gallery at Miriam Hall

50 Sunset Lane

Paxton, MA 01712 Exhibition 1

April 17 – April 26, 2019

Opening Reception

Wednesday, April 17

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Catalogs available of each artists work online.

Go to: and search for Anna Maria College

Contact David Wackell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. #annamaria_artgallery

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Rev. Stephen Lundrigan Describes Recent Trip to Mexico Border

Fr. Lundrigan

During a recent three-day trip to the U.S.-Mexican border, Rev. Stephen Lundrigan saw up close the humanitarian crisis many Americans are by now well aware of. But he also found a glimmer of hope: a surprisingly well-coordinated effort by the local Catholic churches on either side of the border near the McAllen, Texas-Reynosa, Tamaulipas region that was helping the hundreds of migrants stopped or stranded at the crossing. The question he returned with, and asked attendees at a presentation he gave at Anna Maria College on Thursday afternoon, was what could other people of faith do to help solve the problem? And what solution could they possibly come up with on a large enough scale, he asked, to solve the “chaotic situation” at the border? “There are no simple solutions,” said Rev. Lundrigan, a pastor at Annunciation Parish in Gardner and lecturer at Anna Maria, and the answers either side of the U.S. political spectrum have proposed “don’t really capture the reality of the situation.” That reality, he pointed out, is that the entirety of the migrants flowing into the border each day can’t be easily summed up; they are not all criminals, nor are they all well-intentioned people. For the latter population, however, Rev. Lundrigan said there isn’t much help from a U.S. border enforcement system that isn’t really designed to help them transition to life in America. The immigration detention centers set up along the border “are built and set up as a prison,” he said.

Some migrants don’t even get that far; when he and his four fellow priests on the trip traveled south of the border to Reynosa, for example, they encountered a “big crunch” made up of thousands of Mexicans, Central Americans and other nationalities who were held up at the border, or deposited on that side by American authorities for violating immigration laws. One boy they met, just 16, had made his way up all the way from Honduras, where his local bishop had given him a note to show immigration officials saying he would be killed if he went back. But for whatever reason, he was not even allowed to cross at the U.S. checkpoint, said Rev. Lundrigan, who showed the audience a picture of the boy crying in the arms of one of his fellow priests, Rev. Peter Joyce of Milford. “He can’t go home, he can’t go up (to America) – he’s stuck. He’s a 16-year-old kid,” he said. There were several similar tales at Thursday’s talk – the 17-year-old girl who walked for 28 days from Guatemala to the border, the boy who had walked up in flip flops and “had ulcers between his toes” – and Rev. Lundrigan said for many of those people, there isn’t yet a good solution. But the Diocese is helping in small but growing ways. In Mexico, the Church has set up a refugee center to provide basic needs to migrants and, just as important, give them temporary safety. The facility was surrounded by razor wire, Rev. Lundrigan said, “not to keep them in, but to keep others out” who prey on the vulnerable refugees.  On the U.S. side, meanwhile, the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Brownsville have built an even more intricate network of support for migrants who manage to cross over and go through the U.S. detention system. The Church has worked out a deal with the Immigration and Naturalization Service to take in migrants, whom the government won’t release unless they have a transportation or lodging plan, he said. In the McAllen area that Rev. Lundrigan toured, there was a nursing home converted into a migrant center, which he described as feeling like a “triage center – there were people everywhere, bodies everywhere ... it seemed chaotic, but it’s really very organized.” For migrants who have to stay longer at the border – those without an established family member in the U.S. to stay with, for example – there was also a long-term shelter facility that could accommodate 15 to 20 people. The idea that garnered the most interest from audience members on Thursday, however, was what Rev. Lundigran described as a makeshift village taking root near McAllen – a community of small shacks surrounding a central facility providing classrooms, a medical and dental center, and computers. Living there were immigrants who had found jobs, and simply needed a place to make their home. While that concept seemed to be flourishing, he said, “it’s a long way off for most people” who cross the border. “Only a small percentage get to them, because there are not many of those (communities) ... we just don’t have the infrastructure to do all that.” Some U.S. towns and cities also likely wouldn’t want to host such a village, Rev. Lundrigan said. “How do you replicate a model like that is the question,” he said at the conclusion of his presentation, which challenged attendees to think about how the U.S. – and people of faith – could answer it. Article written by Scott O'Connell fromt he Telegram and Gazette

