2017 League of St. Maur Dinner
Celebrating 7 years of the League's Revival!
The League of St. Maur celebrated its 6-year anniversary this year! The League was started by Fr. Edwin Watson, OSB, in 1965 but fizzled out in the 90's. In 2010 it was brought back to life by President Phil Baniewicz and has been growing ever since. The League is a private membership that provides ongoing support to further the mission of Maur Hill-Mount Academy. Any individual or married couple is eligible to join the League of St. Maur and can join annually at one of three levels: Platinum ($5,000), Gold ($2,500), or Silver ($1,000). The elite annual giving level is the President's Circle at $10,000 and above. New members are being added regularly to these essential groups that set the foundation for the ongoing success of MH-MA.
Every year, the League of St. Maur holds a dinner honoring supporters and alumni of our school. This year, we were honored to recognize Phil '47 (posthumously) and Roberta Wolters with the Fidelis Award, as well as Abbot Barnabas Senecal '55 with the Alumni of the Year Award!
Thanks to our generous supporters, the night was extremely successful, raising close to $200,000!
2017 Event Details
Saturday, September 16th, 2016
Kansas City Airport Marriott Hotel
775 Brasilia Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64153
Schedule of Events
5pm - Mass
6pm - Cocktails & Silent Auction
7pm - Dinner and Program
(Dancing to follow the main program)
*Cocktail attire requested, Black tie optional
$125 per person
$250 per couple
$1,250 per table
$75 for young alumni (2008-2016)
If you're planning to stay the night at the Airport Marriott, be sure to mention you're with Maur Hill-Mount Academy to get a special rate!
See this year's auction items below!
2016 Fidelis Award Recipients, Roberta Wolters and the late Philip Wolters '47
Philip Wolters was a true Atchisonian, through and through. He was born in Atchison, Kan. on January 20th, 1929 as one of 10 children. He grew up playing sports, shooting marbles and swimming in the Mighty Mo.
He attended St. Benedict’s grade school and Maur Hill Prep, graduating in 1947. Phil was known in high school for his athleticism and winning personality. He was a member of one of Maur Hill’s most successful football teams, as well as the school’s basketball team.
Phil worked at the Pillsbury Mill the summer after graduation before attending St. Benedict’s College. He was at St. Benedict’s for two and half years before leaving to serve the US Army for two years. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1952, Phil went on to work at Midwest Solvents as a bookkeeper and was soon promoted to Grain Buyer. Phil gradually worked his way up in the company, eventually becoming the vice president of what is now MGP Ingredients. Phil retired from MGP after 43 years with the company.
Throughout his life, Phil served many organizations, including Maur Hill’s 500 Club, the Atchison YMCA, Bellevue Country Club, The Knights of Columbus, The Elks Club, The VFW, the American Legion, the Atchison Chamber of Commerce, the Fellowship Club, and was president of several grain associations.
Phil passed away in 2009 at the age of 80 years old. He is remembered for his dedicated years of work, as well as his love of golf, hunting, bowling, the Royals and Chiefs, but above all, his love for his family.
Just like her husband, Roberta (Besette) Wolters is a proud and loyal Atchison native. Roberta was born October 2, 1937 in Atchison, Kan. She graduated from ACCHS in 1955 where she was involved in many activities, including marching band, vocal groups, and was president of the Kayette organization and vice president of the Future Homemakers of America.
Roberta began work at Midwest Solvents (MGP) after graduation. She worked as the switchboard operator, receptionist and billing clerk. This is also the place where she met the love of her life, Phil.
After meeting Phil, Roberta joined the Catholic Church and was baptized in November 1956. The couple was married October 25, 1958 at St. Benedicts Church in Atchison.
After working for a few months, Roberta decided to stay home to be a mother and homemaker. She spent time volunteering in church groups, as a room mother at Sacred Heart School and as an office substitute in the town’s schools. Roberta then became a volunteer for the Atchison Hospital Auxiliary, where she received her 40-year pin and certificate this past spring. She is currently the vice president of the auxiliary, but has held many positions throughout the years, including Scholarship Chairman for 25 years and received a volunteer of the year award.
