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Pictured (l to r) are Laura Malone, Catholic Charities Executive Assistant; Mr and Mrs Cromie; Ivelisse Gonzalez, Catholic Charities Case Worker.

With the help of The New London Day and their Community Spotlight Segment, Catholic Charities was asked to identify a family in need that the local community could assist this Christmas Holiday.  Catholic Charities shared a story of a veteran of the U.S. Navy, currently residing in Groton with his family who had been discharged for health reason and is currently unemployed.  He and his wife are the proud parents of a 6 year old boy and another baby on the way.

The response from the community was overwhelming and will certainly give this family the Christmas miracle that they have been praying for.  Not only will the gifts help them get through Christmas but also enable them to start the New Year off fresh.

The family was overcome with emotion when they saw the gifts that had been collected for them and their family.  The family wanted to share the following with our community:

            Christmas time can be a very stressful time of the year for anyone.  This year was very different for our family due to some financial obstacles, unemployment, illness and finding out we were expecting another member to our family.  We had never needed assistance, but this year we could not have had a Christmas without seeking out help from Catholic Charities.  I could not be more grateful for the support this program provided for my family.  Everyone involved was welcoming and made us feel like we were worth it!  My six year old boy will wake up on Christmas morning with a smile on his face because of everything Catholic Charities has done for us.  I hope to be able to help others who face struggles during the holidays in the future.

Thank you all, Merry Christmas!

Love, the Cromies



Catholic Charities Newsletter

Making A Difference

Volume 1, Issue 1


The Celebration of Family Champions - 2016

Diane Manning, Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies Board Chair; Edward J. Tessman, Catholic Charities Executive Director; Carole Gilbert, 2016 Catholic Charities Family Champion Staff Member; Angela Arnold, 2016 Catholic Charities Family Champion Board Member; Joette Katz, State of Connecticut Commissioner Department of Children and Families; Alyssa Goduti, President & CEO Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies

The Celebration of Family Champions has become an opportunity for The Council to recognize two individuals from each member agency who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to strengthen and support families in Connecticut.

To celebrate these family champions The Council first recognizes that it is a person's individual talent, skill and dedication that changes lives forever. Angela Arnold and Carole Gilbert achieved this honor in their own personal way, by demonstrating the best of what their agency has to offer, consistently giving more, reaching further, and taking bold steps to strengthen and improve the lives of families throughout our state.



Catholic Charities USA

Pictured are Edward J. Tessman, Executive Director and Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, CEO and President of Catholic Charities USA

At a recent meeting in Alexandria, Virginia, Ed had the opportunity to spend time with Sister Donna Markham and talk about the organization’s strategic priorities, vision and identity. The Diocesan Directors Leadership Institute Program, sponsored by Catholic Charities USA, gives new Diocesan Directors an opportunity to meet with their peers from across the country as well as meet with staff from Catholic Charities USA.

For more information please contact: Mr. Edward J. Tessman: 860-889-8346,

Catholic Charities Diocese of Norwich Inc. is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization registered in Connecticut.


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