On Friday, February 1, 2013 Bishop Luers High School hosted its annual Winter Homecoming. During the varsity boys’ game, the alumni staff recognized Father Fred Link, past Friars and the performing arts alumni from 1970-1984.
Father Fred Link joined the Bishop Luers faculty in 1970 as a theology and music teacher. From there he became the band director and choir director and then he was principal. Some of the strong traditions that Father Fred had a hand in forming include: Hosting the very first show choir invitational in the nation at Bishop Luers High School, organizing our first Walk-a-Thon, formulating the important words which we share with everyone to this day: LUERS SPIRIT, okaying the move to build our current football field and being instrumental in starting LuersKnight which is in its 33rd year of existence.
Other guests attending the Winter Homecoming were Father Carl Langenderfer, Father Carl Hawver, and Brother Tim Sucher, Sister Mary Ann Fox and many alumni. It was a thrill for us to welcome everyone back home! The gym was filled with excitement at half-time as the honored guests were introduced. The highlight of the night was our past Minstrels singing together with our current Minstrels the National Anthem and The Minstrels Song directed by Father Fred.
At the reception following the games, Alumnus, Ken Harkenrider announced the establishment of the Father Fred Link, OFM Franciscan Spirit Scholarship. As a teacher, director and mentor, Fr. Fred had a positive influence on the students at Bishop Luers. He has made a significant difference in their lives and the lives of their families. BLHS wants to continue his Franciscan Spirit and influence by offering a scholarship to help Bishop Luers students receive a Catholic education.
“His energy…his enthusiasm, his passion for music and young people….and his undying dedication to making Bishop Luers as good as it could be, were all qualities that meant so much.” Kenny Harkenrider, ’80.