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Fr. John B. Zwers, a founding member of the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools, served faithfully on the MANS Board of Trustees until his death in 2004. He was an active member of the Strategic Planning and Public Policy/Energy Committees. Fr. John was never hesitant to speak his mind and was always willing to offer his help and advice with a warm and loving smile.
His love for and dedication to faith-based schools was at all times evident. He loved the camaraderie of the MANS Board, treasured what was to be learned from other faith groups, and was prepared to set our actions in a historical perspective.
In 2005, the MANS Board decided to establish the Fr. John B. Zwers Award to honor the memory of this faithful servant and advocate. These awards will be granted (to pastors or individuals from our constituency groups) at each Administrators' Conference.

The criteria for this award is a clergy person who:

  • has a strong history of support for faith-based schools;
  • is able to articulate the importance of faith-based schools;
  • has ongoing connections to their school community, its parents, teachers, and students;
  • has demonstrated support for your work in leading the school community.
Nomination Deadline

Please submit this information no later than May 26, 2023 so that the MANS Board of Trustees may review the nominations and make a decision during their June Board Retreat.

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