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Men for Others, Always

With nearly 10,000 living alumni, one of the strengths of Canisius is its highly-engaged alumni community. Every day, Canisius alumni positively impact the world around them in a variety of ways, utilizing God-given talents and the Jesuit values instilled during their years at Canisius. These men — strong of body, mind, and spirit — live out the Jesuit motto of "Men for Others."


Alumni News

Dale Podlas '87 named Development Gifts Officer at Canisius High School
CHS Communications

Canisius High School is pleased to announce Dale Podlas '87 as our new Development Gifts Officer.

“Through his distinguished career in business development and his experience here as a student, parent and coach, Dale Podlas brings an excellent combination of skills and perspective to Canisius,” said Vice President of Institutional Advancement Andy Deyell ’91.

CHS food drive kicks off as part of Great Ignatian Challenge
Keith McShea

Canisius High School will again look to make a heavy impact for Buffalonians in need as the school collects food by the tons – literally – during its annual food drive.

The food drive runs from Wednesday, Nov. 2 to Thursday, Nov. 10. Drop off non-perishable items during school hours.

Nicholas Sawicki '12 meets Pope Francis – 'a moment unlike any other'
Keith McShea

Nicholas Sawicki '12 was received in audience by Pope Francis last week. The meeting was a result of Sawicki being invited to be a delegate to the annual international conference of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Fondazione in Rome. 

Here is the story behind the photo, in Sawicki's words. 

Requiescat in Pace, Charles 'Chip' Jones ‘74
CHS Staff

We mourn the loss of Chip, a successful businessman with a long history of service to Canisius High School and several other Western New York community groups.

A former chair of the CHS Board of Trustees and an inductee into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor, he embraced he Jesuit motto of being a "Man for Others" by serving on the boards of many charities and organizations.

WORLD CHAMPIONS: Sass '19 wins rowing gold, coached by Rubino '09
Keith McShea

Nathaniel Sass '19 and USRowing teammate Collin Hay won gold Friday morning in the lightweight men's pair at the 2022 World Rowing Under 23 Championships on Lake Varese in Varese, Italy.

The pair is coached by R.J. Rubino '09, the head rowing coach at CHS.

Victor Mazzara named Mr. Canisius 2022
Keith McShea

The 61st Mr. Canisius was announced by principal Ms. Andrea Tyrpak-Endres during this morning's senior awards.

These are the words of Mr. Canisius 2022 upon being nominated:

"I am beyond thankful for the formative role the entire Canisius community has played in my life. No longer am I the shy, anxious kid that walked through the Blue Doors in 2018 ... 

Requiescat in Pace, Dr. Donald Pinkel '44.
Keith McShea

We mourn the loss of Dr. Pinkel, who was a pioneer in cancer treatment and the first director of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

“Donald Pinkel introduced the word 'cure' to cancer,” said Dr. James Downing, current president and CEO of St. Jude.

Read our 2017 CHS Today story on his legacy.

A Power Play for Others: Three CHS grads skating in marathon hockey game
Keith McShea

On Sunday, 40 people will attempt to play hockey in downtown Buffalo for 11 straight days, raising money to fight cancer as part of the fifth edition of the 11-Day Power Play. 

Not surprisingly, three of those literally living in the rink will be “Men for Others.” 

Three Canisius High School graduates will be on the ice for up to 10 hours a day, around the clock, from start to finish: Peter Merlo ’88 and Michael Meade ’87 will play while Mark Paradowski ’99 will be one of three officials skating regular shifts, just like the players. When they’re not part of the game, they’ll be sleeping on temporary beds a few steps from the rink at Buffalo Riverworks.