Catholic Schools Week…Distinguished Graduate

Each year during Catholic Schools Week, Holy Angels School is proud to recognize one of its alumni with the National Catholic Educational Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award. This year’s recipient, Michael J. Gonring, is no stranger to many corners of the Greater Milwaukee community.

After graduating from Holy Angels in 1961, he continued his education at West Bend High School and Marquette’s College of Journalism and Law School. At one time, Gonring was a sportswriter for the Milwaukee Journal covering the Brewers and the Sports Information Director at Marquette.

His commitment to Catholic education is evidenced in his 32 consecutive years (and counting) as a Holy Family-Whitefish Bay School parent. He could be found giving his time in many areas of the school, such as collecting admissions at a basketball game, helping with concessions, or wherever something needed to be done.

His commitment to sharing his gifts is evidenced in his role in the legal profession. As a partner at Quarles and Brady, Gonring serves as the firm’s pro bono coordinator and works as a litigator. He is also the chairman of the Legal Assistance Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin (the pro bono arm of the State Bar), a member of the Milwaukee Bar’s Legal Services for the Indigent Committee, and chairman of the advisory board of LEAPS (an MPS inner city high school). Gonring was named Lawyer of the Year in 2007 by the Milwaukee Bar Association for his pro bono legal work.

His commitment to people is evidenced in willingness to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Holy Angels principal Mike Sternig noted, “Whether it’s just being there to help out in the school, or making the decades-long decision to invest in a Catholic education for his children, or sharing gifts of time and talent to help others through the legal profession, or for works of charity, Mike Gonring is a wonderful role model of the values planted and nurtured in our Catholic school.”

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