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Beth Moritz of Town & Country began Feb. 27 as the new director of institutional advancement for Aquinas Institute of Theology, a Catholic graduate school in Midtown St. Louis, where priesthood candidates study with vowed religious women and laypeople.

Moritz brings to the position experience as a businesswoman and lay minister. She is a CPA and earned an MBA in finance from Saint Louis University. Her most recent position in the business world was as director of external reporting for Southwestern Bell. She earned a master of arts in theology from Aquinas Institute in 2003.

She joins the school after working two years as director of stewardship education and development at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Webster Groves. She was the first person to hold such a position in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
As director of institutional advancement, Moritz will oversee every aspect of the school’s fund-raising operation. Her priorities will include raising money for scholarships and seeking pledges for the final $400,000 in a $2.4 million capital campaign. Aquinas Institute recently doubled its size when it moved into a century-old, renovated factory.

Moritz said this position provides her the perfect opportunity to combine her love of theology with her business expertise.

“Because I have seen firsthand the transformation that occurs in people who study here, and because I have seen graduates contributing to the life of the Church through their ministries,” she said, “I am eager to begin the work of raising awareness of our mission and asking for financial support.”

About 300 women and men study at Aquinas Institute. About 25 of them are seminarians. The majority are laypeople pursuing careers in the Church such as theology teacher, hospital chaplain, campus minister, executive in Catholic health care or member of a parish leadership team.

Moritz succeeds Kevin J. Lee, who has been named president of Loyola Academy in St. Louis. Lee led development efforts during the recent capital campaign, which was a fund-raising success unmatched in the school’s history.

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