At long last, the Women’s Philanthropic Giving Circle held their inaugural Kickoff Mass and luncheon at St. James Cathedral on February 10th. This has been a labor of love and passion project of Catholic Foundation board member Lori Tolland, who serves as the founding Chairwoman. The group was initially due to kick off in the Fall of 2022, but Hurricane Ian and other factors forced a delay.

Women's Giving Circle

Hosted by The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, the founding members and guests attended Mass celebrated by Bishop John Noonan at the Cathedral, followed by a delicious luncheon in the Social Hall. Bishop Noonan spoke at length about the many needs in our community and how they are being addressed by ministries of the diocese:

• Homelessness/Affordable Housing
• Hunger/Food Insecurity
• Children’s Education/Faith Formation
• Culture of Life
• Medical and Behavioral Healthcare
• Clergy Care

Each founding member of the Women’s Philanthropic Giving Circle was recognized and presented with a rosary, certificate, and a yellow rose (symbolizing wisdom, friendship, empathy, and the presence of angels). This diverse group of women from across the diocese will altruistically serve with purpose, impact, connection and joy strengthening our community through values-based strategic, engaged and collective philanthropy. Taking inspiration from Mary, mother of our Savior, they proclaim “Yes” to God’s call to active works of charity as witnesses of faith and hope. If you would like information about joining this remarkable fellowship of Catholic philanthropists, please click here.

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