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Hello everyone: Last 2 comments had some important issues, especially with being hit by nuns. The neighborhood I lived in during my SSS years had mostly kids in public schools. I was impressed that their teachers did not hit - it was not permitted. Guess what? They did their homework, got good grades and were not rowdy and unruly in public. This taught me an important lesson.

I am not saying that I hated my SSS years. Not at all, made many good friends, got a great background in reading and English skills. I went to a predominately Jewish high school and college. My Jewish friends were impressed with my knowledge of Jewish culture - that was from Bible History at SSS.

BUT no excuse for the child abuse!! As shown in my first paragraph it did not make kids better. Also I know so many people who say they left the faith due to the nuns. Ironic huh?? (I still am in the faith - I do not throw the baby out with the bathwater). However, I understand the anger. Now what I don't understand is the statement "if you got hit, you deserved it". Nonsense - I have no use for Stockholm Syndrome.


Added: February 11, 2018
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Rev. Butler - I was in the class of 72 and I believe your brother Robert was in my class.I remember his as a very nice,quiet and intelligent person. I believe your description of the parish was very accurate. People of all races got along well even during some very difficult times in the late 60's with the assassination of the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King.We moved in the summer of 69 before the start of 6th grade,however,I always felt safe and accepted while at St STEPHENS. I had friends of all races and was taught at a very high level by some very demanding nuns. Finally, I agree - St Joan Bridgette could be very tough. I was always on my best behavior around her ! I don"t know if your brother remembers me but please tell him I said hello.

Added: February 6, 2018
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I graduated in 1975, the middle son of the 3 Butler Brothers:Robert;Whitney;Donovan. I went on to St.Joseph's Prep. I got married in 1981 while serving in the USAF. I am a retired Dayton, Ohio police sergeant and current Baptist minister. I have been married for 36 years and have 3 kids:girls 30 & 33 and a son 32. I have a 7y/o grandkid. I Have PTSD from the use of rulers and erasers by nuns. Sister Joan Bridget used to use a leather strap and Tabasco sauce on us in 1967. Mother Superior Bernarda had a better left hook than Joe Frazier. I was chief altar boy and Parrish CYO president. St. Stephen's was an ethnic melting pot and a great place to learn appreciation for humanity and to learn civility. It will always be in my heart.

Added: January 6, 2018
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I attended the "70" reunion. It was more than worth coming up from Virginia. Thanks to Mac for the effort in mobilizing everything. Happy Holidays to all !

Added: December 25, 2017
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Christmas greetings to all of the Saint Stephen's community, wherever you are. Many of us have described our memories of the Christmas celebrations from our collective past, and I guess there's no need to repeat them. My wish for all of us is that we continue to grow to become the best that we can be. Happy Christmas.

Added: December 25, 2017
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Charlotte;

Superior collection of people that came together. I have a few too many things flairiong up in my life to get anywhere without elaborite, planning. My son just got married at the KIMMEL CENTER, in Oct.

God bless all.

JIM :o


Added: December 21, 2017
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Recently, there was a reunion of all classmates who have reached the age of 70. Those in attendance were:
John Beachum-John McAllister-Ken McCauley-George Deabler-
Jim Huff-Jean Flanagan-Loretta Yogis-and others. Prior to this reunion which we try to have once a year were: Myself, Bernadette Price-James Lavin-Joe Dougherty- Gerry Williams (Ferry)- Linda Cassidy-Lisa Fife-Loretta Yogis and many of the names above. The Reardon brothers and some others whom I may have overlooked attended just for the sake of the neighborhood where all of us grew up. Sadly, soon after the second reunion, we lost Jimmy Lavin. .
Happy holidays to one and all from St. Stephens.


Added: December 20, 2017
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I was at Roman's Communion breakfast yesterday with fellow classmates from St.Stephen 1961. They are: John Beacham, Bill Danks, Mathew Ostrowski, and myself. This site was brought up and since I haven't been on here in a couple of years, I am back to check it out. :!hi:

Added: November 27, 2017
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So sorry to inform my former classmates that we lost a very special guy from our class, Bill McCaffrey, Bill loved St. Stephen's and even wrote two books about it. See the front page for the titles. Bill was teaching at the University of Texas when he passed away on September 26th or 27th, 2017. His wife Anne posted the following information about the service for Bill. "We will celebrate Bill's life at a Catholic Mass on Thursday, October 26th, 10:30 a.m. At St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland." Wish that I could be there. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Added: October 20, 2017
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Went to St. Stephen's but moved after the 6th grade (1966).

Added: September 20, 2017
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