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coady 003X preview 450 500px webHAMDEN – Sacred Heart Academy will recognize Jamie Elizabeth Coady, ’94, of East Haven, for her compassion, commitment to community and contributions to the academy at its Hearts of the Community Mass in the chapel at 8 a.m. on Feb. 2.

“This year’s recipient, a passionate and vibrant woman has unselfishly used her abilities and gifts to impact the lives of hundreds of young children and has served her community and her alma mater in countless ways while embodying the spirit of generosity and goodwill, said Sister Sheila O'Neill, academy president, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. "We feel privileged to acknowledge Jamie and her exemplary leadership.”

The assistant principal of John S. Martinez School in New Haven, Coady is described as a highly skilled instructional leader with a strongcommitment to the academic and social development of her students. Her ability to work with students and parents, assess needs, define preferences and use specific instruction to encourage facilitate growth and learning has taken her from the classroom to her current position. Over her years there, she has been the afterschool site coordinator, summer school building leader, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school-wide coach and a teacher facilitator and administrative intern.

Coady said that she had always wanted to influence the livesand had envisioned a career in teaching as a child.

"Now I combine my leadership skills with my desire to serve children and give back to the community," she said. "I truly take each day as an opportunity to influence the lives of children; to be a positive role model and to provide a safe space in which my students can develop both their emotional and academic intelligence.”

Coady earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science, Master of Science degreee in urban studies, techer certification in elementary education and a Sixth-Year Certificate in Educational Leadership,all from Southern Connecticut State University.

In addition to serving the Sacred Heart Academy Alumnae Association as recording secretar yfrom 2012 to 2014 and president from 2014 to 2016, Coady simultaneously volunteered as recording secretary, vice president, and president of the East Haven Sons and Daughters of Italy.
Notable achievements include New Haven Public Schools TAPS Award nominee, University Leadership Award, Connecticut General Assembly deputy majority leader legislative intern, and appointment to the Connecticut State University Board of Trustees.

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.