NCHS is administered by members of the Society of Mary (Marianists), a religious congregation of brothers and priests founded in 1817 in Bordeaux, France. Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, a French priest, began with faith groups (called “sodalities”) as a means of
re-Christianizing France in the aftermath of the French Revolution. He believed strongly that if a society was to be brought to true faith, the best place to begin was working with youth. The first members of the Society of Mary came from these sodalities and began to work in already existing schools (and then founded some of their own) as a means of bringing a Catholic, Christian culture to be the dominant culture in France in the early 1800s.
Marianists today are involved in educational ministries at the university, secondary and primary levels. They also minister in parishes and retreat centers. There are 18 Marianist high schools in the U.S. Province of the Society of Mary along with three universities (Chaminade University of Honolulu, St. Mary’s University (San Antonio) and the University of Dayton (Ohio).)
When Nolan Catholic was founded in 1961, Marianists administered the boys division of the co-institutional high school. When the school became co-educational in the early 1970s, the Marianists continued in the role of chief administrators, a role which they continue today.
Brother Al Kuntemeier S.M. Receives Papal Honor
Bishop Kevin Vann announced that papal honors had been bestowed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to 16 distinguished members of the Fort Worth Diocese. Among them is Nolan's Bro. Al Kuntemeier, S.M., who will receive The Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross. This honor was established in 1888 by Pope Leo XIII and has evolved to recognize distinguished service to the Church by laity and clergy. It is the highest award given to laity by the Papacy.
Bro. Al is recognized for his dedication and service to Catholic education. He celebrated his first profession of vows as a Marianist 63 years ago, and has spent 56 years working in Catholic education as a teacher, counselor and coach. For the past 31 years, he has served Nolan Catholic. He is always ready to lend a hand where it's needed and brighten your day with a quick joke and a smile. Bro. Al exemplifies what it means to live your faith every day, and through his educational ministry he has touched the lives of thousands of students.
The Papal honors were conferred by Bishop Vann during Vesper Services with Conferal of Pontifical Honors Tuesday, Dec. 13 at St. Patrick Cathedral. Pictured above after the ceremony is (left to right) Fr. Richard Villa, S.M.; Bro. Al Kuntemeier, S.M.; Bishop Kevin Vann; Bro. Hugh Charleson, S.M.; and Fr. Bob Hackel, S.M.
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