St. Mary’s Students are “Guardian Angels”

BETHEL—St Mary’s Bethel students Francesca Friscia and Tyler Burns were recently presented Catholic Charities “Guardian Angel” awards for their work on behalf of the hungry and homeless in the Danbury area.

The hard working duo raised funds for the “Take a Walk in Their Shoes” Walkathon for the past 4 years.

Michele Conderino, Director of Homeless Services for Catholic Charities of Northern Fairfield County, made the presentation during an assembly at the school.

The students also received praise of Principal Greg Viceroy and Assistant Principal Kate McDonald.

Mr. Viceroy said both in the classroom and through community activities St. Mary’s works “ to nurture and form each child spiritually, academically and socially in the likeness of Jesus. With Christ as our model, we seek to inspire our students to realize their full potential as Christian leaders in an ever-changing world.”

Francesca Friscia, Assistant Principal Kate McDonald, Tyler Burns

Conderino told the students that the average homeless person walks 3-5 miles a day and she thanked the students for “ walking in their shoes.”

This year’s Breakfast Program walkathon was held on June 2, at Meckauer Park located at 16 Shelter Rock Road in Bethel.

The Catholic Charities Morning Glory Breakfast Program serves a hot and healthy meal to the hungry and homeless of the Danbury area. It has served over 300,000 meals since opening in October of 2007.

Operating out of 15 Spring Street in Danbury and located near the city’s homeless shelters, the program serves a hot breakfast and provides a safe and warm environment to the neediest in the area, Conderino said.

For information on Morning Glory contact Michele Conderino, MSW, Director of Homeless Services
203.733.3185. Online:
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For enrollment information on St. Mary School, 24 Dodgintown Road, Bethel, call: 203.744.2922

Featured Photo: (Left to Right) Francesca Friscia, Rose Schlemmer, Teacher; Kate McDonald, Assistant Principal, Michele Conderino, Tyler Burns, and Greg Viceroy, Principal.