Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
June 17, 2020
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This week, the OEEC says goodbye to our founding leader, Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ. As the inaugural Provost for Education, Evangelization, and Catechesis, Sr. Mary Grace was the driving force behind a singular vision for our parishes and schools, wherein a continuum of lifelong formation in our Catholic faith cultivates Christian discipleship. We are so grateful for her wisdom, expertise, mentorship, and trust in us over these years. Her courage, faith, grace, and tenacity will abundantly bless the community at Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis! 

We welcome Fr. Michael Whyte, pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena in West Simsbury, as the new Vicar for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis. For more about Fr. Whyte, view the press release. Welcome to the OEEC, Fr. Whyte! 

Resources that Address the Social Injustice of Racism 

The OEEC has developed a web page devoted to Resources that Address the Social Injustice of Racism.  This page is constantly updated, and recently added is a children’s book which was recommended by Archbishop Blair, Everyone Belongs.  It reflects on the reality of racism in society through the lens of faith, and was produced by the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism; the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development; and Loyola Press.
To see a full list of the resources, click here.

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is offering a webinar this Wednesday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. called, How to Talk About Racism, led by Pamela Harris (Diocese of Columbus), Deacon Art Miller (Archdiocese of Hartford), and Greg “Dobie” Moser (Diocese of Cleveland).  

Racism is a sin. Like most sins, it’s not easy to name or talk about with others in a group setting. Many people choose not to say anything for fear of saying the wrong thing. Silence is not the solution. Silence contributes to the deep pain and suffering of people of color, making reconciliation even more unreachable. How can we have honest, critical, and courageous conversations to move toward healing and restoring the dignity of all people? Join us to learn conversation techniques and receive resources to assist in facilitating these essential conversations with young people, colleagues, friends and family. Let’s take a bold step and explore these questions together with the diverse panel of presenters. To register, click here.
To see more resources compiled by NCYFM, click here.

The Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry (OCSJM) of the Archdiocese of Hartford is offering an excellent Virtual Conference Series on the U.S. Bishops' Letter Against Racism, Rooted in Faith, Opening Wide our Hearts

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:

Dear Catechetical Leaders,
There have been so many great webinars that have come out since the COVID crisis. This one by Doug Tooke, on Parish Family Ministry is by far the most powerful and informative of anything I have seen and it will CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR MINISTRY! Whether you minister to children, youth or families, this webinar addresses some of the most fundamental aspects of our work in faith formation. Please find a quiet hour when you can watch this entire presentation and reflect upon its message. Listen for the unique way Doug connects catechesis with evangelization and how the language of the Good News and prayer can powerfully affect today’s families. 
Click here for a recording of the webinar and to access PowerPoint. You’ll need this password to access webinar: 3g+u9v2C
Two virtual discussion groups will be held so that this presentation may be explored together to strategize ways to live out this important message in our ministries:
  • July 7, 10:00 a.m.: Click on this link to join the discussion. You can also dial in by phone: 1 (312) 757-312; please use access code: 591-021-037
  • July 7, 7:00 p.m.: Click on this link to join this meeting. You can also dial in by phone: 1 (646) 749-3122; please use access code: 762-679-365

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis and Lisa Orchen, Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Initiatives:

The OEEC will be hosting a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level III Formation Course beginning this July. The course will begin using a virtual format and will transition to in-person when it is safe to do so.  If you or anyone you know is interested, there are a few spots remaining. Click here for registration information, or contact or with any questions. 

On Behalf of BJ Daly Horell, Archdiocesan Director of Catholic Biblical School:

Congratulations to Students Earning the Basic Certificate in Biblical Studies
Kurt Marvin Ahlstrand, Saint Thomas the Apostle, West Hartford
Amelia A. Alves, Saint Michael, Beacon Falls
Timothy D. Anderson, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, East Haven
Filomena Ayala, Saint Stanislaus, New Haven
Karyl R. Beloin, Saint Katharine Drexel, New Britain
Donna Liro Boivin, Saint George, Guilford
Edward Federici, Saint Josephine Bakhita, Rocky Hill
Patti Flynn-Harris, Saint Bridget of Sweden, Cheshire    
Agnes E. Jackson, Saint Martin de Porres, New Haven
Meghan Anne McManus, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, East Haven
Sally Mary Mucka, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, East Haven
Rachel Ann Murphy, Our Lady of Hope, Harwinton/New Hartford
Margaret Palmieri, Saint Ambrose, North Branford
Joseph Premus, Saint Dominic, Southington
Phil Smith, Saint Junipero Serra, South Windsor
Henry R. Tessier, Saint Dominic, Southington
Frances Wei, Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford
Lynette Kathleen Null Wilson, Holy Family, Hebron
Allison Lee Zink, Mount Sacred Heart, Hamden

On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Assistant to the Provost:

Asbestos Inspections
Eagle Environmental, Inc. will continue to schedule asbestos inspections of school buildings through the summer months. Please continue to work with Helen Rimsa at Eagle Environmental to schedule your asbestos inspection this summer!  This is an essential service required by the CT Department of Public Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Even if schools are not physically in session, these inspections must take place according to the usual timetable. The inspectors will follow precautionary CDC guidelines for social distancing and will wear a protective facial mask and gloves during the inspections. Additionally, the inspectors will wear picture ID badges while inspecting on school property.
Aurora Temperature Control Displays for Sale
The Aurora TTS is an Android based all-in-one infrared temperature sensing tablet. RnB is holding demonstration sessions of the Auroral Temperature Control Display and units are available for viewing. This is a new innovative way to be sure your students and employees are well and safe to enter your school building, the TTS-will provide alerts when a person is running a high temperature within 1 second from 3.3 feet (1 meter) away. The system uses an advanced algorithm for detecting and calculating heat signatures. Based on technology developed in Germany, the highly accurate sensor measures with a tolerance of +/- 0.5 degrees Celsius (+/- 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit). A floor, ceiling or desk mount is also available and HDMI output ensures this display can be monitored from a reception or security location. 
The first available batch is sold out and there will be a new shipment available in 6 weeks. Please contact Susan Boutote at for details and if interested, schedule a demonstration soon.
Please contact your Local Educational Agency (LEA) about your school’s portion of the CARES Act.
The OEEC will continue to keep all principals in the Archdiocese of Hartford updated on the CARES Act this summer!  Please contact Laura McCaffrey with any questions on the CARES ACT! 
Digital Resource Page: Distance Learning 
Although the academic year is done for the 2019 – 2020 school year, the OEEC invites you to continue to explore the Distance Learning Page of our website. This page is constantly being updated with new information, webinars, videos and other helpful resources. Summer is the perfect time to continue to improve your digital literacy.
On Behalf Kathleen Welch, Principal of Saint Christopher School in East Hartford:
Saint Christopher has many school items available for sale, such as textbooks, furnishings, outdoor play equipment, art supplies, physical education equipment, and other useful items.  Please contact Kathleen Welch at or (860) 568-4100, or come to the school and look at the available items anytime from June 15-30, 2020. 
On Behalf of Frank Johnson, IT Director at Saint Bridget School in Cheshire:
The school has 16 Smart Boards available for schools; click here for details.  If you have any questions contact Frank Johnson at

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