Sr. Sheila Tapped to Assist Archdiocese and Local Organization
President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71 has recently been asked to share her perspective and expertise. She was appointed by Archbishop of Hartford Leonard P. Blair to co-chair an ad hoc committee studying the future direction and growth of Catholic elementary school education in New Haven. Sister will serve with the president of Albertus Magnus College, Dr. Marc Camille, who will co-chair the committee.
The committee’s goal is to research current demographic, financial, and educational data and recommend a plan that encourages the continued growth and improvement of Catholic educational opportunities in the Elm City. The committee’s report will be presented to the Archbishop and to Provost Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’75 before December 31, 2019. Archbishop Blair and Sr. Mary Grace emphasized the desire to use this study to increase and improve opportunities for families in New Haven, which has a rich history of educating children in Catholic schools.
Sr. Sheila was also named to the board of directors of St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Greater Waterbury. Founded in 1978, this non-profit organization provides a network of services to support adults and families in the Greater Waterbury area who are experiencing poverty, homelessness, hunger, and mental health challenges. The goal is for clients to achieve their highest potential in the areas of wellness, recovery, and independence. This ministry offers services from facilities based in Waterbury including a thrift store, soup kitchen/food pantry, shelter, mental health residential living, and affordable housing program.