Sister Cordy Korkowski
On Thursday, May 8, 16 of us traveled to Gorecki Center on the campus of St. Ben’s to attend Breakfast with the Bishop, a benefit for the Catholic Schools Scholarship Endowment. What a great expression of support. There were four tables reserved for the Franciscans and Benedictines who have taught and given service in education throughout the diocese. Recognition was given to the sisters for their deep commitment to education for many years. About 350 people were in attendance.
Donna Dohmen, chair of the Board of Directors for the Foundation, jokingly quipped that Bishop Kettler draws a crowd. This will perhaps be the first of many such events for the Foundation.
Sister Michaela Hedican and Sister Bea Eichten, leaders of the local Congregations, shared a letter representing the support of the Scholarship Endowment. In addition, the letter was co-signed by the Notre Dame Sisters who also were educators in the diocese for a time.
In 2013, the Catholic Foundation gave its first grants from this fund—45 scholarships of $300 each, distributed among 17 Catholic grade schools. They are working to achieve or surpass the goal of $1 million.
Molly Weyrens, chair of the Scholarship Committee, jokingly stated that this was the “most successful Pancake Breakfast in the diocese.” No pancakes were served, however, but other delicious cuisine.