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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Distinguished DeSales alumni, from left, David Kinyon and Bill Kirsch, stand with Jodie Mullane (widow of Jim Mullane), Jean Mullane (widow of Jack Mullane), and alumnus Mary Carol Marotta. The five were honored along with Sister Mary Loretto with induction into the DeSales Hall of Fame. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)


AMHERST — DeSales Catholic School honored its second group of inductees to the school's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Thursday night at Classics V Banquet and Conference Center.

Sister Mary Loretto
The 2014 inductees are:
  • Mary Carol (Bracken) Marotta - St. Joseph's Academy,1950
  • Sr. Mary Loretto (Hamm) SSMN - St. Joseph's Academy, 1930
  • David R. Kinyon - DeSales High School, 1968
  • William A. Kirsch - DeSales High School, 1950
  • Jim Mullane - DeSales High School, 1950
  • Jack Mullane - DeSales High School, 1950
This recognition was created to annually honor outstanding graduates of the Catholic schools in Lockport, living or deceased.

Jack Mullane
Hall of Fame inductees embody the teachings of the school's patron, St. Francis de Sales, through their numerous accomplishments in their professional, volunteer and family lives.

Bearing the motto "Enshrining Our Past, Ensuring Our Future," induction into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame serves as the highest honor bestowed by DeSales Catholic School.

There were over 200 people at the induction dinner, including family and friends of the honorees, DeSales alumni, religious and community leaders. MC for the evening was Buffalo radio personality and DeSales alum John Murphy.

This special event helps to fund tuition assistance grants at DeSales Catholic School, providing an opportunity for current and future students to enjoy the benefits of a quality Catholic education. DeSales is one of the largest Regional Elementary Schools in the Diocese of Buffalo, with a mission to be a center of excellence that inspires individual students to reach their greatest potential inside and outside the classroom. Events such as the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Induction dinner help to provide thousands of dollars in tuition assistance grants to deserving students each year.

Jim Mullane
Nominations to the Hall of Fame were submitted by alumni, parents, relatives, friends and members of the communities served by DeSales. Graduates of DeSales High School, St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Mary's School, St. Patrick's School, St. John the Baptist School, Lockport Catholic School, and DeSales Catholic School are eligible for consideration. Each nominee's credentials were carefully evaluated by a volunteer Hall of Fame selection committee. This seven person group includes DeSales alumni from several different decades, as well as current and former DeSales faculty members.

Friday morning, the inductees celebrated Mass with the current students and faculty at DeSales Catholic School, where their names were added to the Hall of Fame display.

DeSales is Eastern Niagara County’s only Catholic School, serving students in Early Childhood Education through Eighth grade. For more information call 433-6422 or visit

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