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2020 Light of Christ Teacher Recognition Awards

The Light of Christ Teacher Recognition Award, generously funded by the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, recognizes outstanding performance among the educators in the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Honorees are nominated by an administrator of their school for recognition as teachers who serve as role models for students, witnesses to Jesus, dedicated educators, and responsible citizens whose lives are guided by Catholic principles. They consistently demonstrate excellence in teaching and learning, while seeking to improve their school community and culture in positive ways. All awardees of the Light of Christ Award practice a commitment to “Teach as Jesus Did.” They also exhibit innovation, collaboration and enthusiasm in the classroom, and embrace each student as a child of God, enabling each one to reach his/her full potential.
The Light of Christ Teacher Recognition Award brings with it a personal financial award of $1,000, presented in recognition of professional excellence, along with an additional grant of $500 for the teacher’s school, to be used in their classroom as each one determines. (Click on the thumbnails below to see the photo gallery) 

2020 Light of Christ Teacher Recognition Award Winners:

Mari Adanosky, Saint Mary Magdalen School, Oakville
Lisa Bonanno, Saint Bridget School, Manchester
Gina Burby, East Catholic High School, Manchester
Elaine Cieslewski, Saint John the Evangelist School, Watertown
Sherri Criscuolo, All Saints Catholic Academy, New Haven
Michelle Geoffrey, Saint Bridget School, Cheshire
Virginia Gore, Saint Mary School, Simsbury
Nicole Truhart, Saint Rita School, Hamden
Christine Warren, Saint Mary - Saint Michael School, Derby
Patricia Whalen, Southington Catholic School, Southington


Archdiocese of Hartford 2020-2021 Innovation Grant Awards

Congratulations to the thirty-two Catholic schools or parishes that have been awarded 2020 Innovation Grants! We are so proud of these schools and parishes for enhancing their educational efforts with new, creative programming.

We are deeply grateful to the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation for making these grants possible. Thanks to the Foundation’s generosity, the Archdiocese of Hartford Innovation Grants will foster educational excellence within the elementary/secondary schools, parish faith formation, and youth ministry programs of the Archdiocese.
The funded programs demonstrated the following characteristics:
  • Innovation and creativity that will impact multiple grade levels and have a long-term influence;
  • The potential to create long lasting, positive change that strengthens school and parish communities;
  • The transformative power to breathe life into programs serving the wider Archdiocesan community;
  • A measurable and replicable impact that will infuse new energy into our school classrooms and parish catechetical programs, transforming them in a positive way.
The programs funded by this year’s grants will promote creative innovation in Catholic school classrooms, parish faith formation, and youth ministry programs. They will have an enduring impact on student learning and catechist formation, bringing the faith alive for students, increasing church attendance, stimulating educational excellence with cutting edge tools, and introducing the larger world into the classroom.
It gives us great pleasure to announce the 2020 winners of the Archdiocese of Hartford Innovation Grants!
Saint Jeanne Jugan Parish Enfield 2020 Vacation Bible School $1,500.00
Saint John Paul the Great Academy Torrington Arts Integration Certification Course $1,497.00
Saint Rita School Hamden Uke! Can Do It! $3,000.00
Saint Paul School  Kensington All About Me Books $421.95
Saint Dunstan Parish Glastonbury Family Faith Encounter $2,000.00
Saint Mary School Milford Current Books, Current Tools $1,000.00
Assumption School Ansonia Readers and Writers Workshop $4,413.00
Saint Junipero Serra Parish South Windsor Flexible Faith Fun, Jesus-Style $3,500.00
Saint Stanislaus Parish Bristol 2,020 Rosaries in 2020 $750.00
Saint John the Evangelist School Watertown Reading Innovation $1,250.00
Saint Gianna/Saint Mark Parish West Hartford St. Gianna Parish Center Renewal $4,000.00
Saint Joseph Parish Winsted Evangelization Modernization $4,500.00
Saint Gabriel School, Saint Damien of Molokai Parish Windsor STREAM Makerspace Development $4,400.00
Saint Francis Xavier Parish New Milford Project Update Technology $3,500.00
Saint Bridget School Cheshire Literacy Assessment and Instruction $3,000.00
Sacred Heart Middle and High School Waterbury Speak Out $3,000.00
Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hartford Upgrading Technology of Relig. Ed. Ctr. $3,100.00
East Catholic High School Manchester ECHS Innovation Center $4,500.00
Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish Oxford Faith Formation Hub $4,000.00
Saint John Fisher Parish Marlborough Prepare Ye . . .Life Skills for Catholic Teens $3,750.00
Sacred Heart Academy Hamden ACE-2 The Finish Line $4,000.00
Southington Catholic School Southington Star Gazers Astronomy Program $1,800.00
Maria Reina de la Paz Parish Hartford Formation and Evangelization Program $3,000.00
Saint Paul Parish Kensington Family Domestic Church Tote Bags $4,000.00
Saint Rita School Hamden SRS Outside Classroom Expansion Project $5,000.00
Saint Paul School Kensington Orff Instruments $4,900.00
East Shoreline Catholic Academy Branford Laudato Si Learning Lab $5,000.00
Our Lady of Mercy Parish Plainville Pathways to Christ $4,500.00
Saint Mary School Milford Creative Interdisciplinary Projects $2,500.00
Church of the Incarnation Wethersfield Faith Formation Family Boxes $1,000.00
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Hamden New Teacher Training $2,500.00
Enfield Montessori School Enfield St. Clare's Eggs $4,650.00

