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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” will make its debut March 9. It will air 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 will answer questions. Father John Gatzak, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Radio and Television, will co-host the program and discuss 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.
HARTFORD – St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center received an Excellence in Construction Award and the People’s Choice Award from the Connecticut Association of Builders and Contractors for the Innovation + Learning Center at St. Francis.
The 13,500 square-foot Innovation + Learning Center is home to the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation and was designed by S/L/A/M Construction Services of Glastonbury.
FAIRFIELD – Fairfield College Preparatory School will begin construction of a student life center.
The center is designed to serve as a crossroads for important campus activities.
This state-of-the-art, technology-enriched, multipupose facility will feature a number of specialized, but functionally related spaces. It will foster synergy between the academic and co-curricular lives of the school by providing students the opportunity to meet, interact, explore and cultivate their interests outside of the classroom.
The facility will include an enhanced dining area to accommodate 500 students and other school sponsored functions; an assembly area for formal and informal meetings; and office space to support various student-based programs such as campus ministry, the SEED Diversity Program and community service.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring and be completed in the fall of 2015.
HARTFORD – The House of Bread, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, introduced a new line of pasta sauce during its annual Hunger Banquet held Nov. 20 at the Franciscan Urban Center, Church Street, Hartford.
Created by House of Bread chef and program manager Matt Beard, the sauce will provide a new income stream for the Hartford-based charity when it goes on sale in select retail stores early this year. "The Hunger Banquet was the perfect time to introduce our pasta sauce line," said Mr. Beard. "We sold more than 15 cases of sauce in 90 minutes. I think we have a winner here."