Former JCA valedictorian Matthew Gummess ’04 professes solemn vows as a Carmelite brother


Congratulations to JCA graduate Matthew Gummess on professing his solemn vows as a Carmelite brother on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in the crypt church of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

Matthew was the valedictorian of the 2004 graduating class at JCA, as well as the valedictorian of his grade school graduating class at St. Patrick’s in Joliet in 2000.

Matthew holds bachelor’s degrees in physics and philosophy from Yale University, where he earned the prestigious Fulbright scholarship. The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The core Fulbright Scholar Program attracts some 800 U.S. faculty and professionals each year to 140 countries to lecture, teach and conduct research. Matthew did his teaching and study in Talca, Chile.

The JCA family is proud of what Matthew has accomplished and is excited to see where his vocation will lead him. He is a living and breathing embodiment of the Carmelite charisms taught each day to our students.

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