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Siena Establishes Scholarship for Kevin Tortorelli

NEW YORK – More than 80 people turned out last month to commemorate the establishment of a Siena College scholarship in the name of Kevin Tortorelli, OFM.  They gathered March 15 for a reception at the St. Francis of Assisi Friary on West 31st Street for a belated celebration of  Kevin’s 60th birthday and to celebrate his relationship to many friends in the Siena community.

Kevin, a native of Massachusetts, taught religious studies and classic languages at the Loudonville, N.Y., college from 1982 until 1992.  He is director of adult education at St. Francis of Assisi Church, where dozens of courses are offered each year. Some current offerings include Abandonment to Divine Providence taught by Robert Gavin, OFM, The Medieval Church with Dominc Monti, OFM,and Francis of Assisi: Encounters with Conversion, Reconciliation and Peacemaking with Sr. Margaret Holden, FSP.

The event, organized by Nathan Maloney, Siena’s director of alumni relations, attracted guests, many of whom traveled to celebrate Kevin’s relationship as a teacher, mentor and friend to many Siena alumni. Maloney served as the college liaison and master of ceremonies for the evening’s program, organized by a committee led by Jim Monaghan, ’88 and Ted King, ’86.

The first students will begin receiving the new scholarship in the fall.

In his remarks, Kevin said that this scholarship is about “Siena College with its unfussy ethos of welcome and of purpose.  The college is a community shaped by deep historical roots, and in a broad and deep humanism, one that is classical, Catholic, Franciscan and modern.”

In photo, Kevin is shown flanked by Ted King and Jim Monaghan with Jerome Massimino, OFM, guardian of the St. Francis of Assisi Friary, on the right. This photo and the ones available through the link below were taken by Andrew Schoulder.