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What is the Ring of Honor?

The Mission
The Mater Dei High School Ring of Honor debuted in May 2001 at the 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. The Ring of Honor aims to bring the entire Mater Dei community together to celebrate our school, give thanks and recognize people who have made Mater Dei such a great place to learn and grow. The dedication and commitment of each member of our extended Monarch family creates the traditional appeal of Mater Dei High School.

The Ring of Honor seeks to recognize individuals who have achieved various levels of recognition through their church, school, community or professional life. The honoree must display commendable character and dedication to the values and mission of Mater Dei High School. Inductees are not required to be Mater Dei alumni. All members of the Mater Dei community will have nomination privileges. A call for nominations is sent in the spring of each year via e-mail and the Mater Dei website. 

Ring of Honor inductees are recognized in June at the Annual Donor Appreciation Dinner. 

Click here to nominate a worthy Monarch.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Kelly '94, [email protected].


Inaugural Ring of Honor Inductees

Dick Coury

Sister Jo Ann Eannareno '58

John Huarte '61

Carl Karcher

Judy McKenna, J.D. Ph.D. '72

Bishop Donald Montrose, D.D.

Bishop Jaime Soto, D.D. '74



Juan Zarate, Esq. ‘89



Carol Capuano Wells '62

Bishop Norman McFarland, D.D., JCD

Josef D'Heygers



Rick Muth '67

Robert & Ann Hoff



Rev. John Weling '72

Julie Inman '84



Bishop Tod D. Brown, D.D.

David Utick '61

Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange



Andrew Edwards

Dave Kiley '71

The Norbertine Fathers



Brother Aquinas Cassin, FSP

Chris Layton '62

John Pangrazio '62

Fr. Steve Sallot '72



Dr. James Grimes

Larry Drazba '72

Frank T. Suryan, Jr.



Leo Boese

Gordon Lee

Dr. Terrance Peabody '77

George Zebot '62



Jeanne Bonk '79

Bob Gunton '63

Dr. Carlos Prietto

Dr. Pablo Prietto


Mr. Rob Smith and the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation

Justice John K (Jack) Trotter

Alex Meruelo



Judge Helios "Joe" Hernandez '63

Fred '57 and Maria Loya

Ken and Barbara Strottman



The LeVecke Family Foundation

Michael Luevano '81

Kathleen Keating Strottman '90



Dr. Michael Burke '89

Farmers & Merchants Bank - Mr. Dan Walker

Tom Haupert '58

Matthew and Mary Ellen Moschetti



Lt. Col. John Flynn '95

Dr. Leonard DeLorenzo III '99

Frome Family Foundation - Stan Frome

Teresa "Tita" Smith '65 



The Thomas & Bernice Heffernan Family Foundation - Represented by Bob '65, Pat '71 and John '68 Heffernan

Lisa Hendey '81

Steve Oedekerk '78



Dr. Robert Jackson '86

Reverend Edward Poettgen, Jr. '72

Michael J. Trotter '81

John & Leslie Widera



Michael Gallagher '02

Mark '63 & Paul '64 Schley

Christopher Job '96

Vanessa Maldonado Reyna '02

Patrick and Marti Murphy

The Sisters of Saint Louis

Robert Webber '59

Sandy Gordon Barker '83
Honorable Maurice Sanchez '74
Lou and Nancy Stremick



Carol Cox '65
Oscar and Silvia Gonzalez
Cathy Ward