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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 18, 2010 when a Centennial Mass was celebrated in honor of St. Margaret of Scotland (Waterbury) Church.
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sha scholarssssmfWinners of Sacred Heart Academy’s Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ, Memorial Scholarship pose during a reception in their honor recently at the school with Sister Maureen Flynn, principal, in back row, left, and Sister Sheila O’Neill, school president. They are, from left, in front, Claire Niesobecki, Hannah Lavesque, Alicia Pekar, Corinne Wilklow, Jeanne Marie Cassidy, Sophie Park, Elizabeth Lamont and Abigail Kelly. (Photo submitted)HAMDEN – Each year, incoming freshmen with outstanding academic records who have achieved Sacred Heart Academy’s highest entrance exam scores are awarded the Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ, Memorial Scholarship.

Established in 1993, the scholarship honors the life, philosophy and achievements of the academy’s foundress and first principal. The scholars comprise a distinct group of young women who display strong academic success with promise for future accomplishment.

The 2013 Antonine Scholars and their families recently attended a reception held in their honor that was hosted by the admissions office and current Antonine Scholars. They are Jeanne Marie Cassidy of Bethany, Abigail Kelly of Shelton, Elizabeth Lamont of Hamden,  Hannah Levesque of Wallingford, Jordan Meares-Garcia of New Haven, Claire Niesobecki of Middlebury, Sophie Park of Essex, Alicia Pekar of Branford, Toella Pliakas of Hamden,and Corinne Wilklow of Fairfield.

"Past recipients of the Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Memorial Scholarship have gone on to further their education at some of the finest colleges and universities in the United States and abroad," said Sister Sheila O’Neill, president, a 1971 graduate.

Sister Sheila said many recipients of the scholarship later consider the academy to be an impetus for their success. Recent graduates who had earned the scholarship currently study at such schools as the University of Leicester in Great Britain, Princeton University, University of Notre Dame, Brown University, Tufts University, Yale University, U.S. Naval Academy, Dartmouth College and Cornell University.


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.