Catholic Foundation News

The Catholic Foundation has been in the news! Check out what we have been up to and how we are positively impacting our Catholic community.


The Good Word - Summer 2021 - Growing Stronger Every Day

The summer edition of The Good Word showcases a number of successes making The Catholic Foundation grow stronger every day.

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Institute for Homiletics in Catholic Church Established on UD Campus; Karla Bellinger Named Founding Executive Director

Karla J. Bellinger, M.A., DMIN, has been named founding Executive Director of the Institute for Homiletics at the University of Dallas with the goal of improving preaching in the Catholic Church. The Institute is a collaboration of The Catholic Foundation and the University of Dallas.

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Mission Possible: How to Achieve Nonprofit Victories Panel Invite

Our next Catholic Community Network panel on Wednesday, Sept. 8 (9 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom) brings together three outstanding North Texas nonprofit leaders.

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Sept. 11 End-Of-Life Seminar Offers Catholic Perspective

All are invited to attend “The Conversation, a live and socially distanced seminar that provides a Catholic perspective on End-of-Life Issues” on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Ennis.

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What a Year! 2020 Annual Report Shines Spotlight On Growth

Building upon an outstanding 2019, the momentum of The Catholic Foundation and our generous donors produced another exceptional year in 2020 despite the pandemic that dominated much of society. We invite you to read our 2020 annual report to learn more about the impact of The Catholic Foundation, last year’s achievements and how you can be involved in our growth initiatives that serve the greater Dallas area Catholic community.

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Submissions Open For 16th Annual Art On The Plaza Competition

It’s not every day your artistic masterpiece adorns a 28 x 9 foot public wall in the middle of the arts district of America’s 9th largest city. But that high profile honor, plus $2,500, awaits one talented Texas artist who wins this year’s 16th annual Catholic Foundation Art on the Plaza competition. Honorable mention winners will receive $250.


The Catholic Foundation Welcomes Four New Trustees To Board

Aileen Pratt Begins Two-year Term as Board Chair

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Lydia and Dan Novakov Named 2022 Catholic Foundation Award Honoree

Lydia and Dan Novakov, long-time Dallas philanthropists with a passion for giving people a chance in life while dedicating their time, talent and treasure to serving others in areas including healthcare, Catholic education, children’s charities, the Catholic community as a whole including preservation of the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe downtown, have been named the 39th Catholic Foundation Award honorees.

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Change the World Like Our March 3 Guest Panelists

Our next free, quarterly Catholic Community Network on Wednesday, March, 3, features three highly talented professionals. With very different backgrounds, each are change agents who make our community and society as a whole better.


The Catholic Foundation Welcomes Four New Trustees To Board / Aileen Pratt Begins Two-year Term as Board Chair

Fernando Blanco, Dr. Mauricio Delgado, John Dziminski and Jeff Schiefelbein have been elected to The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees and Aileen Pratt has been elected board chair, succeeding G. Marc Lyons who served as board chair the past two years. Pratt will serve a two-year term and the new trustees will serve a three-year term through 2023.

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Alan Armenta Named 2021 Hal Tehan Scholar Award Recipient

For the past 24 years, The Catholic Foundation has conducted a scholarship competition among our Catholic high schools’ junior students. The award is named in honor of Hal Tehan, a man who played an integral role in the history of The Catholic Foundation as executive director and development director for many years.

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Rising to Meet the Needs of the Faithful

The following guest column by Matt Kramer, President and CEO of The Catholic Foundation, appeared in the Jan. 8 (Volume 70, number 11) of The Texas Catholic. Thanks to a spirit of compassion, community and connectedness, The Catholic Foundation made a significant impact on our Catholic community in 2020 despite the pandemic. With gratitude to donors and our Board of Trustees, we remained focused on our mission to provide funds to meet the needs of our Catholic community...

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Avoid Crisis By Making End-Of-Life Decisions Through Advance Planning

Kick off 2021 strong by attending any or all four free online webinars we’re hosting in February that cover End-of-Life issues from a Catholic perspective. The online webinar series, “THE CONVERSATION: A Catholic Perspective on End-of-Life Issues” begins on Monday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. The three other webinars take place on Thursday, Feb. 4, Monday, Feb. 8 and Thursday, Feb. 11.


Celebrate During The Televised Christmas Day Mass

Celebrate our dear Savior's birth this Christmas with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas televised Mass in Spanish & English that we're grateful to sponsor on Univision & KDFI-TV in the Dallas and Fort Worth market, but livestreamed globally on the Diocesan social channels.

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Televised Mass Sponsorship Continuing into 2021 / Enjoy This Virtual Christmas Eve Concert

We realize not all are able to attend Mass in person at your church, and so we're pleased to serve as the continuing financial and presenting sponsor of each Sunday's televised Mass with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas in Spanish and English. We're able to serve in this capacity thanks to the generosity of our donors past and present. This sponsorship will continue throughout all of 2021.

News Media Contacts

Bill Kula, APR, Director of Marketing and Communications, via email or 972-331-1636 (o), 214-789-1644 (mobile)

Lauren Dugger, Sunwest Communications, via email, or 214-373-1601, x272 

Emily Wingate, Sunwest Communications, via email, or 214-373-1601, x269


Registration Will Open For Our 15th Annual Advisors Series In Summer 2021

We invite you to attend the 15th annual Advisors Series for Estate and Wealth Management Professionals. Details will be provided closer to the event.