Meet Our 2016 Walk Chairpersons
The Chairs of the 4th annual “Soles for Catholic Education” Walk have already traveled many miles in the shoes of Catholic school students and parents. Now they’re working to make sure that path stays open to others.
Jim and Sharon deGuzman will will lead the October 15, 2016 "Soles for Catholic Education" Walk. The two-mile walk, beginning at Mount Mary University, is intended to ensure that Catholic education remains affordable and accessible while celebrating Catholic schools and building community in southeastern Wisconsin. Walkers collect donations to be used for tuition assistance at the schools they represent.
The deGuzmans have a family history of attending Catholic schools.
Sharon feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend St. Joan of Arc Grade School and Benet Academy High School located in Lisle, Illinois. Both schools provided Sharon with a great foundation for her Catholic faith. Jim is grateful that he was able to attend Marquette University High School and Marquette University. Both schools allowed him to continue to grow in his faith during his young adult years. Today they have five children; their oldest daughter attends Divine Savior Holy Angels while their younger four attend Christ King School in Wauwatosa.
“It’s important to have a strong faith and to be surrounded by God's love in all aspects of our lives," Jim says. "We've been so blessed and it is important to remember the role God plays in our lives."
Sharon adds, “We wanted catholic teachings to surround our children in all aspects of their education. It's important that they start and end their days with prayer, that they attend weekly school Mass and that they think about 'what would Jesus do' when they are confronted with a decision. It's important our children have the opportunity to learn and grow in faith and talk about Jesus every day."
The deGuzman's say that chairing the "Soles for Catholic Education" Walk is one way they can use their gifts to help give back and to improve their community.
They see the event as a chance to experience a sense of community. “It is a great opportunity for families of Catholic faith to gather and plays a vital role in keeping Catholic education affordable."