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Remembering Father Armand Mathew

 
1922-2013
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 Brownsville schools.
 
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.
 
It 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 work.
 
Please consider a gift in Father Mathew’s name to The Kids Voting USA Brownsville Endowment. Click here to contribute.

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