Saturday, October 11, 2014

Archbishop Ryan Class of 2014 June 2, 2014

On June 2, 2014, Georgette and I were invited to the graduation commencement to be presented with Timmy's posthumous diploma by the Class of 2014, Archbishop Ryan High School. 
An empty chair among his classmates where a single rose was set, carried by a daughter of a friend and co-worker.

Receiving the Diploma

AR Class of 2014
Former President of Archbishop Ryan Michael McArdle.

Not one time have these young men and women forgotten Timmy.
Two of the kids whom Timmy had gone to grade school with, but attended a different high schools marked their caps with a memorial for Timmy.

Friday, October 10, 2014

May 17, 2014 Third Angelversary


Four Heart Shaped Balloons sent off to Heaven for Timmy
A Heart Shaped Balloon to mark the area near where Timmy's died

Someone left a Spider-Man mask from a toy at the foot of Timmy's Tree

Timmy's Tree
A Gift of Remembrance from Archbishop Ryan's landscaper and the school

Another view of the Red Heart balloon

Red Ribbon
Tim's favorite color
My sister Jennifer lives in Florida.
 On this anniversary of Timmy's death, this busted red balloon landed at her feet in her driveway.

Heart of  Gold

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Remembering Tim

Remembering Tim
By Asleigh Hughes
For The Ryan Review

Nearly three years ago the Class of 2014 lost one of their students.  Timothy Connors was struck by a car outside of Archbishop Ryan High School on May 17, 2011.  Now as the seniors finish up their last year here at Archbishop Ryan, they had organized a memorial to give to the school and to his family.  

The chapel in the center of the school has many stained glass windows honoring those who the school has lost and this year it shall be given a new one.  Last year the student body was informed of this memorial and the goal of, $4,000.  This year fundraisers had been held to collect money for the window along with the pledges that the senior students filled out last year.  

The project itself was mainly run by the seniors.  Seniors were given many opportunities to help with the memorial window and to give it as a surprise to Timothy’s family on Wednesday January 29, 2014.  

Sister Francis Antoinette tells the story of how the idea came along.  “Around March of last year, Tyler Kradzinski came up to me with the idea of dedicating a stained glass window for Timothy.  We went up to Mr. McArdle and he thought the idea was excellent.”  

Tyler Kradzinski tells how the idea came to him.  “During mass in chapel, I noticed a potential stained glass spot and I mentioned it to Sister shortly after.  She said ‘You know what, I noticed that too.’ So we talked and began to plan and gather help from selective students known as ‘The Timothy Connors Committee”.  

Fundraising for the stained glass window started last year with t-shirt sales, a bake sale, and the, now senior, class making pledges to give in money during the week of September 9 2013 to September 13 2013.  “The amount we needed to raise for the window was $4,000.  The money we received last year from the t-shirts and bake sale help contribute to the fund,” Said Sister Francis Antoinette.  

This year’s fundraiser for the stained glass window included a table at the Marching Band Fundraiser and a Krispy Kreme doughnut sale.  The money raised from that and the money received last year was enough to pay for the stained glass window.  

For those who knew Tim, this window is a symbol of respect and remembrance.  “I feel like not only I, but also the students of the class of 2014, owe it to him.  We all noticed him, yet never knew him the way we should have,” Said Tyler Kradzinski, who knew Tim since preschool.  The picture for the window was chosen and it was left in the hands of the man who createdthe window.  

The picture was chosen from a Catholic Youth Bible by the students of ‘The Timothy Connors Committee.’  

Although the students knew about the stained glass window, Timothy’s parents were in the dark about the whole thing.  

On January 29, 2014 there was a memorial service in the chapel and his parents, who were invited to the service, looked up at the stained glass window in awe along with the students who filled the chapel for the service.  

The service took place after school on January 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm.  Students and teachers gathered in the chapel to pay respect to Timothy.  As his parents and siblings walked into the chapel, the whole room went silent in respect.  

Father Donia, School Minister of Archbishop Ryan, lead the service in prayer.  The whole room watched and listened as Father told the story behind the picture.  The picture is of St. Timothy with hands blessing his forehead.  As Father Donia blessed the window, the afternoon light shined through.  I was as though Tim was looking down from wherever he is and gave the people his blessing on the window.  The light will shine through the window for years to come and remind future generations of Archbishop Ryan students of his story, like all the other stain glass windows.   The Class of 2014 leaves their last goodbye to Tim before they go on to whatever path they have chosen to walk down. 

 “I believe his family will be happy that the senior class came together to make a memorial that will last forever in our school chapel along with our hearts,” Said Tyler Kradzinski.  The senior class is going to have many changes this year.  

This will be their last year of high school as they will be going off to college next year.   This stained glass window will be the final farewell to Tim before we go on to our own lives. - 

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Breaking the Laws of Heaven

If I could break the laws of Heaven,
find my way to that moment,
Would the paradox be so bad?
Save you from Thanatos' grasp?
Make jealous Oizys?
Making happy days which were once sad?

