An evening of awareness, remembrance, and gratitude
March 30, 2017
Thursday evening at 5:30pm
The Grand Oak Villa
Please join your friends and neighbors on the evening of March 30th as we recall and renew once again our partnership in service to the poor of our region. We will gather at the Grand Oak Villa for an evening of fine dining and friendship. The evening program will feature the presentation of the Father Cascia Service Award. The individual donation is $50.
Sponsorships are available beginning at $150.
Click here to download and print our Sponsorship Selection Form.
For information and reservations…
Please call Edwin or Lorein at 203-754- 0000 or
Emma Barone (203-758- 5911) or George Pettinico (860-274- 9310)
Click here for directions to the Grand Oak Villa
550 Sylvan Lake Road, Oakville, Connecticut
Father Cascia Service Award
The banquet program will feature the presentation of the Father Cascia Service Award to Fr. Joseph Donnelly, Stella LoGiudice, Fr. Mark Suslenko, and St. Anthony Church, Prospect. The 2017 honorees have, in their own way, exemplified the spirit of service and the dedication of Father Philip Cascia who founded the Mission in 1978 and served as its chief officer, counselor, and guide throughout the early years of operation.
Fr. Joseph Donnelly
Fr. Joe has served St. Vincent DePaul Mission as chairman for ten years. He has overseen the development and expansion of the board of directors and an overall strengthening of the organization. His personal example and inspirational leadership foster similar qualities among staff and volunteers, ensuring the Mission’s long standing record of wide-ranging service to the poor. As a highly regarded priest and native of the greater Waterbury area, Fr. Joe has attracted many people in support of the services of St. Vincent DePaul Mission. Fr. Joe is the pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Southbury. Under his leadership, the parish received the Fr. Cascia Service Award in 2015 for the generous service offered by parishioners to the Mission.
Stella is the “unofficial corporate photographer” for St. Vincent DePaul Mission. She is present at our major events, camera in hand, working hard to give us an array of great photos which are used for newspaper articles, brochures, and slide shows. Thanks to Stella, we have a full, visual historical record of our events dating back to our Walk event of 2009.
Fr. Mark Suslenko
During his time as pastor of St. Anthony Church, Fr. Mark’s personal initiative, witness and guidance was the leading factor in the parish’s support of St. Vincent
DePaul Mission in the most recent years. In addition, he worked regularly in the Shelter as a volunteer, offering not only his time but also his presence as a priest in ministry. It is appropriate that he be recognized with the Fr. Cascia Service Award along with St. Anthony Church. Fr. Suslenko is currently the spiritual leader of the linked communities of St. Paul Parish, Glastonbury and St. Augustine Parish, South Glastonbury.
St. Anthony Church, Prospect
St. Anthony Church is the institution which “gave birth” to the St. Vincent DePaul Mission almost 40 years ago in 1978. The Mission began as a Thrift Store in central Waterbury, operated by volunteers primarily from this church, under the guidance of Fr. Philip Cascia, curate and later pastor of St. Anthony Church. The parish has been a generous sponsor of our events over the years. Parishioners volunteer regularly at our facilities in downtown Waterbury, in particular at the Shelter. Knights from Father James F. O’Dea Council 13459 Knights of Columbus, based at St. Anthony Church, have also been generous in support of the Mission.