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SrKatieKellyDRHDale R. Hoyt, Sister Kathleen Kelly

BLOOMFIELD – Sister of Mercy Kathleen Kelly, principal of Holy Trinity School in Wallingford, has been named the 2012-13 archdiocesan Distinguished Catholic School Administrator.

The announcement was made Aug. 22 by Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford.

A veteran Catholic school educator, Sister Katie has served as principal of Holy Trinity School for 26 years.

Sister Katie’s commitment to Catholic education began with her own elementary and secondary experience at St. Teresa School and St. Joseph High School in Trumbull. It continued as she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and elementary education from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, followed by her Master of Arts degree in special education from Fairfield University.

Her career has been spent predominantly at Catholic schools, first as a teacher and primary coordinator at Holy Rosary School in Bridgeport, then as a teacher at the Children’s Community School in Waterbury and St. Brigid School in West Hartford.

Sister Katie was appointed principal of Holy Trinity School in 1986.  Throughout her administrative tenure, she has served the archdiocese as a member of the Principals Advisory Council Elementary (PACE), has assisted at teacher employment fairs and interviewed many prospective teacher candidates.

"Sister Katie has consistently fostered a school atmosphere permeated with Catholic identity and values.  She models the highest quality of professional standards for her faculty, assisting and motivating them to provide students with an academic experience second to none," said Mr. Hoyt.

"Sister Katie’s love for the Church and her dedication to the school, its students and their families is undeniable and beautifully demonstrated on a daily basis.  She faithfully and effectively fosters the mission of Holy Trinity School and is truly a perfect example of the Catholic school educator," he added.

Mr. Hoyt said that Sister Katie’s influence can be seen in the cheerful family spirit that infuses the school; the caring, concerned support for students that the faculty and staff demonstrate; the collaborative volunteer school board members; and the Christ-centered setting and strong Catholic identity.

Mr. Hoyt will present Sister Katie with the archdiocesan Distinguished Catholic School Administrator Award at a Mass at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18 in celebration of Holy Trinity School's centennial.  Archbishop Henry J. Mansell will be the principal celebrant.


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.