Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer, a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish in Hartford and a regular contributor to The Catholic Transcript, visited Israel Nov. 4-11 and shared the sites through these photographs. The Israel Ministry of Tourism and El Al Israel Airlines arranged the “Catholic Highlights of Israel” tour primarily for writers, editors and photographers for Catholic media. The photos marked "Photo of the Day" are available for download for free.
Over 150 people attended the East Coast Conference against Assisted Suicide on Nov. 22, packing a conference room at the Double Tree Hotel near the airport in Windsor Locks. The speakers included, in the words of Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the Secretariat of Prolife Activities at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, people who are “veterans and experts on the issue and others who have led the opposition in different states whose stories are especially interesting because they have very practical advice on how to engage in this debate and make persuasive arguments.”
Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso presided over the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for the Permanent Diaconate on Nov. 20 in the chapel of St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Father Aidan Donohue, director of formation, called the seven candidates in the liturgy, and Bishop Macaluso delivered the homily. The seven new candidates will now begin four years of formal candidacy formation which precede ordination to the permanent diaconate. The candidates are Albert Cala of St. Mary Parish in Newington, Alfred Gambone of St. Francis Xavier Parish in New Milford, Michael Malfotana of St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Oakville, John Thorpe of St. Dominic Parish in Southington, Vincent Raby of St. Thomas Parish in Southington, Robert Kiley of St. Peter Claver Parish in West Hartford and John Montalbano of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Rocky Hill. (Photo by Lenora Sumsky)
HARTFORD – The Year of Mercy that Pope Francis has declared played heavily into the theme of a Back-to-School Mass celebrated Sept. 13 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Archbishop Leonard Blair was the principal celebrant of the Mass, which was concelebrated by a number of priests and attended by religious, students, teachers, administrators, and families from 55 archdiocesan elementary and high schools. The capacity crowd stood to the sound of trumpets as school representatives marched in with brightly colored school banners that were placed around the altar.
In his opening remarks, Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of Catholic Schools, acknowledged the upcoming Year of Mercy that will begin Dec. 8 as announced by Pope Francis, which the archbishop also talked about in his homily. To set the tone for this “extraordinary jubilee of mercy,” said Dr. Hoyt, every archdiocesan Catholic school administrator is reading Pope Francis’ “The Church of Mercy” as part of the year’s theme, “A Catholic Culture of Mercy and Learning.” Photos by Karen O. Bray
Archbishop Leonard P. Blair met pilgrims from throughout the region at Bushnell Park in Hartford for a procession to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford on April 3 in observance of Divine Mercy Sunday and the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Despite a return to wintry weather, more than 1,500 people walked through the Holy Door at the cathedral for Benediction, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the option to take part in the sacrament of reconciliation. Photos by Aaron Joseph