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ACA Ministry Fair Welcomes Donors
By Mary Ellen Mahoney The Red Lion Hotel in Cromwell was the site of this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal Ministry Fair on Sunday, April 7. Twenty-two of the ministries of the Diocese of Norwich were represented by their directors and staff who manned booths showcasing the good works being done by each ministry within our communities. This year, the ministry fair was “open house” style with an expanded continental breakfast being served. It was hoped that by encouraging people to stop in any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., more people would attend the ...

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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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Mom Knows Best: The Christopher Dinner
 By Mary Ellen Mahoney Two hours before the Christopher Dinner was set to begin at the Water’s Edge Resort, in Westbrook, my staff and I were on location setting up for the event just as we had done for countless other Diocesan events. While the routine was familiar, the venue was new to us and it was my first Christopher Dinner as the Executive Director of the Office of Development. After the room was set, the microphone and video screen tested, I sat down and remembered my mother telling me on the very first day of nursery school, as I sat on the front steps of...

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Development Office is Hiring
The Development Office of the Diocese of Norwich is seeking a candidate for the part-time position of Stewardship Coordinator (20 hours per week).  Responsibilities include:   managing fundraising events, assisting with planned giving, writing articles for the Four County Catholic newspaper, supporting the Annual Catholic Appeal and other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of Development. Skillful in Word, Excel and Quickbooks preferred.  To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter and 3 references to Mary Ellen Mahoney at memahoney@norwi...

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Please Join Us: 2019 ACA Ministry Fair – Reservations Required
The 2019 Ministry Fair showcasing our Diocesan ministries and programs will be held this year in Cromwell on April 7, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. We will offer a continental breakfast throughout this open house style event. If you would like to attend this event to learn how donations to the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal, ‘Hand in Hand with All God’s Children’, support our ministries and programs please RSVP by March 29th to Rosela Precopio at 860-886-1928 ext. 10 or dodadm@norwichdiocese.net. Reservations are required due to space limitations.

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Diocese Announces ACA Theme
“Hand in Hand with All God’s Children” By Kathy Gaito We all know someone who occasionally needs a helping hand. Whether it’s a neighbor who asks you to pick up their mail, or a family member who needs a ride to an appointment, we all do our best to accommodate them. These tasks may seem simple to the person who is helping, but the person receiving the assistance is always very grateful! There are also many issues which people face during their lives which require the assistance of others. Some people are hungry, ill or homeless. Others are ...

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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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Take Time to Reflect on Your Year
By Mary Ellen Mahoney How many times have you heard people complain about the end of the year and how busy they are? From Thanksgiving onward, many feel overwhelmed with the responsibilities and busyness of the season.  As much as everyone loves Christmas and New Year’s, there are a good portion of people who feel rushed to just get through it all. This is very, very sad. Not only is yearend filled with time to joyously celebrate being with our families and the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but it also provides us with the opportunity to take ...

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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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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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9th Annual Seton Honorees Named
Recipients of the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D. Award for Contributions to Catholic Education in the Diocese of Norwich are Monsignor Robert L. Brown (Posthumously), Reverend Mark D. O'Donnell and Mrs. Doris Messina.  They will be honored at the 9th Annual Seton Scholarship Dinner taking place 4:00p, Sunday, October 28th at the Mystic Marriott Hotel in Groton. Click here for more info. All proceeds will benefit tuition assistance for Catholic Schools. The following Sponsorships are available: $5,000 SETON SPONSOR Premium reserved table for 10, ...

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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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Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich
Office of Development
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Norwich, CT 06360-4488
Phone: 860-886-1928
Fax: 860-886-2651