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sha antonine-webFrom left, Sister Sheila O’Neill, Sacred Heart Academy president; Serafina Cordero; Charlotte Beatty; Madison Sakheim; Isabelle Hommel; Keely Greiner; Brittany Barbour; Sarah Nastri; Susanne McGrady; and Arushi Khanna. Two other recipients, Eunji Lee and Karlee Chapman, are not pictured. (Photo submitted

HAMDEN – Sacred Heart Academy has awarded its Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Scholarship to 11 incoming freshmen with outstanding academic records who have achieved the highest entrance exam scores.

Established in 1993, the scholarship honors the life, philosophy and achievements of the academy’s foundress and first principal. Sister Antonine Scholars form a distinct group of young women who display strong academic success with promise for future accomplishment, affirming the academy’s motto, “Excelsior.”

The 2014 Sister Antonine Scholars are Brittany Barbour of Branford, Charlotte Beatty, Keely Greiner and Isabelle Hommel of Guilford, Karlee Chapman of Milford, Serafina Cordero of Northford, Arushi Khanna of Derby, Eunji Lee of Trumbull, Susanne McGrady of Madison, Sarah Nastri of Cheshire and Madison Sakheim of Hamden.

The scholars and their families attended a reception held in their honor recently and hosted by the Admissions Office and current Antonine Scholars.

“Through the years, our Sister Antonine Scholars have been accepted to and graduated from the finest colleges and universities in the United States and abroad,” said Sister Sheila O’Neill of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, ’71, academy president. “And many of these graduates consider Sacred Heart to be an impetus for their success.”

Recent graduates who are Sister Antonine Scholars currently study at Harvard University, UConn, Columbia, Princeton, the University of Notre Dame, Brown, Tufts, Yale, Dartmouth, and Cornell, among others. Several were National Merit Finalists and state of Connecticut Governor’s Scholars, Sister Sheila said.

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.