MANCHESTER – Recipients of the St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation are people who are as unique as the diverse array of services they perform in parishes across the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Archbishop Henry Mansell recognized 208 parishioners for distinguished service and presented each of them with the St. Joseph Medal, named for the patron of the Archdiocese, during a ceremony at the Cathedral on April 14. Click here to see full list of winners. Click here to see full photo gallery.
Every year for more than a decade, pastors from across the archdiocese have nominated a person or couple from their parish to receive the medal of appreciation. Nominees are volunteers who share their time and talent for the benefit of their parish community.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis reaffirmed the Vatican's call for reform of the U.S.-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
Archbishop Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the U.S.-based nuns' group that he had "recently discussed the doctrinal assessment with Pope Francis, who reaffirmed the findings of the assessment and the program of reform for this conference of major superiors."
The doctrinal congregation met April 15 with the LCWR leadership and Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who had been assigned by the Vatican to oversee the reform of the pontifically recognized leadership group.
LCWR, in a statement on its website, said its representatives included Franciscan Sister Florence Deacon, president; Sister Carol Zinn, a Sister of St. Joseph, president-elect; and Sister Janet Mock, a Sister of St. Joseph and the organization's executive director.
LCWR is a Maryland-based umbrella group that claims about 1,500 leaders of U.S. women's communities as members, representing about 80 percent of the country's 57,000 women religious.
Hector Davila prays the Divine Mercy Chaplet on Sunday at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford scheduled a variety of devotions in observance of the Sunday of Divine Mercy. (Photo by Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer)
WEST HARTFORD – The Children’s Rosary organization has dedicated this Year of Faith to renewing family prayer.
The group, created by Dr. Blythe Kaufman, mother of three and a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, has helped establish Children’s Rosary prayer groups across the country.
"Our children have an enormous capacity for spirituality and a deep relationship with our Lord and his mother," said Dr. Kaufman. "The Children’s Rosary is a means for parents to expose their children to prayer at an early age and develop faith steeped in the tradition of the Catholic Church."
NEW HAVEN – They hide in the steel-and-concrete underbellies of bridges. They hunker under stairways in tumbledown buildings. They shiver in shadowed alleyways. And for 24 years, Michael Guidone and his band of helpers have been finding them, feeding them, clothing them, helping them come back to some better kind of life.
In 1989, Mr. Guidone started what later became known as the Midnight Sandwich Run, an attempt to locate and feed homeless people in the New Haven area. The effort found traction, and it is now financed in part by donations to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal through St. Elizabeth Parish in Branford, which uses an allotment of appeal money under the Vicariate Outreach Program.
SIMSBURY – Can it be proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the Shroud of Turin is the cloth that was wrapped around the body of Jesus when he was crucified 2,000 years ago? No.
But is there a plethora of evidence that strongly suggests that it is what believers claim it is? Yes.
That was the premise behind a two-hour presentation called "Shroud Encounter" on March 10 at St. Catherine of Siena Parish. The slide lecture was conducted by international shroud expert Russ Breault, founder of the Georgia-based Shroud of Turin Education Project Inc. He has lectured on the topic for 25 years.
Focusing on scientific, historic, liturgical, cultural and other evidence, he led an audience of 700 people through the story of the shroud. The 14-foot-long single piece of woven cloth resides behind bullet-proof glass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy.