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Development Office News

The Catholic Foundation Continues 19th Year of Giving
By Mary Ellen Mahoney The Catholic Foundation celebrated its 19th year of giving on June 20th during its Annual Awards Dinner held at the Holiday Inn, Norwich. The dinner was attended by the largest number of families, students and ministry representatives to date and tuition assistance, amounting to $117,890 was distributed to the largest number ever, a whopping 281 elementary students! In addition, another $15,805 was distributed among the four diocesan secondary schools. A total of $117,647 in grant money was distributed to beneficiaries of the foundation’s rest...

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Helping Our Diocesan Ministries
by Kathy Gaito Think about the feeling you have when you set goals and each day you make strides to meet those goals. Sometimes the goals we set are easier to reach with the help of others. Often, when our goals are met, they have a domino effect helping others also achieve something positive in their own lives. The Annual Catholic Appeal has a goal, and yes, it is monetary, but this monetary goal has a domino effect leading to a positive secondary outcome. The money donated to the ACA is used to help our Diocesan ministries keep their vital works flowing throughout o...

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Tenth Annual Seton Scholarship Honorees Announced
By Kathy Gaito Our Catholic schools certainly know the meaning of this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) theme, “Hand in Hand with All God’s Children.” The education of each student involves various school personnel working together, putting the child’s best interests first and making the school experience the best it can be. Similarly, the ACA works with donors, pastors and ACA leadership throughout the Diocese so that our ministries and programs are able to have the biggest impact possible. Recognizing the exemplary work of our educat...

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Annual White Mass Celebrates Health Care Workers
By Ryan Blessing Doctors, nurses, specialists and other health care workers and caregivers were honored during the celebration of the 29th annual Diocesan White Mass. “In this Mass for all health care workers, may the divine physician always be a model for their ministry of healing, mercy and compassion,” The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D. Bishop of Norwich, said in his greeting. The Reverend Ted Tumicki, homilist and pastor of St. Mary Parish in Jewett City, St. Catherine in Preston and Sts. Thomas and Anne in Voluntown, described how 700 religiou...

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Two New Endowments Added to Catholic Foundation
By Mary Ellen Mahoney Generous and kind people continue to look to endowments in the Catholic Foundation as a great way to support their favorite Diocesan ministry in a substantial and lasting way. The Catholic Foundation’s 28th and 29th ministries were recently established. Liza Roach and her father, Robert N. Roach, Jr (Nick) through their family owned company, The Chemical Company, located in Jamestown, Rhode Island established the Roach Family Endowment Fund this past September. Liza is the Youth and Young Adult Minister in the Office of Faith Events. The Roach...

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New Director of Development for Diocese-Mary Ellen Mahoney
FCC News Desk Mrs. Mary Ellen Mahoney was recently appointed as Executive Director of the Office of Development by the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich. Mary Ellen is not a new addition to the Office of Development. For over 5 years she has assisted people in planned giving and establishing endowments as Development Manager-Major Gifts. Mary Ellen graduated from St. Bernard High School, Uncasville and went on to receive her B.A. with honors, magna cum laude from Brown University and Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Boston College Law School...

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STANDING TOGETHER TO BUILD THE FUTURE - Ministry to the Sick
By Kathy Gaito & Sister Rita Johnson, SSND The theme for the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal is “Standing Together to Build the Future”. Each month we will feature a group who supports our Diocesan Ministries by following this motto through their good works.   As we journey through life, it would be a rare occurrence if we never had to visit a hospital.  Whether the visit would be for a loved one, a friend or even ourselves, a hospital is a place filled with many emotions…and sometimes it’s extremely helpful to have someone ava...

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STANDING TOGETHER TO BUILD THE FUTURE  St. Joseph Living Center
By Kathy Gaito   When we or someone we know needs assistance, we want to know that those who are helping us are committed, friendly and most important, qualified. This is especially true as we grow older and need to seek services for family members or even ourselves. The Diocese of Norwich is blessed to be affiliated with St. Joseph Living Center (SJLC) in Windham, Connecticut.  Celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, SJLC has a CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) 5 Star rating. Whether you are seeking short-term rehabilitation, skilled...

