One of my favorite things to do is to have lunch with a group of retired friends from the Providence College classes of ’58, ’60 and ‘61. We have been meeting monthly at Capriccio Restaurant for over ten years, now approaching fifteen.
It  is almost a command performance; one that none of us like to miss, so much so that this year, we gathered in Florida for our March luncheon, and some came from a distance.

What do we discuss that makes it so important? Well, everything from our days at Providence College, to current machinations, local(more) and world(less) politics, current PC stuff…sports, education, new departments, successes, what we can do better, what works, what doesn’t ( in our eyes, those who have served), etc. The PC stuff predominates, as it should.
It is one among many of our fun times, and being together makes it what it is.

Did I say retired? I did not quite mean it, as all of us are still busy in some kind of work from non-profits to start-ups, civic affairs, board work, grandchildren and on.
On occasion, we will invite a special guest. We have a standing invitation to the Providence College President for our Christmas luncheon, and Fr. Shanley has never missed, nor did his predecessor, Fr. Smith.

There may be a rare special guest. Father Morris a perennial favorite, Ed Caron, Joe Brum our most recent.

Joe Brum, Photo Courtesy of Providence College

Joe Brum, Photo Courtesy of Providence College

Joe, a PC icon of philanthropic development for fifty years, was profiled in the Summer issue of the Providence College Magazine, so there is little more that I can say about him.
Needless to say, the luncheon was delightful, Joe being Joe… ever optimistic, enthusiastic, kind, witty and thoughtful… a person of the utmost integrity…the epitome of a PC man. Moreover, he had a few inside tidbits, none earth shattering, all positive.

Is it any wonder that these luncheons are such an attraction?
Is it any wonder that I am honored to be a participant?

Thanks Jim, Bill, Jack, Dave, Joe, Mike….. Judge G and Dave G
Thanks.