1. Kurt Warner (R89)
hall of Fame
2017 Parish Appeal
New Director of Development
The official newsletter of the Xavier Foundation
FALL 2017 ISSUE / ANNUAL REPORT
2. 2017 Parish Appeal
September 23, 24 and September 30, October 1
Xavier High School is preparing students to live their Faith
and become the futures leaders of the Catholic Church.
One of the missions of the Catholic Church is to educate
and foster our children to become disciples of God.
Catholic schools provide a faith-centered environment
that encourages students to grow spiritually, intellectually,
and to serve others. It is with your prayers and financial
support that Xavier High School can continue to develop
each person’s ability to grow in their faith, serve others and
become the future leaders of the Catholic Church.
The Annual Parish Appeal is an opportunity for
parishioners, current parents, past parents, alumni and
friends to make a financial contribution to support Xavier
High School. It is our faith community that keeps Xavier
strong. It is our faith community that helps make a Catholic
secondary education affordable for our families. Please
prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2017 Parish
Appeal. Your generous gifts provide critical, unrestricted
operating funds that allow us to maintain a balanced
budget, minimize tuition increases, and most importantly
support our mission to develop the total person in a
Xavier Foundation will kickoff the 2017 Parish Appeal on
September 23 and 24. Campaign Chairs Ron (R72) and
Peggy Detweiler of St. Joseph Parish and Blaine and
Marlana Miller of St. Jude Parish will lead the community-
wide effort to raise $515,000 for Xavier High School.
Pledge cards will be available before and after all
Masses the weekends of September 23, 24 and
September 30 and October 1. Volunteer leadership from
all eleven metro parishes will join them. Thanks to the
following parish members who have agreed to be chairs
at their parishes: All Saints: Brad and Kay (Johannes)
Hess (R78), PJ (R86) and Malora Cosgrove; Immaculate
Conception: Matt and Dana Pieper, Edward and Karen
Pisney; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Jeff and Lynn Kramer,
Mike and Sara Albert; St. John XXIII: Mark and Karla
Guastaferro, Wesley and Ann (Jaeger) Howard (L86); St.
Joseph: Bob and Julie Schmitt, John and Angela Pacha;
St. Jude: Jay and Donna Fields, Dave and Jenn Olson; St.
Ludmila: Justin and Jennifer Jordebrek, Scott and Renee
(Coleman) Thompson (L83); St. Matthew: Denny (R73)
and Diane (Rozek) Flynn (R77), Tony and Ellen Alessio; St.
Patrick: Trent and Heather (McCauley) Buenzow (L96,)
Jason (R90) and Jeannie (Schulte) Klein(L91); St. Pius X:
Pete and Molly Iversen, Chris (R90) and Angie (Nelson)
Cummings (R90); St. Wenceslaus: Dave Martin, David (L87)
and Julie (Lefebure) Skala (L89). The Parish Appeal would
not be successful without the support of our pastors and
well over 200 volunteers from all eleven parishes.
The Xavier Foundation Board of Directors and staff thank
you for your prayers and financial support and ask you
to prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2017 Parish
Appeal. If you have any questions, please call Lynn Jump,
319-378-4571 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chairs (R-L): Ron
(R72) and Peggy
Detweiler of St.
Joseph Parish and
Marlana Miller of
St. Jude Parish
Xavier Foundation Parish Appeal
Reflections of Faith
& Xavier’s Impact
By supporting the Xavier Foundation’s 2017 Parish
Appeal, you are investing in the future leaders of the
Church. Among other faith formation activities, Xavier
promotes vocational awareness, and many young alumni
have answered their calling to directly serve the Church
in religious and lay capacities. Hear from some of these
young alumni about how Xavier impacted them in their
decision to serve in their respective ministries:
“Going to a Catholic school my entire life
was very helpful for my spiritual life. At
Xavier, we had a safe, yet challenging
environment where we can ask the tough
questions that help us grow in our faith:
What do we believe as Catholics? How do
we develop that belief? Does God have a plan
for me? He most certainly does. I am currently
on this path of discovery right now, as I journey
towards the priesthood. The classes offered, the
prayer experiences, and the talented, faith-filled
faculty and staff at Xavier High School provided the
ground work for a healthy, integrated, and fruitful
adult faith life.”
- Jacob Rouse (X09)
Newly-Ordained to the Transitional Diaconate (May 2017)
Archdiocese of Dubuque
“During my time at Xavier, I
encountered true witnesses of
His love in Xavier’s teachers,
classmates, and staff. Their wit-
ness opened me to encounter
Jesus’ immense love for me
personally and encouraged me
to give myself totally to Him as
a consecrated religious.”
- Sister Louis Marie Zogg (X05)
Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of
the Eucharist | Science Teacher
“Looking back, I can see
how Xavier sparked my
desire to provide faith
formation opportunities for
- Emily Gignac (X11)
Director of Faith Formation
St.Matthew Parish,Cedar Rapids
Read More Reflections from Xavier Alumni & Make Your Contribution
to the 2017 Parish Appeal at XavierFoundation.org!
