John Kmetz is a partner at BKD, LLP, and a member of the CEF Board of Directors.
“Go to the main crossroads and invite everyone you can find to come.” Matthew 22:9
Like many others I know, my relationship with Catholic Education Foundation began with an invitation. At first, it was simply an invitation to the Futures Art Event in February. This turned into an invitation to have coffee with Michael Morrisey, which I accepted as I was told that he was a “great guy” (an understatement for those who know Michael). During that coffee, Michael invited me to experience Gaudeamus with my wife Amy, and after that night, we were hooked.
We have always been passionate about charities that assist children. As parents of four who attend Catholic school, we are proud to be able to provide them with the opportunities one could wish for. However, our dealings in our community have made us very aware of the number of families who simply cannot afford the time or money it takes to provide their children with even the basic opportunities for success. CEF takes on these challenges head-on.
The passion for CEF’s mission was palpable in the room that night. The student speaker astounded me with her clear articulation of the opportunities that CEF had helped create in her young life. This group was positive and inspiring, and it was contagious. When Michael invited me to join them on the CEF Board in December of 2015, I jumped at the chance. Since then I have been able to visit some of the schools and see these kids absolutely glowing (yes, excited to be in school!) and I now understand where this passion and excitement comes from.
Please consider this as your invitation to experience CEF at Gaudeamus on October 29. If you are a ‘numbers person’, the statistics on the success of Catholic School kids is striking. If you are involved in other charities, the efficiency and professionalism of CEF will impress you. If you are an emotional person, the experience will move you. The evening is fun and inspirational, and is a great example of sharing our Catholic faith.