On Wednesday, October 23rd, at a morning Mass followed by a breakfast reception at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton, Cardinal Séan O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston inducted the fourth class of Peter Lynch (PL) Scholars. Mattea delPeschio, Amanda Forziati and Isabella Marashi from St. John School, North End were three of approximately 159 students from across the Greater Boston area that was selected for this program. For the 2013-2014 school year, the Catholic Schools Foundation distributed over $250,000 to 159 PL Scholars in 60 schools. “We are extremely proud of Mattea, Amanda and Isabella for being selected in this program,” stated Principal, Karen McLaughlin.
Cardinal O’Malley was accompanied by the Most Reverend Robert P. Deely, Vicar General, Michael B. Reardon, Executive Director of the Catholic Schools Foundation, and Mary Moran, Interim Superintendent for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Mike Reardon remarked, “Cardinal Séan reminded us of the importance of using our God-given talents and working hard. Peter Lynch did just that and now the Peter Lynch Scholars are a legacy he will leave.”
Mr. Lynch, known for his successful career as a money manager at Fidelity Investments, is a longtime supporter of Boston’s Catholic Schools and serves as chairman emeritus for the Catholic Schools Foundation. In his honor, The Peter Lynch (PL) Scholars Program was established in 2010 to honor Mr. Lynch’s involvement with the Catholic Schools Foundation/Inner-City Scholarship Fund. Each Catholic elementary school selects their PL Scholars based upon, among other criteria, his or her grades, work ethic, and demonstrated care and concern for others in the school community and beyond.