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SOUTHINGTON – The 43rd anniversary dinner and awards event sponsored by the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry brought together nearly 350 people for a program designed to inspire and encourage Catholics who work to serve those in need. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell presented three awards to acknowledge one individual and two organizations for their dedication to social justice ministry. Frederick J. Perella Jr. received the Most Reverend Joseph F. Donnelly Award. The Donnelly Award for an organization was accepted on behalf of St. Thomas More Chapel and Center at Yale University in New Haven by Father Robert Beloin, chaplain, and Katie Byrnes, assistant chaplain. A new award, the Charlie Schlegel Award for Cooperative Parish Sharing, went to St. Patrick Parish in Enfield. Father John Weaver, pastor, and Noe Charles, parish social ministry chair, accepted the award, which was established this year to honor Dr. Schlegel and to recognize parish projects that exemplify the mission of Cooperative Parish Sharing. (Photos by Lenora Sumsky)
Mary DeLorey, Strategic Issues Advisor for Catholic Relief Services and keynote speaker for the event, at left.Father Stephen Sledesky stands with two sisters, both members of the Religious Teachers Filippini, who claimed they taught him everything he knows.Noe Charles of St. Patrick Parish in Enfield and Ronald F. Shea, interim executive director, of the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry. Photo credit: Lenora SumskyClaire Dalidowitz, president, of the board of directors of the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry, talks to Karen Herbert, coordinator of the Not for Sale program.Dr. Charlie SchlegelGrazella Zinn, left, peace ministry coordinator for the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry; and Mary Breen, a member of St. Bridget Parish in Manchester. TRepresenting St. Mary Parish in New Britain are, from left, Carmen Caraballo, Addie Keith, Janice Milton and Jesus Esparra.John Nowicky, who volunteers for the Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry, left, and Bob Gauvin, parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy, Plainville.Auxiliary Archbishop Emeritus Peter A. Rosazza, center, gave the Invocation at the 43rd anniversary .Michael Morrissey, Francesca Morrissey, and John Ryan, a parishioner at St. Bridget Church, Manchester, volunteer for the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry and parish JustFaith coordinator.Ed Garrahy. left; Sandy Rokosz, of the Knit Crochet and Sew Good Works Ministry; and Peggy Clarizio, parishioners from St. James Church in Rocky Hill.Gerry and Teresa, parishioners of St. James Church in Rocky Hill, are the pro-life representatives for their parish.Lynn Campbell, left, is parish social ministry and justice education coordinator for the Archdiocese of Hartford's Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry.

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