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Vita et Caritas Award - Provides $2,500 Grant

Bishop Peter A. Libasci, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester, will present the Vita et Caritas Award (For Life and Love Award). The Award will be presented to a non-profit organization’s volunteer who makes significant contributions to the organization. The award recipient will be honored at the Bishop’s Summer Reception on September 9, 2021, and the non-profit agency will receive a grant of $2,500.

This annual award is given in honor of the memory of Ruthie Ford, whose life reflected Catholic ideals and tireless dedication to service in the cause of helping women, children and families. Guided by the principle that life was a gift from God, she used her beliefs to create social action.

In 2020, we presented the sixth Vita et Caritas Award to Peter Eldredge. Mr. Eldredge is a Member of the Family Advisory Council for Community Partners, in Dover, and has been a fierce and tireless advocate for people with disabilities and their families since the 1980s. He has been part of the Family Advisory Council assuring the voices of the disabled are heard, particularly as programs are developed, to address unmet needs. He has stood steadfast when services were developed and services were cut never being afraid to speak for those whose voice is often ignored.

2019, we presented the fifth Vita et Caritas Award to Deacon Frank J. Ottaviano. Deacon Ottaviano is an Assistant Chaplain at Catholic Medical Center (CMC) in Manchester and assists the CMC chaplains in providing for spiritual and pastoral care of CMC’s patients, with a focus on those presently struggling with addiction as well as those in recovery. On any given day, Deacon will visit 10-25 patients battling addiction, and he reminds each and every person he meets with that God’s mercy is freely given, allowing them to recognize that God loves them and that recovery is possible.

Full information and an application form are available at www.catholicnh.org/vca.

Applications must be received by Friday, June 4, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie English at the Diocese of Manchester, 603-663-0166 or menglish@rcbm.org.

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