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Holy Family Retreat

Founding order's member visits alma mater

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shhs-SrMadeline12Hannah Fitzgerald, a member of the class of 2016 at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, presents flowers to her great-great-aunt, Sister of Mercy Madeline Follachio, a 1938 graduate of Sacred Heart High, during Sister Madeline’s recent visit to the school as part of its 90th anniversary celebration. Looking on are Sister of Mercy Patricia Rooney, who taught English there from 1971-73, and Eileen M. Regan, '78, president. Sister Madeline, one of the oldest members of the school’s founding order, was in the last all-girl class at Sacred Heart. Many members of Sister Madeline’s and Hannah’s families have attended Sacred Heart. (Photo submitted)

 

Lauralton Hall program serves needy worldwide and nearby

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Remi-Smith-teaching-English-in-GuatemalaRemi Smith teaches English in Guatemala

MILFORD – Lauralton Hall’s Outreach Program raised over $8,000 during the 2012-13 school year in support of local, national and international organizations that serve the needy.  Funds raised through class activities, club projects, service trips and dress-down days made a difference in the lives of children and families as nearby as Bridgeport and New Haven and as far away as Guatemala, Guyana, Appalachia and Africa.

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St. Stanislaus students go around the world in a day

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worldtourSamantha Bowman, a seventh-grader at St. Stanislaus School in Meriden, describes artifacts on loan from the New Britain Youth Museum to first graders during a recent World Tour Exhibition at the school. Sixth- through eighth-grade students took an item or artifact from another nation to school along with an international food or beverage. The exhibition was open to parents, teachers and all students. The middle school students gave tours of the exhibit. The museum loaned an array of items from around the world, including a Chinese dragon mask, cowrie shells from Africa, lederhosen from Bavaria and coconut shell bowls from Brazil. (Photo submitted)

 

Academy establishes award for centenarian sister

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KaylaRoddy SrUrsula 3Kayla Roddy and Sister Ursula BongiovanniHAMDEN – In recognition of the 100th birthday of Sister Ursula Bongiovanni, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who lives Hamden, Sacred Heart Academy has established the Sr. Ursula Bongiovanni Musical Award, which recognizes a senior who displays an exceptional passion for musical theater. Kayla Roddy of West Haven was chosen as the first recipient.

Sister Ursula is best known for her many years of directing the school’s musical, one of three traditions celebrated each year since the academy's founding in 1946. During her 25 years as director and producer, Sister Ursula established a reputation for musicals that crafted the essential combination of music, dance and drama in high school students.

On Sister Ursula's 100th birthday, Miss Roddy met her for the first time. They talked about Kayla's plans for the future, her decision to attend Quinnipiac University in the fall and her goal of becoming an occupational therapist. Sister Ursula urged Miss Roddy to continue to work hard in her studies and not to forget her many friends at Sacred Heart Academy.

Other students, faculty and staff, as well as staff and residents of Sacred Heart Manor, later joined in this milestone celebration with Sister Ursula.

A Pennsylvania native, Sister Ursula entered the congregation in 1947, when the provincial house was located on Green Street in New Haven. She now concentrates on a ministry of prayer at Sacred Heart Manor in Hamden.

 

Sacred Heart High honors 14 'Super Seniors'

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shhs superseniorsFourteen “Super Seniors” from the class of 2013 at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury pose during a special dinner held for them and their families on May 22 at the school.

From left in front are Tyler Rodriguez and Michael Martin. In second row are, from left, Hayley Iannantuoni, Alyssa Gaskin, Veronica Ramirez, Abby Carissimi, Stefani Rosado, Anna Guay and Francesca Chieffo. In back row, from left, are Candace Smith, Molly Murphy, Robert Lockwood, Courtney Spillane, and Michael Iannantuoni.

The inaugural event was designed as an opportunity to reward those considered outstanding seniors.

Eileen Regan, school president, and Anthony Azzara, principal, praised the seniors for their loyalty and support of the school. They also awarded special T-shirts and roses to the honored guests and their families.

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