On August 16, 2017 the Xavier Foundation hosted its
annual donor recognition reception honoring members
of the Archbishop Circle, Heritage Society, Endowed
Scholarship Circle, Cornerstone Society, and Student
Tuition Organization (STO) donors.
Archbishop Michael Jackels, esteemed guest and
member of the Xavier Foundation Board of Directors,
personally recognized the donors and expressed his deep
appreciation for their commitment to Catholic Education.
Foundation board chair, Ellen Bouchard, facilitated the
evening’s program which was highlighted by an address
from Archbishop Jackels (pictured top left) and a moving
reflection by Xavier alumnus, Zach Gignac (X09) (pictured
top right). Gignac, who currently serves as the Music
Coordinator for St. Jude parish, commented on how
the seeds to serve were sewn during his time at Xavier,
specifically from his involvement in the XHS instrumental
and vocal music programs. Gignac then performed a
rendition of “All Good Gifts” on the piano for those who
Additionally, Xavier principal, Tom Keating, offered his
thanks to donors, noting that Xavier would not be able to
have the impact it does without their critical support.
The Heritage Society was established to recognize donors
who share this commitment by including the Xavier
Foundation in their estate or deferred giving plans
through a bequest in their will, as a beneficiary in an
insurance policy or retirement plan, or through a trust or
charitable gift annuity.
The Archbishop’s Circle was initiated to recognize donors
who have demonstrated their commitment to Xavier High
School by supporting the Foundation with generous
unrestricted gifts of $1,000 or more during the
Foundation’s fiscal year. Gifts at this level help support the
Foundation’s mission and help Xavier plan for the future.
Each year the Foundation acknowledges the honor roll of
Archbishop’s Circle members based on gifts and payments
given to the annual appeals during the fiscal year.
Members of the Endowed Scholarship Circle have created
an endowed scholarship with a minimum gift of $10,000
to help provide students with tuition assistance for
generations to come.
School Tuition Organization (STO) donors contributed to
the Archdiocese of Dubuque’s STO and designated their
gift to be directed to Xavier High School families.
The Cornerstone Society, which was started in 2015,
recognizes donors who have given gifts totaling $100,000
or more to the Xavier Foundation and/or the former
Regis-LaSalle Foundation during their lifetime.
2017 Xavier Foundation
Zach Gignac (X09) >>>
performs “All Good
Gifts” at the 2017
Alumni Challenge Champions:
‘67 LaSalle Lancers
Congratulations to the LaSalle High School Class of 1967 on winning the
Xavier Foundation’s first ever “Alumni Challenge”! The ’67 Lancers had
the highest percentage of contributors toward the 2017 Alumni Appeal/
Challenge, edging out the LaSalle High School Class of 1965 and Regis
High School Class of 1960.
Thank you to all LaSalle, Regis and Xavier alumni who participated in the
challenge. Your gifts will go to support current Xavier students by helping
to fund classroom materials, faith formation/service opportunities and
tuition assistance for Xavier families.
Class Reunion Update!
Regis 1972: September 29-30, 2017
September 29 (6-8 p.m.): Social at New
Bohemia City Market (under the outdoor
patio in the courtyard area)
September 30 (7-10 p.m.): Casual dinner
at Indian Creek Country Club - $40 per
All former Regis graduates and any
teachers that are in the area are invited
For more information, contact:
Michael Corrigan at
Ron Detweiler at
Welcome New Director
The Xavier Foundation welcomes Mary Harken as its new Director of
Development! In her role, Mary will oversee the general administration,
programs and strategic plan of the Foundation. Additionally, Mary
will manage, develop, promote and implement a comprehensive
development plan. She will work with (and on behalf of) prospective
donors, and assist with the development and completion of annual
giving and fund raising initiatives and campaigns; including planned
giving programs, major gift campaigns and scholarship endowments.
Mary comes to Xavier from the Des Moines area, where she previously served as the Director of Investor Relations for the
Urbandale Chamber of Commerce since 2011. Prior to her time in Urbandale, she served as the Associcate Vice-President
of Marketing Services for the Apollo Group/Institute for Professional Development in Phoenix, AZ. Additionally, Mary’s
experience includes serving as the Community Marketing Director for the Marshalltown Economic Development/Chamber of
Commerce and as Executive Director of the Marshalltown Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Mary is a graduate of Upper Iowa University, which is where she earned her Masters of Business Administration. She holds
multiple designations and certifications in organizational and non-profit management.
Welcome to the Xavier family, Mary!
6. Alumni Spotlight
Congratulations to Kurt Warner (R89) on being
inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame!
Warner is the only native Iowan to be inducted
into the Hall of Fame. The enshrinement cer-
emony was held on August 5, 2017.
Warner appeared in three Super Bowls: XXXIV
(2000), XXXVI (2002) & XLIII (2009) — he was
named the Super Bowl MVP in 2000 as the
quarterback of the St. Louis Rams when the
Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans 23-16.
