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MANCHESTER – East Catholic High School has announced a multimillion-dollar capital campaign to support multiple construction projects that include a state-of-the art math, science and technology wing along with other renovations and enhancements. The school expects to break ground on the new space in late spring.

Jay Hartling, principal and chief administrator, said the new wing will offer multipurpose science and math space that will foster the cohesive teaching of such cutting-edge classes as forensics and engineering in a 21st-century environment. The new wing will be erected on the southwest side of the main building and will allow for increased classroom, science lab and computer lab space.

The first phase will also allow the school to reconfigure other areas of the main campus, offering a new wing dedicated to the school’s award-winning fine arts program. Students at East Catholic participate in seven instrumental groups and seven choral groups along with an active theater program. Over the past several years, East Catholic has also continued to increase visual arts courses and opportunities for students.

Additional phases of the “Soaring to New Heights Campaign” include an investment in a new multi-use synthetic athletic field and track. East Catholic has a rich athletic history; it has earned 52 state championships in its 53-year history. Currently, 85 percent of students at East Catholic are involved in athletic programs at the school.

The campaign will also bolster East Catholic’s growing endowment in order to maintain the school’s legacy of offering an affordable Catholic education. Each year, the school provides over $1 million in tuition assistance to families in need.

East Catholic High School educates nearly 700 students from more than 40 communities in the region. The entrance exam for prospective students will be administered at 8 a.m. Nov. 15 at the school. Advance registration is not necessary.

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.