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HARTFORD – The Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools (FACS) has received a gift of $24,000 from Michele and Donald D’Amour, members of the family who own the Big Y Corp.

The gift will be used to provide financial assistance to students in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The assistance will be given to students in eight elementary schools and four archdiocesan high schools who demonstrate high academic achievement and who have financial need. The award will be called the Michele and Donald D’Amour Scholarship. 

Cynthia Basil Howard, executive director of FACS, said such gifts are vital to the foundation and its mission, which is to provide scholarships to deserving students and to fund special projects in schools in the archdiocese.

FACS has supported students, including those of various faiths, in the archdiocese for almost 30 years.

"We know that our schools provide academic excellence as well as character development. We are so pleased that the D’Amours recognize this and want to help students in our schools have access to this education," said Ms. Howard. "Throughout the foundation’s history, we have been the recipient of gifts from very generous people who understand this reality and the importance of a Catholic school education."

FACS provides approximately $300,000 each year in tuition assistance to hundreds of students in the Catholic elementary and high schools in the archdiocese.

Maureen E. Kerrigan, FACS president, also thanked the D’Amours for enabling the foundation to expand its ability to help. 


alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.