Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
July 5, 2017
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Archdiocesan Survey for Young People

question.jpg2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment “By listening to young people, the Church will once again hear the Lord speaking in today’s world” (Synod Preparatory Document, p.3).

The Archdiocese of Hartford requests that all youth leaders, including teachers, catechists, school administrators, catechetical directors, and youth ministers, encourage young people ages 16-29 to complete the Archdiocesan Survey for Young People. This survey will enable the Archdiocese to hear and respond to the important voice of our youth and young adults – the future of our Church. Young survey respondents will be asked about their faith, values, and concerns, providing the Archdiocese with extremely valuable information which will then be submitted to the Vatican by Archbishop Blair.

Survey deadline is Friday July 21, 2017

New Online Master’s for Catholic School Leaders

The Center for Catholic School Leadership and Faith-based Education at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education has announced a new online Master's program in Administration and Supervision exclusively for those who will lead in Catholic Schools.

The thirty credit, two-year program, offers a unique opportunity for those wishing to pursue a Master’s degree in educational leadership that specifically addresses the culture and needs of 21st century faith-based schools.

The program can be taken entirely online or as a hybrid model. For further details about the new Master’s program, including admission requirements, courses offered, and potential benefits, visit the Fordham website. Students who work in a Catholic school or central office will receive a 40% scholarship as part of a national cohort.

Feel free to contact Fordham at or 212-636-6420 with any questions. Read full program details here.

First Annual Faith Formation Share Fair

The first Faith Share date is right around the corner! Are you registered yet?
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  • South Windsor: St. Francis of Assisi, Church Hall, 673 Ellington Road, July 11, 10:00 a.m.
  • South Windsor: St. Francis of Assisi, Church Hall, 673 Ellington Road, July 11, 7:00 p.m.
  • Cheshire: St. Thomas Beckett, Parish Hall, 435 N. Brooksvale Road, July 20, 10:00 a.m.
  • Cheshire: St. Thomas Beckett, Parish Hall, 435 N. Brooksvale Road, July 20, 7:00 p.m.
  • North Haven: St. Therese, Parish Center, 555 Middletown Avenue, July 25, 10:00 a.m.
  • Simsbury: St. Mary, 942 Hopmeadow Street, August 2, 10:00 a.m.

To download a printable flyer, click here.
To register on-line, click here.
For more information, contact:

Miriam Hidalgo, Archdiocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry ( or
Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Education (

Register Now: New England Convocation 2017

Convo.JPGRegistration is now open for the NECDDRE (New England Diocesan Directors of Religious Education) Convocation, taking place August 10-12, 2017 in Springfield, MA. This biennial event is an excellent opportunity for all parish ministers: catechetical leaders, youth ministers, Confirmation coordinators, RCIA coordinators, priests and deacons. Many workshops will be offered in Spanish. To download a flyer, click here. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Catechetical Education, Kelly Henderschedt at or 860-242-5573.

OEEC Faith Formation Series: A resource for parish leaders, CBS graduates and missionary disciples from all walks of life

Stephen J. Binz, biblical scholar, award-winning author, popular speaker and international educator, will present a workshop, Peter the Apostle and the Leadership of Pope Francis for two groups:

  • Thursday, September 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Location TBD) – open to the public
  • Friday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon, St. Anthony, New Haven for catechetical leaders, youth ministers and catechists.

The presentation of Peter the Apostle in the four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, and the Letters of Peter inspires a vision for leadership in the Church. Pope Francis has taken up the legacy of Peter and has called the Church to be renewed.

Catholic Biblical School (CBS)

Enrollment for the Catholic Biblical School (CBS) is going on NOW!

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Adults ages 18+ are invited to apply for CBS classes which will begin on September 9, 2017. Applications are due August 15, 2017. Financial aid is available for those in need, and forms can be found by clicking here. Choose from one of the following class times when you register:

  • Mondays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Christ the Redeemer, 325 Oronoque Road, Milford 06461
  • Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield 06002
  • Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.- 12 noon, Caritas Christi Center, 295 Benham Street, Hamden 06514
  • Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Our Lady of Loreto, 12 Ardsley Road, Waterbury 06708

When you are ready to apply, or for more information, go to, or contact Jill Costa at or 860-242-5573.

Started CBS and Didn't Finish?

We welcome back former students of the Catholic Biblical School who have started classes but were unable to finish. A listing of class locations and times can be found by clicking here. If you would like to continue classes in the September 2017 school year, please contact BJ Daly Horell at or 860-242-5573 by August 15.

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CBS students, among others, were honored at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on June 10, 2017. To see a list of their names or more pictures, click here.

