The Catholic Transcript | St. Patrick's Day Breakfast 2012
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HARTFORD – The annual Archbishop’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast drew a record 1,030 guests to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on March 16 to hear Jesuit Father James Martin, author of 'Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life,' the keynote speaker. Father Martin is a frequent guest on “The Colbert Report” and other television and radio outlets. The breakfast is sponsored by the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools (FACS) as a way to raise money for Catholic school scholarships. Besides Archbishop Henry J. Mansell of Hartford, dignitaries included Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. Cindy Basil Howard is the executive director of FACS. (Photos by Jack Sheedy)
Jesuit Father James Martin shares a laugh with his audience.Ben Teerlinck, a student at East Catholic, piped as guests were leaving.Guests arrive at the Connecticut Convention Center.Maureen E. Kerrigan, event chair and president of the FACS board of trustees, speaks.Valerie Mara, director of curriculum design for the Archdiocese of Hartford's Office of Catholic Schools, enjoys the program.Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, author, and frequent guest on television and radio shows.Archbishop Henry J. Mansell tells one of his jokes with his usual deadpan delivery.Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. MacalusoArchbishop Henry J. Mansell also used his time to speak against the Obama administration's rule that requires Catholic institutions to provide services that violate their religious teachings.Pat Whelan, a bagpiper from Glastonbury, piped before the breakfast.Cindy Basil Howard, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools.Cindy Basil Howard, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools, center, listens to the program next to Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Peter A. Rosazza.Gov. Dannel P. Malloy tells supporters of Catholic education that they should be proud of their accomplishments.

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