Archbishop Henry J. Mansell takes scissors to a ribbon to signify the formal opening and dedication of the St. Gianna Pregnancy Resource Center in New Haven on April 21 as Ivana Solsbury, who chairs the center’s board of directors, in white suit, and others applaud.
The center is designed to be a source of material and nonmaterial aid for expectant mothers and their unborn children, through and after birth, and to fathers.
It is located at the corner of Whitney Avenue and Trumbull Street.
A reception followed the dedication and blessing. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)
Presence. "For over a century," the National Council of Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter "Empowered by the Spirit" opens, "the Catholic campus ministry in our country, empowered by the Spirit, has been forming communities of faith which witness to the presence of the risen Christ."
The priest chaplains, lay ministers, faculty advisors and student members convince by their presence and their actions, explains John Campbell, "that God is in the equation, that God is an option and that we are who we are because of our faith in God."
Mr. Campbell serves as lay chaplain at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. He works as part of a network of college ministries coordinated by Father Michael Dolan as its director. In the Archdiocese of Hartford, 13 colleges have officially recognized campus ministries. Their missions are similar, but the nature of each campus makes each ministry unique.
WEST HARTFORD – New York State’s top psychiatrist will be at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center on May 5 for a discussion on how to help families struggling with a loved one’s emotional or mental health crisis. Dr. Lloyd Sederer, medical director of the New York State Office of Mental Health, will present a program titled "Navigating Mental Health: A Tale of Two Families."
Dr. Sederer will discuss questions such as:
- Where do you turn when a family member exhibits signs of emotional instability?
NEW HAVEN – Few customs or traditions have endured for longer than a millennium, but the use of icons in Russia is among them.
In its newest exhibition, "Windows into Heaven: Russian Icons & Treasures," the Knights of Columbus Museum shares share more than 225 examples of Russian Orthodox iconography, along with other liturgical and devotional items. The show runs through April 27, 2014.
Conventual Franciscan Friar Peter Tremblay of St. Paul Parish in Kensington expounds on the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) on April 27 during the Catholic Biblical School’s workshop on "The Word Made Fresh."
Scriptural scholar Celia Sirois, who teaches at St. John Seminary in Brighton, Mass., pictured at the podium, was the guest lecturer.
The purpose of the free workshop was to help participants to think carefully about the process of evangelization so that they could better communicate the good news of the Gospel to a new generation.
The Catholic Biblical School is a program of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Religious Education and Evangelization.
Reflecting on the effective evangelization of St. Paul in his day, Ms. Sirois said she often wonders, "What would Paul have put into a 144-character Tweet to get across the salvation story of Christ?" (Photo by Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer)
BOSTON (CNS) – Even though "the culture of death looms large" today, the light of Christ the Good Shepherd "can expel the darkness and illuminate for us a path that leads to life, to a civilization of solidarity and love," said Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley.
"I hope that the events of this past week have taught us how high the stakes are," the cardinal told the congregation at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross April 21, referring to the Boston Marathon bombings April 15 and the subsequent manhunt for the perpetrators.
"We must build a civilization of love, or there will be no civilization at all," Cardinal O'Malley said in his homily at the Mass of the Good Shepherd, which he offered for the repose of the souls of those killed in the bombings and the aftermath.
Prayers were also offered for those physically injured and "for the brave men and women who saved countless lives as first responders."
The attack left three people dead and more than 170 people seriously injured. By April 18, the FBI had identified two brothers who came to the United States years ago as from the Russian region of Chechnya -- Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19.