Back in 2005, when Fr. Judge began his Presidency at Regis, Andreassi was first commissioned with the daunting task of establishing and cataloging the school's official archives. During that time, the notion of a scholarly history of the school was also explored. The archival reasearch and work during those years leading up to the Regis Centennial is what inspired and ultimately led to the now-published account of one of America's most fascinating Catholic secondary schools.
With entertaining anecdotes intertwined alongside a wider historical context, Andreassi's presentation led those in attendance on the evolution of Regis through the decades of the twentieth century to the present day—from the generosity of a devout Catholic widow, through the Depression and World War II, to changes in demographics of the Catholic community and shifts in the landscape of Catholic education in New York City.
After completing his overview and the anecdotal passages he read throughout, Andreassi opened the floor for questions. An interactive and entertaining dialogue with the audience ensued. After a sustained round of applause, the event reception continued and Fr. Andreassi greeted guests and signed purchased copies of the book.
Wednesday's official book release for Andreassi's Teach Me To Be Generous: The First Century of Regis High School In New York City was the first Centennial celebration to be held at Regis High School, and one of the first in a series of Centennial-themed events scheduled to celebrate the rich history of Regis High School, its founding family, and the family of parents, alumni, and friends that have supported the school through its first 100 years.
In January, the Centennial celebrations officially commenced with the ringing of the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange (Read More: Regis High School Rings In the Centennial Year at the New York Stock Exchange | January 17, 2014). A robust list of upcoming Centennial events includes a Classroom Revisited day featuring presentations by prominent alumni, a Centennial Film Festival celebrating Regians that starred in or that helped produce Hollywood blockbusters, and the school's marching in the New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade (for the first time since the late 1940's).
The year-long celebration will culminate with the Centennial Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria on October 25th, followed the next day by a special Centennial Mass at Saint Ignatius Loyola Church. The mass will be celebrated by His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, and Bishop Frank J. Caggiano '77 will serve as homilist. For more information on these and other Centennial events, please visit regis.org/2014.
An encore presentation of Anthony D. Andreassi, C.O.'s Teach Me To Be Generous: The First Century of Regis High School In New York City will take place at Regis High School on March 3rd. For more information about that event, please call the Office of Development at (212) 288-1142 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above: Anthony D. Andreassi, C.O. presenting Teach Me To Be Generous: The First Century of Regis High School In New York City in the Regis High School Auditorium on February 5th.
Above: Despite the heavy snow and freezing rain, alumni and friends packed the auditorium and listened intently as Fr. Andreassi presented an overview of the history of Regis High School.
Above: After completing his presentation, Fr. Andreassi conducted an interactive and entertaining dialogue with the audience.
Above: Following the Question and Answer session with the audience, Fr. Andreassi greeted guests and signed purchased copies of the book.
Above: Parents and alumni from all generations waited patiently in line for their opportunity to meet Fr. Andreassi and have him personalize their copy of the book.
Above: Wednesday's official book release for Andreassi's Teach Me To Be Generous: The First Century of Regis High School In New York City was the first Centennial celebration to be held at Regis High School.
Above: Fr. Andreassi pens a personal note to a recent graduate of Regis High School.