Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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HARTFORD – Father James M. Sullivan, pastor of Assumption Parish in Ansonia, has been appointed as the priest chaplain of the Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford made the appointment in conjunction with Bishops Frank J. Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Michael R. Cote of the Diocese of Norwich and Peter Paul Chomnycky of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Stamford, it was announced on April 18.

The 10th annual 2017 Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference will be held on Saturday, October 21, at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol. It will offer spiritual enrichment to men of all ages by providing an opportunity to hear dynamic Catholic speakers and meet Catholic leaders and to take part in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the sacrament of reconciliation, both of which will be offered throughout the day. The conference will close with a vigil Mass at which Archbishop Blair will deliver the homily.

After his ordination in 2014, Father Sullivan was appointed parochial vicar of the Torrington cluster of parishes, which includes St. Francis of Assisi, St. Peter, Sacred Heart and St. Mary. He was also the parish principal of St. Francis-St. Peter School, where he organized a charity bike ride, “Our Father’s Ride,” to raise money for Catholic school education. A year and a half later, he was assigned as the administrator of Assumption Parish in Ansonia, which also has a school. He is a member of the Presbyteral Council, which assists the archbishop in the pastoral governance of the Church in Hartford.

Father Sullivan has attended the Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference for several years, as both a participant and a presenter. He said he believes it offers men valuable information and educational tools that they can use to become better role models for their families.

Speakers at the 2017 conference will be Bishop Caggiano; Tim Staples, director of apologetics and evangelization at Catholic Answers; Raymond Arroyo, managing editor and lead anchor for EWTN News and The World Over Live, and a New York Times best-selling author; Jim Wahlberg, executive director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation;  and Father Glenn Sudano, one of the original eight founders of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.

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