Monthly Archives: May 2013

Archbishop’s Back From Rome, With Rosaries To Hand Out

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Pope Francis, at a May 22 audience attended by Hartford Archbishop Henry J. Mansell and others of the Archdiocese of Hartford who accompanied him on a pilgrimage to Rome. (Picture provided by Archdiocese of Hartford.)

Roman Catholic Archbishop Henry J. Mansell of Hartford has returned from his journey to Rome with 3,000 rosaries blessed by the pope for distribution Sunday at the Year of Faith Mass at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford.

The rosaries were blessed when Mansell and 80 others on a pilgrimage from the archdiocese attended a May 22 papal audience at the Vatican, the archdiocese said in release Friday.

After three days in Rome, the group visited sacred sites in Orvieto, Assisi, Florence and Venice.


Nuns On The Bus, In Context

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The Nuns on the Bus, coming to New Haven on Tuesday in a “a pre-launch  prayer service” before their 15-state tour for immigration reform, got top billing in a well-researched, in-depth piece by former Courant religion writer Mark Oppenheimer last year. The Title? “The Nuns Not on the Bus.” Well worth the read.


Attending tonight’s gathering will be U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, the Rev. Tom Sievel of St. Rose’s Church, and Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a national Catholic social justice agency in Washington, D.C. The service begins at 7 p.m. at St. Rose’s, 115 Blatchley Ave., New Haven.

The official start of the nuns’ tour will be Wednesday at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. The ride is scheduled to end June 18 in San Francisco.


Bridgeport Diocese Ordains 7 Priests

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport ordained seven new priests on Saturday, three of them graduates of St. Joseph High School in Trumbull and two of them late vocations.

Hartford Archbishop Emeritus Daniel Cronin ordained the men. The Bridgeport Diocese has been without a bishop since the Most Rev. William E. Lori left for Baltimore last spring. Hartford Archbishop Henry J. Mansell is away on a pilgrimage to Italy.

The Bridgeport Diocese has 82 parishes serving more than 460,000 Catholics in Fairfield County.

A report on Saturday’s ceremony, and more on the men ordained, is available on the diocesan website.

Record Of Tiffany Windows In CT Churches

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Researching this week’s piece on the toll relatively small acts of vandalism can take on a small congregation, I came across a useful old TiffanyCTCoverpamphlet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which lists windows from the famed Tiffany glass works in New York around the turn of the last century.

TiffanyCTIt documents churches and public buildings here in Connecticut and elsewhere that have those beautiful Tiffany windows. One of the stained-glass windows damaged at the Immanuel St. James Episcopal Church in Derby came from Tiffany; you can find it on Page 41 of the pamphlet. The towns are listed by state, and then by community, alphabetically. This church is listed under “Birmingham,” the common name back then for the borough in Derby where the building is located.




Can You Say ‘Consubstantial’?

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A survey of U.S. Roman Catholic priests released Tuesday says most of them don’t like the new Missal and want it revised.

Comments were overwhelmingly negative, and nearly three in five disliked the new text, introduced in November 2011, the survey found. According to the executive summary:

This survey shows fairly widespread skepticism about the new Missal by U.S. Catholic priests, with strong differences in opinion between the majority of priests who do not like the Missal and the minority who do.

When it comes to the particular vocabulary that the Missal introduced to the Mass, about 80 percent made comments that “do not affirm it.” Continue reading