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HAMDEN – Sacred Heart Academy students in the honors biotechnology classes presented two scientific posters to high school and college science faculty members at the National Science Teachers Association Convention in Boston recently.

From left are Margaret Mirabella, ’15, of Northford; Alexzandrea Buscarello, ’14, of Wolcott; Ally Zoarski, ’15, of Guilford; Gabrielle Hummel, ’15, of Wallingford; Siobhan Fennell, ’14, of East Haven; Bryanna Dellaripa, ’14, of Wallingford; Alexis Bernstein, ’14, of North Haven; Kristina D’Agostino, ’14, of Hamden; Maria Beecher, ’14, of Milford; Katherine Donohue, ’15, of Hamden; and Emily Smith, ’14, of Middletown.

Students in the honors biotechnology research project shared their gene-sequencing research data and defended their projects at the convention at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

In June, the Sacred Heart Academy students are scheduled to travel to Harvard Medical School to present their research at the Systems Biology and Human Disease Conference.

Sister Mary Jane Paolella, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the project’s instructor, said that by June, the latest work will have been added to the 24 DNA sequences already published by Sacred Heart Academy students in a federal database.

Over the years, Sacred Heart’s Science Department, and particularly the cutting-edge biotechnology program, has received significant attention from both national and local news media as a testament to the importance of the work being done there.

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.