2019 Reunion

une 20 to June 22, 2019

Duns Scotus Southfield Michigan

The Franciscan Alumni Association is pleased to announce that its 2019 Chapter Reunion will be held in Southfield, Michigan.  Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM '70 and the Franciscan Friars of The Church of the Transfiguration will be our hosts for major events at the reunion.  Come share food, drink and life experiences with your brothers.  Please start making plans now to join other alumni at what is sure to be another rewarding weekend of Franciscan fellowship and spiritual reunion.
We hope to see many of our Michigan alumni during the weekend.

You can find additional details in our Spring 2019 FAA Newsletter.

Some of Franciscan Friars in the area that you may know and remember are:
Loren Connell '61
Ed Gura '76
Michael Radomski '77
Dennet Jung '54
Mike Dubec
Mike Lenz
Al Mascia '72
Alex Kratz '86
Maynard Tetreault '51
Louie Zant '60
Jeremy Harrington '50
Phil Wilhelm '55
Jeff Scheeler '70

2019 Milestones

30th Anniversary of the founding of the Franciscan Alumni Association
40th Anniversary of the last graduating class from Duns Scotus College.
40th Anniversary for the class of 1979
50th Anniversary for the class of 1969
60th Anniversary for the class of 1959
60th Anniversary of the start of the lay student program at Duns Scotus College (Special activities are being planned for these alumni.  Please contact Dennis Kirby  '56 for more information.)

Who's Planning to Be There

Please let us know if you will be joining us by sending an email to the 2019 Reunion Committee.  The alumni with an "*" in front of their names have said they might be there.

Marie Beauchamp
Rusty Farrell DSC
David Macovei

Jeremy Harrington, OFM '50

*Magnolia Wurgler Daughter of Orlando Jaquez '51

Joris Heise '54

Dennis Kirby '56

Michael Chowning OFM '58

Bob Weakley OFM '59

Loren Connell OFM '61

Paul and Barbara LaRou '62
Chuck Lawrence '62
Savio Russo '62
Walt St. Clair '62

Frank Jasper OFM '64
Dan Kroger OFM '64

Gary Wintz '65

Mike Moran '68

Bob Buerscher '69
Dave Macovei '69
Bern Schwartz '69
Daniel Sedillo '69
Matt Taylor '69

Henry Beck '70
Dave and Nancy Imhoff '70
Rick Kasper '70
Dale Recinella '70
Bill Ritter '70
Jeff Scheeler, OFM '70
Dave Seibert '70
Rick and Kathy Wissel '70

Matthew Gallegos '71
Joe and Christine VanHagen '71

Gary and Sally Bales '72
Matthew Gallegos '71
Dave Gehring '72
Michael Kruzich '72
Ed and Debbie Schellenbach '72

Jim and Andrea Lubinski '74
Doug Pryor DSC '74
Mike Thomas '74

*Jeff Elliott '75
Butch Feldhaus '75
Rick Gardner '75
Mark Kling '75

J. Patrick Daly '76
Paul Landers '76
Steve Degnan-Schmidt '76

David Burkitt '77
Mike and Joyce Daly '77
Frank and Kathie Lopez '77
Tom Shumate '77

Bryan Reising '79


Where To Stay

Reunion Hotel

Best Western Premier Detroit Southfield
26555 Telegraph Rd
Southfield, MI 48033

The hotel consists of rooms with king sized beds.  All guest rooms are non-smoking.  Guests should ask for the “Franciscan Alumni School Reunion” group block by Friday May 24, 2019.  The rate for attendees is $89.00 per night plus tax (currently 13% per room per night).  This rate includes breakfast.  Click here for the reservation page.  They can be reached by phone at 248-358-7600.


Other Hotels in the Area

Quality Inn
26111 Telegraph Rd
Southfield, MI 48034
Phone: (248) 368-6130

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Southfield – Detroit
25100 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48075
Phone: (248) 350-2400

Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Southfield
27027 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48033
Phone: (248) 358-1222


Reunion Events and Activities

The following plans are tentative and are subject to change.  At the time of this writing, Friday and Saturday afternoons are open so that you may explore the Detroit area on your own.

After making your plans for the reunion, please contact the Reunion Committee and inform them as to which activities you plan on attending.  This will help plan for the number of people to expect at each event.

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, each person will be responsible for their own bill at each dining event.


The Schedule

Thursday June 20, 2019

6:00 - Evening Social for early arrivals – Dinner at nearby Shields Restaurant.  Drinks afterward at the hotel bar, the Nomad Grill.


Friday June 21, 2019 (Feast of St. Aloysius)

Morning tours conducted by Fr. Loren Connell, OFM and/or Br. Ed Gura, OFM

8:00 - Morning Prayer
8:15 - Breakfast
9:30 - Visit with Friars at St. Moses the Black, 1125 Oakman Blvd., Detroit, MI 48238
10:30 – Bun Fun at Holy Moly Donut Shop, 2699 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208
11:00 – Visit St. Dominic’s Outreach Center, 4835 Lincoln St., Detroit, MI  48208
12:15 – Feast Day Mass at St. Aloysius Church, 1234 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226.  Fr. Loren Connell, OFM, pastor of St. Aloysius Parish, has extended to alumni an invitation to participate in Mass on the feast day of the parish’s Patron Saint.  Fr. Loren also suggests that alumni explore the downtown area before or after visiting St. Aloysius as time allows.
1:00 - Lunch
3:00 - Visit historic Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 646 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226.  The Friars were there from roughly 1880 to 1920. 
6:00 – Cook out at the Church of the Transfiguration Friary, 25231 Code Rd, Southfield, MI  48033.  Meal provided gratis by the Friars.


Saturday June 22, 2019

8:00 - Morning Prayers
8:15 - Breakfast
10:00 - Tour of the former Duns Scotus College now the Word of Faith International Christian Center, 20000 W Nine Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48075
4:30 - Mass at the Church of the Transfiguration, 25225 Code Rd, Southfield, MI 48033
5:45 - Group Photo after Mass and before dinner
6:00 – Catered dinner in the Church of the Transfiguration Parish Hall.  Please expect to pay about $15 per person.
7:00 - Stories from bygone years, either from High School or College, by Friars in attendance
8:00 – Chapter Meeting
8:30 - Awards Presentation
9:00 - Remembrance Ceremony
9:15 - Chapter Close with the singing of the Ultima


Sunday June 23, 2019

8:00 - Morning Prayer
8:15 - Breakfast
Alumni Departure


Additional Activities

Besides participating in the planned events and activities of the Chapter reunion, you may also consider striking out on your own to experience other places in the Detroit area.  Here are a few suggestions from the friars of the Church of the Transfiguration:

Belle Isle State Park. Rich with history and natural beauty, Belle Isle Park is a Detroit gem and a Michigan state park. The 987-acre island park features the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Belle Isle Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, giant slide, athletic fields, picnic areas, Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the James Scott Memorial Fountain and more attractions popular with all ages and interests.

Franciscan Capuchin Solanus Casey Center.  Inspired by the life and example of Blessed Solanus Casey, this Center strives to be a place of pilgrimage, healing, reconciliation and peace.

You might also consider taking an introspective walk in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery to visit the graves of past Friars you may remember.

And you may also visit the website the Pure Michigan website for other ideas.