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MIDDLETOWN – Xavier High School has awarded 15 academic scholarships to eighth-grade students on the basis of their outstanding performance on the school’s entrance exam.

Xaverian Brother Brian Davis, headmaster; Brendan Donohue, principal; and David Sizemore, ’86, academic dean for freshmen, announced the names of the 15 who earned the scholarships as part of the Ryken Scholars Program. The program awards a scholarship to Xavier to any student who scores 95 percent or above on the exam.

The Alumni Honors Memorial Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship given to students who score 95 percent, went to Jeremy Fleig of Higganum and Patrick Hocking of Middlefield.

The Brother David Eddy, C.F.X. Honors Memorial Scholarship, a $1,500 scholarship given to students who score 96 percent, was awarded to Thomas Blanchard of Portland, David Monti of Rocky Hill, Sean Watson of Essex and Ryan Weis of Higganum.

The recipients of the Thomas Aiello Honors Memorial Scholarship, a $2,000 scholarship given to students who score 97 percent, are Peter Goggins of Middletown and Trevor Morris of Durham.

The Bishop Vincent Hines Honors Memorial Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship given to students who score 99 percent, was presented to Justin Brady of Wallingford, Joseph Mascaro of Rocky Hill, Dylan McCarthy of Portland, Ryan McNeil of Wethersfield, Brett Myskowski of Berlin and Neil Patel of Rocky Hill.

The Brother Robert C.F.X. Honors Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship given to the top scorer, was awarded to Calvin Colby of Berlin.

"Being a Ryken Scholar is a notable distinction and a great accomplishment," said Mr. Donohue. "We recognize these students for achieving that honor just as we recognize all of our students when they succeed."

Xavier High School currently serves approximately 870 young men from more than 60 cities and towns in Connecticut.


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.