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Kara E. Lewis Wins We ❤ Nurses Award

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Northborough – Jacqueline Taylor, owner of Scrubs with Style, is pleased to announce that the winner of their first “We ❤ Nurses Award” is Kara E. Lewis, of Sutton. Lewis is an RN in Neurology at UMASS in Worcester and is continuing her nursing education at Anna Maria College in Paxton. She also works (per diem) in hospice as an RN at Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester. As a child, Lewis witnessed her special needs brother’s seizures without fear or trepidation. She routinely attended her only sibling’s doctor appointments, emergency room visits and therapy sessions. These early experiences guided her toward a career in nursing. At age five she became a volunteer with Special Olympics and has volunteered for numerous healthcare organizations, camps and special programs ever since. Her brother remains her best friend. The “We ❤ Nurses Award” rewards and celebrates an outstanding nurse whose attitude, dedication, clinical excellence and patient empathy goes above and beyond. A special thank you to the following businesses for contributing gift cards: Serenity Nail Salon, Innovations Hair Salon and Orthomed Massage Clinic.

Scrubs with Style will be featuring the many heartwarming stories received in response to their “We ❤ Nurses Award”– Honor an Outstanding Nurse” campaign on their website as well as a more detailed profile of the award recipients. Scrubs with Style is located in the Northboro Shopping Center, 247B West Main St. For more information call 508-393-3058 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Story taken from:❤-nurses-contest/

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Postmortem Reflections on Bulger’s Buried Legacy

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Anna Maria College presents “Postmortem Reflections on Bulger’s Buried Legacy” with Dr. Ann Marie Mires on Thursday, March 21 from 4:30 to 6:30pm in the Zecco Performing Arts Center. In 2000, Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Mires was contacted by the Massachusetts State Police to help uncover a multiple burial pit containing the re-interred remains of three of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s victims dating back to 1984. This excavation was the first of three subsequent digs that revealed Bulger’s buried legacy of six murder victims dating to that time period. During this talk, Dr. Ann Marie Mires will share her experiences of the excavations, analyses and courtroom testimony on these six cases which provided the forensic evidence to successfully prosecute Bulger in the 2013 trial. As an anthropologist, Mires will also reflect on the high profile nature of these cases, the political dynamic during the excavations and Bulger’s impact on the victims, families and Boston community. Bulger’s death in 2018 brought an end to his life, but not the indelible impact he had on victims and survivors. This event is hosted by the Anna Maria College Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly, and the Law, Justice and Society club.

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Shakespeare Concert to Benefit OpporTUNEity


Hath Not a Jew Eyes? An encore performance of the Boston premiere by The Shakespeare Concerts, with special guest Miroslav Sekera, the world renowned Czech pianist, who will play Smetana’s Macbeth piano solo. Shakespeare Concert PosterThis special Worcester only performance will feature a large roster of perennial performers including:
Andrea Chenoweth, soprano
Thea Lobo, mezzo-soprano
Ethan Bremner, tenor
Andy Papas, baritone
Pascal Delache-Feldman, double bass
The Ulysses Quartet Tim Ribchester will be music directing, and the program includes works by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Tom Schnauber, Howard Frazin, Adolphus Hailstork, Francis Poulenc, Gerald Finzi, Geoffrey Bush, Roger Quilter, and Joseph Summer. In partnership with The Shakespeare Concerts, this is a benefit performance that will support OpporTUNEity Music Connections™, a program at Anna Maria College. Founded in 2014 by Dr. Melissa Martiros, OpporTUNEity leverages higher education resources, to raise academic and behavioral outcomes for children in our most impoverished communities by providing enriching musical opportunities. All proceeds from this benefit will further the important work that OpporTUNEity does within the City of Worcester. As a result of strategic partnerships with Worcester Public Schools and Worcester Housing Authority, OpporTUNEity engages undergraduate students majoring in Music Therapy and Music Education through internships with children from Worcester’s own Lincoln Street Elementary School. Join the Shakespeare Concerts on April 6th at 2:00 p.m.
Tuckerman Hall
10 Tuckerman St, Worcester, MA 01609




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Promoting Justice and the Common Good

Faith and Reason


Promoting justice and the common good: Kant and Augustine at Anna Maria College In a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal (29-30 December 2018), Paula Marantz Cohen recommends teaching ‘Kant in kindergarten,’ as a way of restoring what she calls some degree of sanity and civility to our world today, particularly but not only in the political domain. She is not actually proposing to read the Critique of Pure Reason with four-year olds, but rather to consult the great works of philosophy and then to adapt philosophical ideas around morality by teaching these to different age groups, from the youngest throughout their entire schooling. In some ways, her suggestion about and rationale for teaching Kant resonates with the emphasis on a liberal arts education here at Anna Maria College.

