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HAMDEN – Sacred Heart Academy has received a $50,000 grant from The John G. Martin Foundation of West Hartford to support the renovation of the biological sciences laboratory.

Construction is scheduled for this summer and an official dedication, with trustees from the foundation, will take place upon completion of the project, scheduled for late August.

Plans call for a complete transformation of the 40-year-old laboratory, which includes updating plumbing, gas and electrical, and adding new student and teacher furnishings. The laboratory will be custom-designed and will meet all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The biological sciences at Sacred Heart introduce students to a variety of opportunities, including forensic science, biotechnology, research, education, health fields and government. All students will use the new refurbished lab for biology, and all juniors will study anatomy there. Classes include both honors and college preparatory levels of biology and anatomy. The lab will also continue to be used for all science fair experiments and by those students performing independent research.

In 2007, The John G. Martin Foundation assisted in funding Sacred Heart’s molecular science research laboratory.

“We are delighted that the Foundation is once again supporting us in helping to maintain excellence in the field of science for young women. This is a testament to the important work being done here,” said Sister Sheila, in thanking the foundation’s board and its president, Frank M. Loehmann Jr.

Mr. Loehmann, of Cheshire, said that the foundation’s board had voted unanimously to approve the funding.

“The John G. Martin Foundation is proud to support the mission of Sacred Heart Academy … that of providing a challenging college preparatory education for young women,” he said.

Over the years, the academy has received significant attention from both national and local news media for its outstanding and innovative science program, particularly the cutting-edge biotechnology program.

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.