All of their married life, Matt and Sandi Lloyd have been deeply engaged in their Catholic faith. The couple has played an active role in numerous Catholic institutions and causes close to their home in Reading and throughout the Diocese of Allentown. This deep engagement, and the impact these organizations have played in their life, led the Lloyds to create two new educational endowment funds with the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania.
The two new endowment funds are:
- The St. Peter the Apostle School Scholarship Endowment Fund to support scholarships for students to attend the school located in the urban core of Reading.
- The John Paul II Center Teacher Excellence Endowment Fund to provide annual honorariums that recognize the outstanding work and tireless effort performed by all Diocesan classroom teachers and teacher aides in the school-age program at the John Paul II Center for Special Learning in Shillington, PA.
In addition to starting both funds now, the Lloyds also met with their estate planning attorney to include the Catholic Foundation’s two newest endowment funds in their will. They also included five other Catholic institutions and causes in their will.
“All of these organizations are very personal to Sandi and me,” Matt said. “By setting up the endowments through the Catholic Foundation, we want to ensure these organizations have income for the future and they are here forever.”
The Lloyds are currently members of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Reading where Matt grew up. However, they have strong connections with the city parishes in Reading and a deep desire to support them. Sandi grew up at the former St. Cyril and Methodius Parish which merged with St. Peter the Apostle Parish in 2016. Matt and Sandi were married at St. Paul Parish in Reading which Matt’s father was a member. They attended rival high schools with Sandi at Holy Name and Matt at Reading Central Catholic. Both schools merged in 2011 to become Berks Catholic.
“We want to give students at St. Peter School financial assistance so they may receive the blessings of a Catholic education like our family did,” Sandi said.
The Lloyds have been active leaders in many Catholic and ecumenical efforts in Berks County and across the Diocese. As a couple, they co-chaired the former Bishop’s Annual Appeal effort in Berks County in 2018 and have been involved in the Cursillo movement for 25 years. Matt chairs the finance committee for St. Peter the Apostle Parish and sits on the St. Peter School Board. He chairs the Board of Advisors for Gethsemane Cemetery in Reading. Matt also serves on the Finance Committee for St. Catherine Parish and the Diocesan Board of Education. For six years, Sandi served as the volunteer coordinator for the ecumenical Exeter Area Food Pantry which St. Catherine Parish participated.
Sandi also was a former teacher’s aide and Occupational Therapy Assistant at John Paul II Center. During the 10 years she worked there, she witnessed the dedication and tireless efforts of the faculty in helping students with special needs.
“The teachers and aides at John Paul II Center give so much of themselves to help students grow and succeed in achieving their goals at all learning levels,” Sandi said. “We want this fund to recognize and thank the teachers and aides at JPII for their care and commitment to the students.”
December 23, 2020
For more information on starting a new endowment fund, contributing to an existing fund, or leaving a gift in your will to support your favorite Catholic cause, please contact Pete Waldron, President, Catholic Foundation at email@example.com or 610-554-1941.