Cohen, a dean and professor English at Drexel University, makes a strong argument for moral education with an explicitly philosophical grounding. More specifically, she recommends that parents and teachers facilitate an on-going process of moral education centered on two formulations of the philosopher Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative:


• act as if what you do will become a universal law

• never treat yourself or others as a means to an end Why the categorical imperative? Cohen describes this dual emphasis as able to offer a concrete framework for encouraging moral growth–a framework that can be taught to students at different ages–and as a consequence to encourage individuals over time to develop greater rationality, integrity, empathy, and concern for others.

How does this relate to Anna Maria? The values of the College emphasize a cultivation of personal moral responsibility, development of the whole person, and service to the community. In light of the College’s mission and the charism of the founding Sisters of St. Ann, students at Anna Maria study Kant as well as St. Augustine, both philosophy and theology. This is a core requirement of the College’s General Education program and helps to bring the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to life for Anna Maria students. The study of both philosophy and theology reflects the College’s mission, and the specific value of:

faith and reason: Drawing upon the Catholic intellectual tradition, the academic environment provides students an education that honors faith and reason as complementary paths of wisdom in the search for truth and meaning.

What might Augustine and theology add to Cohen’s focus on the philosophy of Kant? Augustine portrays the moral life as a search for the highest good: that good which helps us to flourish, and also brings well-being and happiness. This understanding speaks to St. Augustine’s deep grounding in Greek philosophy, particularly Plato. Furthermore, as a Christian, Augustine identifies this highest good with God. For Christians, the pursuit of the good revolves around the dual Scriptural commands: to love God and to love one’s neighbor as oneself. When we seek relationship with God, who is the highest good, and when we seek the good of our neighbor, then we will find well-being and happiness.

Coursework, internships and a multitude of student life and extracurricular activities foster an education and subsequent growth that helps graduates to reach for something greater, assume personal responsibility, transform their world, and contribute positively to the lives of other people. Inspired by the ideals of the Sisters of St. Anne and the example of Esther Blondin, Anna Maria has been putting such an approach into action since its founding in 1946, a set of ideas and principles still bearing fruit in the 21st century.


Written by: Assistant Professor of Theology Dr. Marc Tumeinski

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2019 Edith Mooney LaVigne Lecture


Anna Maria College will host the 2019 Edith Mooney LaVigne Lecture featuring author Maureen Cavanagh on Wednesday, February 13 at 11:00 am at the Zecco Performing Arts Center, located in Foundress Hall. This lecture series is the legacy of Edith Mooney LaVigne ’63, beloved Anna Maria alumna and Trustee. Maureen Cavanagh’s memoir “If You Love Me” is the story of a mother who suddenly finds herself on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic as her daughter battles – and ultimately reckons with – substance use disorder. A book-signing and reception will follow the lecture. All are welcome to attend. RSVP at (508) 849-3341 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Catholic Intellectual Tradition Speaker Series

Anna Maria College will hold the inaugural lecture in the ‘
Catholic Intellectual Tradition’ speaker series presented by Dr. Joseph Kelley on Thursday, February 7th from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. held on the Anna Maria campus in Foundress Hall.

Joseph Kelley, Ph.D. and D.Min., is Professor in Religious and Theological Studies at Merrimack College where he also directs the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations. He has served at Merrimack for over 40 years in various administrative and teaching roles. He is a psychologist licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and has authored many articles and six books, including three on the thought of Saint Augustine of Hippo. In his teaching and writing Joe emphasizes the importance of presenting religion and theology in ways accessible to people from many different religious and cultural backgrounds. He has lectured and taught around the United States, Europe, Australia and Algeria.

