Josef Day - April 17
Josef D'Heygers was Mater Dei's caretaker from 1956 until his passing in April 2010. He emigrated to the U.S. from his native Belgium and lived humbly here on campus adopting Mater Dei as his family. Countless alumni, lifetime parents, grandparents and friends of Mater Dei knew Josef and had special memories of who he was and what he did for Mater Dei.
Since his passing in 2010, however, our newest generations of Monarchs and faculty and staff do not know who he was. It is so important to us as a community that we keep his legacy alive, honor him, and tell his story. We will inaugurate Josef Day on April 17, 2019 (Josef's birthday). This new tradition will include a series of videos on campus and social media about Josef's life, a campus wide discussion, and a special celebration to honor our beloved friend.
Josef's life is a true model of Mater Dei's core values of Honor, Glory and Love. He selflessly gave of himself in so many ways to the Monarch community and was one of the founding donors of Mater Dei's legacy giving program. In conjunction with Josef Day, the Monarch Legacy Society will be renamed in his honor to Josef's Legacy Guild.