Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
July 12, 2018
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Summertime has officially begun, and we hope it is a time of rest, recharging, and renewal for all who serve the parishes and schools of the Archdiocese.

We also hope it is a time of enjoyment – did you have fun guessing the OEEC logo last month? If you guessed that it was the Archdiocesan Women’s Conference, you were correct! More information about the 2018 Conference can be found in this month’s blog. As we look toward a new school year (it’ll be here before we know it!) our blogs also feature a take on the recent article about Why Parents Choose Catholic Schools in The Wall Street Journal.

As you travel through the newsletter, be sure to check out the Mark Your Calendars section for important dates, as well as the Around the Archdiocese section of our website.

Please Note: As a point of clarification, please use the name Pastoral Center when referring to Saint Thomas Seminary as a building. Although the charter and accreditation remain in force, the building itself will be referred to as the Pastoral Center moving forward as the building houses other Archdiocesan offices and ministries. Please note that the name Pastoral Center takes the place of the previous name, Archdiocesan Center at Saint Thomas Seminary.

Pastoral Center
Archdiocese of Hartford
467 Bloomfield Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002

Archdiocesan Recognition

It is the practice of the OEEC to celebrate all those who labor in the vineyard of the Archdiocese of Hartford: those committed to the mission of Catholic school education, as well as those who have dedicated their energies to the study of Scripture, preparation for ministry, years of service in faith formation, faith-based scout programs, and personal development and growth.

On May 18, 2018 several Catholic school administrators who have devoted themselves to the ministry of Catholic school education were honored for their years of service, and others were acknowledged as they retire, transition to new endeavors, or complete the recognition year as the Archdiocesan Distinguished Administrator.

In addition, on June 19, 2018 many dedicated youth, students, scouts, volunteers, and ministers were honored at the Archdiocesan Awards Ceremony, held at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair bestowed honors on 270 members of the Archdiocesan family of faith, in celebration of their commitment to formation, catechesis, and the greater vitality of parish life.

Photos from all of our events can be found here.


  • August 7: New Elementary Administrators Meeting, OEEC, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • August 8: Smart Board Training Exploring the Pedagogy behind the SMART Learning Suite Online!, Connecticut Business Systems, 100 Great Meadow Road, 3rd Floor, Wethersfield, CT, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Same material - two sessions to choose from), registration required, email Laura McCaffrey
  • August 14: New Teacher Orientation, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield, East Hall, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., registration required, email Questions? Contact Valerie Mara
  • August 20: Rooting Youth in Service, St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hartford, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., register here
  • August 23: Elementary and Secondary Administrators Meeting, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford, 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m, attendance required
  • August 25: RCIA Workshop: Introduction to RCIA, St. Dominic, Southington, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., registration required
  • August 30: Youth Encounter: Final registration deadline, $30 per person, click here to register. No walk-ins.


  • September 12: Creative Conversation: Social Media Best Practices for Schools and Parishes, Pastoral Center, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., registration required.
  • September 13: Local School Board Orientation, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • September 15: Catholic Religious Emblems Training, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., registration required
  • September 25: HOPES Dinner, Aqua Turf, Southington, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., questions contact Laura McCaffrey
  • September 27: New Elementary Administrators Meeting, OEEC, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • September 30: Youth Encounter: St. Paul High School, Bristol, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., registration required, no walk-ins

Logo Fun!

June 2018 marked the second anniversary of the creation of the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis (OEEC); to celebrate, we would like to highlight some of the great initiatives and programming for which our office is responsible.

In the spirit of summer fun, we thought we would make it a guessing game! Each month, our newsletter will feature one logo. Can you guess the OEEC program/initiative with which the logo is affiliated? Enter your answer here.


Please note:

The 2018-2019 Academic School Calendar (Rev. 6-29-18) is posted on the Portal of the OEEC website under the General Forms Module or can be found here.

Please note recent changes/additions:

  • August 23, 2018 - Elementary and Secondary Administrators Meeting, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford
  • October 25, 2018 - Professional Development for Pastors, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield
  • March 30, 2019 - Missio: Faith Formation Convocation, St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, registration required, more information to come.

Mark Your Calendars!

Save the Date: School and parish representatives (staff or volunteers) who deal with social media are encouraged to join us on Wednesday, September 12 for a Creative Conversation entitled, “Social Media Best Practices for Schools and Parishes.” Attendees can select one of two sessions (2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) during which they’ll hear directly from and seek the advice of those who handle social media at the school and parish level. Come to share with and learn from colleagues! Register here. Professional Development is a workshop for teachers in Grades K-5. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 16, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Corpus Christi School, Wethersfield. To register email Laura McCaffrey. There are only 30 seats available at the workshop.

Catholic Scouting:

The Catholic Committee on Scouting has two upcoming events:

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  • Catholic Religious Emblems Training, September 15, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., all Cub, Boy, Venture and Sea Scout Leaders are invited to learn about the religious emblem programs available for all Catholic Boy Scouts: Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius and Adult Awards. For more information about these awards, click here. Training for Catholic Girl Scouts is also available. If you are interested, please contact Jennifer McClintock at
  • Catholic Scouting Retreat for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts: October 27, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. This retreat is open to any Girl Scout or Boy Scout in kindergarten to 12th grade, who would like to earn their religious emblem.


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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Saint Paul High School in Bristol

Keynote speaker: Roy Petitfils
Music: REVIVE Ministry
Closing Mass with Archbishop Blair
$30 pp
No registrations will be accepted after September 1st.
Updated paperwork available on the Youth Encounter webpage.

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