Newman University honored the Most Rev. Eugene J. Gerber, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Wichita, at its ‘Facing Forward‘ announcement event Saturday, Feb. 6.
During the event, Newman University announced its $30 million campaign to raise funds for a new science education building and for renovations to existing nursing facilities. The new building will carry Bishop Gerber’s name as a testament to his great service to the university and to the community.
Bishop Gerber has devoted more than half a century to serving others, nearly 20 of which were spent as the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita. His service includes instituting the Lord’s Diner and the Spiritual Life Center. The Guadalupe Clinic, Harbor House and Via Christi Health also owe their existence to the clarity of his vision and the inspiration of his leadership.
However, it was his dedication to Catholic education and Newman University that led the leaders of the university to name the new science education building the Bishop Gerber Science Center. With $10 million in funds donated in his honor, it is no surprise that Bishop Gerber was the ideal candidate for helping Newman University embark on this new frontier in science, nursing and health sciences education.
See The Most Rev. Carl Kemme, Bishop of the Diocese of Wichita, commenting on Bishop Gerber: