Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
October 8, 2018
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holy.pngAt first HOLY sounds like an unusal reflection for October. Catholic school students are back and parish religious/faith education programs are in full swing; what better word to reflect upon. Hopefully the whisper of the Holy Spirit is more easily heard by all students. In the Bible when Jesus repeats something twice like Abraham, Abraham, it represents something of great importance. When something is repeated three times like Holy, Holy, Holy it takes on the greatest emphasis. Holy, Holy, Holy is the only attribute of God that is repeated three times. How Great Thou Art!

Celebration, Challenge, Cheese?

What do these three words – celebration, challenge, and cheese - have to do with Evangelization, Education, and Catechesis? This month we celebrate a change in seasons. Cold winds stir and colored leaves blanket the east coast. Parishes and schools celebrate a new year of catechesis, and welcome back students from Pre-k to 12th grade – some starting school and religious education experience for the first time - and some concluding their Catholic high school experience. The challenges are many; new teachers, new administrators and new catechists embark in earnest to educate young people. Here are some great ways to encourage children to create a HOLY space in their lives. It is the gift of holiness that engenders in each of us faith, hope, and love.


  • October 11: Fall Conference of Association of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professionals (ACAAP), College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. To register:
  • October 12: Accompanying Youth on Their Journey of Faith and Discernment, Saint Robert Bellarmine, Windsor Locks, recommended for Catechetical Leaders, Confirmation Coordinators, Catechists, Pastors, Youth Ministers, Catholic School Leaders, Campus Ministers, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For more information click here.
  • October 12: Teaching and Learning Conference (S), Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration information will be sent directly to the high schools.
  • October 13: Accompanying Youth on Their Journey of Faith and Discernment, St. Thomas Beckett Church – St. Bridget of Sweden Parish, recommended for Catechetical Leaders, Confirmation Coordinators, Catechists, Pastors, Youth Ministers, Catholic School Leaders, Campus Ministers, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For more information click here.
  • October 16: Workshop Grades K - 5, Corpus Christi School, Wethersfield, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Limited to 30 participants, contact Laura McCaffrey to register. Click here for a flyer.
  • October 17: New Elementary Administration Meeting, OEEC Conference Room C, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • October 17: Asbestos Awareness Training, Southington Catholic School, Southington, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; contact Laura McCaffrey for more information.
  • October 25: Professional Development for Pastors, Pastoral Center, Alumni Lounge, Bloomfield, 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., registration required; contact Diane Newell.
  • October 27: Catholic Scouting Retreat for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Saint Bridget School, Manchester, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., registration required
  • October 28 - November 2: CBS Classes will be open to all visitors free of charge. Register here. Questions? Contact BJ Daly Horell.

October Event Highlights:

Throughout October 2018, the Bishops of our Church will be engaged in a long awaited Synod focused on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” At the same time, the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis (OEEC) of the Archdiocese of Hartford is sponsoring a national workshop designed to encourage and equip all those who teach and minister to the youth of our Church.


Accompanying Youth on Their Journey of Faith and Discernment
Speaker: Tom East, President of the Center for Ministry Development

The OEEC is offering the Workshop on two different dates and in two locations:

  • Friday, October 12, 2018 – St. Robert Bellarmine Church Hall, Windsor Locks
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018 – St. Thomas Beckett Church Hall, Cheshire
The workshop is designed for all parish and school leaders whose ministries touch the lives of adolescents and their families. For more information click here.

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Connecticut Men's Conference

Saturday, October 20, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol
Click here for more information:

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Catholic Scouting Retreat

Calling all Catholic Girl Scouts, Cub and Boy Scouts! If you would like to work on your religious emblems, this is the retreat for you. On October 27, we will be working on activities from the booklet, learning about our faith and having some fun! For more information, visit our Catholic Scouting website page.


  • November 3: Archdiocesan Women's Conference, Hartford Marriott, Farmington, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., for more information or to register, click here.
  • November 4-10: Discover Catholic Schools, New England, (the fall Catholic Schools Week in all New England Dioceses), for more information contact Anne Clubb.
  • November 7: Adult Confirmation Ceremony, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield, 7:00 p.m., registration required; contact Nicole Perone for registration.
  • November 14: Administrators Meeting/Latino Enrollment Institute, Doubletree Hilton, Bristol, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information contact Anne Clubb. To register your school’s 3-person team contact Diane Newell.
  • November 15: Catholic Biblical School: How to Read the Bible, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Meriden. For details and to register, contact Deacon Don Smith at Our Lady, Queen of Angels parish: 203-235-6381.
  • November 27: Administrators Learning Communities, for elementary administrators, two sessions are being offiered - Asumption School, Ansonia, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. or session two -Corpus Christi, Wethersfield, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. contact Valerie Mara for more information. Both locations will offer the same program.
  • November 27: Faith Formation Team: The Spiritual Path of Emptying, an Advent Day of Reflection and Contemplation, St. Francis of Assisi, New Britain, 9:30 a.m., or Most Holy Trinity, Wallingford, 6:00 p.m. Both locations will offer the same program and will include a simple soup meal. Register here.

