PHILADELPHIA–The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will honor five remarkable Catholic school graduates with its 2012 Distinguished Graduate Award, also known as the Archdiocesan Hall of Fame.
The event honors Catholic school alumni who have not only achieved professional success in their chosen fields, but also demonstrate a commitment to living their lives by the Gospel Values that guide and define Catholic education in the Archdiocese.
The emcee for the evening is Bob Kelly, CBS 3 traffic reporter and graduate of North Catholic High School. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., will offer remarks as well as the final prayer. Mayor Michael Nutter is also scheduled to attend and congratulate the honorees.
Guests will be entertained by the 20 members of the All Catholic Jazz Band under the direction of Matthew Schwartz. Rachel Campana, a student at Archbishop Wood High School in Bucks County will sing the national anthem and Collin McDonald a student at Bishop Shanahan High School in Chester County will perform on the piano.
The five honorees to be inducted into the Archdiocesan Hall of Fame are:
- Tim Chambers - Director/Screenwriter/Producer, The Mighty Macs, CEO, Tango Traffic and partner, Quaker Media, Saint Anastasia School in Newtown Square (Delaware County) and Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield (Delaware County) alum.
Growing up as one of 12 children, all of whom attended Catholic schools, Tim Chambers found the faith-filled teachings he learned in the classroom always reinforced at home. With the foundation set in his elementary years at Saint Anastasia’s in Newtown Square and secondary school at Cardinal O’Hara, Tim looks to his Catholic education as setting the stage for his career in media. Today, Tim is an experienced entertainment executive who has spent over 20 years in the film, television, and technology industries—and has made it a mission to incorporate the Catholic faith into his work in a favorable light. Most notably he wrote, produced, and directed The Mighty Macs. Along with many other accolades and successes, he is also the founder and CEO of both the Quaker Media Group and Tango Traffic, both located in Malvern and Los Angeles, CA. Tim lives with his wife Kathleen, and their three sons in Media.
- Gerard P. Cuddy - President and Chief Executive Officer, Beneficial Bank Saint Andrew Elementary School in Drexel Hill (Delaware County) and Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill (Delaware County) alum.
Since the very first year he attended Saint Andrew Elementary School in Drexel Hill, Gerard Cuddy’s perspective on life had begun to take shape. He comes from a long line of Catholic school graduates, the value system and gospel teachings learned in the classroom were always reinforced at home.
The desire to pursue a faith-filled education led Gerard to go on to attend Monsignor Bonner HighSchool, earn an undergraduate degree at Villanova University, and complete a master’s degree at SaintJoseph’s University.
As the President and CEO of Beneficial Bank, Gerard finds himself taking an extra five minutesfor prayer or reflection before making large business decisions—an exercise learned early in hiseducational years. A member of Our Mother of Good Counsel parish, Gerard currently resides in Rosemont with his wife and children.
- James Hirschmann, Jr., – Chief Executive Officer, Western Asset Management Company Nativity of Our Lord School in Warminster (Bucks County) and Archbishop Wood High School Warminster (Bucks County) alum.
At a very young age, Jim Hirschmann learned that Catholic faith and Catholic education went hand-in-hand and that everyone from parents and teachers to priests, sisters, and coaches played an integral partin fostering faith-filled students. An active member of his parish’s CYO program, Jim loved playing basketball, baseball, track and anyother sport he could get involved in. He also spent his time serving as an altar boy and singing in the choir. It’s no wonder that now, as president and CEO of Western Asset Management Company–oneof the world’s largest investment managers– Jim still lives his life with excellence grounded infaith. For you see, what sets Western Asset apart from its competitors are several tenants of Jim’s Catholic upbringing: a nurturing environment, mutual respect and responsibility, discipline, and highexpectations both in and out of the office.
Jim currently resides in Pasadena, CA, with his wife Laura and their two children.
- Jane Metzler – Anchor/Reporter, Fox News Radio Queen of Peace School in Ardsley (Mongtomery County) and Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote (Montgomery County) alum.
Jane Metzler grew up in Ardsley. Her Catholic education journey began at Queen of Peace elementary school, where she had her first encounter with public speaking after being called on by the Archbishop at confirmation.
Jane went on to attend Bishop McDevitt High School, where she was a proud member of the school’sspeech and debate teams and served as Class Chairman for three years. The confidence and knowledgeshe gained from her experiences in high school eventually lead to a successful career in broadcastjournalism. As an anchor for Fox News Radio, Jane looks back at her time at McDevitt with fond memories andsincere gratitude. Jane currently resides in Hawthorne, NJ, is an active member of Saint Anthony’s parish and an enthusiastic advocate of Catholic education.
- Richard Kestler, FSC – President of West Philadelphia Catholic High School Saint Martin of Tours School (Philadelphia) and La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor(Montgomery County) alum.
Since his days attending Saint Martin of Tours parish school in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia, Brother Richard Kestler has always had a passion for education. Even after graduating from high school, completing his undergraduate studies, and earning two master’s degrees, Brother Richard still spends every day in school. As President of West Philadelphia Catholic High School, he continues to share his passion for faith and learning with future generationsof students. Brother Richard always had an interest in teaching young students, but it wasn’t until he was strongly influenced by a handful of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Brothers of the Christian Schools that he decided to become a member of the Christian Brothers himself, something he has enjoyed for every minute of the past 52 years.
These five individuals exemplify the Promise Fulfilled by Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. 7:00 p.m. The induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building (9th floor) on Broad and Juniper streets, Philadelphia.