Warner was originally signed by the Green Bay
Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1994 af-
ter playing college football at the University of
Northern Iowa. Warner went on to be consid-
ered the best undrafted NFL player of all time,
following a 12-year career regarded as one of
the greatest stories in NFL history.
During his senior season at Regis, Warner led
the Royals to a 7-2 record and an appearance
in the state playoffs after a six-year drought.
Warner also participated in the Iowa Shrine
Bowl following his senior season (in which he
threw the game-winning two-point conversion).
Warner also excelled the academic arena as
an honor roll student and in basketball where
he earned all-state honors and led the team in
scoring and rebounds.
Also in attendance at the Hall of Fame en-
shrinement ceremony was Warner’s former
high school coach, Dick Breitbach, who Warner
has cited as his “favorite teacher” due to his
positive and lasting impact.
is in the
Hall of Fame!
In Memory of
Alumni & Friends
John Craft Jr. (L67) passed away on July 5, 2017. He
is an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a life member
of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 788 and a mem-
ber of the NRA. He loved to hunt, motorcycles and
was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
Connie Musser (L68) passed away on July 29, 2017.
She is survived by her son, Scott (Jeannie); siblings,
Pat Van Sickel (L65), Gary (L70), and Lisa (L81) (Randy)
Wing; grandchildren, Josh, Noah, Madison, and
Markus; and several nieces and nephews.
Thomas Jeffrey (L76) passed away on June 3, 2017.
He is survived by best friend, Bryan Godwin;
siblings, Theresa (Al) Vickroy (L78), Tim, Tracy, Terry
(Renate), and Tamara (Phil) Stastny; nieces, nephews,
aunts, and several cousins.
Randall Maher (R69) passed away on June 3, 2017.
He is survived by his wife, Tina; sons, Nathan (X01)
(Nicole) and John (X04); daughters, Katie (X06) (Mitch)
Spencer and Kristin (X08); mother Jeanne; two sisters,
Deborah (R67) (Craig) Rambo and Mary (Donald)
Patterson; seven grandchildren; several in-laws, nieces
and nephews; and many past and present employees
and good friends.
Christopher Barry (R74) passed away on July 24.
2017. He is survived by his wife, Maureen (R74);
children, Shaun (R98) (Ashley), Kelly (Adam) Fabor and
Bailey (Matt) Keister; siblings, John (R62) (Judy), Tom
(R65) (Gail), Mike (Cathy), Tim (R70) (Sue), Maureen
Brown (R71), Brian (R77) (Deb - R77), Scott (R80)
(Brenda), Chauncey (R80) (Debra), and Joe (R86)
Mike Pfiffner (L80) and his wife, Carolyn, recently celebrated
their 25th wedding anniversary. Mike wishes “good health” to all
his fellow LaSalle classmates.
Nancy (Severa) Zimmers (R67) is happy and busy in retirement.
She volunteers at a local elementary school in Springfield, IL
where she also serves on boards for Women in Communications
and the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery.
Michael (X01) and Jana (Callanan) Freeman (X07) are enjoying
married life and recently returned to the Cedar Rapids area. They
welcomed their third child, Calla, in April who joined big sister,
Harper, and big brother, Landon.
Kyle Strickland (X04) and Ann-Marie Woods were united in mar-
riage on August 6, 2016 at Stella Maris Catholic Church in Baileys
Nick Cooling (X06) and Cassie Olk were united in marriage on
January 9, 2017. They are the proud parents of identical twins
Miller Drew and Hayes Wilbur born on August 28, 2017.
Jane Fitzpatrick (X08) and Kyle Armbrecht were united in mar-
riage on June 24, 2017 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar
Amanda (Vester) (X09) and Michael Krambeer were united in
marriage on July 25, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in
Hiawatha, IA. On April 11, 2017 they welcomed their first child,
Layton John. Both are graduates of the University of Northern
Iowa, and reside in Cedar Falls, IA.
Rachel Fortman (X13) graduated from the University of Iowa in
May, 2017, with a degree in Sociology and has accepted a posi-
tion as an Integrated Health Coordinator for MindSprings Health
in Steamboat Springs, CO.
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ALUMNI: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
The 10th Annual Alumni Basketball Tournament
returns to Xavier High School on Saturday, Nov. 25!
MAKE YOUR OWN TEAM!
As with the past two years, participants in the 2017 Alumni Basketball
Tournament will have the opportunity to form their own team. Those who
do not wish to be on a pre-determined team can sign up as an individual
and will be assigned a team on the day of the tournament. Sign up forms
are available at XavierFoundation.org. Contact the Xavier Foundation at
319-378-4571 with any questions!
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Did you have a classmate who excelled in academics, athletics or fine arts? Do
you know of a LaSalle, Regis or Xavier alum who has made an outstanding contri-
bution through their career or service to their community? Did you have a coach
or teacher who made a significant impact on you and your classmates?
Nominate them for induction in the LaSalle-Regis-Xavier Hall of Fame at
XavierFoundation.org. Deadline for nominations for the 2018 induction is
October 31, 2017. The 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at
halftime of a home basketball game in early 2018.
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