Fr. John G. Sturm, S.J. '35 Legacy Fund

"Life is a dance. Dance the Dance. Do not sit on the sidelines. Life is not a dress rehearsal."

Fr. John G. Sturm, S.J. ’35 was a standout athlete in his days as a Canisius High School student. After his ordination, he served as Prefect of Discipline at the school for 19 years. His love of sports and care for others lives on through the Fr. John G. Sturm, S.J. '35 Legacy Fund.

The Fr. John G. Sturm, S.J. '35 Legacy Fund was created to build the endowment of the Fr. Sturm Scholarship, provide tuition assistance for NativityMiguel Middle School students who enroll at Canisius High School, and supports athletic programs at Canisius.


Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Fr. Sturm Legacy Fund Luncheon has been postponed until 2021. We anticipate this event will feature Emmy-winning writer Tom Fontana ’69 as the keynote speaker. We are hopeful you'll be able to attend in 2021.

Meantime, the Fr. Sturm Legacy Fund continues to help students and needs your support. The fund assists Canisius students through academic scholarships and athletics. Please click the button below to add your support.

Donate to the Sturm Fund

Thank you to all who've attended past Fr. Sturm Legacy Fund Luncheons. Check out the most recent photo gallery here.


Fr. Sturm's care for others stretched beyond his role as Prefect of Discipline, but few people have heard these stories. For example, in addition to quietly caring with dignity and grace for Canisius students who were struggling or in difficult circumstances, he also mentored young couples as they prepared for marriage.

How did Fr. Sturm impact your life?

Click the button below to share your Sturm story (anonymously, if you’d like).