Congratulations Joe Weston '56

Congratulations Joe Weston '56

Real estate developer and local philanthropist, Joseph E. Weston ’56, received the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) in Washington D.C. on October 2. The award is presented annually to exemplary individuals whose support and service impacts Catholic education and the well-being of the nation’s youth. 

The national prize is named after St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who in 1809 founded the Sisters of Charity in Maryland and had a lifelong dedication to teaching.

Msgr. Tim Murphy ’58 said, “Elizabeth Ann Seton married into a family of means, converted from being an Episcopalian, parented, and was widowed. She founded a community of women religious, became as educator, and was a key contributor to Catholic education in the U.S. Quite a life. Joe Weston’s life story, though not quite as illustrious, demonstrates many similar characteristics, particularly in view of his single-minded devotion to Catholic education. It is with pride that Central Catholic acknowledges Joe for this singular recognition. Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Weston grew up in northeast Portland and attended All Saints and Central Catholic. A self-made man, he purchased his first duplex with money he made from a paper route. He would go on to found Weston Investment Co., open Portland Real Estate School, and build a real estate empire in Portland. Throughout his life, Weston has always remained rooted in his Catholic faith and education.

Weston generously supports Catholic education through tuition assistance, endowment gifts, and matching grants to numerous Catholic grade schools, high schools, and the Archdiocese of Portland. Central Catholic has long been the recipient of Weston’s support and we appreciate his unwavering commitment to Catholic education. 

“Mr. Weston's impact on Catholic education in Oregon is profound,” said Central Catholic president, Colin McGinty. “Not only at his alma mater but across the entire Archdiocese. He is a leader in the effort to make Catholic education accessible to all students, now and in the future. His generosity and commitment to Catholic education and faith formation has affected the lives of countless young men and women.”