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Missionary doctor gets 'Point of Light' award

HARTFORD – Points of Light, the world’s largest volunteer organization, has named Dr. Michael R. Bourque, a senior OB/GYN physician at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, a Daily Point of Light Award honoree for his leadership role on the "Blue Team," a medical missionary team with International Medical Missions of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

The award honors Dr. Bourque’s ongoing commitment to deliver first-class medical services to those in need. Dr. Bourque and his medical missionary team were featured in The Catholic Transcript in April 2011.

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Women religious celebrate consecrated life

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Women religious who are celebrating significant anniversaries this year pose outside of the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary during a celebration of consecrated life on Oct. 19 at the center.

With them are Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, principal celebrant of the Mass; Father John S. Golas, vicar for religious; and Sister Mariette Moan of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, director of the archdiocesan Office for Religious, in front row at right.

A buffet reception followed.

The jubilarians are Sister Petrina Mazzola of the Religious Teachers Filippini, 75 years; Sister Marie Gertrude Laliberté of the Daughters of Wisdom, 65 years; Sister of Mercy Dolores J. Beshara, Sister Dorothy Connelly of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Sister Gertrude Marie McConnell of the Little Sisters of the Poor; Sister Mary Clare Milewski of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Felician Sister Mary Stella Motyl, and Congregation de Notre Dame Sisters Jewel Renna and Eleanor Verrastro, 60 years. Also, Sisters of Mercy Ann O’Neill and Marie Christel Scholl, 55 years; Sisters Patricia Cigrand and Paula Marie Pitruzzello of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sister Mary Friel of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and Felician Sister Joanne Marian Kaminski, 50 years. (Photo by Karen O. Bray)

Notre Dame High names lacrosse coach

ndhs AJ-AlessiA.J. AlessiWEST HAVEN – The Notre Dame High School lacrosse program is now in the hands of former Quinnipiac University player and Branford High School assistant coach A.J. Alessi.

Alessi, who was a high school all-American at Branford and helped lead Quinnipiac University to the league playoffs in each of his four years as a Bobcat, was tapped by athletic director Tom Marcucci, ’66, to be Notre Dame’s second lacrosse coach in the program history.

Alessi replaces Robb Bajoras, who guided Notre Dame to to 53 wins and six CIAC Class M state tournament berths in his seven years as Notre Dame bench boss.

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Oldest nursing school grad recalls hospital’s founder

nurse-mae-106 0105-compA diploma from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing and a nurse’s certificate of registration, both dated 1931, are shown with photos of Mary Alice “Mae” Durkin as a young woman. Inset shows “Mae” Durkin Ryer at age 106. (Photos by Jack Sheedy)DANBURY – During her 106 years on earth, Mary Alice “Mae” (Durkin) Ryer has worn many hats. She has worked in the offices of a hat factory in Danbury, raised two children, spoiled three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and served as a faithful parishioner, first at St. Patrick and later St. Joseph parishes in Danbury. And for 45 years, she wore the starched white nursing cap that she earned from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. Ryer is an alumna of the 1931 class and is believed to be the oldest living graduate of that nursing school, which closed in 1997.

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MS treatment center receives research grant

HARTFORD – The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, a St. Francis Care provider, has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

This is the largest research grant ever received by the Mandell center, which will use it to research the capacity and performance of upper extremities, including arms, hands and shoulders, in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS).

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