Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Norwich holds annual Awards Dinner

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Norwich - posted Mon., Jul. 8, 2013
Bishop Michael R. Cote gives an award of $5,000 to William Bartelli IV, who will be attending the University of Connecticut this year. He is the recipient of the Rev. Roughan Scholarship from the Catholic Foundation. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Norwich held its annual Awards Dinner on June 27 at the Holiday Inn in Norwich. The Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, distributed checks to those receiving awards.

That evening, a total of $251,023.86 was distributed among grant applicants who hail from ministries, schools, programs, missions and parishes throughout the four counties – Middlesex, New London, Tolland and Windham.  $68,923.36 in grant money was distributed to beneficiaries of the foundation’s restricted endowments, with an additional $46,411.50 of unrestricted grant money distributed. Catholic Charities and Saint Vincent De Paul Place are among some of the ministries serving the poor locally who are to receive grants.

Jim Maffuid, executive director of Catholic Charities, said, “In these difficult economic times when we see struggling families each day, our organization has come to rely on the support of the Catholic Foundation.  Thanks to these important grants, we can continue to implement critical social service programs in our region.”

More than 164 students hailing from 13 elementary schools received grants for tuition assistance totaling $81,189.00, with the average grant for scholarship aid being $495.  In addition, four Diocesan secondary schools were given a total of $44,500 for tuition aid.

Additional scholarship funds given out that evening include the Rev. Richard Roughan Scholarship, The Eric B. Evans Scholarship, and the William F. Jr. and Flora L. O’Neil Scholarship.  The Rev. Richard B. Roughan Scholarship is a special fund created by the former Pastor of St. Paul Church in Waterford which awards a current college student with $5,000 toward college tuition, and an incoming college freshman with $5,000 toward tuition assistance. The Eric B. Evans Scholarship was established in memory of Eric Evans, a member of the graduating class of 1987 at St. Bernard High School, who died during the Twin Towers collapse on 9/11. This fund provides scholarship assistance for students at St. Bernard School in Uncasville.  The William F. Jr. and Flora L. O’Neil Scholarship also benefits students at St. Bernard School.

This year a newly-created fund, The Mabel Enos English Endowment, was established to support seminarians in their studies. The Rev. Gregory Galvin, director of vocations for the Diocese of Norwich works directly with the Diocesan seminarians who will benefit from these funds.  He has said, “As so many know, there are many people who need different forms of assistance, all for many different reasons. The vocation office of the Diocese of Norwich is very grateful for the funds received through the Catholic Foundation each year because as we continue to sponsor more men in their studies for the Holy Priesthood, the cost of the education and formation of our future priests continues to go up. We are very grateful because every dollar really does make a difference in the future of the men responding to God’s Call to give themselves completely for the good of souls and therefore makes a difference in the future of the church here in the Norwich Diocese.”

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