The faithful venerate the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the sanctuary after an annual Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.
Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the celebrant.
The archbishop also blessed the image, which was carried into the cathedral by members of the Grupo Guadalupano, an organization of Mexican Americans. (Photo by Aaron Joseph)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The apostolic visitation of U.S. communities of religious women, though initially met with some resistance, ended up promoting a greater sense of unity in the church and helped the women become more aware of how God is working in their lives, said the prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
"May the self-assessment and dialogue sparked by the apostolic visitation continue to bear abundant fruit for the revitalization and strengthening of religious institutes in fidelity to Christ, to the Church and to their founding charisms," said Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, the prefect, at a Dec. 16 news conference at the Vatican.
BRISTOL – The Archdiocese of Hartford Office of Religious Education and Evangelization (OREE) presented its annual Faith and Evangelization Congress on Nov. 15 at St. Paul High School in Bristol. This year’s theme was titled “Making God Known: Sharing the Stories of Faith.”
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Preceded by a procession of flags from the nations of the Americas and the recitation of the rosary in Spanish, Pope Francis and thousands of Catholics from across the Atlantic celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Vatican.
Shawnee Baldwin, coordinator of youth and young adult ministry for the Office of Religious Education and Evangelization, was honored with a regional leadership award Dec. 6 from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America.
NEW HAVEN – As many headed out to shop on the day after Thanksgiving, hundreds of area children received a free and much-needed gift as the Knights of Columbus distributed new winter coats to children in need at seven sites throughout Connecticut on “Black Friday,” Nov. 28.
The Anti-Defamation League will honor Deacon Arthur and Sandra Miller and two others at the 2013 Greater Hartford Torch of Liberty Award Reception and Centennial Gala, set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in West Hartford.
Deacon Miller is director of the archdiocesan Office for Black Catholic Ministries. In addition to his assigned parishes, he is the chaplain at Hartford’s Capital Community College. Deacon Miller addresses issues of social injustice at public forums, houses of worship and schools and universities across the country. Deacon Miller was a participant in Connecticut ADL’s first Interfaith Mission to Israel in 2007.
Sandra Miller is the office manager for the archdiocesan Small Christian Communities. She was first introduced to the Anti-Defamation League when she became an active participant in ADL’s "Names Can Really Hurt Us" program while working at the Watkinson School in Hartford.
The Millers, who have been married for 42 years, reside in Windsor and have four children and six grandchildren.
Also to be honored with the Torch of Liberty are Dr. Walter Harrison, president of the University of Hartford; and Dr. Saud Anwar, founder and co-chair of the American Muslim Peace Initiative.
The century-old Anti-Deframation League is devoted to fighting anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of bigotry. The Torch of Liberty, one of ADL's premier annual events, attracts more than 400 of Greater Hartford's leading citizens and corporations every year. Information is available from Jan Magid, associate development director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-288-6500, ext. 313.