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Archbishop Henry J. Mansell ordained Carlos Arturo Castrillon Castro, left, and Timothy Shawn Hickey to the transitional diaconate on Feb. 23 in the chapel at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Transitional deacons go on to be ordained to the priesthood; permanent deacons do not. See gallery for more photos. (Photo by David Royce)
Pope Benedict XVI holds a hard-bound edition of 'John Paul II for Dummies' in Rome in September 2006 that he was given by its authors, Father Kenneth D. Brighenti, center, and Father John Trigilio. (Photo courtesy of Father Trigilio)
EAST HAVEN – Catholic authors and TV hosts Father John Trigilio, Ph.D., and Father Kenneth D. Brighenti, Ph.D., will present a four-day Lenten mission titled "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness” Feb. 25-28 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 355 Foxon Road (Route 80).
The evening talks, which will begin at 7 p.m., will explore various Catholic teachings, beliefs and practices.
The Catholic Transcript has won first prize for overall excellence in the 2012 New England Better Newspaper Competition.
The competition, held each year by the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), draws nearly 3,000 entries from throughout the region. The NENPA awards were announced on Feb. 8.
The Transcript also earned first prizes for editorial writing, a themed or sponsored advertising page and feature photography. It took second place for a local personality profile story and third place for a local advertisement in color and for a personality photo.
HARTFORD – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy chose the Institute for the Hispanic Family, a service of Catholic Charities located at 45 Wadsworth St., for his Feb. 4 announcement of a plan to coordinate services aimed at improving outcomes for Connecticut’s youngest children.
The initiative, which must first pass the General Assembly, would pull services from the Department of Social Services, Department of Education, Department of Public Health, Board of Regents and the Department of Developmental Services to form an Office of Early Childhood Education. Stating that the new office would "fundamentally transform how we address early childhood issues in the state," Gov. Malloy said the initiative would be phased in over two years and would improve continuity, access and outreach.
"Relics of the Passion" is its name, and the exhibit is traveling through the Archdiocese of Hartford during Lent. Its first stop will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at St. James Parish in Manchester.
Eight tiny relics related to the Passion, death and Resurrection of Christ make up the exhibit, which Ms. Serafini says fascinates children and moves many adults to prayerful reverence.