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hopes-2-gerckensThe Gerckens family, twins Brittany, left, and Ashley, mom Patsy and dad Arthur, share moments of pride after Mr. Gerckens was presented with the Office of Catholic Schools’ 2013 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award at the annual HOPES Dinner on Sept. 22 at the Aqua Turf Club in PlantsvilleSOUTHINGTON – When St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby faced closing in 2010 because of  dwindling finances and enrollment, a group of parents, led by Arthur Gerckens, stepped up.

They created a strategic plan, implemented a number of fund-raising initiatives and successfully took the school from nearly closing its doors with 65 students to becoming a viable Catholic school again with 144 students today.

For his efforts to show what can happen when people who believe in Catholic education volunteer their talents, the Office of Catholic Schools (OCS) of the Archdiocese of Hartford gave Mr. Gerckens the 2013 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award.

Read more: Awardee shows reason to HOPE for Catholic schools

CYS-2013 0589Designated people from each parish or group carry gifts of money and goods during the Offertory of the Mass celebrated at the Catholic Youth Spectacular Sept. 29 at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.

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BLOOMFIELD – Hundreds of young people joined Archbishop Henry J. Mansell Sept. 29 in packaging 11,232 meals to provide hunger relief for the country of Burkina Faso in western Africa. It was one of many workshops that some 1,223 youths from 56 archdiocesan schools and parishes took part in during the Office of Religious Education and Evangelization’s (OREE) eighth annual Catholic Youth Spectacular, held at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary.

Read more: Hundreds feed thousands at 'spectacular' youth event

Installation-caggiano 0122RArchbishop Henry J. Mansell and deacons lead the congregation in applause for Bishop Frank J. Caggiano after the archbishop invited him to be seated on his cathedra, or episcopal chair, during the installation liturgy on Sept. 19 at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull. From left are Deacon Gerald Lambert, Deacon Patrick Toole, Bishop Caggiano, Deacon Christopher Perrella, and Archbishop Mansell. Bishop Paul Chomnycky of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Stamford is behind Archbishop Mansell. (Photo by Amy Mortensen/Diocese of Bridgeport)

TRUMBULL – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell of Hartford installed Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, 54, as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport during a joyous Mass of Installation on Sept. 19 at St. Theresa Church.

Bishop Caggiano, who previously served as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, succeeds Bishop William E. Lori, who was named Archbishop of Baltimore in March 2012. Archbishop Lori also attended the installation.

"We gather, so happy to welcome Bishop Frank Caggiano here to the Diocese of Bridgeport," said Archbishop Mansell, who praised him for his experience, reputation and way of bringing people more closely to Christ. "We are profoundly grateful for your willingness to be here and for the service you will be giving" to the diocese, he said.

Read more: Archbishop Mansell installs Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport

STS-front-ext-2003 story-BLOOMFIELD – St. Thomas Seminary will celebrate the 85th anniversary of its dedication with an exhibit highlighting the history of the seminary from Sept. 23 through the month of October.

The exhibit at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, located at 467 Bloomfield Ave., is open to the public. Directions are available by calling 860-242-5573, ext. 2608, or going online to

The Preparatory Seminary of St. Thomas of Aquinas was founded by Bishop Michael Tierney and originally was located at 352 Collins St. in Hartford. Under the direction of the first rector, Father John Synnot, classes were organized on Sept. 7, 1898. There were 37 students enrolled: 15 boarders and 22 day scholars.

Read more: Exhibit to highlight history of St. Thomas Seminary

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Chippanee Golf Club, Bristol, Bristol, United States
The 15th annual Rev. Robert A. Lysz Memorial Golf Tournament will have a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. July 31 at [...]
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