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FAIRFIELD – A Fairfield University alumnus and trustee, John C. Meditz, ’70, of Weehawken, N.J., has given $10 million to the university for one of its current strategic priorities, the transformative expansion and modernization of the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex.

The gift adds to other major contributions that Mr. Meditz has made in recent years, including gifts that enabled the university to construct and establish the Bellarmine Museum of Art, to endow the directorship of the museum, and to create additional endowed student scholarships.

Read more: Fairfield University alum makes $10 million gift to his alma mater

stjosmedal-ouellette-webDominican Sister Aurea Maria Torres, who ministers at St. Anne-Immaculate Conception Parish in Hartford, congratulates parishioner Francis Ouellette, who received the St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation on March 16 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. (Photo by Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer)HARTFORD – “I’m going to sleep with it…sleep with it and be happy with it,” said an overjoyed John David, a member of St. Luke Parish, before receiving his St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation from Archbishop Leonard P. Blair at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph on March 16. See full list of winners here.

“It’s the luckiest and best thing I’ve ever gotten in my life,” gushed Mr. David, who has taken up the Sunday Mass collection for the past two decades and served as an usher. “It’ll never happen again.”

Many of the 207 recipients of this year’s St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation, which recognizes them for their service and commitment to their church, were visibly moved by the ceremony.

“It’s a great blessing and a great gift,” said Martha Smith, of St. Mary Parish in Branford, where she serves as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults team leader and coordinates a visitors’ ministry. “I think each of us shares it with everyone from our parish.”

Read more: Parish volunteers honored with St. Joseph medals

IHF-Mansell-031114 1855-adj-webArchbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell was honored March 11 at the Institute for the Hispanic Family (IHF) in Hartford, where the community room was renamed The Archbishop Henry J. Mansell Community Room.

It is the same room where on June 17, 2008, then-Archbishop Mansell presided over the dedication of the relocated 22,000-square-foot IHF at 45 Wadsworth St., which now serves more than 3,000 people a year and is considered one of his signature accomplishments during his 10 years as archbishop of Hartford.

Lois Nesci, director of Catholic Charities, pictured here with the archbishop as he cuts a cake made for the event, thanked Archbishop Mansell for the support he provided to the IHF and other Catholic Charities initiatives.

Archbishop Mansell said, “I remember in October of 2003, when Rose Alma Cataldo [then Catholic Charities director] brought me here – not here but a few blocks away, up the street – and showed the Institute for the Hispanic Family at that time. It was teeming with people. There wasn’t enough room to put them all.”

He acknowledged the hard work done by the Catholic Charities board of directors and by individuals, saying, “Your enthusiasm and support make such an enormous difference.” (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair is taking to the airwaves with a new radio program airing Sundays on WJMJ, the FM station owned by the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The archbishop will  answer questions from parishioners and others who want to learn more about Catholicism, faith in general and the role of religion in modern times.

“The Archbishop’s Corner” made its debut March 9. It airs weekly at 7 a.m. with a repeat broadcast at 1 p.m. following the noontime Celebration of the Eucharist.

Each 30-minute program starts with a reflection on the Gospel reading for that Sunday, and then Archbishop Blair answers questions. Father John Gatzak, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Radio and Television, co-hosts the program and discusses questions submitted by postal mail, email or telephone voice messages.

Hartford’s WJMJ broadcasts to most of Connecticut and western Massachusetts at 88.9 on the FM dial, and is also distributed around the world through streaming audio on the Internet at http://www.WJMJ.org.

“This is a fine way to reach out and meet people in the archdiocese,” observed Archbishop Blair. “I’ve been visiting individual parishes since arriving in December, and this program should accelerate the process of people getting to know me and for me to learn more about their concerns.”

Father Gatzak, who also is WJMJ’s general manager, said, “Questions are always welcome from anyone, anywhere,” whether they are mailed to the office, sent by email to archbishop@WJMJ.org or left as voice mail at 203-805-5045.

“Airing the program twice on Sunday will make it easy for our listeners to hear the archbishop no matter what time they go to church,” Father Gatzak added.

WJMJ is a noncommercial station that offers values-oriented programming, including inspirational and classical music programs, local, state, national, international and religious news, plus educational and public affairs programs.

In addition to serving much of the state at 88.9MHz on the FM dial, listeners in New Haven can hear WJMJ at 107.1 MHz and in Hamden at 93.1 MHz.

 

HARTFORD – At the Lea’s Foundation 20th annual Valentine’s Day Ball, the organization pledged $555,000 to conduct leukemia research at the St. Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center over the next three years.                                                                                                                                                                   The funds provided by Lea’s Foundation will be used to coordinate and support participation in clinical trials to test recently discovered new cancer treatment drugs.

Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research Inc. was formed in 1998 to honor the memory of Lea Michele Economos, who at the young age of 18 was diagnosed with leukemia, and subsequently lost her battle when she was only 28 years old. Lea’s Foundation raises money to fund research into the causes of and cures for leukemia and its related cancers (lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma).

Lea’s Foundation also provides some limited financial assistance to patients affected by leukemia and similar blood-related diseases. The foundation further provides increased public awareness of these cancers through its participation and support of community health care programs. All of the money raised by the Lea’s Foundation stays in Connecticut.

The St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center Foundation operates exclusively to advance the charitable, scientific and educational purposes of the Hospital through relationship building, community visibility and fund raising.

It also focuses on major gifts and planned gifts to build St. Francis' endowment to enable the Hospital to sustain its services to the community for generations to come.

