Column: Tenth anniversary will reunite all of CEF’s past honorees

Michael Morrisey is the executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation. You can reach him at (913) 647-0383 or send an email to him at:

Michael Morrisey is the executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation. You can reach him at (913) 647-0383 or send an email to him at:

by Michael Morrisey

It has been a few months since you last heard from me. My hopes are that you and your family are well.

As I write, the leaves are falling, the sun continues to shine and the weather is getting cooler. This is my favorite time of year and puts me in a “wanting to play games” mood.

That being said, let’s play the “what do the following things have in common” game. I know you have all played it at some point in your life. OK, here we go.

What do the following have in common? And if you get this one right, you win a prize — seriously! Archdiocesan Catholic schools, Kansas City Royals, Sporting KC, Kansas City Chiefs and CEF.

We have a five-part answer. You really have to be good to get this one… I know there are five things but, c’mon, play along, will you?

The five part answer is:

Off to a good start; nice season/better than expected; currently in first place; off to a fast start — tied for the league lead; and soon to be setting a record for awarded scholarships respectively.

The commonality for all is that each of them is a winner today in its own right. Get it?

Let’s try another one. Same ballpark, different inning. What do the following individuals have in common?

Educator/administrator, Your Excellency times 11, abbot, real estate developer, dairy owners/entrepreneurs, construction company owners times 3, grocery store owner/farmer/land developer, hotel owner/developer, sporting apparel company CEO/largest screen printing embroidery company owner/builder and priestly times a lot.

No clues; you should know the answer this time around as there is only one.

And the answer is…they are ALL past Gaudeamus (“let us rejoice”) “Angels Among Us” honorees. How could you not get that one?

How do I know? The answer to your question is: At this year’s Gaudeamus 10th year reunion dinner (Nov. 2 at the Overland Park Convention Center), we will be recognizing our past “Angels Among Us” honorees as we gather to celebrate Catholic education. We are projecting a record crowd. Why don’t you come join us? Being an attendee will help you confirm my right answer.

Our “Angels Among Us” honorees help us sponsor scholarships for children currently living in need. Your involvement with CEF can create a commonality between you, our “Angels Among Us” honorees and over 1,000 CEF supporters. My hopes are to see you on the first Saturday of November.

And regarding your prize, call me or ask me about it. It is angelic!

For more information on CEF, go online.

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