Graduates and Honorees


The Catholic Biblical School is a resource for forming and empowering discipleship among adults in the Archdiocese of Hartford. This year, the following individuals are honored for significant achievements in the Catholic Biblical School.

Graduating Class 2019

The Catholic Biblical School (CBS) forms and empowers adult disciples in the Archdiocese of Hartford by promoting a lived and deeply-felt relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and his Church through intensive biblical study and prayer.

Archdiocesan Certificate: Four-Year Achievements

Students who have completed four years in the Biblical School earn either the Certificate in Advanced Biblical Studies or the Participant Certificate. This year, 20 women and men have thoughtfully and prayerfully engaged all 73 books of the Old and New Testaments in the context of the Catholic tradition:

Phyllis Blauvelt, Saint Raymond of Penafort, Enfield
Catherine Capuano, Saint Anthony, Prospect
Dennis Ciardiello, Not Affiliated
James E. Creed III, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Manchester
Debra-Ann Marie Criscuolo, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, East Haven
Cynthia Daddona, Saint Mary Magdalene, Oakville
Carmencita Figueroa, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Hamden
Mary Lee Gaffney, Saint Patrick-Saint Anthony, Hartford
Thomas J. Hynes, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Manchester
Corinne Lorenzet, Saint Edward the Confessor, Stafford Springs
Donna G. Miller, Saint John, Cromwell
Jennifer O'Neill, Saint John Fisher, Marlborough
Catherine A. Rivard, Saint Mary, Simsbury
Lourdes G. Rodriguez Arroyo, Saint John Paul the Great, Torrington
Anita Rosa, Saint Michael, Waterbury
Carolyn Schwab, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Hamden
Sr. Kelsey Ann Shaver, Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Hamden
Laura J. Sprague, Notre Dame Church, Durham, CT
Sr. Elaine M. Sweeney RSM, Ph.D., Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Manchester
Anne Marie E. R. Volowski, Saint Edmund Campion, East Hartford


Saint Thomas Seminary Certificate in Biblical Studies

Students who have undertaken additional academic challenges beyond the Advanced Certificate requirements earn 18 college credits and the Saint Thomas Seminary Certificate in Biblical Studies. This year, three women have achieved this distinction.

Cheryl C. Batter, Saint Paul, Kensington
Sandy Everett, Saint Mary, Simsbury
Margaret M. Folse, Saint Timothy, West Hartford


Certificate in Basic Biblical Studies


Students who have completed all requirements for the first two years in the Biblical School earn the Certificate in Basic Biblical Studies, awarded by Archbishop Leonard Blair at the Archdiocesan Conferral of Honors on June 18, 2019 at Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, Saint Jerome Church. This year, twenty-three women and men have thoughtfully and prayerfully engaged eleven foundational books of the Old Testament in Year One and nineteen books of the New Testament in Year Two.

Carolyn Balavich, Sacred Heart, Southbury
Michael V. DiMassa, Saint Raphael, Milford
Donna S. DiMassa, Saint Raphael, Milford
Lanette M Errante, Our Lady of Victory, West Haven
Jacqueline Mary Farrell, Saint Francis Xavier, New Milford
Paul Fletcher, Saint Raphael, Milford
Carmen Liza Fletcher, Saint Raphael, Milford
Eric C. Johnson, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Manchester
Kathleen M. Krawetzky, Christ The King Parish, Wethersfield
Dawn M. Madden, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Thomaston
Brenda Ann Malack, Saint Catherine of Siena, West Simsbury
Geraldine McGuirk, Our Lady of Hope, New Hartford
Ken Meunier, New Life Church, Enfield
Anabel Pagan, Our Lady Queen of Angels, Meriden
Barbara A. Paradis, Saint Michael, Beacon Falls
Susan Brennan Parnoff, Our Lady of Peace, Stratford
Jacqueline R. Proto, Saint Jeanne Jugan, Enfield
Teresa Ludwika Rynkiewicz, Saint Francis Xavier, New Milford
Debra M Seaman, Assumption Parish, Milbury, MA
Katherine F. Sopchak, Saint Raphael, Milford
Jayson C. Tautic, Saint Matthew, Forestville
John L. Tibor, Jr., North Haven Congregational Church, North Haven
Julia Velazquez, Saint Joachim, New Britain


Boadt Medal Recipients 2010-2018

The Fr. Lawrence Boadt Memorial Medal honors an individual whose life and ministry demonstrates the excellence in the study of Sacred Scripture and the generosity of spirit in teaching the Word of God that Paulist Fr. Larry Boadt was so well known for.

Fr. Boadt was a mentor and a friend to the Hartford Catholic Biblical School. He worked closely with our students every year, even during his long fight with cancer. He led our first-year Lenten Scripture Formation Day only a month after his final surgery, and less than four months before his death in 2010.

His writings, especially his landmark Reading the Old Testament, showed the highest Old Testament scholarship while at the same time making the complexities of the biblical texts accessible to the minds and hearts of ordinary folks. Biblical Schools across the country continue to use this text in all Old Testament courses.

The Archdiocese of Hartford’s respect for Fr. Boadt and his work is commemorated in the annual presentation of the Fr. Lawrence Boadt Memorial Medal. All who receive this medal are asked to wear it at Biblical School gatherings, not as a way of taking pride in accomplishments but as a way of giving glory to the One whose Living Word saves us and encouraging others to encounter Christ Jesus in the Holy Scriptures.

Ms. Cee Cee Johnson, 2018
Ms. Linda Mickiewicz, 2017
Mr. Charles Wills, 2016
Sr. Doretta D'Albero, ASCJ, 2015
Ms. Kathi L. Bonner, 2014
Ms. Nancy S. Stimac, 2013
Deacon William J. Gilles, 2013
Ms. Barbara Gawle, 2012
Ms. Angela Pietrowski, 2010