HARTFORD, Conn. (September 19, 2017) The Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that CEO of Avangrid, Inc. James P. Torgerson and his wife, MaryAnn, will serve as chairs of its second annual gala. The gala will be held on Saturday, November 18th as a luncheon at the Aria in Prospect, CT at noon.
This year’s gala will benefit Catholic education and faith formation across the entire spectrum of life in all the parishes and schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford. As it makes plans to “reignite our Catholic faith,” the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis (OEEC) will enhance its programs including professional development for clergy, parish leaders, catechists and educators. It will also allow the OEEC to explore creative approaches to form and sustain “missionary disciples” among the clergy and faithful, as encouraged by Pope Francis.
The Archdiocese of Hartford created the foundation in 2016 to strengthen the local church’s ties to business, government and community leaders in a common effort to improve the lives of people who live in Hartford, New Haven and Litchfield counties. The Archdiocese is presently comprised of 127 parishes, numerous outreach ministries and activities, and 40 elementary Catholic schools and four archdiocesan Catholic high schools.
The Hartford Bishops’ Foundation has a board of 48 members to date, including General Chair Jim C. Smith, chairman and CEO of Webster Financial Corporation and Webster Bank.