Opening Scripture Days

All students in the Catholic Biblical School (CBS) are required to attend an Opening Scripture day. The dates and times are listed below. If you have any questions, please contact BJ Daly Horell at or 860-242-5573.

  • CBS 400 Advanced Years (3 and 4): August 26, 2017, 8:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with Fr. Richard Clifford, SJ, Professor of Old Testament Emeritus, Boston College
  • CBS 200 (Year 2): August 26, 2017, 8:20 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. with Fr. Thomas Stegman, SJ, Professor of New Testament and Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College
  • CBS 100 (Year 1): September 9, 2017, 8:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with Stephen J. Binz, biblical scholar, award-winning author, popular speaker and international educator

First Week of Classes: September 11-15, 2017

V Encuentro

What is the V Encuentro?

Did you know that in the U.S., 55% of Catholics under the age of 30 are Hispanic? How will the Churchbilingual sm.jpg respond to this reality? The Church has responded with the V Encuentro: “Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love.” Encuentro is a four-year process of ecclesial reflection and action that invites all Catholics in the United States to intentional missionary activity, consultation, leadership development, and identification of best ministerial practices in the spirit of the New Evangelization. The main objective of the process of the Encuentro is to discern the way in which Hispanics/Latinos respond as a Church community.

¿Sabías que en los Estados Unidos, el 55% de los católicos menores de 30 años son hispanos? ¿Cómo responderá la Iglesia a esta realidad? La Iglesia ha respondido con el V Encuentro: "Discípulos Misioneros: Testigos del Amor de Dios". El Encuentro es un proceso de reflexión y acción eclesial de cuatro años que invita a todos los católicos en los Estados Unidos a la actividad misionera intencional, la consulta, el desarrollo del liderazgo y la identificación de las mejores prácticas ministeriales en el espíritu de la Nueva Evangelización. El objetivo principal del proceso del Encuentro es discernir la forma en que los hispanos / latinos responden como Iglesia.


El 16 de septiembre del 2017, en el Encuentro Arquidiocesano, todas las comunidades hispano/Latinas de las parroquias de la Arquidiócesis de Hartford se reunirán para hablar y reflexionar sobre las necesidades de la gente en sus parroquias y en la periferia. Ellos propondrán como la Iglesia Católica puede responder a las necesidade de la población Hispano/Latina en los Estados Unidos.

This cross will travel to each diocese in Region 1, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The cross will be at each one of their Diocesan Encuentros. The Archdiocese of Hartford will have the cross on September 16, 2017 when all the Hispanic/Latino communities will come together to talk and reflect on the needs of the people in their parishes and peripheries. They will propose how the Catholic Church can respond to the needs of the Hispanic/Latino population in the United States.

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Young Catholic Leadership Camp for High School Students

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:22)

Trinita Retreat Center, New Hartford
August 14-18, 2017
Monday 10:00 a.m. - Friday 3:00 p.m.

Visit our website for more information.
To download a registration form, click here.
For more information or for questions regarding this event, please contact Miriam Hidalgo, Archdiocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, at or 860-242-5573.

Confirmation Retreats

When planning for a Confirmation retreat experience for the youth of your parish, please consider contacting the following retreat centers. The retreat directors will be happy to offer a wonderful and spiritual experience for the youth. They will also work with you on pricing, meals, and other details. Retreats are available for Saturday, Sunday, or weekends.

    "Youth in Hart" information gatherings for parish youth leaders, confirmation coordinators, campus ministers and young adult leaders will be offered in parishes around the Archdiocese, starting September 8. For a listing of all locations and times, click here.

    Other Youth Events:

    Here are some great youth events. All information including flyers and registration can be found on our Youth Ministry Page.

    • Young Catholic Leadership Camp, August 14-18, 2017. A week long leadership camp for high school students, that will help leadership skills and their faith. $375 includes lodging, meals and materials.
    • *New this month!* Join the St. Teresa of Calcutta Confirmation class (Manchester) as they hear a presentation from the Prison Ministry and work on a service project. Bring a group of Confirmation students to learn about this ministry. They will meet in October, date and time TBA. We are also looking for donations for this wonderful project. If you would like to donate a bag of hard candy, please let us know. For more information, see our website.
    • The OEEC and the Center for Ministry Development invites you to the National Workshop: Ministry with Gen Z and Their Families on October 13, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Jerome Church, New Britain. At this day of workshops you will learn about resources for ministry with Gen Z youth and their families. For detailed information, click here. $54.00 includes materials and lunch. Contact Miriam Hidalgo for scholarship information at or 860-242-5573.
    • National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is an every other year event, for Catholic students in high school held in Indianapolis, IN on November 16-18. In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference invites participants to encounter Christ, experience church, and be empowered for discipleship. See the website for more information.

