Archbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell was honored March 11 at the Institute for the Hispanic Family (IHF) in Hartford, where the community room was renamed The Archbishop Henry J. Mansell Community Room.
It is the same room where on June 17, 2008, then-Archbishop Mansell presided over the dedication of the relocated 22,000-square-foot IHF at 45 Wadsworth St., which now serves more than 3,000 people a year and is considered one of his signature accomplishments during his 10 years as archbishop of Hartford.
Lois Nesci, director of Catholic Charities, pictured here with the archbishop as he cuts a cake made for the event, thanked Archbishop Mansell for the support he provided to the IHF and other Catholic Charities initiatives.
Archbishop Mansell said, “I remember in October of 2003, when Rose Alma Cataldo [then Catholic Charities director] brought me here – not here but a few blocks away, up the street – and showed the Institute for the Hispanic Family at that time. It was teeming with people. There wasn’t enough room to put them all.”
He acknowledged the hard work done by the Catholic Charities board of directors and by individuals, saying, “Your enthusiasm and support make such an enormous difference.” (Photo by Jack Sheedy)