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Tradition Continues to Honor Father Armand Mathew on his Birthday
 
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS - OCTOBER 9, 2013 - The Center for Civic Engagement at The University of Texas at Brownsville will honor the late Father Armand Mathew, OMI, at a celebration of his birthday at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21 in the courtyard of Main (formerly Education and Business Complex). Mathew passed away at the age of 90 last June.
 
“We will continue our tradition of gathering to honor our dear friend, mentor and advisor, who may be gone, but is still with us in spirit,” said Dr. Juliet V. García, President of UTB. “Please join us to honor Father Mathew, celebrate his birthday and help us carry on his work.” 
 
Passionate about public involvement in civic matters, Mathew joined the university in 2001 and launched the Center for Civic Engagement. They then 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.
Father Mathew blows out the candles at his 90th birthday celebration last year.Father Mathew blows out the candles at his 90th birthday celebration last year.        
 
Knowing Kid’s Voting must become independent and self-perpetuating to ensure survival, Mathew created the Kids Voting USA Brownsville Endowment in 2005. Shortly afterward, it became customary for friends and colleagues to make donations to the endowment in lieu of gifts on Mathew’s birthday
 
An advocate for social justice, Mathew’s imprint is on many organizations from Valley Interfaith, Kids Voting to the Guadalupe Regional Middle School of Brownsville.
 
Mathew was a board member and a longtime friend to the school. At the school’s annual blessing held last Thursday, a bench bearing his name was dedicated and will be placed in the school's courtyard.
 
“Father Mathew was a beloved friend of our school, as he embraced the transformative power education can have on students.  He frequently visited our campus and would routinely celebrate the Eucharist with our community at our weekly Masses,” said Michael Motyl, school president “Father Mathew will always have a special place in our hearts here at Guadalupe."” 
 
Recently the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville (CDCB) on East Levee Street in Brownsville dedicated the Education and Training Room to honor Mathew who founded the CDCB in November of 1974.
 
“This room is where it all starts for our clients. This is where they meet and learn how they can buy a new house and what we can do for them,” said Nick Mitchell- Bennett, Executive Director of the CDCB. “That was Father Mathew’s goal, and that is what he instilled in us―to change the lives of the poor around us”.
 
Gifts to honor Mathew’s legacy can be made to the Kids Voting USA Brownsville Endowment, UTB Division of Institutional Advancement, One West University Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78520.
 

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