JSerra Thanks Fr. Vincent for Seven Years of Service

JSerra is saying thank you and best wishes to its Rector and longest-serving priest, Fr. Vincent Gilmore, O. Praem, who is being transferred to a new assignment.

Fr. Abbot Eugene Hayes, superior of the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey, notified JSerra that Fr. Vincent will be reassigned. Fr. Abbot notes “Fr. Vincent served JSerra faithfully and admirably for the past seven years, but after careful consideration, we believe his talents and leadership are needed elsewhere. We are impressed with and proud of JSerra’s growth and are committed to supporting the school and surrounding community.”

“The JSerra community was blessed to have had Fr. Vincent serving our campus for seven years,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra’s President and CEO. “We wish him success in his new role, and we sincerely hope he’ll visit us often. He has an open invitation to celebrate our student body Mass here whenever his calendar allows.”

Fr. Vincent said goodbye to students Monday morning, June 6, during the underclass awards.

Talarico said JSerra remains committed to its wonderful relationship with the Norbertine fathers. He noted that Fr. Damien, Fr. Charbel and Fr. David will remain at JSerra.

Talarico added Fr. Abbot has appointed Fr. Norbert J. Wood, O. Praem to aid JSerra in its principal search. Fr. Norbert, Rector of St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Costa Mesa, will most likely remain an advisor to JSerra in the future. He has a master degree in education administration from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Luke Decker Featured by OC Register

JSerra Valedictorian Luke Decker has quite a story, and the OC Register agrees. He as profiled this weekend by Jeff Miller, reporter for the Register. Read the full story here.

“He’s not a guy who wants to attract the spotlight,” says Tom Waszak, JSerra’s principal. “He’s a unique package. In my experience as an educator, Luke is one of those students who comes along only every five or 10 years.

Of the pressure to maintain his excellence on the track and in the classroom, Decker says, “I never really cracked to it. I think I handled it well. Distance runners have to handle stress really well in a race because the biggest thing that throws distance runners off is panic. You have to be able to perform under pressure and stress. As soon as you panic in a distance race, you’re done.”


JSerra Valedictorian: Greetings From Fresno

*By Penny Arevalo of the Patch.com

Photo by Christi Park

“We have a problem, Houston,” outgoing Principal Tom Waszak said to a packed audience in the Fieldhouse Gymnasium. “Luke [Decker] is not here. Luke is in Fresno,” competing in the CIF state track championships in the 1600-meter race.

But the valedictorian prepared a DVD for his class from Fresno, Waszak said. It kicked off with a musical montage of scenes of Decker running.

The “secret” to his success, Decker said, was found in the faculty and staff – and his fellow students – at the school. “I surrounded myself with successful people from the day I set foot on JSerra High.”

To read the full story click Greetings from Fresno