Remembering Father Armand Mathew
“I could live a
thousand years and never merit the love and generosity and the respect and
friendship that I have received as a priest. You just don’t merit that, it
comes to you as a reward, and I suppose that’s why my life has been enchanted.”
The University of Texas at Brownsville
lost a dear friend and colleague on June 22 of this year when Father Armand
Mathew, OMI, passed away at his residence at the Immaculate Conception
Cathedral at the age of 90.
Beloved by many, Father Mathew is missed
by all those whose lives he touched.
On Monday, October 21 at 11:30 a.m. in the courtyard of
Main, (formerly Education and Business Complex) on University Boulevard, we
will celebrate Father Mathew’s birthday. He would have been 91.
Father Mathew was passionate about
public involvement in civic matters. He and the Center for Civic Engagement
took on the Kids Voting USA project, nurturing the initiative to what it has
become today – an established component of the K-12 curriculum throughout all
Believing deeply in the mission of Kids
Voting in Brownsville and knowing initiatives must become independent and
self-perpetuating to ensure survival, Father Mathew created the Kids Voting USA
Brownsville Endowment in 2005.
became tradition that friends and colleagues of
Father Mathew would gather to celebrate his
birthday and shower him with gifts in the form of checks or payroll deduction
forms written out to Kids Voting USA Brownsville.
This year we continue the tradition with
our dear friend, mentor and advisor with us still – in spirit. Please join us
to honor a special person, celebrate his birthday and help us carry on his