    Save the Dates and Early Specials!

    Attention all Faith Formation Leaders! This is an opportunity you don't want to miss!

    Announcing the 2017 Symposium "Reimagining Faith Formation with Children & Youth" October 5-7, 2017 in Avon

    National speaker John Roberto of LifelongFaith Associates, and his Resource Team are coming to Connecticut! (To see who makes up this team click here.) Over three days you will explore the lives of today's children and youth (and their families), imagine the possibilities of a new approach to children and youth faith formation, and apply innovative strategies to fostering faith maturing from 0-20 years old. The program will be a blend of theory and practice presentations, group discussion, strategy design, and practical application activities. The $325 registration includes: a 3-day workshop on Reimagining Faith Formation with Children and Youth, a new book of the same name, all materials, refreshments, and 5 meals (Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast-lunch-dinner, and Saturday breakfast). And for newsletter readers: $25 coupon (use code SYMP2017) and we have received a donation so that we can offer a limited number of $50 scholarships for the Symposium. Contact LifelongFaith for the scholarship: For more information or to register, click here. For questions, contact Kelly Henderschedt at or 860-242-5573.

    For Catechetical Leaders and Catechists: Embrace, Engage, Empower: Catechesis for Children with Special Needs

    October 28, 2017 at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish Center, West Hartford, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. More information can be found on our website.

    Attention Elementary School Principals

    The 40th Anniversary HOPES Dinner is Monday, October 16, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. All are invited to join us in celebrating our elementary schools and their volunteers. Dinner is $40 per person. Please mark your calendars! Please contact Laura McCaffrey at or 860-242-5573 with any questions.

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    Save the date: NOVEMBER 4, 2017

    The day will feature keynote speakers Hallie Lord (SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel radio personality) and Dr. Gloria Rodriguez (founder of AVANCE), breakout sessions with a variety of speakers, closing Mass with Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, and much more. Join us for a day of inspiration, empowerment, and sisterhood! More information to come – save the date now, and visit our website for updates.


    EFBlog.jpgReflections of a Catholic School Administrator and Dad

    In this month's newsletter, the blog we would like to highlight is from elementary school principal Eric Frenette who contemplates his son’s enrollment in the school he attended and now administers. Enjoy his reflection on all that he gained from his Catholic school experience and his hopes for his “little burrito.”

    5 Activities for Wrapping Up the School Year

    The countdown to the end of the school year has begun, and it can come with a mix of emotions. Whether these feelings are happy or sad, they come with the certainty that the end of the school year is a big deal. So, while your child’s teacher probably has a lot of things planned for the class, you as a parent can also ease your young learner’s transition. To help out, we have some great ideas to share with you in this blog.


    “Lord”, said Thomas, “we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus responded “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me, you would know my Father also. From this point on you know him; you have seen him.”

    (John, 14:5-7)

    Picture2t.pngIt is our practice annually to recognize principal and chief administrators who are in transition at the end of this school year to a new school or to retirement, as well as those administrators with 5 to 25 years of service. A special luncheon was hosted on June 13, 2017 here at St. Thomas Seminary. Those being honored are listed on our website (click here). We express praise and gratitude for the dedication and zeal of these individuals in their commitment to serve Catholic education and so effectively with joy to evangelize the gospel message to generations of students.

    It is also the practice of the OEEC to celebrate those who have dedicated their IMG_6304 f.jpgenergies to the study of Scripture, preparation for ministry, years of service in faith formation, faith-based scout programs, and personal development and growth. This year, the many dedicated youth, students, scouts, volunteers, and ministers were honored at the Archdiocesan Ceremony on June 10, held at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair bestowed honors on nearly 300 members of the Archdiocesan family of faith, in celebration of their commitment to formation, catechesis, and the greater vitality of parish life.

    To see a listing of the honorees names and some pictures of the day, click here.

    Around the Archdiocese

    With so many formative and interesting programs taking place in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford, the OEEC is pleased to offer a new platform for sharing the public happenings of our communities called Around the Archdiocese.

    This space will be prominent on the OEEC website and open for submissions from all parishes and faith-based groups. It will be an opportunity to display the offerings of those communities which are open to the public, as well as any sharing of resources.

    Guidelines will be available on the Around the Archdiocese page, which will be public by our August newsletter. Feel free to begin brainstorming any submissions you might have, and keep an eye on the OEEC website, newsletter, and social media for more information.


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