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E-Newsletter - October 2019

View this student produced video recapping last year's Homecoming.
It was a great day! You do not want to miss out on this year's festivities.


Continuing a grand Roman tradition, the annual Alumni Memorial Mass and Homecoming will be held on Sunday, November 10 at RCHS. Capitalizing on the resounding success of last year, another great day of camaraderie and brotherhood is planned and no alum would want to miss it! Mike Pelone ’77, the Event Chair, and his committee of dedicated alums have been busy all summer hoping to make this year’s Homecoming the best ever!  If you have any suggestions or would like to help with the planning, please call or email Mike (215-651-2209

The doors to Roman will open at 9:00 AM and all are welcomed to come early, enjoy light refreshments and walk the halls of our storied Alma mater before Mass, which begins at 10:00 AM in the gym/auditorium. Our main celebrant will be Rev. Joseph Bongard ’77 with music provided by the RCHS Chorus.  After Mass, there will be a brief program, with Pat Murphy ’69, acting as this year’s Master of Ceremonies.  The anniversary classes of 1969 (50th) and 1994 (25th) will be honored for their jubilee year.  Additionally, updates on the remarkable progress at Catholic High and the elections of new officers of the Alumni Association will round out the program.

Following Mass, there will be a full buffet and refreshments served in the library area and cafeteria with class seating. NFL games will be shown on big screens in both areas. Tours of the three buildings of the campus will be available all day and the Roman Forum (school store) will be open to purchase the latest Roman gear and apparel.  Parking will be available in the garage at Broad and Wood streets across the street from school and the elevators are up and running to allow easy access to all floors of the school building.

This event was a smashing purple and gold success last year so we are encouraging every graduate to be present this year! Tickets to the event are $40.00 and can be purchased easily by clicking the image above. Spread the word to your classmates and plan on coming back home to Roman. HURRAH!

Have your Pennsylvania Tax Dollars
support needy Roman

Are you a Pennsylvania resident who makes at least $50,000 a year? You may be eligible for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. This program allows individuals and businesses to direct the monies they pay in state taxes towards providing financial aid for Roman students rather than to the government. For a two year commitment you receive a tax credit for 90% of your contribution. It is truly a win-win! 

Contact Adam Gault '08, Director of Development, 
via e-mail or
call 215-627-5487 for more information.



Challenge yourself by running a 5K or enjoy a Sunday morning stroll along scenic Kelly Drive on Sunday, November 17th for the 2019 Roman Run!

Click the image above for all the details and register now.

Proceeds benefit the students of RCHS.


Click the image above to update your information. Please spread the word to your classmates and fellow Cahillites to update their information. Thank you!

William "Billy" Markward - legendary Roman Basketball Coach nominated for Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

A pioneering player...A champion inspiring force...a game-changer...a legend...and just maybe a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame! This month, for the fourth year in a row, a team made up of Roman Catholic leadership and an alumnus, with support from Saint Joseph's University rally to have the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (BHOF) bestow the finest honor in the sport to one of our own - William "Billy" Markward. How does one draw attention to and interest in a man who stopped coaching nearly eight years ago and whose BHOF competition have become household names? You stay persistent in your efforts, highlight details that are unique only to this talented leader, and say a prayer. Click on the photo above of Markward to view the piece submitted to the Hall of Fame committee. Stay tuned for future updates on his candidacy. BHOF selections are announced during the NCAA Basketball Final Four weekend. 

Roman hosted the 28th Annual Greater Philadelphia Area Leadership Award Dinner the night of Thursday, October 17 at the Union League of Philadelphia. Mr. David Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President at Comcast Corporation was this year’s recipient. With over 200 guests gathered for the evening celebration, Mr. Cohen graciously accepted the award and spoke of the importance of education to create the leaders of tomorrow. Mr. Cohen praised Roman not only for its record of academic excellence, but for the diversity reflected in the student body—a diversity which not only enriches the educational experience, but also prepares students for life beyond. Congratulations, Mr. Cohen! Thanks for your support of RCHS!

 Click the image above and make Fall gift to Roman Fund before the end of the calendar year. It is quick and east to give online. We and our students thank you! 

Roman has enjoyed a great year of reunions which will culminate at Homecoming with reunions for the Classes of 1959, 1964, and 1974 all taking place in conjunction with the annual gathering of all Cahillites. Register now by clicking the images above. Come back home on Sunday November 10th!


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Philadelphia, PA 19107

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