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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 www.stseminary.org.
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.
Sister Angela Marie Castellani, a member of the Fransiscan Sisters of the Eucharist and a religion teacher at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, leads her class in prayer for peace in Syria during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and adoration in the school chapel Sept. 6.
"Today, especially with the Holy Father’s request for prayer for Syria, and our not having school tomorrow, we hope that this will be our participation in the prayer for peace" the Holy Father decreed for Sept. 7, Sister Angela said.
She said the school is blessed to have Deacons Richard Santos and Jeffrey Sutherland on staff, because only a cleric is allowed to expose and repose the Blessed Sacrament.
Exposition and adoration take place from 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on first Fridays at the school and every Friday during Advent and Lent.
"I think it’s a wonderful story of what’s taking place at Northwest Catholic as we continue to expand the whole idea of mission formation and evangelization in our Catholic schools," said Dr. Dale R. Hoyt, archdiocesan superintendent of Catholic schools. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)
NEW HAVEN – Continuing a 45-year tradition, the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry (OCSJM) will present awards for exceptional efforts in social justice ministry to Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, a local service agency and a parish community at its annual dinner Oct. 22 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.
The dinner and awards event brings together parish and agency representatives from across the Archdiocese of Hartford each year to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to improve the lives of people.
NEW HAVEN – Homelessness is a problem that will never go away, says Deacon Marty O’Connor. “It was a problem; it remains a problem, and there will always be opportunities for ministry to people who are down on their luck,” he said.
Deacon O’Connor should know. For the past 28 years, he and his wife Mary have volunteered two Sundays a month to prepare meals with the St. Mary Parish soup kitchen committee (some 650 meals, if anyone is counting) for an area shelter. And they’re not even thinking about quitting.
NEW HAVEN – Comprehensive immigration reform promises to be on the front burner this month when Congress returns from its summer break. And the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging the faithful to contact their representatives in support of the legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship and preserve family unity for 11 million undocumented immigrants.
After passing in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 68-32 in June, the legislation is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives later this month.“It’s important to let our legislators know we support this by phoning, faxing or emailing their office,” said Lynn Campbell, director of the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry (OCSJM) for the Archdiocese of Hartford.