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Catholic Foundation Announced Largest Grant in its History to Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving


Irving, Texas. February 13, 2018

The Catholic Foundation, together with its Board of Trustees, presented a $1.1 million grant to Holy Trinity Seminary in honor of Kevin Cardinal Farrell during the 36th Annual Catholic Foundation Award Dinner at the Hilton Anatole on Saturday, Feb. 3. The grant, planned as a surprise for Cardinal Farrell and the nearly 1,600 guests in attendance, will benefit construction of the Cardinal Farrell Student Center at the Seminary and is the largest single grant in Catholic Foundation history. 

“Gratitude seems almost an inadequate word, but I do want to say how very grateful I am to The Catholic Foundation and of course to the Trustees for this truly extraordinary gift to Holy Trinity Seminary,” said Very Reverend James Swift, Rector of Holy Trinity Seminary. “It’s so fitting on this evening honoring Cardinal Farrell, who from the very first day to the very last day of his being the Bishop of Dallas made Holy Trinity Seminary a top priority for this Diocese.”

Currently serving as Prefect of the newly established Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life at the Vatican, Cardinal Farrell traveled to Dallas to receive the 36th Annual Catholic Foundation Award, an annual tradition established in 1983 to honor exemplary Catholic leaders in the community for their distinguished service and support in furthering local religious, charitable and educational needs throughout the Diocese.

“There aren’t enough words to encompass the impact Cardinal Farrell has made on this Diocese,” said Matt Kramer, President and CEO of The Catholic Foundation. “We are grateful he returned to Dallas for this special celebration, but we wanted to go a step further to show him how tremendous his legacy is here in Dallas. We couldn’t think of a better way than giving in his honor to the Cardinal Farrell Student Center, which will serve decades of young men on their journey to priesthood.”

In addition to the grant to Holy Trinity Seminary, the Foundation also presented a scholarship to Jonathan Seth De La Cruz, a junior at Cistercian Preparatory School.

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