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The Feast of St. Jerome

The Feast of St. Jerome is a community event that honours our Patron Saint.  This event hosts our donors and friends and is held annually in the fall. Following an opportunity to celebrate liturgy together, we enjoy a night of celebration, dining, connecting, reminiscing, and raising money for entrance scholarships to St. Jerome’s University. A highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership, and the honouring of the recipient.

This Year's Event: Saturday, October 05, 2019
The Feast of St. Jerome Liturgy & Dinner is an annual celebration and fundraising event with proceeds raised to support  student scholarships at St. Jerome's University.  

Please join us on Saturday, October 05, 2019 as we celebrate student scholarships and the 2019 recipient of 

the Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership:


Mary Kuntz 

5:00 p.m.  The Feast of St. Jerome Liturgy will take place in Notre Dame Chapel.

5:30 p.m.  Feast of St. Jerome Reception & Dinner in the Atrium of the Academic Centre.

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2019 Chancellor John Sweeney Award Recipient: Mary Kuntz

Mary Kuntz
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Dr. Katherine Bergman, President and Vice Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University, is pleased to announce the 2019 recipient of the Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership is local philanthropist and community supporter, Mary Kuntz


Mary Kuntz has been an active leader behind the scenes in Waterloo Region for decades. Along with her late husband, Bobby Kuntz, through Kuntz Electroplating Inc., and in her personal capacity, Mary has been a strong advocate for volunteerism throughout the community, providing financial support to numerous organizations and community development initiatives. Over the years Mary has supported St. Mary’s and Grand River Hospitals, United Way of Waterloo Region, YWCA- Mary’s Place, and Carizon Family and Community Services (formerly Catholic Family Counselling). Mary has also taken an active role fundraising for the Resurrectionists’ building of their Resurrection Manor, Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation, Parkinson’s Society, the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, and her parish church, St. Francis. Mary has served on the boards of St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, and the Catholic Family Counselling Centre (now Carizon Family and Community Services).


An advocate for new community initiatives and local businesses, Mary and the Kuntz Family (notably Bob and Paul), were lead supporters of the One Voice, One Vision Campaign for the hospitals. More recently, Mary, through her association with her husband, Merv Redman, became a champion for Hospice of Waterloo Region’s capital campaign, actively campaigning for the construction of the building of the first palliative care centre in the City of Waterloo.


Upon learning that she would be this year’s Sweeney Award recipient, Mary was “humbled beyond belief,” stating that she is very “proud to be a part of the St. Jerome’s Community.” A strong supporter of students and Catholic education, Mary has always advocated for the importance of student scholarships, and helping those less fortunate. After the passing of her daughter, Suzanne Kuntz Forth, who was a high school science teacher, Mary set up a bursary in her name to commemorate her daughter’s rich life in education. “Mary’s legacy of informed kindness and service to others has left a lasting impact on our community and the people she has touched,” says Dr. Bergman. “Her selfless service to numerous organizations along with her sense of informed kindness and humility makes Mary ideally suited to receive this award.”


St. Jerome’s University is honoured to recognize Mary Kuntz as the recipient of the 2019 Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership, where she will be presented the award at the annual Feast of St. Jerome in October. All net proceeds from the event are in support of the St. Jerome’s University annual student scholarship fund.

Last Year's Event

The annual Feast of St. Jerome Liturgy and Dinner is our signature fall event. All net proceeds raised are dedicated for student scholarships. In 2018, over $54,000 was raised when friends and donors came together as a community to celebrate.

2018 John Sweeney Award Recipient: Rob Way

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During the dinner, the Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership was presented to community leader and entrepreneur, Rob Way. For over 30 years Rob has been involved in the community providing outstanding leadership, serving as Chair of the Board for three of the community’s leading organizations – St. Mary’s Hospital, United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area, and KidsAbility Foundation. Rob is a leader and ambassador who strongly believes in and promotes the importance of community development.


Rob Way with students of St. Jerome's University
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2019 Sponsors



When you give to St. Jerome’s University, you support a premier Catholic liberal arts institution that provides opportunities that transform students into men and women who are ready to shape the world. Consider sponsoring The Feast of St. Jerome Liturgy and Dinner; through your support we can help shape the leaders of the future.