The National Catholic Education Association is recognizing two Xavier alumni—Robert A. Conway, Class of 1949, and Adobe founder Charles M. Geschke, Class of 1962—and Geschke’s wife, Nancy Geschke, for their significant contributions to Catholic education with this year’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award.
The association’s highest honor is named for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native-born American saint. The award is being presented during the 22nd Annual Seton Awards ceremony on Monday, Oct. 1, at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.
Conway is being honored for his and his late wife, Ruth’s, active support of Catholic educational institutions in his native Cincinnati, including their endowment of the Conway Institute for Jesuit Education at Xavier. In 1997, the Conway Foundation was created to support numerous schools including Chatfield College, St. Xavier High School, Ursuline Academy, St. Ursula Academy and DePaul Cristo Rey High School, as well as several community ministries.
The Geschkes have also supported numerous universities including Xavier, the University of San Francisco and Marygrove College of Detroit, as well as St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. The Charles M. and Nancy A. Geschke Foundation has stressed the importance of the well-being of America’s youth and keeping Catholic schools vital and available for future generations.
The National Catholic Education Association, founded in 1904, is a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction and service to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the church. The association's members include elementary schools, high schools, parish religious education programs and seminaries.
For reservations or additional information about the Seton Awards, contact Xaverian Brother Stephen Comeau at 571-257-2891.