Bishop Emeritus Loverde to be honored

Bishop Emeritus Paul S. Loverde will be recognized at the Enders Island Medal of Honor awards gala Oct. 13 in Mystic, Conn.

The event honors members of the community who are dedicated to lives of service and virtue. In addition to Bishop Loverde, this year’s honorees include Lt. Col. Allen B. West, USA, Ret.; Joe Piscopo, comedian, actor and Father of the Year; Corinne Kelly, teacher, mentor, volunteer leader; and Michael B. McQuade, business and community leader.

“It is important for us to recognize those who do so much for others, and I am proud to award this group for their service to the community,” said Edmundite Father Thomas F.X. Hoar, president of St. Edmund’s Retreat at Enders Island.

Bishop Loverde, who served as bishop of Arlington from 1999 to 2016, was born in Framingham, Mass. He was ordained a priest in 1965 and began serving in the Diocese of Norwich, Conn., in 1966. In Arlington, the bishop ordained 38 men to the priesthood in his first 10 years, reinstated the permanent diaconate program and supported religious orders coming into the diocese.

The funds raised at the Medal of Honor gala directly benefit the recovery program at Enders Island, where young men ages 18-30 learn to live a life in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.

St. Edmund’s Retreat at Enders Island focuses on recovery, spiritual well-being and educational programming. The 11-acre island was once the private estate of Dr. Thomas Enders and his wife, Alys, and was given to the Society of St. Edmund in January 1954. Today, Enders Island features the early 20th-century mansion, as well as a chapel and gardens.

Find out more

Go to endersisland.com/medal or call 860/536-0565.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017