WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hartford Archbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell was among five honorees Oct. 6 at the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards Gala at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel.
The awards were in recognition of lifelong dedication to Catholic education. The association also presented the NCEA President’s Award at the event.
“Tonight we celebrate the good news of Catholic education and the wonderful people who support it,” said NCEA President Brother Robert Bimonte. “Our honorees believe in the importance of passing on the faith to the next generation and we thank them for their ongoing commitment to Catholic education.”
Archbishop Mansell was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New York in 1962. In 1993, Pope John Paul II ordained him as bishop, and in 1995 he was installed as the 12th Bishop of Buffalo. He was honored for his lifetime commitment to Catholic education, including his work in Buffalo to establish a foundation for Catholic education and a diocesan volunteer program for young people to serve the social and educational needs of the diocese. He also established a Montessori school in the heart of the inner city to provide early-childhood education at little or no cost to equip underprivileged children.
In 2003, Bishop Mansell was named as the fourth Archbishop of Hartford, where he was said to bring the same passion and commitment to Catholic education, targeting over $6.5 million of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal and over $5 million through the Catholic School Support Program for tuition assistance. As a result of Archbishop Mansell’s unwavering support, over 23,000 students received scholarship assistance.
Other honorees were the Tracy Family Foundation, which has invested in education, youth and the community in Brown County, Ill., and surrounding region; Fred Klipsch, chairman of Klipsch Group Inc., for developing the Indiana Scholarship Tax Credit program; Lewis Ranieri, chairman of the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, for working to ensure the excellence and vitality of Catholic schools on Long Island; and Gini Shimabukuro, who received the 2014 NCEA President’s Award for her work as associate professor at the University of San Francisco’s Institute for Catholic Education Leadership, where she helped thousands of teachers, principals and superintendents in their master’s and doctoral studies.
The NCEA Seton Award is named after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in recognition of her lifelong dedication to teaching and children. This award is presented annually to exemplary individuals whose support and service impact Catholic education and the wellbeing of our nation’s youth. Seton honorees have a scholarship presented in their honor to a deserving Catholic school student in their local community.