TC Announces Major Gift Inspired by Blessed Edmund Rice and the Teachings of the Christian Brothers

The story of the Patrick and Mary Neary Endowed Scholarship Fund

How often in our own lives have we had the wisdom, the depth of character, and the kindness of heart to recognize, “I am here because of the generosity of others.” 

At the Cross & Shield Gala this year, we celebrated our faith and honored the inspired teachings of Edmund Rice by acknowledging the generational gift that is the Essential Elements of a Christian Brother’s Education - a life rooted in truth and inspired by charity. 

Today Tampa Catholic celebrated the Feast of Blessed Edmund Rice at our school-wide Mass. The teachings of the Christian Brothers a generation ago formed a lasting mark on an impressionable young man halfway across the country who knew at the time, “I too am here because of the generosity of others.”

Because of the generosity of an anonymous donor with a $250,000 gift made earlier this year - the largest single gift from an individual or family in the school’s history, we begin the story of the Patrick and Mary Neary Endowed Scholarship Fund. 

Patrick and Mary Neary are natives of Chicago, Illinois and were influential in the life of a young man in his formative years.  At a time when his family life was changing drastically, the Neary family offered him normalcy and stability.

To acknowledge and honor the Neary family for their kind Christian generosity,in the spirit of Edmund Rice and in gratitude for the witness of the Christian Brothers, the Patrick and Mary Neary Scholarship was established. This scholarship will help others receive the gift of a Catholic education in the tradition of the Christian Brothers at Tampa Catholic.

In the inspiration of Blessed Edmund, the Christian Brothers teach our youth “through their Catholic faith” and provide “an education that will enable them to rise to fulfill their greatest promise”. This is the story of the Christian Brothers.  This is the story of Tampa Catholic.

This permanently endowed fund will enable future generations of TC students, like all of us in some way, to be able to say “I too am here because of the generosity of others.”