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nwc-tri-m-webSome newly inducted members of Northwest Catholic’s Tri-M Music Honor Society pose with previously inducted members and Daniel Luddy, director of instrumental music; rear left, and Daniel Avery, next to him. (Photo submitted)

WEST HARTFORD – Northwest Catholic High School has inducted 22 students into the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

To be invited into membership in Tri-M, students must maintain a 3.33 grade-point average, exhibit leadership skills, be nominated by their music teacher and demonstrate proficiency on their instrument or with their voice.

Students should excel in music, and are required to give at least 10 hours of service to the community each year.

Daniel Avery, ’97, director of choral music quoted Tri-M Music Honor Society founder Alexander Harley in his remarks to those in attendance, saying, “If we strive to cultivate musical sensitivity and perception in our students, we must likewise give adequate recognition for their efforts and achievements, and we must inspire them to strive for higher goals. In what better way than by bestowing upon them life membership in a worldwide honorary organization for musical youth?”

The new inductees are Ian D’Arcangelo, ’16, of Avon; Madison Rowe, ’15, of Bloomfield; Julia Christolini, ’16, and Molly Mullen, ’16, of Burlington; Mary Elizabeth Budnick, ’16, of Canton; Jacquelyn Collas, ’16, of Glastonbury; Samuel Spak, ’16, of Granby; Niles Ball, ’15, of Hartford; and Emily Kalinsky, ’16, and Erin Tully, ’16, of New Britain.

Also, Megan Grandell, ’16, of Rocky Hill; Avery Hatch, ’16, Kevin Kearns, ’16, and Sean Kearns, ’15, of Simsbury; Emily Gleixner, ’16, of South Glastonbury; Kevin Dudley, ’15, and Matthew Marshall, ’15, of Wethersfield; and Ying Jiang, ’16, Will Moustakakis, ’16, Sarah Neubert, ’16, Will Stanwick, ’15, and Fiona Travers, ’15, of West Hartford.

Enrollment for the class of 2019 is now under way, and prospective students are being invited to an Open House at the school on Nov. 9. Information is available from 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.