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HARTFORD – It was a day of joy and celebration as Archbishop Leonard P. Blair ordained seven seminarians to the priesthood in the Cathedral of St. Joseph on May 17. It was his first ordination of priests since becoming the Archbishop of Hartford in December.
The newly ordained priests are Fathers Carlos Arturo Castrillón, Marcel David Dawson, Ryan Matthew Lerner, Tuan Mai, Roberto Daniel McCarthy, Michael Ruminski and James Michael Sullivan.
“God has heard our prayer in providing pastors, good shepherds after the heart of Christ to guide and sanctify and shepherd his people,” said Archbishop Blair, as he welcomed the candidates along with their families, friends and the faithful from throughout the archdiocese, to the cathedral.
Student Kaylee Denomme, escorted by Anthony Votto, crowns the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Bridget School in Cheshire on May 6.
The school’s third graders, who recently had received their first holy Communion, led the prayer service for the May crowning. The students also sang and shared stories about the Blessed Mother.
Third-grade teachers Margaret Higgins and Christine Yandow coordinated the event. (Photo submitted)
HARTFORD – SS. Cyril and Methodius School will close at the end of the academic year, and the families of its students will receive financial assistance in continuing their Catholic education at St. Augustine School.
“After careful review and consultation with parish trustees and the financial committee of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Hartford, it was determined that parish resources can no longer sustain the school, which currently enrolls 80 students,” said a press release issued by the Archdiocese of Hartford.
HARTFORD – It was bright and breezy on the morning of the sixth annual Blue Mass on May 4 – so breezy that Hartford Fire Department Captain James McLoughlin and fire truck mechanics Martin Dumont and Steve Tarasek struggled mightily to hoist a billowing American flag between the towering ladders of cars 3 and 29 parked back-to-back in front of St. Joseph Cathedral on Farmington Avenue.
HARTFORD – Anthony Griffin was looking for an answer: “What does a good relationship with a man’s father have to do with running a business?”
Five Hartford-area men pondered the question during a meeting of the Fathers’ Entrepreneurial Program, part of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood Program at the Asylum Hill Family Center at 60 Gillett St.
Mr. Griffin, coordinator of the eight-week entrepreneurship program, told the men at the meeting that his mother died when he was 6 months old and “Everything I learned I got from my father.” He now owns a retail clothing establishment.
The men in the program are all fathers who are seeking better relationships with their children, and some are trying to reconcile with their own fathers. All are trying to change their lives for the better through self-employment.