Knights of Columbus revamped

Knights of Columbus from St. Catherine of Siena and St. Theresa churches in Trumbull and St. Lawrence in Shelton recently painted more than 4,000 square feet of St. Catherine Academy in Fairfield.

Knights and volunteers from the three churches painted the school’s main hallway, receptionist office, physical therapy room and vocational room over the course of four days. The school hadn’t been painted in roughly four years and needed a fresh coat of paint as well as spackling in several places.

“This is a wonderful act of faith in action,” said Helen Burland, Executive Director of St. Catherine Academy. “We are so appreciative of the time and effort that was put in to make our building shine. I hope that members of these councils will be regular visitors to Saint Catherine’s. They are always welcomed!”

St. Catherine Academy is a special education school serving students of all faiths who are impacted with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities. The facility is intentionally designed to help students transition from former environments to one that encourages greater independence. Students develop positive self-esteem and self-confidence while acquiring the necessary skills to reach their potential for independent living or a return to a mainstream environment.

“As Knights of Columbus, it is our duty to act upon Jesus’ call to love thy neighbor as thyself,” said Christian Meagher, grand knight of Knights of Columbus Council 5806 at St. Catherine of Siena. “When Helen told us that the school needed a new coat of paint, brothers from these three councils enthusiastically answered the call. We were all proud to help this wonderful school and support its mission to make sure everyone gets a quality education and assistance in becoming independent.”

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