On June 28, our dear Resident, 98-year-old Michael Severino’s dream came true. He did not finish high school because he went to serve our Country in World War II. Michael had been abandoned at birth, yet he taught himself how to read and do math, became a carpenter and worked in kitchen installations. Mike served in combat duty during the Battle of Iwo Jima. After his heroic service, Mike located his mother and took care of her for the next 20 years. After she died, he lived by himself and continued to do carpentry. He was getting older and an employee at Queen of Peace, who lived across the street from Mike, brought him to our Home. Mike moved in and has helped the Little Sisters for over 18 years pouring all the molds in the ceramic department and fixing broken statues to perfection.
As a result of Mike’s life experiences and commitment to serve others, Dr. Darius Penikas, the Principal of Archbishop Molloy High School, felt this humble hero exhibited the necessary education and strength of character to be awarded a high school diploma from Molloy High School.
All of the Residents and Mike’s friends joined in a surprise celebration at dinner. Michael came in to the room, dressed in a cap and gown. All the Residents clapped. He looked around and said “Is this all for me. Thank you.” An alumnus from Molloy High School, Father Peter, presented Mike with a diploma and we had a large cake for him. Mike was so happy and we are so proud of him!