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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 22, 1960 when ground was broken for St. Philip Church, East Windsor.
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nwc opens-webMembers of the Freshman Contact program who helped the newcomers adjust. (Photo submitted)

WEST HARTFORD – Northwest Catholic High School welcomed the members of the class of 2018 on Sept. 2. The students in the freshman class come from 27 towns across Connecticut, with the most coming from West Hartford (25), Hartford (17) and Bloomfield (11). One international student is part of the class, as well.

Members of the class of 2018 were helped on their first day by 100 Freshman Contacts, members of the class of 2015 who volunteered their time to lead orientation activities for the freshmen and help them find their way around the school.

Nearly two dozen students transferred in to grades 10, 11 and 12, including eight international students. Northwest Catholic now has a total of 19 international students, coming from China, India, Germany and Spain.

All teachers now are equipped with iPads as part of ongoing efforts to increase the use of technology in the classroom. The iPad program will allow teachers to take advantage of the school’s wireless network and enable them to incorporate a variety of apps, websites and other multimedia sources into lessons. It will also benefit teachers who work in multiple classrooms, allowing them to use one device rather than logging into a different computer for each class. The iPad program is expected to be expanded to students for the 2015-16 school year.

This summer, the school converted its heating system from oil to natural gas, removing two large boilers and a massive oil tank from the back of the school. The school also finished replacing the exterior windows with new, more energy efficient windows. Both projects are expected to save the school on long-term energy costs.

A section of hallways was renovated to become the Rev. Henry C. Frascadore Hall of Achievement, in honor of the former school president. The new area features flat screen televisions that will be used to highlight NWC achievement in academics, athletics and the performing arts, as well as the achievement of the school’s alumni. There will also be a display in tribute to South Catholic High School.

Air conditioning has been installed in the Richard Rice Auditorium and new lighting bollards were installed in the front parking lot to improve visibility. The bollards are a gift from the parents of the Class of 2014.

Several new faculty members have joined the Northwest Catholic community this year. Keith Blum is the new assistant to the athletic director. Dr. Margaret Colvin is a new French teacher and William Lorusso will teach both English and civics. Linda Crawford and Mark Tripputi join the school as mathematics teachers, while Chanisa Bottali is a new mathematics and science teacher.

Michael Catanese joins the science department as a part-time teacher.

In addition, several faculty and staff members have taken on added responsibilities. Beth Oates and Jennifer Montoney will serve as joint deans of students for the 2014-15 school year. Mrs. Oates will serve as the ninth and 10th grade dean, and Mrs. Montoney will serve as the 11th and 12th grade dean. They will oversee all the activities, discipline and communication with these grades.

Since 1961, Northwest Catholic’s mission has been to educate the whole person: mind, body, spirit and soul. Enrollment for the class of ’19 is now under way, and prospective students are being invited to the open house from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9. For more information, contact Andrew Selig at 860-236-4221, ext. 140; or

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.