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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) commends Kitson, Kevin [MC1970]


Good Evening All,
I share with you the following email Ellie Calabro received from Fellow Jasper, Kevin Kitson, Esq, ‘ 70 BA. Kevin has been in our prayers and we need to keep the volume up for him and his Family.

From KJK:

This email will serve as an update to you my dear friends,

My treatment has been overseen by an excellent physician and very good man named Joseph Ruggiero. Joe is an Italian American from Brooklyn who no doubt spent a great deal of his time in the library at Harvard while I was during my college days pursuing other activities.

It was touch and go with Dr. Joe for a while since he didn’t easily adapt to my Irish sense of humor. However, we’ve gotten past that now and have become friendly to the point where recently he engaged me in a discussion the day after St. Patrick’s Day wherein he was trying to convince me that that St. Joseph’s day had comparable festive traditions to those engaged in by my fellow Celts.

It was rather hard to keep a straight face because other than the special pastries made for St. Joseph’s day there wasn’t much else happening. I thought back to the years of marching up Fifth Avenue behind a bagpipe band with family and friends and then post parade dinners and drinks. So after we discussed where you can get the best pastries for St. Joseph’s day I thought better of trying to win any argument with my oncologist so as far as I’m concerned St. Joseph’s day is more important than Christmas.

I have finished my fifth round of chemotherapy and am scheduled to undergo CAT scan studies March 31 to see what effect they have had on the cancer and then regardless they have scheduled a sixth round of for April 1st

The good thing about cancer is that it gives you time for focused thought and prayer. The bad thing about cancer is that it gives you time that you have to deal with it. Prior to be diagnosed New Year’s eve I had had great plans. I was in Florida at our home on the ocean with my wife and children for a family vacation. I was going to slow it down and spend more of my time enjoying what I considered to be the fruits of my labors.

Evidently God had other plans for me and he called me to go on this journey. When you are healthy and things are going your way its easy to lose sight of the fact that there is so much that is outside of our control.

So at this point you know everything I do and I ask that you continue to remember me in your prayers.
Please keep Kevin and his Family in your prayers as we continue to pray that Kevin’s treatment’s have the desired effect and that he will be on the road to recovery. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

Kitson, Kevin [MC1970]

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JFOUND: Mariani, Paul [MC1962] @ Hillsdale College



Morning Minutes, April 13 … 

Poet Paul Mariani to visit Hillsdale College April 15-16 …

Poet Paul Mariani will make two appearances at Hillsdale College. 

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College, founded in 1844, has built a national reputation through its maintenance of a classical core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or…

Posted Apr. 12, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

Hillsdale, Mich.

HILLSDALE — Hillsdale College’s Department of English will present two public appearances by poet Paul Mariani, both at 8 p.m. in the College’s Dow Conference Center:

The appearances will include:

• April 15: Poetry reading

• April 16: Lecture on “A New Knowledge of Reality: Wallace Stevens’ Final Phase”

Mariani has taught English literature and poetry for more than 45 years. He is currently university professor of English at Boston College. He is also the author of five literary biographies, seven volumes of poetry, and numerous other books.

Mariani earned a bachelor of arts degree from Manhattan College, a master of arts degree from Colgate University, and a Ph.D. from City University of New York.

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Mariani, Paul [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Paul is a member of the class of 1962.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Mariani, Paul [MC1962]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) has another request


Good Morning All,

Jerry Lynch requests our prayers for his Twin Brother, Joe. Joe is undergoing foot surgery tomorrow. He has been sick for quite a while with many setbacks but as Jerry says, ” he has been blessed with a positive and hopeful attitude.” We pray that the procedure is successful, that the Surgeon’s hand is guided and true and that Joe’s rehab will be complete with no complications and give him comfort. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) reports a good result


Good Morning All,

Some good news to share, our Littlest Jasper, Luke, went home from Hospital yesterday. The Doctors feel he is stable and doing well. A prayer of thanks is in order and thank you all for your Prayers and good thoughts. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. Prayer Works. Thank you. God Bless. Goooooo Lukie!

