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The Celebration of Family Champions - 2017

The Celebration of Family Champions has become an opportunity for the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA) 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, CCFSA first recognizes that it is a person's individual talent, skill and dedication that changes lives forever. Kathy Capon (volunteer) and Christine Jackel, Diocese of Norwich Development Coordinator, 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.



Norwich Diocesean Council of Catholic Women Support Catholic Charities

MIDDLETOWN – Judith K. Pappagallo, President of the Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, and members of the Council (pictured) gathered at St. Mary Church in Portland for a luncheon and to present the staff of Catholic Charities with items collected throughout the Diocese for their Layette Program.

Every year, through the Council’s Layette Program, the women of the council actively collect baby clothes, diapers, baby wipes, blankets, and formula.  These items are presented to Catholic Charities at a luncheon.  Edward J. Tessman, Executive Director of Catholic Charities was joined by two staff members: Anissa Mrowka, Pregnancy Educator and Miriam Rodriguez, Willimantic Site Supervisor.

Ed was humbled by what the members of the Council had collected through their parishes, which had been stacked and covered six, eight foot tables.  Ed commented that this was his second layette and that the Council exceeded expectations.  Of the many items collected, the women of St. Andrew in Colchester donated 22 handmade quilts.  Anissa Mrowka commented that the young mothers adore the quilts and that they are such a favorite with her clients.  Ed stated that, “These gifts are life changing for some and provide so many with a new sense of being and belonging to a community.  A community of unselfish people who truly care about others.  It is through the continued support of the Council and their many efforts that Catholic Charities is able to continue to Provide Help and Create Hope for those in need."

The Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women have been supporting women in need since 1921.


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