"Catholic education is the keystone and foundation for the success of our children and the following generations to come."
Marybeth and Michael, Parents
Earlier this year, Sacred Heart Catholic School suddenly lost one of the beloved people from their school community. Mike Collins may have been responsible for maintenance and upkeep at this little school, but his heart reached much further than simply repairing light switches. Many of the staff and students knew him well. Despite being challenged with a limited budget to repair things, Mike always found a way to improve the situation.
“He never told me that he couldn’t do something. He was an incredible servant who just came in and did his best every day for me, the faculty and staff, and most importantly, our students,” shares Heather Boyle, principal of Sacred Heart Catholic School. “Through it all, even though he may have had some personal physical challenges, he did it with a smile and a zeal for making our school great.”
Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Wimauma has received a $5,000 grant from Allegany Franciscan Ministries in support of their Food Pantry. This gift came about as part of Allegany’s “Common Good Initiative,” a program designed to mobilize communities towards better health and wellness through community engagement, a long-term commitment of resources, and increased collaboration of residents and stakeholders. Wimauma is one of three communities currently being supported by this program. The Catholic Foundation was pleased to have written and submitted this grant on behalf of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Our Lady of Lourdes Beat the Priest 5K set new records with a new revitalized focus on honoring the memory of former student, Tyler Gray. Tyler Gray passed away after a battle with leukemia, but now thanks to this race, his memory will last for years to come. “Tyler’s parents, Phil and Athena, have been active longtime parishioners of OLL, and they always helped out with our school, where Tyler and his brother called home. It’s very moving for us to be able to honor their son’s memory through this effort,” shares Father Gary Dowsey, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and School.
The 10th Annual Catholic Foundation Celebration continues to see support from our Diocese for our Catholic Schools. With 500 people in attendance, this year’s Celebration did not disappoint. “I continue to be amazed at the generosity of people from around the Diocese in supporting our unique programs for tuition assistance through the Catholic Foundation,” shares Jon Jones, Executive Director.
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"What does a Catholic education mean to me?" That is the question posed to the roughly 600 eighth graders across the Diocese as part of the Catholic Foundation Essay Competition sponsored by Saint Leo University. After years in our Catholic schools, it is truly astonishing to see how Catholic school education impacts the lives of these students. This year's winner, Miss Caroline Jones, is no different. As one who has only been in Catholic school for her middle school years, she has grown significantly in her faith as a result of her experiences at St. Lawrence Catholic School. Being at a public school, she never really talked about her faith with her friends and she truly didn't know what it meant to be Catholic. When she transitioned to Catholic school in 6th grade, though, that all changed. We are proud of her accomplishments and excited to award her a $10,000 scholarship to attend the Catholic high school of her choice within our Diocese.
Miss Jones had the opportunity to share her essay with those attending the upcoming Catholic Foundation Celebration on February 6. We are excited to share that message with you here as well.