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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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A number of awards were presented to Mercy High School underclassmen at the honors assembly on May 13, including the following:

Boston University Book Award, Jill Stifano of Middletown; Bowdoin College Book Award, Nora Donnelly of Haddam; Brown University Book Award, Kanwal Ojha of Rocky Hill; Bryant University Book Award, Nicole Jablonski of Middletown; Fairfield University Book Award, Talia Staiger of Cromwell; Gettysburg College Book Award,  Genevieve Denault of Middletown; Harvard College Book Award,  Madeline Carroll of Glastonbury; Mount Holyoke College Book Award, Mia Moraru of Meriden; Princeton University Book Award, Madeline Carroll of Glastonbury, with honorable mentions to Kanwal Ojha of Rocky Hill and Talia Staiger of Cromwell; and Regis College Book Award, Casey Lambert of Northford.

Also, the St. Anselm College Book Award, Elizabeth Boucher of Middletown; St. Michael’s College Book Award, Kendra Landy of Durham; Smith College Book Award, Erin Leslie of Wallingford; Student Sage Award, Sofia Giansiracusa of Wethersfield and Amanda Zimmer of East Hampton; Trinity College Book Award,

Madeline Kumm of New Britain; Wellesley College Book Award, Casey Bush of Middletown; Wesleyan University Book Award,  Victoria Conroy of Middlefield; Wheelock College Book Award,  Hayley Comstock of Wallingford; Yale University Book Award, Allison Wojciechowski of Portland; and Rensselaer Medal, Michelle Reinert of Kensington; Society of Women Engineers Award, Ciara Hickey of Marlborough and Meghan Tomassetti of Meriden; and Governor’s Scholars Program, Madeline Carroll of Glastonbury, semi-finalist.

Complete lists of academic and athletic awards are available on Mercy’s website

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.