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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 16, 1978 when the first Mass was held at St. Monica Church, Northford.
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HAMDEN – Sister Colleen Patricia Mattingly and Sister Carrie Christine Zagurskie have professed perpetual vows as Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus during a eucharistic liturgy in the chapel of the order’s provincial house on Benham Street.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant.

A reception and dinner followed for sisters, families and friends in the cafeteria at Sacred Heart Academy.

The celebration on Aug. 3 concluded a weeklong retreat directed by Archabbot Lambert Reilly, former archabbot of the Benedictine St. Meinrad Archabbey in Southern Indiana.

Sister Colleen Patricia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mattingly of Jacksonville, Fla. She is a graduate of Wolfson High School there and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Florida State University and her Master of Arts degree in theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell. She will serve at John Paul II Catholic High School in Tallahassee, Fla.

Sister Carrie Christine, a licensed social worker, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Zagurskie of Homer City, Pa. She ministers at St. Ambrose School in St. Louis, Mo. She graduated from Homer City High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are actively engaged in the ministries of elementary and secondary education, special education, social and parish ministry, health care and immigration.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.