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Catholic Central Celebrates Alumnus Stan Wilkins '42 During Boys' Bowl Week

Detroit Catholic Central High School welcomed back Mr. Stan Wilkins, a 100-year-old alumnus and World War II Veteran who graduated from CC in 1942. Wilkins was honored during the all-school Mass as part of Boys' Bowl week, Catholic Central's equivalent to Homecoming Week, filled with pep assemblies, reunions, and alumni gatherings.

The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Steven Huber, pastor at Assumption Parish in Windsor, who drew a comparison during his homily between the love Jesus has for us all and the strong bonds of brotherhood he has witnessed at Catholic Central. 

After the Mass, Stan shared heartfelt anecdotes from his time at Detroit Catholic Central, reminiscing about the camaraderie, the Basilian teachings, and the lasting friendships he built during his years as a student. His experiences added a personal touch to the importance of Boys’ Bowl Week, fostering a deeper connection between past and present generations of Shamrocks.

Boys' Bowl week, a cherished tradition at Detroit Catholic Central, provides an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater, celebrate the enduring legacy of the school, and create new memories. Stan Wilkins' presence at this year’s all school Mass added a special dimension, illustrating the enduring bond between the school and its alumni.

On September 28, 2007, Stan’s brother, Jerry Wilkins ‘44 was recognized and presented an honorary diploma by Fr. Richard Ranalletti, CSB. Jerry attended Catholic Central during his youth but was unable to graduate because he was called to serve in World War II like his older brother. 

The Shamrock Football team will face Birmingham Brother Rice on Sunday, October 1, 2023, in the 79th Annual Boys’ Bowl Game at 1:00 PM in Fr. Elmer Stadium on CC’s campus. Students, alumni, family, and friends are invited to a Mass & Breakfast and Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony in the gymnasium on Sunday morning at 9:00 AM prior to the game. 

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