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Catholic Foundation


The Catholic Foundation
Celebrates 17th Year of Giving:
Over 200 Students and 30 Community Organizations to Receive Funds

 By Mary Ellen Mahoney


“This way mom. Follow me.” one smiling 8-year-old boy said as he pulled his mom by the hand into the ballroom at the Holiday Inn, Norwich on the evening of June 22nd. Another girl gleefully skipped up to the registration table, pointing out to her little brother, “Here are the crayons and coloring stuff I told you about!” The excitement in the room was palpable as more than 200 people filled the ballroom to celebrate the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Norwich’s Annual Awards Dinner. Parents with 1, 2, 3 or more children gathered together with representatives from over 30 diocesan ministries, schools and parishes to receive their endowment, scholarship, tuition assistance and non-tuition grant checks from the Catholic Foundation.

Many parents expressed their appreciation for the tuition assistance they received from the Catholic Foundation. One mom, who wanted to remain anonymous, commented, “There is no way that our children would be able to attend Catholic school if it were not for the money that the Foundation provides. We cannot thank you enough.” Abby Demars, principal of St, Mary – St. Joseph School echoed similar sentiments when she wrote, “The tuition grant money will serve as a financial bridge for more than 25 families in our community making Catholic education a reality for their children. May God Bless those whose so generously support the Catholic Foundation.”

For its 17th year, the Catholic Foundation hosted an awards dinner to make its annual distribution of financial support. This year, a total of $310,670 was distributed among grant applicants from Diocesan ministries, schools, programs and parishes throughout the four counties that comprise the Diocese. $105,584.00 in grant money was distributed to beneficiaries of the Foundation’s restricted endowments and scholarships. Emily Hart and Francesca Lupo received the William F. Jr. and Flora L. O’Neil Scholarship. Brianna Weimert received the Eric B. Evans Scholarship, and Hannah Niedojadlo and Emily Coderre each received $5,000 as Reverend Richard Roughan Scholarship recipients. Additionally, $55,701.00 in funds was given to a variety of Diocesan ministries that serve those in need regardless of religious affiliation, such as Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul, Middletown and St. Vincent de Paul Place, Norwich. $118,042.00 was distributed among 234 Diocesan elementary students with the average tuition assistance award totaling $504.45. The Diocesan secondary schools, Xavier, Mercy, St. Bernard and the Academy of the Holy Family shared another $21,343.00.

Bishop Cote welcomed the guests, expressing his appreciation for the Foundation Board members as well as the Diocesan representatives “who dedicate their lives to enriching the lives of others in so many different ways” Bishop Cote also thanked the parents who make “a Catholic education a priority in their family and live as Christian role models for their children every day.” He then turned his attention to the children, “our future” and thanked them “for working so hard in school and in your communities to live each day as Jesus asks.”

As has been the tradition, each year Bishop Cote and Mrs. Angela Arnold, Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation, recognize Board members who will be leaving the Board in September. This year, Dr. Robert Miller, Dr. Jeremiah Lowney and Mr. Robert Reed, were all recognized for their many years of service to the Board. Both Drs. Miller and Lowney served on the Board since its beginning and Mr. Reed joined the Board shortly thereafter. In the absence of Dr. Lowney and Mr. Reed, Dr. Miller received a clock inscribed with appreciation from the Bishop. Bishop Cote remarked, “Dr. Miller has dedicated himself to this Board, and has been a big reason that the Foundation has grown as much as it has and has been able to help so many people in our Diocese who are in need of its assistance.”

During this past year, the Catholic Foundation has experienced growth with the addition of 4 new endowments. The Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Endowment was established by Michael and Pamela Lynch of Gales Ferry. The Colin and Loretta Rice Endowment was established by Colin and Loretta Rice of Lebanon, for the benefit of St. Mary- St. Joseph School. The most recent endowments both originated from the Estate of Reverend Thomas W. Ahern, a priest who lovingly served the Diocese of Norwich for 41 years. Father Ahern was deeply concerned with the plight of the poor as well as the education of seminarians. His devotion to both of these groups led to the establishment of two endowments, the Reverend Thomas W. Ahern Seminarian Endowment and the Reverend Thomas W. Ahern Endowment for the Hungry Poor. Executive Director of the Foundation, Angela Arnold, appreciates the dedication of people within our Diocese to the Foundation, “Thanks to the generous commitment of those who are willing to establish endowments to help our parishes, schools and ministries, the Foundation is able to make a huge difference in the lives of many of our friends and neighbors. We are very fortunate that the Diocese of Norwich is home to so many people who see the value of establishing endowments that will allow their wishes to be carried out long after they are gone. It is a wonderful way to make a lasting impact on our Diocese, by helping people in perpetuity.”

Recent donors to the Foundation, Colin and Loretta Rice and Jacqueline Keller, as well as Charles Evans, Jr were also on hand to witness the children join their principals at the podium with Bishop Cote when each school received its tuition assistance and non-tuition grant checks. The evening was a wonderful celebration of the good that the Catholic Foundation does as well as an acknowledgement of the generosity of those who have established endowments with the Foundation.

After a delicious dinner and desserts of brownies and cookies, Mrs. Arnold announced to the children that a candy table would be wheeled out in celebration of June as National Candy Month! The children (and parents) enjoyed the sweets table and were settled down just in time for the last activity of the evening, the raffle. Each year, Diocesan employees donate toys, books and games for the children’s raffle. As the dinner grows, the raffle follows suit and this year, 30 gifts were raffled off.

The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Norwich is a nonprofit corporation, established to provide endowments for the Diocese of Norwich and its parishes, schools, agencies and organizations. The foundation encourages Catholics to be good stewards through gifts of assets, provides for the investment of those assets and distributes the income according to the Gospel and the wishes of the donors. Endowments through the Foundation are a means to greater financial stability and growth for our Diocese and its entities. Since its inception, the Catholic Foundation has awarded $3,772,561.12 in grant and scholarship assistance within the Diocese.

The Catholic Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors which includes Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, D.D., Reverend Msgr. Leszek T. Janik, J.C.L., VG Reverend Msgr. Robert L. Brown, Robert E. Miller, Ph.D., Robert Reed, John Boland, Daniel Adams, Jeremiah J. Lowney, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., Jean Barrasso, Anne Ogden, Robert Staley, Mother Mary David Requier, Tom Kasprzak, Tara Whitehead and Angela V. Arnold, Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation and Director of Development. New Board members Bill Butchka and Todd Postler will be joining the Board in September.

If you are interested in establishing an endowment or contributing to an existing one, please contact Mary Ellen Mahoney, Development Manager at (860) 886-1928 or by email at memahoney@


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