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BRISTOL – The idea of grounding social justice efforts in faith and love carried the day on June 8, when nearly 250 people from across Connecticut and neighboring states gathered for an annual conference.
"Rooted in Faith – Building Just Communities" was the theme of the fourth annual Bishop Peter Rosazza Social Justice Conference, which was held at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol. (See full photo gallery here.)
Interest in the conference has increased steadily. Attendance rose by approximately 15 percent over last year’s, according to Linda Roberto, who is the finance, development and communications coordinator for the sponsoring agency, the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry. A significant number of young people from local high schools attended this year, she added, including 16 from East Catholic High School in Manchester.
HARTFORD – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a Fortnight for Freedom June 21-July 4, a two-week period of prayer and action related to challenges to religious liberty, including the Aug. 1 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate, Supreme Court rulings in June that could attempt to redefine marriage, and religious freedom concerns in such areas as humanitarian services and immigration.
More than two dozen youth took part in a vacation Bible school from June 17-21 at St. Rita Parish in Hamden. The theme was "Stand Strong for God." Director of religious education Megan Zinn and several teenage volunteers from the parish guided each day's activities, which included skits based on the Bible, arts and crafts, songs and outdoor fun. A second vacation Bible school is scheduled for July 15-19. (Photo submitted)
HARTFORD – The Archdiocese of Hartford has named Sister Mariette J. Moan, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as its new director of the Office for Religious, effective Aug. 1.
Sister Mariette will replace Sister of St. Joseph Mary Kelly, who is retiring.
Sister Mariette will be responsible for coordination between Archbishop Henry J. Mansell and members of religious institutes of consecrated life, such as men’s and women’s religious orders and congregations, and societies of apostolic life. She will serve as a resource for the members of consecrated life organizations, and provide an opportunity in the archdiocese for members of consecrated life to celebrate jubilees and the World Day for Consecrated Life.
NORTH HAVEN – Seven awards went to seven staffers and contributors at The Catholic Transcript May 23 during the annual presentation of the Excellence in Journalism awards by the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The awards follow others given to the Transcript by the New England Newspaper and Press Association in February.