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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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WATERBURY – Our Lady of Loreto has awarded nine scholarships totaling $6,000 to five high school students and one college student this year.

All of those selected are actively involved in volunteer activities at the parish, which was a key factor in their selection, in addition to their excellent grades, and letters of recommendation.

The funds were donated to the parish specifically for use as scholarships and were available only to parishioners.

Meghan Mitnick, the daughter of Paul and Kristen Mitnick, received the Szumigala Family Scholarship in the amount of $500 and an Orrin J. Hubbard Scholarship in the amount of $500. She is a sophomore at Sacred Heart High School.

Katerina Valente was selected for the Ciriello Family Scholarship in the amount of $500 and a $500 Orrin J. Hubbard Scholarship. The daughter of Greg and Mary Valente, she is a sophomore at Sacred Heart High School.

Tyler Wrenn was given a $500 Beatrice Moran Scholarship and a $500 Orrin J. Hubbard Scholarship. He is a senior at Kennedy High School.

Laura Bacchiocchi, daughter of James and Louise Bacchiocchi, received an Adam and Lillian Bozzuto Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. She is a freshman at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.

Anthony L. Gizzi, the son of Angelo and Antoinette Gizzi, received a $1,000 Adam and Lillian Bozzuto Scholarship. He is a senior at Watertown High School.

Ava Calabrese, the daughter of Dom and Dawn Calabrese, received the Mr. and Mrs. Anonymous Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. She is a sophomore at Holy Cross High School.

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.