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Mass of the Holy Spirit offered for Tyrell Thompson ’06

 

Father Vaillancourt recalls the life of Tyrell Thompson '06 in his homily during the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 7, which was offered for the fallen alumnus.

Father Vaillancourt recalls the life of Tyrell Thompson ’06 in his homily during the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 7, which was offered for the fallen alumnus. PHOTO BY JACOB BERGMEIER

As it does at the beginning of every school year, the Kennedy Catholic community gathered in prayer for its Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 7.  This year, however, the Gaels had a few names on their minds and people in their hearts as theinaugural First Friday Mass was celebrated.  Namely, Tyrell Thompson ’06, Elizabeth and Robert Palladino (the mother and brother of Laura Kelly P’07), and Anthony Cartularo (the brother of Italian teacher Mario Cartularo).

The Aug. 22 death of Thompson in particular, struck Kennedy hard.  The Army 1st Lieutenant was waked and buried in Arlington National Cemetery this week, so the wounds were still quite fresh.  In his homily, Father Vaillancourt described  how before their was the vaunted baseball team, it was the hardwood Gaels who were winning state championships, led by Thompson.  Though he was not assigned to Kennedy during Thompson’s four years, he learned through talking to teachers and friends that Tyrell was more than just a gifted athlete.  He was a scholar and a soldier, someone who made those around him better, both on and off the court.

“Tyrell’s life embodied the Kennedy ideals of Courage and Compassion,” Father Vaillancourt said.  “Let our lives do the same.”

At the Sept. 4 wake, Father Vaillancourt recalled how the West Point dean took note of how many Kennedy Catholic alumni paid their respects, and how highly they thought of Thompson.  The dean said he was glad, because that was exactly how West Point felt about Tyrell.

Tyrell Thompson '06 flying high during one of the Gaels may runs to the Section 1 title at the Westchester County Center.

Tyrell Thompson ’06 flying high during one of the Gaels may runs to the Section 1 title at the Westchester County Center. PHOTO BY ALEX MALECKI

Sen. Greg Ball, who was on hand to present Kennedy with $10,000 in bullet aid, also touched on the significance of the alumnus’ life.

“As a former Air Force Officer, my heart goes out to the Thompson Family and his Kennedy Catholic community,” Ball said.  “My hope is that this funding will enable Kennedy to continue producing the kind of upstanding men and women, like Tyrell, who serve their country with courage and compassion.”

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