Elmira Notre Dame High School honors several alumni - Catholic Courier
A man and a woman smile. Father John Desocio and Sister Arlene Semeskey were honored by Elmire Notre Dame High School

Father John DeSocio and Sister Arlene Semesky were recently honored by Elmira Notre Dame High School. (Photos courtesy of Notre Dame High School)

Elmira Notre Dame High School honors several alumni

Elmira Notre Dame High School recently honored several alumni.

Father John DeSocio and Sister Arlene Semesky, RSM, were presented with the McAuley Award, given to people who follow the ideals of Catherine McAuley — founder of the Sisters of Mercy — in their dedication to Notre Dame and the wider community. Father DeSocio and Sister Semesky were honored at a dinner Oct. 18 at Elmira Country Club.

Father DeSocio, who is a 1966 Notre Dame graduate, is a senior priest in the Diocese of Rochester and native of St. Anthony Parish. Ordained a diocesan priest in 1978, he served in a diverse set of roles — parish and campus ministry, diocesan vocations, seminary vice rector and military chaplain — before reaching senior status in 2017.

Sister Semesky, who graduated from Notre Dame in 1961, has served with the Rochester Sisters of Mercy for nearly 60 years, having entered the community out of St. Casimir Parish in 1963. Among her many ministries, she is a former cafeteria manager as well as home economics and theology instructor at her alma mater of Notre Dame.

In addition, seven members have been added to Notre Dame’s Sports Hall of Fame. The new inductees are Tom Agan, Alivia Clark, Darius Garvin, Georgia Grieco, Rachel Lamoreaux, Olivia May and Luke Sheehan. The induction took place Oct. 8 during the school’s 2022 homecoming-weekend celebration.

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