Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 19, 1915 when ground was broken for St. Stephen Church, Hamden.
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olg022This photo by Lenora Sumsky placed first in the photo category.

The Catholic Transcript print and online editions won 14 awards in the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists annual contest.

The awards were presented Thursday in North Haven.

The Transcript won six first-place awards, six second-place awards and two third-place awards in the regional non-daily or affiliated categories.

News editor Jack Sheedy was first in general reporting for a story about Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli’s visit to Connecticut in 1936. Three years later, the cardinal became Pope Pius XII.

Columnist J.F. Pisani took first for a general column about distractions at Mass.

Columnist Dr. Donald DeMarco was first for a column titled "The Fall of Icons," a reflection on life and death.

Correspondent Lenora Sumsky was first for an online feature photo in an online gallery about a Hartford celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Graphic artist Leslie DiVenere took first for page one layout, and with graphic artist Joe Brown, took first for non-page one layout.

Second-place prizes went to freelance photographer Bob Mullen, for a photo of a man and his son at a Nativity scene; Mr. Sheedy, for a story about a Waterbury man who carves biblical scenes out of soap, and for an opinion column about staying in a homeless shelter; reporter Mary Chalupsky, for an article about the music and faith of Jose Feliciano and his wife June, and for an online photo layout depicting the reaction of eighth-grade students to new iPads; and Mr. Brown, for page one layout.

Third-place certificates were given to theater critic Bernard Carragher, for a review of "War Horse" on Broadway; and managing editor Roberta Tuttle, for a story about a seminarian visiting from Haiti with a health problem.


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.