For many in the Syracuse area, it hardly seems possible that it has been more than two years since the death of Msgr. Joseph Champlin.
In keeping with his philosophy of celebrating life and helping others, Cathedral Academy at Pompei, LeMoyne College and the Guardian Angel Society are having a party to commemorate Father Champlin's 80th birthday. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday May 8 at Cathedral Academy at Pompei, 923 North McBride St. in Syracuse.
All proceeds from the celebration will go towards student tuition at CAP.
Champlin, a beloved priest of the diocese, prolific author, national speaker and founder of the Guardian Angel Society, died on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at age 77. Champlin had battled a rare form of cancer called Waldenstrom's Disease.
He left behind a legacy of helping inner city youth attend Catholic school from elementary all the way through college with financial assistance from the Guardian Angel Society.
At the Cathedral at Pompei, his vision is a reality and the Syracuse Diocese remains committed to the school's success.
Blended from two parishes, the rich Roman Catholic tradition is visible throughout the building where multilingual children from 20 nations come to learn.
Academic achievement is significantly higher than national, state and local urban schools. Social and academic assistance come from the Jesuit Novices and Le Moyne professors, students and staff, which coupled with the opportunity for Guardian Angel scholarships and LeMoyne College scholarships, encourages students to succeed.