Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
October 2, 2017
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Leveraging Social Media to Benefit Your Educational Ministry

Join us on November 2, as John T. Grosso from the Diocese of Bridgeport guides us on the best way to utilize social media for the benefit of our schools and parishes. To view flyer, click here.

ED159 2017 - 2018: Nonpublic School Report - All Schools

1. The website for the ED159 2017-18 online application is
2. The due date to submit the complete and accurate data is on October 19, 2017.

Keeping our Youth Safe Online: What Every Adult Should Know

Attention all those who work with youth including youth ministers, catechetical leaders, priests, deacons, catholic school principals, teachers, parents, grandparents, godparents! The Archdiocesan Offices of Education, Evangelization & Catechesis, Catholic Social Justice, and Safe Environment are teaming up to provide an internet safety workshop for adults.

Tuesday, November 7, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saint Mark the Evangelist Parish Center
467 Quaker Lane South, West Hartford, CT
Scott Driscoll, Internet Safety Concepts

Registration is free, but seating is limited. Register early by calling the Social Justice Office at 860-242-5573 or emailing or Annie Foster at

Adult Confirmation

Please visit the Adult Confirmation page of our website, a regularly updated area wherein you may:

  • See where Adult Confirmation classes are being offered and contact catechists to register
  • Share information about your parish’s upcoming classes
  • Register for the Fall Adult Confirmation ceremony
  • Access resources from our summer Adult Confirmation training workshops

Please note that we are now accepting registrations for the Adult Confirmation Ceremony, which will take place on November 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.


On September 16, delegates from all over the Archdiocese (pictured above) participated in the Archdiocesan Encuentro, at Saint Thomas Seminary making it a tremendous success. Thank you to all who attended! A special thank you to the members of the Encuentro Committee and the OEEC for diligent preparations. May God bless you all!

El 16 de septiembre pasado, delegados de toda la Arquidiócesis participaron en el Encuentro Arquidiocesano, en el Seminario de Santo, (ver foto), que fue todo un éxito. ¡Gracias a todos los que participaron! Un agradecimiento especial a todos los miembros del Comité Arquidiocesano y a todo el personal de OEEC que trabajaron sin descanso en los preparativos de este evento. ¡Que Dios los bendiga a todos!

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In Our Schools

Scholarship Opportunity for High School Juniors and Seniors

Secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford are encouraged to inform their juniors and seniors of an unique and worthwhile scholarship opportunity sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The 2018 Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity awards significant funds to those students who have developed distinctive solutions to problems faced by their schools, communities, families, and the world. Seven winners and seven Honorable Mention recipients are selected for creative projects demonstrating great innovation, while promising the most positive potential impact in the arts, sciences, technology and social action.

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The Archdiocese of Hartford is proud to recognize a student at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol whose creativity, innovation and problem solving skills qualified her as one of the 2017 Honorable Mention recipients. Melissa Gurzenda invented a crank-powered light to help children in areas without electricity to read and write at night. Melissa will continue her education at Bryant University, studying Entrepreneurship.

For further details regarding the 2018 application guidelines, schools should consult the following websites, and Questions may be directed to or to Denise Canning at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven at (203) 777-7076.

Helpful Resources

October ~ Month of the Most Holy Rosary

chalk.jpgOn October 7, the Church celebrates a well-loved memorial in honor of the Rosary, and the entire month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary.
The Rosary, with its sequence of prayers and mysteries, invites all to contemplate the Gospel in company with the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Rosary inspired an Archdiocesan Catholic school teacher from Saint Paul Catholic High School, Larry Duffany, to write a new book of reflections on the Rosary especially for Catholic School educators. Read more about the inspirational story of Chalk It Up To Mystery: Reflections on the Rosary for the Catholic School Educator in the recent Catholic Transcript article. Mr. Duffany's book is available for order through and


Reaching Out To Our Hispanic Neighbors

ao.jpgWhat are the most effective ways to welcome the growing Hispanic population into our Catholic schools and parishes? Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Meriden creates a warm and welcoming environment for the Hispanic families in their area by using the following initiatives. Read more...

Youth and Young Adults

Metanoia Color Logo.pngA transformational weekend retreat.

