We invite you to
share your memories at this special
tribute page created to honor Father Armand Mathew
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).
passed away at the age of 90 last June.
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.”
about public involvement in civic matters, Mathew joined the university in 2001
and launched the Center for Civic
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.
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
advocate for social justice, Mathew’s imprint is on many organizations from
Valley Interfaith, Kids Voting to the Guadalupe Regional Middle School
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.
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."”
“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”.