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Students Put Service Before Self


This winter, 14 Anna Maria College students spent a week of their holiday break volunteering in Puerto Rico to help residents with home repairs still underway a year after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Preparing for lives as compassionate leaders with a commitment to community service, Anna Maria College students completed 5,800 service hours locally and abroad in 2018. “Service is one of the main values that we teach here at Anna Maria College and the Alternative Winter Break allows our students the opportunity to serve others where help is most needed,” said Mary Lou Retelle, President of Anna Maria College. “Most of our students are on the path to serve their community whether it be as a nurse, first responder, teacher, law enforcement professional or social worker, so an experience like this one helps shape them into better leaders in the community.” Joined by AMC’s David Breen, Chief Operations Officer and Melissa LaNeve, Director of Campus Ministry, student volunteers took on a variety of home construction assignments at three different homes in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The construction assignments included installing/gluing floor tile, caulking, painting, installing window trims, grouting tile and dry walling. Upon returning to campus, Ashley Garcia, Anna Maria College undergraduate class of 2022, said "I was blessed to be given the opportunity to help those in need and be a part of relief efforts after the devastation of a natural disaster. Not only did I learn things I never thought I was capable of doing, it helped me reshape and redirect my path of wanting to give back in any way possible. I am beyond lucky that on this journey I gained so many amazing friends throughout my experience. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. No matter the color of our skin, the way we talk or walk, we are so similar and coming together to serve people in need is what we should dedicate ourselves to. We truly should live for moments like this and I know this past week, I’ve had so many and for that I am so grateful." Those participating in the 2019 Alternative Winter Break include:  

Clara Cassidy (Student Leader), 2019, Sturbridge MA

Jessica Grindell (Student Leader), 2019, Dennis MA

Timothy Austin, 2021, Babylon NY

Jessica Barbera, 2020, Wakefield MA

Keannah Dunsmore, 2022, St. Albans VT

Marisol Durango, 2020, Pawtucket RI

Ashley Garcia, 2022, New Windsor NY

Lauren Kirchner, 2020, Harwinton CT

Kayla McGrady, 2020, Nantucket MA

Danielle Mello, 2020, Dudley MA

Patrick McKenna, 2019, East Bridgewater MA

Kristan Richardson, 2019, Tewksbury MA

Alexandra Tessman, 2020, Auburn MA

Joshua Wozniak, 2021, Suffield CT “It was a fantastic trip and I was truly able to see the students grow and stretch themselves in the work they were doing,” said Melissa LaNeve, Director of Campus Ministry. “They left knowing that they had made an impact on many people’s lives simply from offering one week of their own lives in service.”

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Art Center Gallery presents Nancy Diessner

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The Art Center Gallery at Anna Maria College presents Nancy Diessner; All I want is to be the river though I return again and again to the clouds from Wednesday, February 20th through Friday, April 12th. Nancy Diessner lives and works on an old farm property in an historical area of Metro-West, Massachusetts. Her work can be found at Bromfield Gallery in Boston. She remains a core faculty member of Zea Mays Printmaking in Northampton, Massachusetts, and runs Dog's Eye Print Studio, specializing in platemaking and printing. Diessner employs photography, printmaking, paper casting, collage and an intimate knowledge of boat construction in her latest body of work. These boat-forms, which look like thin, pointy arches, relate physically and emotionally to the liminal spaces she finds herself in while sculling.

The exhibit consists of these constructions as well as a myriad of small prints, which hint at the river shore, trees, and ocher sites experienced from the seat of her boat. All I want is to be the river though I return again and again to the clouds presents Diessner's investigation of duality, allowing the viewer to plumb the nuances of experience and observation along with the artist.
The exhibition of a guest artist each semester exposes students, the college, and community to a diverse range of contemporary art. An accompanying catalog further explores the artist's work and will be available for sale at the Opening. All are invited to attend the Opening Reception on Wednesday, February 20 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, which features a discussion between Nancy Diessner and Gallery Director Darrell Matsumoto. Anna Maria College
School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Department of Art & Design
Art Center Gallery at Miriam Hall
50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01712 Nancy Diessner
All I want is to be the river though I return again and again to the clouds
February 20 - April 12, 2019 Opening Reception
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 
5:00 - 7:00 pm Exhibition Catalog Available
Contact David Wackell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Online at and search for Anna Maria College Look for the artist's interviews in support of the exhibit on WCCA-TV
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Johnny Dombrowski continues to defy odds at Anna Maria

