Padua Kicks Off 60th Anniversary with Mass & Fireworks

August 14th, 2021 | News, News 2021


Padua Franciscan High School kicked off its 60th anniversary celebration with an Outdoor Mass and Fireworks display at Padua Stadium on Saturday, August 14, 2021. More than 1,000 Bruins, alumni and supporters joined us for the special night filled with faith and family.

The Mass presider was Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM, provincial minister of the Sacred Heart Province of Franciscans (from St. Louis, Missouri). The homilist was Padua alumnus Fr. Joe Mamich ’97, who serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church in Strongsville. He delivered a message about the importance of always having hope. Additionally, a dozen priests and deacons from around the Diocese participated in the Mass. Dozens of Padua alumni sang in the church choir.

The Padua community said a blessing over its newly installed President David Stec ’86. “We’re at an incredible point in the history of our school,” Stec said. “It is time to celebrate the past and also build on the work of so many before us…as we begin a new era.”

VIDEO: Click here to watch a video of the event.
(Mass is at 40:30 – 1:49:26. Fireworks are at 2:00:30 – 2:13:05.)

Thank you to the event sponsors: Koler Financial Group, The Legends of 1972, Valued Capital Advisors – James E. Gaydosh ’78 and Jack Frost Donuts

Throughout this milestone year, Padua will continue celebrating the impact the school has made on more than 12,500 young men and women since 1961. The next 60th event will be the Homecoming Football game on Friday, September 24, 2021 at Padua Stadium. Kickoff is at 7pm against the Lake Catholic Cougars. Click here for more details.