Sister Susan Honored at Salute to Catholic School Alumni

Posted by Spalding Hurst

March 14, 2023

Sister Susan Gatz (first row, second from the left), a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, was among the six distinguished alumni of Catholic schools who were honored during the 33rd annual Salute to Catholic School Alumni dinner on March 8 at the Galt House in downtown Louisville. The event, hosted by the Catholic Education Foundation, saw a record crowd of 1,400 people in attendance.

Sister Susan was recognized for her outstanding achievements and contributions to Catholic education.

The event aims to lift the hopes and dreams of thousands of young Catholic school students and their families through the life-changing gift of Catholic education.

One senior from each of the archdiocese’s Catholic high schools was awarded a college scholarship. They are, from left, Katherine Victoria Belle Coale from Bethlehem High School; Rebecca Raeann Kaelin, Holy Cross High School; Fatimah Saeed Alawami, Presentation Academy; Lorenzo Paul Martinelli, St. Xavier High School; Lucas Martinez Osborn, Trinity High School; Valentina Moreno, Sacred Heart Academy; Mia Jane Grosshans, Mercy Academy; Jackson Clay Hoard, DeSales High School; Josephine Ann Deye, Assumption High School.

The Salute to Catholic School Alumni dinner also honored other distinguished alumni of Catholic schools, as well as Deacon Greg Gitschier, who received the Community Service Award, and St. Gregory School teacher Terry Rogan, who received the 2023 Father Joseph McGee Award. The event was emceed by Richard A. Lechleiter, the foundation’s president, and featured Father Mike Schmitz as the keynote speaker, who emphasized the importance of Catholic schools in proclaiming Christ to students.


  1. Ann Palatty

    Congratulations, Susan. You deserve this splendid honour.

  2. Ann Susan Villa

    Conratulations, Susan WE ARE ALL PROUD OF YOU!

  3. Kitty W.

    Congratulations, Susan. You are the best!

    • Ann Susan Villa

      Congratulations, Susan WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF YOU!

  4. Maria Brocato

    Dear Susan, you make us proud in so many ways.

  5. Rose Mary Gerlica, SCN

    Congratulations, Susan.

  6. Stella

    What an honor!!! Congratulations, Susan.

  7. Shirley Patterson, SCNA

    Congratulations, Susan! You make Pres proud and Nazareth! Thank you for your “yes” response to the Spirit within. Mother Catherine is cheering you onward.

  8. jessie saldanha

    Hearty Congratulations Dear Sr Susan ! Certainly a great memorable day to you as well as for us SCNs & SCNAs, we are proud of you Susan, Great going!!! Deep Peace & Many Blessings !!!

  9. rita puthenkalam

    Must have been such a fantastic get-together!
    Congratulations, Susan!

  10. Janet Ballard scn

    Congratulations Susan. So proud of you.

  11. Connie Tarallo

    So proud of you Susan! Congratulations and best wishes! Connie

    • Sr vandana

      Congratulations susan!

  12. Ann Moyalan

    Hearty Congratulations and best wishes Susan !

  13. Maggie Cooper

    Congratulations, Susan, on receiving this distinguished award!

  14. Dhibe l

    Congratulations Susan! Happy for you.

    • Eleanor Martin

      Congratulations Susan. You have given so much of yourself to others.


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