Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Holy Family Retreat


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Katherin Sniffin, principal of St. Joseph School in Meriden, makes good on a pledge to skydive on April 17 over Gardiner, N.Y., in return for pledges made by members of the school community this year to go “Above and Beyond” what they normally do for the school.

cath educ conf Katie 1270 webKatie Purple, who teaches religion at St. Paul Catholic High School, conducts a workshop on March 15 during the Catholic Educators Faith Conference at the high school. (Photo by Shelley Wolf)

BRISTOL – Exactly what is mercy? And how are Catholic educators applying the spiritual works of mercy in the classroom?

sha princess 3126 apr16 web Margaret McAndrew and Kylee McGrane, co-founders of The Princess Project, which organizes visits to children’s hospitals by college students dressed as princesses and characters, pose with students at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, where they talked about their program on Feb. 26. From left are students Alyssa Carrano, Caroline Berberian and Sophie Park; Miss McGrane and Miss McAndrew; and students Chrissy Chow, Julia Davis and Priya Patel. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

HAMDEN – Since graduating from Sacred Heart Academy in 2013, Margaret McAndrew has turned her passion for service and love of fairy tale princesses into a budding nationwide program for college students dressed as popular princesses to visit children in hospitals and schools.

peacecorps seuss apr16 webLauren Hoisl answers questions from children at her alma mater, Corpus Christi School in Wethersfield, on Feb. 25 as part of the annual Read Across America initiative. (Photo by Shelley Wolf)


WETHERSFIELD – When Lauren Hoisl, a Wethersfield native and Peace Corps volunteer, arrived in the town of Chissano in Mozambique to teach reading in the fall of 2013, the children there had very few books to read.

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Jomar Rodriguez, left, explains a math concept to fellow students Mateusz Gola, Sophia Kowalker and Kaily Lesny during the recent Math Fair at Sacred Heart School in New Britain.

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MIDDLETOWN – Xavier High School’s Riflery Team shows off its hardware after a record-setting season and winning the state championship recently.

ndhs letters webFrom left, Ryan Tonelli, Trevonn Cohen, Jamie Peck, Eddie Whitman and Ben Pello with letters to soldiers in Afghanistan. (Photo by Carolyn Milazzo)

WEST HAVEN – Notre Dame High School senior Ben Pello thought writing his college admissions essays was tough until he sat down to write a letter to an unknown soldier in Afghanistan.

kids night out caritas web mar16Children work on a craft before watching a movie during “Kids’ Night Out” on Jan. 8 at the Caritas Christi Center. From left are Adriana, Amedeo and Amanda Giachino; and Trinity Sanford. Working with them are Sacred Heart Academy student Ashley Amarante and Sister Jeanne Marie Vonder Haar of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the center director. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

HAMDEN – Weary parents, take note.

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