Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
February 3, 2017
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Important Notice

The current policy in the Archdiocese of Hartford states that all pastors, priests and administrators use ONLY AOHCT.ORG email address. Starting with the March 2017 newsletter, we will be using AOHCT.ORG emails. This may change where some parish staff receive the newsletter. If you have any questions, please email or call 860-242-5573.

Correction! Archbishop's St. Patrick's Day Breakfast.

In the recent issue of the Catholic Transcript, the 17th Annual Archbishop's St. Patrick's Day Breakfast location was listed incorrectly. The breakfast will be on March 17th, 2017 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. For a flyer, click here.


The OEEC welcomes Ana Maria Alstrum! Ana Maria has been appointed Archdiocesan Director of Hispanic Catechesis effective February 1st. We are happy to welcome her to our office and look forward to working with her.

Upcoming ESSA Workshop

On February 10, the Office of Education, Evangelization, and Catechesis (OEEC) will sponsor a one-day workshop on the new requirements that affect non-public schools under ESSA for all schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Information on this workshop will be emailed directly to school leaders. Or contact Valerie Mara at for more information.

Advancement and Enrollment Casual Conversation

School administrators and staff members in the areas of both advancement and enrollment management are invited to attend a Casual Conversation on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. We hope you will join us as we learn from one another by sharing best practices, frustrations and experiences. Please come prepared to discuss with your colleagues one challenge you have faced and one success. We ask that you RSVP to Linda Serafin at by February 21, 2017. You can access the invitation here.

Celebration of Sacred Scripture

"Transformative Encounters in the Gospel of John" is free of charge and open to the public. Saturday, March 25, 2017, 12:30-4:30 (sign-in at noon). Participation required for CBS students in Years 2, 3 and 4. Register online here.

You Can't Pour From An Empty Cup: A Retreat for All Parish Ministers

Join us Friday, March 31st or Saturday, April 1, 2017 at St. Thomas Seminary. For more information click here.

Knights of Columbus Museum/World War I Exhibit

The Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven will open a WWI exhibition April 6, 2017, to mark the 100th anniversary of the United States' entrance into the war. The show includes historical and Catholic/religious dimensions of the war. The museum is open daily. Admission is free and groups are welcome. Please contact to book a tour or to learn more about the exhibit.

Congratulations Sr. Mary Grace Walsh!

Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, provost for education at the Archdiocese of Hartford, is this year’s honoree for Sacred Heart University’s Ninth Annual Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Educator’s Breakfast. Click here to read more...

Catholic Biblical School

Attention Graduates!

The Gospel of John course for CBS Alums will begin March 8, 2017. Details and registration are online at here.

Attention 2nd and 4th year students!

Certificate Eligibility Worksheets required of all CBS students in their second and fourth years of study are available now here . Two-year certificates will be awarded at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford on June 10 at 1:00pm. Four-year certificates will be awarded at our graduation service at St. Thomas Seminary Chapel, June 8 at 6:30pm.

Youth/Young Adult Ministry

Catholic Scouting

Join us February 23, 2017 at 7:00pm, at St. Jerome Parish Center, New Britain for an informational gathering. We will be talking about the work that the Committee of Catholic Scouting does for both Girl and Boy Scouts. We are looking for adults and youth (8th grade/cadettes and up) Click here for more information and to register.

Alive in Christ

Join us for a one-day Catholic Youth Rally with engaging worship, music, speakers and faith-filled fellowship with teens from around the Archdiocese. Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. 1:00-8:00pm. Tickets are $25.00. For a flyer and more information, click here.

Adult Faith Formation

Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

This is a reminder that the deadline for registration for the Archdiocesan Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion is February 14, 2017. Please review the information on our website and prepare the appropriate paperwork by that time in order to attend the Combined Rite on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 3 PM at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. *Please note: the recent issue of The Catholic Transcript has printed the incorrect date. This ceremony does not include Sunday Mass. Please attend at your own parish.

Adult Confirmation

We are pleased to announce that our Adult Confirmation program for the spring will be running again, with 4 sites in Waterbury, Cheshire, Torrington, and West Hartford. Classes begin in March, with the Confirmation ceremony on April 25 at 7 PM at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. Please visit the Adult Confirmation page on our website for more information on registration and paperwork.

Lay Ministry Program Alumni: Your Input Requested!

Are you an alumnus/alumna of the Lay Ministry Program? Have you seen that the program is on hiatus during a rebuilding stage? Share your thoughts about your experience in the program by completing our brief survey, linked here. Your insights and comments are invaluable to the future of the program!

Parish Catechetical Leaders

Save the Date: August 10-12, 2017!

Be nourished, energized and renewed! Meet, share faith, prayer and liturgy with new peers and friends in ministry. Expand your social network and reboot your ministry in the parish. Save the date for the New England Convocation. More...

Leadership in Catholic Schools

NE CACE Catholic School Leadership Conference

While the early bird deadline has passed, there is still time to register for this New England conference for elementary and high school leaders of Catholic schools. This is the most widely attended conference in the New England region. Click here for registration and hotel information. If you have any questions or for more information on how to use your Title IIA funds for this conference, please contact Valerie Mara at

Teaching and Learning in Catholic Schools

ACRE Ordering Information

To see what needs to be ordered, Go to the home page of our website for the most recent information.

6 Hallmarks of Effective Instruction

Based on decades of research and results of best practices, master teachers and educational experts summarize effective teaching that directly impacts student achievement. Edgenuity Research Foundation has outlined these strategies into 6 hallmarks for effective instruction. How does your school measure up in ensuring these practices are implemented on a daily basis? Click here to read more.

The Power of Yet by Carol Dweck

How do we transform the meaning of “effort” and “perseverance” without watering down the important role these character traits play in the formation of the life of a child? How do we transform student thinking to see “difficulty” not as a path to feeling incapable, but as a means for neurons to make new, stronger connections; a pathway to getting smarter? The Power of Yet is the answer to transforming student and teacher thinking from a fixed mindset of you’re either smart or not and failure is the end of the line, to a mindset of growth, possibilities, and achievement… not getting it right is just the beginning of the journey. More...

Enrollment Management/Marketing in Catholic Schools

Marketing with Facebook and Pinterest

In a recent NCEA webinar presented by Jacqueline Day, online ads were recommended as a cost-effective way to promote Catholic schools. More...

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