Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
March 7, 2017
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Celebration of Sacred Scripture 2017

Dr. Harry Attridge: Transformative Encounters in the Gospel of John, Saturday, March 25, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (sign-in and refreshments at noon). All are welcome at no charge. Register online by March 17th by clicking here.

Reminder Principals and Chief Administrators:

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

Lenten Retreat for Parish Ministers

Parish ministers are those responsible for all faith formation opportunities in the life of the parish. They are often the ones overseeing events that provide spiritual nourishment, but are too busy managing programs to reap the benefits. This day is for YOU to be fed! (“Parish ministers” includes, but is not limited to: Directors/Coordinators of Religious Education; Catechists; RCIA Coordinators; Youth and Young Adult Ministers; Confirmation Coordinators; volunteers of various kinds; and more!) Join us on Friday, March 31 OR Saturday, April 1, 2017 for a morning of recharging, renewal, and re-connection. Visit the Lenten Retreat page of our website for more information and registration.

Catholic Biblical School

The Catholic Biblical School (CBS) Website: We are in the process of moving all Biblical School materials to the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis website, Please update your electronic devices to access the new site.

CBS Extension Course: “Making Sense of the Bible” is “engaging and thoughtful,” according to our students! To arrange to bring this course to your faith community, contact BJ Daly Horell at the OEEC or by email at

Registration of Continuing Students: CBS students in the Classes of 2018, 19 and 20 (Years 1, 2 and 3)—look for the links to register for your 2017-18 courses online at

Graduation Update! Archbishop Blair will lead CBS graduation this year. Our graduates will join with others receiving commendations and being commissioned at a grand ceremony on Saturday, June 10, 1:00 p.m. at the Cathedral.

Mt. Nebo Update! We want input from the Class of 2017! Changes to the graduation festivities also invite us to reconsider the content of our Day of Reflection. The date and location of Mt. Nebo Day remain as is, Saturday, June 3 at St. Thomas Seminary. Year 4 students can expect an email with a link to an online survey for the purpose of determining whether to re-envision our time together on that day.

Youth/Young Adult Ministry

Upcoming Youth Events

Attention Parish Youth Ministers or Campus Ministers - On March 24-26, the Archdiocese and Trinita are teaming up. We are looking for youth leaders (16-18 years old) from various parishes and schools across the Archdiocese (2-3 per parish/school). Read more...

The Manchester Deanery is hosting Katie Prejean McGrady on March 12, at St. Mary Parish, East Hartford. For more information or to sign up a group to attend, click here.

Are you Thinking of Taking your Youth to NCYC? Come with the Archdiocese of Hartford!

What is it: The National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) is a powerful, biennial, three-day experience of prayer, community, catechesis and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones.
When Is It: November 16-18, 2017 Indianapolis
Who’s Invited: Catholic Youth & Young Adults
For more information, please click here.

Are you Thinking of Taking your Youth to the Steubenville Conferences? Let’s Plan an Archdiocesan Trip!

What is it: Each summer, Life Teen hosts six different Steubenville Youth Conferences throughout the country with the hopes of strengthening and inspiring teens and youth groups in their collective journeys to Christ.
When/Where Is It: Massachusetts: July 14-16, 2017 & New York: July 21-23, 2017
Who’s Invited: Catholic youth & their chaperones
For more information, please click here.

Girl Scout and Boy Scout Paperwork Due March 15th

All paperwork for the scouting awards is due on March 15th. Please make sure you have all the required signatures before submitting the paperwork. This year the award ceremony will be on Saturday, June 10th at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford. If you need more information, an extension on the deadline or have any questions, please contact Jennifer McClintock at

Alive in Christ

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

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Confirmation

We are pleased to announce that our Adult Confirmation program for the spring will be running again, with four sites in Waterbury, Cheshire, Torrington, and West Hartford. Classes begin in March, with the Confirmation ceremony on April 25, 2017 at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, at 7p.m. Please visit the Adult Confirmation page on our website for more information on registration and paperwork.

Confirmación de Adultos en Español

La ceremonia de Confirmación de adultos en Español se celebrará en la capilla del Seminario de Santo Tomás el mes de mayo. Muy pronto recibirán más información sobre clases y la fecha definitiva.
También pueden contactar a:
Ana María G. Hernández Alstrum,
Directora de Catequésis para Hispanos
Arquidiocesis de Hartford
(860) 242 - 5573 ext. 2672

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 a brief survey, linked here. Your insights and comments are invaluable to the future of the program!

Parish Catechetical Leaders

Music and Witness

In response to our Confirmation Candidates 2017 Mission to Haiti, The Church of the Incarnation presents MUSIC AND WITNESS on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the Father Crawford Hall. Sean Forrest will be performing along with other vocalists. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME! Admission is free. For further information, call 860-529-6765 or email


Leadership in Catholic Schools

Apostles or Disciples and Our Catholic Identity

The terms are used interchangeably, but in truth have different meanings. Recently Pope Francis and Archbishop Blair have encouraged the Catholic population and Catholic school students in particular to engender discipleship in Christ. Read more...

Enrollment Management/Marketing in Catholic Schools

Conference of the Association of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professionals (ACAAP)

School administrators and staff members in the areas of admissions and advancement are encouraged to attend the Spring Conference of the Association of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professionals (ACAAP), scheduled for Thursday, March 16 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. This is a great opportunity to learn the latest best practices in your field while making connections with colleagues throughout New England. This year’s keynote speaker for the conference will be Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport. For further information and to register for the conference, select this link:

Engaging and Involving Busy Parents

One of the greatest challenges facing Catholic school administrators who rely heavily on volunteers is how to engage and involve busy parents in school activities and parent organizations. These millennial parents/guardians of students in pre-K through grade 12 have less free time than parents from previous generations and as a result, they tend to volunteer less. According to a recent newsletter published by Catholic School Management, parents who do volunteer want clearly defined, specific tasks and they want to volunteer along with their peers and friends. For this reason, it is beneficial to appoint co-chairs for a committee rather than to have one person overseeing the group’s activities. Read more...

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