Johnny Dombrowski
At the annual Worcester Area College Basketball Association banquet last spring, Leominster’s Johnny Dombrowski, who had recently completed a record-setting basketball season at Quinsigamond Community College, was a most deserving recipient of the Patrick Oroszko Courage Award, which recognizes someone who has overcome obstacles, displays courage and has a love for Worcester basketball.
Dombrowski received a standing ovation from those gathered in the Holy Cross Hogan Campus Center function room, and during his acceptance speech told them “it’s been a battle,” and thanked everyone who has helped him wage it. When he was 3, Dombrowski was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. “I’m just a type of kid that learns a little bit slower than others,” Dombrowski said during a recent interview at Anna Maria College. Dombrowski spent his high school years at Dearborn Academy in Arlington, one of New England’s leading state-approved special education day schools, and it was not certain if college — in particular, four-year college — would be part of Dombrowski’s future. “Over the years,” Dombrowski said, “people have not only made jokes about me because of my symptoms, but even some of my teachers didn’t think I would go forward. I wanted to attend college and play college ball and show everybody that no matter what is in your way, if you love something, you need to pursue it and pursue it and pursue it until the day you die.” While scoring a QCC single-game-record 47 points last season and maintaining a 3.3 GPA, Dombrowski dreamed of earning his bachelor’s degree and continuing his basketball career. Dombrowski, whose determination is inspirational and whose amiability is uplifting, is doing exactly that at Anna Maria. He is majoring in social work and has come off the bench to play in seven games for the AmCats. “He’s awesome,” junior teammate Mike Rapoza said. “Johnny is so passionate, he works so hard, and I think it’s contagious. He gets other guys to work harder.” First-semester grades came out before last Monday’s practice. Anna Maria coach Shawn Conrad informed Dombrowski he achieved two A-minuses and two B-pluses for a 3.5 GPA. He made the dean’s list. “That’s good,” Dombrowski said.
“No,” Conrad corrected. “That’s fantastic.” During an interview last year at Quinsig, Dombrowski’s mom, Lisa Saliba, said Johnny spoke his first word when he was around 4, that his gross motor skills were late emerging, that he struggled academically and socially, that nothing came easy to him, that he had to work hard at everything. But at an early age, he also discovered his love for basketball, for dribbling and, especially, shooting. Playing basketball helped him showcase his strengths and learn about teamwork, his mother said. He worked even harder. After Dearborn Academy, Dombrowski’s AAU coach, Albert Ortiz, helped direct Dombrowski toward Quinsigamond and basketball coach Tishaun Jenkins. Ortiz also visited the Anna Maria campus with Dombrowski and his dad, John. AMC assistant coach Eric Guglielmello saw Dombrowski play at Quinsig and told Conrad, “this kid can flat-out score.” Thus began the recruiting process. “It all fell into place,” Conrad said. “Once he came up here, it put his parents’ minds at ease that we had an elite social work program and that it was a small school where he would receive individual attention in the classroom and on the court. It’s a credit to his parents that they have enough faith in John to send him out into the real world and say, ‘Here you go.’ I know they think and worry about him every day, but they know he’s in good hands.” For the first time, Dombrowski is living on his own, in a dorm. He’s making new friends. He went to a party — “I had a blast,” he said — and his teammates are introducing Dombrowski, a hardcore metal fan, to rap music. He is embracing campus life. The only drawback, he said, is that there is no coffee shop on the AMC campus. His tutor drives him to the nearby Dunkin’ Donuts, and he also has a coffee maker in his dorm room. One of the biggest benefits of living on campus is extra, almost-anytime, access to the gym. In the fall, he was sometimes in there until 3 or 4 in the morning. “One time, I was working on my game so intensely,” Dombrowski said, “that I overslept my 8 a.m. class and ended up not doing so well on my test, but I was after something. I was on a mission to play college basketball.” Dombrowski, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, is averaging 3.3 minutes and 2 points per game. He has taken almost half his attempts from 3-point range and is 5 for 7 from the free-throw line. “He has a college-level offensive game,” Conrad said. Conrad, the coaching staff and players are working with Dombrowski to help him better grasp the defense and the new plays the AmCats have installed since the start of conference play earlier this month. “Lately I’ve been a little frustrated and upset because it’s been a while for me to learn the plays, learn the system,” Dombrowski said. “A few freshmen have caught on really quickly. It’s a while for me because I have a lot of trouble processing and learning things. “I’m not getting as many minutes as I hoped for,” Dombrowski said, “but I really know deep down I’m going to get my shot because I know for a fact that if I can make the statement like I did at Quinsig, I can do the same thing here. With all the love and support I have from Coach Conrad, my coaches and teammates, my parents, I know I can do it.” Dombrowski said during a recent game he thought the AmCats were playing zone defense, but they were actually in man-to-man. “A kid scored off me,” Dombrowski said, “and I was like, ‘Oh, man.’ ”

