Thank you to all who made the evening a success! A sincere thank you to all supporters and donors. Your support helps make a Matignon High School education accessible to our students and their families.
The Tradition of Excellence Gala is a wonderful evening that brings together alumni, parents, students, and friends to reconnect and celebrate all of the fond memories and lifelong values instilled at Matignon High School. This year, Matignon had the opportunity to honor three significant members of the Matignon community.
Community Service Award
Kathleen Power Mears
Green & Gold
Thomas Galligani '61
Distinguished Alumn Award
Marc-Anthony Hourihan ‘89
Read more about our honorees here:
Green and Gold Legacy Award
Thomas Galligani is a member of Matignon High School’s Class of 1961. Tom went on to earn his bachelors in Education from Boston State College and later his Master’s in Education also from Boston State College. From 1966- 1972 Galligani served in the US Army Reserves. Tom began his career as a U.S. History teacher at the Southern Junior High School in Somerville Public Schools. During his career in Somerville Public Schools Tom saw the merger of the junior high schools to Somerville High School, where he taught history and later became an administrator. Galligani retired in 2006 from Somerville High School having served as Headmaster.
In 2006, Galligani was called home to Matignon High School to serve as Principal. Within a few years, he was then named the school’s first Headmaster and was granted the title of Headmaster Emeritus in 2013. Tom returned to Matignon at a time of challenging transition and was able to infuse energy into the school with his visionary leadership and personal approach to education for each student. By recruiting talented faculty and collaborating with our dedicated administrators and Board of Trustees, Tom saw new growth at One Matignon Road for the next generation and ones to come.
Mr. Galligani is a native of Somerville, Massachusetts and currently resides in Billerica with his wife Ginny. Together they have two children Tom, Jr. and Laurie; and enjoy the role of a lifetime as grandparents.
Cardinal Cushing Community Service Award
On July 25, 2014, His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley named Mrs. Kathleen Power Mears Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston.
A career Catholic school educator, Superintendent Mears previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, as a school Catholic school principal and teacher. She also was a professor in Elementary Education at Marian University in Indianapolis. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Elmhurst College, and a master’s in education from Butler University. She has also done extensive coursework in school leadership at Indiana University.
Superintendent Mears was serving as an Executive Director with the National Catholic Education Association - also known as NCEA - when she answered Cardinal Sean’s call to come to Boston.
As a result of her scholarly pursuits, her multifaceted responsibilities, and her various positions in Catholic education, Superintendent Mears has gained extensive experience in, among other areas, public policy, school improvement programs, and professional development. She is a nationally recognized speaker in education and has worked on many initiatives including the development of STREAM programs in Catholic schools across the country and on the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools.
As Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston, Mrs. Mears has been responsible for the second largest education system in the Commonwealth - second only to the City of Boston - overseeing more than 34,000 students in more than 100 schools. A nationally-known and respected Catholic educator and leader, Superintendent Mears is a highly sought-after lecturer and presenter at diocesan and local events all around the United States.
Superintendent Mears lives in Braintree with her husband, Brian, and has two grown children, and three wonderful grandchildren. The Matignon High School family thanks Kathy Mears for all her tireless work on behalf of our school and all those she serves in the Archdiocese of Boston; we wish her all the best in her future personal and professional endeavors.
Distinguished Alumnus Award
graduate of the Class of 1988 from Matignon High School, Marc-Anthony “MA” Hourihan is a native of Somerville, Massachusetts and grew up in St. Joseph’s Church. After Matignon, MA went on to study Economics at Harvard University and played football for the Crimson. In 1993, Mr. Hourihan graduated Cum Laude. He was awarded the William Paine LaCroix Award and is a Major “H” recipient.
After earning his bachelor's degree, Marc-Anthony took a position with Chase Manhattan Bank N.A. as a Recovery & Restructuring Analyst. Shortly after, Hourihan moved on to an analyst role at S. G. Warburg, now UBS Securities LLC, where he has spent 25 years in various positions in London and New York City. At the time of his promotion to Managing Director of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group in 2005, Mr. Hourihan was one of the youngest Managing Director at the firm.
Over the last 20 years, Marc-Anthony has primarily focused on transactions with Healthcare clients. Since 2011 Marc-Anthony has been the Co-Head of Americas Mergers & Acquisitions responsible for efforts in North and South America and the Head of Healthcare Mergers & Acquisitions since 2008. His current client portfolio expands beyond healthcare to consumer, mining and technology clients and oversees 40 bankers. Hourihan is also the Chair of the US Fairness Opinion and Valuation Committee and Chair of the US Business Review Group.
Mr. Hourihan resides in New York City with his wife, Samantha and their 3 children, Francesca, Michaela and Max. Marc-Anthony was a star student-athlete during his Matignon High School career. His sister Nathalie is a graduate of Matignon’s Class of 1988. Hourihan joined the Matignon Board of Trustees in the Fall of 2018 and is a member of the Friends of Harvard Football.