joan-jespersen-awardFrom left are Franciscan Father Dennis Arambasick, Pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Winsted; honoree Joan Jespersen; and Patricia Devanney, principal of St. Anthony School.

SOUTHINGTON – More than 600 people honored the many men and women who volunteer their time and talents to support Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford at a dinner Sept. 26 at the Aqua Turf Club.

The 33rd annual HOPES (Help Our Parish Elementary Schools) Dinner honored 126 people who support 49 schools and singled out three people for special recognition.

Joan Jespersen of St. Anthony School in Winsted received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, named after the patron saint of Catholic education. Father Joseph V. DiSciacca, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Bristol, was named the 2010-11 Distinguished Elementary School Pastor; and Margaret Williamson, principal and chief administrator of Northwest Catholic High School, was named the 2010-11 Distinguished Catholic School Administrator.

Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of Catholic schools, announced that St. James School in Manchester and St. Martha in Enfield had received the national 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools Award for academic excellence. The Blue Ribbon award is the highest honor a school can receive from the U.S. Department of Education, which this year selected 50 private and parochial schools and 254 public schools in the country to receive the recognition.

Mr. Hoyt said that Catholic Schools continue to perform exceptionally well on standardized testing, exceeding the mean test scores of public schools.

Such accomplishments would not have been possible without the strong and zealous commitment of Catholic school volunteers, he said.

"Our volunteers know first-hand how Catholic schools make a difference in the lives of our students," he said. "They serve as ambassadors, advocating for our schools by sharing the good news of our exceptional standardized test scores, the exemplary teaching and learning that occurs, the advantages of blending knowledge and faith, and the positive results represented by alumni who provide our nation and our Church with good moral citizens and proud contributors to society."

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell expressed his deep gratitude to those who work hard to support and strengthen Catholic schools. He helped to distribute the 2010 St. John Neumann Awards for Volunteer Service to the 126 recipients.

Mrs. Jespersen is a 1954 graduate of St. Anthony School. She has volunteered there since the 1980s, assisting with or spearheading such efforts as fund-raising, establishing an endowment fund and landscaping the school grounds.

Mrs. Jespersen’s children and grandchildren also are graduates of St. Anthony, and a great-granddaughter currently is enrolled there.

"The diversity and longevity of Joan Jespersen’s contributions to the school are so impressive. She is not a volunteer who looks at a job well done and rests on her laurels. Instead, Joan looks beyond each accomplishment and asks, ‘What next?’" said Anne T. Clubb, director of school advancement.

The Northwest Catholic High School Choir provided music.

 

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Grand Oak Villa, Oakville, CT, Watertown, United States
The St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury will commemorate its 37-year record of continual service to the poor of Greater Waterbury with a banquet beginning at 5:30 p.m. March 26 at the Grand Oak [...]
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St. Peter/St. Francis School, Torrington, Torrington, United States
St. Peter/St. Francis School will have open houses in March, April and May. The times and dates are 5:30-7 p.m. March 26, 9-11 a.m. April 22 and 5:30-7 p.m. May 12. Parents may visit [...]
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St. Rita School, Hamden CT, Hamden, United States
St. Rita School in Hamden will present the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at 7 p.m. March 26, 7 p.m. March 27; and at 1 and 7 p.m. March 28.. Tickets cost [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
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St. Rita School, Hamden CT, Hamden, United States
St. Rita School in Hamden will present the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at 7 p.m. March 26, 7 p.m. March 27; and at 1 and 7 p.m. March 28.. Tickets cost [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
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St. Rita School, Hamden CT, Hamden, United States
St. Rita School in Hamden will present the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at 7 p.m. March 26, 7 p.m. March 27; and at 1 and 7 p.m. March 28.. Tickets cost [...]
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Sacred Heart Academy, Hamden, CT, Hamden, United States
Sacred Heart Academy is sponsoring a $10,000 cash raffle as part of its annual signature fund-raising event, a live and silent auction, taking place at 5 p.m. March 28. Tickets for the cash [...]
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St. Rita School, Hamden CT, Hamden, United States
St. Rita School in Hamden will present the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at 7 p.m. March 26, 7 p.m. March 27; and at 1 and 7 p.m. March 28.. Tickets cost [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
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St. Ann Church, Bristol CT, Bristol, United States
A tenebrae service, or service of lights, will take place at 7 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 29, at St. Ann Church, 215 West St., Bristol. This service will include hymns, music by a contemporary [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
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St. Mary School, Milford, Milford, United States
St. Mary School in Milford will have an open house from 9-11 a.m. March 31. Teachers, staff and parents of current and former students will be on hand and students will provide tours. [...]
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Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford , Hartford, United States
During the Chrism Mass on March 31 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will bless the oils to be used in the upcoming year during the sacraments of [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, New Haven, United States
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum is sponsoring an historical exhibition and lecture series. The exhibit, [...]
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