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Support for Michael McGuire’s Family

Friends and family of the McGuire family have set up accounts to help Jeff and Donna McGuire cover medical and funeral expenses. You can help by donating in two ways:

1 – YouCaring.Michael McGuire 682x1024 Support for Michael McGuires Familycom – Simply go to the website and search “Michael McGuire”

2 – BankTennessee is accepting donations on their behalf. Checks should be made payable to “Michael McGuire Fund” and mailed to:

 

BankTennessee

2915 Forest Hill Irene Road

Germantown, Tn 38193

 

Any funds collected in excess of the expenses will be used to create a scholarship in Michael’s name.

Thanks for considering helping out the family of one of our former students, gone too soon.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||

The Connells, from Donoughmore to the Carolinas: A Colonial Experience

Belmont Abbey College is pleased to announce an upcoming lecture by Mr. John O’Connell of Donoughmore, Co. Cork, Ireland, titled “The Connells, from Donoughmore to the Carolinas: A Colonial Experience.”

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Mr. John O’Connell, Historian & Genealogist

Mr. O’Connell’s lecture will discuss the history of the Connell/O’Connell family from their home in the parish of Donoughmore, Co Cork, Ireland, to the Carolinas. Their story, like that of so many Irish emigrants, was shaped by Ireland’s experience as England’s oldest colony. As a result of long-term impoverishment and the immediate effects of famine, Ireland’s poor left the country in droves during the nineteenth century. Some of those who left Ireland, including several members of the O’Connell family, ended up in the Carolinas, where they made important contributions to the local community, particularly to the development here of the Catholic Church. Not the least among this group was Fr. Jeremiah O’Connell, who made a gift of lands in Belmont, NC, to the Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Pennsylvania. From there, in 1876, came the first members of the community that is now Belmont Abbey.

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
  • Grace Auditorium at Belmont Abbey College
  • 7:30 p.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact Dr. Patrick Wadden (patrickwadden@bac.edu).

Mr. O’Connell is a local historian and genealogist currently serving as chairperson of the Donoughmore Historical Society in County Cork, Ireland. He has a number of publications, is a contributor to the best-selling Atlas of the Great Irish Famine and is currently doing research for a forthcoming publication on the Irish War of Independence and Civil War (1916–1922). He has lived all his life in Donoughmore.

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1600 students.  For more information, visit www.belmontabbeycollege.edu.

 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||

Belmont Abbey College Bids Farewell to Ted Crunkleton, Jr.

Beloved alum (’59), baseball coach, Athletic Director and Abbey Athletic Hall of Fame member, Ted Crunkleton, Jr. passed away in comfort and peace on August 18, 2014. Having served in so many ways, Ted’s impact was felt at Belmont Abbey College for many years.

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Ted Crunkleton, Jr.

He began as part of the Abbey family by coaching baseball, basketball and soccer at Sacred Heart High School and the Abbey. As the Abbey baseball coach he earned the honor of Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 1967 and also coached three All-American players during his tenure. He also went on to serve as the Belmont Abbey College Athletic Director and was recently honored in 2008 by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

“Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Ted in person, I have been afforded the privilege and honor of getting to know him through interacting with many individuals whose lives he impacted deeply and significantly. He was most often described by those who knew him best as a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor, coach, veteran, athlete and friend. He will be missed by all members of the Belmont Abbey College community and our indebtedness to him is immeasurable.” said current Belmont Abbey Athletic Director Stephen Miss.

Kermit Smith former Belmont Abbey Baseball Coach and colleague recently reflected on Ted’s time at the Abbey and beyond, “our relationship began with my interest in the history of the program that he led and continued because of our friendship. We would speak on the phone several times a year about family and baseball. He was and always will be the Father of Belmont Abbey Baseball. I was honored to call him a friend.”

Join the Abbey community in lifting up Ted and his family in your prayers. Ted and Margie, his wife, had four children and six grandchildren and made their home near the shores of Lake Norman, NC. Ted will be remembered by the monks of Belmont Abbey in their prayers and a Mass offered for the repose of his soul.

Please join his family as they remember their father at Celebration of Ted’s Life on Saturday, August 30, 2014, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Good Samaritan Funeral Home 3362 N. Hwy 16, Denver, NC 28037 (704.483.2124). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Ted Crunkleton, Jr. be made to: The Levine & Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Dr, Huntersville, NC 28078.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||