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CLASS NOTES from old

CLASS NOTES from old friends and classmates and can be reached at obwan_15@ hotmail.com. Shannon Ingold married Justin Morgan on November 11, 2006. Their daughter, Isabella Rose, was born November 10, 2007. They live in Buffalo, N.Y., where Shannon works part-time as a nurse and Justin is a pilot for Chautauqua Airlines. “If anyone’s ever in the area, you are welcome in our home.” Rev. Jonathan L. Reardon was ordained to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ on June 28, 2008, for the Diocese of Springfi eld, Mass., Jonathan’s hometown diocese, by the Most Reverend Timothy A. McDonnell, bishop of Springfi eld. Father Reardon then celebrated his First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on the Solemnity of SS. Peter and Paul at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in North Adams, Jonathan’s 28 Franciscan Way • Autumn 2008 home parish. In attendance were many family and friends. 2004 Joe Dougoveto and Mary Ellen Muir ’07 were married October 13, 2007, in Phoenix, Ariz., where they now reside. Joe is an accountant for the IRS, and Mary Ellen is a registered nurse at a nearby hospital. � Kevin and Mary Ann (Graveline) Duffy welcomed their second daughter, Delaney Ann, into their family on July 16, 2008. She joins her rambunctious 2-year-old big sister, Mallory Clare. Kevin and Mary Ann live in Michigan, where Kevin works as a business analyst and Mary Ann works in constituent relations for a congressman. Stephanie Torchia and William Hunt were married June 7, 2008, at Holy Trinity Church in Long Alumni Profi le Class of ’91, MA Elizabeth (Olson) Brown Not long after Elizabeth Brown and her husband, Aryae ’90, found out Elizabeth was pregnant with their fi fth child, they learned she would most likely be born with Down syndrome and a serious heart defect. While they struggled to take in this adverse diagnosis, Elizabeth and Aryae began to feel mounting pressure from their doctor, nurses, and others to consider abortion. Instead, they found a doctor who valued their daughter’s life. Lily Gianna Josephine, born nearly three months premature, did suffer from both Down syndrome and heart complications. She passed away two months later, but Elizabeth and her family still see Lily’s life as a gift. “We are so grateful for every moment we had with her, and now from heaven she continues to be a part of our daily lives and to bless us,” says Elizabeth. Lily’s life, short as it was, has also become a blessing to hundreds of people who never knew her. Inspired by her experiences, Elizabeth helped found Prenatal Partners for Life (PPFL), an organization that provides support for parents whose unborn or newborn baby has received a discouraging diagnosis. The group links expectant parents or new parents of a special needs child with other parents who had the same diagnosis and can share practical information and encouragement. “Through Lily’s life, I came to know and experience the culture of death fi rst hand,” says Elizabeth, adding that the pressure ap- Branch, N.J., with Father Joe Jakub ’00 and Father Evarist Kabagambe presiding. Franciscan alumni who attended their wedding were Vinnie Lucas ’03, who served as lector, and Amy Portenlanger ’03. Bill works as a cabinet maker and children’s book illustrator, and Stephanie works for an acupuncturist. They live in Neptune, N.J., with their son, Benjamin Thomas, boxer puppy, Gordon, and cat, Jade. Stephanie says, they are a “happy family!” 2005 Nathan and Kate (O’Dea) Allwein were married on February 25, 2006. They have two sons, Luke, 2, and Liam, 6 months. They live in Columbus, Ohio. 2006 Alex Boyd received his bachelor’s of science degree in biology from St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa. this past May. He’s now working work on a master’s degree in cellular and molecular biology at the University of Wisconsin. Peter Bremberg ran the Hope and Possibility 5K Race in Central Park in June 2008. The race was hosted by the Achilles Track Club, an organization that enables people with disabilities to participate in athletics. Pete used his participation in the race to raise $2,000 dollars in pledges for Mission Santa Maria del Fiat, an orphanage and school in Ecuador. This summer he moved to Chennai, India, where he is working for a private equity fund that supports businesses that invest in the rural poor. Give Pete a stateside hello at pbremberg@ yahoo.com. � Ryan and Ashley (Durcholz) Keager were married June 10, 2006. They live in Notre Dame, plied by the medical community to abort children is overwhelming. “I fi rmly believe that these mothers who choose abortion are not evil, but instead get caught in a snare during one of the most vulnerable Aryae ’90 and Elizabeth ’91 Brown times in their lives.” As communications director for PPFL, Elizabeth is responsible for sending prayer requests and is currently developing a newsletter for parents and supporters. “Most of all, we help these families know that they’re not alone.” Elizabeth and Aryae make their home in Minnetonka, Minnesota, with their children Isabel, Sebastian, Therese, and Sophia. Aryae is a pilot with a growing jet company, and Elizabeth, who loves teaching youth, has put her master’s in theology to work as their parish’s confi rmation coordinator for nearly 12 years. Prenatal Partners for Life can be found online at www. prenatalpartnersforlife.org. Elizabeth can be reached at browns @usfamily.net. � Kevin Duffy writes from Leslie, Mich.

