SALEM — St. Anne’s Parish in Salem was honored last night at the annual spring gala hosted by Catholic Charities North at the Hawthorne Hotel.
The agency gave its Mutual Partnership award to the Rev. Louis Bourgeois, the late Rev. George Dufour and the entire St. Anne’s parish for their continuing support of the charity, which assists families in need.
Bourgeois, known to many as “Father B,” retired after 17 years as pastor at the Church of St. Paul in Hamilton and was pastor at St. Anne’s in Salem from 1981 to 1993. During his time there, the church was rebuilt after a fire, and through his pastoral leadership, so was the parish, the agency said.
Dufour, who died last summer, served the South Salem church for more than two decades.
St. Anne’s Parish has hosted Catholic Charities North’s annual Christmas distribution in its parish hall for more than 25 years, providing not just space but presents and volunteers — just one of several ways the parish has supported the work of Catholic Charities.
The theme of this year’s cocktail reception was “A Taste of Seasons,” with five buffets including signature drinks, hors d’oeuvres, entrees and desserts. The annual event is a fundraiser for Catholic Charities North.