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National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities

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The Archdiocese of Hartford is uniting with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archdioceses and Dioceses across the U.S. in a “National Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities.” It will be held on Friday, September 9th, the feast of St. Peter Claver.
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Saint Mary School Encourages Students to Enroll at Newly-Created St. Brigid-St. Augustine Partnership School

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HARTFORD, Conn. (August 17, 2016) – After a financial review by a new Saint Mary Parish Administrator and in consultation with parish trustees, it was determined that Saint Mary School in Newington, which is parish-owned, will close effective immediately. The announcement was
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Stewards for Tomorrow – Pastoral Planning Update

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The first round of pastoral planning meetings among priests in the seventeen deaneries of the Archdiocese is complete. The outcomes from these meetings are draft recommendations for restructuring each deanery through a comprehensive design of our parishes and schools.  Priests
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The Most Reverend Archbishop Leonard P. Blair Reflects on Forgiveness in the Wake of Terrorism

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June 16, 2016 I am writing this second reflection while attending a semi-annual meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All the lives lost and people senselessly injured in Orlando as a result of terrorist brutality is central to our conversations about the
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Archbishop Leonard P. Blair Reflects on ‘Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History’

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From the Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford (June 12, 2016 – P.M.) I sadly write this reflection on the Lord’s Day. It is a day when Orlando’s death toll is reported to be 50 people and another 53 people are said to be seriously wounded. These victims are
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Archbishop Blair to Ordain Ten Men as Permanent Deacons on Saturday, June 4, 2016

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Hartford, Conn. – (June 2, 2016) Ten men will be ordained by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair as permanent deacons on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford at 11:00 a.m. They will join over 300 active and retired-active deacons who comprise the Permanent
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Archdiocese of Hartford Appoints New Superintendent of Catholic Schools

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Hartford, Conn. (June 1, 2016) ­­­­- The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair of the Archdiocese of Hartford has appointed Dr. Michael S. Griffin, Ph.D., from the Diocese of Fall River, as the new superintendent of  Catholic schools. Effective July 1, Griffin who has strong ties in the
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Interview with Fr. Philip O’Neill

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Click on the inspirational and insightful video link below regarding the shortage of military chaplains. It features one of our newly ordained priests, Fr. Philip O’Neill. Fox News interview with Fr. Philip O’Neill, “Why the military needs more Catholic priests.”
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Local Monsignor to receive Doctor of Humane Letters from Albertus Magnus College

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Hartford, Conn. – (May 10, 2016) Monsignor Gerard G. Schmitz of Saint Michael Church in New Haven will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letter honoris causa at the Commencement Exercises at Albertus Magnus College on Sunday, May 22, 2016. He is being honored for the
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Archbishop Leonard P. Blair to Ordain Five Men to the Holy Priesthood

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Hartford, Conn. (May 11, 2016) – On Saturday, May 21, 2016, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will ordain five men to the Holy Priesthood at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford. The candidates for priesthood are: Reverend Mr. Matthew Gary Gworek of Southington, CT; Reverend Mr.
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