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Cathedral Grad Gives Back

November 13, 2020

The Catholic Foundation is proud to announce the Ernie and Nora Herrera Fund for the Cathedral High School Alumni Association Fund. The contribution was a matching gift inspired by an invitation from the Cathedral High School Alumni Association to younger alums to leave a legacy. Ernie was the first to step up and he hopes to inspire his Cathedral brothers to do the same. A first generation American and the first to graduate college in his family, Ernie (CHS '92), credits his time at Cathedral for making him the man he is today.

Ernie lights up when he talks about his years at Cathedral, recalling the days when he worked in the school cafeteria and the men he met there who would become lifelong friends. He also remembers the incredible sacrifices his parents made to send him to Cathedral and his very humble beginnings. It's clear that Ernie never forgets where he came from and that probably accounts for his modesty and empathy; he always wants to help others in any way he can.

Ernie and his wife, Nora, a 1992 graduate of Loretto Academy, founded The Herrera Group, a wealth management firm, in 1999. They met in college—Nora had been admitted to Stanford and Ernie to Caltech—but both remained at The University of Texas at El Paso where their paths would cross. Ernie received a degree in Business Administration, after changing his major from Engineering. The couple has four kids, including a graduate of Loretto Academy. They are both involved in many community efforts and organizations locally, and travel the country and the world. But El Paso will always be their home and their priority. The Ernie and Nora Herrera Fund for the Cathedral High School Alumni Association Fund was also made in honor of their son, Brandon, who will graduate from Cathedral in 2021. Ernie and Nora are instilling a life of prayer, service and giving in all of their children.

The Cathedral High School Alumni Association, established by the first graduating class in 1928, seeks to continue the tradition of Lasallian brotherhood and leadership by bringing alumni together, recognizing the achievements of the alumni community, and raising scholarship funds for deserving and committed students. Their mission is “to bring alumni back home—in body and in spirit—to the school that helped shape the men we are today.”

The Cathedral High School Alumni Association Fund, an endowed fund for scholarships managed by the Catholic Foundation, was established with a gift of $25,000 in 2007. The fund value is now close to $400,000. The fund’s annual distribution provides scholarships for young men who would not otherwise be able to attend Cathedral High School.


Follow in Ernie's footsteps with a gift to the Cathedral High School Alumni Association Fund. For more information and to talk about your legacy, you can reach Major Gifts Officer Sofía Larkin directly at slarkin@elpasodiocese.org or 915.433.2003 with any questions. 


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