Holy Cross Ministries

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Please direct all media inquiries to Holy Cross Ministries' Communications Specialist, Lauren Fields (email: lfields@hcmutah.org phone: 801-261-3440 ext 246)

In the Press

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Events in Summit County this week: A Spanish-language suicide prevention workshop

"Lizeette Zurita, who also works as the Parents as Teachers coordinator with Holy Cross Ministries, said the issue is especially important in the Latino community as the stigma around mental health care is particularly strong."
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Autumn Harvest Benefit

"The sixth annual Autumn Harvest Benefit for Holy Cross Ministries drew more than 150 people to the High West Distillery in Wanship on Sept. 21."
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Developers Fund Early Childhood Initiative

"The developer of the APEX project at Canyons Village, which is nearing completion, and the 152-unit Pendry Residences, which plans to break ground later this month, has stepped up to help fund the Early Childhood Initiative."
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Sr. Kathleen Moroney Legal Service Awards Presented

"At the May 30 Sister Kathleen Moroney Legal Service Award Luncheon several groups and individuals were recognized by Holy Cross Ministries."
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New program helps legal residents become citizens

“Partners in the initiative include Catholic Community Services, Holy Cross Ministries, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake Community College, Utah state library, Office for New Americans, Salt Lake County Library, International Rescue Committee, English Skills Learning Center, Communities United, United Way of Salt Lake, Asian Association of Utah and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.”
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Arts-Kids and Holy Cross Ministries creatively reach out to Park City’s Latino community

"Arts-Kids and Holy Cross Ministries are forging a partnership with the aim of teaching life skills through creativity to children in the local Latino community."
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Study's results to improve Holy Cross Ministries pre-school program

“It’s a very strong program currently, but we’re finding that this study is going to allow us to improve it and make it even better.”
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Holy Cross Ministries executive director retires

“As the first laywoman to lead Holy Cross Ministries, Maria always reflected an appreciation for the tradition of the Holy Cross Sisters in Utah, had a personal commitment to the mission and an astute understanding of the needs of this local community...
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Guest editorial: DACA recipient says Dreamers are starting to lose faith in a solution

I can't even explain how good it felt the day I received my DACA authorization six years ago. For the first time in my life, I felt like I belonged to this society and was free to give back to my country.
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People on the Move

Holy Cross Ministries of Utah is proud to announce that John Kirsling, Holy Cross Ministries’ Director of Finance has been appointed as the Interim CEO at Holy Cross Ministries.
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Park City after-school program brings gifts to children

The holidays are a time for giving, and the Park City School District and Holy Cross Ministries are joining in on the festive season...
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HCM offers educational, health care and justice programs to those in need

When they sold Holy Cross Hospital in 1994, “the sisters of the Holy Cross didn’t skip a beat. They were totally committed to the state of Utah as they have been since 1875,” said Maria Farrington, president and executive director of Holy Cross Ministries
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Fear, hope, struggles and faith: Mixed reaction from Utah's Catholic immigrants to new federal policy

“Every day I wake up praying, and go to bed praying even harder, so I can stay with my kids here” ...
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Golden Jubilee for Sr. Mary Ann Pajakowski

“Time flies when you’re having fun!” said Sr. Mary Ann as she recalled all her years of ministry.. She has served as a teacher for much of her life, first at the high school level and now in Utah as education director for Holy Cross Ministries and in St. Mary’s Parish in Park City teaching after-school programs.
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Park City School District ramps up Latino outreach efforts – Park Record

"We had individuals doing outstanding work, amazing work, putting in hours after hours," he said. "But now that it's been restructured, I think it's going to improve and hopefully become a little more efficient and work a little smarter."…
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Live PC Give PC: Nonprofits with missions from mental health to preserving the canyons rally for support

"The annual community fundraiser Live PC Give PC is this Friday, and this year, organizers are setting their sights on engaging more community members and gathering 5,000 individual donations over the 24-hour drive."
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Holy Cross Ministries of Utah program provides legal services to victims of domestic violence

