Thank You to Our Donors

Dear Marian/Mater Dei Alumni, Donors and Friends,

Thank you for supporting our mission and the individual students who are out in the world making a difference and igniting their communities with “hope.”

For 60-Years, Marian/Marian Catholic and Mater Dei Students have shared their educational experiences wherever they work, live and worship. We continue to build on that tradition of excellence established 60 years ago when Marian High School first opened its doors.

I’d like to thank our generous donors over the years and recognize Dr. Estelle Kassebaum for her vision and hard work to sustain Marian’s commitment to academic excellence with the opening of Mater Dei Catholic High School’s Chula Vista campus in 2007.

In fall of 2021, Mater Dei will be the only TK-12th grade Diocesan Catholic school in San Diego county.

During these challenging times in the world, Mater Dei has worked tirelessly to make modifications to its campus, teaching modalities and protocols to keep students safe, engaged and thriving. With your support, we can continue to develop the hearts, minds, and souls of our students, which is needed now more than ever.

Please consider making a pledge to our Mater Dei Fund, which helps us to invest in our students, programs, and technology to ensure the highest levels of education both on campus and through distance learning.

All donations raised will directly impact every Mater Dei student. Thank you and God Bless,

JOHN REY, CPA, CFP®, President
Mater Dei Juan Diego Academy
Mater Dei Catholic High School


“I’m Marco and I’m a leukemia survivor. When I was going through my treatment, the Mater Dei community kindly lifted me up by letting me practice with the football team, sending me cards at the hospital, and praying for me everyday. The support carried me through and helped me to fight leukemia. I know what it takes to be a Crusader!”

“I’m currently at UCLA studying Biochemistry. Thanks to the Academy of Science internship I had at USD, I found a love for biochemistry. Dr. Provost at USD changed my perception of this field and helped me to see how I could use my gifts in the world. I loved working in the lab researching cancer cells. My experience at Mater Dei was rich with opportunity and potential for growth! I am blessed to say that I was able to make my family proud as a first generation Filipino American. I wanted my parents to know the sacrifices they made were worth it!”

“My Catholic education at Marian was extremely formative for me in all aspects of my life. The teachers at Marian encouraged us to use our God-given gifts, to always strive to do our best and to be Christ-centered.  I am deeply grateful for my Catholic school experience and the legacy of Marian that is carried on and even exceeded by Mater Dei. Because of my extraordinary experience at Marian, my husband and I committed early in our marriage to not only send our children to Catholic schools, but to support Catholic education in every way possible.”

How to Give

Online giving at Crusaders Giving provides a quick and secure way to make a gift to Mater Dei Catholic. We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

Simplicity and ease of delivery make checks a popular type of outright charitable gift. Such as gifts may be sent to the address below.

Mater Dei Catholic, Advancement Depart., 1615 Mater Dei Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91913

To connect directly with the Mater Dei Catholic with any questions or to phone in a credit card gift, please contact Alejandra Saavedra at 619-423-2121 ext. 116 or at

Mater Dei Catholic now accepts gifts via Venmo; it is as easy as picking up your phone @materdeicatholic

Many employers match personal charitable gifts made by their employees to educational institutions. You may be able to take advantage of this employee benefit and double or triple your gift to Mater Dei Catholic. Check with your Human Resources Department. You may send completed matching forms with your annual gift to Mater Dei or contact Andrew Balelo at with questions.

Mater Dei Catholic, Advancement Depart., 1615 Mater Dei Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91913

Giving appreciated stock to Mater Dei Catholic is a strategic way to avoid capital gains taxes, while supporting our mission and students.

Securities can be transferred electronically by your broker to the Diocese of San Diego account. Please contact our Advancement Office with your intent to make a stock gift by contacting Alejandra Saavedra 619-423-2121 ext. 116 or at

Remembering Mater Dei Catholic in your will or living trust helps ensure that we continue our mission for years to come and that it costs nothing during your lifetime. Please consult with your financial or legal advisor. If you include Mater Dei Catholic in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Mater Dei Catholic High School of San Diego, Inc.
Federal Tax ID Number: #27-1262887

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“Thank you to our generous donors who make Catholic education possible for hundreds of students each year.”

Our Advancement Team

Mr. Andrew Balelo

Math Teacher | Mater Dei Fund Manager| Football Coach
(619) 423-2121 x 230

Melanie Dietz

Executive Assistant to the President | Principal’s Executive

Ms. Denise Valdez

Major Events Coordinator | Parent Volunteer Program
(619) 423-2121 x 126

Alejandra Saavedra

Director of Advancement
(619) 423-2121 x 116

Mrs. Cathy Sperrazzo P’24

Director of Communications
(619) 423-2121 x 185