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The Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, Inc.

Why we’re here and what we do

Building on the socially-responsible planning attributed throughout the 19th and 20th centuries to Hartford’s insurance and finance leaders, who were once called the City’s ‘bishops’, the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2016 to engage government, business and other community leaders to assist the Archdiocese in promoting the common good. “The philanthropic paradigm developed by those who have gone before us provides a model of collaboration for today’s Church in which I now bear a leadership responsibility,” said Archbishop Leonard P. Blair.

The Archbishop is inviting community leaders, the “bishops” of today, to help support the Church’s mission within the wider context of the spiritual, social, and material well-being of everyone in the Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven counties.
One of its first Foundation initiatives was the development of a Master Plan Concept for the St. Joseph Cathedral campus, to make the principal Church of the Archdiocese a dynamic presence in the community.

Assisting Archbishop Blair as Vice President and Treasurer of the Foundation is the Very Reverend Steven C. Boguslawski, O.P., Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, and as Secretary, the Very Reverend James A. Shanley, Rector of the Cathedral of St. Joseph. John LaFramboise is serving as Executive Director, overseeing day-to-day operations. He has managed major capital campaigns for churches, hospitals, academic institutions, and cultural organizations.

In summarizing the goals and aspirations of the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, Archbishop Blair said, “The aim here is to recruit church, government, and business leaders who can design and implement a strategic plan for the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation. Our shared goal will be for the Archdiocese to be a valued and helpful contributor to the common good as it fulfills its spiritual and social mission in the wider communities of Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven counties,” said Archbishop Blair.