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Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Memorial Scholarship winners stand with school administrators. From left are Kiana Tan of Seymour; Sister Sheila O’Neill of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, school president; Mehr Chhatre of Hamden; Isabella Giaquinto of Hamden; Nikita Khanna of Derby; Sister Kathleen Mary Noonan of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, principal; and Molly O’Neill of Fairfield.

HAMDEN — Sacred Heart Academy has five new recipients of the Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Memorial Scholarship.

They are Mehr Chhatre of Hamden; Isabelle Giaquinto of Hamden; Nikita Khanna of Derby; Molly O’Neill of Fairfield; and Kiana Tan of Seymour.

Incoming freshmen with the highest entrance exam scores and those who demonstrate outstanding academic potential are named Antonine Scholars.

Established in 1993, the scholarship honors the life, philosophy and achievements of the academy’s founding principal. The scholarship's recipients display strong academic success with promise of future accomplishment and truly affirm the academy’s motto, Excelsior.

The administration and current Antonine Scholars celebrated the arrival of  the new Antonine Scholars and their parents at a reception in their honor in March.

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.