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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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