The Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford was the scene of a joyful and music-filled celebration on June 4 as Archbishop Leonard P. Blair ordained 10 men as permanent deacons of the Archdiocese of Hartford. The cathedral was filled with families, friends and other supporters, some arriving by the busload and many saying they were looking forward to hearing the new deacons’ first sermons in various parishes scheduled for has soon as the next day. The new deacons are Brian Armstrong of Wolcott, James Blanchette of Berlin, Robert Carter Jr. of Derby, Dominic Corraro of North Haven, William Dziatko of Marlborough, Philip Gosselin of East Hartford, Michael Lynch of Seymour, Angelo Moriello of Naugatuck, Paul Robert of Broad Brook and Norris Taylor of Windsor. (Photos by Karen O. Bray and Aaron Joseph)
HARTFORD – During the solemn and holy rite of Ordination to the Priesthood, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair welcomed five new priests into the Archdiocese of Hartford on May 21 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Approximately 100 priests and deacons and countless family members and friends joined in the celebration.The candidates for ordination were Deacons Héctor M. Rangel Guerrero, Matthew Gary Gworek, Patrick Michael Kane, Philip Thomas O’Neill and Philip Roy Schulze.
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
BLOOMFIELD – Four men were ordained transitional deacons for the Archdiocese of Hartford in the chapel at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary on Dec. 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Archbishop Leonard P. Blair celebrated the rite of ordination for seminarians Matthew Gworek, Patrick Kane, Philip O’Neill and Philip Schulze. The transitional diaconate is a step in their journey toward ordination to the priesthood, to take place in May.
Men and women whom Pope Francis described as “a gift for the people of God on a journey” gathered on Oct. 17 to celebrate their lives and the years of dedication given by honorees among them. The Celebration of Consecrated Life within the Archdiocese of Hartford took the form of a Mass in the chapel of the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant. A reception followed. Four men and women religious were honored for marking significant anniversaries. The honorees were Sister of Notre Dame Ann Marie Strileckis, ceebrating 50 years; Sister Frances Elisabeth McKay, of the Little Sisters of the Poor, marking 60 years; Sister Mary Elizabeth Endee, of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, celebrating 25 years; and Holy Cross Brother Joseph Walsh, marking 50 years.
Photos by Karen O. Bray
More than 250 people representing over 100 parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford set off on Sept. 25 on buses headed toward Philadelphia, where they planned to take part in a conference about the family on Saturday and a visit to the World Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with Pope Francis. After Mass Sunday morning in the hotel, the group planned to head back to the parkway, where Pope Francis would close the World Congress on the Family with a Mass.
NEW HAVEN – Fiesta! Aug. 23 was a day of celebration as parishioners from the vibrant St. Rose of Lima Parish honored their patron saint with a Mass and veneration of a statue of the patron of the Americas followed by a four-hour street festival that included games, music, rock climbing, balloons, magic, and foods and dances indigenous to the 18 countries represented in the parish.
The Mass was celebrated on the saint's feast day by Father James C. Manship, pastor. Languages used in the Prayer of the Faithful included Quiche from the pre-Spanish Inca period in Peru, and Mam, an ancient Mayan language.
Leading up the feast day, the parish concluded a 9-day novena to the saint on Aug. 21, then held a procession with the statute through the Fair Haven neighborhood.
On Aug. 22, 500 people gathered on the church property for a Day of Faith and Family with food, sharing and games.
"This parish gives me life," said longtime parishioner and trustee Ellen Anderson.
According to Father Manship, 1,200 to 1,300 people fill the pews at Masses on Saturday and Sunday. He said it is a family-centered parish where the average age is 35.
Among parish activities is a Family Life Office and a door-to-door evangelization program.
"He always has something going on," said Dominican Sister Maryann Lawlor, executive director of the Springs Learning Center that serves adult learners on the St. Rose campus."He's a pastor with a missionary heart."
St. Rose of Lima is the first named saint of the Americas.
Photos by Father James C. Manship and Mary Chalupsky.
Calling it “a model for our church and our communities in meeting the challenges of today,” Archbishop Leonard P. Blair blessed Southington Catholic School Aug. 23 and cut the ceremonial ribbon that welcomed a gathering of more than 150 students, family, educators, clergy and friends to the newly formed school. The event celebrated the merger of St. Dominic School, formerly located at 1050 Flanders Rd.; and St. Thomas School, 133 Bristol St., which now serves as the new Southington Catholic School. Mary Pat Wirkus, who was principal of St. Thomas School, will be principal of the new institution, which will be under the joint auspices of St. Thomas and St. Dominic parishes.
Hundreds gathered at St. Bridget Parish on Jan. 11 to honor Father Stephen Sledesky, who was recognized as this year’s Archdiocesan Distinguished Elementary School Pastor. The award is presented annually to a pastor who exemplifies leadership, dedication and commitment to Catholic school education. (Photos by Lenora Sumsky)
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)
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.”
WATERBURY – Over 300 people bundled into La Bella Vista Restaurant at the Pontelandolfo Club in Waterbury on a chilly Nov. 2, All Souls Day, to celebrate the 22nd annual awards dinner of Carolyn’s Place Pregnancy Care Center.
This year’s honorees were Sister Suzanne Gross of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, Wesley Wensek and Anne Marie Cullinan, chief academic officer for the Waterbury Department of Education. Making his first appearance at a Carolyn’s Place event and taking the podium to warm applause as keynote speaker was Archbishop Leonard P. Blair. (Photos by Karen O. Bray)
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.
HARTFORD – For Charles and Deanna Comparetto, it’s never too late to start over. He is 92, she is 76, and they’ve been married just one year. They are one of 210 couples who attended the annual Wedding Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Oct. 19.All of them received a marriage anniversary certificate signed by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, principal celebrant. (Photos by Jack Sheedy)
Permanent deacons were joined by their wives in celebrating their vocations to the diaconate at the 18th annual diaconate convocation, held July 27 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair presented pins to deacons who marked 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service, including Deacon George Hajjar who marked 40 years as a deacon and prison chaplain. Deacon Robert M. Pallotti, director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate said that the gathering provides an opportunity to honor the long service of deacons and to thank the wives, each of whom was presented with a rose. (Photos by Mary Chalupsky)