Recently, at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Newton, MA, a Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, to induct the ninth class of Peter Lynch (PL) Scholars. For the 2018-2019 school year, St. Charles students, Megan Carmezin-Muniz (grade 4), Eysha Claude (grade 6), Melyssa Goncalves (grade 7), Nicolas Carmezin-Muniz (grade 8) and Mag-Guyda Chery (grade 8), were five of 197 elementary students to be inducted into the class. These St. Charles students were joined by PL Scholars from 54 Catholic elementary schools across the Greater Boston Area.
Peter Lynch, known for his successful career as a money manager at Fidelity Investments, is a longtime supporter of Boston’s Catholic Schools and serves as President Emeritus for the Catholic Schools Foundation. In his honor, The PL Scholars Program was established in 2010 to honor Mr. Lynch’s involvement with the Catholic Schools Foundation and the Inner-City Scholarship Fund. Each Catholic elementary school selects their PL Scholars based upon, among other criteria, his or her grades, work ethic and demonstrated care and concern for others in the school community and beyond.
Cardinal O’Malley was accompanied by Michael B. Reardon, Executive Director of the Catholic Schools Foundation and Amy Ryan, Deputy Superintendent for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Catholic Schools Foundation Board Members Peter Lynch, Mike Rogers, Robert Cunjak and David Foley were also in attendance.
“You have a Peter Lynch Scholarship because someone sees potential in you,” Mike Reardon said while addressing the Peter Lynch Scholars inductees of 2018. “Because someone sees you as a person in your community who has been called to serve, called to care; just like Peter Lynch has spent the last thirty years caring about each of you.”