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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 23, 1976 when Archbishop Henry J. O'Brien passed away.
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WEST HAVEN – Notre Dame High School recognized 135 of its students on Feb. 4 at its Junior Recognition Ceremony in the Maureen and George Collins ’58 Auditorium.

The evening included the induction of the students into the Brother Andre Bessette, C.S.C. National Honor Society; the Brother Thomas Dziekan, C.S.C. National Italian Honor Society; Brother Theodore Oliveira, C.S.C. Latin Honor Society; Brother George Schmitz, C.S.C. Spanish Honor Society; and the Brother Francis Leary, C.S.C. Tri-M Music Honor Society as well as the blessing and distribution of 99 class rings to the juniors.

The new National Honor Society inductees are seniors Matthew Mydlo, Edward Panza and Michael Zeranski, and juniors Andrew Alvarado, Joseph Ansaldo, Jake Armstrong, Brandon Artz, Matthew Bader, Ryan Balamaci, Nicholas Banning, Anthony Boucher, Nicholas Bowers, James Campbell, Ryan Canna, Tyler Caruso, Riaz Charania, Shiding Chen, Steven Chen, Jiwon Choi, Shane Cincotta, Kevin Clancy, Padraic Connors, Jared Cour, Adrian Anthony Cruz, Nicholas DeMaio, Michael Finnell, Ian Folan, Mitchell Gage, Christopher Gaiser, Patrick Geer, Steven Genna, Michael Hall, Benjamin Hart, Calvin Hoban, Conor Hylton, Matthew Jambor, Eric Johnson, Geoffrey Knotwell, Christopher Lamberti, Daniel Landino, Dylan Latella, Andrew Limauro, Luis Lopez, Terry Luo, John Mager, Francisco Mantero, Kameron Matthews, Adam Mazzone, Colby McLiverty, Wyatt Miller, Kyle Milslagle, Frederic Montz, Joseph Morris, Cal Motasky, Nicholas Nero, Charles Nugent, Patrick Nugent, Colin O'Connor, Dominic Pagliaro, Elliott Paintsil, John Peccerillo, Benjamin Pello, Tyler Pyne, Zaim Rana, Jacob Reed, Mekhi Reeves, Tomasello Riccio, Brian Rockwell, Tyler Rowe, Michael Secchiaroli, Eric Solomine, Dominic Spino, Matthew Stofko, Michael Stofko, Tyler Thomas, Earl Tucker, Jeffrey Tyrrel, Scott Weber and Edward Whitman.

Notre Dame is a new member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. The school inducted its first 24 members. They are juniors Shiding Chen, Steven Chen, Shane Cincotta, Kevin Clancy, Ian Folan, Benjamin Hart, Calvin Hoban, Terry Luo, Matthew McManus, Wyatt Miller, Cal Motasky, Patrick Nugent, Dominic Pagliaro, Elliott Paintsil, John Peccerillo, Zaim Rana, Tomasello Riccio, Brian Rockwell, Tyler Rowe, Eric Solomine, Matthew Stofko, Michael Stofko, Jeffrey Tyrrel and Scott Weber.

Inductees to the Brother George Schmitz, C.S.C. Spanish Honor Society are juniors Brandon Artz, Ryan Balamaci, Ryan Canna, Tyler Caruso, Steven Chen, Shane Cincotta, Padraic Connors, Jared Cour, Adrian Anthony Cruz, Michael Finnell, Ian Folan, Mitchell Gage, Christopher Gaiser, Patrick Geer, Benjamin Hart, Calvin Hoban, Conor Hylton, Matthew Jambor, Geoffrey Knotwell, Christopher Lamberti, Francisco Mantero, Kameron Matthews, Adam Mazzone, Colby McLiverty, Matthew McManus, Kyle Milslagle, Joseph Morris, Charles Nugent, Patrick Nugent, Cesar Perez, Tyler Pyne, Zaim Rana, Myles Raymond, Dylan Reynolds, Brian Rockwell, Tyler Rowe, Michael Secchiaroli, Eric Solomine, Marcin Stankevitch, Matthew Stofko, Michael Stofko, Andrew Tammaro, Jeffrey Tyrrel and Scott Weber.

Brother Thomas Dziekan, C.S.C. National Italian Honor Society inductees are Class of 2016 members Andrew Alvarado, Jake Armstrong, Anthony Boucher, Kevin Clancy, Robert Grippo, Eric Johnson, Dylan Latella, Luis Lopez, Nicholas Nero, Dominic Pagliaro, John Peccerillo and Dominic Spino.

Juniors Matthew Bader, Nicholas Banning, James Blakeslee, Steven Genna, Elliott Paintsil and Benjamin Pello were inducted into the Brother Theodore Oliveira, C.S.C. Latin Honor Society.

Inducted into the Brother Francis Leary, C.S.C. Tri-M Music Honor Society were seniors Dylan McCarthy, Robert Weber, Bradley Williams and James Wolfe and juniors Matthew Bader, Nicholas Bowers, James Campbell, Shane Cleary, William Evers, Daniel Landino, Francisco Mantero, Dylan McCarthy, Dominic Pagliaro, Elliott Paintsil, Eric Solomine, Andrew Tammaro, Bradley Williams and James Wolfe.

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.