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shc scholarLeaders 800x560Sacred Heart Academy SCC Scholar Leaders Avishan Montazer and Claire Donelan with principal Sister Kathleen Mary Coonan of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of JesusHAMDEN – Sacred Heart Academy seniors Claire Donelan of Fairfield and Avishan Montazer of Hamden have been named 2018 SCC Scholar Leaders by the Southern Connecticut Conference.

The two were among 46 scholar leaders, two from each member school, who were recognized for outstanding scholarship and leadership in their respective schools and communities at the 24th Scholar Leader Banquet in March in New Haven.

A member of Student Council all four of her years at Sacred Heart, Donelan also was class president as a sophomore, junior and senior. In her senior year, she was co-president of Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) Club and an active member of the Pro-Life Club, Key Club and French Club. She was named to the Sacred Heart honor roll all four years and was a member of the French National Honor Society.

A four-year varsity field hockey and lacrosse athlete, Donelan was captain of the lacrosse team in her junior and senior years and the field hockey team during senior year. Last fall, she was named to the All-State first team and the All-State academic team for field hockey.

In her community, Donelan is on the board of the National Charity League, where she has served as tea chair, father-daughter chair, corresponding secretary, vice president and currently, as president. Last fall, she was a Wendy’s High School Heisman winner, National Heisman awardees share the values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect and excelling in the classroom and on the athletic field.

Donelan will enroll at the University of Tennessee, where she plans to major in business or marketing and communications.

Montazer has taken six Advanced Placement classes and two UConn Early College Experience (ECE) classes at Sacred Heart. She earned high honors all four years, and is a member of National Honor Society as well as the math, science and Spanish national honor societies. As a sophomore, Montazer placed second on the National Spanish Exam, and as a junior, third.

She was on the Student Council all four years, this year serving as president of the executive board. She was co-president of Key Club, a member of the peer connection and prom committees and had leads in the musical in junior and senior years. Montazer earned the Villanova Alumni Association Book Award as a junior for her community spirit and academic excellence. She volunteers with the non-profit Couture for Charity, serving as its director of social marketing.

Montazer will attend UConn, where she intends to major in material science and economics.

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.