Trinity Catholic Academy
Legacy Gala and Auction
Celebrating the Legacy of Catholic Education in Brockton
April 29, 2010
The Shaw's Center in Brockton was the setting for Trinity Catholic Academy's first annual Legacy Gala. Manthala George, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Trinity Catholic Academy presented the Trinity Catholic Academy Legacy Medal to four honorees; Father James Flavin, Sr. Marguerite Normand, S.A.S.V., Mrs. Theresa Amato Ballard, and Mr. Anthony M. Luizzi. The honor was given for their efforts, dedication and commitment in helping create a school that provides students with the spirit and teachings of the Catholic faith while offering a challenging academic curriculum that is enriched with fine arts, technology and athletics while maintaining the highest standards of excellence for all students.
The Trinity Catholic Academy Saxophone Ensemble, under the direction of Angelo Morlani, entertained the over 300 guests during the cocktail hour. Dinner sponsors for the evening were Shields Health Care Group, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Stonehill College, Dr. Mary Lou Jackson and Family and the Alfred Campanelli Charitable Foundation.
Fr. James Flavin was ordained in 1987, holds a Masters of Divinity from St. John's Seminary, an M.A. in Counseling from Boston College, and is currently a licensed psychotherapist. Fr. Jim was formerly the Parochial Vicar at St. William Parish in Dorchester, Parochial Vicar at St. Colman Parish in Brockton and Parochial Vicar and Pastor of St. Edward Parish (St. Edith Stein Parish) in Brockton. He is now Director of Pastoral Care for Priests and Facilitator of Clergy Funds. He is responsible for providing support for the health and well-being of the priests throughout the Archdiocese, and facilitating the Clergy Funds. During Father Flavin's time at St. Edward's Parish he was responsible for the operation and financial support of St. Edward Elementary School. The three Catholic Schools in Brockton, St. Edward's, Sacred Heart and St. Casimir, were struggling financially, had decreased enrollment and in need of many repairs. Father Flavin supported the creation of a regional school model because it would ensure Catholic Education in the City of Brockton would not only continue but strengthen it as well.
During his stay in Brockton, Father Flavin was an integral part of the community. He was the Chaplain for the Brockton Police and Fire departments and was much loved by his parishioners.
Anthony M. Luizzi started his teaching career as a high school English and history teacher in Avon, Massachusetts. A graduate of Stonehill College and Bridgewater State College, Mr. Luizzi became a principal in
the Brockton Public School system in 1971 at the Winthrop School and then was assigned to the Kennedy School. With Mr. Luizzi as principal each school achieved top academic gains.
In 1983, Mr. Luizzi became the Director of Personnel for the Brockton Public Schools and in 1997 was appointed Deputy Superintendent of Brockton Public Schools until his retirement in 2006.
Retirement did not last long as Mr. Luizzi was asked by Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Manthala George, Jr., to help create Trinity Catholic Academy. Excited by this challenge and knowing what it would take to create a school with a challenging academic curriculum, strong faith formation, safe environment and a quality well-rounded education, Mr. Luizzi began his new career.
With top academic achievement, an award winning music program, a champion basketball team and many other accolades, Anthony Luizzi has been instrumental in ensuring Trinity Catholic Academy is not only the model for other Catholic Schools but a school like no other
Sister Marguerite Normand, S.A.S.V. was born and raised up in Salem, Massachusetts. She attended Saint Joseph Elementary School and High School both staffed by the Sisters of the Assumption.
Sister entered the Sisters of the Assumption after high school. Sister Marguerite has been a religious for fifty-six years during which time she taught both elementary grades, high school classes and was a principal for thirty years. Her last assignment was at Sacred Heart School in Brockton. Sister loved all her assignments; however, Brockton was by far the best.
"I am and have been very happy in religious life. I consider myself very fortunate to have responded to God's call to become a vowed religious. If I were given the opportunity to live my life over again, I definitely would follow the same path."
She considers all her years at Sacred Heart a grace and a special blessing. The teachers, the parents, the students, the clergy and all the people she met and has known along the way were just wonderful. The children's choir which she had the privilege of directing is something she will never forget.
"Every day I thank God for giving me the opportunity to reveal His love through education especially in Brockton at Sacred Heart School."
Theresa Amato Ballard, M.Ed was born in Boston and raised in
Medford, Massachusetts. She attended Matignon Catholic High School in Cambridge, MA, received her B S in Education from Boston State College and her M.Ed. from Boston College.
Theresa taught in the Medford Public Schools, Whitman Public Schools, and Sacred Heart School in Brocton and is currently a Junior High teacher at Trinity Catholic Academy.
Theresa enjoys spending time with her family, her husband John, also a teacher at Trinity Catholic Academy, her children Michelle and John and her grandchildren, Jessica, John and Joseph.
In addition to teaching, Ms. Ballard was Assistant
Principal at Sacred Heart School and worked closely with Sister Marguerite.
Theresa Ballard's professionalism and commitment to Catholic education helps ensure that each student at Trinity Catholic Academy is given the tools to challenge themselves academically, understand their faith and give back to the community.