Read about our donors and the impact they are having on our community.
Catholic Foundation Grants $56,200 to Catholic Schools for Technology Upgrades
Catholic schools pursuing technology upgrades were grateful recipients of $56,200 in grants from the Catholic Foundation. These grants from the Education Endowment
made a significant impact on Catholic schools in 2021 as demand for upgraded technology in classrooms and urgent remote learning needs were fueled by the pandemic.
Dale DeMarco...a legacy of faith.
John and Rose DeMarco are surely smiling from heaven as their son, Dale, says that everything about him was passed to him by his parents. The DeMarcos were faith-filled and practical people. Dale’s father was a full-time, blue-collar worker and his mother worked part-time when she wasn’t busy looking after her two sons.
Live-Streamed Mass Opportunity Fulfills Parish Mission of Uniting People with Christ
Immaculate Conception Parish in Clarion is dedicated to providing opportunities to carry out their mission of “Inviting People to Christ, Uniting People with Christ, Igniting People for Christ”. Knowing that many of their parishioners could not attend Mass in person for a variety of reasons, they seized the opportunity to apply for a Catholic Foundation Education grant.
Admiration Sparks Gifts to Endowments
Admiration for Monsignor James "Fr. Pete" Peterson and Bishop Lawrence Persico inspire gifts to the endowments bearing their names and supporting causes important to them.
Sharing His Blessings, Forever
It’s wonderful to imagine the number of students’ lives Fr. Joseph Gregorek touched during his long career as a college professor. Now, as he is planning his Catholic legacy, Fr. Joe is ensuring that the breadth of his life’s impact will expand in perpetuity through designated endowments in the Catholic Foundation.
Parish Faith Formation Plans Pivot to Success During Pandemic
Saint Michael Parish in Greenville is known for providing life-long faith formation activities to the rural community it serves. Finding a way to keep in touch with a parish of over 1,250 families and provide Catholic faith resources to groups all at different stages of their faith life was challenging. A Catholic Foundation 2019 Education Grant enabled the purchase of a subscription to Flocknote/Word on Fire ENGAGE, an online communication and faith formation resource. Little did they know what a blessing it would become.
Life-long Ties Lead To Perpetual Gift
Malue Family Endowment for Our Lady of Peace Parish
Jim and Mary Margaret Malue were inspired to give by faith, community and friendship built throughout the years. Seeding a new endowment, and giving to help build another, fulfills their desire to give back.
Legacy Giving Reflects a Life Well-Lived
Mary Fabrizio McCarthy Education Endowment
Mary McCarthy shared her earthly blessings the same way she lived her life -- in faith, with purpose, and making impact. Later in life as she planned her legacy, she described faith as a spark that lights the way for people to look beyond themselves. Today, years after her death, Mary's endowments continue to light the way for the Catholic ministries that meant the most to her.
A Spark to Life-Long Faith Formation
Faith Formation Endowment
When Michele Smith, religious education leader at Saint Callistus Parish in Kane applied for a Faith Formation grant with the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania in 2019, she never imagined that a global pandemic would alter her plans for implementing a parish-wide faith-formation plan. With the GIFT program already on her radar, Michele decided to adapt it for use with her elementary religious education students.