Jaynika Aguirre-Larios and daughter Danielise Gonzalez were among an honorary residential welcoming committee for Archbishop Leonard P. Blair during his Thanksgiving pastoral visit on Nov. 25 to pray and celebrate with the staff and residents of St. Agnes Home in West Hartford.
Marking its 100th year as a safe haven and refuge for pregnant and parenting adolescent mothers and their infants in the Archdiocese of Hartford, St. Agnes provides case management, prenatal health education, health care management, life skills training, counseling services, educational/vocational services and day care to as many as 16 mothers and infants.
When Archbishop Blair asked Danielise when her birthday is, she responded with an excited, “Chuck-E Cheese,” which her mother acknowledged with a laugh is the planned location of her third birthday party on Dec.12.
Executive director Lorna Little gave Archbishop Blair a tour of the home, introducing him to staff and residents and their little ones, and visiting the day care center, kitchen and living areas before hosting the archbishop and several other guests in the dining room for a short program of prayer, conversation and refreshment.
Offering the blessing, Archbishop Blair read from a resident-prepared Thanksgiving card and then listened when mom Jaynika Aguirre-Larios rose to offer special thanks to Archbishop Blair and St.Agnes Home, which she credited for having given her the opportunity to go on, “getting the mindset to focus and get my certificate.”
After refreshments, moms and babies gathered for photos with the archbishop. He said to one mom, whose little one he cradled, “sorry to deprive you of your precious little treasure for a minute,” while settling down in a rocking chair with the baby.
St. Agnes Home celebrated its centennial year with a gala banquet at the Hartford Marriott on Oct. 18.