I sent him there for the discipline as much as the academics, though Salesianum School for Boys is probably the best school in the state. Unfortunately Ben majored in socializing but the atmosphere was excellent. He has great respect for most, if not all, of the teachers there and is in regular contact w/them. They keep him in there thoughts and prayers which means a great deal to his Momz. Just found this on their website:
They’re looking for a few good men. They are the few, the proud. Could it be a description of Salesianum? Is the motto: Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) a variation on Tenui nec Dimittam (I have taken hold and will not let go)? Of course, we’re talking about the Marines. The description, however, is reminiscent of Salesian gentlemen. That could explain why Major John Quinn,’79 is so comfortable being the speech writer for General James L. Jones, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Major John first met the Marines through the ROTC while studying political science at the University of Delaware. In the early days of his military career, John was noticed for his ability to research, write and present in a clear and coherent manner. From his time as a Communications Officer in the Light Armored Infantry at Camp Lejeune, to being stationed in Norfolk, through his Persian Gulf duty, into his assignment at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterrey, CA, into Okinawa, and now to his duties at the Pentagon, John has always understood his “totality of commitment” to the Marines as a vocation and not just a career.
His devotion to his country is a natural outgrowth of his deeply rooted faith and his commitment to his wife, Betty, and their four children, Patrick, Timothy, Shannon, and Erin. He is very proud of his family and freely speaks of his love for them, his God, and country. It is no surprise that this publisher of several articles about military history and a collaborator of The Eagle in the Desert (the Persian Gulf Story) is the perfect candidate to assist the Commandant of the USMC.
These days John spends long hours preparing congressional testimony, writing op-ed pieces, editing articles on military history, and composing letters of encouragement and condolence to the families of military personnel. When asked what he finds most satisfying about this present position, John remarked that it is meeting and working with those who have made extraordinary contributions to the United States.
The DGQ contends that Major John Quinn, ’79 is an exceptional graduate who deserves this spotlight for modeling Francis de Sales exhortation: holiness consists in doing the ordinary extraordinarily well.
Semper fi, Major John Quinn!
Tenui nec Dimittam
Momz note: Ben and I met Major Quinn - of course in the local Irish watering hole when he was home on leave. The Major's dad spotted Ben's high and tight, grabbed him and took him over to the Major who had just returned from OKI to write for new CMC.