"Thanks to efforts by Sister Veronica Fajardo, CSC, domestic violence survivors like 'Maria' now have greater hope through access to legal services."
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MVMC honored for services provided

"The Moab Valley Multicultural Center recently expanded staff, certified an additional medical language interpreter, and received accolades for the impactful work the nonprofit performs."
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Record editorial: Effort to insure every child in Utah needs our support

"The numbers speak for themselves. According to a 2017 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one child out of every 10 does not have health insurance."
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Bus from Holy Cross Ministries now helps migrants in Arizona

"A small white bus that had been used to transport preschool children now has a new home with Catholic Community Services Monastery Migrant Shelter in Tucson."
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The Mountain Life: Emmie Gardner, Holy Cross Ministries

"Emmie Gardner, CEO of Holy Cross Ministries, joins the show."
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Holy Cross Ministries selects new CEO to guide the organization

Mary Emmie Gardner came to Utah in 1982 as a volunteer with a Sisters of the Holy Cross program. She planned to stay for a couple years and return home to Chicago, but 36 years later, she has the Sisters of the Holy Cross to thank for her life in Utah. Now, she will be leading Holy Cross Ministries as the CEO of the nonprofit.
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Fundraiser to benefit Holy Cross Ministries

“In any given year Holy Cross Ministries serves around 4,000 individuals. To continue that service, this month the organization is holding its largest fundraiser of the year. ”
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New CEO for Holy Cross Ministries

"Holy Cross Ministries’ new CEO Mary Emmie Gardner brings with her a wealth of professional experience along with a long history with the Holy Cross organization."
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Full house for inaugural Legal Service Award Luncheon

“Holy Cross Ministries’ first Legal Service Award Luncheon, which honored three local providers of legal immigration services, drew a sold-out crowd to The Leonardo in Salt Lake City on May 31.”
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Around the Diocese: Nominations Sought

The inaugural Holy Cross Ministries Moroney Legal Service Award, Innovative Agency of the Year Award and Philanthropic Firm of the Year Award.
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Holy Cross Ministries executive director Maria Farrington steps down

Maria Farrington was initially attracted to the work of Holy Cross Ministries because of its "unwavering dedication to those that are underserved."
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Utah communities offer help for DACA recipients

About 2,000 Utahns are expected to rush to submit DACA renewal applications to the federal government by the Oct. 5 deadline...
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Global Sisters Report

Holy Cross sisters launch '19:33 Offering' to raise money for groups serving immigrants...
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Utah wraps its arms around refugees – National Catholic Reporter

"Our purpose is to meet the unmet needs of the underserved," said Holy Cross Sr. Kathleen Moroney, a senior attorney at Holy Cross Ministries. "We started as one person doing outreach…
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Guest editorial: Importance of early childhood education cannot be overstated

"There is great truth to the adage 'All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.'"
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Organizations To Raise $1 Million For Early Childcare Programs

"The Park City Community Foundation is partnering with Holy Cross Ministries and PC Tots to expand affordable, quality childcare in the Park City area."
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Fundraiser to benefit Holy Cross Ministries

"The Autumn Harvest Benefit is Holy Cross Ministries’ only fundraising event for its health outreach, early childhood education and legal services that are provided to low-income families in Summit County."
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Arts-Kids program changes keep founder’s vision in sight

"For the past year, Arts-Kids — a local nonprofit that uses creativity to teach children life skills — has tweaked its programs to fit the scheduling demands of today’s students, parents and teachers."
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Park City Fourth Of July Parade Draws Crowds Of Residents And Visitors To Town

"The Park City Fourth of July parade Thursday featured nearly 60 floats — all Summit County or Park City locals."
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Commentary: I was 3 When I came here from Mexico. I’m 16 now and want a summer job. Tell Congress to pass the Dream and Promise Act.

