2017-2019 Capital Campaign

Dear Gehlen Catholic Family & Friends,

A small bit about me as your new President:  I attended Catholic schools all my life, starting at St. Matthew's grade school in the little town of Clare & St. Edmond High School in Ft. Dodge.  Of course, at the time, I didn't appreciation my Catholic faith nor the benefit of the instruction & formation a Catholic school offered; I attended simply because that was where my parents sent me.

Nor did I appreciate those who made a parochial, faith-based education possible:  the priests, religious sisters, lay teachers who taught me; & even farther from my radar were the parishes & the many, many individuals in them who, through their commitment to Catholic education, made those schools possible.

In this secular age, we need Catholic schools as much, if not more than ever.  We in LeMars are blessed to have a vibrant & financially sound Catholic educational system.  Our task is to strengthen & build on what so many others before us have handed on to us.

We have an opportunity at this time to build for the Future through the “We Are Many. We Are One.”

This campaign is vital to the school’s continued growth & ministry.  In particular, this campaign addresses the following needs:

  • $590,000 will be used to retire the school’s loan for the 1998 addition to the building.
  • $410,000 will be used for much needed capital improvements.  (Renovation of the kitchen & of the elementary bathrooms are 2 examples of projects high on our priority list.)
  • $1,000,000 will be invested in the Endowment Fund to strengthen our long-term fiscal strength.

I am happy to support this effort.  I trust with your generosity, we will continue the mission of forming our young people in the faith we treasure, like Peter & Catherine Gehlen. 

Let us be ever grateful for the gift of faith we have received, & do all we can to pass it on to the next generation.

Sincerely in Christ,


Rev. Bruce A. Lawler,


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