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Filled with Joy at 1st BMD Legacy Brunch

Filled with Joy at 1st BMD Legacy Brunch


We celebrated our first Bishop McDonnell Legacy Brunch on Saturday, April 13th, at 260 Eastern Parkway.  

Was it unseasonably cold? Did the bus break down? Was parking limited? Yes, yes and yes.  

However, every time Bishop's girls meet, it is a joy. This year was no different.   

We are grateful to the Bishop McDonnell committee who puts in all of the hard work each and every year:

Kathy Carney DeVito '62 

Mary Collins Macchiarola '58 

Stephanie Cyrus BMcD '73 BL '75 

Catherine Diehl Palladino '60 

Margie Dougherty Russo '69 

Bobbi Eisenberg '58 

Mary Ellen Lavelle Murphy '59 

Lizz Manning Mancini '67 (LI Bus Coordinator)

Kathy McCarthy '58 

Phyllis Murphy Howell '67 (recipient of the Bishop Loughlin Lionheart)

Maryann Stahl DeMaso '60 (Mistress of Ceremonies)


This year we were very proud to present the Lionheart Award to Phyllis Murphy Howell '67. Phyllis has been a leader of the committee for 17 years (since the very beginning). Phyllis has spearheaded many efforts over the years. One of them was to "write the book!" Her book titled Memorial, Memorial - The History of Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School was published in and is still available for those who are interested in a copy (please contact Phyllis directly or Josie McKenna). It is not uncommon for Phyllis to call every one of her classmates before an event and perhaps a few more classes for good measure. She has worked tirelessly and we are eternally grateful.      

As a result of her work and the work of the committee members, Bishop's girls contribute more than $100,000 each year supporting Bishop McDonnell Scholars: 

Eva Archer ‘24 

Summer Bynum ‘26 

Elizabeth Charles ‘25 

Katelyn Estaphane ‘24 

Daphne Gayot ‘25 

Shariya Junior ‘25 

Madison Monplaisir ‘24 

Samantha Nerelus ‘25 

Joli Pierre ‘25 

Sanaih Reid ‘24 

Kayla Harrison ‘26 

On Saturday we were proud to point out how well scholars are doing academically this year. The grades of the scholars above are 96.4, 93.8, 96.4, 93.7, 94.6, 97.3, 89.3, 97.6, 96, 92 and 94! Bishop McDonnell alumnae provide the opportunity for our girls to shine.  

The Bishop's legacy is strong!   



In addition, there are 20 named scholarships involving Bishop's alumnae (see the list below):

Endowed Named Scholarships 

The Malvina and Bob Cozzi Scholarship Fund  - Michael Murray '63 and Jane Cozzi Murray '65 BMD 

The Madeline Dolores Sloan Scholarship Fund  - Pamela M. Sloan '73 BMD 

The Helen Driscoll Boyle '49 BMD Scholarship Fund 

The Jane Cozzi Murray '65 and Michael Murray '65 Scholarship Fund 


Annual Named Scholarship Funds 

The Marguerite Bahrs '57 Bishop McDonnell Scholarship Fund  - Claire Bahrs Ersham '50 BMD 

The Mary Collins Macchiarola '58 Scholarship Fund 

The Madeline Dolores Sloan Scholarship Fund  - Pamela Sloan '73 BMD 

The Dr. Joseph '56 and Marianne '59 Giacalone Scholarship Fund  

The Francesco and Mary Giambelli Foundation Scholarship Fund  - Justine Tenney DeVito '64 BMD 

The Gray Family Fund  - Joan Gray Lindberg '64 BMD 

The Mary Kelly Ryan '51 Bishop McDonnell Scholarship Fund 

The Frank J. Macchiarola, Ph.D. '58 Memorial Scholarship Fund  - Mary Macchiarola '58 BMD 

The Patricia McCarthy Burke '67 Scholarship Fund  - Kathy McCarthy '58 BMD 

The Maureen Moss McInerney '66 and Michael McInerney Scholarship Fund 

The Joan Carrick Murray '61 and Nick Murray '61 Scholarship Fund  

The Jane Cozzi Murray '65 and Michael Murray '63 Scholarship Fund 

The Catherine Musi Biasetti '57 Scholarship Fund 


Loughlin Foundation 

The Richard '56 and Eileen '58 Frazita Scholarship Fund  

The James '36 and George '31 McCartney Scholarship Fund  - Noreen '63 BMD and Peter Haffner '62 and George McCartney 

The Joan Carrick Murray '61 and Nick Murray '61 Scholarship Fund