Nativity Jesuit Middle School to Celebrate Siewert’s Retirement at 20-Year Anniversary Event

Screen Shot 2013-04-28 at 7.22.14 AMMilwauke Nativity Jesuit Middle School will say goodbye to Larry Siewert, co-founder of Nativity, at its 20th anniversary celebration Thursday, June 6. He is retiring after 20 years of distinguished service to the school for Latino children on Milwaukee’s south side.

The event, which is open to the public, will be at the Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St., from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Father Gregory Boyle, S.J, the Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy Industries and is the author of Tattoos on the Heart, a New York Times Best Seller. He is also the subject of the film G-DOG written and directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock.

This fundraiser will provide the opportunity to publicly thank Larry for his service, to focus on the success of Nativity’s alumni, and to celebrate the future of Nativity.

“Our hearts are filled with gratitude for Larry, his vision, and his 20 years of dedication to Nativity,” said Melodie Wyttenbach, Interim President of Nativity. “His passion for the school and its students has truly been instrumental to Nativity’s success.”

Two decades ago, the Society of Jesus began to concentrate on the educational needs of Latino youth. The Jesuits recognized that intensive schooling programs could break the cycle of poverty and lead to a better life for them.

Father Bill Johnson, S.J., asked Siewert, who was the principal of Marquette University High School, to help him found NJMS. With the mission of “Educating Latino Youth for Christian Leadership and Service,” they opened the middle school with 14 six graders in 1993.

Today, the school has 80 students in the fifth through eighth grades and 274 graduates.

“Our students have gone on to area Catholic high schools and universities nationwide. A number of Nativity alumni are now successful leaders in their professions – from medicine, law, engineering, business to education. The Nativity model is working and we are excited for the next 20 years,” said Wyttenbach.

The event sponsor is Shorewest Realtors. They have been a major contributor to Nativity for more than 15 years. Countless volunteers, staff and approximately 3,300 active benefactors have helped create the Nativity of today.

Tickets can be purchased for $150 per person. Sponsorship packages are also available. For more details, please contact Paula Harris at

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