Distinguished Graduate Honored

Each year during Catholic Schools Week, Holy Angels School is proud to recognize one of our alumni with the National Catholic Educational Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award. This year’s recipient was Charles J. Dwyer, Jr., a member of the Class of 1976. Chuck went on to distinguish himself in the area of art at the high school level (his work was prominently displayed) and in college where he was the Class Valedictorian at the Milwaukee Institute of Art.

Professionally, he has used his gifts and skills to enhance Catholic worship. He has restored religious art at the St. Louis Cathedral and the Sacred Heart Basilica on the Notre Dame campus, and locally has been instrumental in the art restoration at Holy Hill and St. Josephat’s Basilica. He has kept close to his roots here at Holy Angels by providing wonderful…angelic… works of art for our parish. In fact, he has provided works for his Class Reunions that were used to provide donations to our school. His work as a studio artist and photographer has connected him to people in all walks of life. Chuck reaches out to the simple poor and elderly who are with us everywhere. Some of his sharing and caring was noted in a Milwaukee Journal story a couple of years ago.

In the words of this year’s Distiguished Graduate… ”Catholic education is more than academics; it sets a moral and spiritual compass for life. You don’t appreciate this gift right away; it comes to fruition later and you’re grateful.” Holy Angels is grateful for the contributions which Chuck Dwyer has given to our parish, to the worshipping community in many places, and to the everyday people in need of a warm human touch.

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