They came from 26 states and three foreign countries, from as far as California and Germany to as nearby as Dedham. 's class of 1962 converged on the school's campus on June 8 for its 50th high school reunion.
Remarkably, 62 of them showed up. That included the school's current president, Paul Sheff, who himself was theclass valedictorian a half-century ago.
The school's second graduating class sees itself as the one that really put the school on the map - winning the school's first athletic state championship - in basketball - as well as the first state title in speech and debate, along with several league championships.
At the reunion, the class celebrated Mass, had a lively discussion as part of an ongoing school history project, and dined together in the school's dining hall, one which they saw constructed during their sophomore year.
"It could have been different, but here we are now," said Br. Vin McNally, a '62 grad who, like 10% of the class, went on to serve in the ministry. "We're still here, even all the way from Germany. We have not gone away, even 50 years later. Where we will be tomorrow really does not matter, because we take ourselves along, and what we value."
On Saturday, the Class of '62 continued reminiscing while setting sail in the Boston Harbor on the Spirit of Boston. That evening, they joined other reunion classes in a tent on the baseball field for an outdoor clambake. In all, more than 200 CM alumni from the years ending in 2 and 7 gathered on campus for the event.
"Thanks to everyone in the Class of '62 and our other alumni who returned for this spectacular event," said alumni director David Erwin. "We're very proud of our 50-year grads, and we hope to see them all back here in another five years!"