Al Terzi, left, television journalist at Fox 61, and Father John P. Gatzak, executive director of the Archdiocese of Hartford's Office of Radio and Television and general manager of WJMJ-FM, chat before Carolyn's Place's 25th anniversary dinner on Nov. 5 at La Bella Vista at Waterbury's Pontelandolfo Club.
Mr. Terzi emceed the event, at which Father Gatzak was awarded the Carolyn's Place Ministry Award, given yearly to a person with a vocation who demonstrates extraordinary commitment to protection of the sanctity of human life.
Middlebury resident M. Jane Teta received the Walter J. Williams Service Award for her involvement with Carolyn’s Place over the last decade.
The Maureen Anne Donohoe Life Award was presented to Carolyn’s Place’s founding parish, St. John the Evangelist Church in Watertown. Also recognized were many individual parishioners who have been involved with Carolyn’s Place in many capacities.
Carolyn's Place is a pregancy care center started by Father Robert Rousseau, then pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Watertown, after he discovered in 1991 a three hours-old baby girl left in a box in the entryway of the church. The girl, later named Carolyn Marie, was adopted confidentially. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)