Jubilarian Keeps the Faith with Gift of Sacred Vessel
One might say that Frank Mastoloni (CBA ’51) has a precious bloodline. His family has been importing pearls and other precious stones for three generations. It seems fitting, therefore, that he celebrated his 50th Jubilee with a gift of a beautiful golden chalice for his alma mater.
“This gift is a token of how much Fordham meant to me,” said Mr. Mastoloni. “My Fordham days made me aware of so much of the world around me, broadening my horizons in ways I still find valuable today.”
The simple and elegant goblet, valued at $36,000, is made of yellow gold and is electroplated with a 24-karat gold wash. The palette, or cover for the chalice, is also gold and features the image of Christ on the cross with a halo.
The chalice was used during the Inauguration Eucharist on the eve of the official installation of Joseph M. McShane, S.J., as the 32nd president of Fordham University.
“It really is gratifying to know that Fordham used the chalice at Father McShane's inauguration, a watershed event for Fordham," Mastoloni said. “It has been in my family for many years, and it’s nice to see that it is going to be used for many generations to come.”
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