HARTFORD – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell will observe the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with a Golden Jubilee Mass at 11 a.m. Dec.19 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. At the Mass, he will remember the victims of the shootings in Newtown.
A reception will follow in the lower cathedral.
A native of New York City, Archbishop Mansell was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on Dec. 19, 1962. Prior to coming to the Archdiocese of Hartford, he was installed in 1995 as the12th bishop of Buffalo, where he served for eight years.
He became the fourth archbishop of Hartford on Dec. 18, 2003. As its spiritual leader, he has made significant contributions to the archdiocese. Over the past nine years, each Archbishop’s Annual Appeal that he has overseen has exceeded a higher goal than the last. As of December 2012, the current appeal has raised over $81 million dollars and has funded social, medical, pastoral and emergency assistance programs.
Archbishop Mansell has had a number of major achievements in Connecticut, including the initiation of the Malta House of Care mobile clinics in Hartford and Waterbury. These clinics on wheels provide free medical service to the uninsured regardless of race, religion or nationality. He also led the way for the construction of the Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin Residence for Retired Priests at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, and the implementation of a Priest Wellness Program. He developed of the annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference, which empowers men of all ages to spread the word of God, and started the Catholic Youth Spectacular at St. Thomas Seminary for teenagers as a way to embrace their faith through participation in a host of Catholic activities.
Archbishop Mansell also has significantly expanded support for Catholic Schools in the archdiocese. In addition, he has overseen the construction of Cathedral Green, an affordable and supportive housing development in Hartford, and is looking forward to opening another housing project in Waterbury called Francis Xavier Plaza next year. He celebrates an annual Archdiocesan Blue Mass in honor of police, fire and other safety personnel; a White Mass for people in the health profession, and a Red Mass for the legal profession.
He is actively promoting the beatification and canonization cause of Father Michael J. McGivney (1852-1890), a diocesan priest of Hartford, ordained in 1877, who founded the Knights of Columbus.