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Memorial Mass for Rev. Thomas Catania, Ph.D

On Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel, the English Department will offer a Memorial Mass for Rev. Thomas Catania, Ph.D.  Father Augustine, of the Theology department, will preside.

Copy from 2011 President's Award Ceremony
Rev. Thomas CataniaOrdained in 1973, Father Thomas Catania earned a Masters of Divinity degree that same year and a doctorate in English from Fordham University in 1981.  He taught at Cathedral College in Douglaston from 1975 until 1988, beginning his service to Molloy as an adjunct in 1981.  After two years of teaching in St. John's Seminary College in Camarillo, CA, he returned to Molloy as a full-time professor and was tenured in 1993.  Since then, he has taught in the departments of English and Theology and served on numerous College committees, including Priorities and Planning, UAPP and Faculty Council.  He is presently President of the Faculty, a position he also held from 2000-2004. 

Twice, in 1998 and 2004, he was given the Faculty Council Award for service to the Faculty.  Molloy has also honored him with its Distinguished Service Award and with the President's Medal. 

He serves as parochial vicar and director of religious education in Holy Child Jesus Parish, Richmond Hill, Queens, and contributes a regular "Sunday Scriptures" column to the Brooklyn Tablet, for which he was given a citation by an international association of Catholic journalists in 2010.

In his thirty years at Molloy, he has been both preacher and teacher, president and presider.  He still lives in the home from which he walked to Sacred Heart School to be educated, beginning in 1955, by the Sisters of St. Dominic.

We congratulate you and thank you for your generous, gracious, and masterful service to Molloy through thirty fruitful years.

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