The Msgr. Edward C. Dunn Foundation for Education is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 Endowment Fund created in 1985 to support Catholic education in St. Peter’s Parish School in Mansfield, Ohio. Its specific purpose is to generate significant financial resources for the school in its ongoing effort to promote and maintain this most important ministry of the Catholic Church.
In the early years, the Foundation’s income was returned to the school in the form of enhancements to the classrooms, primarily through requests from individual teachers. As the Foundation funds grew, other sources were made available for teachers to address classroom needs. The Board of Trustees voted in 2004 to direct a defined percentage of the total assets made through contributions and investments to support teachers’ salaries.
Monsignor Edward C. Dunn was Pastor at St. Peter’s Parish from 1973 until 1983.
A native of Tiffin, Ohio, he graduated from Tiffin St. Mary’s and Tiffin Calvert High School. He went on to St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Ind., Basselin Scholar, Theological College/Catholic University of America, where he earned in STL in Theology bachelor of arts in philosophy and master of science in church history.
Immediately following his ordination, Msgr. Was appointed assistant at St. Rose, Lima. His other appointments were; October 1948, the assistant at Blessed Sacrament parish, Toledo; July 1952, assistant principal of Calvert High School, and chaplain at St. Francis Home, Tiffin; June 1956, principal of Calvert and chaplain for the Ursuline convent.
From there, he came to St. Peter’s Parish as pastor from 1969-1984 and for a short time served as principal at St. Peter’s High School.
In 1984, he was appointed to Clyde St. Mary’s where he served until he was granted Senior Status in 1992. From 1992 until his death he was actively involved at St. Joseph’s and St. Francis Home in Tiffin and traveled back to Mansfield frequently to support the efforts of the Msgr. Dunn Foundation and pray for its growth.
Msgr. Dunn died on August 24, 2012, but our parish and school community remember him every May with a memorial Mass in his honor.