Mission: “To perpetuate the memory and spirit and keep alive the ideals and traditions of St. James Catholic High School. And secondly, “To support and promote Catholic education within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.”
Motto: “Quae Sursum Quaerite” – “Seek Those Things Which Are Above”
We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service EIN # 23-274116 and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations Reg. # 20142 and a registered participant with the Pennsylvania E.I.T.C. (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) program.
President – Michael R. Ritz ’71
Vice President – James E. Connor ’63
V.P. Choir Affairs – Louis A. Robinson ‘68
Treasurer – James E. Robinson ‘66
Secretary – Joseph S. McNeill ‘91
Executive Director – Judy Keenan +(St. James CHS Secretary 1976 – 1993)
Chaplin – Reverend Charles R. O’Hara ‘59
Asst. Chaplin – Reverend Msgr. John M. Savinski ‘62
Hall Coordinator – John Mooney ‘50
Since 1993 and with the awarding of our scholarships for the 2019 – 2020 academic school years, the St. James Alumni Association has awarded nearly 1.3 million dollars ($1,240,000.00) in tuition assistance to deserving young men and women enabling them to continue their Catholic education.
We are currently supporting 38 students with partial four-year scholarships at five Philadelphia Archdiocesan High Schools. We also provide each year additional grants to college bound students pursuing a career in Criminal Justice and as a First Responder. In addition, the Alumni Association has provided financial support and services to many other charitable organizations throughout our community, including, City Team Ministries, The Salvation Army, The IHM, Bernadine, St. Francis, and Missionaries of Charity Sisters, Marianists brothers and priests, Catholic Social Services, (Chester) St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and the American Red Cross.
Our choir, “The Blue and Gray Voices” was also named “Outstanding Fraternal Organization” in 2011 by the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. And in 2012, the Alumni Association received an Apostolic Blessing from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in recognition of our support for Catholic Schools. We were also honored in 2012 by having one of the newly formed regional Elementary Schools here in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia named in our honor, St. James Regional Catholic School where our Executive Board serves on the Board of Advisors. Most recently, the Alumni Association was inducted into The Foundation for Catholic Education’s Hall of Fame in 2015 and has received numerous commendations from both the State and Local Governments in recognition of our charitable work. The Alumni meetings are held the second Monday of the month from September to June at 7:30 pm at The Doghouse. All are Welcome!