Board Members Needed


Catholic Charities Diocese of Norwich is looking to recruit board members to join the Catholic Charities Willimantic Advisory Board. 

This board supports the fundraising, outreach and volunteer efforts to support the Catholic Charities mission of providing help and creating hope for our communities. 

The Board meets the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30PM-6:30PM in our Willimantic office located at 88 Jackson Street. 

All interested candidates can contact

Tracy Martone @ 860-889-8346 ext: 285

Catholic Charities 12th Annual Golf Tournament

By:  Christine Jackel, Development Coordinator, Catholic Charities

It was a beautiful Fall day on Wednesday, October 11 when 76 golfers began to arrive at Fox Hopyard Golf Club in East Haddam for the 12th Annual Catholic Charities Golf Tournament.  The tournament had originally been scheduled, as has been tradition, on the third Wednesday in September.  Unfortunately, Hurricane Jose was making its way toward Connecticut with high winds and driving rain predicted for the day of our event, so the decision was made to re-schedule.

The day began with registration at 10:30 AM and all golfers received a golf towel, donated by the firm of Conway, Londregan, Sheehan & Monaco, P.C. In addition to the towel, each golfer received a sleeve of golf balls courtesy of Attorney Steven Reck, golf tees and pens donated by Charter Oak Federal Credit Union;  gift certificates for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream courtesy of Unilever and Dennis Hammen and golf brushes from an anonymous donor.    

We have been blessed each year since the tournament began to have Ken Capano and ShopRite stores as our $6,000 Platinum Sponsor and Conway Londregan, Sheehan & Monaco, P.C. as our $3,500 Gold Sponsor.  We are grateful to have Derek S. Pirruccello, CFP® The VHP Group Merrill Lynch return as a $2,500 Silver Sponsor, along with three (3) new Silver Sponsors:  Donation Angel, Knights of Columbus, Supreme Council and Mystic Aquarium.  We were fortunate to add Guinan & Houle, LLP, a new $1,500 Lunch Sponsor, and two (2) returning Bronze Sponsors:  RAD Consulting and The William Backus Hospital.   Charter Oak Federal Credit Union was a $350 sponsor for the “Longest Drive,” St. Patrick Church in Mystic was a $350 sponsor for the “Practice Green” and Waller, Smith, Palmer, P.C. a $350 sponsor for the “Closest-to-the-Pin” hole. 

There were a total of 19 parishes supporting Catholic Charities as $200 Tee Sponsors.  Please see the full “thank you” page where all are listed.  We had a total of 11 business Tee Sponsors:  Connecticut Communications (new); Dunkin Donuts Waterford, Essex Financial, Horgan Law Offices, Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, Jezierski Plumbing & Heating (new), Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Letter Concepts, Inc. (new), Mahoney Sabol & Company, LLP, St. Joseph Living Center (new) and Thomas Neilan & Sons Funeral Home.  Tee Sponsorship signs for the 30 parishes and businesses were visible throughout the course.  Special thanks to Tom Ward, the person who drives all around the course putting up the signs every year.

Once golfers registered, they could all be seen lining up to purchase raffle tickets for the 41 items on display (all donated by individuals and businesses); to purchase mulligans and tickets for the 50/50 raffle.  At 11:30 golfers enjoyed a BBQ lunch and at 12:30 PM, with all golf carts lined up, Bishop Cote thanked all the golfers and sponsors for their support of Catholic Charities and the work they do, and recognized Ed Tessman, Executive Director.  Fox Hopyard Golf Director, Ron Beck welcomed the 19 foursomes and said how pleased he was to see that even though the date had been changed, we still had such a great turnout.

MJ Sullivan once again had a beautiful black 2017 Chevrolet Traverse sitting on the 16th hole, awaiting the golfer who might get a hole-in-one, but unfortunately, no one drove the car away.   

Golfers began coming off the course around 5:30 PM, giving them the opportunity to network before enjoying hors d’oeuvres and dinner.  In the pavilion where the golfers gather, was an easel with a  framed photograph of Madeline Raddatz with the New London Advisory Board at the 2015 tournament.  Madeline served on the advisory board since its inception, and enjoyed planning for and working at the tournament for 11 years.  Madeline passed away shortly after last year’s tournament. 