Ind., where Ashley is a production assistant for the University of Notre Dame, and Ryan is a grad student pursuing a PhD in psychology. 2007 Emily Malay works with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) and will be at Illinois State University this fall, bringing hope to the students there. Emily can be reached at emalay@ focusonline.org. Anthony Niles lives in Madrid, Spain, where he teaches English at Opus Dei Catholic High School, and continues to study Spanish and the culture. “If any fellow Franciscans would like to write or come and visit, e-mail me at aniles04@ yahoo.com. Go LOJ!” Jen Rajani is the director of youth ministry for LifeTeen and Edge at St. Germaine’s Catholic Church in Prescott Valley, Ariz. She says, “Hi,” to all and can be reached at JenRajani@gmail.com. Valerie Sharp lives in Nashua, N.H., where she serves as youth minister at Immaculate Conception Church. Elizabeth Sharp married Jason Yirak ’08 on June 21, 2008, at Holy Family Parish in Steubenville. Valerie Sharp ’07 was maid of honor, and Nicholas Yirak ’07 was best man. In Memoriam: John A. Madigan ’58, known to many in the Franciscan University family, died on June 20, 2008. John graduated from the College of Steubenville with a BS in business administration and was a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity. He was employed for many years at Weirton Steel where he served as vice president of Industrial Relations. A member of Franciscan University’s Board of Trustees from 1979 to 1984, he became vice president for University Relations and later vice president for Community Relations until his retirement in 2003. During his tenure with the University, he assisted many initiatives in the community, with alumni, and other constituents, including the development of the Master of Science in Nursing Program. A lifelong member of St. Peter’s Parish in Steubenville, he served on many civic and Church associations, in- cluding SERRA International. He is survived by his wife, Marge Mc- Cleary Madigan; four daughters, Kathleen Madigan ’83, MBA ’86 of Steubenville, Maribeth (Madigan ’85) DeFilippo of Pittsburgh, Karen (Madigan) Gehring of Pittsburgh, and Marcy (Madigan ’90) Hartzell of Tridelphia, West Virginia; two brothers; and nine grandchildren. George “Cookie” A. Rogers ’58 died May 24, 2008. Dr. Thomas J. Manack ’60 died June 8, 2008. Dr. Helen (Homick ’69) Copitka died May 30, 2007. John E. Shaw, Sr. ’71 died June 23, 2008. Marie A. Molisky ’74 died May 29, 2008. Richard “Ricky” E. Martin ’75 died August 9, 2007. Paul M. Furey ’88 died July 3, 2008. Janet L. Watson ’00 died July 3, 2008. John J. “Jack” Cannell, Lambda Chi Alpha brother and former student, died October 12, 2007. Susan Margaret (Halloran) De- Belli, former teacher and tutor with the Austrian program, died in Malta August 1, 2008. Where’ve You Been? Your old friends, former professors, and Franciscan friars want to know what you’re up to these days! Send news about yourself to: alumni@ franciscan.edu, or to Nancy Ross, Alumni Relations, Franciscan University, 1235 University Blvd., Steubenville, OH 43952, or call Nancy at 800-783-6447. Photos are now posted on the Alumni Web page (www.franciscan. edu/alumni) where they can appear in color and at a larger size. Please send your photos (digital or glossy-fi nish print) to Nancy for posting. CLASS NOTES Alumni Profi le Class of ’02, MA Muffy Lewis Boldly following the call of God has worked out well for Muffy Lewis. Within weeks of completing her MA at Franciscan University in 2002, she felt prompted by “a calling” Muffy Lewis ’02 to work for the pro-life cause in Washington, D.C.—the very center of U.S. policy-making. She had the courage to walk into her Florida congresswoman’s offi ce and say, “I admire your strong pro-life stance. I would like to work for you.” While there were no immediate openings in the congresswoman’s offi ce, she helped Lewis land a job with the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life activist organization. Before the year was out, the congresswoman hired Lewis as a legislative assistant and eventually promoted her to the position of legislative director, her chief advisor on legislative issues. After four years on Capitol Hill, Lewis followed another calling and was hired as director of Advancement for the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a Catholic graduate school of psychology in nearby Arlington, Virginia. In the two years since she came on board, Lewis has helped the institute reach an unprecedented degree of development, dramatically increasing student enrollment (which includes a large number of Steubenville graduates) and enhancing its fi nancial stability. Lewis’ prognosis is for even greater future growth. Lewis grew up in Miami, Florida, and earned her BA in English and Spanish from Boston College. She fi rst experienced Franciscan University at a Young Adults Conference. “I had a powerful conversion experience. I thought, ‘If my life could be touched in such a profound way in one short weekend, where would I be after three full years at Franciscan University?’” She was astonished to fi nd something so unique. She explains, “Those I met were young people of profound faith; they were well-rounded, balanced, enthusiastic, passionate. I had never met a group of young people so in love with God, and I felt drawn to the life of faith they radiated.” According to Lewis, more than 700 Franciscan grads have established themselves in the Washington, D.C., area. She hopes to help the University set up an alumni network connecting Franciscan grads already in the area and welcoming recent grads who want to work in the nation’s capital. The basic advice she gives to those who might hesitate to follow their call to serve in D.C. is this: “Take a risk. If this is where you’re meant to be, God will open all the doors for you.” � Tom Crowe writes from Steubenville, Ohio. Franciscan Way • Autumn 2008 29

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