Each year at our Catholic Schools Week Mass, we recognize a faculty or staff member who exemplifies Catholic values and the saintly attributes of St. Theodora Guerin, the foundress of the Sisters of Providence. This year’s recipient of the PHS St. Theodora Excellence in Education award is Mr. Larry Weimer, director of finance.
Mr. Weimer has worked in the Business Office since 1998, the same year that Mother Theodora Guerin was beatified by St. Pope John Paul II. Mr. Weimer is known for his unwavering devotion to family, faith and Providence. With his expertise in finance and accounting, he ensures that our school is financially strong. Our school is debt free and at the same time has some of the finest facilities in the region. He also works diligently to meet the growing demand for financial aid with limited funds, and our families seem to get what they need to afford a Catholic education.
An avid sports fan, Mr. Weimer follows multiple sports teams, including the Pioneers. He is known to offer coaches his insights into an upcoming opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.
“While he does not often get the opportunity to be with students, he is a huge fan of all things PHS,” Mr. Steve Williams told the students at the all school liturgy last week when the award was presented. “He knows the box scores (and) he knows who has the lead in the play and applauds our fine arts and academic accomplishments. (He is) a true, blue Pioneer.”
Mr. Weimer also assists Fr. Adam Ahern at daily morning liturgy, and if Fr. Adam needs to be away, Mr. Weimer conducts the prayer service. At his parish, St. Mary’s Lanesville, he has led parish Catholic Appeal campaigns and chaired its parish finance and stewardship committees. He also is a trained catechist and an extraordinary Eucharistic minister. He is an alumnus of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, and earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Bellarmine University.
Mr. Weimer said he was stunned when he learned right before the liturgy began that he was to receive the award following Mass. He was told his family would attend, and he expected his wife and maybe one of his sons who lives in the area. So he was equally surprised to see all his sons and his brothers, including one who lives in Alabama.
A history buff, Mr. Weimer said he is humbled to think he has received an award named after the foundress of the Sisters of Providence who came from France to the wilderness of the territory that became Indiana in order to start a religious order.
“The magnitude of it is still difficult to grasp,” he said. “The Good Lord has helped me and blessed me.”
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