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)
MILFORD – Lauralton Hall’s faculty and staff awarded 76 awards during the recent Senior Awards Ceremony held in the Lauralton Hall Claven Auditorium. Class of 2014 valedictorian Ann Marie Guzzi of Fairfield and salutatorian Jean-Claire Vincent of Stamford top a list of accomplished and service-minded graduates who will pursue higher education at some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the country.
Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant of a Mass at St. Bridget Church in Cheshire on June 14 at which Father Jeffrey V. Romans was installed as the pastor.
Father Romans had previously served as secretary to the archbishop and vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Hartford.
In an email some days later, Father Romans said it was a "very moving experience" to be installed as a pastor.
"The installation ceremony really helps us to understand the relationship of the pastor to the archbishop, and of the pastor to the people entrusted to his care," he said. "I am so honored and happy to be the new pastor at Saint Bridget Parish and school and will certainly, with the help of God’s grace, love and care for the parish entrusted to me as Christ himself.
St. Bridget, which was established as a mission in the mid-1800s, currently has a congregation of more than 2,500 families. Its school enrolls children in prekindergarten through eighth grade. (Photo by Rick Ciaburri Studio)
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.