Associate Joe Majkowski began partnering with Viatorians exactly 40 years ago, when he
began coaching at Saint Viator High School while teaching full time at nearby St. James School.
He made the transition to a full time teacher and coach in 1983, and over the years he has impacted hundreds of students and players.
Most recently, he was selected by a senior softball member as the one teacher who had made the biggest impact on her.
“He formed the person I am today,” said Aryana Ziakas.
Currently, Joe serves as chairman of the counseling department, while also serving as guidance counselor to members of the class of 2017. He helps out with retreats, most recently going on a Kairos retreat with upperclassmen, and he moderates the student peer mediation program, which helps resolve conflict among students.
Joe retired from coaching in 2011 — after a 35-year career — and was inducted into the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame, and into the Illinois Basketball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame in 2012.
He joined the Viatorians as an associate in 2003 and in 2013 he made a definitive commitment to the community. He describes that commitment to students during retreats and at vocation fairs hosted by the religion department.
“I was looking to grow spiritually,” Joe tells them. “The Viatorians have given me that.”