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Donors' ACA Generosity Knows No Bounds

Posted on November 30, 2022 in: Development Office News, Annual Catholic Appeal

Donors' ACA Generosity Knows No Bounds

The Annual Catholic Appeal is thrilled to announce that two wonderful donors, the Rossi Foundation and the Padre Pio Foundation of America, have generously agreed to match 50% of every new donation that the ACA receives between September 12, 2022, through December 15, 2022.  

This is the first time that anything like this has been done for the ACA and we are beyond appreciative. Ted and Ruth Rossi, founders of the Rossi Foundation, parishioners of St. Mary Church, Portland, have always dug deep into their pockets to support the ACA. 

The Padre Pio Foundation of America, located in Cromwell, Connecticut was established in 1977 to promote devotion to Padre Pio and continue his legacy of love and caring for those less fortunate. 

Padre Pio was a 20th century Italian Capuchin priest, responsible for numerous miracles, who was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002. 

Andrew Becker, president of the Board of Padre Pio of Foundation of America, shared, “We are delighted to be able to join the Rossi Foundation in supporting the Annual Catholic Appeal – especially in such a manner as to inspire other donors to examine their hearts and checkbooks so that its goal may be reached.  We have been grateful for the Bishop’s support of our mission and are so pleased to be able to express our gratitude in this manner.”

We know how financially difficult this year has been for many and we are asking all of our parishioners and readers to come together as “One Faith, One Family,” joining the Rossi Foundation and the Padre Pio Foundation of America in helping us reach the goal that will enable our very important ministries to continue the life-changing work of Christ on our behalf. 

We have currently reached approximately 89% of our 2023 goal with only 15% parishioners donating. If the 85% who have yet to participate, donate something and those who have already donated make another small gift, we will be well on our way to reaching our goal. To put it simply, if together, we make $202,116 in new donations, the Rossi Foundation and Padre Foundation of America will donate $100,558, bringing us to our goal of $2,700,000. 

Please open your piggy banks, pull up the couch cushions and make your new gifts today. Also, please join me in thanking the Rossi Foundation and Padre Pio Foundation of America for their tremendous kindness.

By Mary Ellen Mahoney


Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich
Office of Development
331 Main Street, Floor 2
Norwich, CT 06360-5836

Phone: 860-886-1928