Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will host his first Archbishop’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast in the Archdiocese of Hartford on Monday, March 17 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
The breakfast, which is sponsored by the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools (FACS), is an annual tradition featuring great food, Irish-themed entertainment and inspirational speakers.
This year’s guest speaker is Police Commissioner William B. Evans. Evans is a 33-year-veteran of the Boston Police Department, who played a major role in bringing peace and calm to the city after the Boston Marathon tragedy. He attributes his success in life to his faith, and a Catholic School education. Evans lost both parents to separate illnesses at a young age, and also had to deal with the death of a brother killed in a hit-and-run accident. Had it not been for his parish priest who helped him obtain a scholarship to a Catholic school, Evans says his life would have taken a very bad turn. It was the values he learned in Catholic school that helped him overcome adversity, and become a responsible and conscientious person.
Evans will join Archbishop Blair, who was installed as the fifth Archbishop of Hartford in December, to talk about the benefits of a Catholic school education.
“Catholic schools promote the common good by preparing students to become responsible and contributing members of society,” said Archbishop Blair. “They foster good citizenship not by knowledge alone, but also by a spiritual and moral foundation of love for God and neighbor.”
In the Archdiocese of Hartford, Catholic students in grades three through seven consistently score well above the national average in reading, math, language arts, social studies, and science; and students who attend Catholic high school enjoy a 100 percent graduation rate. Of these graduates, 97 percent of them pursue a college education.
“The schools in the Archdiocese are pillars of excellence, and they are worthy of our best efforts to support them. I am very happy to know that the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast is part of that effort,” the Archbishop added.
Proceeds from the breakfast will go toward funding for scholarships for Catholic school students in the Archdiocese.
Tickets to the breakfast are $100.00 per person, or $1000.00 for a benefactor table. Call 860-761-7499 or visit FACSHartford.org to make your reservation.