Phil and Roberta had six children together, all of whom are alums of Maur Hill and Mount St. Scholastica Academy (Karen Wolters-Schultz ‘77, Katherine Wolters-Kohler ‘77, Kimberly Wolters-Lewman ‘78, Deborah Wolters-Rigden ‘82, Philip "Mark" Wolters ‘84, Denise Wolters-Thomas ’87).
The Raven legacy has continued a third generation with four of Phil and Roberta’s 19 grandchildren attending and graduating from Maur Hill - Mount Academy (Andrew Lewman ‘07, Austin Lewman ’12, Avery Lewman ’16, Philip Saragusa, freshman this year). Roberta still attends all of her grandchildren’s school activities and can always be found with her family in the MH-MA stands cheering on the Ravens.
For Phil and Roberta, their family and faith always came first. There was never a question about being a part of the Catholic Church or about their kids attending Atchison’s Catholic schools. They are a family who has always been faithful about attending Mass and Holy Adoration. Roberta also continues to be a significant financial supporter of MH-MA.
Maur Hill-Mount Academy and The League of St. Maur are grateful for the example of faith and family that the Wolters have shown, and we are honored to present Roberta and Phil (posthumously) with the 2016 Fidelis Award.
2016 MH-MA Alumni of the Year, Abbot Barnabas Senecal, OSB '55
Abbot Barnabas Senecal, OSB, was born as Thomas Senecal on October 6, 1937 in Atwood, Kan. along with his twin brother, Timothy. Tom and Tim were two of seven Senecal siblings.
Tom attended and graduated as valedictorian of Maur Hill Prep in 1955 before attending Benedictine College, the University of Kansas and Emporia State University. He was a star pupil at Maur Hill as an honor student participating in glee club, choir and band. He was the editor for the school newspaper and served as both vice president and president of the student council. It was in the athletic arena, however, where he really excelled. Tom was known for being a standout on the football, basketball and baseball teams, all led by legendary coach, Guy Galley.
After school, Tom joined the seminary at St. Benedict’s Abbey where he took his first vows in 1958 and was ordained as Father Barnabas on May 30, 1964.
Father Barnabas made his way back to his high school alma mater in 1968 as an administrator and teacher at Maur Hill. He then spent the next twenty-four years at the school, serving as Headmaster for 12 of those years, as well as director of Camp St. Maur from 1977-1990.
Barnabas cherished his time at Maur Hill, and in fact, has said his favorite job over his long career was as the alumni director of Maur Hill. That sentiment for Maur Hill has always been returned by his co-workers and alumni.
Barnabas was elected Abbot of St. Benedict’s Abbey in 1994 and reelected in 2002 for a 10-year term. In 2005, the Catholic Education Foundation named him “Person of the Year” for his leadership on the boards of Maur Hill - Mount Academy and Benedictine College, as well as his work with parishes in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas.
Abbot Barnabas is not only a Maur Hill - Mount Academy icon, but he is truly loved by everyone who has had the pleasure of knowing him. Alums continue to attest to the way Abbot helped shaped their lives from inexperienced adolescents into thriving and professional adults.
Maur Hill - Mount Academy’s Alumni Association is honored to award Abbot Barnabas Senecal as the 2016 Alumni of the Year.
