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January 2020

Left to Right: School Chaplain the Rev. Justin Cinnante, O. Carm., altar server Michael Lynch, LAMP Catholic Ministries Co-Founder Tom Scheuring, Iona College professor and Lower School parent Dr. Malissa Leipold, Brooklyn Auxiliary Bishop James Massa, Lower School students Lukas and Sebastian Leipold, altar servers Finnegan Kearns, Dilan Karim and Logan Arena.

Family of Students Donate New Portable Altar in Memory of Grandmother

Iona Preparatory Lower School dedicated a new altar to Lyn Scheuring, the grandmother of fifth-grader Lukas, (10) and third-grader, Sebastian Leipold (7). During the school’s Immaculate Conception Feast Day Mass celebrated by School Chaplain the Rev. Justin Cinnante, O.Carm., Scheuring was remembered for being one of the founders of LAMP Catholic Ministries in NYC, a lay Catholic missionary association that shares the love of Jesus with the materially poor in New York City.  Lower School students regularly make and assemble bagged lunches for LAMPCafe, complete with a quote from Scripture or uplifting message.


This altar will serve as the new centerpiece for schoolwide Masses. On wheels, the altar can be transported for daily masses at the Lower School and for individual classroom visits. The altar includes a first-class relic bone of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who grew up in New Rochelle and founded the first free Catholic School in the United States. The call of the Christian Brothers, “Live, Jesus, in our hearts, forever,” is engraved on the front of the altar. In 2020, relics from Blessed Edmund Rice, the patron of the Christian Brothers, will be added, as well.  The altar was a gift from the Scheuring and Leipold families in memory of their matriarch.