Yesterday, OLGCHS came together to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Father Steve Katsouros '77 returned to lead Mass and was honored as GC's 2017 Distinguished Alumnus. Below is the introduction to Father Katsouros as read by GC senior Lindsey Burke.
A graduate of the Class of 1977, Father Steve Katsouros didn't know where life would lead him when he left Good Counsel. He remembers his father's words, "You already speak English. Why would you need to major in it?"
Now some 40 years later, Fr. Steve still remembers the influence that the Xaverian Brothers and his lay teachers at Good Counsel had on his career choice and his dedication to education and service.
Following college, Fr. Steve was recruited by the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Washington, DC to work as a childcare supervisor at Covenant House in New York City. He went on to be a teacher and administrator for Nativity Mission School, a school focused on educating poor and underserved middle school boys on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Fr. Steve was a co-founder, teacher, and administrator for the Gonzaga Program at St. Aloysius School, a school in Harlem for inner-city youth. Fr. Steve has served in several other schools, including nine years as President of Loyola School in New York City.
In 2011, Father Steve took over as Director of the Institute of Catholic Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco and quickly built a national reputation for its programs.
Fr. Steve is a Jesuit priest, ordained in 1998, 21 years after he left Good Counsel. He studied theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, now a part of Boston College School. Like all Jesuits, Fr. Steve is seriously educated. He holds a bachelor's degree from Maryland, a master's in reading education from Fordham University, a master's in philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago, a master's in education from Harvard University, and a doctorate in educational administration from Columbia University.
Fr. Steve's visionary educational leadership makes him sought after as a board member and consultant. He has served on the Good Counsel Board of Directors. He currently serves on the boards of Regis University and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. He is an invited participant on the Board of Loyola University Chicago. He is a consultant to Saint Meinrad Seminary, Edmund Rice Christian Brothers Schools, Saint Catharine College, Carondelet High School, Provincial Assistants for Education, and St. Vincent DePaul School.
Over the past three years, Fr. Steve's lifetime of dedication to education and service to the poor and marginalized have found their ideal setting. He is the founding Dean and Executive Director of Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago.
Named after the Jesuits' 28th superior general, Father Pedro Arrupe, who challenged society to think of new ways to educate young people, Arrupe College offers a unique, two-year program to motivated students with limited financial resources and an interest in transferring to a four-year institution after graduation. The university not only seeks to develop students educationally but also provides the financial, social, and community support to ensure that students graduate with little or no debt. Arrupe College is making a crucial impact in Chicago under Fr. Steve's leadership.
Our mission at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School is: "We inspire our students to excel, serve, and love." It is hard to imagine a more mission-appropriate recipient for the 2017 Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Distinguished Alumnus Award. Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Fr. Stephen Katsouros, Class of 1977.
Congratulations to Father Katsouros. He is an inspiration to all Falcons.