Pastor, Retired Pro Football Player To Receive Awards At Annual Flame Of Charity Dinner

NEW BRUNSWICK – On Oct. 26, William D. Ard and Msgr. Gregory E.S. Malovetz will be honored at the 26th annual Flame of Charity Dinner at the Hyatt Regency. The dinner, sponsored by the Flame of Charity Foundation, will begin at 6 p.m.

Originally called the Business and Industry Dinner of the Diocese of Metuchen, the dinner was first held in 1984. Proceeds from the event benefit the social service programs of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen.


William D. Ard

Ard, senior vice president at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC, and a communicant of St. Mary-Stony Hill Parish, Watchung, will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award.

A native of Watchung, Ard attended Wake Forest University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. At Wake Forest, he was regarded as the best in his respective position and was named an “All-American” football player. Ard was drafted by the NFL and played for the New York Giants for eight years including the year that the team beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI.

Ard made the NFL All Rookie team in 1981. He was also named to the New York Giants All Century team. Ard played for the Green Bay Packers for three years before retiring in 1992. He and his wife, Martha, have five children: Devann, Brendan, Sam, Allison and Billy.

Msgr. Gregory E.S. Malovetz

Msgr. Malovetz, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Montgomery Township, will receive the Community Servant Award.

From 1986 to 1996, Msgr. Malovetz was the Diocesan Director of Evangelization during which time he guided the implementation of the catechumenate. He served as co-chair of the Commission for Synod Implementation, and as secretary for the Presbyteral Council.

Raised in Carteret, Msgr. Malovetz received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa., and a master’s degree in theology from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 14, 1983 in St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, Metuchen, by then-Bishop Theodore E. McCarrick. He was named a prelate of honor by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.

Msgr. Malovetz’s parish assignments have included Saint Joseph Church in Bound Brook; Saint Peter the Apostle Church in New Brunswick; and Saint Thomas the Apostle Church in Old Bridge. He has been the pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo since June 1989.

Msgr. Malovetz is an adjunct faculty member for the College of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, teaching Homiletics. He is serving this year as chaplain of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton. He is a frequent contributor to Magnificat, and its publications.

Revenue from the 2009 Flame of Charity Dinner totaled more than $280,000.

“The proceeds from the dinner enable Catholic Charities to respond to the many and varied needs of individuals and families in the community. It is through Catholic Charities that the words of Scripture, ‘feed the hungry, clothe the naked…’ come to life,” said Marianne Majewski, executive director, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen.

Majewski noted that in addition to serving more than 77,000 people in 2009 without regard for race, religion or ethnicity, Catholic Charities has continued to demonstrate its operating efficiency by spending 94% of its funds on direct programs and services.

The dinner is co-chaired by Susan A. Feeney, Esq. and Barry J. Wiegmann. Other committee members are Marc Bognar, William R. Chess, Michael R. Cioffi, Joseph V. Costello, III, Very Rev. Sylvester J. Cronin, Deacon Samuel J. Damiano, Richard P. Diegnan, John P. Dowd, Deacon Anthony J. Gostkowski, John A. Hila, Esq., John A. Hoffman, Esq., John J. Hogan, John Kuchinski, John G. Nolan, Jr., Alphonse Rispoli, David J. Samuel, Paul J. St. Onge, Esq. and Stephen M. Vajtay, Jr., Esq.

Tickets are $200 per person. For further information call (732) 562-2438 or e-mail

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