"When my older sister and brother turned 15, they got the chance of a lifetime."
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Film to screen in Park City addresses need for affordable child care

"When the Park City Community Foundation asked Park City residents about the biggest social equity issues in the town, access to affordable and safe child care rose toward the top and settled into third place."
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Benefit for Holy Cross Ministries

"The 2018 Autumn Harvest Benefit for Holy Cross Ministries drew 150 people to The High West Distillery on Sept. 22."
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Inaugural Sr. Kathleen Moroney Legal Service Award Luncheon is May 31

The two organizations are the largest provider of immigration services in the state, and the work that they do “is lifesaving for individuals that came here to work hard and provide for their families...
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Bright Futures director recognized for work in Park City Latino community

Rebeca Gonzalez grew up attending the Holy Cross Ministries after-school program in the Park City School District. Now, the Park City resident and University of Utah student is gathering data to show the effect of educational programs on the community. And she is being honored for it.
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Holy Cross Ministries gala raises funds, awareness

The organization held its annual Autumn Harvest Benefit on Aug. 26 at the Dejoria Center in Kamas. Bishop Oscar A. Solis was the keynote speaker at the sold-out event.
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Trump rescinds DACA - Statement from Bishop Oscar Solis

CCS of Utah and Holy Cross Ministries continue to support DACA recipients and will be offering consultations and renewal appointments to the DACA community free of charge
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Sr. Kathleen Moroney retires from HCM, 'is already missed'

Holy Cross Sister Kathleen Moroney, who has worked at Holy Cross Ministries for 17 years, retired on May 31.
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Left behind: A mother and daughter become US citizens, while another daughter faces uncertainty – KSL

Brought to the U.S. from Peru as children, Utah is the place that feels most like home for Pamela and Katherine Portocarrero, now adults...
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Pope Francis appoints new Bishop in Utah – Fox 13 News

“I was informed of the work of the Catholic Community Services and the Holy Cross Ministries with its charitable outreach,” said Bishop Solis. “With the care for the poor the refugees and the homeless. I saw so many common things that we share …
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Marking and Communications Credential

The Utah Nonprofits Association has awarded Holy Cross Ministries a Nonprofit Organizational Credential Badge! Utah Nonprofits Association awards these badges to organizations that have proven best practices and Holy Cross Ministries has received the Marketing and Communications Badge. 

We are so proud of this recognition, and strive to continue staying current with best practices in our work.

Press Releases

Mary Emmie Gardner appointed CEO of Holy Cross Ministries

ThHoly Cross Ministries (HCM) of Utah is proud to announce that Mary Emmie Gardner has been selected by the Board of Trustees, approved by the Leadership Team of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and appointed to the CEO position at HCM of Utah. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2018

Immigration Legal Service Providers to be recognized with award during HCM of Utah’s Sister Kathleen Moroney Legal Service Award Luncheon

The Legal Service Awards Luncheon was created in honor of Sister Kathleen Moroney’s tremendous contributions to the legal community and will recognize those who follow in her footsteps. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2018

John Kirsling, Holy Cross Ministries’ Director of Finance, appointed Interim CEO

Holy Cross Ministries of Utah is proud to announce that John Kirsling, Holy Cross Ministries’ Director of Finance has been appointed as the Interim CEO at Holy Cross Ministries.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2018

Sister Kathleen Moroney Legal Service Award Luncheon Announcement

On Thursday, May 31st, 2018 Holy Cross Ministries of Utah (HCM) will host its’ first annual Legal Service Awards Luncheon to recognize instrumental contributors in the legal community.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2018

Maria S. Farrington, Holy Cross Ministries’ CEO, announces her retirement

“Holy Cross Ministries has been the beneficiary of Maria’s solid leadership and her passion for the mission of the organization. Maria’s years of outstanding leadership have placed Holy Cross Ministries in a position of fiscal and operational excellence and in position to continue assisting increased numbers of clients” stated Raymond Dardano, Chairman of Holy Cross Ministries’ Board of Trustees.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2018

Statement on DACA

The end of the current DACA program introduces uncertainty and anxiety into an already uncertain and anxious situation.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2017

Juan Diego and Judge Memorial Catholic High School alumni continue the spirit of service

Holy Cross Ministries’ Leadership Team grows with the addition of two new Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 12, 2016

Park City youth create bike generator with Holy Cross Ministries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2015

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