20th Annual Walk-a-Thon

Flushing, Queens, New York – Holy Cross High School kicked off the 20th Annual Walk-a-Thon in loving memory of Bro. Ralph Edmiston, CSC, who was the originator of this student-led fundraiser.  Many area businesses are showing their support by placing banners on the fence along Francis Lewis Blvd. Below are a few photographs.

Holy Cross extends great gratitude to these supporters of the Walk-a-Thon!

Thank you!

CYO 7th & 8th Grade Basketball Tournament

Flushing, Queens, New York – Holy Cross High School recently held its inaugural CYO Girls 7th and 8th grade basketball tournament. The games were a great success! A huge thank you goes out to the Holy Cross Varsity Cross Country coach Mrs. Cathy Quinn for handling the logistics of setting up the tournament.

Pictured below with their championship trophy- and sporting their Holy Cross Knights tournament t-shirts- are the members of the 7th grade championship team from Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Academy from Bayside, NY. They defeated Our Lady of Lourdes from Queens Village in a tight, hard-fought, come from behind victory!

Congratulations to all players, coaches, and fans- thanks to all of you for making this event memorable!


Holy Cross High School Celebrates Several Retirees

Flushing, Queens, New York — Holy Cross High School honors five long-time faculty and staff who announced their retirements as of August 31, 2017.

With great gratitude and much appreciation Holy Cross High School acknowledges:

Tom Pugh
Loreen McCarthy
Mary Pollini
Magaly Lohnes
Suzanne Abruzzo

43 Years
34 Years
31 Years
20 Years
11 Years

for their years of dedicated service to the mission of Holy Cross High School. Their nearly 140 years of combined commitment has been a blessing to the Holy Cross family.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Dress Code Change

This is the official dress code approved Holy Cross High School quarter-zip which will replace the old dress code sweater starting this year. This is a flash web store run by our sports apparel partner, Metro Team Outfitters. The store will remain open through midnight on September 17th. All orders will ship directly to your home approximately three weeks after the closing of the web store.


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Forever in our hearts; Always in our prayers.

Forever in our hearts; Always in our prayers.

Today we placed flags of honor and flowers at the 9/11 Alumni Memorial in recognition of the members of the Holy Cross family who lost their lives on, or as a result of, September 11, 2001, including:

Father Francis (Frank) E. Grogan, C.S.C.
Former Holy Cross High School Teacher and
Chaplain. United Airlines Flight 175

Carl F. Asaro ’79
Manhattan, Battalion 9

Dominick Berardi ’94
Cantor Fitzgerald

Thomas Anthony Casoria ’90
Manhattan, Engine Company 22

Lt. John Crisci ’71
Maspeth, Queens, Hazardous Materials Company 1

David A. Defeo ’82
Sandler O’Neill & Partners

Joseph Anthony Eacobacci ’92
Cantor Fitzgerald

Ryan D. Fitzgerald ’93
Fiduciary Trust International

Edward F. Geraghty ’74
Battalion Chief, Manhattan, Battalion 9

Stephen G. Hoffman ’82
Cantor Fitzgerald

Louis Steven Inghilterra ’73
Fiduciary Trust Company

William Krukowski ’83
Manhattan, Ladder Company 21

Charles P. Lucania ’84
P.E. Stone, Inc.

Manuel Mojica ’82
Squad 18

Michael Dermott Mullan ’85
Manhattan, Ladder Company 12

Richard Palazzolo ’80
Cantor Fitzgerald

Sergio G. Villanueva ’86
Brooklyn, Ladder Company 132

Brother Francis Raymond Ellis, CSC Obituary

Brother Francis Raymond Ellis, CSC
December 23, 1936 – September 9, 2017

Born in New Haven, Connecticut on December 23, 1936, Francis was the second of the four sons of Frank R. Ellis, Detective, and Alma East Ellis, Teacher and Principal. Francis was baptized on January 10, 1937 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut. His early educational experience in New Haven began at Ivy Street Public School and then St. John the Evangelist, where he graduated in 1950. Notre Dame High School, run by the Brothers of Holy Cross, was the next step in his education. He relates that in his senior year he began to think of becoming a Brother because of “the friendly and sincere way the Brothers help and teach others.” So, with the encouragement of his mother, he decided to “give it a try.” Upon graduating from Notre Dame High School in 1954, he applied and was accepted that June into the candidacy program of the Brothers of Holy Cross at St. Joseph Juniorate in Valatie, New York. He was received into St. Joseph Novitiate, Rolling Prairie, Indiana, on August 15, 1954 and made first profession on August 16, 1955, and final Profession on August 23, 1958.

Leaving Rolling Prairie in August of 1955, Brother Francis began his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana. He graduated in August of 1958 with a BA degree, upon which he was assigned to teach math and Latin and to coach freshmen football and basketball at Monsignor James Coyle High School in Taunton, Massachusetts. The following year he was assigned to teach at Vincentian Institute in Albany, New York while attending graduate courses at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. In June of 1961, he received a MA degree from Siena College and then went on to teach at Holy Cross High School, Flushing, New York. In 1970, Brother Francis became Principal of Bishop Hendricken High School, Warwick, Rhode Island, prior to the Brothers leaving the high school in 1971. Brother Francis then returned to teach and coach at Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York from 1971 through 1978, when he was appointed Principal of Cardinal Mooney High School in Rochester, New York from 1978 to 1985. Following his role as principal, he enjoyed a renewal program at Sangre de Cristo in Santa Fe, New Mexico and studies at Santa Fe College, Santa Fe, New Mexico and at Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C.

