NEW HAVEN – Although words are important in proclaiming the Gospel, Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe, scholar, author and itinerant preacher, did not focus on them when he addressed the question, “How Can We Talk about God Today?”
“Preaching isn’t always a question of speaking words,” said Father Radcliffe, who drew much laughter, at times, and applause during his July 8 lecture at Albertus Magnus College.
HAMDEN – Bioethicist Father Tad Pacholczyk provided a comprehensive overview of end-of-life issues for nearly 100 women religious and laypeople during a two-day bioethics and Catholic social teaching workshop.
It was hosted by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on July 8-9.
Sister Jeanne Marie Vonder Haar of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, director of education services for Apostle Immigrant Services in New Haven chats on July 8 with adult students at an English Conversation Circle that she hosts on Tuesday evenings from June through August at the agency in New Haven.
Sister Jeanne estimates that 30 to 40 people have attended the informal gatherings, which are designed to help adults “practice English and become confident in themselves in a non-threatening atmosphere."
Topics discussed include the weather, visits to the doctor, housework, idiomatic expressions, getting an apartment or house, handling money and documents, sports, dining and shopping.
Information is available at 203-752-9068, ext. 11.
SOUTHINGTON – On June 9, Kevin Ollie and his champion UConn Huskies men’s basketball team were honored at the White House. On June 10, Coach Ollie was honored at the 29th annual Franciscan Sports Banquet at the Aqua Turf. One was more meaningful to him.
“Well, both of them were great events,” he said. “But I like this one just a little bit more because of the [Franciscan] Life Center and what it represents. You know, meeting the president was great, but I love Mother Shaun [Vergauwen, mother general of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist] and what she’s doing, so I hope her blessings rub off on me.”
Coach Ollie moments earlier had accepted the St. Francis Award for community service and charitable work. In his remarks, he said the Franciscan Life Center – which sponsors the fund-raising event in conjunction with Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care of Meriden – transforms lives.
SIMSBURY – St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center faces fines of $24 million a month under a federal mandate issued under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
That and other serious implications that the Affordable Care Act and the department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) mandate will have on Americans’ right to religious freedom were presented to a full hall at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in West Simsbury on June 8. It was the second program in a series about “The Catholic Church in the Public Square.”