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BRISTOL – Nearly 300 proponents of transforming Catholic social teaching into action attended the fifth annual Bishop Peter Rosazza Social Justice Conference on June 14 at St. Paul Catholic High School.
Organizers attributed a 20 percent attendance increase to what many call the “Pope Francis effect” and the pontiff’s immense global popularity.
“There’s an increase this year in the number of participants, parish representation and young people,” said Lynn Campbell, executive director of the Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry (OCSJM) of the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Msgr. Daniel Plocharczyk speaks to the congregation gathered to celebrate his 40th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood at a Mass on May 25 at Sacred Heart Church in New Britain.
Archbishop Emeritus Daniel A. Cronin presided. Concelebrants were Fathers Stanislaw Dudek, Tomasz Sztuber, Peter Sobiecki, Dariusz Gosciniak, Bernard Backiel, Dariusz Paszkowski, Gerard Schmitz and Thomas Ginty.
Among the hundreds of people at the Mass were Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, members of Msgr. Plocharczyk’s family and many friends and parishioners. A reception followed in the school hall.
Msgr. Plocharczyk was ordained on May 25, 1974, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.He served for some years as secretary to Archbishop Cronin and vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Hartford. (Photo by Eva Gryk)
Archbishop Leonard P. Blair lays his hands upon the head of candidate Thomas W. Cabeen of Milford in silence as part of the ordination of 10 men to the permanent diaconate on June 7 in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.
Also ordained were Kenneth Bangs of Collinsville, Ronnie Bicknell of North Haven, Steven Bilodeau of Hamden, James McCormack Jr. of Hartford, Dean Macchio of Milford, Jacek Muszynski of Meriden, Jose Robles of Meriden, Ernest Scrivani of North Haven and Laurent Yergeau of Milford.
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BLOOMFIELD – Fourteen women and three men from 14 parishes received the praise and encouragement of Archbishop Leonard P. Blair as they were welcomed as newly commissioned lay ministers during a ceremony at the ArchdiocesanCenter at St. Thomas Seminary May 30.
Archbishop Blair, who presented each new lay minister with a certificate and lapel pin, quoted Hans Urs von Balthasar, Swiss theologian and Catholic priest (1905-88), as saying that “truth is not discordant; truth is symphonic.”
Enfield Mayor Scott R. Kaupin prepares to taste-test an array of baked goods at this year’s Rock-a-Thon Variety Show and Bake Sale on April 26 at St. Joseph’s Residence in Enfield, a home of the Little Sisters of the Poor.