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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 21, 1934 when Father James J. Kane offered Madison's first Mass in Madison's Memorial Town Hall.
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KaylaRoddy SrUrsula 3Kayla Roddy and Sister Ursula BongiovanniHAMDEN – In recognition of the 100th birthday of Sister Ursula Bongiovanni, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who lives Hamden, Sacred Heart Academy has established the Sr. Ursula Bongiovanni Musical Award, which recognizes a senior who displays an exceptional passion for musical theater. Kayla Roddy of West Haven was chosen as the first recipient.

Sister Ursula is best known for her many years of directing the school’s musical, one of three traditions celebrated each year since the academy's founding in 1946. During her 25 years as director and producer, Sister Ursula established a reputation for musicals that crafted the essential combination of music, dance and drama in high school students.

On Sister Ursula's 100th birthday, Miss Roddy met her for the first time. They talked about Kayla's plans for the future, her decision to attend Quinnipiac University in the fall and her goal of becoming an occupational therapist. Sister Ursula urged Miss Roddy to continue to work hard in her studies and not to forget her many friends at Sacred Heart Academy.

Other students, faculty and staff, as well as staff and residents of Sacred Heart Manor, later joined in this milestone celebration with Sister Ursula.

A Pennsylvania native, Sister Ursula entered the congregation in 1947, when the provincial house was located on Green Street in New Haven. She now concentrates on a ministry of prayer at Sacred Heart Manor in Hamden.


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.