When dinner was over, Ralph Monaco who has served as Chairman of the New London Advisory Board for 12 years, thanked Bishop Cote, and all the golfers for coming together to enjoy a day of golf and renewing acquaintances.  He recognized Executive Director Ed Tessman and his staff for their onsite help and being part of this day.   Ralph thanked Christine Jackel, Development Coordinator for the work she does in coordinating the golf tournament every year.

Ralph presented awards to the following golfers  1st Gross:  Fr. Kevin Reilly, Tom Gram, Jeff Battison and Greg Battison.   1st Net:  Scott Marks, Gino Beaudoin, Ken Vallone and Ray Peach.  2nd Gross:  Bill Dolliver, Dr. Walia, Dr. Parekh and Jamie Hanrahan.   2nd Net:  John Malia, Shawn Farbotka, Ron Baude and Rob Petrowski. 3rd Net:  Tony Joyce, Dave Stone, Joe Fatone and Peter Disch.  Closest-to-the-Pin on #4 – Scott Marks; Closest to-the-Pin on #14: Keith MacNeil and Longest Drive: John Estelle.  Each year Ralph Monaco generously donates a putter and all golfers drop in their business cards at registration to be eligible.  This year John Dolan was the winner.

Chairman of the New London Advisory Board, Ralph Monaco said “Each year our tournament grows, in the number of golfers and the number of sponsors, at all levels.  It is always a great day of golf and networking, but the most important thing, the reason we all come together, is to raise money for Catholic Charities and the work they do.”

 A special thank you to those who gave of their time to volunteer at the tournament:  Kathy Capon, Jane Leger, Kathy Tessman, Mary Ellen Mahoney, Rosela Precopio, Laura Malone and Sue Connelly.   I would be remiss if I did not thank Angela Arnold, Executive Director of Development for the Diocese and Ed Tessman, Executive Director for Catholic Charities, for their guidance, encouragement and support, and Ralph Monaco who I have had the pleasure of working with as coordinator of the tournament for the past four years.  To all the sponsors and golfers, a huge “thank you” for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities.  Proceeds from this event help us to continue our mission of “Providing Help and Creating Hope” to those most in need throughout Eastern Connecticut, and this year our profit was over $30,000. It was a wonderful day and the tournament was a success! 

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Middletown Office Celebrates 5th Anniversary

The Middletown Catholic Charities Office recently celebrated its 5th Anniversary located at 151 Broad Street. The office had been located in Portland since 1997 and moved to Middletown in 2012. The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote thanked those gathered for their support, effort and hard work. Bishop Cote acknowledged the commitment, dedication and service of the staff, seeing a 110% growth over the last eleven months within the Middletown Behavioral Health & Clinical Services business. Bishop Cote was joined by Msgr. Janik, Vicar General, Msgr. Brown, Chancellor, Father James Thaikoottathil, Pastor of St. John Church and St. Sebastian Church, members of the Board of Directors, Middletown Advisory Board members, Agency Staff and friends from the community. Deputy Mayor Robert Santangelo presented Ed Tessman, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, with a Proclamation from Middletown Mayor Daniel T. Drew declaring Friday, June 16, 2017; Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich Behavioral Health Clinic Day in the City of Middletown.

On Thursday, June 15, 2017 the Executive Management team from Eastern Savings Bank, presented Edward J. Tessman, Executive Director, Catholic Charities with a $1,000 grant check  in support of the agency’s Emergency Basic Needs & Case Management Program.  This money will be used to help those most in need throughout Eastern Connecticut. 
Pictured are (left to right):  Karen Chartier,  Executive Assistant Eastern Savings; Christine Jackel, Development Coordinator Catholic Charities;  Lisa Griffin, President & CEO Eastern Savings; and Ed Tessman, Executive Director Catholic Charities.  Back row:  John Mancini, EVP, Chief Credit Officer Eastern Savings.
Savings Institute Bank & Trust Caring & Giving Campaign, Helps Support Catholic Charities Programs

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich is extremely grateful for the generosity of the employees of the Savings Institute Bank & Trust.  On Thursday, May 26. 2017 through their annual  “Caring & Giving” Campaign, Barry Shead, Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager of the Savings Institute Bank & Trust, in Norwich presented Edward J. Tessman, Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich with a generous check to help those in need in the communities where the Savings Institute Bank & Trust branches are located.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich, is thankful for their partnership, community awareness and contribution.  Ed Tessman stated, “we are very pleased to have such a generous community partner that enables us to “Provide Help and Create Hope” to those most in need throughout Eastern Connecticut.”


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