STAMFORD—As several hundred students, administrators, officials and members of the Cingari family gathered, the new upper school space of the Catholic Academy of Stamford was formally dedicated Tuesday morning.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano presided over a service which included the youth choir of the Catholic Academy, scripture readings, commentary and dedication by both students and faculty alike.
Catholic Academy lower school first-grader, Harper Belle Cingari, accompanied by her father Tom Cingari, Jr., carried the school colors in a procession which kicked off a day of celebrations.
Bishop Caggiano, in acknowledging the Cingari family’s extraordinary contributions and dedication to Catholic education, said: “Everyone here, especially the students and faculty, will receive manyfold blessings for what is being recognized here today.”
Following the ceremony, everyone in attendance processed up to the upper school and walked through a long gauntlet formed by all upper school students. At the front doors, Tom Cingari, Sr., CEO of the Cingari family ShopRite and Grade A supermarket chain, spoke on behalf of the family. Patriarch Sam Cingari, who along with his late brother Rocky, endowed the new facility, with a pair of golden scissors, cut the ribbon officially dedicating the new facility.
Open houses at both the upper and lower school will be held Sunday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 9.
As both Bishop Caggiano and Head of School Pat Brady noted: “Congratulations to all the administration, students, faculty and the families and children who will enjoy these facilities for many years to come.”