Faith in action


Brian “Benny” Morten, Class of 1995, was raised with a strong Catholic background. A graduate of St. Odilo (Berwyn), St. Joe’s. and Notre Dame (with a degree in finance), Benny applied his faith professionally as soon as he completed his undergraduate studies. “I wanted to do some service work before entering the business world. I was accepted to Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Service through Teaching Program. While completing my Masters degree in Education, I was placed in Brownsville, Texas, where I taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Math and Science at Saint Anthony Elementary School. After six years in Texas, I moved back to Chicago and was hired to be the principal at Saint Ann Catholic School in the Pilsen neighborhood where I continue to work to this day. During my seven years at Saint Ann, I also completed my Masters degree in Educational Administration at Notre Dame.”

Benny’s work has always been tied to his faith. “Knowing that there are many Catholic schools in need and the future of our church rests on the development and cultivation of the youth and their faith, I felt the pull to stay in Catholic education. Through my own experiences as a student in Catholic schools, I recognized the importance of developing our faith in Jesus Christ, realizing the impact we can have on our society through social justice, and strengthening the sense of community that is found in a Catholic school setting.” To that end, Benny puts in long hours leading a school that had experienced some hardships. “I am very proud of the growth of Saint Ann School over the past seven years. We have reversed the trend of decreasing enrollment going from 187 to 233 students while adding two Preschool classrooms for three and four-year-olds. In addition, our 8th grade graduates go on to the top schools in Chicago including two students who will enroll at St. Joe’s next year.”

Benny and his wife, Sandria, (who is also a principal of a Catholic school), are expecting their first child in mid-May.

Saint Joseph High School is very proud of this young man. Congratulations and best wishes, Benny!