Rapoza has spent extra time with Dombrowski before and after practices and Conrad has recently begun working with Dombrowski one-on-one after practice. “There was some uncertainty how he was going to do academically, how he was going to be living on his own for the first time, how he was going to be playing at the next level where there’s a little more investment,” Conrad said, “and I think he’s passed them all with flying colors. Right now, the only hurdle we’re overcoming, and he knows this, is the recognition of play calls and positioning on the court. He’s made strides defensively. I think he finally got to the point where he felt like, ‘I know this. I know that,’ and last week we started putting new stuff in. “You never want to be out there as a player thinking, and right now, John has to. He gets frustrated by that because he wants it so badly. He has the offensive game that can fit this level. We are definitely committed to finding time for John.” Conrad said Dombrowski’s positivity has permeated the team — “It’s like a ray of sunshine when he walks into the gym” — and that his competitiveness, drive and emotional investment in the game are among his best qualities. Together they are working on channeling some of the emotions that have come with Dombrowski’s recent frustrations. He was extra hard on himself during a recent practice when he was in proper position for a rebound and the ball bounced the other way. “I came in to Coach Conrad’s office discouraged,” Dombrowski said. “He builds me back up and tells me to focus on the next play. After my meetings with him I always whisper that to myself, ‘Focus on the next play. Focus on the next play.’” Since Dombrowski joined the team, he has taken over one of Conrad’s duties. “I don’t have to worry about giving the pep talks anymore,” Conrad said.
“When we break the huddle,” Dombrowski said, “I’m the one hyping everybody up.”



Just like at Quinsigamond, that continues during the games. “Even though I’m sitting on the bench, I’m going absolutely insane on the sidelines,” Dombrowski said. “One game I was yelling and screaming, ‘Let’s go! Let’s go! Nice play! Nice play!’ and the ref had to come to our sideline and told my coach, ‘You need to tell him to settle down a little bit.’ ” Dombrowski said he is so happy to be an AmCat. For the AmCats, the feeling is mutual. “We are blessed to have him in our lives,” Conrad said. “I’ve been coaching for over 30 years, and this is a new experience for me, and it has been an incredible experience for me. We are blessed to have John in our program. “The challenges he has to overcome and how we together are going to get it done — after so many years, confronting something you’ve never had to before and worrying about how this is going to go and seeing it unfolding in front of your eyes, it’s amazing, and it’s amazing for him.” Dombrowski is eternally grateful to everyone — his parents, coaches, tutor, teachers, teammates, friends and girlfriend — that has supported and helped and loved him during this journey. “I want to send a message to people who have trouble learning,” Dombrowski said, “who have what I have. I want them to know if you have a passion you have to pursue it. “My grind has never stopped,” he said. “My main mission is to finish the fight no matter how hard it is, no matter what the obstacles are. I’m going to keep pushing through this journey. It’s been a really, really good one.” Story by Jennifer Toland at the Telegram and Gazette

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Fall 2018 Dean's List


Congratulations to the students who made the 2018 Fall Dean's List:

