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Parents adopt Suffolk County Catholic elementary school in memory of daughter

Elizabeth Harrington Dyer and John Dyer adopt Our Lady Queen of Apostles in Center Moriches through Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation’s Adopt-A-School Program

Uniondale, N.Y.— Elizabeth Harrington Dyer and John Dyer adopt Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School in Center Moriches (OLQOA) through Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation’s Adopt-A-School Program in memory of their daughter, Katy Theresa Dyer, who passed away June 14, 2020.

Katy and her identical twin, Bridget, began their Catholic education at St. Anthony of Padua School in East Northport, currently Trinity Regional School. After the family moved when the girls were in 4th grade, they attended East Moriches Elementary where they quickly advanced to the 6th grade. During grammar school, Katy had eight major operations and missed a great deal of her classes, but the foundation she received at St. Anthony’s was strong. While attending public school, the girls were anxious to return to Catholic school. Katy and Bridget ranked first and second in their graduating class at East Moriches, and went on to McGann Mercy High School in Riverhead. Even with many more operations and missed school, Katy’s determination allowed her to excel in many areas. By high school graduation, she completed AP classes, played piano, was cheerleading captain, and became a Eucharistic Minister at 16 under Msgr. James McDonald.

“Despite all of Katy’s surgeries,” says Elizabeth, “she never lost faith in God. I think that’s what got her through. She always stayed close to her faith and the Eucharist. She was a fighter. She fought to the end.” Katy was very devoted mother and leaves behind her son, James, who attended Our Lady Queen of Apostles for kindergarten and first grade, and was a recipient of Tomorrow’s Hope scholarship aid. Katy’s brother, Jack, who was adopted from Russia, also attended OLQOA, and thrived well there despite the initial language barrier with the help of the staff at OLQOA, and McGann Mercy. Elizabeth added, “That’s the beauty of Catholic education… it’s specialized for each child.”

The Dyer’s unwavering faith and everlasting love for their children inspired them to support Catholic elementary school students in need. As native Long Islanders and current residents of

East Moriches, Elizabeth and John are active in their local, and now, through Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation’s Adopt-A-School Program, they support their local Catholic school as well. Through this multi-year partnership, donors have the opportunity to form a direct relationship with a Catholic elementary school of their choice while providing necessary scholarship aid and programmatic upgrades to those students most in need.

Elizabeth and John were introduced to Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation in late 2022 by THF Board Member and brother of Elizabeth, Dennis Harrington. The couple attended the Foundation’s annual golf outing and committed to sponsoring a STAR student through its Student Tuition Assistance Relationship (STAR) Program for the upcoming school year.

“Of all the ways we could memorialize our daughter, I think she would be most happy with this one. She was a great believer in Catholic education.”


The mission of Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation is to ensure the excellence as well as the continuance of Catholic schools on Long Island by increasing awareness and by providing scholarship and program funding for the needs of students and schools.

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