Holy Cross Ministries

Media Inquiries

Please direct all media inquiries to Holy Cross Ministries' Director of Development and Communications, Patricia Sanders (801-261-3440 ext 246)

In the Press

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Global Sisters Report

Holy Cross sisters launch '19:33 Offering' to raise money for groups serving immigrants...
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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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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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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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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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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.

Statements from Holy Cross Ministries

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

On Friday, February 16, 3018 The Board of Trustees of Holy Cross Ministries of Utah announced that Maria Farrington has decided to retire. The agency as a whole has extended their deepest appreciation to Maria and her dedication to Holy Cross over the past three years as CEO. “After 39 years of professional work with social service non-profits, my time with Holy Cross Ministries has capped what has been an impactful career both in San Antonio, Texas and in Utah. I look forward to spending time with my husband, Bob of 42 years, our new grandsons and ongoing discovery of new hiking trails wherever they are.” stated Maria Farrington, on her upcoming retirement.

Working with United Way of Utah, Salt City School District and Discovery Gateway Children's museum Maria has touched many lives and organizations in Utah in seeking programs to assist those in need of social, educational and health programs to make them whole. Her tenure at Holy Cross Ministries is marked with the acquisition of a grant by the Whitney Foundation, expanding educational operations in Park City, Utah, and creation of partnerships benefitting low income, immigrant and the educationally underserved.

“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 the immediate future, Holy Cross is in excellent condition with highly capable staff. Maria Farrington will continuing working for Holy Cross Ministries through the month of March to aid in the transition and The Board of Trustees of Holy Cross Ministries will form a Search and Transition Committee which will address the upcoming vacancy. During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best candidate for the position, while still maintaining stable programs for the 4,000 individuals Holy Cross Ministries serves each year.

Holy Cross is dedicated to finding a replacement who will continue the agency’s trajectory in providing quality health outreach, early childhood education, and legal services to underserved individuals and their families in Utah.

Current Administration Changes

In light of the United States election results, Holy Cross Ministries would like to tell the individuals we serve, and all those in need of service, that we will continue to support you and your families in any way that we can. This outcome does not change the fact that we will diligently continue to fight for your right to live with your families here in the United States, free of fear. Please know that there are a lot of uncertainties regarding the immediate implications of Donald Trump’s presidency for immigrants and United States immigration law. We are working with other attorneys and non-profit organizations to organize public information meetings to answer questions and concerns. Once those have been scheduled we will post that information here. Finally, if you are a Legal Permanent Resident and you qualify to apply for naturalization or citizenship, we encourage you to contact us or another immigration legal service provider to begin the process.

Press Releases

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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