Recognition of Educators

When Catholic educators reach milestone anniversaries or complete the certification program in adult faith formation, the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis recognizes the valuable contributions these educators have made to the school community and the Archdiocese of Hartford. They are acknowledged with personalized certificates and/or pins as an expression of the Archdiocese’s gratitude. The recognition of these educators is held each spring at the Archdiocesan Catholic Educators Faith Conference.

Archdiocesan Distinguished Elementary School Pastor Award

(Rev. Kevin P. Cavanaugh, Pastor of the Church of Saint James in Manchester, 2019 – 2020 Distinguished Pastor)

The Archdiocesan Distinguished Pastor Award is presented in honor of those pastors who have demonstrated outstanding support for Catholic elementary education. In addition to this Archdiocesan recognition, Distinguished Pastor awardees are also submitted to the National Catholic Educational Association for consideration of national recognition.

The following qualities are considered when naming the Archdiocesan Distinguished Elementary School Pastor.

The Distinguished Pastor must:

  • Possess a clear philosophy of Catholic education;
  • Provide spiritual guidance to the school community;
  • Participate in school activities;
  • Work with the school board and/or parent association;
  • Support the school administration and faculty;
  • Engage the community in providing financial support to the school and;
  • Have a minimum of three years of service as a pastor in a parish associated with a Catholic elementary school.

To learn more about this year's honoree, Rev. Kevin P. Cavanaugh, click here

Recipients of this award:

2019-2020: Rev. Kevin P. Cavanaugh, St. James School, Manchester
2018-2019: Rev. James M. Sullivan, Assumption School, Ansonia
2017-2018: Msgr. Thomas G. Ginty, St. Matthew School, Forestville
2016-2017: Rev. Francis T. Carter, St. Bernadette, School, New Haven
2015-2016: Rev. Ronald P. May and Reverend Nicholas P. Melo, Southington Catholic School, Southington
2014-2015: Rev. Stephen M. Sledesky, St. Bridget School, Manchester
2013-2014: Rev. Shawn T. Daly*, Corpus Christi School, Wethersfield
2012-2013: Rev. Christopher M. Tiano, St. Peter/St. Francis of Assisi School, Torrington
2011-2012: Rev. Mark R. Jette, St. Lawrence School, West Haven
2010-2011, Rev. Joseph V. DiSciacca, St. Joseph School, Bristol
2009-2010: Msgr. John P. Conte*, Our Lady of Mercy School, Madison
2009-2010: Rev. Lawrence S. Symolon*, Our Lady of Mercy School, Madison
2008-2009: Msgr. James G. Coleman, SS. Peter & Paul School, Waterbury
2007-2008: Rev. Charles J. MacDonald, St. Rita School, Hamden

*Indicates nationally recognized by the National Catholic Educational Association.


