Deacon Mike and Ruth Jones Family Fund
A Legacy for St. Pius X Catholic High School
When Ruth Jones passed away in 2019, Deacon Mike and his family wanted to establish a legacy in his wife and their mother’s honor. They quickly realized that St. Pius X Catholic High School, an institution so important to their family’s history, would be the ideal place to honor Ruth.
Mike and Ruth were both educated at Catholic high schools and wanted a Catholic education for their children. As parishioners at Holy Cross, St. Pius was the closet choice. They enrolled their oldest son, Michael, there in 1970. “To say that sending our children [to St. Pius] was a sacrifice might be an understatement,” said Mike, “but it was worth the twenty-two tuition years.” Geography may have landed them at Pius, but the people and community are what kept them involved there.
Mike became active in the athletic association because the children were involved in soccer, football, cheerleading, and basketball. Ruth participated in other activities that helped with their children’s classroom performance. Together, they attended lots of social and athletic activities and became close with fellow Pius parents. Their children also made lifelong friends while at Pius, “friends still among their closest friends now. The bond is so strong that it withstood both distance and time” as they graduated and started their adult lives, Mike noted. The legacy continued with their grandchildren, as five of them also attended Pius.
In addition to new friendships, Ruth and Mike also grew in faith influenced by the people they came to know at St. Pius. Mike was ordained a deacon in 1987 and Ruth became a certified Spiritual Director a few years later. These vocations allowed them to continue to share their faith with other people in the church.
Mike said that he hopes this scholarship will assist other families with tuition so they too can experience the love, faith, and support of the St. Pius community. He prays for “insight and wisdom for the parents considering St. Pius for their children. Their decision is a big one and hopefully they will pray to the Holy Spirit to guide them to the correct decision.” He hopes that while at Pius, the scholarship recipients and their families will experience the family, faith, and service traditions of the school, and that they embrace those traditions in their own lives.
Jenn Sedlack, Director of Advancement at St. Pius, shared “It’s heartwarming when long-standing Pius families like the Jones’ step up to ensure other families get to call Pius ‘home’ too.” The scholarship fund will be held at the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia, a trusted partner of St. Pius, to grow in perpetuity.
Established in 2019, the Deacon Mike and Ruth Jones Family Fund honors the mother of this family, Ruth Jones, as well as their children who have died: Michael Kevin ’72, David Roy ’79, and their infant daughter, Kay Marie. This fund also recognizes their other children and grandchildren who were well prepared by their education at St. Pius X: Dianne ’75, Danny ’80, Robert ’83, and Nancy ’84. Five of their fifteen grandchildren also attended St. Pius X: Michael ’00, Matthew ’02, and Callie ’05 Ulm, and Hannah ’16 and Brennen Jones.