BLOOMFIELD – Bishop Leonard Paul Blair, 64, current head of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, will succeed Archbishop Henry J. Mansell as the fifth archbishop and the 13th bishop of Hartford, it was announced during a press conference Oct. 29 at the ArchdiocesanCenter at St. Thomas Seminary.
Last October, Archbishop Mansell submitted his letter of resignation to then-Pope Benedict XVI, as required by Canon law when a bishop attains the age of 75. Archbishop Mansell was 75 on Oct. 10, 2012.
Archbishop-designate Blair will be installed in Hartford at a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Dec. 16 – two days shy of the 10th anniversary of Archbishop Mansell’s installation on Dec. 18, 2003.
HARTFORD – More than 200 married couples marked significant anniversaries – from a few weeks to 67 years – and renewed their marriage vows Oct. 20 at the annual Wedding Anniversary Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral. The joyous event, sponsored each year by the Family Life Office, this year celebrated more than 9,600 years of marriage.
Newlyweds David Garrido and Alice Matteson celebrated publicly, as Alice sang "Sancta Maria" while David accompanied her on piano. Alice also assisted Sarah Gedicks as one of the cantors, and David assisted music director Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez as organist.
NEWARK, N.J. – A pilgrim prepares to take a photograph of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on Oct. 23, the first day of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s “Catholic Shrines in America” three-day pilgrimage.
About 40 people visited shrines in Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and Emmitsburg, Md., transported by motor coach.
They were joined on the second day by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell.
The pilgrimage was organized as part of the archdiocese's observance of the Year of Faith.
Also as part of the Year of Faith, Archbishop Mansell led a trip to Italy in May and a trip to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., in August. (Photo by Maria Zone)
A woman outstretches her arms in prayer on Oct. 17 at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford as the parish participates in the 40 Days for Life Campaign with 24 hours of eucharistic adoration at the church and a prayerful vigil at the Hartford GYN Center.
The campaign is an international initiative of prayer, fasting and community outreach. The local campaign, which ends Nov. 3, is directed by Mary Lou Peters.
HARTFORD – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, principal celebrant of the annual Respect Life Mass, commissioned new pro-life representatives from parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford at the annual Respect Life Mass Oct. 6 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. The Mass is sponsored yearly by the archdiocese’s Pro-Life Ministry.
In addition to the commissioning, many people renewed their commitments as their parishes’ leaders. Each representative resolved "to promote the teachings of the Catholic Church on the dignity of human life" and to work with their pastors "to pray, educate, shape public policy and provide assistance to men and women in crisis related to pregnancy or end-of-life issues."