Icelandic Adventures

Iceland has become a popular destination for U.S. travelers. Participants in October’s Alumni Travel Program, Extraordinary Iceland, experienced many of the reasons why.

Thirty-six alumni and friends joined Professor of Biology Maura (Geens) Tyrrell ’64 on a five-day adventure based out of the country’s capital, Reykjavik. In the city, they visited the towering Hallgrimskirkja Church, the Harpa Concert Hall and the Hofoi House, which was the site of the historic summit meeting in 1986 between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

With Tyrrell’s guidance, travelers explored the amazing landscape and scenic natural wonders of the southwestern part of the country, including Gulfross (the Golden Waterfall), geothermal spas, hot springs and geysers.

One unique stop was a visit to Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the country’s most sacred place as the home of the old Viking parliament, Alpingi. Local guides shared knowledge of Iceland’s history and culture throughout the trip.

A highlight of the trip was a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon, where many travelers enjoyed the geothermal sauna.
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Trip Highlight: Travelers at Thingvellir National Park.


Patrick Callaghan ’72 Named Outstanding Alumnus

In 2012, when Patrick Callaghan ’72 retired as president of Pepperidge Farm, he left a company that ranked in the top two percent of brands worldwide in brand equity. Later that year, in recognition of his innovative leadership, Pepperidge Farm honored him by naming a new $30 million, 34,000-square-foot complex in Norwalk, Conn., the Patrick J. Callaghan Innovation Center.

On Sept. 26, in appreciation for the honor that his business and leadership accomplishments have brought to Stonehill, the Alumni Association bestowed upon him the Outstanding Alumnus Award.

At the award ceremony, Alumni Council President Christine Ferretti ’92 noted that Callaghan is just the 35th graduate to receive the award, “which acknowledges our most prestigious and acclaimed alumni.”

President John Denning, C.S.C., presented the award citation to Callaghan, which read in part, “You have dedicated your professional life to innovation and excellence in business, reaching an extraordinary level of professional accomplishment as president of Pepperidge Farm. Indeed, you credit an undergraduate marketing class with sparking your intellectual interest in creating new products.”

After graduating from Stonehill, Callaghan earned an M.B.A. from Suffolk University and then worked for Nabisco before beginning a 30-year career at Pepperidge Farm. He was joined at the award ceremony by family, including his wife, Gretchen (Powers) ’72, and Alumni Council volunteers.

Awarded Patrick Callaghan ’72 with President John Denning, C.S.C., and with his wife, Gretchen (Powers) ’72, and daughters, Meghan and Caitlin, at the event.

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Events Roundup

Rev. Wilfred Raymond, C.S.C. ’67 hosted the annual Alumni Retreat on Feb. 13. The president of Holy Cross Family Ministries, Fr. Raymond previously led the Family Theater program in Los Angeles.

During the retreat, he shared thoughts and stories about Catholicism and religion in movies and entertainment. Attendees enjoyed breakfast, quiet time for reflection, an opportunity for confession and a chance to share with each other.


A Boston Business Breakfast was held on Oct. 29 and featured John Drew ’65 as the keynote speaker. Drew, a member of the Board of Trustees, founded The Drew Company in 1982 and led much of the development of Boston’s Seaport District, including the 2.5 million square foot Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center Boston.

Forty alumni attended the networking event and listened to Drew offer his thoughts on current developments in the city, as well as his predictions for future growth.

Stonehill President John Denning, C.S.C., also addressed the crowd and encouraged attendees to consider offering possible internship or job opportunities to Stonehill students. Fr. Denning noted the vibrancy of Stonehill’s alumni network in Boston, and he thanked Drew and the other alumni for their support of Stonehill over the years.

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First Alumnus Named Bishop

When Pope Francis appointed Rev. Arthur Colgan, C.S.C. ’68 as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Chosica in Lima, Peru, in October, he became the first alumnus to be named a bishop in the Catholic Church.

A former trustee and Outstanding Alumnus Award recipient, Bishop Colgan has spent most of his religious life serving Peru’s displaced and underserved. For 26 years, he has been based in Canto Grande, an empty valley on the outskirts of Lima in the early 1970s, which today is an economically marginalized neighborhood of more than 800,000 people.

Grass Roots Outreach
Calm and understated, Bishop Colgan is not one for the trappings of ecclesiastical office. He has taken the extra load of senior administrative work in stride while continuing to go out into the neighborhoods to celebrate Mass and confirmations.

Bishop Colgan served the Peruvian bishops for many years as a theological advisor on issues of peace, violence and social justice. In his ministry, he remains grounded in a grassroots pastoral approach. He is also active in supporting priests and deacons in their roles and committed to giving witness to social justice for those who live, work and worship in the diocese.

The sheer size of Canto Grande, Bishop Colgan notes, continues to be a challenge. “There are just not enough hours nor hands to do what needs to be done and what could be done in the areas of health care, education and pastoral service. This is especially true of our outreach to the newer arrivals who live in the harder to reach areas of the valley,” he explains.

Therefore, working with Bishop Norbert Klemens Strotmann, a Stonehill honorary degree recipient in 2010,
Bishop Colgan is focused on preparing laity and clergy to have more input into pastoral needs and priorities, helping parishioners develop a greater sense of ownership in the local church and reaching out to those who are distant from the church.

Faith and Commitment
“In our work, the Holy Cross community has put a significant emphasis on training and empowering laypeople, both as pastoral ministers in the church and as agents of change in society,” says Bishop Colgan. “We are blessed with many great laypeople in the parish, who work side by side with us. Their faith and commitment is inspiring.”


At his ordination, Bishop Colgan [center, with cross] poses with his Holy Cross brothers and classmates [top, l to r]: Fr. George Lucas ’67, Fr. Bradley Beaupre ’64, Fr. John Phalen ’70, Joseph Spiak ’66, President John Denning, Fr. David Farrell ’64, Fr. Hugh Cleary ’69, Fr. Wilfred Raymond ’67 and [below] with parishioners and Fr. José “Pepe” Ahumada, C.S.C. [front, far left] and Bishop Jorge Izaguirre, C.S.C [front, far right].