Catholic United Financial elects new leader

| September 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Catholic United Financial, a not-for-profit fraternal life insurance company, has elected Harald Borrmann president and chairman of the board, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Borrmann has served as senior vice-president and secretary/treasurer of the company since 2009.

Borrmann has more than 30 years experience in the reinsurance industry and holds a degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business in marketing and finance. He and his wife, Mary, live in St. Paul and have three grown children. They are members of St. Frances Cabrini in Minneapolis. Borrmann succeeds Michael McGovern, who has served as president and chairman of the board since 1998 and who will retire at the end of the year.

Festa Italiana to feature Mass

After a very successful inaugural year in 2011, Festa Italiana, a celebration of Minnesota’s Italian heritage, will return to Harriet Island in St. Paul Sept. 21 and 22. The event is free and open to the public.

The event features a Patron Saint Festival Saturday, which begins with Mass at 4:30 p.m., followed by a recessional through the grounds. Father John Forliti will be the celebrant. For information, visit

Actresses speak up for life

Two professional actresses will be in the Twin Cities Sept. 20 speaking on Pro-life topics.

Lauran Roman, who played Laura on the soap opera “All My children” from 1995-98, will be the keynote speaker at the North Side Life Care Center’s annual Fundraising Banquet for Life. Roman had an abortion at age 18, and found healing through a pregnancy center in Los Angeles.

She will talk about her experience at the event, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley. For information or to register, visit

The Legacies for Life Gala on the same night features Shari Rigby, who played the birth mother of the main character in the movie “October Baby.” (See story in the Aug. 30 issue of the Catholic Spirit.)

The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club in Lakeville, is a fundraiser for Pregnancy Choices Life Care Center in Apple Valley. For information, visit, and click on events.

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