Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, and Mrs. Judy Amberg, Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus for Saint Viator High School, have worked together since 1987, when Sacred Heart of Mary High School merged with Saint Viator High School.
Amberg had been an associate principal at Sacred Heart and a religion teacher, when Fr. Bolser took over as president of Saint Viator and the two schools entered into discussions about merging.
When the newly merged Saint Viator opened in the fall of 1987, Amberg was among the faculty, as chair of the religion department, before working in the Campus Ministry office and ultimately being named Director of Alumni Relations.
Her decades of service to both schools — 50 years — was recognized Sunday at a family Mass at Saint Viator, when Fr. Daniel Lydon, CSV, President, renamed the Campus Ministry office in Amberg’s name. Families at the Mass lined the hallways to applaud Amberg as she made her way to the Judy Amberg Ministry Center.
“I am humbled, touched and very grateful,” Amberg said.
But that’s not all. During the celebration, Fr. Bolser presented a check to school officials to establish the Judy Amberg Campus Ministry Fund. This named scholarship is intended to allow alumni and friends to make gifts specifically to Campus Ministry that will be used to help students with financial need so they can attend any Campus Ministry events, such as Kairos or Quest. The fund also will support any additional needs for the department.
“Judy has been an active partner with the Viatorian Community for more than 30 years, as we work together to provide a strong faith education for the young women and men of our community,” Fr. Bolser says.
In establishing the scholarship, Fr. Bolser said providing access to a Catholic education was a priority.
“One of our calls today is to make it possible for those who find the economic barriers too difficult to participate in this community,” Fr. Bolser said. “We are obligated to grow our financial endowment to provide assistance to enable those students who feel the invitation to join with us, to be able to do so without financial limitations.”