Events Calendar

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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
Date :  April 13, 2014
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
Date :  April 14, 2014
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
Date :  April 15, 2014
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
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Our Lady of Pompeii Church, East Haven, East Haven, United States
The annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help that began on March 5 continues at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at [...]
Date :  April 16, 2014
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
Date :  April 17, 2014
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
Date :  April 18, 2014
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
Date :  April 19, 2014
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Planned Parenthood, Enfield, Enfield, United States
Concerned Citizens 4 Life  will hold a series of peaceful prayer vigils in front of the new Planned [...]
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
Date :  April 20, 2014
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
Date :  April 21, 2014
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
Date :  April 22, 2014
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Mercy Hall, University of St. Joseph, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
WEST HARTFORD – The Art Gallery at the University of St. Joseph (USJ) will present the 2014 Vincenza Uccello Fine Arts Lecture featuring [...]
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Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
Full of Grace: Gentle Yoga and Centering Prayer will meet for seven Wednesdaysat the Caritas Christi [...]
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Our Lady of Pompeii Church, East Haven, East Haven, United States
The annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help that began on March 5 continues at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at [...]
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
Date :  April 23, 2014
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Pope John Paul II School, New Britain, New Britain, United States
Pope John Paul II Catholic School in New Britain will have an open house for new and prospective students [...]
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Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
Dr. Tim Gray's study of the Gospel of Luke expliains the fundamental themes of Jesus' messianic mission. [...]
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St. Brigid Parish, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
The St. Brigid Ladies Guild annual Monte Carlo Whist Party will be held at 7 p.m. April 24 in St. Brigid [...]
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
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St. Martha School, Enfield, Enfield, United States
St. Martha School in Enfield will hold an open house on Thursday, April 24, from 10-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Tours will be conducted; and teachers, students, parents of students and administrators will [...]
Date :  April 24, 2014
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Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Bloomfield, United States
An international food, wine and beer tasting will be held to benefit Immaculate Conception Shelter and [...]
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
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Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford, Hartford, United States
The Sacred Sounds Concert Series at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford resumes at 7:30 p.m. on [...]
Date :  April 25, 2014
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Connor Chapel, University of St. Joseph
HARTFORD – Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus will join the combined choirs of St. Patrick-St. Anthony [...]
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St. Mary School, Newingtonn, Newington, United States
St. Mary School in Newington will host its annual wine and beer tasting event from 6:30-9:30 pm. March 1. [...]
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St. Mary School, Newingtonn, Newington, United States
St. Mary School's annual wine tasting and auction will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 26. The event will be hosted by NBC TV personality Brad Field.  Some of the items to be [...]
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St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
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Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, will present music and prayer for the Easter seaso at 7:30 p.m. [...]
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St. Monica Church, Northford, Northford, United States
NORTHFORD – St. Monica's Rosary Society will have its spring craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 [...]
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St. Mary-St. Michael School, Derby, Derby, United States
DERBY – Back by popular demand, organizers say, St. Mary-St. Michael School will sponsor a community shred day from 9 a.m. to noon April 26 at the school, located at 14 Seymour Ave.  Eco Shred [...]
09:30 AM
Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
"Making Friends with the False Self," a contemplative prayer program, will be presented by Father Bill [...]
Date :  April 26, 2014
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St. Ann Church, Bristol, Bristol, United States
St.  Ann Church in Bristol will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday on April 27 with a Mass at 2:30 p.m. [...]
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Knights of Columbus Museum/St. Stanislaus Church, New Haven, United States
NEW HAVEN – A relic of Blessed John Paul II will be available for the veneration of the public at St. Stanislaus Church in New Haven during a 3 p.m. prayer service on April 27, the day of the [...]
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Mary Our Queen Church, Plantsville, Southington, United States
Divine Mercy Holy Hour - Mary Our Queen Church, Southington, 3-4 p.m. April 27th.  Benediction, Homily, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Veneration of relic of St. [...]
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Legion of Christ Seminary, Cheshire, Cheshire, United States
A Divine Mercy Holy Hour will be held at 3 p.m. April 27 at the Legion of Christ Seminary in Cheshire. It [...]
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St. Michael Church, Litchfield CT
HARTFORD – Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus will join the combined choirs of St. Patrick-St. Anthony [...]
07:00 PM
St. Margaret Mary Church, South Windsor, South Windsor, United States
A Novena for Divine Mercy will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church beginning at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, and concluding at 3 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will [...]
11:30 AM
Pope John Paul II School, New Britain, New Britain, United States
The new St. John Paul II Catholic School in New Britain will be re-dedicated on April 27, when a series of [...]
12:45 PM
Charter Oak Cultural Center/Riverfront Mortensen Plaza, Hartford, United States
NEW HAVEN – The Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry (OCSJM) of the Archdiocese of Hartford, in [...]
Date :  April 27, 2014
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Farmington, United States
"Resurrection:  How can we respond to the needs of today and bring new life to ourselves and our world?" Deacon Art Miller, director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries for the [...]
09:00 AM
Farmington, United States
"Resurrection:  How can we respond to the needs of today and bring new life to ourselves and our world?" Deacon Art Miller, director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries for the [...]
Date :  April 29, 2014
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Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
HAMDEN – Caritas Christi Center will sponsor a day bus trip to St. Joseph the Worker Shrine in Lowell, [...]
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St. Anthony Parish Center, New Haven, New Haven, United States
The St. Anthony Society of St. Anthony Parish will have its 37th annual raffle and card party at 7 p.m. April 30 in [...]
07:00 PM
Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
Full of Grace: Gentle Yoga and Centering Prayer will meet for seven Wednesdaysat the Caritas Christi [...]
09:00 AM
Farmington, United States
"Resurrection:  How can we respond to the needs of today and bring new life to ourselves and our world?" Deacon Art Miller, director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries for the [...]
09:00 AM
Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Plainville, Plainville, United States
Our Lady of Mercy Parish will offer a five-part program for lay Catholics titled “We the People of [...]
Date :  April 30, 2014

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