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nized as MS care center

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HARTFORD – The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research at the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, a St. Francis Care provider, has been officially recognized as a Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care program.

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St. Francis Hospital receives health system planning award

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HARTFORD – St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center is one of seven national recipients of a Learning Health System Planning Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The AAMC award recognizes institutions that have implemented or wish to enhance the capacity of innovative, system-wide processes that improve the opportunity for research within one or more of three research areas: quality improvement, health equity and research using data from electronic health records.

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Southbury parish gives $10,000 boost to local fuel bank

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SOUTHBURY – Members of Sacred Heart Parish presented a $10,000 donation to the Southbury Fuel Bank recently.

Taking part in the $10,000 donation to the Southbury Fuel Bank are, from left, Sacred Heart finance council members Nancy Langrock and Jennifer Enger; Town of Southbury social services director Sandy Saren; Father Joseph Donnelly, pastor of Sacred Heart; and parish finance council members Mary Korsu, Dennis Von Ende and Jean Brickey. (Photo submitted)

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Scholarship fund established in honor of Archbishop Mansell

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mansell scholarshipIn this archival photo, Archbishop Henry J. Mansell joins Catholic students from St. Rita School in Hamden before a fund-raising event. (Photo submitted)HARTFORD – The Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools (FACS) and the Archdiocesan School Board have created a new academic scholarship fund, The Archbishop Henry J. Mansell Scholarship Fund, to benefit Catholic school students in the Archdiocese of Hartford.

According to the president of the FACS board of trustees, Brian A. Giantonio, one of the most significant achievements that Archbishop Mansell has made during his tenure is the implementation of a tuition assistance program through the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal to help Catholic school students pursue an exemplary academic education combined with faith-filled instruction.

“FACS and the Archdiocesan School Board wanted to honor Archbishop Mansell in his retirement with the creation of a scholarship fund in his name,” said Mr. Giantonio.

Hartford’s fourth archbishop officially retires on Dec. 16, the day that Archbishop Leonard P. Blair is to be installed as the fifth archbishop.

"Archbishop Mansell strongly believes in Catholic school education; he believes in our students and in our community of fine educators in the schools. He has worked tirelessly to keep our schools as state-of-the-art, premier learning centers,” added Mr. Giantonio.

The chairman of the Archdiocesan School Board, Robert O’Hara, echoed these sentiments.

“Over the last 10 years of his leadership, Archbishop Mansell has put Catholic school education front and center. Through his tuition assistance program, many families who would not have been able to afford to send their children to Catholic school have been given the opportunity. The Archbishop Henry J. Mansell Scholarship Fund will allow us to carry out his legacy for generations to come.”

Mr. Giantonio and Mr. O’Hara said that Archbishop Mansell has made a personal donation to the scholarship fund that bears his name.

FACS is a local, nonprofit corporation that has supported the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford since 1982. Its mission is to provide scholarships and fund special projects in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford. FACS raises money through donations from generous individuals and businesses, special events and planned gifts. For more information visit:

The mission of the Archdiocesan School Board is to further the advancement of quality Catholic education for students in the Archdiocese of Hartford by providing leadership, direction and support to the archbishop and superintendent of Catholic schools.

Cindy Basil Howard, executive director of FACS, said the seed money for the new scholarship fund was provided by a donor. The scholarship will benefit both elementary and high school students and is in addition to existing scholarships provided through FACS and other archdiocesan sources, she said.


Sisters of Mercy celebrate jubilees

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mercy jubilee12The West Hartford community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Region, recently celebrated sisters who are marking their 75th, 50th and 25th years of religious life.

In photo on left, Sisters Madeline Follachio, seated, and Elizabeth Travers were honored for 75 years at a Mass celebrated in the Archbishop Whealon Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy at St. Mary Home.

They were joined by members marking 55th, 60th, 65th and 70th year anniversaries of religious life.

In photo at right, the sisters celebrated Sisters Mary Etta Higgins, right, and Carol Duffy, left, for their 50 years of religious life, and Sister Patricia Moriarty for her 25th anniversary, at a Mass on Sept. 22 at St. Mark Parish in West Hartford. Passionist Father David Cinquegrani was the celebrant.

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