2016 Silent Auction Items
- McCormick 360 Vodka + Royals tickets package- Mick and Geri Harris
- Kendra Scott Jewelry- Maureen Stork Beckett
- Weston's St. George Hotel stay + dinner - Mike Harris
- KU Basketball tickets + parking pass basket- Exchange National Bank & Trust
- Salsa Grill gift basket- Jamie and John Lomshek
- Christmas gift basket- Jon and Kelly Seibert
- Paddy O'Quigley's Pub and Grille gift basket- Dan and Tim Carrigan
2016 Live Auction Items
Go On Set With a Hollywood Director
Renowned television producer/director and Maur Hill alumnus, Deran Sarafian ‘76, has donated a once in a lifetime Hollywood getaway. Known for his work and Emmy nomination on the hit series HOUSE, and his work on CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, and film Terminal Velocity, to name a few, Sarafian is currently producing and directing ROSEWOOD on FOX. This Hollywood bling package includes round trip flight tickets for two, a four-day and three-night stay at a world famous Hotel Maya in Long Beach, half a day on the set of ROSEWOOD observing Sarafian directing an episode, lunch on the ROSEWOOD set with Sarafian, two ROSEWOOD hats, and a script autographed by Sarafian. A fun and exciting, once-in-a-lifetime chance, to see a “Maur Hill Boy” do his thing Hollywood style.
*Trip is only available May 2017
Donated by: Deran Sarafian ‘76
One week stay in a Breckenridge, Colorado Condo
Escape to beautiful Summit County, Colorado where you will be treated to a week’s stay in a completely renovated Breckenridge condominium, located at the Base of Peak 8. Large, three-bedroom, three full bathrooms, two-story unit that will sleep up to 11 people. Amenities include: fully equipped kitchen, living room with vaulted ceiling and large stone fireplace, large deck, outdoor hot tubs, sauna, close proximity to paved bike trails and Breckenridge Summer Fun Park. Available July 29th-August 5th, 2017
Donated by: Brian Arensberg ’81, Robert Arensberg ’82, Mark Arensberg ’84, and Dan Nass ’82
Getaway Trip to Key West, Florida
Escape to the gorgeous Florida Keys with a $1000 Southwest flight voucher and a four-day, three-night stay at Pier House Resort and Spa. This is a prime location with an attentive staff and abundant amenities. This quaint property comprises of a heated outdoor pool and its own private stretch of white-sand beach. Guests will also have access to the full-service spa plus so much more!
Donated by: MH-MA Alumni Association and Maureen Stork-Beckett ‘90
Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame Suite
Watch the reigning World Champions from the comfort of a Hall of Fame suite next season! You pick the game (certain games excluded), then arrive in style in a Raven charter bus with 29 friends. Once at Kaufmann, you’ll enjoy all of the amenities, which include a spacious climate-controlled interior, large outdoor patio, exclusive access to the Hall of Fame, parking passes, drinks, unlimited snacks, and an all-you-can-eat catered meal of your choice.
Donated by: Anonymous
Name the Drive at MH-MA for the next year
Every day, hundreds of people travel in and out of Maur Hill-Mount Academy. How would you like it to be on a road that is named after you? Here’s your chance to name the main drive at MH-MA for the next year. You can honor a family member, friend, former teacher, coach, class, or just keep it in your name. Whatever name you choose, we will put it up for everyone to see and then send you the sign when the year is through.
Donated by: MH-MA
John '75 and Lisa KlebbaLast year, Maur Hill-Mount Academy recognized John '75 and Lisa Klebba with the Fidelis Award and Greg Lutz '75 as the Alumni Association's Alumni of the Year. It was a night full of joy and laughter at the Kansas City Airport Marriott Hotel. We had the chance to not only honor these outstanding families, but to also raise money to support the efforts of MH-MA. The event raised more than $130,000, which is the highest in the League's history! You can read more on our 2015 honorees and other past honorees below.
Maur Hill-Mount Academy and The League of St. Maur were honored to recognize John ’75 and Lisa Klebba as this year’s Fidelis Award recipients.
Born in Jefferson City, Mo., John Klebba made the transition to Atchison to attend Maur Hill Prep School as a boarding student, graduating in 1975 as class salutatorian. After graduation, John attended Drake University, where he got his BSBA in Accounting and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then went on to the University of Notre Dame, completing their Joint Degree Program and Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, and with a Master of Business Administration with high honors in 1983. John is now the current President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Legends Bank and its holding company in Linn, Mo.
