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Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford has announced the creation of an endowed scholarship to honor Michael Tyler, ’73, who retired from coaching at the end of the 2014 football season.

During his time at NWC, Coach Tyler led his teams to an overall record of 105-61-1; coached 34 of the school’s 50 All-State football players; brought the school to nine state playoff appearances, including one trip to the state finals; and was named Coach of the Year in 2005.

In his final season, he eclipsed the 100-win mark during a 26-7 victory at home against Tolland.

Over $48,000 has been raised to create the Michael Tyler ’73 Family Scholarship, which will enable a deserving Northwest Catholic student to receive a $2,500 scholarship beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.

Additional gifts in honor of Coach Tyler can be made securely online via credit card at or by mailing a check made out to Northwest Catholic High School (please include a “Tyler Scholarship” memo) to the NWC Advancement Office, 29 Wampanoag Drive, West Hartford, CT 06117. (Photo submitted)

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.