NY Giants owner to help honor Archbishop Dolan at seminary dinner

Guess who will be the special honoree at St. Joseph’s Seminary’s annual dinner in Yonkers on Sept. 22.

The new boss, Archbishop Dolan.

Dolan has been out of town for much of the summer, working on his Spanish. I understand that he is going to start making his mark on the Archdiocese of NY this fall.

The chairs of the event will be philanthropist Florence B. D’Urso, who splits her time between Manhattan and Pelham and is one of the most influential laypeople in the archdiocese, and none other than John K. Mara, of Harrison, president and chief executive officer of the New York Giants.

Mara (that’s him) is the oldest son of the late Giants owner Wellington Mara. He serves on the Board of Directors of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison and of the School of the Holy Child in Rye. His mother, Ann Mara, was chair of the 2004 seminary dinner.

The dinner is a big fundraiser for “Dunwoodie,” the training ground for NY priests. Tickets are $500 or $5,000 for a table.

For info, call 914-968-6200, ext. 8292.

“In our 113th year of preparing men to serve God’s people as priests, we are grateful for the many blessings and graces the Lord continues to shower upon us here at Dunwoodie,” says Bishop Gerald Walsh, rector of the seminary.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.