Our History

History of the Tyler Catholic School Foundation

In 1983, Monsignor Milam Joseph and a group of visionary supporters of Catholic education came together to create the Tyler Catholic School Foundation (TCSF).

The dream of the founders of TCSF was to create a vehicle whose mission was to support the schools of what was then the Tyler Catholic School System, St. Gregory School and Bishop T. K. Gorman Middle and High Schools. Created as a separate private 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity, apart from the schools or the parish, the Foundation’s goals were to:

  • Provide scholarships to deserving students
  • Create endowments to support teaching excellence
  • Develop a permanent endowment fund
  • Provide an informational service for persons interested in supporting Catholic education at many different levels
  • Provide a focal point for lifetime memorial, philanthropic and testamentary gifts for the benefit of the students the Foundation ultimately serves
  • Constantly assess changing and emerging needs within the Tyler Catholic School System and develop support strategies to respond to them

In the more than twenty five years since its founding, through periods of growth and change in the schools and the parish, change in Tyler’s Catholic community and change in the economic climate, the Tyler Catholic School Foundation has held steadfast to its mission.

As in the beginning, Catholic and non Catholic students of all ethnic backgrounds at what are now St. Gregory Cathedral School and Bishop T.K. Gorman Regional Catholic School are at the center of what the Tyler Catholic School Foundation is all about. Our mission is to create and sustain a source of permanent funding in support of the excellent education they receive and insure that students in the future will be the beneficiaries of a legacy of educational excellence and faith formation.