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Catholic education is near and dear to my heart.  One of my goals as Bishop of Yakima is to help provide a Catholic education for every child who wants one regardless of family or parish resources.  This is why I so strongly support the Central Washington Catholic Foundation, whose mission is to provide enduring support for Catholic education in Central Washington. 

Their annual Celebration of Faith event raises funds to provide grants to parish religious education programs, tuition assistance for students in our Catholic schools, and scholarships for students attending Catholic colleges or universities. The 2014 Celebration of Faith proceeds provided $45,000 in grants to 17 parish religious education programs, over $130,000 for tuition assistance for over 100 children, and three $1500 scholarships to Catholic colleges.

The 2015 Celebration of Faith will be held at the Yakima Convention Center on October 10, 2015.  Fr. Stephen Rowan, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Martin’s University, will be the keynote speaker.  The Foundation has indicated that the program will be shorter this year in order to accommodate the long day with the Church Mission Congress.  They have also posted the list of 2015 Champions of Catholic Education.

Category Award Name Parish/School City
Benefactor St. Thomas Aquinas Award Don Baker Christ the King School Richland
Benefactor St. Thomas Aquinas Award Gary & Barbara Morford La Salle High School Yakima
Educator St. John Baptist de la Salle Award Steve Pontarolo St. Rose of Lima School Quincy
Educator St. John Baptist de la Salle Award Dianne Breeden St. Joseph School Wenatchee
RE educator St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Award Kathy Sharman Blessed Sacrament Parish Grandview
RE educators St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Award Mark & Debbie Roy Holy Rosary Parish Moxee

I strongly encourage every parish and Catholic school to buy and fill at least one table with generous donors to celebrate and help provide grants, tuition assistance and scholarships for 2016.  Please see the attachments for a bulletin insert and a short bulletin notice.  Please place the insert in your bulletin next week and run the bulletin notice weekly throughout September.

Bulletin Annoucement

It’s time to reserve your spot at the 2015 Celebration of Faith on October 10, 2015 at the Yakima Convention Center.  The evening starts with a hosted reception at 5:30, followed by a wonderful dinner and program ending at 8:30.  Fr. Stephen Rowan of St. Martin’s University will be the keynote speaker and Kelly Mattson of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Selah is the Emcee.  Register online at or by calling the Central Washington Catholic Foundation at 509-972-3732.

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