As the groundbreaking for Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas College Prep, support for the new Viatorian school continues to grow.

Fr. Thomas von Behren shows the future site of Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas to Sr. Lorraine Forster, FSPA

Just last week, Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, president of the school, brought out a pair of veteran Las Vegas educators to see the site of the new campus: Sr. Lorraine Forster, FSPA, and Associate Connie Gerber.

A rendering of Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas, opening fall 2019

Both held long and distinguished careers at Bishop Gorman High School, working along side of Viatorians who opened the school in 1954.

Sr. Lorraine taught chemistry, math and Latin to thousands of students over her 30 years there, and in 2012 was honored by the Franciscan Federation with its award with its annual award given to a religious sister who demonstrates “passionately embracing Gospel living.”

Associate Connie Gerber

“She has a rich background in Catholic education and administration,” Gerber says.

The same could be said about Gerber, who served even longer at Bishop Gorman. She started as a German and Spanish teacher before moving into administration, as principal and ultimately president.

Both now are involved in launching the new school. Sr. Lorraine and her order, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, based in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, made a generous donation, while Gerber remains involved in opening the new school, projected in August, 2019.

“We are all working hard,” Gerber says, “on this great endeavor.”