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csw openhouseParents and preschoolers check out St. Mary School in Branford during an open house on Jan 26 to kick off Welcome Week. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

HARTFORD – The Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Catholic Schools is opening all of its schools during Welcome Week Jan. 26 through Feb. 2

The week’s theme is “Our Open Doors Lead to Your Child’s Open Mind.” Its purpose is to give families an opportunity to tour the schools, meet faculty and students, and ask questions about the benefits of receiving a Catholic school education.

Among Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, the graduation rate is 100 percent, with 97 percent going on to college. On the elementary school level, Catholic students perform two grade levels higher than their public school counterparts on standardized testing in the areas of language arts, science, math and social studies.

“These are vital and impressive statistics that most families never hear about,” said Anne Clubb, director of enrollment management and marketing for the schools office. “Welcome Week was created to expose families to the academic excellence and nurturing environments that are cultivated in our Catholic schools.”

Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of Catholic schools, is encouraging students of all faiths, ethnic groups and socio-economic backgrounds to register.

Dr. Hoyt noted that tuition assistance is available to students who need it. Last year, 1,700 students where helped through the Tuition Assistance Program, which is a component of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.

In addition, every one of the 63 schools in the archdiocese offers its own financial assistance program to help make a Catholic school education accessible to all.

The dates and times that schools are open during “Welcome Week” may be found at

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.