Patrick Adams   Brooke Kresco
Stephanie Allen   Nicholas Kukuris
Emily Alves   Sabrina LaMountain
Megan Alves   Yvonne Lamptey
Ashley Anderson   Jordin Laraia
Britnee Angell   Connor Lavin
Phillip Antonucci   Makenzie Lewis
Adjoa Asafu-Adjaye   Stephanie LoCascio
Ama Asiamah   Kassandra Long
Hannah Audibert   Jennifer Lopez
Jackee Banfill   Tatyana Lugo-Gardner
Kathryn Barnes   Lexey Lutz
Brendan Bartlett   Kayla Magierowski
Robin Baxter   Juliet Maglitta
Huascar Beato   Kaitlyn Magner
Rose Bellahalea   Joshua Malin
Darren Belliveau   Alyssa Mancini
Sarah Benites   Patrick Manning
Kaylee Besse   Sabrina Mansfield Mornea
Sarah Bialkowski   Margaret Maresco
Adam Black   Jarrod Marifiote
Daniel Black   Vathsana Marques
Nicholas Blood   Emily Martin
Colleen Bogonovich   Jonathan Marx
Grace Bond   Mario Maturi
Rebecca Botteri   Kade McCartin
Cheyenne Boyle   Anna McCormack
Bailey Braga   William McGoughran
Hayden Braga   Emma McGrath
Matthew Braz   David McIntosh
Cara Bromley   Molly McKee
Celia Brown   Patrick McKenna
Lauren Burns   Morgan McKenney
Rachel Burwick   Georgia McLellan
Abigail Campbell   Patrick McLoughlan
John Campiglia   Jennifer McNally
Megan Canavan   William Mehigan
Tristan Canter   Anne Melanson
Guillermina Caraballo   Krystal Melendez
Sabrina Carreira   Justin Mercurio
Nadia Carrillo   Belkisa Micani
Jack Cassidy   Christian Molina Flores
Marianell Castillo   Jack Morgan
Katherine Castro   Ryan Morley
Abigayle Celata   Noah Morning
Louis Chaix   Sabrina Moroney
Abygail Chapdelaine   Jacob Murphy
Angelica Chavez   Jonah Myers
Caleb Cimini   Alex Myers
Nellda Clark   Kiaralee Navedo
Amanda Clewes   Kai Nero-Clark
Alexander Cohen   Emily Ngo
Joseph Collins   Phylicia O'Dell
Brittany Cook   Nathaniel O'Lari
Bailey Correia   Erica O'Leary
Peter Costa   Matthew Oberg
Louis Costanzo   Padiki Odjidja
Riley Cote   Anthony Oliva
Isabella Cotto   Anianjolice Oquendo
Jacquelyn Cournoyer   Priscilla Oti
Chelsea Cove   Amanda Pachico
Laurie Cowgill   Jacob Padula
Jacob Crevier   Nicholas Palermo
Emma Crowley   Marylee Panient
Samuel Cyr Ledoux   Christian Parent
Carly D'Amato   Matthew Parizo
Rachel Davis   Brandon Pavoni
Mary Dawutey   Otto Pellegrino
Noah Day   Audhinn Pelletier
Ryan Dean   Sierra Pena
Jennifer Delcompare   Robert Perette
Danielle DeVito   Ian Perla
Kevin Diaz   Tyler Perron
Sonya DiPietro   David Pfoestl
Jackson Dobek   Jason Phillip
Diandra Doble   Gabriella Pina
Ardlley Docanto   Tristan Plummer
Kassandra Doherty   Meghan Pope
John Dombrowski   Nathan Power
Konstantinos Drosidis   Gavin Proeh
Theodore Duchesney   Ashlee Pulver
Sarah Dumas   Michael Rapoza
Lauren Dummer   Azadoria Ray
Keannah Dunsmore   Samantha Reed
Marisol Durango   Delia Regan
Peter Dziergas   Jeremy Remigio Sanchez
Serena Eastwood   Briana Riley
Sophia Eisenhaure   Natasha Rivas
Elizabeth Eldridge   Yarelis Rivera
Anekah Ellis   Paul Robitaille
Ariella Emmanuel   Camila Rodriguez
Maria Espinal   Jaeda Rose
Nicholas Estey   Angela Rossi
Richard Fagan Jr.   Andreas Sacripante
Jaime Fernandes   Jessica Salles
Callan Finn-McMahon   Bradley Sampson
Cecelia Fitzgerald   Dolapo Sanni
Amber Floury   Barbara Santos
Hannah Flynn   Amanda Servis
Shannon Foley   Mark Siegel
Jonathan Fowler   Justin Silva
Connor Francis   Angela Sinatra
Maria Franco   Jack Sitzman
Alexander Friend   Joshua Slaney
Sabrina Gabriele   Nathaniel Slaughter
Camryn Gallagher   Swavaughn Small
Danielle Gallant   Jacob Smith
Madelyn Gannon   Ariel Squier
Ashley Garcia   Celina Stacy
Frances Garcia   Lisa Stefanick
Jacey Garron   Emily Stockmal
Jessica Gelineau   Doriela Stoja
Nathan Giron   Liam Stone
Eric Glover   Daniel Stout
Anna Golemo   Nichole Streete
Mellany Gomez   Christine Swain
Isaiah Granderson   Mary Tanona
Kino Gray   Kelley Tarani
Jessica Grindell   John Terranova
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Restarting the MA in Pastoral Ministry

