BUFFALO, N.Y. — Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School here hosted its fifth annual Kaleidoscope Dinner recently, raising more than $125,000 for the Fr. Joel A. Campbell, OFM Memorial Scholarship Fund, in memory of the last Holy Name friar assigned to the Franciscan school.
Gregory Jakubowicz, OFM, an alumnus of the school and member of Timon’s Board of Trustees, and Gabriel Scarfia, OFM, of nearby Christ the King Seminary, were among the guests at the June 6 dinner and auction, held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo.
Holy Name friars help found Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in 1950 and many worked there over the years. Some friars even attended the school.
In Memory of Joel Campbell
The Fr. Joel A. Campbell, OFM Memorial Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance to young men who would otherwise be unable to attend the school. It is named for the late Joel, who spent 27 years at the school as a teacher, spiritual director, director of guidance, assistant principal and school principal. Joel began his tenure in 1950 as one of 30 Franciscans staffing the new school. He remained on the faculty until 1967, when he moved to St. Bonaventure University, just south of Buffalo. In 1997, Joel returned to Timon and worked there until his death in February 2007.
“Fr. Joel A. Campbell’s commitment to the young men of Bishop Timon over the 27 years he spent at the school served as the inspiration for the scholarship fund that is named in his honor,” said the school’s news release about the fundraiser.
School president Thomas Sullivan, a 1975 graduate, said in a letter in the spring 2009 issue of Timon magazine, that the school is proud of its Franciscan tradition.
“In articulating and living our Franciscan values and traditions, we often look for role models. We did not have to look very far when the friars were in abundance here at Timon,” wrote Sullivan. “There were some wonderful men who showed us the way. Friars like Fr. Claude Kean, Fr. Eugene Shea, Fr. Joel Campbell, Fr. Timothy Quinn, Fr. David Reddy, Fr. Donatus (Joseph) Doino and Fr. Venard (Gerald) Carr were great models, not only because they wore the brown robes, but because they were men of honor and integrity who followed the Gospel to its core.”
Franciscan values, he said, are the main reason students come to Timon. “Our young men understand that lives of service are at the root of all we stand for.”
Strengthening its Franciscan Roots
To help keep Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School relevant for the future, task groups have developed a strategic vision for the school: “to remain a viable option for young men yearning to receive a solid education that will prepare them for the future.” It further states: “To remain true to our ideals, to remain a preferred choice for young men seeking an exemplary Catholic education, Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School must grow and change. Remaining still, especially at this point in time, would be detrimental to our future as well as our legacy.”
To achieve this vision, the school plans to pursue six directions, first and foremost, to strengthen its Franciscan identity. Strategic direction No. 1 says the school will strengthen its campus ministry and faith formation program to reflect the Franciscan values that are at the core of its mission. It aims to hire a full-time Franciscan chaplain, start a yearly pilgrimage of faculty and students to Assisi, and enhance the campus ministry operating budget.
The school also will work to improve and expand academics, technology, facilities, athletic facilities, and its endowment.
Shown in the photo are Gregory and Gabriel.