Metanoia is a New Testament term meaning conversion, a turning toward the Lord. Metanoia is a three-day spiritual retreat that will help young people:

  • grow in their Catholic faith
  • be motivated in life
  • discern their calling
  • learn how to put their faith into action

Metanoia is open to all Catholic youth. This weekend retreat would be organized and facilitated by peer ministers, young adults, and adult leaders who would also lead the talks, prayers, activities, and small group discussions. The retreat team would also include participation from clergy, religious, and married couples.

Why a weekend retreat?

Weekend retreats have seemed to become a thing of the past because of busy lifestyles. However, a weekend retreat remains to be one of the most powerful spiritual encounters for anyone to experience—especially young people! If you have young people in your parish who need that extra step of faith to become disciples of Jesus, please encourage them to attend this retreat. They will truly grow from this experience!

Next retreat: October 20 – 22, 2017 (For high school students)

For more information or to register, please visit:
Contact or (860) 242-5573 ext. 2678


Presented by the Center for Ministry Development

Friday October 13, 2017
Youth Ministers, Catechetical Leaders, Confirmation Catechists, Clergy, & more!
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saint Jerome Church 1010 Slater Rd. New Britain, CT 06053

Cost: $54 pp (cost includes workshop materials, lunch, and refreshments)

Please contact: Miriam Hidalgo for more information.
For workshop details:
To register:

Catholic Biblical School (CBS)

CBS Logo SM.jpgRead, Reap and Rise! Please keep in prayer the one hundred and fifty-seven adults who are studying in the Archdiocesan Catholic Biblical School this year at locations from Milford to Manchester. Students represent nearly 70 parishes as well as other faith communities.

Save the Date to hear Fr. Frank Matera speak on The Spirituality of Hebrews at the next Biblical School continuing education offering on Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Click here to register by November 6th.


STEP Courses for October

All catechists, catechetical leaders, Catholic school teachers,and everyone interested in deepening their faith are invited to take a STEP Course. Theology courses offered by STEP at the University of Notre Dame continue in October. The Archdiocese of Hartford has a partnership with STEP which provides a 50% discount so that the cost of the course per individual is $49.50. Course participants gain a rich overview of Catholic beliefs and faith practices and grow in their personal faith.

Courses Starting on October 2

  • El Camino de la Fe: Doctrina Católica
  • Catholic Faith and Tradition for School Teachers

Courses Starting on October 16

  • American Catholicism Since Vatican II
  • Book of Revelation
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Christian Conscience & Ethics
  • Doctrine of Salvation in Jesus
  • Christ Eucharist: Source and Summit
  • Gospel of John: Book of Signs
  • History of Christianity: Early Mid Ages
  • Liturgical Theology
  • Six Tasks of Catechesis
  • Theology of the Body

Please register for classes on the STEP home page. For more information, contact Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Initiatives, Lisa Orchen at

Upcoming Events: Two Months at a Glance


  • October 4: Catholic Educators Faith Conference - All Elementary Schools, Aqua Turf, Plantsville, 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • October 11: Principals Advisory Counsel for Elementary (PACE) School meeting, OEEC, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • October 16: HOPES Dinner - Aqua Turf, Plantsville, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Public Event/Registration required)
  • October 17: Catholic Educators Faith Conference - All Secondary Schools, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford, 8:30 a.m.
  • October 18: Asbestos Annual Awareness Training (E/S), OEEC, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • October 21: Catholic Scouting Retreat Day (Girl/Boy Scouts), Saint Bridget School, Manchester, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Mass at 4:00 p.m.)
  • October 24: New Elementary Administrators Meeting, OEEC, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • October 28: Embrace, Engage, Empower: Catechesis of Children with Special Needs, Saint Mark the Evangelist Parish Center, West Hartford, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


  • November 4: Archdiocesan Women's Conference, Hartford Marriott Downtown Hartford, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • November 6: Adult Confirmation Ceremony, Saint Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, 7:00 p.m.
  • November 7: Keeping Our Youth Safe Online: What Every Adult Should Know, Saint Mark the Evangelist Parish Center, West Hartford, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • November 8: Secondary and Elementary Administrators Meeting, Strategic Planning, Part 1, OEEC 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • November 14: The Spirituality of Hebrews, Saint Thomas Seminary, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Public Event/Registration required)
  • November 28: Anticipating and Welcoming the Gift, Saint Patrick/Saint Anthony, Hartford, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Catechetical Leaders, (registration required)

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