September 24, 2018

Donor Stories: The Stephens Family

Our Cathedral story…

We see Cathedral as a longstanding family tradition. Joanie, Jack, and Eddie first began attending Cathedral events when they were babies – so the campus felt like home by the time they enrolled. Today, we attend all the events we can, always supporting the Irish! Our allegiance for Cathedral extends beyond our time on campus. At a recent Baptism, in South Bend, we spontaneously started singing the Irish blessing and the school song. Non-Cathedral guests were shocked at the loyalty and love we have for our school.

What it means to be alumni…

Cathedral Alumni are in every city and community around the world. Everywhere we go, someone knows a current Cathedral student or graduate. We’ve been stopped at the grocery store by a family hoping to be in the class of 2021 and meet alumni at the airport who want to talk about their days on the hill. Cathedral alumni are proud and want to carry on the Irish traditions. Jack has returned to lead the senior retreat. He also helps coach golf. Eddie learned valuable lessons of teamwork and leadership while in the Student Council that he uses every day. We know firsthand the students who have walked the halls at Cathedral go out into the world and make it a better place!

Cathedral’s 100th anniversary matters to us because…

Cathedral has been our second family. She has helped shaped us into who we are today. Cathedral has opened the doors to many unbelievable opportunities, like when Joanie traveled to Africa for a mission trip. Being able to call ourselves alumni of Cathedral High School is special. We are glad to be able to celebrate the wonderful success she has had the last 100 years. Today, Cathedral stands tall in her values, academics and excellence and will be educating the finest young men and women for at least the next 100 years!

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