VC Heritage Gala was held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the CrossCreek Resort.

The VC Heritage Gala is a chance for VC supporters to gather in a beautiful setting, to enjoy a delightful meal, to rejoice in each other’s company, to take advantage of live and silent auctions…all in the name of VC’s tradition and in celebrating alumni.

The evening included:
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Dinner featuring either prime rib and Parmesan crusted chicken breast
  • Live and Silent Auctions
  • Open Bar 6pm-8pm
  • Live entertainment by the Route 8 Band

thanks to our silent Auction Sponor PNA #905

We honored 2 alumni in categories of: Scholarship, Service & Faith. 

Admiral Craig Faller ’79

Admiral Craig Faller is a native of Fryburg, Pennsylvania and 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. He is also a 1990 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master’s in National Security Affairs (Strategic Planning).

At sea, Admiral Faller served as Reactor Electrical Division Officer, Electrical Officer and Reactor Training Assistant aboard USS South Carolina (CGN 37); Operations Officer aboard USS Peterson (DD 969); Station Officer aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), and Executive Officer of USS John Hancock (DD 981). As Commanding Officer of USS Stethem (DOG 63), he deployed to the Arabian Gulf and participated in maritime interception operations in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq. During his tour as Commanding Officer of USS Shiloh (CG 67), he assisted victims of the devastating tsunami off Indonesia. Finally, as Commander, John C. Stennis Strike Group / Carrier Strike Group 3, he deployed to the Middle East supporting Operations New Dawn (Iraq) and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).

Ashore, Admiral Faller served as a D1G Prototype Staff Officer at the Nuclear Power Training unit at Ballston Spa, NY; Action Officer in Navy Strategy and Concepts Branch (N513); Legislative Fellow on the staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy; Program Manager, Surface Nuclear Officer Programs and Placement; Executive Assistant to the Commander U.S. Pacific Command; Executive Assistant to Commander U.S. Central Command; Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations; Commander, Navy Recruiting Command; Director of Operations (J3) U.S. Central Command; Chief of Navy Legislative Affairs; and Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense.

Admiral Faller has earned various personal, unit, service and campaign awards.

Rev. Jason Mitchell ’96

Fr. Jason Mitchell is the oldest of ten children and was born in Rantoul, Illinois on August 25, 1978. His dad was in the Air Force, and the family moved frequently: to Arkansas, California, Ohio, Turkey, and upstate New York. After his dad retired from the military, his family settled in Franklin, Pennsylvania and he attended Venango Christian. Fr. Jason graduated as salutatorian in 1996. Four days after graduation, he joined the seminary to study for the priesthood. He studied in Connecticut, New York, and Rome, Italy. He was ordained a priest on December 12, 2011 in St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome. He completed his doctorate in philosophy and taught philosophy and theology in Rome for eight years. In 2015, he returned to the Diocese of Erie and currently teaches at Gannon University and serves at the cathedral. Fr. Jason is working on a second doctorate in sacred theology. He has published one book, entitled Being and Participation, and several articles on Thomistic metaphysics.

To be a sponsor for the 2020 Gala or a donor of an auction item please contact Karen Wenner @ 814-6773098 or by email karen.wenner@venangocatholic.org