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Archbishop Henry J. Mansell distributed 206 St. Joseph Medals of Appreciation to volunteers from 162 parishes during a ceremony March 20 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. The award ceremony was initiated in 2002 by then-Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin as a way of giving back to the laity. Since the first ceremony, a total of a total of 1,615 distinguished men and women from all corners of the Archdiocese of Hartford have been recognized for outstanding service to their parishes. Archbishop Mansell praised the recipients for bringing food to the sick and homebound; for volunteering at schools; and for working in soup kitchens, food pantries and home-less shelters. “This is a great Church, and you make it so,” he said. It is the work of volunteers that help make the Catholic Church in Connecticut the largest provider of social services after government, he said.
Janis Yakimovich, of St. Jude Parish, Derby, holds her St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation after receiving it during a ceremony March 20 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford.Archbishop Mansell takes a moment to personally thank Thomas Loin, of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Wallingford, for volunteer services to his parish that earned him the St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation.Archbishop Mansell thanks Richard Carloni for his volunteer work at St. Mary Parish, Woodbridge, which earned Mr. Carloni the St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation.Kantius Joshua proudly shows off his St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation after receiving the award from Archbishop Mansell on March 20. Mr. Joshua is a parishioner at St. Justin Parish, Hartford.Michael Mucciacciaro, of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Waterbury, receives the St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation from Archbishop Mansell.Archbishop Mansell thanks George Coppolo, of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, West Hartford, for services to his parish that earned him the St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation.Mr. and Mrs. James Daigle, of Holy Family Parish, Enfield, shake Archbishop Henry J. Mansell's hand after receiving the St. Joseph Medal.Donald Christie, of St. Paul Parish in Glastonbury, accepts the St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation from Archbishop Mansell during a ceremony March 20 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.Mr. and Mrs. John Ringrose of St. Joseph Parish in New Britain show off their St. Joseph Medals of Appreciation after a ceremony honoring parish volunteers.

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