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.”
WATERBURY – A forced closure 75 years ago of an illegal birth control clinic was commemorated June 21 with a Mass and procession attended by about 100 people.
Organizers say the June 19, 1939, raid on the Henry Sabin Chase Memorial Dispensary was the start of the pro-life movement in America.
Lou Terzo, an organizer for Brake the Cycle of Poverty, leads other cyclists to the parking lot of St. Vincent DePaul Mission and Shelter in Bristol June 24.
Mr. Terzo, of St. Bridget Parish in Manchester, has been pedaling with the poverty-awareness group since it began rolling in 2003. He said the volunteer cyclists have visited the offices of Senators Chris Dodd and Richard Blumenthal, urging them to fight for economic and social programs that would reduce poverty.
The cyclists also rode to shelters and/or parishes in Litchfield, Cornwall, Manchester, Rocky Hill, West Hartford, Bristol, Stratford and Hartford, raising awareness of poverty in the United States. The 12th annual trip ended June 26 at St. Elizabeth House - Mercy Housing and Shelter in Hartford. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)