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Whether your student graduated 30, 20, 10 years ago or just last year, we hope you have happy memories and great connections from your student’s time at Bishop Lynch High School. We’re pleased to begin a new initiative in bringing together BL Parents, beyond the high school years. Our goal is to provide past parents the opportunity to serve each other, our alumni children, and the school community. When you stay connected, you share your ongoing pride in our school, your gratitude for the education your student received and an appreciation for lasting friendships made throughout the years.


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PARENT AND ALUMNI NEWS 

(Did you know that this newsletter is updated throughout the month … check the website often for all the latest!)

Join Our Facebook Group - BL Official Parents of Alumni

We just created a Facebook Group just for our past parents.  We wanted to give you a more convenient way and better opportunity to serve each other, our alumni children, and the school community. Just click the below link!! Please share so other parents are aware and can join as well.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BLParentsofAlumni/

Father John Gambro's 60th Anniversary of his Ordination!

Our beloved Father Gambro will be celebrating his 60th Anniversary of being a priest on Thursday, May 25th.  It would be an exceptional treat if he received some well wishes from the Bishop Lynch past parents who, still to this day, hold a special place in his heart. If you have the time, please drop him a card and send some congratulations his way.
His address is:
The Reverend John M. Gambro, O.P.
Presence Resurrection Life Center
7370 W Talcott Ave
Chicago, Il 60631-3751

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It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the inaugural Bishop Lynch High School Colin’s Golf Classic on June 2, 2017.

After much consideration and planning, the Colin’s Classic Golf Tournament and the Bishop Lynch Athletic Booster Club Golf Tournament have partnered together to unite the energy and enthusiasm for these two great causes!

The Colin Bodensteiner Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in 2006, has made a tremendous impact on more than 45 Bishop Lynch students since its inception ten years ago. The gifts of scholarship generated from this fund, largely made possible by the proceeds from the golf tournament, provide financial assistance for deserving students in need.

The Athletic Booster Club works tirelessly to enhance the experience of student-athletes, their families and the fans of Bishop Lynch Athletics. With nearly 85% of our student population participating in Friar athletics, the Bishop Lynch experience is directly enhanced by the generous support of our boosters. 

Colin's Golf Classic, Friday, June 2nd, Firewheel Golf Park, Tournament, Lunch, Dinner, Silent Auction, Raffle and Awards!

Click here to register or for more information on the tournament!  Click here to donate or for more information on the Colin Bodensteiner Scholarship Fund!

Without people like you, this tournament wouldn't be possible year after year. We look forward to seeing you on June 2nd!

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Next Shoreline cleanup is on Monday, May 15th - FTLOTL - White Rock Lake

We need your help!!  Come out and help us clean up our adopted shoreline at White Rock Lake.  This is for the entire BL Community so the more we have out there the more we make an impact!!  Since Daylight Savings Time is on March 12th we will now start meeting from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm to give you time after work to join us!  Afterwards we will head over to The Lake House for a few beverages - our treat!  To better explain the shoreline cleanup - our Alumni Association's Community Service Committee has adopted a small portion of White Rock Lake's shoreline. In this program, a group agrees to keep their adopted part litter-free.  Please consider helping out our Alumni Association by joining us! Bring a friend, bring your family, - what a great way to reconnect and also help the community and environment!! We hope to see you - meet at our designated area - see map on the left for the exact location on W. Lawther Dr., just south of Mockingbird.

Save the Date - Homecoming 2017 is the Weekend of October 13th!

Hope you will make plans to join us on Friday, October 13th here on the BL Campus for the Alumni Homecoming Party and Taste of Lynch.  Once again we will have the Emerald City Band performing to entertain all of our alumni and their guests.  Then on Saturday afternoon, the 14th at 4 pm we will have the Mass of Remembrance honoring all of deceased classmates.  This Mass will be in the West Wing Lobby located on the west side of campus (note there will not be a Mass on Sunday this year). Then the Classes of 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007 will be having their respective reunions on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  The reunion committee for the Class of 1977 has a special note for their classmates regarding the reunion so please click the above link to read.

Alumni in the Military

Throughout the year on our military/armed forces holidays, we honor all of our alumni and former students that are currently serving in the United States Military.  If you know of any classmates that we may have omitted from this list, please forward this newsletter to them or supply us with the information so we can contact them or their families. Also, the Alumni Office would like to show our gratitude to those that

Also, the Alumni Office would like to show our gratitude to those that have served in the armed forces especially those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, their life.  We are currently compiling this list and would appreciate any assistance you can provide us as we attempt to update our records.