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Standing Together to Build the Future-SVdPP
St. Vincent de Paul Place By Kathy Gaito   The theme for the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal is “Standing Together to Build the Future”. Each month we will feature a group who supports our Diocesan Ministries by following this motto through their good works. St. Vincent de Paul Place (SVdPP) in Norwich, Connecticut epitomizes this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal theme, “Standing Together (with Super Heroes) to Build the Future”. If you have access to a computer, visit their website at www.svdpp.org and see how a small staff is doing ...

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A Celebration of Current and Past Leaders of Catholic Education
9th Annual Seton Scholarship Dinner by: Kathy Gaito The tradition of celebrating Catholic education in the Diocese of Norwich continues this year with the 9th Annual Seton Scholarship Dinner.  The Seton Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4:00pm at the Mystic Marriott Hotel, 625 North Road, Groton, Connecticut.  At the dinner, individuals are honored for their contributions to Catholic education and all proceeds from the dinner are distributed by The Catholic Foundation to elementary school students in the form of tuition assistance grant...

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Outreach to Haiti

Posted on August 14, 2018 in: Development Office News

Outreach to Haiti
Standing Together to Build the Future By Kathy Gaito The theme for the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal is “Standing Together to Build the Future”. Each month we will feature a group who supports our Diocesan Ministries by following this motto through their good works. My work with Outreach has been humbling and inspiring at the same time.  The amount of commitment many of our board members, benefactors, volunteers and staff have shown, for years and decades, is truly inspiring.” – Dan O’Sullivan, Executive Director, Outr...

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Catholic Foundation Makes Largest Contribution to Students and Community Organizations in 18th Year of Giving
By Mary Ellen Mahoney   “Wow, look at all the people!” one brother exclaimed, holding the hand of his little sister, as they walked into the ballroom of the Holiday Inn, Norwich at this year’s Catholic Foundation Annual Awards Dinner. Nearly 300 people, the largest crowd ever, gathered together for this very special evening on June 21st. In its 18th year of giving, the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Norwich made its largest distribution in its history. A grand total of $331, 937.00 was distributed among grant applicants from the four counti...

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STANDING TOGETHER TO BUILD THE FUTURE - Diocese of Norwich Catholic Schools
By Kathy Gaito   The theme for the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal is “Standing Together to Build the Future”. Each month we will feature a group who supports our Diocesan Ministries by following this motto through their good works. A Catholic education is a gift!  The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Norwich have been successfully developing their stewardship equation of time, talent and treasure…keeping our schools strong and constantly building toward the future.   Mr. Henry Fiore, Jr., Superintendent of Schools, answ...

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Love for School Leads to 23rd Catholic Foundation Endowment
by Mary Ellen Mahoney Many parents throughout our Diocese thank God every day for the wonderful education their children receive at our Catholic elementary schools. The exceptional teaching, moral development and passion for community service are hallmarks of our Diocesan schools and appreciated by many. This gratitude is shared by Loretta and Colin Rice, parishioners of St. Joseph Church, Willimantic who sent their 3 boys and 1 daughter to St. Mary – St. Joseph School in Willimantic. Married for 47 years this coming August and residents of Lebanon, the Rices have ...

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8th Annual Seton Scholarship Dinner
A Resounding Celebration of Catholic Education 8th Annual Seton Scholarship Dinner by: Kathy Gaito The 8th Annual Seton Scholarship Dinner was held on Sunday, October 29th at The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, Haddam - celebrating three individuals who have devoted much of their lives working in and supporting Catholic education in the Diocese of Norwich. These recipients, Ms. Sharon A. Briere, Principal, St. Joseph School, North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, Mrs. Robin A. Holtsclaw, Claims/Risk Manager representing Catholic Mutual Relief Society and Mr. James Leone,...

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich
Office of Development
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Norwich, CT 06360-4488
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