Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 15, 1872 when the first baptism was recorded at St. Peter's Church, New Britain. The child's name was, Joseph Graff.
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Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will present checks to four local charitable organizations – Columbus House in New Haven; Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care and Franciscan Life Center, both in Meriden; and St. Ann Soup Kitchen in Hamden – at an Archbishop's Annual Appeal donor dinner Oct. 14 at Woodwinds in Branford.

They are among 247 community-based charities throughout Hartford, New Haven and Litchfield counties that received funding through the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal Vicariate Outreach Program this year.

Columbus House will receive $6,000; Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, $20,000; Franciscan Life Center, $13,000; and St. Ann Soup Kitchen, $17,700.

Since 1981, the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal has been able to assist tens of thousands of people – regardless of race, religion or color – across the Archdiocese of Hartford with health care, education, housing, emergency expenses and in many other ways.

Funds from last year's appeal served over 106,000 nutritious meals, provided more than 5,000 health care visits to the uninsured, assisted 1,700 students with their Catholic school tuition, kept 146 families from becoming homeless, helped almost 400 individuals with emergency financial assistance, supported numerous men who are studying the priesthood and assisted retired priests.

Veteran news anchor Al Terzi will be the emcee for the evening and will join Archbishop Blair in presenting the checks.