ALUMNI BRAG BOARD:

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Congratulations to Scott Vinci '90

Scott Vinci '90 has been performing standup comedy for years around the United States. He recently did a show at Christ the King Catholic Church, Los Angeles. Scott and six other comedians are a part of Catholic Laughs, a group of working comics who spread clean comedy along with some Catholic humor. A career highlight, Scott went on before Tom Dreesen, who most notably opened for Frank Sinatra and has guest hosted for David Letterman. For more details on Catholic comedy and booking information for your event, visit the site at Catholiclaughs.com.

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Congratulations to John Farrell '00

After graduating from Bishop Lynch in 2000, John Farrell received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government in 2002 and Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2007 both from the University of Texas at Austin.  John now works for K&L Gates LLP, focusing his law practice on management side labor and employment issues, advising employers on all manner of employment issues, and defending them against claims in both federal and state court.  He has been certified as an expert in Labor and Employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and now sits on the certification committee.  In 2017, John was recognized by D Magazine as one of the best attorneys in Dallas, a recognition limited to only 760 attorneys out of approximately 20,000 eligible to be recognized.  John spends his free time hanging out with his wife Meghan and future BL alum, John Elliot Class of 2032!

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Congratulations to Melissa Kalka '01

Melissa Kalka '01 is one of only 12 lawyers who have been named a 2017 Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers by the global law firm of Jones Day. Fewer than 2.5 percent of eligible attorneys receive this honor. To read more about Melissa and her honor, click here.  Melissa's practice focuses on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and general corporate and securities matters. She also assists clients with the day-to-day corporate governance and legal aspects of their organizations. Melissa has advised clients in a wide range of industries and sectors, including energy, consumer products, manufacturing, semiconductor, and technology. Prior to practicing law, Melissa worked in commercial banking where her experience included underwriting and managing distressed assets. She is currently a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association.

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Congratulations to Chris Sebastian '03

Chris Sebastian '03 wanted to share some exciting news-- the University of Notre Dame has invited him back to campus to give a talk to students and faculty at our annual Design Alumni Conference. He will discuss his journey since graduating from Notre Dame in 2007, including his transition from a career in design to medicine. He is currently a 3rd-year medical student at Texas A&M University and plans to specialize in Pediatric Endocrinology.

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Congratulations to Jared Morris '05

Jared Morris ’05 married Diana Lopez on March 26, 2016 in a beautiful ceremony at The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX, where the happy couple and their guests celebrated under the stars to the sounds of Emerald City!   Their wedding was recently featured in DWeddings Magazine click here to read the article and see the pictures.  They were also in Style Me Pretty online magazine - click here to read the article and see those pictures. Jared, Diana and their dog Floki currently reside in Houston, TX.

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Congratulations to Jackie Baker '09

Jackie Baker '09 was featured in the book "Cosplay Unmasked - Behind the Costume". In this book, you will find many like-minded individuals with the passion for not only dressing up, but for giving back to their community. This book represents the cosplayers famous to the DFW area in and out of costume. Cosplay has taken the world by storm, and this book represents the heavy hitters of our local community who wish to share a little bit of themselves, and who they are under the fabric, makeup, and hours of preparation.  All profits will go towards raising funds for the Heroic Inner Kids and Hope Rising.

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Congratulations to Jackie Olsen '10

Congratulations to Jackie Olsen '10 who competed in August, 2016 and again in December, 2016 in the National Physique Committee (NPC) Body Building Shows, Bikini Competitions and she medaled in both shows.

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Congratulations to Matthew Wainwright '10

Over his spring break this past March, Matthew Wainwright '10 trekked through Guatemala on a medical mission through UT Southwestern and Refugee International.  As a member of a 12 person team, he and his classmates treated villagers throughout Sarscun with numerous different ailments.  As a part of his learning experience, he drew blood from villages, performed general health exams, handed out medications and brushed up on his Spanish.  Between shifts in the local clinics, Matthew was able to see a more scenic side of the Guatemalan landscape, exploring local swimming holes and volcanoes.  Of all this experiences, Matthew enjoyed meeting the villagers and learning the names of the curious children the most. Matthew is currently finishing up his first year in the UT Southwestern Physician's Assistant Program and will graduate with the rest of his class in December of 2018.

