FALL RIVER, Mass. — Bishop George W. Coleman, Bishop Emeritus of Fall River, was one of four individuals recognized for faithful service to the Bishop Connolly community during Bishop Connolly High School’s 2015 Pope Pius X Awards presentation held on April 11. During a special ceremony at Bishop Connolly’s Black & White Gala celebration at The Cove Restaurant in Fall River, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., presented Pope Pius X awards to Bishop Coleman and fellow recipients Nicholas M. Christ, District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III and Sharon Bogan Quinn in appreciation for the unique gifts each has given to strengthen and advance the Fall River Catholic high school’s long-standing educational mission.
“These individuals continue to support our Bishop Connolly community as humble servants of Christ,” said E. Christopher Myron, Bishop Connolly president and principal, during the ceremony’s opening remarks. “They depict well what St. Francis has said, ‘Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.’ They remind us to be not only hearers, but doers of the Word.”
Recognized for their “exemplary leadership, steadfast commitment to Catholic education, and faithful service to the Bishop Connolly community” were: Bishop George W. Coleman, who provided Spiritual leadership to the school as Bishop of the Fall River Diocese from 2003 to 2014; Nicholas M. Christ, president and CEO of BayCoast Bank, who has provided professional leadership as a long-standing member of Bishop Connolly’s Executive Committee; and Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III and his wife Sharon Bogan Quinn, vice president of Borden & Remington Corporation, who have provided leadership and support for numerous Bishop Connolly initiatives and events as past parents.
During the awards ceremony, Myron reflected upon the parallels between Pope Pius X and Bishop Connolly’s own students. Myron explained that when Pope Pius X was a young student, his teachers recognized that he was gifted intellectually and Spiritually. Eventually he was invited to enter the seminary, but his family did not have the resources to send him. It was only through the support of others that Pope Pius X was able to pursue the Catholic studies and priesthood that eventually led to his papacy. Throughout his priesthood, he never forgot his own beginnings and chose to take up the cross of the poor.
“Each of our recipients has achieved a certain status and respect for what they have achieved, but this award recognizes who they are as servants of Christ,” Myron said during the ceremony. “We thank you for being another foundation piece upon which Bishop Connolly will grow into the future.”
Bishop Connolly’s 2015 Pope Pius X Award recipients join four long-time Bishop Connolly supporters who were honored for their dedication to Catholic education when the awards were originally established in 2003: Timothy J. Cotter, president and CEO of Fall River Five Cents Savings Bank from 1984 to 1998; James J. Karam, president and founder of First Bristol Corporation; Janis Karam, Bishop Connolly benefactor; and Richard L. Lafrance, president and CEO of Lafrance Hospitality Company.
Bishop Connolly holds its gala annually in celebration of the school’s educational mission and the strong circle of community supporters who give so generously to foster its continued growth. “This special gift of a Catholic education can only happen if people work together as one and provide a foundation of support to one another,” said Myron.