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Reunion 2000!

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the time we toured the remainder of the building.

Saturday afternoon was open time, with many taking advantage of the time to tour downtown Detroit and the surrounding attractions. An even larger crowd of alumni and families reassembled at St. Michael's Parish in Southfield for the 4:30 Mass. The St. Michael's musicians were supple

less than a year, his touching anecdotes made us all feel we have known this wonderful alumnus all our lives.
Due to the fellowship that followed the awards presentations, President Mike Niklas made the executive decision to forego the business meeting in order to foster the atmosphere. Several alumni broke out their guitars and other instruments for a rousing sing-a-

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fabulous job of maintaining the look and feel of the original architecture while adding a worship space wing accommodating over 5000 at each of two Sunday services. While the new addition was truly awesome, most attendees were flooded with memories upon seeing how little has changed in the old structure. The group lingered longest in the old chapel, locating their old stalls in the area behind the main sanctuary. Though the altar is gone, the original pews and stained glass remain as before. The chapel was still being used for a wedding at

mented by several of our own alumni to add to the liturgical music. A spontaneous Ultima followed the final hymn, deeply touching all.   
After Mass we walked over to the parish hall where the youth group of the parish hosted a sumptuous spaghetti dinner as a fund raiser for their pilgrimage to Rome in August.  The Franciscan Alumni Association helped the kids raise nearly $1000 toward their trip, which they greatly appreciated (see postcard above).
Immediately following the meal, Fr. Alex presented Brother Michael Schebeci with the Christian Life Award. His touching and humorous acceptance speech reaffirmed the Association's choice. Then Merrill Young presented the Humanitarian Award posthumously to Ed Goulet. Ed's children accepted on his behalf. Though Merrill had only known Ed

long, lasting until St. Michael's had to close the hall after 10 PM. As we dispersed into the rainy night, our hearts were warm with the fellowship of one of our most successful and well attended Chapters.

But there's more to this reunion story:

Members of the '69 & '70 classes gathered for a deliciously exotic dinner Friday evening at a Lebanese restaurant in Southfield.  Attending from the class of '70 were Bill Ritter, Fr. Henry Beck, Dave Imhoff, Dave Seibert, John

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