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Help us give children a hand up and a way out of poverty through the gift of a Catholic education


Diocese has been given a generous opportunity
from the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation





The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation has offered up to $2 million to the Diocese of Rochester to fund scholarships to children of low-income Rochester families if the Diocese can raise $500,000 by the end of this school year (June 30). All funds raised will be used to provide scholarships based on need in the Monroe County Catholic Schools system.


In a letter read in all Monroe County parishes, Bishop Matthew Clark asked those who can to please contribute to this worthy cause.


"I need not tell you of the obstacles children of low-income families face," he wrote, "from dire poverty in their homes to daily violence on their streets. Parents of these children tell us that they truly believe the faith-based education they are receiving in our safe and nurturing Catholic schools is a strong deterrent to the enticement of youth gangs, violence and drugs. Our own experience is that these children perform exceedingly well with the vast majority going on to college. This is a remarkable success story that we must celebrate and continue."


Full Text of Bishop's Letter