In the Spotlight
Robert and Christine Ciavarra
St. Mary’s, Holliston, MA
Real estate professional Robert Ciavarra and schoolteacher Christine Ciavarra are celebrating 25 years of marriage. They’re also celebrating another anniversary—ten years supporting the Catholic Appeal.
The Ciavarras view the Appeal as a powerful way to strengthen ministries at their parish, St. Mary in Holliston, and throughout the Archdiocese of Boston. Describing how their annual contribution sets an example for the couple’s three children, Christine shares, “Everyday, we try to show our children that it’s important to support what we believe—sacrifice is essential.” In the footsteps of their parents, the Ciavarra children voluntarily have forgone Christmas and birthday gifts to participate in faith and service opportunities such as the 2011 World Youth Day pilgrimage to Madrid made possible by the Office for the New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults.
Remarking on why they give, Robert explains, “Giving to the Appeal allows us to work together to ensure that the core beliefs of our faith survive for our children and future generations.”
On behalf of Cardinal Seán and the thousands impacted by the 50 ministries supported by the Catholic Appeal, thank you to the Ciavarra family and all who give to the Catholic Appeal each year.
Robert and Christine Ciavarra, on their wedding day, and also renewing their wedding vows at an anniversary Mass sponsored by the Marriage Ministries office, one of 50 ministries supported by the Catholic Appeal.