Archbishop Leonard P. Blair and Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford, escort Amy Brough to the podium at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville on Sept. 28 at the 37th annual HOPES (Help Our Parish Elementary Schools) Dinner, sponsored by the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools.
Mrs. Brough received the 2014 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award for her extraordinary volunteer work at Corpus Christi School in Wethersfield since 2002.
Ground was broken on Wednesday for an addition to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. The 3,000-square-foot addition, on the west side of the cathedral, will include an elevator and 16 lavatories, eight on the main floor and eight on the lower floor.
Pictured wearing hard hats and using ceremonial shovels are, from left, Pattilynn Conard, capital campaign committee chair; Msgr. John J. McCarthy, cathedral rector and chancellor of the Archdiocese of Hartford; Dr. Peter Deckers, committee member; Gregory Oneglia, a major benefactor; Archbishop Leonard P. Blair; Archbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell, under whose leadership the project began; and James Manafort, also a major benefactor.
Over the past few years, $5.5 million has been raised to finance the addition and future renovation.
Manafort Brothers Inc. will oversee the excavation and site development work. O&G Industries Inc., which Mr. Oneglia owns, will construct the new addition. United Technologies Corp. and its Otis Elevator division will donate the elevator. (Photo by Karen O. Bray)
BLOOMFIELD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair processed to the outdoor Mass at the Sept. 21 Catholic Youth Spectacular over damp grass amidst over 1,000 young attendees at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary. Led by vocals and guitar, they had assembled to prepare with song, and then silence.
The sea of umbrellas that appeared during a shower prompted Archbishop Blair to pray that “God will give us good weather to celebrate this Mass to its completion today.” And that’s just what happened. The only umbrellas were those that identified priests and deacons distributing the Eucharist.
More than 100 students, faculty, religious leaders and local residents gathered on the academic quadrangle at Quinnipiac University in Hamden Sept. 17 for an outdoor vigil and prayer service in support of persecuted Christian churches in the Middle East.
The evening event was organized in support of the persecuted Christian churches in the Middle East, especially those in Iraq and Syria, said Father Jordan Lenaghan, Catholic chaplain at Quinnipiac. He called it a human rights event designed to raise awareness of the recent destruction of nearly 2,000-year-old communities in the Middle East.
Local Greek Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Assyrian Orthodox, Protestant, Jewish and Catholic clergy participated. The people on hand, many holding candles in the chilly night air, heard the Gospel as read in English, Greek, Coptic, Arabic and Aramaic. In addition, the destruction of non-Christian ethnic/religious communities in the Middle East was remembered.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair led 170 pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Hartford to St. Anthony Maronite Parish Sept. 12 for a Mass and veneration of relics of St. Anthony of Padua on loan from the saint’s pontifical basilica in Italy.
DENVER (CNS) -- The federal government is pursuing its case against the Little Sisters of the Poor in an attempt to get the religious order to comply with newly issued interim rules regarding the Department of Health and Human Services' contraception mandate under the Affordable Care Act.
The government filed a brief Sept. 8 in the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, where the Little Sisters of the Poor run a home for the aged. Other plaintiffs in the case include Southern Nazarene University in Denver and Reaching Souls International, an Oklahoma nonprofit.