Bronx/Yonkers Divisions Award Barry Medals to Catholic School Graduates



Commodore John Barry – Father of the American Navy

     AOH Divisions in The Bronx and Yonkers announced this year’s recipients of The Commodore John Barry Memorial Medal. The Commodore John Barry Medal is presented to a graduating Catholic School Elementary Student who has excelled in U.S. History/Social Studies.

     The Bronx County AOH began the Barry Medal Program over 50 years ago and includes over 20 schools participating, The program expanded into Yonkers in 2009 and includes 7 schools.

     The award consists of a Certificate of Recognition and a Medal that is worn around the neck. The medals were presented at numerous Graduation Ceremonies during the weekend of June 10th.



The Barry Medal is Awarded to Catholic Elementary Graduates for Excellence in U.S. History/Social Studies.


Congratulations to all of this year’s Recipients!

Division #3 – Bronx County

St. Clare’s School – Kevin Crowe
Villa Maria Academy – Kelly Crokin
Santa Maria School – Rafael Suarez
St. Thomas Aquinas School – Jael Torres
St. Theresa School – Kaiden Sookdar
St. Lucy School – Samuel Gomez

Division #4 – Bronx County

St. Frances De Chantal School – Allen Raja
St. Simon Stock School – Ruskin Martinez & Krieiry Tobal
St. Benedict School – Dominik Zefi
Our Lady of the Assumption School – Anthony Pressimone
St. Francis Xavier School – Frances Faye Valmores

Division #5 – Bronx County

St. Brendan’s School – Analise Ponce
St. Francis of Assisi School – Mandela Simon
St. Margaret of Cortona – Brendan Hamilton
St. Barnabas Elementary – Amanda Chandeo & Ryan St. Jean

Division #7 – Bronx County

Sacred Heart School – Vianny Cabral & Dawryn Rosario
St. Gabriel’s School – Cara Beirne & Ann Dailey
St. John’s School – Daniel Gnajewski & Melamie Valentin

Division #1 – Yonkers

St. Eugene’s School – Victoria Carroll
St. Paul the Apostle School – Raya Maittia
St. Peter’s School – Gabriel Bravo
St. Anthony’s School – Kayla Gallichio
St. John the Baptist School – Anjali Lukee
St. Ann’s School – Beatriz Mendes
Sacred Heart School – Daniel Solis

Bishop O’Connell joins Polar Plunge to raise $100,000 for Catholic education

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. joined the NJ AOH in Atlantic Ocean to benefit Catholic schools in the fifth annual Polar Plunge held in Sea Bright. Organized by Division 2 of Monmouth County, the Polar Plunge raised over $100,000 in support local Catholic schools by providing tuition assistance to families. Since it began in 2007, the event has grown in popularity and attracted more schools each year from Monmouth and Ocean Counties, as well as schools from the Diocese of Metuchen.  There is confirmation that the Bishop jumped in the cold ocean waters at the event. Prior to the plunge, Bishop O’Connell celebrated Mass with the AOH at Mary, Mother of God Church in Middletown, NJ.

Pictured (L – R) National Director Jere Cole, Former NJ State President Jack Sullivan (event organizer) and Bishop O’Connell with members of the AOH at the event.