An excellent Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Hartford has a qualified school leader responsible for realizing and implementing the school's mission and vision guided by a statetic plan."
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.
- 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.
|PARISH OR SCHOOL||TOWN||NAME OF GRANT||AWARDED|
|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|
|TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED||$99,931.95|
Recognition of Educators
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:
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