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BLOOMFIELD – Teachers shared the spotlight with 63 exceptional Catholic high school seniors during the fourth annual Superintendent’s Summa Scholars award ceremony at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary May 5.

The ceremony recognizes students from Catholic secondary schools in the archdiocese whose GPA is 4.3 or higher or who have maintained a 98 percent average over the first three years and into their senior year. 

Inspiring teachers also attended and received the thanks of grateful students.

Dr. Dale R. Hoyt, archdiocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, who inaugurated the awards here in 2011, praised the efforts of teachers, parents and guardians, and students.

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To the teachers, he said, “Education isn’t a profession but an attitude.”

To parents and guardians, he said, “Pope Francis reminds us that the hallmark of a great Catholic school is that it functions as a catalyst, a place of encounter and convergence of the entire educational community with the single objective of shaping and helping students to grow as competent persons who know how to love faithfully, who know how to live their lives as a response to God’s call and their future professions as a service to society.”

And to the honored scholars, he said, “It is intelligence that shapes and directs the turning of the world. Your intellect and the way you influence others will have a tremendous impact on our world.”

The medallions the scholars received are engraved with the crest of the Archdiocese of Hartford, with the phrase, “Give me courage through faith, wisdom and knowledge.”

Eight Catholic schools were represented, including St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol; East Catholic High School in Manchester; Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford; Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall, in Milford; Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden; Holy Cross High School in Waterbury; Notre Dame High School in West Haven; and Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury.

Kathy DeLallo, mother of summa scholar Kaitlyn DeLallo of Lauralton Hall said, “She’s been an A student for four years. She’s done a lot of community service, over 100 hours over the past year. I’m very proud, very proud. She’s a great student, a great child.” Kaitlyn will attend Boston College in the fall.

Kim Amato, mother of Stephanie Amato, a student at Sacred Heart High School, said, “She’s been a straight-A student all her life. She’s taking several AP classes. She’s just an excellent student, great grades, excellent work study ethics.”

Stephanie’s father, Alan Amato, added, “I’m very proud of her. She earned it.” Stephanie will attend Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall.

Tom Duffy, father of Molly Duffy, a senior at Sacred Heart Academy, said, “She studies very hard, always has.” He said Molly especially loves history. “She’s going to be going to Texas A & M, and she’s going to be in the Mays School of Business. She’s going to study finance. Very proud.” 

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.