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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 16, 1978 when the first Mass was held at St. Monica Church, Northford.
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sha HOBYSelections webHAMDEN – Sacred Heart Academy sophomores Roselynn Thattil, left, and Gabriela Koziol have been selected to participate in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar.

The school’s social studies department chooses one sophomore each year to represent Sacred Heart at the seminar and one sophomore is selected as an alternate. Selection is based on essays on leadership.

Miss Thattil, daughter of Denny A. Thattil and Erin Chandanathil of Monroe is the representative. Miss Kozoil, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mieczyslaw Kozoil of Oxford, is the alternate. Both will attend the seminar, which will be held in June at the University of Bridgeport.

Founded in 1958, HOBY aims to inspire and develop the global community of youth to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY seminars are conducted annually through-out the United States, serving local and international high school students.

The seminars allow select students to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. The HOBY seminar is the only program exclusively designed for high school sophomores.

Social Studies courses at Sacred Heart Academy provide a broad knowledge of the past, a sense of historical context and skills in the critical process of gathering, analyzing and interpreting historical information. Elective courses include economics and Advanced Placement courses in psychology, United States government and United States history

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.