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2019 Bishop's Latin School Spirit Award Winners












Michael J. Ferchak, BLS '67

Some of you may know that In October, 2014, Mike was diagnosed with MSA. This is a horrible disease that affects multiple body systems. Mike is wheelchair bound and hasn’t been able to eat or drink anything for over three years. His internal temperature and blood pressure are difficult to regulate. He needs assistance with everyday functions. Yet, he has not uttered a complaint. Mike is content, pleasant and uplifting. Mike’s faith in Jesus Christ is evident and because of that, he has the peace of God which surpasses all understanding.

Mike inspires his wife, Helene, and others with this peace and gentleness of spirit.  Helene says, "We have been very grateful to God for the strength given to us, the multiple times Mike has bounced back from sepsis; for the caring/support of family and friends." Please go to 'MSA Coalition' to read about the disease (This is MSA Awareness Month).

Regis Flaherty, B.L.S. ‘71

Rege flaherty

Rege was the Director of Catholic Cemeteries here in Pittsburgh, in Tucson AZ, and in Boston.  He also worked for Catholic Charities here in Pittsburgh, and for Catholics United For the Faith, as the lead editor of their publishing arm, Emmaus Road.  Then he spent 10 years as the director of Gilmary Retreat Center, where he handled all day to day activities, managed the staff, and sometimes himself gave retreats and talks. Currently he works as General Manager of the National Institute for Newman Studies

He also has had several books and numerous articles and booklets published over the years.

Rege was nominated for this award by his wife Libby who also wrote:
All of this is good stuff, the kind of stuff that looks great on paper. But Rege is much more than that.  I consider him to be a good, holy man, who puts his faith in practice in numerous small ways every day.  He goes out of his way to show respect and honor to other people. I have told others that Rege is the epitome of kindness. I can personally say that he has been a wonderful husband and father.  We have been married 43 years, have 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Our youngest daughter (age 31) has half-jokingly said to me that after Rege dies, she wants to open up his cause for Sainthood. And I feel the same way.  I have a great respect for the person who is Regis J. Flaherty, who also happens to be my husband and my best friend."


Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp.

Born in Ireland, Hogan graduated from Duquesne in 1976. In 1980, he was appointed associate director of development at Duquesne, and in 1982 he became the first director of the Office of International Education. Hogan was named vice president for student life in 1988, and in 1991, the executive vice president for student life. When he was named to the position in 1988, Duquesne was visibly different; Academic Walk was a parking lot, Vickroy Hall and Des Places didn’t exist and there wasn’t such a thing as a Palumbo Center or Rooney Field.
There are not many free spots on the Rev. Sean Hogan’s calendar. That’s the way it has been for 26 years since he took over as vice president for student life, and that’s the way he wants it to continue. “I’m not a person to twiddle my thumbs,” he said. “I don’t think I could do nothing.”
That’s why, when Hogan, 73, steps down from his post on June 30, he will take over as the first President of the newly formed Duquesne Scholarship Association. The University announced the move Oct. 17 in a mass email to students and faculty, which sparked a wave of concern across the Bluff. Students took to Twitter with frantic messages like ‘Father Hogan, no!’ and ‘Wait, so Father Hogan is retiring?’
“I’m going nowhere,” Hogan said confidently. “They’re not getting rid of me that easily.”
In his new role, Hogan will work with alumni to increase the availability of scholarship funds to students. He said he will continue to be an active member of the Duquesne community, meeting regularly with fraternity and sorority groups and other campus organizations. The decision was made jointly by Hogan and members of Duquesne’s administration after a year of discussions, according to Hogan. Hogan said his proudest accomplishment in his 26 years on the job was his continued emphases on Duquesne’s mission statement. “[The mission statement] is who we are,” Hogan said. “I think it should be very prevalent on the campus. It is now.”

John & Cheryl (Martin) Hopper

John & Cheryl Hopper

John always said that the Jesuits were 30 years ahead of their times in requiring community service at BLS. His volunteer efforts at St. Francis Hospital and the Ozenam Center , during a period of difficult race relations in the 1960’s , were enlightening and maturing . It instilled in him a sense of social justice of the Gospels that served him well for his adult life.

While attending Duquesne, John was a big brother to a young boy for 3 years. He again joined Big Brothers in 2010 As the father of 7 seven adopted children, he did the normal Parish Festival & Scout leader duties that a father would participate in.

He has served on the Board of Directors for the Washington County Drug & Alcohol Commission and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) as well as serving as a Special Advocate. HE is also an active member of Rotary. After a 32 year career in Industrial Sales and Management, John restarted his Community service serving as Executive Director of Washington County Habitat for Humanity and helped grow the organization to expand homeownership opportutitnites for the poor.

John is  also a  person in long term recovery.(Alcohol & Workaholism). During this 27 year journey, he has mentored over a hundred men into happy, joyous and fulfilled living. With the opioid epidemic, he has experienced great first hand losses. Several of his sponsees died of overdoses after several years of sobriety. One of them, an upscale restaurant manager and (DU graduate who got on pain meds from a Club Football injury) observed that there are not ANY substance free restaurants, social clubs or night clubs to serve the social needs of those in recovery.

John spearheaded a coalition of like minded grass roots citizens who formed what became known as HARMONY LIFE CENTER, an upscale coffee shop and drop in Center to serve those desiring to enter into recovery and stay in long term recovery. The initial goal of serving 100 individuals the first year was reached the first month and HLC is now seeing about 500 individuals per month and recording traffic counts of 4,000 visit’s per month. This ALL VOLUNTEER, peer driven enterprise is attracting and keeping people energized around 12 step meetings for recovering individuals, their family members and starting a journey towards wellness and wholeness along the 8 dimensions of wellness. (Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Environmental, Intellectual, Physical, Financial and Occupational.

 Cheryl’s CV is equally impressive as she multi-tasked being a nurturing mother to seven adopted children, IC Parish and School , Scout and fundraising activities as well as preserving the cultural heritage of four of their Korean children. She spreaheaded major fundraising for a Hospital in Seoul Korea serving the orphanage their children came from.  She served on the Board of Directors for Love the Children Adoptive Parents for 8 years, and at Three Rivers Adoption Council—including serving as Board President for four years. This Council advanced the cause of adoption in the Tri-state area and including awareness building and fundraising telethons on KDKA TV.

Her 40 year career  included being a State Welfare Case worker,  Commercial Interior Designer, Commercial general contractor, a Consignment Store owner and Travel Agency owner, and Foster Care Recruiter and Trainer—all the while serving the Community thru her leardership of the local ZONTA international chapter. These efforts included support of Dress for Success, The Womens Shelter, the City Mission Teen Outreqch, the Food Bank as well as awarding annual scholarships to  student volunteers in each of the 13 school districts in Washingtob County. ZONTA of Washington County also supports international womens rights causes including sending thousands of sterile “birthing kits” to countires in Africa as well as several other initiatives. In Washington County, John is known as Cheryl Hopper’s husband. That’s a shadow he does not mind being in.


Our Executive Board takes great pride in recognizing the lifetime's achievements of  Rege Flaherty, Sean Hogan and John & Cheryl (Martin) Hopper  and it is our hope that you will be present on August 18th to help them share in their big day!