Past Features

May 19, 2008 (Vol. 7, No. 9)

Monsignor Ivers Returns to Lehman for Baccalaureate Mass

Monsignor Leslie Ivers
Monsignor Leslie Ivers '72

Lehman alumnus Monsignor Leslie Ivers '72 will return to Lehman to officiate at the Baccalaureate Mass in the Lovinger Theatre on Wednesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. Born in the Inwood section of Manhattan, Monsignor Ivers graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School before going on to become a history major and an English minor in one of Lehman's first graduating classes.

"I received an excellent education at Lehman," said Monsignor Ivers. "I have many good memories of the History Department and the atmosphere, which didn't feel like the rest of New York City at all."

Three years later, in 1975, he entered St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers and was ordained by Terence Cardinal Cooke in St. Patrick's Cathedral on November 3, 1979. Monsignor Ivers has since served at Our Lady of Refuge parish in the Bronx, Resurrection parish in Rye, and Holy Rosary parish in Eastchester. In 1996, Cardinal O'Connor appointed Monsignor Ivers as the fifth pastor of St. Frances de Chantal parish in the Bronx, where he has served for the past twelve years. Most recently, Cardinal Egan appointed him to the Papal Visit Task Force, which planned for last month's visit of Pope Benedict XVI to New York City.