WATERBURY One hundred years ago on Feb. 28, the fifth and last of then-Bishop Michael Tierneys Catholic hospitals opened on Franklin Street with 120 beds and a staff of 14. As St. Marys Hospital turns 100, it is licensed for 347 beds and is one of the largest employers in the city. It has a staff of 1,600 full-time employees, with 317 attending physicians.
"I think were energized here," Chad W. Wable, the hospitals eighth president and CEO, told a gathering of dignitaries at a celebration in the lobby on March 12. "Its going to be a difficult time. There are challenges. There are challenges at the state level. There are challenges in health care," he said. But, he added, "I think we have a resilient group of folks here ready to take on those challenges."
Posters promote the 2009 Archbishops Annual Appeal. Click here to enlarge.
HARTFORD Amid the current economic crisis, the Archdiocese of Hartford will kick off its 2009 Archbishops Annual Appeal March 14 and 15 with a theme that is particularly relevant this year: "People of Hope Giving in Faith."
The theme, said Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, "highlights a fundamental aspect of our Catholic faith, that we are a hopeful people, believers of the love and mercy of God.
"Through loving and caring for our neighbors," he stated in a brochure outlining the campaign, "we bring this hope into a world that is sometimes bleak with the burdens of poverty, sickness and despair."
BRISTOL Thomas Awiapo was born poor, and nearly died of malnutrition before literally being saved by Catholic Relief Services.
Today, he devotes his life to CRS as a senior program manager in Ghana and as a speaker who goes around the United States every year talking about CRS, the global food crisis and Operation Rice Bowl, the Lenten donation box that he calls "the miracle of his life."
HARTFORD Archbishop Henry J. Mansell expressed his gratitude to all of the people who helped to stop "an unprecedented and outrageous attack on religious freedom" in a letter that was read at all Masses in the Archdiocese of Hartford on March 14 and 15. The letter also was inserted in bulletins.
The text of the letter, dated March 12, follows:
I appreciate this opportunity to thank all who assisted in the work to stop Senate bill No.1098, an unprecedented and outrageous attack on religious freedom.
Diane Sienicki, an eighth grader at Sacred Heart School in New Britain, reacts to the sight of more dishes in need of washing as Michelle Juarez works beside her. The schools eighth graders put the school motto, "112 Years of Caring and Sharing," into practice on many Fridays during the winter by making soup for a local homeless shelter. Under the guidance of teacher Patricia Eisner, the boys and girls learn to prepare a nutritious and hardy meal for needy people. Click here to enlarge. (Photo submitted)
Mother Mary Clare Millea
HAMDEN The sister commissioned by the Vatican to conduct the first-ever comprehensive study of womens religious orders in the United States describes the project as a positive effort to support and promote congregations at a time when their numbers are in steep decline.
Mother Mary Clare Millea of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus spoke to The Catholic Transcript on Feb. 12 at her orders provincial house at Mount Sacred Heart.
Mother Clare said the study will be done with respect for the individuality of each congregation.