The late, beloved Reverend Monsignor Charles Taaffe was recently inducted into the Blanchet Catholic School Hall of Fame in honor of his far-reaching work on behalf of young moms and their babies. Catholic Community Services Foundation Chair Lynda Harrington accepted the award on behalf of Father Taaffe.

The school holds a Hall of Fame Ceremony every year to recognize and remember successful alumni and community members. Father Taaffe, who passed away in 2008, served as the honorary pastor of Blanchet and served on its board of directors. He opened Father Taaffe Homes to provide a safe, stable, nurturing place for young mothers to raise their children, and upon his passing gifted the ministry to Catholic Community Services. His life’s work and his contributions were honored at the ceremony. 

Dick Kreitzberg, honorary chair of the Father Taaffe Homes St. Monica Apartments Capital Campaign, was also inducted into the Blanchet Hall of Fame. After years spent as a successful naval officer and business man, Dick and his wife Joanna have made it their mission to take care of their community. He and Father Taaffe were friends. “I am prouder of knowing Father Taaffe than anyone I have ever met,” said Dick.

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Also inducted to the Blanchet Hall of Fame this year were Bill Brooks, Patrick Grainer, Charles Lee, and Kevin Mannix. CCS was honored to be a part of Blanchet’s Hall of Fame celebration and to honor members of our community who have made an impact.