In 1986, Brother Francis was assigned to Notre Dame International School in Rome, Italy to teach math and coach various intramural sports. In 1988, his teaching ministry took him to St. Mary’s Seminary in Fort Portal, Uganda. Although he served only one year in Fort Portal, his hospitality made a deep impact as on the many and varied frequent visitors the Brothers’ house.

Brother Francis then returned to Notre Dame International School in Rome as a teacher and as the director of the Holy Cross Religious community. He thus finished his overseas ministerial experiences and moved back to the States in 1991, to live at Columbia Hall on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, where he began a Master’s of Science in Administration degree at the University. Upon completion of the Master’s degree, he was assigned in 1993 as Business Manager at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland. In 1998 he assumed the additional role of Director of the Brothers community.

In 2005 Frank began a sabbatical year at Sangre de Cristo, New Mexico and then at St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, He then returned to Notre Dame where he resided at Columba Hall and started his ministry at Dujarie House primarily as a “Transportation Coordinator.” and his years of experience driving buses for school teams made him well-prepared for driving brothers to various medical appointments and shopping. Frank would often drive the van on a wandering route through the campus of Notre Dame to ensure the brothers were up to date.

Although Frank described himself as semi-retired, he was very active as Assistant Superior at Columba Hall. Besides taking care of the various needs of the Brothers in community there, as well as many of the guests, he was busy attending the various athletic events, lectures and cultural events on the Notre Dame campus, not to mention getting in some swimming at the Rockne Memorial and playing golf – for free at the two university courses.

In April of 2015, at the time of his 60th Jubilee, he related, “I plan to keep doing most of these things for the next decade or so with God’s blessings.” But, the Lord called him home on Saturday, September 9, 2017. He was not feeling well that morning and at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana a heart problem was detected, but in the midst of preparations for surgery, he passed on to new life.

Please join me in prayer for the repose of the soul of our dear Brother Frank and for the consolation of family, community members and friends. We have been blessed by his many years of dedicated ministry in secondary education – in the classroom and on the sports field, and to us, his Brothers. We will greatly miss his presence as Assistant Superior, brother and friend.

Br. William Zaydak, CSC
Provincial Superior
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On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, services for Br. Francis Ellis will be held at the St. Joseph Chapel of Holy Cross College, South Bend, Indiana. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. followed by Mass.

On Friday, September 15, 2017, a Memorial Service will be held at 7:15 p.m. at the chapel of the St. Joseph Center, Valatie, New York.

The Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment at the St. Joseph Center cemetery.

If you are able to attend services at St. Joseph Center and will be staying overnight or will be present for the community meal after the interment, please contact Sue Henderson at St. Joseph Center. Phone: 518-784-9481 Fax: 518-784-9494 Email: sjcval@gmail.com

Holy Cross Knights Win!

Holy Cross High School Knights took to the gridiron for the season opener at Senator Michael J. Tully Park on Friday night, 7:00pm, September 9, 2017.

A picture is worth 1,000 words. When one of the Knights’ captains, Justin Felder, scored a touchdown with the help of his fellow Knights, his Mom, sporting his jersey # 24 shared with the crowd, “He did just what I taught him to do!”

Yes he did!

Knights – 41

Mavericks – 8


Flushing, Queens, New York — Holy Cross High School is pleased to announce the addition of Mrs. Natalya Keir to the Business Office team.

Mrs. Keir will be focusing her attention on issues of Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Human Resources in support of all faculty and staff. She brings to Holy Cross many years of experience handling these same functions with the benefit of the same business software solutions employed by the school.

Holding a teaching certificate from the Board of Education of NY allows Mrs. Keir to be very much aware of the academic focus at Holy Cross. In addition, as a current parent of a Holy Cross student, Mrs. Keir embraces the school’s mission.

Holy Cross High School, a Catholic college preparatory school in Queens, New York, educates the hearts and minds of young people following the educational and spiritual vision of Blessed Father Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

Holy Cross embraces students who reflect social and economic diversity. The school strives to instill within each student a desire to identify and fully develop God-given talents while pursuing excellence in all endeavors.

Holy Cross’ varied academic programs and activities nurture and promote spiritual, intellectual, creative, social and psychological growth and development. As Blessed Father Basil Moreau wrote in 1856, “Education is the art of helping young people to completeness.”

For additional information, please contact Mr. James M. Conboy ‘83, VP of Institutional Advancement, (718) 886-7250; jconboy@holycrosshs.org.

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Important Reminder: Student Meal Plan

Don’t forget to begin loading your child’s meal card account. To reload the meal card, please click here or visit us at https://holycrosshs.org/studentlife/knights-cafe to download the form.

We are in the process of transferring accounts and any balances left over from the end of last year from the former food service provider to your new Proper Food Group account. Thank you for your patience!