And Congratulations to our young graduates who Are receiving Special recognitions from their respective colleges.
we wish them continued success!

Samantha Freis '13 - is graduating from University of Texas with honors and was a "2017 Dean's Distinguished Graduate Honorable Mention recipient" for UT College of Liberal Arts.

We want to hear from our Alumni – if you have news to share please email alumni@bishoplynch.org !

Alumni and Community Prayer Request

•• Alumni and Former Students:

 • George “Rusty” Hunt ’72 passed away on April 11, 2017.  He was the father of Blake Hunt ’03 and Jordan Hunt ’10 and the brother of Lisa Hunt ’68, Gretchen Hunt Moore ’70, John Hunt ’75 and Paul Hunt ’79.

 • Kiva Churchill Lawrence '92 passed away on November 27, 2016. We were notified last month of her passing.

 • Ruby Lopez Miller '90 passed away on March 27, 2017.  She was the aunt of Shelby Pachuca Seaman '97 and Kelly Pachuca Aguilera '98.

 • Barbara Boulet Park ’68 passed away on April 26, 2017.  She was the sister of Elizabeth Boulet Ackermann '67.

•• Bishop Lynch Community Members:

 • Mildred Adamcik passed away on April 26, 2017.  She was the grandmother of Jennifer Adamcik '99, Lindsay Adamcik Waugaman '03 and Angela Adamcik Marek '06. She was also the aunt of Mark Adamcik '82, Gary Adamcik '84 and Kim Adamcik '92.

 • Kimberly Hopkins passed away on April 13, 2017.  She was the mother of Hannah Hopkins '19.

•• Please Continue to Pray for:

 • Kelly Stiver Aguirre '76 who was diagnosed with Parkinson's and is also now fighting cancer.

 • Brent Ensor '08 who was diagnosed with brain cancer.  Click here to read his story and how you can help.

 • Mike Golihar '80 who has Bells Palsy and have suffered mini strokes as he is battling the disease.

 • Emily Henderson '12 as she battles Neuroblastoma Cancer.  See Emily's story on Caring Bridge - click here to offer prayers of encouragement and support.

 • Ann Marie Herbst, wife of Jay Herbst ’01 who is battling Leukemia.  Click here for more information on her Caring Bridge page.

 • Kiara Sandoval, 5-year-old daughter of Robyn Shea Sandoval '93, has been battling a massive brain tumor with the spirit of a U.S. Marine. Fortunately her cancer is a Grade 1 astrocytoma so her prognosis is favorable; however, she has subsequently lost her vision and requires ongoing therapy. Please pray and follow her journey at https://www.facebook.com/prayers4kiara/.

 • David Nevitt '78 who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's.  Click here for his Parkinson Foundation page to offer him prayers of encouragement and support.

 • Mike Yetts '77 who is currently in remission from cancer but needs the prayers to stay cancer free.

 • Michelle Yoxall, wife of Dan Yoxall '81 who is fighting the Early Onset of Alzheimers.  Her sister-in-law, Tish Yoxall, wife of Tom Yoxall '84 has set up a donation page to help end the fight of Alzheimers.  Click here to see her page and offer prayers of encouragement and support.

Bishop Lynch Community Prayer Request

We invite you to submit your prayer requests to us to be included during daily mass, school mass, retreats or any other prayer service throughout the year. Whether you are alumni, parent, student or friend, we welcome any prayer intentions. Providing your name and email is not required. Please click here to submit your prayer request.

We also invite you to pray the Rosary with us every month in our St. Catherine of Siena Chapel on the BLHS Campus.  Mass begins at 7:45 am followed by the Rosary. 
Rosary Dates for school year 16-17 are:  9/2/16, 10/7/16, 11/4/16, 12/2/16, 1/13/17, 2/10/17, 3/3/17, 4/7/17 and 5/5/17.


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Upcoming Events

April

7  -  Rosary and Breakfast
8  -  Brigade Spring Market
10  - For the Love of the Lake
22 -  BL Gala

May

3  - Quarterly Alumni Advisory Board Meeting
5  - Rosary and Breakfast
9  - Young Alumni Leadership Council
11 - Senior Lunch - Welcome to the Alumni Association
15 - For the Love of the Lake
19 - Class of 1967 - 50th Class Reunion Social Hour
20 - Class of 1967 - 50th Class Reunion
         Remembrance Mass followed by Dinner

June

2 -  Colin's Golf Classic
5 - For the Love of the Lake

 

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