Holy Guardian Angels Teacher Receives Alumni Award from Alvernia

Andrew Angstadt received a Young Alumni Four Under Forty Achievement Award from Alvernia University, Reading on Oct. 19 at the university’s President’s Dinner.

Alvernia is a Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition, founded by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters in 1958.

The Four Under Forty Award was developed in 2019 by the Alvernia Young Alumni Committee to recognize the achievements of young alumni. The alumni chosen for this award exhibit high levels of success in their career, a commitment to community service, dedication to the advancement and growth of Alvernia, and demonstrate Alvernia’s core values in their personal, spiritual, and professional life.

Angstadt is a 2008 graduate with a degree in elementary education. He attended grade school at St. Mary, Reading and high school at the former Reading Central Catholic High School.

Angstadt is the director of religious education, music teacher, and middle school religion teacher for Holy Guardian Angels Regional School, Reading. He also serves as an organist at Immaculate Conception, Douglassville and throughout the Diocese of Allentown.

He has previously served as a second-grade teacher at St. Peter School, Reading. During his tenure, he had the opportunity to teach the Sacraments of First Penance and Holy Communion and to start a children’s choir.

For nearly 17 years he served St. Benedict, Mohnton through liturgical music by being the organist; director of adult, children, and bell choirs; and the liturgical planner. He provided spiritual guidance through prayer services, retreats, workshops, and simply being there for parishioners.

He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree; and serves on the board of directors for Reading Civic Theatre and 1st Street Players, Birdsboro. He also served on the ACRE board, a professional association for religious educators and administrators representing Berks County. He is active in the theater arts as a performer and director throughout Berks County.

“Through his witness in and service to the Church and the local community, Mr. Angstadt courageously upholds the values and the teachings of the Catholic Church,” said Bishop Alfred Schlert in a letter for the award nomination. “Alvernia’s Core Values of service, humility, peacemaking, contemplation, and collegiality are witnessed well in the life of Mr. Angstadt. As the Bishop of the Diocese, I have collaborated closely with him. He has established an excellent reputation with the priests, religious, parishioners, students, and diocesan staff.”

According to Alvernia, “Andrew has upheld the pillars of Alvernia University by simply putting his faith first. In doing this, Andrew has always led with the example of a Franciscan life and made sure that his education and talents were used and will always be used to serve those around him.”

For more on the Four Under Forty awards, go to https://www.alvernia.edu/alumni/alumni-awards/four-under-forty-achievement-award.

Photo: Andrew Angstadt, fourth from left, with his award.


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