St. Sebastian’s, founded by Cardinal William O’Connor, opened on September 29, 1941, on Nonantum Hill in Newton. In honor of our 75th Anniversary in 2016, the School established the tradition of an annual Founder’s Day and continued to mark the anniversary again this year with an assembly on September 29, 2021.
Alumus John Piccione ’76 served as this year’s keynote speaker. He shared memories of his time spent in the 1970's on the Nonantum Hill campus and gave accounts of how the faculty had a great impact on his life during his years at St. Sebastian's. He encouraged the students to grow their relationships with faculty as it will pay dividends forever. Mr. Piccione went on to highlight the how much the school has grown since he was an Arrow, from its curriculum offerings to the academic and athletic facilities. As an example, he recalled performing dissections during science class at his desk in comparison to the state-of-the-art science labs available to current students. He noted: "One thing that hasn't changed through all the years is the concern for the student."
Previous Founder’s Day speakers have done a wonderful job of providing our students with a strong sense of the St. Sebastian’s of their time. Former member of our Board of Trustees, Senator Paul Kirk ’56 - the grandnephew of our founder - served as our inaugural speaker in 2016, followed by Paul’s brother, Ed Kirk ’62, in 2017, Board President Jim Elcock ’77 P’08 in 2018, former Boston Police Commissioner and current member of our Board of Trustees, Bill Evans ’77 P’17 in 2019, and Ricardo Jeremiah ’80 and his son Eric Jerimiah ’17 in 2020.
Thank you, John, for continuing the legacy and helping us to celebrate St. Sebastian’s 80th birthday!