BAYADA Home Health Care Founder and President Mark Baiada and his wife Ann, received the 2017 Distinguished Graduate Award for dedicating their lives to helping others and ensuring that children of all backgrounds can access the lifelong benefits of a Catholic education. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education (OCE), Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS), Faith in the Future (FIF), and Independence Mission Schools (IMS) sponsored the event, which was held on Thursday, May 4 in Philadelphia.

“It would not be possible for these schools to provide educational and technological resources or financial aid without the generous support of those who believe Catholic education is a sound investment—and it is,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.

Sister Kathleen Lyons, RSM, Life and Ministry Facilitator added, “I believe that the Baiadas treasure their Catholic faith and the way that they treasure that is through service to the community. I feel that they strive in many, many ways to ensure Catholic education for anyone who wishes to experience it.”

Mrs. Baiada graduated from Immaculate Conception School and Cardinal Dougherty High School—both in Philadelphia. Mr. Baiada graduated from Saint Peter School in Riverside, New Jersey, and Holy Cross High School in Delran, New Jersey. The Baiadas support many Catholic organizations and their contributions have been recognized with the Work of Mercy Award from Mercy Career & Technical High School and the Light of Hope Award from Catholic Charities.

“We passionately support a values-based, Catholic education as a way to engage young minds and build character that will lead to being productive citizens,” said the Baiadas. “Through these wonderful organizations, children have the opportunity to access a high-quality education and learn good judgment and perspective. We are forever grateful for the foundation we received from a solid Catholic education and a dedication to service.”

Watch this video to learn how a values-based education provided the foundation by which the Baiadas live their lives.

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