Thank you to all of those who nominated so many wonderful alumni to be considered for induction into the Monsignor Farrell High School Alumni Hall of Fame.

After careful consideration of each nominating package by a fourteen-member selection committee, made up of fellow alumni from various decades and professional backgrounds, six nominees were chosen for induction.

Each of the following six alumni were recognized not only for their individual professional accomplishments, but more importantly, for the positive impact they have had on their alma mater and their communities.

Below you will find a brief excerpt from each inductee's bio to serve as an introduction to our 2019 class. More complete biographies will be included in the induction ceremony program, and posted to our website in the coming weeks.

For more information regarding the nominating and selection process, please click here.

Induction Ceremony
Please join us on Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 pm. in the Farrell lobby.
 
Tickets are $50.00 per person and includes dinner and cocktails.
 
Register by Monday, December 9.
 


It is our distinct pleasure to introduce the Monsignor Farrell High School Alumni Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Class:
 



Lou Bergonzi '65
Shortly after earning his degree from Iona College, Lou joined the faculty at Monsignor Farrell High School as a member of the history department, also serving as a coach in the track program.

Lou left teaching after several years at Farrell to begin a career with the Staten Island Advance, where he worked for over three decades. His positions at the Advance included: general assignment reporter and copy editor; assistant sports editor and sports editor; editor of the entertainment and Weekend sections; Sunday editor; assistant news editor and news editor. He returned to the Farrell faculty in 2005 and became the Director of Institutional Advancement in 2012.


Retired now, Lou continues to volunteer his time as a track and field / cross-country coach at Farrell. He is also a committee member of the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame, as well as a past-chairman.

 

Dr. James Lafferty '74
Dr. Lafferty earned his undergraduate degree in biology from SUNY Albany and his M.D. from Downstate Medical Center. He has worked at Staten Island University Hospital for the past 30 years, serving as Associate Director of Cardiology from 1996-2006.

He is currently the Director of the Cardiology Fellowship, a position he has held since 2006. Dr. Lafferty has also served as Managing Partner of Gateway Cardiology and Staten Island Heart during this time. His scope of practice has included: cardiac angiography, electrophysiology, noninvasive cardiology, teaching, and research.

Among his many awards, Dr. Lafferty has been recognized as one of America's top doctors by Castle Connolly since 1994.

 

Judge Mario Mattei '74
Judge Mattei graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from SUNY Cortland. He earned his law degree from New York Law School, also graduating cum laude.

Judge Mattei worked as an assistant district attorney (Investigations Bureau Chief) for Richmond County from 1983 to 1989 and from 1991 until his judicial appointment in 2010. He is currently an acting justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Staten Island Criminal Term.
 
 


Rev. Aiden Rooney '74
Rev. Rooney earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from St. John's University. He entered Vincentian seminary to study for the priesthood in 1979, was admitted to the Congregation of the Mission in 1981, and ordained to the Priesthood in 1984.

He currently serves as Vice President for Mission Integration at Niagara University and Superior of the local Vincentian Community. Fr. Rooney also serves on his religious community’s leadership team, and on the board of Depaul International, an international non-profit dedicated to the elimination of homelessness in alliance with the United Nations and the European Union.



Kenny White '88
Kenny earned his bachelor's degree in history and political science from the University of Vermont, and his master's degree in applied physiology from Columbia University.
While at Vermont, Kenny was instrumental in the turnaround of the men's basketball program, finishing his playing career as their all-time leader in assists and games played. He was inducted into their hall of fame in 2002.

Kenny is the head strength and conditioning coach at Providence College, a position he has held since 2003. Prior to Providence, Kenny was the strength and conditioning coach at Stony Brook University (1999-2003), St. Bonaventure University (1997-99), and served as a graduate assistant at Columbia University for two years.



Joe Saraceno '89
Joe earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Fordham University, where he played intercollegiate golf for the Rams. He earned his master's in physical therapy from NYU in 1998.

In 2001, Joe became a partner at One on One Physical Therapy, and was named president of the company in 2008. While at One on One, Joe helped to expand the business to twenty-one locations across the city. In 2019, Joe helped execute the merger of JAG Physical Therapy and One on One Physical Therapy to create JAG-ONE Physical Therapy.

In his current role as Chief Operating Officer at JAG-ONE, he oversees over 50 physical therapy locations, serving thousands of patients in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Joe is also committed to numerous local charities, including the “Friends of Bill Micciulli Foundation” founded in 2001 in honor of his fallen Farrell brother who was killed on 9/11/01. Through his charity work, Joe has also helped to raise nearly $300 thousand for Autism Awareness.
 

 
 

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