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) updates on causes


Good Afternoon All,

Dave Ellis of our Retreat Team asks for our prayers for a family in his Parish. This good and faithful family have a great deal on their plate.
Brian, the son, is in treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Maureen, the mother, had a heart attack last week. She is currently in intensive care.

Rich, the father, is trying to tend to the needs of both his wife and his son. He is a faithful servant of our Lord and is studying to become a deacon.

Please raise the volume as we keep this family in our prayers. We will be heard. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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Good Morning All,

An update on John Nason. Geroge Skau spoke with John at the end of last week and John continues to improve. His spirits are high and he and Jeanne will be down in Florida for at least a couple more weeks. Rehab continues and John is doing well with that. Please keep John in your prayers for his continued and complete recovery.

Jim Smith tells us his visit with the Infectious Disease Doctor went very well. Certain steps have been taken such as removing the Intravenus Pic Line which is a major step and it has to heal but overall Jim continues improving. His heartfelt thanks once again for your prayers and good wishes. Please keep Jim in your prayers.

John Reinke’s Friend Pete has been released from Hospital and the MDs are still diagnosing him. Please keep Pete in your prayers.

Thank you all for being there for us. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) reports a failed cause


Good Evening All,
Tim Mante has shared some very sad news. A young man, Nick Modico, for whom we have been praying for in his valiant fight with Cancer lost that fight last Friday morning. He was called home to God’s Embrace. As Tim has said, ” Nick lived a great 23 years and positively impacted countless people in the last two years of his life.” ” As an only child, Nick, was very close to his parents. We can only imagine their terrible pain. Please keep Nick and his parents in your prayers as we pray that they find God’s Peace and Grace in the days, months and years ahead as they grieve the loss of their loving Son. Thank you Tim for your words and thanks to the prayer group. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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Submitted on 2014/03/28 at 8:58 pm


It’s not a failed cause, when one of ours is welcomed into the loving Father’s embrace.

Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975)

[JR: Sorry I’m an injineer. We didn’t get the desired result. Especially where are so many politicians we can do without. You’re correct in the long run.]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on Bob Mattis


Good Morning All,
Bob Mattis tells us that Noreen’s surgery was a success. The MD is very pleased. Noreen will remain in hospital for a few days to make certain all is well. A prayer of thanks is in order and as Bob says, ” we can’t forget the excellent Doctors and caregivers. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) reports “Prayer Works”


Good Evening All,

I spoke with Jim Smith today and am happy to report that Jim is doing much better. We shared a couple of Laughs and although still undergoing treatment, Jim is not undergoing the extensive and sometimes invasive treatment that he has been experiencing until very recently. His Blood infection was at a dangerous level and the MDs still do not know what caused it but it was extreme. He is meeting with the Infectious Disease Mds this Tuesday to evaluate and update Jim’s recovery. So, overall, the update is positive. Jim sends his heartfelt thanks to all of you for your prayers, thoughtfulness and good wishes. A prayer of thanks is in order. As Jim says, ” Prayer Works.” Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) cites two needs


Good Evening All,

John Reinke asks for our prayers for Pete, John’s oldest Friend. Pete is back in Hospital with the MDs concerned that he may have Congestive Heart failure. Pete is no stranger to our Group so let us please raise the volume for him as well as we pray that the MDs resolve Pete’s problem quickly. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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Good Evening All,

Bob Mattis asks for our prayers for Noreen who has been going through a difficult time with Diverticulitis. Noreen is scheduled for Surgery, tomorrow, Tuesday. Please raise the volume as we pray for a successful surgery with no complications and a swift recovery for this special lady. Noreen, you are in our prayers.Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

 Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) reports on John Nason


Good Morning All,

I heard from John Nason. He is doing better each day, cannot put much pressure on his Hip yet but feels he is improving. The Rehab continues and that is a good thing. As John says, he takes it one day at a time. He and Jeanne expect to be in Florida for at least another week but that is still up in the air at this time. Please keep John in your prayers and keep the volume up as we pray for John’s continued and complete recovery. If his recovery is anything like his spirit, he is good to go. From John, thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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