2023 Spirit of Saint Joseph Award

St Joseph event

Saint Joseph High School (SJHS) has named five recipients for its 2023 Spirit of Saint Joseph Awards. The 2023 honorees include: John P. (Jay) Auses, posthumously, James R. Gilboy Jr., Thomas H. Kaniecki ‘62, posthumously, Sr. Lisa Paffrath, C.D.P., ’63, and Heather Durkac Wygonik ‘91. “These are the people who quietly bring Saint Joseph High School’s mission of preparing students for college, life, and heaven to life through their humble, selfless service and support—role models for us all. They celebrate their unique, God-given talents every day in the Spirit of Saint Joseph,” says President Beverly K. Kaniecki ‘64.

Saint Joseph High School will present these awards at a dinner and ceremony on the evening of Saturday, May 6, 2023 at Oakmont Country Club. The event is open to all with an advance reservation. Please contact Development Director Jennifer Kaniecki MacNeil ’89 at (724) 226-8043 or jmacneil@saintjosephhs.com for sponsorships, program ads, or reservation details.

In honor of its Centennial Celebration during the 2015-2016 school year, Saint Joseph High School established the Spirit of Saint Joseph Award to recognize alumni and friends whose everyday lives exemplify that of our patron—living the ordinary in extraordinary ways. By honoring these individuals in a public way, Saint Joseph High School seeks to expand its mission within the region.

About Saint Joseph High School
From its founding in 1915, Saint Joseph High School has maintained a reputation for academic excellence within a family-like environment to become a regional asset, serving students from 2 Catholic Dioceses, 31 parishes, 4 counties, and 22 public school districts. Young men and women of all faiths, races, and national origins are welcome at SJHS. Saint Joseph High School’s program of academic excellence is nationally recognized and is accredited by the Middle States Association. Additional information is available at www.saintjosephhs.com.