Archbishop José H. Gomez Unveils
the Good Shepherd Network of Catholic Schools
In a final show of unyielding support for Catholic
schools in San Antonio, Archbishop José H. Gomez launched the Good
Shepherd Network of Catholic Schools, on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, just days before
his departure to Los Angeles. The Good Shepherd Network concept was the product
of the leadership and vision of Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantú and
Catholic School Superintendent Patricia Davis. The network schools are those most
in need in the Archdiocese of San Antonio including: St. Philip of
Jesus, St. Margaret Mary, St. Leo the Great, St. Cecilia, St. James the Apostle,
St. Paul, St. John Berchmans, St. Mary Magdalen, Holy Name, St. Benedict,
and St. Gerard High School.
Governance and administration at these schools will
shift to the Good Shepherd Board of Governors and the Director of the Good
Shepherd Network of Catholic Schools. These leaders in business,
education and pastoral ministry, will serve as a board of decision makers, under
the authority of the archbishop, to help build and execute strategic plans to
reach the goals of the Good Shepherd Network of Catholic Schools.
The charter Board members are Steve Edlund, President
of the International Bank of Commerce, San Antonio; Harvey Najim, founder of
Sirius Computer Solutions and The Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation; Father Marty
Elsner, S.J., Pastor Emeritus of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on San
Antonio's west side and longtime supporter of inner-city
Catholic schools; Father Richard Wosman, S.M., Director of the Catholic School
Leadership Program at St. Mary's University; Jane Macon, a
partner with Fulbright and Jaworski; Michael Belz, President of Catholic Life
Insurance, who has donated almost a million dollars to Catholic schools in the
last 3 years; Dr. Lorraine Barnes, a pediatrician at Christus Santa Rosa
Children's Hospital; and Robert Aguirre, President of Catholic
Association of Latino Leaders (CALL.) Pastors from parishes in the Good Shepherd
Network of Catholic Schools will serve on the board on a rotating basis.
Harvey Najim has provided a financial boost already,
setting the Network on the right course for success. In the last two years, he
has donated a total of $500,000, paving the way for Hope for the Future to
provide tuition assistance to 209 Najim Scholars.
Michael J. Moretta will serve as the director of the
Good Shepherd Network. He has a long history of successfully working with
inner-city schools, creating an inner-city network of schools with full support
of community sponsors. Working in consultation with the
superintendent, Mr. Moretta will oversee the network and will lead special
collaborative service and academic projects, act as the immediate supervisor of
the network principals, and serve as the liaison for family and community
outreach and corporate sponsors.
Hope for the Future will continue to distribute tuition
assistance to students in the Good Shepherd Network as well as all Catholic
Schools in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. During the past three years, 1,500
students received $1.9 million in tuition assistance from Hope for the Future to
attend the Catholic School of their choice. The mission of Hope for
the Future is to provide tuition assistance to as many children in need who want
to attend any of the 45 Archdiocese of San Antonio Catholic schools in the city
and the outlying communities.
To sponsor a student or a school or to donate to the Good Shepherd Network of
Schools contact Julie Seguin at (210) 734-1907 or at email@example.com.