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2019 INDUCTEES

Most Rev. Michael J. Fitzgerald ,  Class of 1966,  Bishop Kenrick High School

Ordained into the priesthood in 1980, the Most Rev. Michael J. Fitzgerald has more than 30 years of educational and theological experience in the Catholic Church. He served as Judge on the Metropolitan Tribunal for nearly six years, and was named Chaplain to His Holiness with the title Monsignor in 2003. Key memberships include: Priest Personnel Board, Council of Priests, Canon Law Society of America, Serra Club of Philadelphia, Knights of Columbus (Council #15380), Knight Commander with Star of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Confessor of the Holy Spirit of Adoration Sisters.

 

Most Rev. Fitzgerald has earned a BA (Temple University), JD (Villanova University School of Law), Div.(St. Charles Borromeo Seminary), JCL (Catholic University of America), and JCD (Gregorian University, Rome).

 

Charles (Jerry) Kehoe, Class of 1949,    St Patrick's High School   

A cherished St. Patrick’s alum, Jerry Kehoe was known for his athletic accomplishments as a three-sport athlete. During his junior and senior year, he was elected to the First Team All-Suburban Catholic league in basketball and football. One of the highlights as an athlete was an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown against Malvern Prep, as we well as throwing three touchdown passes in one game!

 

As an incredible athlete it was no surprise that Mr. Kehoe became a beloved coach at Bishop Kenrick High School. Mr. Kehoe served as an assistant football coach, assistant basketball coach and JV basketball coach. As the JV coach in the suburban Catholic league, he had a record-setting career of 144 -14 for a staggering .912 winning percentage.

 

Thomas J. Pilecki, Class of 1969,  Archbishop Kennedy  High School

Best known for his theatrical talents at Archbishop Kennedy High School, Thomas Pilecki has built a successful career from the opportunities he had while at our Legacy school.  His interest in drama, music, chorus and orchestra led him on a professional path to become a best-selling author, educational consultant, artistic and executive director, program creator, school founder and principal. Mr. Pilecki has created award winning documentary films, has appeared on national news programs and has had articles published around the world. For the past 45 years, Mr. Pilecki has been an educator  in various capacities. Most notably, he founded St. Augustine’s School of the Arts/Augustine Fine Arts, Inc., and developed an arts-integrated curriculum. His work was recognized by the New York Times, 60 Minutes and Readers Digest.

 

 

David A. Psota, Class of 1963,  St. Pius X  High School

From September 1959 until the closing of Saint Pius X in June 2010, Dave Psota has been synonymous with the community and the school.  Mr. Psota, served various roles during his time at SPX but none as important as teacher, coach and mentor. One student described Psota as one of the most approachable people stating that no matter how busy he was Mr. Psota would listen and help you and put a positive spin on things. His positive attitude was contagious!  Mr. Psota was a dedicated, honest and caring teacher and coach. Mr. Psota served as a teacher in the Social Studies Department but also as the Baseball Coach, Golf Coach, Assistant Football Coach, and Alumni Director. As Alumni Director, he was instrumental in organizing and mobilizing the Pius alums into an integral part of the Pius Community. This included starting the Saint Pius X Endowment along with key donors the like the Meade brothers, today that endowment has grown to over $400k. Mr. Psota's wife and two daughters also graduated from SPX. 

 

Maria A. Rapchinski, Class of 1992,  St. Pius X  High School

A varsity letter winner in tennis, softball and basketball while at St. Pius X as well as a member of the student council, Ms. Rapchinski excelled as a student-athlete (12 varsity letters, 10 all league selections, 7 team MVPs, 1000+ points in basketball and in tennis was the all time wins leader for St. Pius X and the PAC 10). Following SPX she attended St. John's University on a full scholarship, where she was awarded MVP all four years, a record which still stands today. 

 

Ms. Rapchinski holds a BS and Masters Degree from St. John's. While attending graduate school she coached tennis and volunteered in the athletic department as well as taught unprivileged students in the Bronx, NY. Ms. Rapchinksi has been a middle school teacher and high school coach at Governor Mifflin for 20 years, having been recognized multiple times for her teaching and coaching. She has led both special education and advanced classroom instruction.

 

Her coaching leadership has resulted in taking multiple teams to league championships, and multiple players to individual league and district championships. Ms. Rapchinski is an active member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Spring City, and has served as a mentor to hundreds of former students, and has coached approximately twenty teams in the CYO and YMCA where she volunteers her time. 

 

Dr. Ryan D. Reber, Class of 2001,  St. Pius X  High School

Dr. Ryan Reber was involved in both academia and athletics during his time at St. Pius X. He received seven varsity letters over his four years, earning four in golf and three in basketball. He served four years on student council.

Dr. Reber graduated Summa Cum Laud with a degree in Biology from Rider University, earning the prestigious Andrew J. Rider Scholar Award for highest grade point average in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the NCAA Student Athlete Award for excellence in academics and athletics.

Later, Dr. Reber attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He graduated valedictorian of his class in 2009.

Dr. Reber is on staff at both Lankenau Medical Center and Paoli Hospital. He has been named Main Line Today top doctor for the last two years. He recently received the alumnus honorary award from Lankenau Medical Center.

 

General Anthony C. Zinni, Class of 1961,  St. Matthews High School

 

Gen. Anthony (Tony) C. Zinni, four star United States Marine Corps general. He served his country in numerous diplomatic roles, as the U.S. special envoy to Israel and the Palestinian Authority and in missions to Pakistan, Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia. General Zinni retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2000, after a distinguished 39-year career that took him to over 70 countries in many command assignments. In his final tour of duty, from 1997 to 2000, he was commander-in-chief of the U.S. Central Command. In his military career General Zinni earned 23 personal awards and 37 unit, service, and campaign awards.

 

General Zinni joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1961 and was commissioned an infantry second lieutenant in 1965, after completing his undergraduate degree in economics at Villanova University. He earned graduate degrees in international relations from Salve Regina University and in management and supervision from Central Michigan University. General Zinni has been awarded honorary doctorates from Villanova University; the College of William and Mary and the Maine Maritime Academy. He has held academic positions that include the Stanley Chair in Ethics at the Virginia Military Institute, the Nimitz Chair at the University of California, Berkeley, the Hofheimer Chair at the Joint Forces Staff College, and the Harriman Professorship of Government at the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary.

 

General Zinni has worked with the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and the Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. He was Chairman of the Board of BAE Systems Inc., and a member of the board of Dyncorp International before being appointed an executive vice president. He also served as president of International Operations for M.I.C. Industries, Inc. General Zinni is the author of two best-selling books on his military career and foreign affairs: Battle Ready and The Battle for Peace.

 
 

The Legacy Impact Hall of Fame honors and recognizes the accomplishments and achievements of the Pope John Paul II (PJPII) Community and its Legacy Schools which include: St. Matthew's, St, Patrick's, Bishop Kenrick, Archbishop Kennedy, Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School, and Saint Pius X.  Inductees that have demonstrated a significant impact in life and made outstanding contributions in athletics, academics, government, non profit, business, the arts, or lifetime achievements and/or community service in the PJPII community and beyond. By induction in the Legacy of Impact Hall of Fame, they will forever be recognized as representing the best of Pope John Paul II High School. Their success is a reflection of the opportunities provided them throughout their high school experience!

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