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Archbishop Leonard P. Blair and Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford, escort Amy Brough to the podium at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville on Sept. 28 at the 37th annual HOPES (Help Our Parish Elementary Schools) Dinner, sponsored by the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools.

Mrs. Brough received the 2014 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award for her extraordinary volunteer work at Corpus Christi School in Wethersfield since 2002.

Father Shawn Daly, pastor of Corpus Christi, said, “I’m amazed when I look at everything she’s done, and she’s done it not only cheerfully, but enthusiastically. I cannot think of a more deserving candidate for the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award than Amy Brough.”

Principal Eileen Sampiere spoke along the same lines. "Simply put, whenever Corpus Christi School has had a need, Amy Brough has worked tirelessly to help fulfill it,” she said. “Her dedication to our school, her faith in our core values and her tireless work ethic are attributes reflective of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s life.”

Also honored at the event were 111 recipients of the 2014 St. John Neumann Awards for Volunteer Service, which were presented by Archbishop Blair; Dr. Hoyt;, and Maria Maynard, deputy superintendent, to volunteers nominated from 48 Catholic elementary schools within the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The dinner is held the same weekend as the annual HOPES collection across the archdiocese, which helps to fund grants to elementary schools and supports Office of Catholic Schools marketing efforts.

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.