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seton mansell-webArchbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell, fourth from left, is the winner of a St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from National Catholic Education Association this year, awarded Oct. 6 in Washington, D.C. With him for the honor are, from left, Brother Robert Bimonte, NCEA president; Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States; Brendan Carroll of St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, chosen by Archbishop Mansell to win a Seton scholarship and other prizes; Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford; and Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford. (Photo courtesy NCEA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hartford Archbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell was among five honorees Oct. 6 at the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards Gala at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel.

The awards were in recognition of lifelong dedication to Catholic education. The association also presented the NCEA President’s Award at the event.

“Tonight we celebrate the good news of Catholic education and the wonderful people who support it,” said NCEA President Brother Robert Bimonte. “Our honorees believe in the importance of passing on the faith to the next generation and we thank them for their ongoing commitment to Catholic education.”

Archbishop Mansell was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New York in 1962. In 1993, Pope John Paul II ordained him as bishop, and in 1995 he was installed as the 12th Bishop of Buffalo. He was honored for his lifetime commitment to Catholic education, including his work in Buffalo to establish a foundation for Catholic education and a diocesan volunteer program for young people to serve the social and educational needs of the diocese. He also established a Montessori school in the heart of the inner city to provide early-childhood education at little or no cost to equip underprivileged children.

In 2003, Bishop Mansell was named as the fourth Archbishop of Hartford, where he was said to bring the same passion and commitment to Catholic education, targeting over $6.5 million of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal and over $5 million through the Catholic School Support Program for tuition assistance. As a result of Archbishop Mansell’s unwavering support, over 23,000 students received scholarship assistance.

Other honorees were the Tracy Family Foundation, which has invested in education, youth and the community in Brown County, Ill., and surrounding region; Fred Klipsch, chairman of Klipsch Group Inc., for developing the Indiana Scholarship Tax Credit program; Lewis Ranieri, chairman of the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, for working to ensure the excellence and vitality of Catholic schools on Long Island; and Gini Shimabukuro, who received the 2014 NCEA President’s Award for her work as associate professor at the University of San Francisco’s Institute for Catholic Education Leadership, where she helped thousands of teachers, principals and superintendents in their master’s and doctoral studies.

The NCEA Seton Award is named after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in recognition of her lifelong dedication to teaching and children. This award is presented annually to exemplary individuals whose support and service impact Catholic education and the wellbeing of our nation’s youth. Seton honorees have a scholarship presented in their honor to a deserving Catholic school student in their local community.

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.