Monday, February 11, 2013
Rev, Jeffrey Kegley says Pope Benedict's decision to step down proves he is a holy, humble man. Principal Steven Sciarappa said it was a teachable moment for young Catholics.
In Middletown this morning, the pastor of the third largest Roman Catholic parish in the Diocese of Trenton got the news of Pope Benedict XVI's stunning resignation at 5:45 a.m. via a text message from a parishioner. Rev. Jeffrey Kegley of Saint Mary said he immediately realized the importance of this historic moment, because the last time a pope stepped down was 600 years ago. "It's shocking to the whole Catholic community," said Father Kegley. "He is a holy, humble man, and a very bright man. He is sharp as a tack to be able to do this, in freedom. It shows humility, to say you can't continue to do the job." Pope Benedict XVI, 85, announced early Monday though the Vatican in Rome that he will step down at the end of the month, citing …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
William Miltner, 29, of Middletown will serve time at New Jersey State Prison
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monmouth County Superior Court Judge John T. Mullaney sentenced William Miltner, 29, of Middletown to four years in state prison for sexual assault of a high school student. Miltner, of Acker Drive in Middletown, was a former teacher and dean at Mater Dei Prep in New Monmouth, where the student was enrolled. The offenses occured between March and September 2009. As part of his sentence, Miltner will be subject to parole supervision for life, as well as the sex offender registration and notification requirements of Megan’s law. Miltner was also required to permanently give up his New Jersey Teacher’s License as a condition of the negotiated plea in this case. Miltner was indicted and pled guilty before Judge Mullaney on January 19, 2012. …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Upload and share your pictures from Mater Dei Prep’s graduation.
Another graduating class entered into the next step of their lives last night as the 2012 seniors from Mater Dei Prep collected their diplomas. With the weather’s cooperation, family and friends gathered at the Mary, Mother of God Church on the school’s campus. There, 83 seniors dressed in dark blue and white robes waited for their names to be called to receive their diploma. Be sure to share your Mater Dei Prep graduation photos with the rest of the Middletown Patch community by clicking the upload photo button under the above gallery. Congratulations to the 2012 graduating seniors of Mater Dei Prep and best of luck in your future endeavors!
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Winners from Wednesday night's seventh annual Basie Awards, include students from Mater Dei Prep, and Middletown High School South.
For the seventh year, the Count Basie Theatre has helped enrich and promote high school theater by recognizing the county's best performances with the Basie Awards. As the years have progressed, so too has the reach of the Basie Awards. When Numa Saisselin, CEO of the Count Basie Theatre, developed the Basie Awards seven years ago, 15 schools participated. This year 24 schools from all over Monmouth County took part in evaluation process, which as also grown over the years, from 25 during the first Basie Awards season to more than 40. With nearly every seat of the 1,400-seat theater filled with students, parents, and faculty members, Wednesday night, Basie Awards were handed out to the winners of 26 categories split between dramas and …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Plea deal struck with Prosecutor's Office calls for five-year prison sentence
A former Mater Dei Prep High School dean has pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges leveled at him by Middletown police in April of 2011 and now faces five years in prison. The recommended sentence came with a plea agreement that was struck between the defendant, 29-year-old William Miltner, of Acker Drive, Middletown, and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. The plea was “entered before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge John T. Mullaney, Jr.,” a released statement from the Prosecutor’s Office said. A former dean, teacher and soccer coach at Mater Dei, Miltner is due to appear before the judge for official sentencing on April 20, 2012. When he appears, as part of the plea agreement, the Prosecutor’s Office will recommend that …
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Patch caught up with Mater Dei after graduation to reflect on the awards and the experience
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
In case you missed it ... Last week, Mater Dei Prep graduated 77 students. School officials touted the accomplishments of the class of 2011. One of the high school’s most celebrated feats of the year was its sweep win in the annual Count Basie Theatre Awards. Nominated for 16, Mater Dei won six of the awards in a ceremony on May 25. That night, the Mater Dei Prep Seraph Players and its production crews were recognized for their musical theatre talents for the 2010-2011 school year. On the heels of graduation, they shared their show photos and memories with Patch. “This was our fourth year in a row to receive Basie Award nominations and to receive six Basie Awards this year is without question a result of the unwavering dedication of all …
Friday, June 10, 2011
Class of 2011 weathers storm to complete ceremony
“I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn. And we are led to those who help us most to grow, if we let them, and we help them in return. Well, I don't know if I believe that's true. But I know I'm who I am today, because I knew you. Who can say if I've been changed for the better? But because I knew you, I have been changed for good.” ~ Wicked, the musical Those were the lyrics with which Mater Dei Prep High School Valedictorian Juliana Grassia chose to open her speech to her fellow 77 graduates, faculty, religious leaders family and friends at the school’s graduation ceremony on June 9. “I think it (the song) perfectly describes high school and everything we experienced together …