Diocese To Honor NJ Lawyer & Catholic Charities Executive

NEW BRUNSWICK – Two women who are leaders in their profession will be honored at the Diocese of Metuchen’s Annual Flame of Charity Dinner at 6 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Susan A. Feeney, Esq., a partner with the law firm of McCarter & English, LLP in Newark and president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award.


Marianne C. Majewski, LCSW, executive director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen (CCDOM) and director of the diocesan Department of Social Services, will receive the Community Servant Award.

The premier fundraising event for the Flame of Charity Foundation, the dinner supports the work of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen.

Revenue from the 2010 Flame of Charity Dinner totaled more than $309,000. In 2010, the funds helped Catholic Charities to provide114 programs at 22 sites where more than 53,000 people within the four counties of the diocese were served without regard to race, religion or ethnicity.

Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski said he is gratified that so many individuals have supported the Flame of Charity Dinner each year since it was established in 1990. “Our Lord calls on us to share our bounty with those who have little or nothing and through this event many have responded to His call,” the bishop said.

Feeney was installed as the 113th president of the New Jersey Bar Association in May; she is the seventh woman to assume the role. While in office, she said her primary goals are to foster diversity in the profession and encourage pro bono legal service.

“As lawyers, we have a special tool – a law degree – that enables us to give back to the community. That is our privilege and obligation,” Feeney said.

A summa cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, Feeney earned her law degree from Fordham School of Law in New York, N.Y. At McCarter & English, one of the oldest and largest law firms in America, she concentrates in the areas of state taxation and local property taxation.

Besides serving on a number of committees, Feeney is treasurer of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice and a Fellow of the American Bar Association.

Feeney has been involved with Flame of Charity since 2005. She is a Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and a communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Skillman, where she is a Eucharistic minister, member of the Finance Committee and former catechist.

Majewski, a licensed clinical social worker (LSCW), has dedicated more than 30 years to serving those less fortunate providing assistance to children, families and adults through Catholic Charities, the largest provider of social services in New Jersey.

Majewski said it is a privilege to serve the poor and vulnerable living in our diocese. “I am honored to lead an organization committed to social justice and compassion, dignity and fullness of life and standards of excellence. For me, it has always been much more than a job, it has been a vocation.”

A graduate of the now-closed St. Peter the Apostle High School, New Brunswick, Majewski earned her master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University.

In addition to heading CCDOM, Majewski is a board member of Community House at St. Thomas; Metuchen Community Services Corporation; Community Child Care Solutions and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen. She served as a member of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Transition Team for Human Services and is currently a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Majewski, her husband and their two adult children are communicants of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square.

The dinner is chaired by Barry J. Wiegmann and the ad journal is chaired by John G. Nolan. 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; Susan A. Feeney, Esq.; Deacon Anthony J. Gostkowski; John A. Hoffman, Esq.; John J. Hogan; Alphonse Rispoli; David J. Samuel; and Paul J. St. Onge, Esq.

Tickets are $200 per person. For further information call 1-732-562-2438, e-mail flameofcharity11@diometuchen.org or visit www.diometuchen.org/FlameofCharity.

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