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East Catholic High School Helps Bring Awareness to the Plight of Persecuted Christians, Assembly on March 23rd

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Contact: Maria Zone
Director of Communications
Archdiocese of Hartford
(860) 541-6491

The Archdiocese of Hartford and the Knights of Columbus are Co-sponsors of Awareness Campaign

HARTFORD, Conn. (March 20, 2018) On Friday, March 23, East Catholic High School (ECHS) students will host Stephen M. Rasche, a director of the resettlement programs for over 10,000 families of displaced Christians in Northern Iraq, at a school assembly which hopes to bring awareness to the genocide facing Christians in the Middle East. Rasche serves as counsel to the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil and is Vice Chancellor of External Affairs for the Catholic University in Erbil. The presentation will take place at 1 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium, 115 New State Road, Manchester.

The assembly is a way to highlight an archdiocesan-wide campaign co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Knights of Columbus to educate and generate solidarity toward Christians who suffer from heinous crimes for practicing their faith. All nine high schools in the Archdiocese have been invited to participate in this effort by familiarizing themselves with the horrific genocide that is taking place; adopting a “Sister Town” in the Middle East for which they will pray; and hosting a school assembly. In addition, the Knights are providing each school with crosses made of olive wood that students can receive for a $10 donation. All proceeds from the crosses will be sent to the “Sister Towns” to help in rebuilding efforts.

East Catholic High School has adopted Ozal City in Erbil, Iraq as its “Sister Town.”

“East Catholic is pleased to be involved in such a worthy cause. So many homes and houses of worship are being destroyed, families torn apart, Christians brutally treated, and in some cases killed because of their religious convictions, and this should not be. Just because they are so far away, they should not be forgotten,” said ECHS Principal Thomas Maynard.

On Sunday, April 15th, the efforts of the campaign will culminate with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair at St. Mary Parish, 5 Hillhouse Ave. in New Haven at 2 p.m. It is open to everyone.

Archbishop Blair has prepared a personal message describing the need for unity in helping persecuted Christians, which can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/gWdPdg25Z9o



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