The McNamaras have been an integral part of the history of St. John Eudes (SJE). In 1989, Fr. Robert McNamara took over as pastor of SJE when the founding pastor, Fr. Grill retired. In 1990, Fr. McNamara helped establish the SJE School Parent-Teacher Support Organization (PTSO) as an advisory council for the pastor and principal and to provide an organizational focus for parent resources. In 1991, Fr. McNamara helped establish the first School Endowment Fund. In 1994, Fr. McNamara led the rebuilding of the church, the construction of a new tower and parish hall, which was named Fr. Grill Hall in honor of the founding pastor. Both he and his brother, Fr. Leslie McNamara have been back to support SJE School many times.