The Catholic Advantage Celebration honors achievements of Catholic schools; presents lifetime achievement awards to Msgr. Edward Kavanagh and the Christian Brothers
On Sept. 8, more than 450 people gathered for The Catholic Advantage Celebration, a new annual event to recognize the many achievements of Catholic schools and all those who make them what they are today.
Proceeds from the evening, held at St. Francis High School in Sacramento, will support students with the resources they need for success not only now, but in college and beyond.
During the evening, Msgr. Edward J. Kavanagh (shown above, right, with Bishop Jaime Soto) and the Christian Brothers were honored as the recipients of the two inaugural Lifetime Achievement Awards for their longstanding and impactful contributions to Catholic schools in the diocese. For more than a half-century, Msgr. Kavanagh led St. Rose Parish and St. Patrick’s School and Orphanage in south Sacramento, while the Christian Brothers have made a lasting impact on the diocese that will be felt for years to come.
Father Leo Patalinghug, TV star and author of “Grace Before Meals,” spoke at the event about the successes of Catholic education and also gave a cooking demonstration. He is a member of the faculty of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, where he directs the pastoral field education program for future priests.
Rick Maya, executive director of The Catholic Foundation and Director of Catholic Schools for the diocese, announced during the event the establishment of the St. Angela Merici scholarship program, a tuition assistance fund that will directly support families in need when dealing with the loss of a parent or legal guardian.
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By Julie Sly - Sep 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm