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Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
June 1, 2017
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Archdiocesan Award Ceremony

240_F_78370209_NCZOdYgE1ufbAx4PuNEFyvuAfmJFC2pQ.jpgEach year, the OEEC celebrates those who have dedicated their energies to the study of Scripture, the 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, volunteers, and ministers will be honored at the Archdiocesan Awards Ceremony on June 10 at 1:00 p.m. held at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph with Archbishop Blair. All are welcome to join us in celebration of their commitment to formation, catechesis, and the greater vitality of parish life!

First Annual Faith Formation Share Fair


Calling all Catechetical Leaders, Catechists, Catholic School Educators and Youth Ministers!!

We know the summer months are for rest, relaxation and renewal, and it is also a great time to plan for the new year. Come to our first annual Faith Formation Share Fair to share your ideas with your peers in ministry and leave with some new ideas. The OEEC is offering four dates at four geographical locations to make this opportunity accessible for everyone. You are invited to attend the one closest to home or all four, if you choose. For a list of dates and times, click here. For more information, contact Kelly at or 860-242-5573. You may also register on line by clicking here.

Register Now: New England Convocation 2017

NEDDRE-Brochure2017_final.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, and everyone in between! A variety of workshops and speakers will be offered to develop stronger parish ministries and more vibrant communities.

Visit to learn more about the workshops, the speakers and to register. Options include the full Thursday-Saturday event, or individual days, so feel free to come and go as needed (Springfield is a short jaunt from the Archdiocese of Hartford). Many workshops will be offered in Spanish. Scholarship information is also available. 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.

Annual Social Justice Conference

5307734.jpgThe Archdiocesan Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry will host its 8th Annual Bishop Peter Rosazza Social Justice Conference, “Rooted in Faith: One Family Under God” on Saturday, June 10 from 9 am to 3:00 pm at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. The conference is an opportunity to meet and learn from others across the archdiocese and beyond. Join us for prayer, music, exhibits and workshops. For information, call at 860-242-5573 Ext 2688 or visit

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Due Dates and Upcoming Events are located on the OEEC Portal.

Have you checked out the OEEC Blog?


The Changing Face of Our Schools and Parishes

The “face” of Catholic schools and parishes is changing, thanks to the cultural, economic, and demographic shifts occurring throughout the country. Is your parish and its school keeping up with these trends? Read on to learn how these changes can have a positive impact on school enrollment and parish attendance. Discover how to create a warm, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment that will ultimately result in a growing – and enhanced – parish community. Read more in OEEC blog

cellular-education-classroom-159844.jpegThe Leadership Academy: A Teacher’s View of What it means to be a Great Teacher

We all have a definition of a great teacher because we all have had great teachers in our school experience. An article that sincerely and meaningfully describes these qualities was written by one our teachers aspiring to be an administrator. Marilena Martucci, the fourth grade teacher at Assumption School in Ansonia, so beautifully characterizes a great teacher. Read more in OEEC Blog.

Keep your Technology Safe: Some Helpful Tips

Recently, much has been in the news about various forms of attacks on computers. Our Technology Director, Laura McCaffrey, has listed some recommendations for practices to keep computers and networks safe from viruses, malware and ransomware. Many already have these in place, but if you have any questions or need further direction please contact Laura at

  • Keep network firewall updated
  • Have a content filtering device on your network
  • Make sure it is updated
  • Install anti-virus/malware software and keep up to date
  • Run regularly scheduled scans with your anti-virus software
  • Keep your operating system current
  • Make sure all security updates are regularly installed in a Windows environment
  • Update browsers, plugins, and firmware on a regular basis
  • Secure your network
  • Require passwords with all Wi-Fi connections and the password must be strong
  • Do not open email attachments from unknown sources
  • If you do need to open an attachment - always hover over the link before you click to see where the link is really taking you
  • Back up your files

Enrichment for Catholic School Teachers: Catholic Faith and Tradition for School Teachers

step.pngThe seven-week online course Catholic Faith and Tradition for School Teachers offered by STEP at the University of Notre Dame runs June 12-July 29, 2017. The Archdiocese of Hartford has a partnership with STEP which provides a 50% discount so the cost of the course per individual is $49.50. Course participants gain a rich overview of Catholic beliefs and faith practices, grow in their personal faith and gain great ideas about how to teach the faith in their classroom settings. Click here to see a flyer with detailed information about this great opportunity or click here to register online.

Youth and Young Adult Upcoming Events

  • Youth Ministers are invited to join the Faith Share Fairs with Miriam. Click here for a flyer or contact Miriam for more information at or 860-242-5573.
  • 2017 Hartford Priest Discernment Weekend, July 28-30, Litchfield. For more information, click here or contact Fr. Jeff at or 860-761-7456.
  • WYD Unite, Saturday July 22, 2017, at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, Washington D.C. Speakers include: Audrey Assad, Tony Melendez and others! Click here for more information.
  • Ministry with Gen Z and Their Families, Friday October 13, 2017, St. Jerome Church, New Britain. Click here for the flyer or contact Miriam for more information at or 860-242-5573.

BS Logo.pngCatholic Scouting

Do you have a Catholic troop or pack in your parish or school? If you do, did you know there are specific Catholic Awards that a Girl/Boy Scout can earn? If you would like more information, please contact Jennifer at or 860-242-5573.

Catholic Religious Emblems Training for Cub, Boy, Venture and Sea Scout Leaders

Learn more about the Boy Scout awards: Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius and Adult Awards. September 9, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield. Registration cost $10.00 each and includes materials and refreshments. For more information contact Jennifer at 860-242-5573 or

cross.jpegAll Faiths Chaplain Aide Training

For more information on the Chaplain Aide duties, go to site. Pastors and Unit Leaders are encouraged to have at least one scout from every unit trained. September 9, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield. Registration cost $10.00 each and includes materials and refreshments. For more information contact Jennifer at 860-242-5573 or

Catholic Scouting Retreat Day

For Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts on October 21, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. St. Bridget School, 74 Main Street, Manchester, $10.00 per person. This retreat will help those working on their religious emblem. For more information or to register go to

Catholic Biblical School (CBS)

CBS Logo SM.jpgHave you seen that the Catholic Biblical School has moved to the OEEC website? Check it out now and don't forget to bookmark it so it is easily found later!

Read, Reap and Rise!

The Word of God is Jesus, our Savior. Devotion to the Bible brings the Spirit of Jesus to life in the faith communities of the Archdiocese of Connecticut (and beyond). Fifty-three students and graduates of the Catholic Biblical School (CBS), representing 27 parishes and 2 religious communities, will be honored by Archbishop Blair at St. Joseph Cathedral on June 10 at 1:00 p.m. Their names are listed online here.

  • Four-year graduates bring to their faith communities an ability to model and teach others how to engage the entire Bible for a deeper faith in God.
  • Two-year students are recognized for persistence in prayer and studies, with the hope that they may continue to become four-year graduates.
  • The Lawrence Boadt Memorial Medal Honoree, nominated by parish and diocesan leadership, is awarded the highest honor given in the Catholic Biblical School. This year, Linda Mickiewicz is honored for her missionary discipleship at St. Joseph in Bristol. As pastor, Father Joe DiSciacco bears witness:

Linda’s “love for scripture is seen in the way she reads the Word of God as a lector, and teaches Scripture in classes and to RCIA candidates. There is a vibrancy that shines forth from her when talking about the Word.”

To learn more about this award and the men and women who have been honored, click here.

Catholic Biblical School (CBS) Enrollment and Financial Aid

Welcome Back

Former students of the Biblical School are welcome to return to class in fall 2017. Contact BJ Daly Horell at or 860-242-5573.

Summer Assignments for 2017

Now online at, assignments are due at your respective Opening Scripture Day. Click on the Catholic Biblical School calendar for scheduling details.

CBS Alumni/ae continuing education information will be posted online by August 1 and will be emailed to all registered graduates this summer. There will be no paper mailing. If you know a CBS friend who does not use email, please remind them to go to under “Catholic Biblical School” and “Alumni Matters” to view our six-part lecture series, alum courses and auditing opportunities.

Hispanic Ministry

Las parroquianos terminaron su ciclo de formación religiosa con primeras comuniones. Felicitaciones a todas y todos los que hicieron posible la celebración de primeras comuniones en sus parroquias. Directores y coordinadores de programas, catequistas, padres de familia y la comunidad en general. Que Dios los bendiga a todos y que el Espíritu Santo los siga guiando en su misión evangelizadora.

V Encuentro

VEncuentroJPEG.jpgLa comunidades de fe hispano/latina de la Arquidiócesis de Hartford han respondido al llamado del Papa Francisco y de la Conferencia de Obispos de los Estados Unidos con el proceso del V Encuentro. Los parroquianos están en sesiones de evangelización y misión, saliendo de dos en dos a los vecindarios, como Jesus envió a los apóstoles a evangelizar y compartir la Buena Nueva. Por favor recen por el V Encuentro, para que el trabajo misionero de abundantes frutos.

Durante el V Encuentro, en este espacio, los participantes nos dirán como el V Encuentro está enriqueciendo su fe. Para encontrar más información sobre los blogs de la OEEC, haga clic aquí:

V Encuentro

The Hispanic faith communities of the Archdiocese of Hartford have answered the call of Pope Francis and the USCCB to become Missionary Disciples through the process of V Encuentro. Parishioners are doing evangelization sessions and missionary work, going in pairs to neighborhoods, like Jesus sent the apostles to evangelize and spread the Good News.

Please pray for the V Encuentro and that the missionary work bears abundant fruit. During the V Encuentro this space will give a voice to the participants and how V Encuentro is enriching their faith. Click here to read more on the OEEC Blog.

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