The title of my ministry is President of Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota, Florida. I have enjoyed ministering in this way for 21 years–and I see it as absolutely essential for the future of Catholic schools. Ours is the only high school in the Diocese of Venice that has a president/principal model of leadership.
I have spent 54 years in Catholic schools. Early on during my years as principal I realized that the future of Catholic schools would depend on generous endowments. Tuition, as well as fund-raising activities, would never be enough to provide for the kind of education that has distinguished Catholic schools.
This ministry gives me opportunities every day to develop relationships with people in this area. Many of the retirees here in Sarasota attended Catholic schools and now their children and grandchildren are also recipients of this kind of education. These individuals understand our mission and are often inclined to assist the school now in responding to requests for current fundraising needs as well as remembering us in making their estate plans. I work with estate planning attorneys, financial planners and offer seminars at local Catholic Churches for folks as they learn how to best plan for their family needs as well as insure a legacy in supporting charities of their choosing.
What gives me the greatest joy is being able to care for elderly folks who have shown an interest in Cardinal Mooney. I am free to take care of them in any way they need. This may be taking them to a doctor, going shopping, taking them out to dinner, getting them any assistance I can to provide for their safety and security. I know by the smiles on their faces and the peace in their eyes that I am truly God’s goodness to them. Of course, I in turn, feel so blessed by each of them.