Archdiocesan Distinguished Catholic School Administrator Award

(Mrs. Eileen Regan, 2019 – 2020 Distinguished Catholic School Administrator)

The Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis bestows this award to give public recognition to outstanding Catholic school administrators serving in the Archdiocese of Hartford. This award is also the basis for nominating the administrator for the National Distinguished Principal or Secondary Administrator Award sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association.

The following are considerations for naming the Archdiocesan Distinguished Catholic School Administrator:

  • The administrator’s leadership has benefited curriculum, staff morale, community support, student interest, and the learning environment.
  • The school exhibits increased or consistently high levels of student achievement as demonstrated on a standardized assessment instrument.
  • The administrator provides creative leadership that inspires teachers and others to achieve and contribute to the school environment.
  • Examples of service or achievement are above and beyond what is expected in the usual school program.
  • Others have acknowledged the administrator as a force for positive change.

To learn more about this year's honoree, Eileen Regan, click here

Recipients of this award:

2019-2020 Eileen Regan, Sacred Heart High School, Waterbury
2018-2019: Fayne Molloy, St. Paul School, Kensington
2017-2018: Frank Lacerenza, St. Mary School, Milford
2016-2017: Patricia O'Neil Tiezzi, St. Rita School, Hamden
2015-2016: Colleen DiSanto, Principal, St. Thomas the Apostle School, West Hartford
2014-2015: Maria Testa, Principal, St. Stephen School, Hamden
2013-2014: Cary Dupont*, President, St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol
2012-2013: Sr. Kathleen Kelly, RSM*, Principal, Holy Trinity School, Wallingford
2011-2012: Patricia Devanney*, Principal, St. Anthony School, Winsted
2010-2011: Margaret Williamson*, Principal, Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford
2009-2010: Mary Macunas*, Principal, St. Rose School, East Hartford
2008-2009: Julie Pion, Principal, St. Mary Magdalen School, Oakville
2007-2008: Mark J. Monnerat*, Principal, St. Joseph School, Bristol
2006-2007: Kathleen Molner*, Principal, Assumption School, Ansonia
2005-2006: Maria Maynard, Principal, St. Mary’s School, Simsbury
2004-2005: Eileen Sampiere*, Principal, Corpus Christi School, Wethersfield
*Indicates nationally recognized by the National Catholic Educational Association.


The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

2019 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton honorees, Mr. Robert Rice and Mrs. Marianne Rice, pictured with Archbishop Leonard P. Blair and Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, Provost for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award is presented to a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to, or on behalf of, a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Hartford within the context of the Archdiocesan Elementary Schools Advancement Program. This award provides an opportunity to express gratitude to an individual who, in a major leadership role, has greatly influenced a particular school's cause through its program of institutional advancement. The emphasis of this award is placed on the pattern, magnitude and effectiveness of the individual’s contribution. It celebrates the work of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton who, throughout her life, was deeply committed to making a Catholic education available to all, especially the needy, and who is known as the Patron Saint of Catholic schools. Although only one volunteer will receive this honor, each elementary school annually recognizes its exceptional volunteers with the St. John Neumann Award for Volunteer Service.
The Archdiocese of Hartford wishes to express sincere gratitude to the considerable body of men and women whose loyalty and support enrich our academic institutions, and to acknowledge how much Catholic schools are dependent upon the commitment, the support and the advocacy of the many dedicated volunteers of our Archdiocesan Faith Community.