Lisa, an Osawatomie, Kan. native, graduated from Osawatomie High School in 1974 and went on to graduate with a BA in History from Pittsburg State in 1977 and with a Masters of Library Science from Emporia State in 1980. Lisa retired this past May as the Associate Director of Library Services at State Technical College of Missouri.
While John grew up Catholic, Lisa came into the church through the RCIA program, and they were married in Roeland Park, Kan. at St. Agnes Church in 1986. The couple is now faithful and active members of St. George Parish in Linn.
When it was time for their oldest son to attend high school, John’s positive boarding experience at Maur Hill aided in the decision to send him and all four of their children (John ’06, Joe ’07, Megan ’09, Patrick ’11) to Maur Hill-Mount Academy as boarding students. The decision to send their kids out of state for school was not an easy one for John and Lisa, but ultimately, they saw the value a boarding experience could provide in preparing students both for college and life afterwards.
The Klebbas’ commitment to MH-MA over the years made them an obvious candidate for this prestigious award. The Fidelis Award, meaning “faithful,” was created in 1991 by the Board of Directors of Mount St. Scholastica Academy to recognize selected alumnae, benefactors, and friends who have contributed significantly. The criteria established by the Board requires that the honorees give outstanding personal or financial service to the school in the true spirit of Christ.
John and Lisa will be honored with the Fidelis Award at this year’s League of St. Maur Dinner on September 19th in Kansas City, Mo.
Past Award Recipients
2014 - Jerry and Virginia Kuckelman, Jerry and Bernadette Urban
2013 - P.J. and Ramona Cummings, Dan and Joyce Nolan
2012 - John and Mary Van Dyke, Rich and Cindy Dickason
2011 - John and Patty Flynn, Colleen Stork
MH-MA Alumni of the Year, Greg Lutz '75
Greg Lutz graduated from Maur Hill Prep in 1975. Greg was one of 12 in his family attending Maur Hill or Mount St. Scholastica, spanning from 1960 through 1981. After graduating from Maur Hill Prep, Greg attended Kansas State University, earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing with a minor in Business Management. Greg has spent the last 17 years with the Blish-Mize Company located in Atchison, Kan. where he is now the Executive Vice President of Operations. Prior to Blish-Mize, Greg was in operations management with the JC Penney Company in Lenexa, Kan, and with US Toy in Grandview, Mo. Greg is also partner and owner of Lutz Brothers Oil in Atchison with his brother Dennis, ’72.
Greg is a native and resident of Atchison and is married to Marci (Sambol) Lutz from Kansas City, Kan. They have four children, Amy, ’09, Michael, ’12, Aubrey, ’15, and Tony, ’19, all of whom have graduated from or are currently attending Maur Hill-Mount Academy. Greg and his family are members of St. Benedict’s parish.
Greg has been active in the community and Maur Hill-Mount Academy for years. He is a past chair of the Atchison Area United Way, past parish council member of St. Joseph Church, past finance committee member of the Atchison Public School special education committee, and served a term as president of Pineview Country Club. Greg has also been a coach to many kids’ sport recreational teams in Atchison.
At Maur Hill-Mount Academy, Greg has been involved as treasurer of the Maur Hill-Mount Academy 500 Club for several years. He was a member of the alumni board, he has organized and assisted in campus clean ups, and has donated items to assist the school with their needs. It’s not unusual to see Greg around Maur Hill-Mount Academy’s campus often, attending many of our sporting events, communicating with the staff on committee matters, and checking on the progress of his children’s education.
Past Award Recipients
2014- Charlie Carrigan
Read more on some of our previous honorees!
2014 Honored Two Outstanding Local Families
The 2014 Fr. Edwin Watson, OSB Award was given to Jerry ’59 and Bernadette ’63 (Enzbrenner) Urban. Maur Hill-Mount Academy also honored the late Jerry Kuckelman and his wife Virginia Kuckelman with the Fidelis Award. “The first thing that comes to mind when I think both of the Kuckelman’s and Urban’s is 'sacrifice,'" said MH-MA president Phil Baniewicz. "Both families have given so much to Catholic education, in particular Maur Hill-Mount Academy, for decades. They are outstanding examples of people who are committed to the faith on the deepest levels. It is a joy to honor both couples at the League of St. Maur dinner this year.