I walk under this sky full of ghosts
Feeling no warmth from their starry light
My eyes set upon one constellation 
The heart of Leo is but dancing twins
Herschel must laugh at my folly
I curse Chronos and his wheel

Gone is that moment among the glistening sand
As I smash the hour glass on the strand
"Why him?!" I scream into the night
There are no seeds to trade 
A mere bounty for you to enjoy seasons in the sun
Charon refuses my payment to trade our souls
Sisyphus plods along with his stone 
He chuckles, amused with my mortal plot

Gone, they tell me,
Move along your path silly man
Do not look for answers you can not see
No divine law can be broken by your science
Orpheus warns me to not look back and not break the faith

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Virgin Saint Patrick's Day Snow

I walk across the virgin Saint Patrick's Day snow
Again I find no angels by your grave; 
The chill of the air and ashen sky prevail their flight
In this garden of stones where you rest
A pinwheel chosen by your sisters spins in gust of winter wind

I say again here you don't belong
I find no response; no comforting whisper between worlds
The promise of resurrection does not apply to me or you
Only the knowing we will see each other again

Gone are the colors of the day
Token gifts crafted with nightly tears
Footprints march to and fro
Broken dreams of tomorrow 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In Loving Memory Northeast Times February 19, 2014

In Loving Memory

By Tom Waring Feb. 19, 2014

Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School re­cently ded­ic­ated a stained glass win­dow in its chapel to the memory of Timothy Con­nors, a 15-year-old fresh­man who was hit by a car and died on the af­ter­noon of May 17, 2011.

Timmy would have been a seni­or this year, and the class of 2014 raised money for the win­dow through a bake sale and flea mar­ket.

“We’re very happy. It’s mean­ing­ful. This is something that will stay with the school forever,” said seni­or Jes­sica Kow­al­ski, who also at­ten­ded Our Lady of Port Rich­mond with Timmy.

“Everything we put in, we got twice as much out, maybe even three times,” seni­or Tyler Kradzin­ski said of the ex­per­i­ence. “A lot of teach­ers fun­ded it, and that helped a lot.”

The win­dow shows a pic­ture of St. Timothy, with God pla­cing his hands on him. The words read, “In Lov­ing Memory of Timothy Con­nors.  Class of 2014.  Take Hold of the Etern­al Life to Which You Were Called.”

Mar­tin and Geor­gette Con­nors, Timmy’s par­ents, at­ten­ded the ce­re­mony, along with their daughters Alaina and Char­lotte.

“It’s a fit­ting im­age,” Mar­tin Con­nors said. “It’s a me­mori­am to Timmy, and it’s a leg­acy to what these kids are about. It’s the class of 2014’s leg­acy.”

Sis­ter Frances Ant­oinette ar­ranged for mem­bers of the class of 2014 to sign a gi­ant card in Timmy’s memory, and she helped the seni­ors raise money for the win­dow.

“It was a very up­lift­ing ex­per­i­ence for me,” she said. “Their heart was there. Their soul was there.”

Mike McArdle, Ry­an’s pres­id­ent, was in at­tend­ance.

“It’s a great trib­ute to Timothy, and a sign of the strength and cour­age of the class of 2014,” he said.

The Rev. John Donia offered pray­ers and blessed the win­dow.

“As the light shines through that stained-glass win­dow, we will al­ways re­mem­ber the gift of Timothy Con­nors,” he said.

Timmy was leav­ing school for the day when he was hit on busy Academy Road as he ran to catch a bus.

Since then, fam­ily and friends have marked the first two an­niversar­ies of his death by plant­ing trees in his memory on the grounds of Ry­an.

Timmy at­ten­ded Nativ­ity of Our Lord Ele­ment­ary School from pre-kinder­garten through sixth grade, then spent two years at Our Lady of Port Rich­mond after a neigh­bor­hood con­sol­id­a­tion of Cath­ol­ic schools.

Mar­tin Con­nors, a po­lice de­tect­ive, writes a blog, “Forever Fif­teen,” in memory of his son and hopes to bol­ster a schol­ar­ship fund named in his memory.

Con­tri­bu­tions can be made to the Timothy Con­nors Me­mori­al Schol­ar­ship, 11201 Academy Road, Phil­adelphia, PA 19154. ••






Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Letter to the Editor Northeast Times May 8, 2013

Slow down on Academy Road
Does anyone remember spring of 2011 when Tim Connors was hit by a car right outside of Archbishop Ryan High School?
How about fellow students? Parents? Do you remember?
Well, maybe you need to be reminded of this tragic accident each morning when you’re speeding along Academy Road, going over the 15 mph limit, in a hurry to drop your child off, or maybe you’re a student crossing over two lanes of traffic, cutting other cars off because you’re going to be late?
I see this every single morning on my way to work. Even the school buses leaving the school zoom right by me.
And no one takes notice that the END SCHOOL ZONE sign is a few yards from Comly Road.
Drivers think that they have the go-ahead long before that sign appears. I am disgusted by this behavior by some of these drivers. I’ve got them cutting me off, riding my bumper, all in a hurry to get to the school.
Obey the law.
I wish something could be done. I just hope there’s not another tragedy or an accident due to a parent or student in a hurry. Would you rather get there late or dead?
Heather Steinberg

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Memorial Stained Glass Window for Timmy

Take hold of the eternal life to which you have been called... 
1 Timothy 6:12

The image of St. Timothy being blessed by St. Paul

Over the last several months, the senior class of Archbishop Ryan High School raised funds for a stained glass window in the school chapel in memory of their fallen classmate Timothy Connors, my son.

The window was dedicated on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

This Memorial for Timothy is a Testament to the Legacy of Archbishop Ryan Class of 2014