Pastoral Ministry Anna Maria College is enriching its theology offerings in response to particular needs in the Worcester Diocese and a highly educated world.  The Paxton college is restarting its master’s degree in pastoral ministry, starting two certificate programs as part of this graduate program, and adding a bachelor’s degree in theology, according to Marc Tumeinski, director of the graduate program in theology. Currently the college offers a bachelor’s degree in Catholic studies.  Candidates for the permanent diaconate, who have been taking courses online, are to again earn their master’s degree at Anna Maria. People serving in parishes and Catholic schools also can earn their master’s in pastoral ministry there, with a concentration on religious education, said Professor Tumeinski. Tuition discounts are available through arrangements with the diocese and the college.  “I really wanted to find ways that the college could support the diocese,” said Professor Tumeinski, who also coordinates the theology department’s certificate program  and undergraduate degree program.  “The bishop has been very supportive. … We felt well supported throughout the college and throughout the diocese,” he said.  The college already has a bachelor’s in Catholic studies, but the bachelor’s in theology is a deeper dive into Scripture, tradition and Church teaching and can prepare students who want to go on for graduate studies, Professor Tumeinski said.  He said he saw a need to restart the graduate program, because the college had previously offered it and wants to be open to expressed needs of the diocese.  Deacon William A. Bilow Jr., director of the diaconate office, asked about restarting the master’s degree for the deacon candidates, and other people asked about having a bachelor’s in theology and programs focused on teaching and spiritual accompaniment. Looking at Anna Maria’s faculty, as well as its education and psychology programs, and the theology department, Professor Tumeinski realized the college could help in these areas. 
“We’re trying to form the whole person.” “That’s part of the mission of the college. … We see theology … as contributing to the development of the whole person,” said Professor Tumeinski, who got his doctorate in theology from the Maryvale Institute, through Liverpool Hope University, in Birmingham, United Kingdom. It was there that Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman lived and provided formation for Catholics.    “That was definitely part of the spirit of Maryvale. Newman was … really trying to reach all people, not just the wealthy and powerful,” Professor Tumeinski said.  A charism of Anna Maria’s founders, the Sisters of St. Anne, is to educate people who would not otherwise have access to education, he said. And today, a fair number of the students are the first in their family to attend college, he said.  Speaking about restarting the master’s in pastoral ministry, Professor Tumeinski said, “It seemed like, in today’s world … it’s necessary for the Church. We live in a highly educated world.… It’s part of the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition.… It’s part of apologetics and evangelization. If we’re going to be handing on the faith” to children and adults, those teaching it need a deep understanding of the faith.  Anna Maria previously worked with the diocese in offering the master’s in pastoral ministry. After the college stopped the program, deacon candidates got their master’s in theology, with a concentration in advanced diaconal studies, through online courses from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, said Deacon Bilow. He earned his master’s in pastoral ministry for the diaconate from Anna Maria in 2015.  Asked why he wanted the deacon candidates to return to Anna Maria for study, Deacon Bilow spoke of a “sense of community in formation, which will carry on beyond ordination.” Having them attend class together instead of doing courses online will round out their spiritual formation, as they can pray and reflect together, he said. 
The deacon class of 2023 will begin at Anna Maria next fall and not take courses from St. Joseph’s.  The first two courses are to be taught in 2019 by diocesan priests. Canon law is to be taught by Father Juan D. Echavarría from Jan. 3-March 21, and ecclesiology is to be taught by Father Nicholas Desimone from March 28-June 20.  Professor Tumeinski will teach foundational theology next fall, and Old Testament and New Testament courses will be offered in the spring of 2020.  The college gives a tuition discount for courses and the diaconate office and deacon candidate share the rest of the cost, Deacon Bilow said. He said details still need to be finalized.  Other people serving in parishes or Catholic schools in the diocese can also receive a tuition discount from Anna Maria for the master’s level courses, Professor Tumeinski explained.  Elizabeth A. Marcil, director of the diocesan Office of Religious Education, said people preparing for certification through her office, and other pastoral ministers, can also contact her office to apply for a partial scholarship. These scholarships are funded through a Forward in Faith endowment collected during the 1999 capital campaign. Written by Tanya Connor from the Catholic Free Press

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