Jerry and Bernadette Urban have given significant and lasting contributions to Maur Hill Prep School, Maur Hill-Mount Academy and to their community. The couple has three children - Brenda, Jerry ’89, and Scott ’92. Bernadette has been employed at Maur Hill-Mount Academy for 35 years and is currently serving as the Alumni Director. “Jerry and I are very honored and blessed to be receiving this award. We’re humbled by this experience,” stated Bernadette Urban. The Urbans are the most fitting recipients of the 2014 Fr. Edwin Watson, OSB Award.
Jerry and Virginia (Pickman) Kuckelman have been long time supporters of ACES (now St. Benedict Catholic School) and Maur-Hill-Mount Academy. They put their three daughters through Mount St. Scholastica Academy; Debbie ’76, Theresa ’80, and Liz ’85; while their sons, Jerry ’77, Mike ’82, and John ’90, attended Maur Hill Prep. The Kuckelmans have been parishioners at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church for 47 years and were the first lay Eucharistic ministers in the parish. They were also part of the original League of St. Maur. The Kuckelman’s service to the Atchison Community and Maur Hill-Mount Academy make them the perfect recipient of the 2014 Fidelis Award.
2013 League of St. Maur Dinner has an Irish feel
Maur Hill-Mount Academy honored two local Irish families at the League of St. Maur Dinner, held on 6p.m. Saturday, September 21, at the Kansas City Airport Marriott.
The 2013 Fr. Edwin Watson, OSB Award was given to Dan '71 and Joyce '71 Nolan. Maur Hill-Mount Academy also honored P.J. and Ramona Cummings with the Fidelis Award. Both familes have given countless hours of service and support in the spirit of Christ. “In particular, both of these local families have shown tremendous commitment to Catholic education. Plus, they are both great examples of outstanding Atchison hospitality, humble, and of course have that strong Irish spirit,” said MH-MA president Phil Baniewicz.
Dan and Joyce (Minnis) Nolan have given significant and lasting contributions to Maur Hill Prep School, Maur Hill-Mount Academy and to their community. The couple have five sons - Riley ‘95, Spencer ‘97, Garin ‘98, Deke ‘00, and Brady ’02, all of whom graduated from Maur Hill Prep. Joyce currently serves on the St. Benedict School Endowment Board. “We are very simple, but blessed people. Our awards in life are the blessings we have received from God; our parents, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, siblings, and extended family and friends,” stated Joyce Nolan. Their countless efforts and support make them outstanding recipients of the 2013 Fr. Edwin Watson, OSB Award.
P.J. and Ramona Cummings from Atchison, Kansas have been long time supporters of ACES (now St. Benedict), Maur-Hill-Mount Academy and Benedictine College. They put their four daughters through Mount St. Scholastica Academy; Karen Bell '74, Brenda Levinsky '76, Sandy Sampson' 77 and Lisa Hamrick '82. While their sons; Alan Cummings ’79 and Kevin Cummings '89 attended Maur Hill Prep. Throughout the years, they have opened their home to MH-MA boarders, as well as day and ESL (English as a second language) students. Even today, many of those former students remain in contact and hold a very special place in their hearts. The Cummings’ service to the Atchison Community and Maur Hill-Mount Academy make them the perfect recipient of the 2013 Fidelis Award.
The night was a smashing success, raising $87,000 for MH-MA. In particular, the Fund-a-Need event raised enough money to provide new scoreboards for all of the athletic facilities on campus. The night ended with an impromptu performance by Garin Nolan, who appropriately led the crowd in a rousing rendition of "Oh Danny Boy." A big thanks to everyone who attended and contributed toward making the night such a success.