A Family's Love for Cathedral

Steve '85 and Kim Jamell

Steve and Kim Jamell

The Jamell family

When you think about all the ways a family can be connected to Cathedral High School, the Jamell family touches them all. Steve Jamell graduated from Cathedral in 1985. He has a sister who graduated from Cathedral in 1988, four uncles who graduated in the 1960's and 70's and his mother is a St. Agnes graduate. Steve's wife, Kim has taught Spanish at Cathedral since 2007. Their oldest son, Nicholas, graduated from Cathedral in 2013, the middle son, Daniel will graduate in 2018 and Gabe is in the class of 2021. The Jamell family's love for Cathedral High School runs far and wide.

Their love of Cathedral has been translated in many ways, including through their giving habits. Their family has given to the Cathedral Fund each year and they have also become members of the Holy Cross Legacy Society through a gift of life insurance to Cathedral.

Becoming a member of the Holy Cross Legacy Society was an easy decision for Kim and Steve.

"When I attended Cathedral, I had help, so it's important to me to give back and make sure if a child wants to attend Cathedral, he or she can do so," says Steve. "Money should never be a deterrent from attending Cathedral High School."

"Cathedral High School really formed the person I am today," Steve continues. "I started at Cathedral as a shy kid who really didn't like to talk to people and graduated as someone who was ready to take on the world."

"I certainly share Steve's love for Cathedral," says Kim. "I love working here, I love my students and I love our extended Cathedral family."

Kim still remembers how Cathedral reached out and supported the family when Nicholas was born.

"Nicholas had open heart surgery when he was just 9 days old and our Cathedral family was so kind to us," says Kim. "I remember Steve going to work (at Cathedral), only to be told to leave and go be with his family. I'll never forget how well we were treated during that time."

"Our Cathedral family went above and beyond to help Kim and I during that time. The love that was shown to my family is a perfect example of the kind of community that is Cathedral," says Steve.

Nicholas is healthy and doing well, working and attending the Kelly School of Business at IUPUI.

"As a parent, I couldn't be more thrilled with Cathedral. One of the best experiences is the senior retreat. It's a great life experience and something all of the kids should take advantage of before they graduate."

The tradition of giving at Cathedral High School follows the history of almost 100 years. Kim and Steve have made Cathedral a beneficiary to a life insurance policy, which is one of the ways people can leave their legacy with Cathedral. The impact of their gift will be felt for years to come as there continues to be a need to support the students.

From tuition assistance, ever changing technology, and the commitment to having the best teachers in all of education—legacy gifts allow the school to plan for the future and ensure the commitment to excellence stays strong.

If you are interested in making a legacy gift to Cathedral, please contact Abbe Ernstes at (317) 968-7348 or aernstes@gocathedral.com.