November Event Highlights:

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Discover Today’s Catholic Schools, New England. Remember that the very first New England Catholic Schools Week, with the theme “Discover Today’s Catholic Schools, New England” is fast approaching on November 4 -10. Administrators are encouraged to use this week as an opportunity to market their schools earlier in the year when the weather is nicer and more conducive to visitation opportunities. By beginning your marketing efforts now, you will gain more time to attract potential students for next year’s enrollment! An abundance of materials have been prepared for school use as a means to celebrate this important initiative. They can be found on the Portal in the folder entitled “Discover Catholic Schools, New England.” The OEEC is asking parishes to include a promotional flyer about our schools in their parish bulletins. We hope you will feel free to utilize it to promote the excellence of the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford.


Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford will be gathering on November 14 for the Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI), presented by the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame. School administrators, elementary school pastors, and school staff members will be learning intercultural competencies and effective recruitment strategies to reach out to the growing Latino community in the Archdiocese and welcome them into our schools. Administrators are asked to submit the names of the three-member team attending the LEI from their school to Diane Newell by October 31.


  • December 1: RCIA Workshop: Rite Preparation featuring Jerry Galipeau, Pastoral Center, Bloomfield, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. registration required
  • December 5: Save the Date! Workshop for Hispanic Catechists (Snow date December 10)
  • December 8: ELM: Formation Day II: Starting and Sustaining a Ministry; contact Nicole Perone for more information.

Guidelines for Enrolling International Students

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Does your school enroll international students? Are you often confused by all the rules and regulations that govern international student enrollment? Help is on the way! OEEC is pleased to announce the publication of the updated Guidelines for Enrolling International Students. This document provides guidance to schools as they host international students and assist those students in obtaining and maintaining the F-1 Visa, which enables them to study in the United States. The document, approved by both the Provost, Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D., and the Superintendent, Dr. Michael S. Griffin, can be found in the International Student Enrollment folder of the OEEC Portal. Please take a moment to review the document, especially if your school has the pleasure of hosting international students.

News from the OEEC

Publication11.pngArchbishop Blair has accepted the recommendation of the search committee for the next Archdiocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry to replace current director, Miriam Hidalgo, who is leaving the position to be home with her infant son. Michael P. Wellington will assume his new responsibilities effective October.

Mike served as the full-time director of Youth Ministries at St. John Parish in Darien, CT where he was responsible for all the youth ministries for middle school, high school and young adults in the parish. He also served as the chairman of the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of OEEC_LOGO_ROUND.pngBridgeport and on the Diocesan Youth Ministry Advisory Board. Michael has a Master of Arts degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Catechetics and Evangelization and also holds a certification from Franciscan University in the Apostolate of Youth Ministry. He is a student in the Doctor of Education program at Northeastern University with a major in Organizational Leadership.

We welcome Mike to the OEEC team!

V National Encuentro


We welcome back the fourteen delegates from the Archdiocese of Hartford, who were among the approximately 3200 people, including bishops and parish delegates from all over the United States who gathered in Grapevine, Texas on September 20th-23rd to celebrate the V National Encuentro. More...

Anti-Bullying Resource

We would also like to share with you this excellent anti-bullying resource has been made available by Catholic Mutual that can be used with students in elementary school grades. The link below is to this six-minute video.

It is also accessible through the OEEC website under Catholic Schools - Catholic Mutual Resources – CMG Connect.

Congratulations Mrs. Williamson and All at St. Mary School, Simsbury!

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Your leadership as Principal has been a key component of the school’s success in achieving the high standards required for Blue Ribbon School Recognition. Congratulations also to Fr. Matera and the entire St. Mary School community, whose strong support for Catholic school education is part of the foundation of St. Mary School’s success. We share the joy of today’s announcement from the United States Department of Education, and look forward to celebrating this wonderful achievement with you in the days ahead!

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