Student’s Life Changed by Your Generosity
By Tom O'Keefe '64, Director of Planned Giving
One of the great pleasures of my job is the opportunity to interact with many of our current students. Every day I witness the impact that the generosity of our alums, their families and friends has on the lives of these young men. When you include The High in your estate plan, you are helping to ensure that future generations of Cubs will receive the benefit of a Jesuit education at The High.
Recently, Liam Lynch '14 wrote a letter to express his appreciation for the support provided by our benefactors. Liam and his parents gave me permission to share his thoughts with you.
Liam Lynch '14: "You Are a Blessing to My Family"
I cannot adequately express my thanks for your generosity, giving me the opportunity to walk the halls of The High every day. I am taking advantage of every opportunity U of D Jesuit presents me. I currently have a cumulative GPA of 3.96. I am also very involved with the school as a co-chair for our biggest fundraiser, Pledge Detroit!; an active member on the Student Pastoral Team as a sacristan, Eucharistic minister, lector and student retreat leader; and a new member of the National Honor Society. This ongoing involvement not only keeps me out of trouble but also allows me to meet new students and faculty, and even improve my character and leadership abilities.
My favorite sport is baseball, and I am a relief pitcher and middle infielder for the varsity baseball team. I also have been involved outside of school, working very hard to become a competitive candidate for admission to the United States Military Academy at West Point. I have been accepted as one of about 500 students nationwide to attend the Summer Leadership Experience at West Point, in which I will have the opportunity to experience a week in the life of a West Point Cadet. I want to serve my country, to give back for all that it has given me and I hope that I can do that by beginning my service at one of the most prestigious institutions in the nation.
I honestly do not know how to thank you for all that you do to make it possible for me to attend school at U of D Jesuit. You are a blessing to my family for giving me the greatest opportunity a young man can have: the opportunity to grow as a man for others and learn to do all things—whether it be at home, in the classroom or on the sports field—for the greater glory of God.
U of D Jesuit, more than anything, has changed my life, and I have you to thank for that. I wish you a warm and sunny summer. Thank you and God bless.