Four Saints Cup

Each year we select an Honoree (or Saint) from each school.  We are excited to share the 2017 Four Saints Cup Honorees. Each of these individuals have made a tremendous impact on their schools, our communities and students.

Saint Patrick's, Bedford

Monsignor George Thompson

Former pastor of Bedford, former Dean of the Region, former board member

Monsignor George Thompson has had a long history as an advocate for Catholic education. Many of us know Monsignor Thompson as Pastor of St. Patrick’s in Bedford from 2002 through 2016; and from his work as a trustee on the board of the Catholic School Region of Northern Westchester and Putnam. He was also appointed the Regional Vicar of the Northern Westchester/Putnam Region and served from 2001 through 2016.

Before Monsignor Thompson joined us here in the Northern Westchester and Putnam Region he was the Assistant Director, and then Director, of Priest Personnel for the Archdiocese of New York. Prior to serving as Pastor of St. Denis in Yonkers from 1988 to 1993, he was the Spiritual Director and then Rector of Cathedral Prep. Prior to this, Monsignor was the Assistant Director, and then Director, of Vocations for the Archdiocese.

Saint Columbanus

Father Francis (Frank) Samoylo

Former board chair and currently co-chair and pastor

Reverend Father Francis Samoylo has a history in education for a very long time. As pastor of St. Columbanus Church, Father is a big advocate for Catholic education for our young children. Father Frank was the chair/and now the co chair for the board of Northern Westchester and Putnam Region.

Fr. Samoylo grew up in Valley Cottage with his three brothers and belonged to St. Paul's parish in Congers. After attending Nyack schools through 8th grade, Father attended Albertus Magnus High School in 1968.  From there he went to the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Upon graduation in 1972, he worked for a year in Columbus, Georgia before entering St. Benedict Abbey in Still River, MA.  After six years he returned to New York where he began working at Clarkstown.

As a late vocation, he entered St. John Neumann Seminary Residence at 44 years of age after 14 years as a counselor at Clarkstown North High School in New City.

He also coached basketball at his alma mater, Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia.  In 2001 he was ordained a priest and was Parochial Vicar at St. Augustine’s in New City from 2001 to 2007 where he also served as chaplain for the New City Fire Department. In 2007 he went to St. Margaret’s in Pearl River until 2009 when he was asked by then Archbishop Dolan to become pastor at St. Columbanus.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Sister Gabriel Miriam

51 years at Seton, the last 43 as Principal

Sister Gabriel Miriam was born and grew up in Queens, New York.  After attending Cathedral High School in New York City, she entered the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul of NY, September 8, 1953.  From 1953 through present, Sister Gabriel Miriam has accepted teaching missions at Immaculate Conception, Staten Island (1956-1961), Our Lady Star of the Sea, Staten Island (1961-1966) and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Shrub Oak (1966-2017).  It has been at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton where she has made her home for the last fifty-one years.  Sister Gabriel has been totally immersed in the education of children at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School by first teaching for eight years and then becoming Principal of the school in 1974. Today, as always, she checks homework, reads student reports, and constantly encourages students to read, read, read! Sister is a superb spiritual leader! She brings the charism of her order (education of children) to foster the spiritual development of each child at Seton.

Saint Patrick's, Yorktown

Father Tom Krieser

Associate at and alumni of St. Patrick's Yorktown

Father Tom Kreiser grew up in Yorktown as the youngest of nine children.  After attending Pace University, he felt his first call to become a priest.  In September 1988, he attended St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers and was ordained on May 14, 1994.  After serving as a parish priest in Monroe and attaining his Licentiate Degree in Liturgy, Father Tom returned to serve several parishes in throughout the Hudson Valley. 

In 2011, Father Tom joined St. Patrick's of Yorktown, where he reaches many parts of our community.  He teaches religion, runs the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) program, moderates Altar Servers, helps train readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and helps with Boy Scouts, counseling, the St. Pat’s auction and alumni.  If that wasn’t enough, Father Tom works with the Columbiettes, is a State Chaplain, and a Spiritual Advisor for Cursillo. Father Tom brings so much enthusiasm and love that enriches not only our children at St. Patrick’s School of Yorktown, but the entire community. 


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