Alumnus Shares Story Of Turning Tragedy Into Triumph

Sean Curran Spoke to Salesianum students.
Left to Right: Salesianum President Brendan Kennealey '94, Samuel Curran '13, Salesianum Principal Rev. Chris Beretta, OSFS, Tracy Curran, and Denis Curran surround Sean Curran '93, who spoke to students at an assembly on Monday.

Sean Curran '93 brought energy and inspiration to the entire Salesianum community today as he shared his story of turning a single tragedy into a lifelong triumph.


At the age of 14, Sean was injured in a bodysurfing accident in August 1989 that left him a quadriplegic. After months of rehab, Sean left the hospital in March of 1990. With a sharp mind and strong faith, Sean enrolled at Salesianum that fall.


Sean shared his enthusiasm for Salesianum athletics, spoke of his pride in the school's academic success, and entertained the students with a few stories from his days, including the benefits of being part of Team Curran (the students who would help him from class to class who, also, were able to leave class early to assist Sean). "A hidden benefit," Sean said jokingly.


Sean said he wanted the students to take this message with them away from the assembly — when faced with a challenging time in your life, you are faced with two paths to travel: "Why me?" and "Help me." The "Why me?" path is one filled with isolation and self-pity, Sean said. The "Help me" path brings God into our lives, and allows for opportunities. By following the "Help me" path, Sean found success at Salesianum, and in business, love and family.


He also told the students to be aware of the words in the Direction of Intention, which they pray before everything they do, and the meaning in V + J (Live Jesus) and Tenui Nec Dimittam (Take Hold and Never Let Go).


Sean was joined at the assembly by his wife Tracy, brother Samuel '13, and his father, Denis.